Mangalore Cruises, India
- Head to Panambur Beach, where the cushion-soft sands are well-suited for sunbathing, and you can sign up for jet-ski rides and boat trips.
- On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find one of its natural wonders – the Adyar Falls. They’re tucked away near the banks of the Netravati River, and you’ll have to trek through the greenery to find them.
- The scenery doesn’t get much better than at Pilikula Nisargadhama. It’s a set of botanical gardens wrapped around a huge lake, which swans and boats drift across. The name translates as Pond of Tigers, as ancient tales say tigers would drink from the lake.
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Temples and local tastes are both on the cards on this trip. One of the region’s most-visited Hindu places of worship – the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha – is up first. Ornate columns and carvings adorn the entrance, and you’ll have a chance to check out the inside, as well. Next, you’ll head to the Gomateshwara Temple, which has been voted one of the Seven Wonders of India. Its standout feature is a 45-foot statue of ancient religious icon Bahubali, which rises up from an enclosed courtyard. For lunch, you’ll make a stop at Soans Farm. Stroll through orchards of pineapple plants, before sitting down for a traditional bite to eat. You can pick from the likes of mutton stew, coconut-sprinkled chicken and kasha halwa – a pumpkin and sugar dessert.
This trip’s like a who’s-who of Mangalore’s prettiest places of worship. The first stop, though, is a working cashew factory, where you can see the prep process that goes on behind the scenes. Next, you’ll make tracks for the Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, in the Kudroli district of Mangalore. It’s more than a century old, and the exterior’s decorated with gold statues and images of Shiva. You’ll head into the hills that surround Mangalore for the next site – the Kadri Manjunath Temple. This one’s 10 times the age of the previous stop, and some of the artefacts inside are among the oldest in southern India. Last on the agenda is the St Aloysius Chapel, on the city’s Lighthouse Hill. This baby blue structure was built by missionaries in the 1800s, and the stunning frescoed interior was the work of an Italian painter.
You’ll get a look at traditional trade and time-worn temples on this excursion, which starts with a trip to one of the region’s trademark cashew factories. While you might be used to opening a bag of them for a quick snack, this place shows you the process behind the scenes. They’re dried, steamed, cooled and separated, before being vacuum packed and canned. You’ll have a chance to buy a bag or two before you set off for your second stop, the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha. This temple’s one of the most handsome in the region, with huge columns and decorative designs covering the front. The whole place is dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, and dates back more than 1,000 years.