About Mangalore
Mangalore is often used as a stop over by sea cruises along the Coast.The city has a tropical climate and lies on the path of the South-West monsoons. Mangalore’s port handles 75% of India’s coffee exports and the bulk of the nation’s cashew exports.

It is a major producer of the famous Mangalore tiles which is also exported. Mangalore is a major educational Hub with many prominent educational Institutions. The internationally famous educational township of Manipal is just 70 kms. from Mangalore. Mangalore is also the birth place of many major National Banks such as Corporation Bank, Syndicate Bank, Vijaya Bank, Canara Bank and Karnataka Bank.

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. Eventually annexed by the British in 1799, Mangalore remained part of the Madras Presidency until India’s independence in 1947.

One of the earliest references to the city’s name was made in 715 AD by the Pandyan King Chettian, who called the city Mangalapuram. The 11th century Arabian traveller Ibn Battuta referred to Mangalore as Manjarur in his chronicles. In Kannada, the city is called Mangaluru. After subsequent British occupation. The name Mangalore was assimilated into English.

Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu deity 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 Gurpura rivers.

Mangalore’s diverse communities have different names for the city in their languages. In Tulu, the city is called Kudla meaning junction, since the city is situated at the confluence of the Netravati and Gurupur rivers. In Konkani, Mangalore is referred to as Kodial. The Beary name for the city is Maikala, meaning wood charcoal, an attribution to the early practice of producing charcoal from wood on the banks of the Netravati river.

Mangalore is characterized by a harmonious co-existence of different religions and cultures like Hinduism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. Mangalore City is having several places of religious / tourist importance, a few of which could be named as Mangala Devi Temple (city being named by this temple), Kadri Manjunatheswara Temple, Kudrolli Gokarnanatheswara Temple, Venkataraman Temple at Carstreet. Ganapathi Temple at Hampanakatta, Shreemanthi Bai Memorial Musieum at Bejai. Pelikula Nisargadhama at Vamanjoor, Panambur and Surathkal Beaches, Tagore Part at light house Hill, Kadri Park, St. Aloysius Chapel, Rosario Church, Milagres Church, Jumma Masjid at Bunder, Idgah Masjid at Lighthouse hill, Sulthan Batheri and old New Mangalore Port at Bunder etc.
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