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Mangalore is an important port city located in Karnataka. Deriving its name from the Goddess Mangaladevi, it is the district HQ of Dakshin Kannada.

Historical Significance

Mangalore was ruled by several dynasties like the Hoysalas and Mauryas before it went to the Portuguese. It was then the source of strife between Hyder Ali and Tipu and the British. Even in ancient times it flourished as an important trade and business hub and port. Afterbeing part of the Madras presidency during british rule, it was formally included in Karnataka State post independence.

Art and Culture and Heritage, Adventure, Port and Business Hub

Mangalore, being an ancient city, has a great deal to offer heritage lovers. There are dozens of ancient temples, many of them with beautiful sculptures, reflecting the rule of that time. There are also a famous church and a mosque, making it a great religious destination for all.

Mangalore boasts a surf club, and several safe beaches where tourists go swimming.

Mangalore is a major port of India, handling the bulk of the cashew and coffee exports among other products like spices.

It has several major enterprises manufacturing iron ore, chemicals and fertilizers, petrochemicals and even has its own shipyard, making it a powerful magnet for businesses.


Having interacted with people from all over the world, Mangalore is a cosmopolitan city. Yet, traditional dance and music, like Yakshagaana,,Pilivesha, Paddanasandkolkaiare very popular.

Festivals like Dassera, Ganesh Chaturthi, Id and the Eucharistic procession are celebrated here.

Mangalore fish curry, korirotti,neerdosa, kadubu, patrode, boothaigasi, are the local delicacies.

Climate and best time to visit

Pleasing winter months of September to February is the best time to visit.

  • Sultan battery
  • KadriManjunath temple
  • St. Aloysius church
  • Sri SharavuMahaganapathy temple
  • Light house hill garden
  • Mangaladevi temple
  • Seemanthibai government museum