Mangalore Journals

M-M-M-Mangalore 2011

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A November 2011 trip to Mangalore by koshkha

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Quote: A weekend in the coastal city of Mangalore

Bejai Museum

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Attraction | "I promise we won't steal anything"

Bejai Museum Photo, Mangalore, India
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The Bejai Museum was our second attraction on the day we spent sight-seeing in the city and it’s the kind of place you need to approach with an open mind and not too much hope of being excited or overly impressed. It is the city’s only museum and the lack of competition has perhaps not stretched the ambitions too far. We took an auto-rickshaw from the Kadri Manjunath temple and paid about 20 rupees (including tip) to be dropped on the main road and to be directed with a vague wave of the driver’s hand. We headed up quite a steep driveway in search of the building.The museum was set up by a retired army doctor, Colonel V R Mirajkar, in memory of his late mother and it lives in a block...Read More

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Bejai Museum

Mangalore, India

Kadri Manjunath Temple

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Attraction | "Temple Time"

Kadri Manjunath Temple Photo, Mangalore, India
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The Kadri Manjunath temple in Mangalore is located about 4 km from the city centre in the Kadri hills. It was our first attraction on the list for our sightseeing day and we took an autorickshaw from just outside our hotel in order to get there. One great thing about Mangalore is that the taxi drivers are honest – yeah, really – and if you ask them, and sometimes even if you don’t, they will put the meter on and charge you the displayed fare. Mangalore is the only city where I’ve ever been able to get taxis to do this and I have been literally all over the country.Our fare was crazily low and even after we added a generous tip, it cost us just 30 rupees (about 40 pence) We then walke...Read More

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Kadri Manjunath Temple
Kadri
Mangalore, India

Is a weekend enough to see Mangalore?

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When we told people our holiday plans included a weekend in Mangalore, we got used to their reactions. Most would correct us – thinking that we were obviously a bit stupid or suffering from speech impediments. "Ah yes" they would say "Bangalore, centre of India’s IT and call centre industries". We patiently repeated ourselves and insisted that we were indeed going to Mangalore and, having previously been to Bangalore, we were in no rush to go again. To some degree I can understand their confusion. Bangalore is famous all over the world; Mangalore is barely famous even inside India. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but not too much. We went for several reasons. Firstly – in the tradit...Read More

Indian 24-hour Hotel Check-In

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Whether you book directly with Indian hotels or use international hotel booking sites, sooner or later you’ll probably come across the concept of ’24 hour check-in’. I believe – though I can’t be sure – that it’s a uniquely Indian idea and it’s one which can be very useful and may save you a lot of money, or conversely could see you stressed to the max about being thrown out on the streets in the middle of the night.The idea of 24 hour check in is that you can arrive at a hotel at any time of the day or night, and the room is yours for 24 hours (or 48, or 72 and so on) from the time you arrive. It sounds fairly obvious but it’s an unusual model for hotels to use. In most countries, if you...Read More

Goldfinch Mangalore

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Hotel | "Life is Tweet at the Goldfinch"

Goldfinch Mangalore Photo, Mangalore, India
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For our weekend in Mangalore we chose the Goldfinch Hotel in the city centre. It had been a tricky business to find a place since we really didn’t know anything about the city, where would be good or where we should avoid. After getting some suggestions from my friend, I identified an area that seemed to be good. Goldfinch was one of the more expensive hotels on my short list but by the time we would get to Mangalore I thought we’d deserve a bit of a treat. I booked a room for two nights through a booking site and then I emailed the hotel to warn them we’d be arriving really early.Our check in was efficient but not particularly warm or friendly. I don’t think the night manager was u...Read More

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Goldfinch Mangalore
Bunts Hostel Road
Mangalore, Karnataka 575003

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koshkha

koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom