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Dakshiana Kannada
132.45 km2 (51.14 sq mi)
Population Density
3,586.5/km2 (9,289/sq mi)
West Coast of India
Best Time to Visit
September to May
Dont Miss
Watching Yakshagana performance – an elaborate classical dance form of Karnataka.
The famous Kambala (Buffalo race) from November to March in various destinations of Karnataka.
Other Attractions
Light House Hill Garden – Provides excellent sea views of sailing ships and boats on the sea, Sultan Battery ."Fort built by Tipu Sultan. The structure was built in black stone.
Major temples
Kadri Manjunath – Historical temple belonging to 1068 AD,Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple – Having 800-year old shrine of Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple – Famous Tourist Attraction.
Dharamstala (famous for Jain temples) – 75 kms, Venur (Jain bastis) – 50 kms, Mudabidri – 30 kms, Karkal – 20 kms.
Important Distance
Bangalore – 357 kms, Panaji – 395 kms, Mysore – 248 kms, Mumbai – 937 kms.Kochi – 2086 kms, Chennai – 2199 kms
Famous beaches Karwar Beach – Ideal for Snorkelling, Ullal Beach – Famous for solitary peace, Malpe Beach – Good for sailing.
Famous Church St. Aloysius College chapel – Housing paintings of Antony Moshaini. Notice the exquisite frescoes on its interiors.
Cuisine Delight Kori Rotti, Bangude Pulimunchi, Beeja-Manoli Upkari, Boothai Gasi, Kadubu
Getting There
Air – Mangalore has its own Domestic as well as International airports. Air operators like Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.
Rail – Mangalore has its own railway station that is is connected to the Indian Railways network via Kerala and Bangalore. Konkan railways link Mangalore to Chennai.
Road – National Highways Connect Mangalore from both Bangalore and Goa. Regular buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) ply between important stations.
About Mangalore

Mangalore (also called Kula in Tulu, Magauru in Kannada, Koiyal in Konkani, or Maikala in Beary bashe) is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located about 350 kilometres (220 mi) west of the state capital, Bangalore. Mangalore lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges, and is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in south western Karnataka.

Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea—remaining, to this day, a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. The city has a tropical climate and lies in the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the South-West monsoons.

Mangalore's port handles 75 per cent of India's coffee exports and the bulk of the nation's cashew exports.
Mangalore was ruled by several major powers, including the Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, and the Portuguese. The city was a source of contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Eventually annexed by the British in 1799, Mangalore remained part of the Madras Presidency until India's independence in 1947. The city was unified with the state of Mysore (now called Karnataka) in 1956.

Mangalore is demographically diverse with several languages, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary bashe commonly spoken, and is the largest city of Tulu Nadu region. The city's landscape is characterised by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams, and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings. In an exercise carried out by the Urban Development Ministry under the national urban sanitation policy, Mangalore was placed as the eighth cleanest city in the country. In Karnataka, it is second after Mysore.


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