Bantwal town is a town in Mangalore district. Some communities call it as 'Vatapura Kshetra'. Bantwal actual meaning is Banta Wala. Banta (Bunts) is a economically and politically dominant community in Managlore district.
Previously, the town of Bantwal was known for trade with the Persian Gulf states, being so close to Mangalore. However, flooding caused by the river Netravathi during the monsoons compelled traders and newer settlements to move to the adjacent city of B.C. Road due to its higher altitude. Gradually, most Government offices shifted to B.C. Road.
The Grama Panchayats in Bantwal taluk are Golthamajalu, Kolnadu, Sajipa Muda, Kurnadu, Maani, Navooru, Pudu, Sangabettu, Maavinakatte, Sarapady, Thumbe, Veerakumba and Vittla (Vittal).
Tulu is the main language, the town also has Konkani and Beary speaking population. The town is still considered an important trade center for groceries, tobacco, hardware and gold.
B.Ramanatha Rai of Congress is the current MLA and he defeated Rajesh Naik Ulipady of BJP.