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Mangalore is a beautiful city in Karnataka state of India that greets visitors with its line up of coconut trees. The trees stand tall in most parts of Dakshina Kannada and in the neighboring state Kerala as well. Once called South Kanara district is currently called Dakshina Kannada. Mangalore is a major port in the district and for the whole Karnataka state. The city lies on the west coast of Karnataka state and has five popular beaches. Someshwar, Tannirbavi, Mukka, Panambur and Surathkal. It has developed itself in commercial, educational, industrial and service sectors. It is well-known as Kudla in tulu, Kodiala in konkani, Mikala in beary, Manjarun in sanskrit and Mangaluru in Kannada language. The malayalam speaking people from the Kerala state, call it as Mangalapura. Manglore in India has beautiful scenes along the seashore and by the riverside. Hills and ghats add to the picturesque beauty. It has an urban population of 4.3 lakh.
Coconut trees by the River side
Coconut Trees by the Riverside
Ancient culture and modern trends are the highlights of the region. Main languages spoken by the local people are Tulu, Kannada, Konkani, Beary and English except in the Bunder area where most of the people speak in Malayalam. As Mangalore city is near the Kerala state border people from the nearby state come for their routine business and studies everyday.

Dakshina kannada and Udupi districts together form the tulunadu region where most of them are tuluvas or tulu speaking. Historically it was a ship building centre and also well known for Basel Mission tiles or Mangalore tiles. Today, the old port is known as Bunder and the New Mangalore port is located at Panambur, 10km, to the north. The new port handles the coffee and cashew nut exports. As much as 75% of India's coffee export is handled by the port.

Agriculture: Paddy is grown as a major food crop in Dakshina Kannada. Production of paddy is nearly 50000 tonnes. 950 tonnes of pulses and 1700 tonnes of sugarcane are grown every year. Jackfruit, Pineapple, Mango and Banana are the fruits that are grown which count to nearly 40,000 tonnes. Green Chilli – 1350 tonnes, variety of Gourds – 6050 tonnes and Sweet Potato – 1200 tonnes are the vegetables grown. The region is well known for Coconut plantation – 360 lakh nuts, Arecanut – 2100 tonnes, and Cashew nuts – 3000 tonnes.

Every year cruise ships are called in at Mangaluru port after they visit Kochi city in Kerala.
Luxury Cruise ships - m.v. AIDAaura, m.v. Seabourn Pride, m.v. Albatros, m.v. Brilliance of the seas, m.v. Amsterdam, Seven seas voyager, AIDAdiva, Silver wind, m.v. Minerva, m.v. Nautica are called at the port. The beautiful port city has attracted many visitors making it as a very hot tourist spot. Tourism activities are encouraged within and outside the city. Mangalore map gives an insight in to the list of places for tourists.
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Coastal city of Mangalore was one of the port towns in India where trade was in full swing even before the British colonial rule. The name of the city Mangaluru originated from the goddess named Mangaladevi whose temple is located at Bolar. 

Mangalore in History: The existence of Mangaluru town was mentioned in history by Greek geographers Pliny and Ptolemy of Circa during the 1st century A.D. Mangaluru was then the capital town of Alupas who were feudatory rulers in the 7th and 8th century A.D. They named their kingdom as Tulunadu and the rulers gave feudal tributes to Chalukyas of the Badami. It has been mentioned in Sangam works and Tulu vishaya in the ancient inscriptions.

Once more Kulashekara Alupendra who ruled between 1160 -1220 A.D. had made the town as his capital. Ballala III of the Hoysalas who reigned the region between 1290 – 1342 had controlled it from 1333 A.D. It came under the long lasting rule of Vijayanagara emperors from 1345 A.D.
Surathkal Beach Mangalore
Queen Abbakka was a brave woman who fought against the Portuguese. She ruled Ullal for 5 decades since 1530.  She was a follower of Jainism.  She won the battle against Portuguese 3 times.  She was helped by the local Mogaveeras (fishermen) and Muslims during her battle.  Finally, she was captured by the Portuguese and sent to jail just because of her husband who disclosed her whereabouts to the enemies.  Ultimately, she died while fighting against the enemies.
In the year 1526 A.D. Mangalore was taken over by Portuguese. Later they signed treaties to bring up a factory at Mangaluru in 1670 A.D. Nayakas of Bidanur took over Mangaluru from Portuguese in the 18th century. Tipu Sultan’s father Haider Ali built a dockyard for the coastal town in 1763. He controlled the region until the takeover by British in 1768.  It came under Tipu once again in 1794. It was during his rule that a watch tower Sultan Batheri was constructed. It stopped the entry of enemy ships to Gurupur river that joins the Arabian sea nearby. Batheri still has those musket holes for mounting guns from within the miniature fortress like structure. After the death of Tipu in the battle at Srirangapatna the British took control of the place.
Construction on Hathill
Tagore Park on light house hill
Tagore Park on Light House Hill
Gandhi Park at Gandhinagar
Sultan Batheri at Boloor
Junction at Balmatta Circle

Infosys at Kottara

Abbakka Utsava(festival) is celebrated in her name every year, at Ullal.  Queen Abbakka festival is financially supported by the government.  Health minister UT Khader is the president of the committee.

Tourist destinations nearby Mangalore include Moodabidri town which is at a distance of 32km and time taken to reach is just 45 minutes. The attractions at Moodabidri are a thousand pillared Jain basadi and Soans farm nearby.

The distance from capital city Bangalore to Mangalore is 365km by road i.e. nearly 7-8 hours of journey by bus. Western ghats has the greenery covered and water flow on the Shirady hills. It is an attraction visible while traveling between Sakleshpur and Uppinangady town. By train the distance is 506km and takes 12 hours to reach the destination.

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