Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district in the southwestern corner of the state of Karnataka. Mangalore is a port city on the Arabian Sea and is one of the major ports of India.
Lying on the backwaters formed by the Netravati and Gurupura Rivers, Mangalore has long been a popular hideaway on the Malabar Coast. The scintillating landscape of this coastal town is dominated by the characteristic coconut palms accompanying rolling hills and gurgling streams flowing into the sea. The landscape is dotted with red-tile roof buildings adding to the beauty of the already beautiful surroundings.
Mangalore has an Airport at Bajpe, just 18 Km from the city centre. Boeing 737 aircraft flies regularly from this airport. Presently Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai to Mangalore. Now flights from Mangalore to Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bahrain and Doha are also available. The frequency of flights to Mangalore from Dubai has been increased to five times a week. The Bangalore Airport is also connected to major international cities.
Mangalore is connected to the Indian Railways network via Kerala and Bangalore. Regular trains run to Mangalore from Thiruvananthapuram, Palghat, Chennai and other important South Indian cities. And the Konkan Railways links Mangalore to Mumbai via Goa.
Mangalore is conveniently situated about 395 Km to the South of Goa and 347 Km due west of Bangalore with National Highways connecting the city to both sides. Regular Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses from Mysore, Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai connect to Mangalore. Private buses too operate at competitive rates. The Northern tip of Kerala is just 60 Km to the South of Mangalore and a National Highway links Mangalore to Cochin.