A major port on the Arabian Sea located in Southern India, Mangalore derives its name from a goddess. The city has a rich historical past, part of it even dating back to major epics that are the bedrock of the Hindu mythological pantheon. Mangalore has 11th century temples, scintillating beaches dotted with coconut palm trees, museums and lighthouses. Red-roofed houses against the lush greenery provide a much-needed escape from the ordinary.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll leave the city behind and enjoy a picturesque drive to Karkala. This historically important town is a pilgrimage center for Jains, followers of one of the oldest religions in the world and is famous for its monolithic stone statue of Lord Gomateshwara. Regarded as one of the largest monolithic statues in the world, this imposing monument dates back to 1432 AD and is over 42 feet tall, weighing in at an estimated 80 tons. Aside from the statue itself being of a colossal size, it is rendered even more striking by its being situated atop a huge granite rock. It is also recognized as having the oldest known Marathi (Devanagari) inscriptions on it. Plenty of time will be allowed here to explore the site and take photos before it's time to make your way to your next stop, Soans Farm.
Recognized as a center for innovative agriculture, the farm allows visitors an opportunity to view multi-storied mixed cropping and the wide variety of tropical fruits and spices that are grown here. Most famous are the Soans pineapples which you will have the pleasure to sample.
After enjoying a light refreshment, you'll re-board your coach and travel to your final stop, Moodbidri and its thousand pillar temple - Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi. This immense granite temple built in 1430 A.D. is the largest and the most ornate of the Jain temples of this region. The Temple is famous for its open pillared front hall that consists of a thousand elaborately carved pillars and in the center of the sanctum, is the very sacred eight foot tall bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami. At the conclusion of your Temple visit, your motor coach will transfer you back to the pier in Mangalore.
Please note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition as there is a considerable amount of walking and 212 steps to negotiate at the Lord Gomateshwara statue. Lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Suitable attire is required and footwear must be removed in order to enter the temple. Additionally, leather items are not permitted inside the temple. The order of sights visited may vary.
Your tour begins with a short drive through this interesting and scenic city to the Achal Cashew processing plant. While appearing deceptively rural, Mangalore is actually a busy and thriving maritime city and the world's principal cashew-nut port. A city of vibrant contrasts, you will feel the peaceful tranquility of its lush green environment while viewing the abundant coconut plantations native to the area, while also navigating past narrow winding streets that are home to quaint gabled houses, temples and churches. All the while, the tantalizing aroma of spicy coconut curries permeates the air, adding to the city's ambience.
Upon arrival at the cashew processing plant, you'll receive a guided tour and learn all about this popular nut and how the cashew kernels are processed and cashew nut shell oil is produced. Mangalore is recognized as the birthplace of organized cashew nut processing. Your next stop is at Gokarnath Temple. This delightful temple dedicated to Lord Gokarnath has recently been renovated and is considered an excellent example of the modern architecture created by the Billawa Community of Mangalore. The temple is visited daily by those wishing to seek the blessing of the Lord Gokarnath.
Proceeding to the amazing St. Aloysius Chapel, you'll see why this amazing chapel is considered a must-see for anyone visiting Mangalore. Often compared to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the unique beauty of the chapel lies in the remarkable series of intricate paintings that cover virtually every square inch of the interior ceiling and walls. Created over a period of two years by Brother Antonio Moscheni, an Italian artist, the Chapel with its magnificent art work is truly one of the city's hidden gems.
Your final tour stop before returning to the pier will be at the private home of a typical Mangalorean family. Here, you can enjoy learning about local life and customs while being treated to some light refreshment.
Please note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not available to wheelchair guests. There is a moderate amount of walking and standing. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Suitable attire is required and footwear must be removed in order to enter the temple. Additionally, leather items are not permitted inside the temple. The order of sights visited may vary.
This port city is named after the goddess Mangaladevi and is one of the fastest developing cities in India. As you travel about, you will find Mangalore to be an eclectic mix of both old and new and a true melting pot of cultures. Although primarily known as one of the major port cities in India and home to agricultural processing, in recent years it has become more cosmopolitan with several information technology companies relocating their offices here.
Your tour starts with a drive into the busy downtown area of Hampankatta where you will find many shops and marketplaces selling silks, handlooms, sandalwood, rosewood figurines, jewelry and spices. Disembarking your coach, free time will be allowed for you to stroll amongst the shops and purchase some souvenirs of your visit.
Re-joining your coach, you will leave the marketplace and travel down the narrow lanes and residential areas of Mangalore while on your way to the private home of a typical Mangalorean family. This segment of your tour will give you a true insight into the local culture and daily life of the Mangaloreans and this city of many contrasts. Arriving at a private home, a fine example of colonial Mangalore depicted in its fine architecture, open spaces and manicured tropical gardens. Your affluent hosts the, Peres family, have lived here over generations. You will enjoy the warm hospitality of the local family as they greet you and answer any questions you may have about typical life in Mangalore. A light refreshment will be served before it's time to re-board your coach and return to the pier.
Please note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. There is a moderate amount of activity, including walking and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.