Manglore Travel Guide
There is no dearth of malls and shopping complexes in Mangalore. Apart from Hampankatta , Balmatta, Kankanady and posh Falnir, most of the new malls are coming up on MG Road which is a dual carriageway. The "Empire Mall" has the Nilgiris supermarket, Coffee Day, Pizza Corner, Dollar store and a few other retail chains. It also houses Combinations, a good store for artificial jewelry and cosmetic requirements, not as big as, but similar to Claire's.
The "Bharath Mall" has an Adlabs 4 screen Multiplex, Big Bazaar,Food Bazaar, PlanetM, Pizza Hut, Pantaloons, Coffee Day, Subway, Adidas, Reebok, Provogue, Planet Sports, Swawroski, Lewis etc. just to name a few. The Saibeen complex is also located on MG Road. Another mall, the "Mohtisham City Centre Mall", is coming up on K S Rao road. It has a retail space of almost 800,000 square feet. Spencers, McDonalds, Westside, Reliance Fresh, Landmark, Shoppers Stop have already booked their spaces. This mall will also feature a 6 screen multiplex called 'Fun Cinemas'.
The Bangalore based Prestige group is investing about 300 crores for their upcoming 625,000 sq feet mall 'Forum' near AB Shetty Circle and it is targeted to be fully functional by November 2010. Another mall is expected to be built opposite the TMA Pai International convention centre on MG Road.
'Excel Mall', 'Mischief Mega Mall', 'Mak-mall', 'Spectrum','Times Square', 'Pio Mall', 'Golden Harvest Mall','Mangalore Central Mall'and 'City Center' are the upcoming malls in Mangalore.
Like in Bangalore and Mumbai, you can find a huge crowd in the malls of Mangalore. During the end of the season, retailers like 'Pantaloons Retail India Ltd.' offer huge sales discounts like that which is done in Bangalore and Mumbai. People in Mangalore are also crazy about shopping.
Small fashion stores like 'Signature Shoppping', 'Saree House', 'Envy' etc. are also present in Mangalore.
Der is also 6000 sqft showroom which is one of the biggest showroom in mangalore called ADKA'S which provides latest clothing in fashion for mens ladies and kids.
Another category of small eateries is the Malayali joints. As Mangalore is adjacent to Kerala, it has a fair share of Malayalis who patronize these places. You will see that these eateries have their names written in large letters in the Malayalam script. They provide a selection of non-vegetarian food prepared in typical Kerala-style. A famous place to cite in this category would be Kairali Restaurant - near the Railway Station behind Milagres Church.
 Premium Restaurants
If you're ready to spend a little more money to give yourself and your family that perfect tummy treat while in Mangalore, visit the various restaurants around which offer varied cuisines of your choice and taste - at a price! The 'Chicken Ghee Roast', which is a delicacy specifically of Dakshina Kannada is available at many of the premium restaurants.
Mangalore has many clean and beautiful beaches:
* Someshwar Beach is located in Ullal, 11 km to the south of the city, near the confluence of the Netravati River and the Arabian Sea. The beachface is extremely rocky and considered dangerous for swinmming. However, it is a great place to relax and watch the spectacular sunsets. Ullal is accessible by bus, train and autorickshaw from the city centre.
* Tannirbhavi Beach is located in Panambur, 10 km to the north of the city, near the New Mangalore Port and along the confluence of the Gurupur river and the Arabian Sea. This is comparatively more deserted and is a great spot for safe and secluded swimming. Panambur is well connected by bus and can also be reached by autorickshaw from the city centre.
* Suratkal Beach is about 15 kms to the north of the city.It has a beautiful lighthouse and few rocks.
* Kaup Beach is about 45 kms to the north.It can be reached by a the local express buses in 45 minutes. The beach has a lighthouse which is open to visitors.
* Malpe Beach is about 60 kms to the north.It can be reached by a the local express buses.This beach has a resort.Also there is a small island of the beach -about 15 minutes boat ride.Local ferry runs every 30 minutes or so.The last ferry back from the island is at 5 PM.
places to see
There are numerous small restaurants where one can gorge on cheap food as long as one likes South Indian food. The most typical ones are the Udupi-style restaurants which serve the staple fare of idli, wada and a variety of dosas. You can wash them down with some home-grown filter coffee or tea.
One of the more famous Udupi-style restaurants is the Woodlands situated on Bunts Hostel Road which has preserved its old-world quaintness. The gentry of Mangalore drive into its courtyard and remain seated in their cars. Nimble-footed waiters with their white mundus hitched up scamper around to serve them their food which is eaten inside the cars.
The lunch menu in Woodlands is particularly tasty if you like typical South Indian food. Lunch includes two varieties of rice - Normal rice and Boiled rice (Kerala style). The tiffin(Snacks) menu (evening) also is delicious with several choices. The dinner menu is very plain and contains many repeat dishes.
* Taj Mahal, located in three different locations in Mangalore (Car Street, Hampankatta & Town hall). The Coffee served in Taj Mahal is regarded by many to be the best coffee available anywhere-the exact contents of the coffee powder used are kept a secret, Taj Mahal has a lot of patrons who visit the restaurant almost ritualistically thrice a day. Apart from the coffee there are a wide variety of dishes available including the dosas.
* Hotel Ayodya is famous for authentic Mangalore style food items. Try appam, ghee dose, vastad roti, parota/tingalavare song.
* Janata Deluxe also serves authentic Udupi style food items.
 North-Indian Cuisine
* If you are looking for North Indian food, you are not spoilt for choice. Some of the larger hotels have a larger menu but the food is not particularly appetizing. One important joint in this category would be the restaurant at Hotel Srinivas on G.H.S Road - awesome food at great prices (Veg-only).
* Otherwise for the Mughlai-tandoori variety, don't forget to check out The Royal Darbar (Bendorewell-Kankanady Road) and The Mogul Treat (at Highlands - opposite Highland Hospital).
* Chicken Tikka Halal (Saibeen complex)
* Biryani Paradise (Kankanady-Pumpwell road).
* Shetty's Kori roti (near Canara College) - it supplies Mangalore style chicken curry with Kori roti (rice papads).
Try such dishes as Kane Rava fry, Anjal Masala fry and Manji Masala fry.
* Coconut Grove at hotel kumar's International is the most famous for mouth watering world delicacies in mangalore( opp Colaco hospital, bendore main road)
* Narayana Hotel at Bunder is famous for delicious Mangalore style fish fry with fish curry rice.
* Anupama (Bunts Hostel)
* Amantran (Attavar - near city railway station) is a must try for sea food.
* Maharaja (near Jyoti)
* Kings Court (highway near Kottara Chowki)
* Madhuvan Village (Yeyyadi)
* Palkhi (Jyothi circle)
Mangaladevi Temple, Carstreet Venkataramana Temple, Kudroli Gokarnanatha, Kadri Manjunatheswara, Urwa Marigudi, Sharavu Ganapathi Temple, Kateel Durgaparameshwari