Mangalore is situated in the Western Ghats of Karnataka; Mangalore is one of the most important centers of exporting coffee and cashew nut. This hilly city is located at 357 km away from the capital city of Bangalore. Named after the goddess Mangaladevi, Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the district of South Kannada.
Mangalore in Karnataka, formerly known as the Princely state of Mysore, it also one of the major ports of India. Lying on the backwaters formed by the Netravati and Gurpur rivers, it has long been a roadstead along the Malabar Coast. Mangalore district is a panorama of palm-fringed beaches, lush green fields, and enchanting forests. It is sheltered by the soaring western ghats on the east and the mighty Arabian sea roaring along its western shores.
Engaged in Persian Gulf trade in the 14th century. Mangalore was occupied by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. In the 18th century, Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan on one hand and the British on the other contested its control. The modern port 10 km north of the town is now India 's ninth-largest cargo-handling port. It has several famous pilgrim centers. The district is a leader in more than one-way in banking, private entrepreneurship, and in general awareness amongst people. The city of Mangalore has given birth to four nationalized banks apart from general insurance companies.