This trip was a workcation. So we (my wife and I) worked for a day from the sylvan settings of Kuteera homestay, and then did some more sight-seeing around Mangalore the next day.
The highlights of these two days were the food and the beaches.
Coming to the food, I have to mention an interesting experience. We had ordered in typical Mangalorean cuisine on the day we were working. The food was delicious, but spicy. I was soon sweating profusely. This lasted for about 20 minutes. But the surprising thing was that this cooled me down. Until then, I was really feeling the effects of the heat and the humidity. But once the sweating abated, I felt much more comfortable, as if my body had attuned to the different setting. It just goes to show how local cuisines have evolved to perfectly match the environment.
The next day, we headed to Mangalore city, and had lunch at Pabba’s Ideal Café. This is a modern café, located within a mall, so there was ample parking. The food was delicious, especially the ice-cream that Pabba’s is well known for.
We then headed for Sashitlu Beach, a few kilometres to the north. As with many other beaches in this region, the beach is scenically located where the river Nandini meets the Arabian sea. The scenery is stunning, as is the drive along the narrow tree shared road on the strip of land with the sea to one side and the river on the other.
The beach itself was clean and deserted. Once again, the kids had a great time splashing in the water and running on the sand.