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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.