Mangalore can be a great place for vacationing but practically speaking, spending only three days at this seaside city can be a little too less. It is because the place has amazing sightseeing options, natural surroundings filled with flora and fauna and offers different types of activities, not to mention of the different food palates that are on offer here. Anyway, if you are stressed and devoid of time; spending three days at Mangalore can revitalize you.
Go-temple-hopping - Mangalore can amaze you with its exquisite temple architecture. On the first day, you can go visit the Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple that boasts of a 60 feet high Gopuram which is golden in color and can be a visual delight for anyone. It also exhibits some fantastic sculptures and rock carvings inside it that can be absolutely marvelous for viewing.
Another masterpiece of Dravidian architecture is the Mangaladevi Temple that commands a massive faith in the city. Even if you are amongst those who do not like to visit temples, you may just like to see this temple due to its elegant constructive brilliance.
The beaches are awesome - When you are in Mangalore, you just cannot miss its pristine beaches with white sand and the azure sea that can take your breath away. Whether you visit the Surathkal Beach or the Pannambur Beach, the experience can remain for a long time. Since the beaches are at a distance, you can visit them on your second day.
The former is located about 18 kilometers from the city but once you reach the place, you can simply enjoy on its powdery white sand that can be alluring. The lighthouse on this beach is yet another attraction of the place as you can get a bird's eye view of the countryside and the ocean from atop it.
If you are a swimming enthusiast, the Pannambur Beach offers ample opportunities for it. It is a serene beach situated at about 13 kilometers from the main city and hence you can expect decent privacy at the place. Also, this beach can be a major spot for the water-sports enthusiasts.
Activities galore - Mangalore has enough to offer for the adventurer in you. On your third day, you can shed all your stress by going for some surfing at Mulki. There is a Hare Krishna Ashram over here that was established by an American Guru and you can try your hands at the barrel over here albeit with some abstinence. Although you can surf year round yet the best time to visit the place would be May-June or September-October when conditions are ideal for surfing.
If you are looking to have a picnic or a small trek, you can also visit the Pilikula Nisargadhama that is an ideal picnic spot with rich greenery and wildlife. The cage free zoo over here is an ideal setting for enjoying the wildlife at its best.
The rich Mangalore cuisines - Mangalore is famous for its rich culinary taste and if you enjoy seafood, it can be an ideal setting for you. The Crab Ghee Roast and Fish Pulimunchi of Kudlas can ticker your taste buds tantalizingly. You can also try Kundapuri Chicken, Chicken Pulimunchi or Mangalorean pork at Mangala. If you are a vegetarian, try out the special Neer Dosa at Ayodhya and other authentic cuisines of the city.
For the shopaholic in you, head to Hampanakatta where you can literally get everything! For a more plush experience, you can also try out the forum Mall or the City Centre. Mangalore has something for everyone in its kitty and although three days can be a bit less to enjoy everything, you can get a pretty good glimpse of the city and its surroundings.