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Mangalore Guide

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Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (South Canara) district in the southwestern corner of Karnataka. It is situated on the west coast of the country on the Arabian Sea, with the Western Ghats to Mangalore's east. and developed as a port on the Arabian Sea - to this day it remains one of the major ports of India.

Mangalore is known for its beaches, temples and industries. Other names used by the locals are 'Mangalooru' (Kannada), 'Kudla' (Tulu), 'Kodial' (Konkani), 'Mikala' (Beary) and 'Mangalapuram (Malayalam).

Mangalore is one of the fastest developing cities in India. Many multi-national corporations and domestic corporations are opening their branches in Mangalore. Many reputed builders bring their huge development projects. There is very good growth in the retail sector, and many new shopping malls are being built. Also attracting large number of students from various states of India and different parts of the world.


The most pleasant months in Mangalore are from December to February - during which time the humidity and temperature are the lowest by Mangalore standards. Day time temperatures fall below 30°C and night time temperatures fall below 20°C.

This pleasant season is soon followed by a "hot" summer season from March to May, when temperatures rise as high as 38°C. However, a high relative humidity of more than 90% makes it feel above 40°C.

This is soon followed by the monsoon season. Mangalore receives very heavy rainfall compared with other urban centres in India. Rains measuring up to 4000 mm fall during the period from June to September. The rains finally subside in September, with the occasional rainfall catching people unaware in October.


Mangalore's location makes it accessible by all forms of transport: road, rail, air and sea.

Local Public Transport

Mangalore's city bus service is operated by private operators. Bus stand known as the 'State Bank' stand by the locals, because of its proximity to a branch of the State Bank of India. Routes covering the full extent of the city and beyond. There are two distinct sets of routes for the buses, with the city routes being covered by city buses, and the intercity routes being covered by service and express buses. Service buses essentially touch all towns and villages on the intercity route, while express buses reach their destination with very limited or no stops in between.

KSRTC bus-stand in Bejai, located towards the North of the city, but not far off from the city centre. The bus-services are run by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.

Another mode for local transportation is the autorickshaw. The minimum cost charged by an autorickshaw up to 2 km is
Rs 13. However charges are 1.5 times the displayed reading between 9pm to 6am.


Mangalore has two railway stations. The Mangalore station is at Hampankatta, in the heart of the city. It is a terminus.
Kankanady is the other station. It is situated about 5 to 10 kilometres from the centre of the city. It is on the Konkan railway track and connects Mangalore to Goa and Mumbai in the north and to Kerala in the south. Trains from Mangalore going north have to pass through Kankanady.


Mangalore has an international airport situated at Bajpe, about 30 kms from the city centre.


The Mangalore Harbour provides a connection by sea to the rest of the world. Currently dry, bulk and fluid cargos are handled by the New Mangalore Port, providing an important gateway to the state of Karnataka. It is also the station for the Coast Guard. This modern artificial harbour 10 km north of the town, is now India's ninth largest cargo handling port.

Modern industry

Major information technology and outsourcing companies have started locating their facilities in Mangalore. IT major Infosys was one of the first to move in and establish a large presence.Chennai based banking software major Lasersoft infosystems ltd has a software development unit in Mangalore. Wipro also plans to set-up its development facility soon in Mangalore. Outsourcing major MPhasis BPO has a big set up at Morgansgate, Jeppu. First Indian corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation has started operations in Mangalore.

Three dedicated IT parks are currently under construction. Two such parks are under construction, one Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) at Ganjimutt and a second IT SEZ near Mangalore University. A third IT SEZ is being proposed at Ganjimutt. Another IT SEZ of 2 million square feet (180,000 m²) is under construction at Thumbe by the BA group. This will include a business centre, convention centre, mall and helipad facility.

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ONGC plans to invest over Rs. 35,000 crore in a new 15 million tonnes refinery, petrochemical plant and power and LNG plants at the Mangalore Special Economic Zone. This will be the first Petroleum, Chemicals, Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) of the country.

In the year 2006 investors meet, held in Mangalore, received proposals worth more than 3,000 crores in the IT and Hospitality sectors. Companies such as TCS, Wipro, KEL and Infosys are expanding their workforce in Mangalore.

Thus, with rapid strides in the nearby future Mangalore is well on its course to be one of the most promising future Metropolis of India. Is expected to house a number of well known IT Companies in the nearby future, thereby providing a serious alternative to Bangalore for the aspiring IT professionals.

According to International edition of 'India Today' (November 28-December 4'th, 2006), Mangalore is the fastest growing non metro in the south followed by Kochi.