For the Country Vacations members from Bangalore and rest of India, the city of Mangalore is the new option for entertainment and fitness. Situated at the point where the Netravati and Gurupur Rivers flow into the Arabian Sea, Mangalore has been a pit stop on international trade routes since the 6th century AD. It was the major port of Hyder Ali’s kingdom, and today the region’s coffee and cashew crops are still shipped out from the modern port, which is 10km north of the city.
Mangalore is the largest city on Karnataka’s coast, and therefore is a useful place to stop for amenities. It’s not without its tourist charms, however, chief of which is quiet Ullal Beach, 12km south of the city. Country Vacations Mangalore members from this city can use the facilities that are available right now. There are beaches to visit, and the famous Mangalore cuisine is one thing that Country Vacations members should not miss. Places like St Aloysius Chapel Catholicism’s roots in Mangalore date back to the arrival of the Portuguese in the early 1500s, and today the city is liberally dotted with churches. One of the most impressive is the Sistine Chapel-like St Aloysius College Chapel, with its walls and ceilings painted with brilliant frescoes. This high-rise restaurant has elegant and warmly lit interiors, with sweeping views of town and the sea beyond. Try the spicy chicken varval (a coastal Karnataka style of curry) or the fresh prawn dishes.