Is Mangalore Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Mangalore, India
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 87 / 100 based on 9 user reviews.

Mangalore, officially known as Mangaluru, is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka.

It is the second major city in Karnataka state in all aspects after the capital city Bangalore.

Mangalore developed as a port in the Arabian Sea during ancient times and became a major port of India.

Travelers come here to see various temples and buildings such as the Mangaladevi Temple, Kadri Manjunatha temple, St Aloysius Chapel, the Rosario Cathedral and many others.

The city is also known for beaches which attract tourists from across the country.

And Adyar waterfalls are on the outskirts at about 12 km from the city also are worth to visit.

Warnings & Dangers in Mangalore

Overall Risk


In general, Mangalore is a very safe city, but care should be taken not to catch malaria. You also need to be careful with water and hygiene here.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation can be risky because of the possibility of being robbed, particularly during the night. Taxi is safe, but negotiating a price before a trip is a must.

Pickpockets Risk


India is full of pickpockets who distract a person’s attention. Using this strategy, tourists usually do not even notice that they have been robbed.

Natural Disasters Risk


Hurricanes and floods pose a risk in Mangalore. Before traveling here, you need to check the news on these risks.

Mugging Risk


Usually, serious crimes do not occur in the city, but it is worth being on the alert and not wandering around the dark streets at night. Do not leave things unattended.

Terrorism Risk


The risk of terrorism exists, but it is not high. Avoid street demonstrations and study the political situation in the region before traveling.

Scams Risk


Tourists can be deceived by offering them shops and tours in which high prices are possible. You should not buy jewelry here too - they may turn out to be faked.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling alone can feel safe here, but modest clothes are recommended. It is also a not good idea to and walks around the city late at night.

So... How Safe Is Mangalore Really?

Mangalore is safe to visit.

The level of crimes is low here.

But the main risk comes from natural hazards.

For example, malaria is endemic in Mangalore.

So, travelers should not forget to carry mosquito repellent creams, mosquito mats, coils, liquidators, etc. along with you (it should be the first priority on your list of things to pack!).

If you have the slightest idea of a fever with chills, rush yourself to a nearby hospital to get yourself checked.

Also, it is recommended to get yourself vaccinated for Hepatitis A (food-borne Hepatitis) in case you haven’t been vaccinated already.

In this region always take water only filtered water, hand sanitizer is a must, always choose foods that are steaming hot.

The city is free from big crimes but pickpockets occur.

Petty crimes like theft and armed robbery occur.

Travelers should be careful in touristic places and keep an eye on their belongings.

Women traveling alone should observe the cultural habits of India and dress modestly.

It is also not recommended getting drunk and walk around the city late at night.

Otherwise, the usual caution in Mangalore will be enough to avoid trouble.

Always keep your valuables in safes and do not wear too much jewelry on you.

How Does Mangalore Compare?

CitySafety Index
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81

Useful Information



You need to have a valid passport to visit India. And getting a visa is also necessary before coming to India.



The official currency in India is the Indian Rupee. It has a sign: ₹ and code: INR. The rupee is subdivided into 100 paise.



The best times to visit Mangalore for ideal weather are from December to April. Average temperatures in Mangalore change very little and feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.



Mangalore has an International Airport. Mangalore International Airport is the second busiest airport in Karnataka. It handles domestic flights and flights for major cities in the Middle East.

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Mangalore Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 27° C
Feb 28° C
Mar 29° C
Apr 30° C
May 30° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 28° C
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9 Reviews on Mangalore

  1. A
    Amit Singh says:

    Mangalore is a very safe city

    Mangalore is a safe city. It is safe for women to travel alone.

    1. Your write up on Mangalore is terrible.

      Whoever has written details on “Risk factors & safety” in Mangalore seems to be either entirely the gn orang about the city or simply an idiot. The first risk he sites is Malaria!!! Wherefrom he got this stupid idea?
      And when did Mangalore was hit by a cyclone dear? I am 75 now and still I haven’t met a cyclone here. People who don’t know things should refrain from writing such nonsense and publishers must refrain from publishing unverified nonsense.

  2. D
    Divya Garg says:

    A good city to live

    Mangalore is a good city to live. Most people here understand and can communicate with you in English or Hindi. I feel that the Primary School and High School education fees are very much affordable in Mangalore, unlike the metro cities where the schools charge lakhs of Rupees per year. There are plenty of English Medium schools in Mangalore city.
    It is safe for women to travel alone during daytime and also at night. Over here, you don’t have to worry about getting mugged. Also robbery is very less and violent crimes are extremely rare.
    Almost every negative incident gets reported to the police, or gets sensationalized by the media. This is quite peculiar for such a small city.
    There are many hill-stations near Mangalore such as Coorg, Sakleshpur, Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Agumbe, Ranipuram, etc. You can travel there especially during weekends and holidays.
    But 4 things that I didn’t like about Mangalore are
    1. Problem of mosquitoes during the monsoon
    2. Quality of private buses
    3. Lack of job opportunities, especially in Software and R&D sectors
    4. Beaches need more improvement

    Other than these 4 reasons, I feel that Mangalore is an awesome place to live a peaceful life.

    1. This page has highly inaccurate content about Terrorism and Pickpockets

      The author is clearly not correct about some details
      1. Terrorism risk (Medium) – Terrorism incidents have never happened in Mangalore. I never agree with the information in this page.
      2. Pickpockets risk (High) – Pickpocketing incidents are very rare in Mangalore. The statement “India is full of pickpocketers” is faulty generalization and quite ridiculous.
      3. “Public transportation can be risky because of the possibility of being robbed, particularly during the night”
      Chances of robbery in a public transportation at night in Mangalore are very rare.
      Clearly, this page is very inaccurate regarding risks.

  3. I breathe here So I know my city

    Adding to above Mangalore has best public transport facility
    It has City buses and private buses and people are helpful
    Uber and Ola taxi facility is round the clock.
    Mangalore is the only place in India where all kind of festival is celebrated with grand.
    For Safety Mangalore comes within top 50 safest city.
    Mangalore has no slum
    It’s a Small city wherein you can get all facility of bigger metro.

  4. Safe

    Best City you can live in,People are educated,Many local languages are spoken here so its very easy to communicate.number of hospitals,schools are very high ,you can also travel facility through road,train,ship and also by air.

  5. Misleading article

    I would’ve agreed to all of these points if it was 1987, but in 2020 India has changed a lot. “India is full of pickpocketers” is like saying every Indian is a snake charmer, all englishmen drink tea and loot countries, every American is an immigrant or every German drink only beer. So you get what I meean!

  6. V
    Vinyas Prabhu says:

    Hi I am from Mangalore hope you may know what are the disaster gained in the city indeed some points are correct such as pickpocketing and cyclone do occur in the city I think you are not from the city if you are local enough then you won’t grab the point of malaria which is the serious health issues occurred during rainy season and pickpocketing you know that always occurs in the local transport and railway station if you are intelligent enough you would point about terrorism risk given in the page not malaria or pickpocketing thank you to MN Rao

  7. C
    C Coelho says:

    Mangalore a beautiful City

    I am born and brought up in Mangalore, in my 50plus years i have not seen cyclone, floods or terrorism. Yes, we do have some strong winds but not cyclone. We have very good private as well govt public transport system. It’s safe for women. What do you mean by one has to be careful of water and hygiene? People here are well educated and well informed. We have reputed and well established jewellers here. So there’s no chance of being duped. Pickpocketers are existing all over the world so why pinpoint India.

Mangalore Rated 4.33 / 5 based on 9 user reviews.

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