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.
Shorts and skirts aren’t allowed at sacred sites. Women have to cover their shoulders, too, and you’ll need to take off your shoes before entering the temples.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.