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Mangalore, Karnataka Travel Guide

The city of Mangalore is the headquarters of the Mangalore district (South Canara) which is known as Tulu Nadu. Tulu is the name of the local language and the city is a blend of European and the local Tulu culture. It is a port city located in the western coastal region of Karnataka, along the Arabian Sea near the Kerala border.


Name of the city is derived from the local deity Mangaladevi. Two rivers, Netravati and Gurupura flow through the city. It is a typical coastal city skirted by beaches and coconut trees. People speak Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, English, and local Beary language. It is a mixed culture comprising Konkani\\\'s, Bunts, Christians, Malayalis and Beary Muslims. The lifestyle of Mangalorians resembles Goan culture. The city celebrates Hindu/Muslim/Christian – all festivals with great fervor.


The city experiences good monsoon showers, and it is hot during summer. It flourished as a busy port city during colonial era. So, it was a sort of gateway for the Europeans, especially for the Portuguese and the British to conduct trading in the southern part of India. The British annexed the city in the 18th century and the city became the center for the Canara district of Madras Presidency. The city was under a great influence of Christian Missionaries.


Mangalore is a fastest growing city coming under the SEZ. The New Mangalore Port is in good condition handling coffee, cashew nuts, crude oil and edible oil. Major industries located in the city are, the Mangalore Refineries, the Mangalore Chemicals, Kudremukh Iron Ore Company and the Albuquerque Tiles is the oldest surviving tiles factory in the city. Mangalore is an important education hub of Karnataka.


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It is well connected by air, rail and road ways. It has an International airport connecting major metros of India and regular flights are available to Gulf countries.


It has two railway stations connecting Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Punjab, Delhi, Rajastan and Gujarat states. One can approach the city via Udupi or Surtkal which are at a close distance from Mangalore and you would get plenty of private buses to the city. The city is connected by NH-17, NH-13 and NH-48.


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