Mangalore alias Mangalapuram, the port city and the administrative head quarters of Dakshina Kannada, derived its name from the local Hindu deity Mangaladevi (Goddess of Fortune). Situated near the backwaters formed by the converging Netravati and Gurupura Rivers, the city is a popular tourist destination and also a major commercial centre. Located at a distance of 357kms from Bangalore, Mangalore city is sheltered by the soaring western ghats on the east and the mighty Arabian sea roaring along its western shores. This historic city, has been ruled by several powerful rulers such as Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and the Portuguese. Apart from coffee, beedi and cashew nut industry, this fishing town is also known for its port, which is India's ninth largest cargo handling port. The port known as Panambur port is located 10kms north of Mangalore town. The city is also famed for the nightlong dance-drama performance known as Yakshagana.
|Area||: 8,441 Sq.Kms|
|Season||: October to February|
|STD Code||: 0824|
|Rain Fall||: 4,242.5 millimetres (167 in)|
|Temperature||: 27 oC (81 oF) to 34 oC (93 oF)|