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Mangalore: where you can discover ancient history, beautiful scenery and intriguing culture

Mangalore (officially Mangaluru), is a beautiful Arabian Sea port and busy commercial centre in the Karnataka state of India. The diverse population of the city numbers more than 499,000. Mangalore presents you with eye-catching sacred sites, breath-taking natural beauty and charming beaches. The top attractions are Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Tannirbhavi Beach and Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park.

Are you prepared to experience more of what India has to offer? If your answer is yes, then cheap flights to Mangalore are available for a limited time! Mangalore is the home of Mangalore International Airport (IXE), which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. IXE serves a number of Indian carriers, such as Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet. Popular connecting flights are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Mangalore. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Mangalore is approximately 22 hours.

Why visit Mangalore

Lord Shiva Murudeshwar at Mangalore

Dazzling Sacred Sites

There are so many stunning religious structures around Mangalore that are worth a visit! See amazing locations, such as Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Mangaladevi Temple, and St. Aloysius Chapel.

A Beautiful Scene at Someshwara Beach near Mangalore

Picturesque Coastline

Mangalore sits along India’s western coast. The city’s beaches stretch for nearly 15 kilometres! Experience a relaxing setting at locales such as Surathkal Beach, Mangalore Beach, and Talapady Beach.

A serene scene at Shambhavi River near Mangalore

Wildlife and Nature

Visit scenic natural treasures around Mangalore. Cool off at the spectacular Adyar Waterfalls. In the heart of the city, find Light House Hill Garden, a great place from which to see the sunset.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country India
Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 4.72 INR
Language English/Kannada/Tulu/Konkani
Hub Airport Mangalore International Airport (IXE)
Airline Air India
Time Zone GMT + 5:30
Travel Adaptor Type C/D/M

Best time to visit Mangalore

Mangalore has a tropical climate. The city experiences a significant amount of rain throughout most of the year. Even the dry season (November to April) gets some rainfall. Temperatures stay close to 30 degrees Celsius all year round. To skip most of the rain, the best time to visit Mangalore is between December and March. If you prefer to experience some of the rain, visit either in April or November.

Weather & Climate in Mangalore

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 22°C 24°C 26°C 26°C 24°C 23°C 24°C 23°C 24°C 23°C 22°C
High °C 31°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 1 4 36 211 999 1143 771 330 195 75 18

Discover the relaxed setting that the peaceful coastal city of Mangalore (officially known as Mangaluru) provides.

Explore the streets and keep your eye out for a variety of sights and landmarks. There’s Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, which sits on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini with a stunning backdrop of panoramic scenery. Visit Sultan Bathery, a watchtower located in the midst of charming nature, a former military installation that now offers beautiful views of the Arabian Sea from the top of the structure.

Mangalore lives up to India’s fame for its shopping scene. Explore the various interesting items on sale at the Central Market. Browse through an exciting collection of retail outlets in major shopping venues such as the Forum Fiza Mall, Bharath Mall, and Empire Mall.

The beautiful natural surroundings that Mangalore offers further cement the popularity India has for picturesque natural scenery. Discover an array of colourful insects at Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park. Spot a range of different animals, such as sambar, anteaters, spotted deers and leopards at Kadri Park. Another venue, one of the biggest in Mangalore, is Tannirbhavi Tree Park, a huge expanse of gorgeous greenery that also leads out to the coast, to Tannirbhavi Beach.

Speaking of beaches, Mangalore includes a wonderful selection of other scenic stretches of coastline. There’s Panambur Beach, a great location for jet ski rides, camel rides, boating and dolphin viewing. Then, check out Sasihithlu Beach, which is far from the city, meaning a more peaceful scene. One of the best beaches in Mangalore is Surathkal Beach, renowned for its cleanliness and calm atmosphere, with a lighthouse that offers breath-taking views from the top.

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You will need an Indian visa to visit Mangalore and the rest of India. Ensure that your passport has a validity of at least six months and two empty pages for entry stamps.

You can apply online for an e-tourist visa.

Make sure you’re up to date on all your routine vaccinations before visiting Mangalore. These include your flu shot and vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio.

Since you’ll be trying various dishes in Mangalore, make sure you’re vaccinated against hepatitis A and typhoid. You should always choose water that has been filtered or at least bottled mineral water. You will be eating with your hands, so make sure you’re carrying a water-free hand sanitizer. Only eat food that is steaming hot.

Malaria is a problem in Mangalore. Make sure you’re carrying mosquito repellent products. It would also be wise to consult with your doctor for advice on malaria prophylaxis.

While the various sights and landmarks are worth checking out, avoid staying till late, as many such attractions become deserted, and it may not be safe to be alone.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Mangalore
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 120 R 140 R 22
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 35 R 26 R 44
Cappuccino (regular) R 27 R 26 R 32
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 11 R 6
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40 R 45 R 44
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