Seafood reigns supreme in this coastal town, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that they are excellent at it. A trip to Mangaluru is incomplete without a meal at any of the numerous restaurants that dot this charming city. Try the Machali, Giri Manjas and Anupam which, true to its name, serves the best of all things fishy. Have some rice with coconut-infused fish curry to get that lip-smacking coastal taste. Their speciality is the Prawn Ghee Roast and Chicken Ghee Roast that will linger on your tastebuds for days. Local favourite Gajalee Seafood Restaurant is another option.
Festivals and Cultural
Mangaluru celebrates the Indian traditional festival such as Dasara, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Christmas, Easter, Eid, etc. with absolute pomp and enthusiasm. Mangaluru culture is infused with numerous local festivals in addition to these well-known festivals.
Dasara- Mangaluru Dasara is considered one of the biggest celebrations in Mangaluru and stands second place after Mysore Dasara in the state of Karnataka. The festival is organized by Kudroli Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple. The main attraction of the festival is lion dance, Tiger dance, bear dance. The city is decorated with lights for 10 days of the occasion.
Kodial Theru or Mangaluru Rathotsava - It is one of the major festivals of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins(GSB) community, which celebrates the car festival of the Sri Venkatramana Temple. It is celebrated to mark the wedding anniversary of Lord Veera Venkateshwara.
Bhoota Khola-Bhoota means 'spirit' and Kola means 'play' in Tulu. It is basically a spirit worship ritual celebrated by Tulu-speaking people in Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka and some districts of Kerala.They are spirits that protect the village from calamities and make them prosperous. It is believed that the anger of these spirits could bring bad luck. According to people, these spirits are neither good nor bad. Kola is also called 'nema' which means ceremony, which goes on from dusk to dawn.
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