Mangaluru, Mar 01, 2019: The coastal city Mangaluru has gladly lured many a cruise liner and hundreds of foreign tourists recently.
At least 18 ships have visited New Mangalore Port since Jan 1st this year and a total of 18,351 tourists have visited Mangaluru. This is the latest record till date. As per the available information, what is worth noting is that 6 more tourist ships will be visiting the port next month and 4 more ships are expected to call on the port in the month of April. In this way the city can be considered as a tourist heaven.
2018 - Last year, the port was visited by 22 tourist ships and a total of 24,258 tourists had visited Mangaluru city. Of the visiting tourists, most were senior citizens over the age of 55. Tourists from various parts of the world were there. Along the west coast, tourist ships visit Mumbai, Goa, Mangaluru and Cochin ports. In 2016, the union government simplified the process of giving VISA to foreign tourists through e-VISA, which was made available at the ports. Since then there has been a rise in tourist numbers says the information provided by NMPT officials.
In a single day, the foreign tourists visit the temples at Kadri, Kudroli, Mangaladevi, St Aloysius Chapel, St Aloysius museum, Milagres church, Sultan Battery, Tannirbavi, Kulshekar cashew factory, malls in the city, thousand pillar temple at Moodbidri, Soans farm and Pilikula Nisargadhama. Through the help of the district tourism department, along with roaming around in the city, there are tourists who have already selected a tour package and those who explore through bus, rickshaw and cycles to various locations.