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Gokarnanatheshwara Temple

Mangalore came under the rule of Mysore ruler Haider Ali in 1763. Being a strategic spot Haider Ali converted the area into a dockyard. Thus began a tug of war between the Mysore rulers and the British to capture this strategic area. The British re captured it in 1768 and Tipu Sultan again reinstated its reign in 1794. Tipu soon realized that the British had easy access to this area because of the Gurupur River. Thus a watch tower which came to be known as the Sultan Battery was built in the Boloor area. When a tourist climbs to the top of the tower a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea waits for him and he is mesmerized by the surrounding beauty for a few minutes. The scenic beauty surrounding the Sultan Battery has made it a hot spot for water sports. This area becomes a busy tourist spot in the months between October to March every year where vacationers visiting Mangalore enjoy its cool breeze and great water sports like banana boat rides, wind surfing, speed boats and Canoeing. These activities can be undertaken individually and in a group for a specific period of time. For example solo canoeing can be undertaken by a tourist for nearly thirty minutes while speed boating and kayaking can be undertaken in a group for a maximum period of fifteen minutes. These time periods are imposed so that each tourist visiting Sultan Battery can enjoy its water sports and also try different types of water sports. There is a big rush during peak tourist season and young vacationers visit this spot when traveling to Mangalore for vacation.      Book Now

Sultan Battery

Tannirbhavi beach is located in a place called Panambur which is 10 km north of Mangalore. The beach gives you a peaceful tune of calmness of a river and waves of the sea. There are plenty of state transport and private buses plying in that route from the capital city to Mangalore. The beach is much deserted and possesses no busy essence of a crowded place. Some people love places that are devoid of crowd and believe in the fact that places like this should remain as it is and undisturbed without any artificial intervention. The place is apt for such tranquil naturalists who love secluded enjoyment of nature. On the other side of the beach there is a naphta fired barge. The place is accessible only by road or ferry. By ferry it can be accessed through Gurupura river from Sultan Battery. Due to the seclusion of the beach which is not yet a Government recognized tourist place, often accidents happen due to carelessness as there is no life guard system. So enjoy the beauty, but have it in a safe way.      Book Now

Tannirbhavi beach

Kadri Shri Manjunatha temple is situated 4 kms away from the densely populated area of Mangalore, in a rural atmosphere. This old/ancient temple is surrounded by a picturesque scene of natural beauty. The temple of Manjunatheshwara on the hills of Kadri is a very beautiful and popular temple in Mangalore. It is said to be built during the 10th or 11th century. It was converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is called as oldest of the South Indian Temples. It is believed that Parashurama who was living in Sahyadri, killed the kshathriyas who were cruel and donated the lands to Kashyapa. He prayed to Lord Shiva for a place to live. Lord Shiva assured Parashurama that if he performed a penance at Kadali kshethra, Lord Shiva would reincarnate as Manjunatha for the betterment of the world. As per Shiva orders Parashurama threw his axe into the sea and created a place for his penance. Yielding to Parashurama prayers Lord Shiva appeared to him as Manjunatha along with Goddess Parvathi and stayed at Kadri for the betterment of the world. As per the orders of Manjunatha the sapthakoti manthras become the seven theerthas. In front of the temple, at a height there are a number of water ponds. There a garden surrounding the ponds. When one walks down from there in front of the temple is a huge light pole. During karthika maasa, deepothsava is held here. There are statues of Machendranath, Gorakanath, Shringinath, Lokeshwara, Manjushri and Buddha in the temple. The padmasanastha Lokeshwara statue is very beautiful. Behind the temple of Manjunatha, on to the west is the temple of Goddess Durga. To the Northern side is the temple of Lord Ganesha. Several festivals are celebrated with devotion and joy at Kadri throughout the year. During Kadiruthsava on the bhadrapada shuddha thadige, Ganesha chathurthi, Navarathri, Karthika Maasa and from Deepavali to Paththanaaje special poojas and religious ceremonies are held. Flag hoisting in Makara Sankranthi, nine days of annual fair and Rathothsava, Dhanurmaasa pooja, Shivarathri, Ugadi are meticulously and religiously celebrated. Every Monday Rudrabhisheka is held.      Book Now

Kadri Manjunatha Temple

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