Shankarapura Jasmine – ಆಹಾ! ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ!

Shankarapura Jasmine or Mangaluru Mallige Flower

 Shankarapura Jasmine/Mangaluru Mallige

As the intensely reinvigorating fragrance of a single Shankarapura Jasmine or Mangaluru jasmine spreads everywhere, it feels heavenly! That’s why it is the favourite of all! This jasmine variety is native to Shankarapura (Dakshina Kannada, now belongs to Udupi). Since my childhood times, it is spread throughout Dakshina Kannada district. Mangaluru jasmine is a must to have in every Dakshina Kannadiga’s backyard. Now, many families earn by selling Mangaluru jasmine itself! Iit is the most praised, cultivated and loved jasmine variety that is transported to nearby metropolitan cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai and even exported to Dubai! Thank God! It is patented!
Mangaluru/Shankarapura Jasmine belongs to Oleaceae family. Till today, I couldn’t find exact identification of this jasminum species. Wikipedia dispays a photo of Shankarapura jasmine as Jasminum Sambac but it it not. Jasminum sambac is another jasmine variety known as dundu mallige in Mangaluru. 
More About Jasmine from Wikipedia
Jasmine, the queen of flowers, is called the “Belle of India” or the “Queen of fragrance” as it is exquisitely scented to soothe and refresh. In different parts of India it is called by different names—Mogra, Motia, Chameli, Malli puvvu, Jaati, Mallige, Juhi, Mogra or Moonlight in the grove. It is reported that there are 300 varieties of jasmine. It is also stated that jasmine crossed the seas—from Asia to Europe, landing first along the Mediterranean Sea, conquering Greece and Turkey, reaching Western Europe through Spain, then France and Italy and finally landing in England in the latter part of the 17th century. (By the 18th century, jasmine scented gloves became popular in Britain).
Shankarapura Jasmine or Mangaluru Mallige Flowers

ಆಹಾ! ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ!
ಮಂಗಳೂರು/ಉಡುಪಿ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ಬಹುಪ್ರಿಯವಾದ, ಹೂವುಗಳಿಗೇರಾಣಿಯರಾದ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆಗಳಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ಮಹಾರಾಣಿ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ! ಪ್ರತಿಮನೆಗೊಂದು ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಬಳ್ಳಿ ಇರಲೇ ಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಅಲಿಖಿತ ನಿಯಮ ನಮ್ಮ ಮಂಗಳೂರಲ್ಲಿರುವಂತೆ, ನನ್ನಲ್ಲೂಒಂದು ಬಳ್ಳಿ ಇದೆ, ಅಮ್ಮಬೇರು ಬರಿಸಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟದ್ದು. ಅದೀಗಹೂಬಿಡುವ ಪರ್ವಕಾಲ. ಕೆಲವುಫೋಟೋಗಳು ನಿಮಗಾಗಿ, ಆನಂದಿಸಿ
Mangaluru/Shankarapura Jasmine is blooming in our balcony! 

Shankarapura Jasmine or Mangaluru Mallige Growth of Flower Buds
Shankarapura Jasmine Buds (Click this image to view larger)
Shankarapura Jasmine Flowers (Click this image to view larger)

You may have a look at my previous posts about Shankarapura Jasmine here: 

About Sindhu

A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.


  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. There should be a smellvision transmitted through internet.

  2. Thanks a lot for your compliments as well as your gracious visit to my blog! I hope so!

  3. Thank you! TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  4. Beautiful and informative…
    You are a Kannada?

  5. I was looking for the sites that explaining detailly about the varieties in jasmine flowers. Among Jasminum genus, needle jasmine varieties like Shankarapura(Udupi) mallige including pink Jaaji mallige, Mangaluru mallige, Bhatkal mallige of the Westernmost coastal districts of Karnataka and Mysuru mallige a round jasmine variety seen in the Southernmost districts of Karnataka are awesome. Expecting more articles on royal varieties of Kannada jasmines and HD photos and videos of budding, flowering, plucking, stringing etc of their cute flowers.

    Very useful links for your talent and taste.
    “A Catalogue of Jasmine Accessions in Goa”
    “Jasmines from Bhatkal bring in moolah, luck for Shankarapura”
    “The fragrance that lingers”

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