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Flanked by the Arabian Sea on its west and the Western Ghats on its east, Mangalore is the chief port city of Karnataka and one of the cardinal ports in India. Furnishing as the check point of the sea cartage along the Malabar Coast, Mangalore Port, the 9th largest port of the country, today manages over 75% of coffee export and most of the cashew export of India. Mangalore, the largest city of Tulu Nadu serves as the administrative headquarters of the district ‘Dakshina Kannada’. Deemed by Urban Development Ministry as the 8th cleanest city of India and the 2nd cleanest city of the state of Karnataka after Mysore, Mangalore is revered by the title; ‘The Gateway to Karnataka’.
Christened after the local temple of a Hindu deity Goddess Mangaladevi, Mangalore is also known by the title ‘Kudla’ owing to its geographical position. Kudla is a Tulu word which means ‘Junction’. Mangalore is located at the convergence point of the two rivers: Netravati and Gurupura (Phalguni). Moreover, Mangalore is also entitled with other epithets like 'Mangalooru', 'Mangalapuram', 'Kodial', 'Mikala', 'Manjarun', etc. in various languages by the natives. Mangalore is the very blessed land where the meritorious sages mainly Vysa, Vishwamitra, Vashista and Kanva spent many years performing penance and meditation.
The first newspaper in Kannada language named 'Mangalura Samachara' was published in Mangalore in the year 1834. Today Mangalore is famous for its business enterprises and foremost educational institutions. Due to its outstanding contribution in educational sector of the state, Mangalore is bestowed upon the title, ‘the Cradle of Education’ of Karnataka. Apart from that, Mangalore has made its mark in the tourism industry of the state too. Known far and wide for its calm and pleasant beaches, enticing backwaters, imposing seaside fortresses, architectural grandeur and placid and balmy climate, Mangalore beckons thousands of tourists both from India and abroad every year.