Mangalore Travelogue 1: October, 2015
There’s no better way to experience an Indian state than a Road Trip. This travelogue is about places explored in Mangalore as well as the nearby towns.
Usually I prefer travelling via train. First because, its cheaper and second, I hate travelling in buses. This time we opted for a convenient option of hiring a Car for us. Expensive, yes, but convenient.
Our anchor point for this trip was Mangalore and that’s where we had booked our stay. A late-night start which allowed us to enjoy the view of the Ghats during dusk.
Breakfast comprised of sandwiches, omelette, Scrambled eggs and Coffee at Diesel Cafe.
We visited to the church of St. Aloysius, which is around 130 years old. Carved with intricate pictures explaining the life of Jesus Christ and other saints.
It was indeed a wonderful experience. The church complex comprised of a college and nursing home.The chapel is an architectural marvel in itself, built by Italian Antonio Moscheni. We weren’t allowed to click photos inside the church and hence…
It was almost time for lunch, but the place we had bookmarked for our lunch was closed. Reason being “Dry day” (2nd Oct) and since the restaurant comes along with a Bar. Instead we ended up having our “lunch” in an ice-cream parlour, called Pabbba’s Ice cream, with only Ice-creams.
If you ever visit Mangalore, this is a not-to-miss place.
Evening was reserved for a trip down to the beach and enjoy ourselves.
The Day-2 of the trip involved a lot of travelling as we moved from Mangalore to Udupi, after finishing our breakfast. We opted for the nearby Diesel Cafe (again) but instead of the English breakfast, we delved for a little taste of Mangalorean food (Sort of). It was Neer dosa and rice rotis.
We also made a stop at the 1000 pillar temple.
as well as the nearby Neminath Basadi Temple in Karkala, overlooking the Gomateshwara statue. Post and finally climbing the stairs to see the Huge statue.
The best part of the trip was yet to come, and like every trip you take, there remains that one place which stands out. Malpe beach was that place for me. I’ve never been on a beach with rain for company, but with this visit even that has been accomplished.
There were cocnuts lying around the beach, and one of my friend even broke it up for us to eat.
Dead fishes were thrown across with the incoming waves and so was garbage.
But we enjoyed the fishes. No, not those of course, but these. I always prefer the river ones over the Salt water fishes, but these were damn yummy.
While the fish was being fried, we indulged in some Gola and bhutta eating.
Although we went to Malpe beach with the hope of going over to St. Mary’s island, but thanks to timing, we just missed the ferry that takes people to the island. Sad part is, we had to watch the ferry leave in front of our eyes.
Consoled ourselves with the view of the dockyard and the crazy smell of fishes all over the place.
Finally it was time to head back to Mangalore and finish of the trip.
For me, the trip ended here at the beach with the taste of the fish still amalgamated in my mouth.
Must say, although I love travelling alone, this one with friends was very relaxing. Agreed that I missed out on lots of places to visit, authentic food to be tried, getting to know the locals or travelling in public transport while interacting with them. But this had a certain charm in itself.
Here is the youtube video of the Mangalore trip: