The present headquarters of the district Dakshina Kannada, Mangalooru known as Mangalapura had in the past been the long-time capital of the kings known as Alupas. This port city situated at the confluence of beautiful rivers Netravati and Gurupur was also the headquarters of Canara under the British in the 18th century. The first ever news paper in Kannada, the language of the state was brought out here is the year 1843.
This beautiful palm fringed west coast city is accessible from Mercara, the headquarters of Kodagu district by a road squired by bewitching sceneries. With its lagoon, enchanting palmgrooves and interesting landscape, Mangalooru bears a close resemblance to the coastal towns of Kerala and experiences a typical coastal climate.
Mangalooru is one of the several places in India where religious harmony is overt with a number of ancient temples, churches and mosques. It has been an important centre of the Indian Catholics sine long. The university and college founded here in 1868-69 was the first one to come up in the whole of Karnataka. The city consists of a number of places of tourists’ interests. There are god accommodation facilities.
This beautiful temple is situated about 3 km from Mangalooru. The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Mangaladevi to whom; the city owes the origin of its name. This temple was built in the 10th century.
This place is beautified by the enchanting beach marked by abundant fir trees and sanctified by the Sayed Mohammed Shenphul Madani Mosque. Hence this place gains importance both as a picnic spot and a pilgrim spot. It is situated 12km from Mangalooru.
It is situated about 50km Mangalooru. This place, which is a sacred worship centre of the Jain was the seat of the Bhairasas or Shantarsas, the royal Jain dynasty. There are two huge statues of ‘Sri Gomateswara’ or Bahubali, one built in 1432 measuring 13m in height and the other built in 1604 to a height of 11m. There are four ornate entrances to the shrine, known as ‘Chathurmuka Basti’. These are the splendid works of the devout Jain Kings. The other important monuments here include temples and bastis and St. Lawrence church. The Ananthasayana Temple and Venkataramana Temple both dedicated to Lord Vishnu also attract a large number of devotees.
About 29 km from Karkala is the Sivarakamabada Basti which is the biggest Jain Shrine is Karnataka, situated at the place called Mudabidri. This was raised by the merchants of the town in 1429-30. The unique feature of this shrine is that it has metallic images. There are about 18 Bastis in Mudubidri. The sacred vestiges of an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Siva built in 1604 can be seen at Vinur which is about 22km from Mudabidri.
About 75km from Mangalooru, the beautiful sacred island formed by the resplendent river Netravathi is famous for the ancient Manjunatha Temple and the Modern Sri Gomateswara Statue. This grand statue was carved out of a single stone to a height of 14m in the year 1973. ‘Annadhana’ or ‘free meals’ is one of the salient features here. The pilgrims are also offered accommodation free of charge.
About 147 km from Mangalooru, nestled in vast verdant woods, Kollur is famous for its temple dedicated to Goddess Mookambika, the Goddess of arts and learning. This region is characterised by high green clad mountains and the ravishing rivulet Sowparnika. And this beautiful temple is situated on the scenic hill called Kodachandri. Even the trek up hill is considered sacred and believed to confer prosperity, health and fame. Thousands of devotees come here and worship the Goddess. An annual festival marked by devotional pomp and attends by scores of devotees from far and wide is celebrated between October and November.