D.K. District at a glance
Nadu consists of two districts i.e. Dakshina Kannada (
D.K.) and Udupi district. Once upon a time dakshina
kannada was vast district with eight taluks. From August
1997 this was bifurcated into D.K. and Udupi districts.
D.K. presently consists of five taluks viz. Mangalore,
Bantwal, Puttur, Sullia, Belthangady taluks where as
Udupi district consists of three taluks viz. Udupi,
Kundapur and Karkal. These two districts together are
called as Tulunadu, since the most popular language in
these regions is TULU.
Lying in the Western coast and touching the Arabian Sea, Mangalore has been historically a ship building centre. Being a strategic port it was always under conflict in the past, thus having been under several varied dynasties Mangalore today is a blend of the new and old. Tulunadu is one of the most enchanting place to travel. Though known for its religious places of worship, the place is blessed with green fields, water falls, beautiful beaches and with rich variety of flora and fauna.
Mangalore was named after the goddess Mangaladevi. The story behind goes along way in enriching the cultural heritage of Mangalore. Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district, southwestern Karnataka (formerly Mysore) state, southern India, a port on the Arabian Sea. It is also one the major ports of India. Lying on the backwaters formed by the Netravati and Gurpur rivers, it has long been a roadstead along the Malabar Coast. Engaged in Persian Gulf trade in the 14th century, Mangalore was occupied by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. In the 18th century its control was contested by Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan on one hand and the British on the other. Under the Mysore sultans (1763) it became a strategic ship building base, which was ceded to the British in 1799 after numerous sieges.
The modern port 10 km north of the town, is now Indias ninth largest cargo handling port. Mangalore's economy is dominated by agricultural processing and port-related activities. Imports include tropical timber from south-east Asia for furniture making, a necessity since India places major restrictions on its own teak felling. The port handles 75% of Indias coffee exports and the bulk of it cashew nuts. The latter are brought from many coastal areas (notably from Kerala, where 90% of Indias cashews are grown); the National Cashew research centre is near by at Puttur.
It has several famous pilgrim centres. The district is a leader in more than one way in banking, private entrepreneur-ship and in general awareness amongst people. The city of Mangalore has given birth to four nationalised banks apart from general insurance companies. Critics call it the Cradle of Banking Industry. It has an airport and an all-weather port and is well connected with other parts of the country. Industrialisation has crept in, in the form of the Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited, Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, Infosys Ltd. and a host of other projects proposed for the district, such as the power plants of Jaiprakash Industries and NTPC, downstream units of MRPL, etc.
An estimated Rs 25,000 crores of rupees is expected to be invested in the next five years, a good deal of it in the corporate sector. The completion of the Konkan Railway project will give a further fillip to the trade and commercial activity of the region.
The tile, coffee and cashewnut factories are a unique sight limited to the whereabouts of this coastal town. The St. Aloysius Chapel with its 100 years old paintings, Shrimati Bai Memorial Museum, Beedi Factories, historical temples, historical forts, Saib Mosque and Music Gallery is worth watching.
A trip to Mangalore is
incomplete without watching the Classic Yakshagana - an elaborate dance - drama
performance unique to Karnataka. A night-long event, with
people adorned vibrantly, and dancing to the beat of
drums, Yakshagana performance attracts thousands of
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