Tourism in Penambur Beach
The Sea Beach of Panambur is the most visited beach of the city which offers great views of sunset. During the carnivals organized by the district authorities, the beach attains a spectacular visage. A number of activities are encouraged during the festivals such as sand sculpture contests, beach sports and boat races. It also serves as the site of International Kite Festival which invites tourists from all over the globe. Other activities which can be enjoyed here include Dolphin viewing, Boating, Jet Ski rides and many others. Penambur beach is the first beach of the country which is maintained by a private enterprise titled Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project. They also create awareness among the people for preserving the natural heritage of the country. Penambur Beach has been awarded as one of the clean and best maintained beaches in India.
Panambur Beach Festival is also celebrated here as a part of Karavali Utsav, which is celebrated in the district. Activities like volleyball, food festival, kite flying and adventure sports are featured in the event. A number of cultural programs are also organized here in different languages like Beary, Konkani and Tulu. Boat racing is another charm of the event. Various food delicacies can be relished in Panambur Beach Festival.
New Mangalore Port Trust at Panambur
At Panambur, New Mangalore Port Trust operates the deep-water, all-weather port. It is credited as the only major port of the state and the ninth largest port of the country. 4th May 1974 marks the inauguration of the Trust by the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi. Its construction started in the year 1962. The port, known as New Mangalore Port, is located towards the north of the place where the Arabian Sea meets the Gurupura River. Towards its south lies the old harbour which is presently used for ferrying small goods and fishing. New Mangalore Port exports several commodities such as containerized cargo, cashew, coffee, granite stones, manganese, iron ore fines, iron ore concentrates and pellets. The products imported to the port include liquid chemicals, phosphoric acid, liquid ammonia, finished fertilizers, timber logs, wood pulp, LPG and petroleum products.