Welcome to the Mangalore cruise port guide. With 500.000 inhabitants Mangalore is one of the largest cities in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a city believed to have been build in the 10th century. Over the centuries this area has created a whole new identity for itself. Snakes hold a very special place in Mangalore society. It was worshiped, because they associate snakes with power and respect. Although you won’t find he snakes at every corner of the street you might want to keep your eyes open for them at the temples. Changes are one of the first things you will see as soon as the ship is docked: eagles. They live here in large numbers and Mangalore is known for their high population. Mangalore is also one of the fastest developing cities in India. Many multinational cooperations and huge development projects are drawn to this city. It is also known under the nickname “the cradle of education”. This is because there are tons of school to find in Mangalore: engineering, medical, dental, MBA, hotel management etc. you will find them all in the city of Mangalore.
The city centre mall is sometimes used as the drop off location for the shuttle service your ship should provide. This modern mall has all the big brand and also very important: wi-fi.
Surrounded by schools you will find this beautiful church. The Roman Catholic faith is still up to today very important for the locals of Mangalore. You’ll find many different catholic churches throughout the city centre. Go to the Rosario cathedral, St. Aloysius or Church of our lady of miracles.
South of Mangalore you will find the area of Ullal. This is where the Ullal Juma Masjid stands. Legend has it that about 400 years ago, Sayyid Muhammed Shameful Madani came to Mangalore from Saudi Arabia. There are many stories behind this saint and his tomb still stands here today. The mosque is not open to non-muslims.
Most cruise ships will dock at the New Mangalore port. You will find a great cruise terminal here with souvenir shops. The city center of Mangalore is about 10 km away from the cruise dock. Therefore most cruise lines will offer a shuttle service into town. If you chose not to go with a shore excursion you can always grab a taxi or tuk tuk to the city. Visit our full Mangalore cruise port guide for more information about this.