There are many beaches in Mangalore adjacent to Tannirbhavi like Suratkal, Panambur, and Ullal under half an hours drive from each other making Mangalore a hub of beaches. Temples and churches in Mangalore are also worth visiting while in Tannirbhavi.
Just about 15 kms yo the north of Tannirbhavi beach the Surathkal beach is another beautiful beach in Mangalore. Surathkal is also famous for the many renowned educational institutions it hosts. The NITK Surathkal has the distiction of being a educational institution with a private beach in its campus!! Krishnapura Mutt, which is considered as one of the Astha Mutts established by Sri Madhvacharya, is located just 3 km from Surathkal. The structure of the mutt is mostly made of wood.
Milagres Church was built in the year 1680 by Vicar Thomas de Castro he was a Theatine Priest of Salsette. It is one of the oldest churches in South Canara. The piece of land to build the church was gifted by Keladi Queen Chennama. The present structure dates from 1911.
Someshwar Beach - Ullal
Approximately 20 Kms south of Tannirbhavi beach is the Ullal Someshwar beach. A huge rock called ‘Rudra Shila’ adorns the beach. The beach gets its name from the famous Somanatheshwar Temple located on the north end of the beach. The temple was constructed during the regime of the queen Abbakka Devi. A tiny fishing village Ullal also has several old Churches and Cathedrals. The famous Sayyed Madani darga is located near Ullal beach.
Located in a globally recognized bio diversity hot spot Pilikula Nisarga Dhama is a eco-education and tourism development project promoted by the govt about 10 kms from Tannirbhavi beach. Spread over 370 acres the park has a Biological Park, Arboretum, a Science Centre, a Lake Park with Boating Centre, a Water Amusement Park and a Golf Course.