Nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain range, Mangalore is a major Indian port situated on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers. The largest city of the Tulu Nadu region, Mangalore is one of the fastest-developing conurbations in India. In stark contrast to this title, Mangalore still boasts a luscious and unspoilt landscape, with rolling hills, coconut palms and freshwater streams.

If you're looking for adventure, head to the Western Ghats and get stuck in to the dense jungle landscape. Or take a bus down to Mulki to check out India's first surf club. Mangalore itself has many clean and beautiful beaches; scramble across the rocks on Someshwar beach to the south of the city for the rich reward of one of India's beautiful sunsets. Travel north and Panambur beach is the ideal location for safe and secluded swimming, or journey just beyond for Suratkal beach and its luxurious velvet sand.


Shore excursions in Mangalore

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Artisan Village and City Sights

Activity low

Duration: 3¼ hours

Discover the preserved ancient traditions and rich heritage of Mangalore during a city tour and a visit to a charming artisan village.

Embark on a journey to a self sustaining artisan village in Mangalore. Seen from the top of the hill the village resembles a true tribal village with the creaking and grinding sound of the miller, the tinkering of the blacksmith and the clutter of the carpenter.

The Artisan Village has become synonymous with quality and during your visit you’ll be able to watch various household items, such as pottery, stone carving, iron work, weaving, furniture making and rice pounding, being produced using old traditional methods. This is a unique opportunity to see the skill and dedication that is involved in their craft.

Before returning to the ship, you’ll be taken on a city sightseeing drive around the main sights of Mangalore with photo stops provided at Sultan Battery and Milagres Church.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. There is a maximum of 10 steps to negotiate on this tour.

Discover Mangalore

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Experience the Mangalorian way of life during a visit to the Achal Cashew Factory, St Aloysius Church and Manjunath Temple.

Travelling through the rural landscape, you’ll arrive at the Achal Cashew Factory, to learn more about one of the world’s most popular nuts. In the factory, you’ll see the various stages of processing. All work, from peeling the outer and inner skin, to segregating the nuts according to their size and colour, is done by hand. Over 450 women perform the routine and tedious procedures involved in processing the nuts manually.

Leaving the factory, you’ll continue to a colourful fruit and vegetable market for a glimpse of the local Mangalorian way of life before visiting the exquisite Romanesque-style St Aloysius Chapel. This chapel is sometimes referred to as the Sistine Chapel of South India due to its 19th century frescoes, painted by the Italian-trained Jesuit priest Moscheni, which envelope the walls and ceilings in Biblical scenes. The level of detail in these paintings along with the painstaking effort he took to portray the details in each piece of work is outstanding. The rector will give you a brief introduction to the chapel’s history and bring your attention to some of the finer points of the paintings.

Your last stop will be at the 11th century Manjunath Temple, an important centre for the worship of Lord Shiva (one of the holy Hindu trinity). This intricately designed and colourful temple sanctuary contains a number of superb bronzes as well as other shrines dedicated to other Hindu gods. The temple also has traces of Buddhist influence, including a life-sized, three-faced, six-armed figure of a seated Bodhisattva with enamelled eyes and an intricately carved crown.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot There is a maximum of 30 minutes leisurely walking at each venue over some rough, uneven ground. The Cashew Factory and St Aloysius Chapel are not wheelchair accessible. There are 7 steps to negotiate at the Chapel.

Temples of Jain

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Admire the decorative Jain Temples and their grand statues before enjoying refreshments and a visit to the famous Dr Soans Farm.

The first stop will be at Karkala Temple to see the imposing single stone 42 foot Gomateshwara statue (Lord Bahubali), which dates back to 1432 and is carved out of granite rock. At the entrance to the temple is a special set of footprints embedded in rock which has been preserved in a little shrine dedicated to Gomateshwara. How the footprints made such an impression on solid stone and have remained intact after thousands of years is still a mystery.

Next, you can pay homage to Mother Nature’s bounty as you encounter the heady scents of Dr. Soan’s Farm. Spices (pepper, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg), paddy fields (rice), bamboo (one particular species is believed to grow a foot a day), pineapple (the major cash crop), bananas, coffee, breadfruit and a variety of other fruits are all raised on this hundred-acre spread. Your guide will show the highlights of the farm, before stopping to enjoy some refreshments straight from the farm.

Moodabidri is a Jain holy city, home to 18 temples, the largest and most famous of the temples is the 15th century ‘Thousand Pillars Temple’. The temple contains many pillars, carved in astonishingly fine detail, no 2 of them alike. It also has a valuable collection of metal, jewel-encrusted images of Jain prophets. The 8 foot tall bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum of this temple is considered to be very sacred. At the entrance, is the 49 foot monolithic pillar called the ‘Manasthambha’, which is believed to guard the temple and meant to remind all who enter that they must leave their egos at the door. What makes this temple all the more amazing is that it was built by the local people who decided they wanted a temple.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. Photography is not permitted inside the main temple. There is approximately 40 minutes of walking at each venue over some gravel, rough or uneven terrain.There are 212 steps to climb to reach the Gomateshwara statue. There is a fee to photograph (£2) or video (£3) at the Thousand Pillars Temple.

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