A Confluence Of Ancient Culture And Modernity
Golden beaches. Meandering rivers. Towering mountains. Evergreen forests. Rich heritage. Business, commerce, industry. Education and healthcare …. a land of beautiful people.
Welcome to Mangaluru.
Location and Landscape
Situated along the expansive Arabian Sea at the southern tip of Karnataka State in India, Mangalore is a city famous for its timeless charms. The city is remarkably close to Bengaluru - the Silicon city of India – which is just a half hour away by air.
Mangaluru is the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada – a province well known for its rich heritage and beautiful people. On the east side of this district are the mighty mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. Identified as one of the important ‘biodiversity hotspots’ of the world, the evergreen forests of this region are home to a wide variety of wildlife like tigers, leopard, elephants and deer … and, of course, the breathtaking Jog Falls.
Mangaluru has an excellent local transport system with both private and government busses providing frequent inter-city and intra-city services. Auto rickshaws are the favoured mode of local transport. Compared to other cities, distances are very short in Mangaluru and it takes no more than 15 minutes by auto to any destination within city limits (a walkable distance by big city standards). Taxi services are available on call. The roads are good and though traffic density is high, you will rarely experience congestion.
The People and Culture
Generally friendly and eager to please, the people of Mangaluru are a mix of Hindus, Christians and Muslims. A sizeable population of north Indians, mainly Gujrathis, have made Mangaluru their home. The most prominent native language of Mangalore is Tulu. The other commonly spoken languages are Kannada, Konkani, Hindi and English.
Mangaluru has a rich and vibrant culture made famous by Yakshagana (a dance-drama), Bhootha Kola (ritual spirit worship), Naga Mandala (ritual serpent worship), Kambala (water buffalo race), Kori Katta (cock fight) and Pili Vesha (tiger dance).