The Mangalore Airport welcomes the arrival of cheap flights to Mangalore on one of its two table-top runways. The new airport terminal, built in 2009, is fully air-conditioned and has two aerobridges; it can accommodate up to 150 passengers taking international Mangalore flights, and up to 400 passengers for domestic flights. It currently handles an annual traffic of 930,000 passengers, with this figure constantly on the rise. The central part of Mangalore is located about 19 kilometres away from the airport. To get there, you can board the city-operated bus, or use the 24-hour prepaid taxi service at the airport counter.
Mangalore has a well-equipped transportation system. Privately-owned city buses run frequently from the Central Bus Stand to all the major parts of the city. In addition, express buses take you from Mangalore to the neighbouring cities. This is the cheapest way of getting around, but you might have to put up with the crowds. It is important to confirm the bus’s destination before boarding, as the numbering system is in the local language Kannada only. If you want to travel in convenience and minimize road time after saving on cheap tickets to Mangalore, hire an auto-rickshaw or taxi. You will be charged by the metre in an auto-rickshaw, with the night fare set at 1.5 times the metre rate. Taxis charge a fixed price based on the distance covered; agree on a price with the driver before setting off. You also have the option of renting a car and driving around to explore the city.
Mangalore is named after the Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi, and the Mangaladevi Temple is dedicated to this deity. When booking cheap flights to Mangalore, put this site on your itinerary to see hordes of devotees seeking divine blessings and to understand the deep historical and religious significance of this temple. The city also has a sizeable Christian community that worships at St. Aloysius Chapel. Beautiful paintings by the Italian Jesuit brother Moscheni adorn its ceiling and interior walls. Take a trip back in time at the adjoining St. Aloysius Museum as you admire the ancient radios, wooden utensils and coins on display here. Spend a leisurely evening at the Light House Hill Garden, which is just a short walk from the Central Bus Stand. It is a vantage point to watch the sun dip into the horizon as ships sail out at sea.
As you wander about the markets in Mangalore, you will be in awe of the wide variety of pure silk sarees, all vying for your attention. Gold jewellery and carved sandalwood and ivory showpieces are a common sight in the shops. The leading brand names in clothing and accessories can be found at the three-storey Empire Mall or the Bharat Mall.
Take advantage of the cheap airfares to Mangalore and indulge in the Udipi meals that are known for being easy on your palate and your pocket. Sample some deep-fried fritters (called goli baje), with a steaming cup of coffee. Mangalore lies on the Konkan coast, so you have to try its coconut-based seafood dishes. The latest luxury dining experience is offered aboard a floating dhow fitted with an air-conditioned dance floor on the lower deck and a restaurant on the upper deck. Relish the Indo-Chinese cuisine as you watch fishing boats in action around the Phalguni River.
To the locals in Mangalore, nightlife means a trip to the cinema hall on weekends. Youngsters and tourists can be seen having a good time at the city’s three main nightclubs - G6 Music Café, Froth on Top, and Liquid Lounge. Book Mangalore flights for your next holiday - as there is no dearth of activities awaiting you.