For 3 weeks, my hands were itching, heart longing for a 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 @nkrishnap 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 atleast 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 a 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 masal. 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. We spend some time there though it was very hot and sunny, the wind blow kept us kool a bit. Next we decided to hit Surathkal beach and since i had already been to manipal 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 manipal 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. 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 had anything here, my friend seemed to enjoy the food, but unfortunately the mangalore typical food was not available here after 830PM. We finished the food here and then marched towards Pallkhi Restaurant, this restaurant was very near to our hotel. I had planned a bit 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 consuming 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. The food was really tasty as well. I loved and felt lucky to savor the fantastic, tasty food in both these restaurants. Day 2: Stay tuned.. Mod Note: Please refrain from posting about alcohol and related pics. 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