From times immemorial Mangalore has been an important centre. During the rule of Hyder Ali this place was an important port. Today, however, it has developed into a popular tourism centre. Mangalore is often referred to as the "Entry Point to Beach Country". Its unspoilt beaches have been catering to travellers for ages. Like all other amazing beaches of Karnataka the beaches at Mangalore too are blessed with natural beauty. The most famous beach here is the Ullal Beach. Apart from this there is the Karwar Beach. The waters at these beaches are gentle and azure, just like that of the Arabian Sea. On the fringes of the city the tourist can explore two more beaches-Malpe beach and Marvanthe beach.
The most untouched and rocky beach facing the Kanara region is nine kilometres to the south of Mangalore, and half kilometres from the Someshwara Bus stand. Someshwara beach is well-known for the large rocks called "Rudra Shile". Somanath Temple in Mangalore constructed during the regime of the famous queen Abbakka Devi is situated in the north side.
Tannirbhavi Beach is located in Panambur. Tannirbhavi Beach is 10 kilometres to the north of the city, near the New Mangalore Port and along the confluence of the Gurupur River and the Arabian Sea. Tannirbhavi Beach is comparatively more deserted and is a great spot for safe and secluded swimming. Panambur is well connected by bus and can also be reached by autorickshaw from the centre of the city.
Malpe Beach is about 60 kilometres to the north. Tannirbhavi Beach can be reached by the local express buses. Also there is a small island of the beach which is the centre of attraction to the tourists.
Ullal Beach is 12 kms from the city of Mangalore. Ullal Beach with a stretch of coconut trees and the fishermen's lane make the landscape picturesque, creating a lovely coastal experience. The ruined fort of Abbakka Devi and Jain temples of 16th century are other attractions for inland and outland tourists. The Dargah of Sayed Mohammed Shereful Madani is the 400 years old mosque and a famous dargah in this region.
Surathkal beach is situated 20 kms away from Mangalore towards Udupi. This beautiful beach is among the cleanest bits of coastline on the Karavali. This picturesque beach, Surathkal beach is known for its clean surrounding and its light house. This beach is few minutes away from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Near the beach, the temple of Lord Sadashiva and the lighthouse on the rock overlooking the Arabian Sea are the centre of attractions.
Sasihithlu beach is located at about 26 Kilometres north from Mangalore. It offers an eyeful of nature's bounty to the tourists. The beautiful island of 'Munda' surrounded by Shambhave River and Nandini River on one side and Arabian Sea on the other side of the beach makes Sasihithlu beach a remarkable tourist spot.
The picturesque city of Mangalore is nestled between Arabian Sea and Western Ghats. The city lies on the backwaters at the convergence of Netravathi River and Gurpura River. The surrounding areas comprise of hills and valleys.
Beaches of Mangalore are filled with unprecedented charm and beauty. This city in Karnataka is a unique blend of culture, religion and relaxation. The beaches in Mangalore attract tourists from all over the world. The spectacular beauty with which Mangalore greets the visitors makes it difficult for them to leave this city.
Apart from the beaches at Mangalore there are other attractions as well. These include Manjunatha Temple, Mangala Devi Temple, Lighthouse Garden and several other places. The main attraction of the Mangalore beaches in Karnataka is serenity. The cool breeze at the seaside is enough to dispel all worry and gloom.