Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore

Tripoto
1st Mar 2019
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From surfing to sunbathing, from eating delectable snacks at New Taj Mahal hotel to having fresh fish curries with boiled rice at Machhali, from exploring heritage buildings to relaxing at upbeat cafes, from beach hopping to cultural immersions - Mangalore offers all these experiences and more.

Here's our trail of Mangalore wanderings one long summer weekend.

Day 1: Exploring Mangalore City


Day 1

We took the night bus from Bangalore and reached Mangalore early in the morning. A short auto ride took us to Cordel Farmstay, a holiday home away from the city center. Even though we reached at 6 am, our host Zita Lobo was up to welcome us. Our rooms were ready and there was a mouth-watering breakfast waiting for us.

Set on the third floor, overlooking areca nut trees, our room was comfortably furnished. It had an electric kettle (which always gets bonus points from me!)

Homemade breakfast spread

Photo of Cordel Farmstay Mangalore, Shakti Nagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Cordel Farmstay Mangalore, Shakti Nagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

After a leisurely morning and some farm exploration with the Lobos, we decided to set out for the day. Our hosts have a scooter, which we hired for our stay at a very nominal rate.

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The first stop was St Aloysius College which has a beautiful chapel with paintings done by Bro. Antonio.

Photo of St Aloysius College, Hampankatta, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of St Aloysius College, Hampankatta, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

There’s a beautiful red building in Mangalore’s bustling city center, Hanumantha Nagar. Stone arches and green wooden windows seem to hang on to the grace of a bygone era. Around the heritage structure, the city slowly moves towards its millennial aspirations.

The institute’s origins can be traced back to 1824 when a group of German Missionaries introduced English language education in coastal Karnataka. Over time, the institution grew and changed names. Now it is simply called the University College.

Photo of University College Mangalore, Attavar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of University College Mangalore, Attavar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel


Photo of Machali, Kodailbail, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Machali, Kodailbail, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

A short break at a Diesel cafe, for gathering our thoughts, refueling, and escaping the sun.

Photo of Diesel Cafe, Mallikatte, Kadri, Mangalore, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Diesel Cafe, Mallikatte, Kadri, Mangalore, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

Rode to Mangalore's oldest tile factory, Albuquerque and Sons. Now it lie in ruins ...

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Photo of Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

From there, we drove on towards Mangalore Port (the old one) stopping by at a fishing village ...

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Photo of Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

And, ended the day watching the sunset from Bolar Ferry Park.

Photo of Ferry Road, Bolar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

Day 2: Beach Hopping

After a leisurely morning and breakfast at Cordel Farms, we set out for the day. Our first stop was at for a traditional Mangalorean lunch at Gajalee.

Neer dosa, prawn sukkha, fish fry

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Chicken gassi, kori roti

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Photo of Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

After lunch we drove to Sultan Battery, a watch tower constructed by Tipu Sultan in 1784.

Photo of Sultan Battery, Sultan Battery Road, Urva, Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

At Sultan Battery, we took a ferry ride to Tannirbhavi beach. As there's no ferry service for vehicles, we had to leave our scooter in the parking.

Photo of Suthan Battery Ferry Service, Boloor Marigudi Road, Urva, Ashok Nagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

At Tannirbhavi beach, we took an auto to do some beach hopping.

Pannambur beach

Our first beach was Pannambur.

Photo of Panambur Beach, Mangaluru, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Panambur Beach, Mangaluru, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

NITK beach

After an hour in Pannambur (which was quite crowded) we head out to NITK beach with red lighthouse. You can go up the light house for a panoramic view of the quiet beach.

Photo of NITK Beach, Surathkal, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of NITK Beach, Surathkal, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

And finally, we got back to Tannirbhavi beach by 5 pm to catch the sunset and take the last ferry (at 7 pm) home.

Photo of Tannirbhavi Beach, Kasba Bengre, Mangaluru, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Tannirbhavi Beach, Kasba Bengre, Mangaluru, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

Ferry rides are one of my favourite parts of traveling in Goa and coastal Karnataka.

Photo of Sultan Battery Ferry Service, Boloor, Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Sultan Battery Ferry Service, Boloor, Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Sultan Battery Ferry Service, Boloor, Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

On our way home to Cordel Farm, we stopped by at Pabbas for some famous Gudbud ice-cream.

Photo of PABBA'S, Lalbagh, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of PABBA'S, Lalbagh, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Day 3

Day 3: Sand, sunshine, and good food

Early morning at Ullal beach

On the last day of our trip, we decided to greet the day on a beach. So we woke up at 4 am and rode in the dark to Ullal beach which was empty except for a few morning walkers.

Photo of Ullal Beach, Ullal, Karnataka by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

Once the sun was high, we headed back to the city. By now, we were ravenous and had a sumptuous meal at the New Taj Mahal cafe (not the branded one).

Chilling in Mangalore city

After checking out of Cordel Farmstay, we left our luggage at the homestay and drove down to the city center. It was a Monday and we had the entire afternoon to ourselves which we spent watching Wonder Woman at the Forum Mall, driving around the city a bit more, sketching some urban structures, and doing street photography.

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Photo of Matargashti (Aimless Wandering) in Mangalore by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

Mangalore will always be for us a place of warm hospitality and breezy rides by the sea.

P.S. All pictures clicked by Tushar Shukla and are not meant for commercial use. Artwork and content by Seema Misra.

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