Mangalore, Karnataka, India (also called Kudla in Tulu, Mangaluru in Kannada, Kodiyāl in Konkani, Mangalapuram in Malayalam or Maikāla in Beary bashe)) is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. The lush greenery around, pleasant atmosphere and well connected links to ports, railways and air make it a superb place, be it for residential or industrial. With major industrial players already enjoying the sunshine here, Mangalore has proven to be the better destination in South India. It is located about 350 kilometres (220 mi) west of the state capital, Bangalore. Mangalore lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges, and is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in south western Karnataka. With its pristine beaches, broad roads and calm localities this coastal city was declared the eighth cleanest city in India.
Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu Goddess 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 Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. The city has a tropical climate and lies in the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the South-West monsoons. Mangalore’s port handles 75 per cent of India’s coffee exports and the bulk of the nation’s cashew exports.