Located in Karnataka, India, Mangalore Airport is a critical gateway connecting the city to many other main areas around India and the world. Previously known as Bajpe Airport, Mangalore Airport was first established on 25th December 1951 by the-then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It now sits on top of a hill, 20km northeast of the Bajpe city centre. Notable features of Mangalore Airport include two runways (only two other Indian airports enjoy this privilege), one of which is completely concrete. Also, an airport overhaul which was completed in 2008 brought about a new terminal building coupled with additional facilities such as parking lots and dining options. Nonetheless, the airport is expected to undergo more upgrades in the near future to increase operations, including the addition of a new air traffic control tower. Passengers can conveniently get to the airport by prepaid taxi, railway or the city bus services.
Where to go from Karnakata
Visitors can check out other coastal cities close to Karnataka such as Goa. Goa offers sun, sea and sand where visitors can spend their days basking on tropical beaches lined with coconut palms, and retreat back to seaside resorts after. Also, sports enthusiasts can enjoy a stream of water activities during the day like jet skiing and parasailing, or go on a cruise to spot dolphins and crocodiles. One recommendation to visit is the Palolem beach, which has been said to be one of the most beautiful developed beaches in the small state of Goa.
Alternatively, one can take a domestic flight to Udaipur, known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Filled with ancient monuments such as palaces and temples, Udaipur offers stunning backdrops. The Lake Palace, in particular, has been recognised as the icon of the city. Sitting on the spectacular Pichola Lake, the palace’s surroundings are also occupied by similarly scenic hills and other towering palaces, making the entire display an extraordinary sight to behold.
Mangalore Airport has been known to cater charter flights for Hajj pilgrims embarking on their yearly ritual to Mecca in Saudi Arabia since 2012. This event starts on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month also known as Dhu al-Hijjah, and continues for approximately a week.
Alternatively, flights are also available to cities in the Middle East via multiple Indian carriers. Doha is one such destination, located along the borders of the Persian Gulf as well as Saudi Arabia. Shopaholics will enjoy Souq Waqif and Villagio Mall, both offering traditional and modern selections respectively. Also, visitors can enjoy a cruise down to the Corniche on a traditional sailing boat called a ‘dhow’ to take in the sights of Doha’s splendid architecture.
A trip to Istanbul is also possible from Mangalore Airport, where visitors must indulge in one of the city’s renowned hamams, a Turkish bath.
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