Mangalore city is the headquarters of Dakshina Kannada ( South Canara ) district.
Surathkal is on the shore of the Arabian Sea. It is part of Tulunadu also called Karavali in Kannada, meaning coastal region of Karnataka state.
Hindu holy place Kateel is about 18 Km from here. Bappanadu Temple at Mulki is at distance 10 km by road. Pavanje is also nearby approximately 5km from Surathkal. You can visit Moodabidri ( Mudabidre ) which has ancient Jain basidi's from here.
Surathkal is the educational, industrial centre, which has the finest beaches. There is National Institute of Technology, Govindadasa college and Vidyadayanee High School. There are many factories like Mangalore petroleum refinery ( MRPL ) , Mangalore Fertilizers ( MCF ) and BASF in and around Surathkal. New Mangalore Port ( NMPT ) at Panambur is six Km from Surathkal.There are also many old Hindu temples in and around Surathakal.
Tulu is the local and widely spoken language. Kannada, English and Konkani are also spoken by many people residing here. Because of cosmopolitan nature of Suratkal one can hear Malayalam Tamil,Telugu and Hindi sometimes. Most of the signboards are in Kannada or English.
Mangalore International Airport (IATA: IXE) (ICAO: VOML), at Bajpe, about 23 km from the Suratkal.The people coming to surathkal have to come via Kuloor as previous terminal at Bajpe end has been shutdown.Currently there are daily flights to Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi , Hyderabad , Chennai , Surat , Delhi and Calicut in the domestic segment and weekly/bi-weekly flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat (Oman), Doha (Qatar), Kuwait and Bahrain in the international segment.
Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice Jet, and Air India Express currently operate flights to Mangalore Airport.
By Train or Railway
Surathkal ( Station Code is SL ) has a railway station on Konkan railway route. The Konkan railway route connects Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur,Ahemadabad, Baroda. Goa, Karwar, Mangalore, Ernakulam (Cochin))and Thiruvantapuram with Suratkal.Ofcourse not all trains running have stop at Surathkal railway station. Persons coming to Suratkal have to alight at Mangalore Junction ( Kankanady ) or Mangalore Central ( Mangalore city ) stations which are 25 km from Surathakal whenever there is no stop .
Surathkal lies on National highway number 17 ( now NH-66 ) which runs from Mumbai to Kerala in India.There are many private and KSRTC buses plying between Udupi and Mangalore that stop at Suratkal. The frequency of these buses is just two minutes.This frequency of buses is from morning 6 A.M to night 8 P.M . Few intrastate buses do stop at Suratkal like from Bangalore , Dharwad, Belgaum. There are many city buses from Surathkal which go to different localities of Mangalore city. There are buses going to nearby places like Kateel, Moodabidri,Bajpe Kinnigoli, Padubidre.
There are petrol pumps ( Gas stations ) in Surathkal for refueling of fuel for automobiles.
Suratkal lies on the shore of Arabian Sea. It is in the west coast of India. New Mangalore Port is located at Panambur which is six Kilometres from Surathkal.
Most of places around Surathakal can be reached by bus or autorickshaws ( three wheeler vehicle ). You can hire private taxi also but it is costlier as compared to bus or auto. The buses mostly private running between predetermined routes issue tickets on boarding based on your destination. Auto's are supposed to charge the fare to passenger based on distance meter but it is rarely followed, so ask driver the fare for your destination before you hire. Taxi drivers charge as per their own whims. It is better to ask for guidance from the local people or police.
Visit beach in front of National Institute of Technology,Karnataka ( formerly KREC ) (It is open for public from morning 6am-8am and in the evenings after college hours).Also there is a beach near the Sadashiva Ganapathi Temple nearby. A Light house is also located adjacent to Sadashiva temple. The entry to this beach is from National Highway 66 opposite to NITK Hostel gate.
Iddya Mahalingeshwara Temple in front of Govindadasa college can be visited. The temple lies to west of National Highway 17 ( now NH-66 ) and college is on east of NH-17 .
You can also visit Krishnapura Matha which is 3 Kilometre from Suratkal.It is located to east of NH-66 ( previously NH-17 ). The building of Krishnapur mutt is supported by wooden pillars. The doors and pillars have carvings on them. There is a Mukyaprana ( Maruti )temple inside premises of matha ( monastery ).
For classy ambience, Sadanand has an air conditioned bar attached....
Do not venture into sea at beaches. Use public transport as it much safer and cheap.