For 3 weeks, my hands were itching, heart longing for an excitement, mind reminiscing for a journey to be done. Those 3 missed weekends, something was blocking for the plan to succeed. Finally with much strong discussions and pressed upon, the plan got fixed for 22 and 23 Nov.
Route and places visited:
As usual, we left the office by 6PM, hit the Mangalore highway. We stopped for a dinner break at AADYAS restaurant. We reached this place around 830PM. By this time, the weather was already very cold and could see fog formation outside.
This place has a good parking space. There is a separate dinning hall for Pure Veg folks. We dined at the mixed tables and ordered food.
The quality of the food was good and we liked it. Price wasn’t that high as well.
We left this place after having coffee around 930 and straight drive towards Kottigehara. We had already decided to drive down the Ghat during the daylight. Reached kottigehara around 1230. We parked our vehicle at the road side at kottigehara and dozed off till 6AM. This place is very busy all round the clock so safety wise no issues.
Around 7, we left this place and straight drive towards Mangalore via Charmudi Ghat. As i had already referred to TBHP and a friend about the road conditions, i was suggested to take this route.
Driving down the Ghat was really one of the most fun part of the whole journey especially with FIAT car. The roads are in excellent condition. At this wee hours, the traffic was very less and i could drive down swiftly yet keeping safety at high attention.
The past travelers on this ghat would remember the famous temple somewhere in between this ghats where every passerby would stop or at least every KSRTC bus would stop for a pooja to be done in reference to have a safe journey. The road markings done at this spot is nice due to the very narrow road.
We reached Mangalore around 10 AM. By this time the weather was really damn humid already. We were sweating like pigs all along. Since we had decided to look for a hotel reaching here, so we had some ample time to wander around the city in looking for a good hotel after referring to TripAdvisor.
We got a chance to visit a Kadiri Temple and port nearby and what ya know, time for a quick photo shoot having my beast against a ship
While we searched, we got a good hotel at city center. Hotel Roopa – Balmatta Road, Hampankatta, Mangalore – 575001. This place is not very far from the railway station. Near to this hotel, there are other good hotels like Woodside.
The street is very busy street with lots of shopping stores and restaurants, etc. Worth for an evening stroll.
We got AC room for 1.5K/day on 24 hours checkin-out mode. The rooms were kept neat and clean including the restrooms. It was worth it except that the mattress were not that soft as one would wish for. Also has a good parking space at the backyard. Around 10 cars can be parked.
We took 1 hour rest in the hotel and after refreshing, we decided to hit for a lunch. Again referring to TripAdvisor i had already decided to dine at 2 hotels Gajalee and Pallkhi which both had very good ratings for seafood and non-veg
So first we decided to go to Gajalee for the lunch. There i ordered Squid ghee roast, prawn meethi masala. And my friend ordered north indian dish though he wished for veg south indian which wasnt avail there.
All these were really tasty food. I really enjoyed the food here. The prices were not that high. This hotel seemed 3 star. I would definitely recommend anybody visiting mangalore to try out once here.
After dinning, around 3PM we decided to hit Tannirbavi beach which was near to the mangalore city.
Next we decided to hit Surathkal beach and since i had already been to surathkal beach few years earlier, i knew that the beach would be deserted before 5PM, the beach gets glamor when the sun is about to go down 😉
We left this place around 430 to reach surathkal beach
We saw these fishermen separating the mussels from the bunch and filling the sack to be sold at the market. All these time i kept thinking to myself, wow what a luck would be to eat all these mussels 😀
We returned back to the hotel around 7PM where in the udupi highway was jam-packed. No wonder mangalore will be bangalore soon w.r.t traffic.
After refreshing we decided to have dinner. But before that, we decided to do some stroll and see the city life in the evening. Wandering around, visited the City Central Mall, local shops, etc. all these places were very near by and in a walkable distance. With this, we also enjoyed the beautiful girls of mangalore all around. Worth a walk, i must say. :p
My friend wanted to have a good south indian food. Hence we went to woodlands. The hotel did not look like a 2*,but it was not bad as well. Though i did not have anything here, my friend seemed to enjoy the food, but unfortunately the mangalore typical food was not available here after 830PM.
We finished the dinner and then marched towards Pallkhi Restaurant, this restaurant was very near to our hotel. I had planned already to visit this hotel during the night-time. It all worked out well, yea . I must thank my friend for the enough patience shown in giving me company though he consumed nothing.
This restaurant has an in-house bar which is neatly maintained. The place is quite small though. Thankfully we got a seat than need to wait.
I ordered prawns ghee roast, fish fry. The trio combination was fantastic.
The food was really tasty as well. I loved and felt lucky to savor the fantastic, tasty food in both these restaurants.
Previous night we decided to visit Baikal fort in the morning as its 1.5hours or 60+ Kms away from Mangalore and then on return would vacate the hotel as its 24hours checkin and then to visit Panambur beach.
Based on the decided plan, we left the hotel room around 6AM towards Baikal fort.
We had breakfast at a udupi hotel on the highway. We then headed towards Baikal fort. Starting from mangalore, the highway is under construction. So the roads are bad, but after around 10 kms or so, the roads starts to get very worse with very big pot holes on the roads. Even the heavy load vehicles, were struggling to pass along. Was very careful to not scrape the underbelly. Till fort, the road is getting repaired. I would definitely not recommend any body to travel in rainy season.
Due to the bad road, it took us almost 2+ hours to reach Fort, thankfully the traffic wasn’t that much in the early mornings yet the worst roads are the culprit. Also the border cops did not bother us during both the ways unlike at goa border
The fort opens from 8-5PM. The entry fees for Indians is 5 INR and for NRI its 100 INR. Camera to carry along costs extra.
By this time, the weather started to heat up and the humidity made us again sweat very badly. The fort was pretty big and we had to walk all around it in the bring hot sun. The view around the fort is really amazing and one would love to spend some time watching over the ocean. We were able to spot 2 dolphins near the fort. The fort is really well maintained and neat all around. I do hope it stays the same.
After satisfied with all the views of the nature around and the fort itself, time for some photography.
Around 10AM we departed from this place as by 1130 we were suppose to check out as more time would cost us another day extra rent. So we rushed back in a hurry yet safety at highest priority. Again the worst roads and more traffic, cost us almost 3 hours to reach back. Thankfully the hotel owner obliged to checkout without extra cost.
We vacated the hotel room and decided to have lunch at Shiv sagar.
As per Tripadvisor, this place was good for veg food. I ordered Neer dosa (Mangalore typical food) and mushroom ghee roast. and my friend ordered fried rice and chinese platter. The food wasn’t that tasty/great.
After lunch we decided to hit the panambur beach. The IOCL, fertilizer and cement factories and its lorries have ruined the road and environment and its surrounding places. The highway and the beach roads are pretty dusty and blackish all over yet high traffic. The Panambur beach was pretty happening place though, we heard from locals that most of the mangaloreans do come to this beach for a good time pass on weekends.
Around 4PM the beach started to get more crowded yet it was not comparable to Goa beaches. Tripadvisor user reviews said there were few beach shacks here, yet we didnt find any, another disappointment.
Though both beaches provide (Panambur and Tannirbavi) the dustbins and are kept at few places and often boards are hung in requesting to keep the place clean, the people of our country are careless To hell with Swaccha Bharat: they say , yet these 2 beaches have life guards equipped.
Around 5PM, we finished with this beach and got refreshed at the nearby paid restroom, we decided to leave for bangalore. But then we got a suggestion from a friend to have a goodbye icecream savory at Pabbas, Mangalore before departing. At first i was not so determined about this, but then oh well why not; yet later realized that it was very much worth the visit.
We had 5 icecreams and every thing was really worth the price and to satisfaction. The pace is pretty spacious and good and the price as well average. From top left -> Senorita, Strawberry milkshake with Vanilla, Chocolate with vanilla, Elaichi with Vanilla and Center -> Pabbas special with custom base and toppings.
Around 630+ we decided to say goodbye to the mangalore and departed towards bangalore.
On the way back to bangalore, we stopped at Ujire (Near Dharmastala) where in we had to refill the fuel plus recharge my friend’s phone. While doing so, i found this small hotel next to this shop. Just wanted to try a fish, so went in.
I ordered Bangda Fish Rava fry, Fish Masala Fry (other type fish) and Rice Roti with Fish curry. I must say that the Fish masala was the best fish i ever had so far. I loved the way it was so crispy and it was damn tasty.
I recommend others to try once here though you cant expect a well decoration here unlike 2* star hotels, but food is very tasty and even the cook was very friendly with me when i was dining for like an hour
Without breaks (for sleep or rest except Coffee) we straight away drove to bangalore and reached around 130AM.
Could max achieve 19 FE while driving at 100+ Speed on an average except on Ghats.
I Would like to thank my friend (@HarishKC) who is not only like-minded w.r.t adventure and travel yet very co-operative, excellent planner, understanding and supporting, hence making every trip memorable and enjoyable, without him noting of this would ever have happened.
Thank you for reading through. Good day