Mangaluru is the port city of Karnataka is juxtaposed between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. It is situated on the backwaters formed by convergent mouths of Nethravathi and Gurupur rivers; consequently it has waters on south and west sides. Crowned with the fame of being the ‘Cradle of Banking’. Mangaluru is the birthplace of 5 major banks. The city has also earned the nationwide merit for its excellent range of educational institutions and outstanding health services.
As rice is the staple food and fish is available in plenty, rice and fish curry is popular among Non- Vegetarians. People usually eat Boiled rice and the culinary skills of South Kanara are recognized worldwide. Among other special dishes, kori rotti, masala dosa, neer dosa, tuppa dosa, goli baje, semige, pathrode etc. are important. Varieties of pickles, happala, sandige, which can be preserved for a longer duration, are unique to this region. Dakshina Kannada contributing to India’s Incredibility with a babble of languages and culture (Tulu, Kannada, Konkani and Malayalam) co-mingle in the salty air and give a distinct sense of otherness to this land.
Mangaluru and the people itself are shaped by the rich cultural heritages that can lay claim to many unique art forms exclusively Mangaluruan. Yakshagana (Folk Dance, Drama), Hulivesha (Tiger Dance), Kambala (Buffalo race) and Korida Katta (Cock Fighting) are some of the popular entertainment modes that sets Mangaluru far apart from the ordinary. Deriving its name from Magaladevi, venerable deity of one of the oldest temples in tne city, Mangaluru presents a perfect portrait of religious harmony through its renowned churches, temples and mosques representing a populace which is acohesive entityu formed of four major religions- Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism. The St. Aloysius chapel with its famed paintings by Moschemi, an Italian Jesuit is a popular tourist spot by art lovers. The Jumma Masjid at Ullal is one of the oldest mosques in the country. Within Mangaluru are situated the famed temples of Mangaladevi, Kadri and Kudroli.
For those on the lookout for relaxed evenings fanned by abalmy breeze, parks of Kadri and Tagore Park, along with Pilikula Nisargadhama will definitely find favor. Pristine beaches, fiery cuisines and famous temples make it a much sought after tourist desitantion. Experience the beautiful sands, explore the hills and treasure the memories of the paradise visited. Tulunadu with its cosmopolitan outlook and people with varied faiths beckon visitors to this beautiful land of blues and greens.