Location: In the state of Karnataka on the south west coast of India. Officially known as Mangaluru.

Population: Around 700,000 according to the 2011 India census.

Languages: Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Beary, English and others.

Religion: Hinduism (~70%), Islam (~18%), Christianity (14%) and Sikhism, Jainism and others.


Exports: Major port city in India that accounts for 75% of India’s cashew & coffee exports.

Industries: Chemicals, oil, information technology, fishing and others.


Topography: Arabian sea on one side and Western Ghat mountains on the other.

Rivers: Netravati and Gurupura rivers encircle the city and form an estuary that flow into the Arabian sea.

Climate: Hot, tropical monsoon weather with annual rainfall from May to October.


Education: Major education hub in India with several English language schools and universities.

Literacy rate: 94%

Media: All major Indian English newspapers publish local Mangalore editions. Mangaluru Samachara, the first ever newspaper in Kannada, was published in 1843 by Hermann Mögling of the Basel Mission.


Early medieval: Part of the Buddhist Maurya empire in 3rd century CE. Several Hindu dynasties ruled from 7th to 15th centuries.

Early modern: The Portuguese ruled in Mangalore in 16th century. This was followed by Mughal rule in 17th century and then British rule until independence in 1947.


Music & dance: Yakshagana is a night-long dance and drama performance while Pilivesha (tiger dance), a folk dance is performed during JanmashtamiKaradi Vesha (bear dance) is another well-known dance that is performed during Dasara. Evkaristik Purshanv is an annual Catholic religious procession held on the first Sunday of each year.

Festivals: Most of the popular Indian festivals are celebrated, the most important being DiwaliChristmasEasterEid and Ganesh Chaturthi.

Cuisines: Seafood is a staple of the diet since it is a coastal city. Shendi (toddy), a country liquor prepared from coconut flower sap is popular.

Source: Wikipedia Mangalore