Top 5 places you need to visit at Mangaluru

Mangaluru, undoubtedly is a wonderful place. It is famous for its tradition, culture and mesmerizing beauty.

Namma Karavali Team brings you five of those places you need to visit to fall in love with Mangaluru all over again.

1. Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park

Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park was set up in the year 2011 by Sammilan Shetty, a young nature lover and butterfly enthusiast. Situated at Belvai, near Moodabidri at the foothills of the Western Ghats, the park is a treasure house of a wide variety of butterflies belonging to this region. The park is developed on natural greenery and the butterflies are also natural inhabitants of the park. The park respects the butterfly’s freedom and no dome or enclosure is maintained to keep them trapped within the park. Only suitable conditions which are conducive to different varieties of butterflies are created to attract them to the park.

The park is being run with service motive and is not a commercial undertaking.

Park Timings : 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

2. St. Joseph Vaz Shrine Mudipu

St. Joseph vaz was born in Benaulim, Goa in the year 1651. He spent his entire life on charity and social work. The chruch here is beautiful and depicted with beautiful arts all over. This place is a must try.

3. NITK Lighthouse

NITK Lighthouse is a prominent destination in Surathkal which is a suburb of the city of Mangaluru, at a distance of 20 kms from the heart of the city. This Lighthouse is present inside the campus of NITK. It is 30 metres high and is painted in red and white bands.

The beach comes to life during the college cultural fests as many events involve the beach and the lighthouse. NITK Lighthouse is famous for photography as it`s silvery sand and clean surrounding make it a must visit place. The visitors indulge in beach football and volleyball every evening. NITK Lighthouse is yet to get attention from the tourism department but the visitors prefer it that way so that it stays untouched.

This lighthouse offers a magnificent view coupled with a serene and calm beach that makes it a splendid place to unwind. The evenings are especially lovely and makes it a perfect spot for couples. NITK Lighthouse is open during timings: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The entry fee is INR 10.

4. Kadri Hill Park

One of the biggest parks in Mangaluru, Kadri Hill Park, is one of the most popular destinations of all tourists in Mangaluru. It is most popular among kids. Located in the east direction, away from Hampankatta, this place has indeed attracted lot of traffic.

5. Shri Yogishwar Mutt

Shri Yogishwar Mutt is one of the well-known Jogi Mutts in the entire country. Famous as Kadali Yogishwar Mutt, its presiding deity is Kala Bhairava, a frightening form blended of the features of Lord Shiva, Durga and Agni. Sadhus of the mutt worship this form that depicts blend of the features of Lord Shiva, Durga and Agni.

You can visit this place from morning 7:00 AM to evening 7:00 PM.


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Karnataka to stay bandh on April 12

It is quite old news or say issue that people raising their opinion on distribution of Cauvery water. We all are aware that there is mixed opinion of public stepping forward to help Tamil Nadu in sharing Cauvery water.

Now I do not know who is right or who is wrong? Well, we are not here to discuss this issue.

Namma Karavali Team would like to inform you that Pro-Kannada outfits have called for a bandh in poll-bound Karnataka on April 12 in a counter to the ongoing stir in neighbouring Tamil Nadu for an early setting up of the Centre to form Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

The Karnataka bandh call came amid the DMK-led opposition parties observing a state-wide shutdown in Tamil Nadu on Monday, demanding early setting up of CMB to ensure water for farmers as per the Supreme Court orders.

As I said before, right or wrong, justice or injustice, just stay informed and be prepared in case of bandh as there are high chances of all the shops and services remaining closed.

Christmas celebration in Mangaluru

Christmas Christmas time is near.. Time for toys and time for cheers..


Its Christmas magic everywhere !

People all over are seen grabbing some crazy deals at the shopping malls, catching up with their friends for a long chat, children running around with their presents, families spending time together.

Well Mangaluru surely looks like one hell of a place with beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere. Everyone is seen celebrating the festival with love, joy and friendship.

christmas celebration in mangalore

There was a time when one particular festival was celebrated by only that community and the rest would not bother about it. But luckily, we are not in that era anymore.

Festivals today have become more about friendship, unity, spreading peace and yes celebrating the occasion.

As we all know Christmas is an annual festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies; when Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then disseminated the message furthermore.

christmas in mangalore

Christmas is celebrated all over the world. Each country may have its own way of celebrating. For some its just a family gathering, while some find it an occasion to celebrate with their friends. Some rejoice it with their inner peace and some just it reason for holiday getaway.

christmas celebrations

christmas in mangalore

Did you know that in addition to ‘Christmas’, the holiday has been known by other names as well like ‘Midwinter’ , ‘Nativity’ and ‘Noel’ .

December 24 marked as Christmas Eve was celebrated with great devotion and love. Devotees all over the world will gather in their respective churches to partake in the Mass on Christmas Eve.







OMG…… Mangaluru bikers cover 11,000-km in 43 days

Mangaluru: This is called achievement. A group of youngsters hopped onto their bike and set a new record marking their names in the record.

A long haul bike ride of a distance of 11,000-km in 43 days from Mangaluru, through  Kashmir   was not just exploration of places but also taught lifetime lesson on adjustments and minimising the expenditure and saving money, said three bikers from Mangaluru. The panoramic view of the nature, biting cold is what bikers will experience at Leh, said Varun Aithal and Manojna M.

Varun Aithal, Manojna M and Denzil Rose set out on a bike ride after their engineering graduation before joining work, to explore the places and know the culture and tradition of different places.  From Mangaluru they travelled to Murdeswar-Pune-Gujarath (Vadodara and Ahmedabad-Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Ramban (Jammu and Kashmir)-Sonamarg-Dras war memorial-Kargil-Leh-Khardong La- Pangong Lake-Karu-Kilong-Manali-Delhi-Sagar-Nagpur-Hyderabad-Bengaluru- Palani- Kodaikanal -Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari-Kochi-Kasargod-Mangaluru.

Biker Varun Aithal and Manojna describes the view as spectacular and breathtaking. “The views of the valley are awesome.  It was also a challenging experience.”

They battled rain, experienced extreme biting cold in the tough terrain. “At Khardung La, the heighest motorable road, we had to carry a small oxygen cylinder. At Nubra valley, the weather was extreme. We wore gloves but still the coldness numbs your senses,” they said.

Biking enthusiasts for last three years, Aithal along with Manojna and Denzil have ridden several short distance routes. “On a few stretch on our this trip, there was nothing except straight roads. So we had to carry fuel as well. At Pangong, there is no electricity. Only one generator is used and is switched off after 10 pm. At Rohtang Pass, the temperature was very cold and there was hairpin curve roads where the visibility was very poor. While returning from Delhi to Sagar, we covered four states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhyapradesh and Rajasthan,” they said proudly.

“Once you enter Jammu and Kashmir, you see many army personnel. We also visited the war memorial at Kargil. And, caught a glimpse Nubra Valley. We saw the double-humped camel. The army personnel were very kind. Whenever we stopped enroute seeking direction, they would offer us tea or snacks,” said Aithal.

“While returning from Hyderabad, we had to go to Bengaluru as Manojna had to write KPSC exam. In Rameshwaram, we met bikers from Karnataka, who accompanied us till Kanyakumari,” they said.

In fact, Varun and Manojna did not know each other till three years ago. It was fascination for bike ride which brought them together. Later, the trio formed ‘Wanderers on Wheels’, where they would set out short ride very often.

Aithal said “I have been documenting all my trips and uploading it on YouTube, so that people will know the culture and tradition of each state and beauty of the country. It is an attempt to showcase the beauty of India to the world as well.”. Their aim has been harmony and humanity.

_ Mangalore Today