Mangalore, officially known as Mangaluru is a port city. It is known as Kudla in Tulu, Kodial in Konkani, Maikāla in Beary and Mangaluru. It is located about 352 kilometres, west of the state capital, Bengaluru between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast.
The various temples and buildings in Mangalore include the Mangaladevi Temple, Kadri Manjunatha temple, St Aloysius Chapel, the Rosario Cathedral, Milagres Church, Dargah of Hazrat Shareef ul Madni at Ullal and the Jama Masjid at Kudroli.
Mangalore Dasara, a ten-day festival at Sri Gokarnatheswara temple attracts devotees from various states of India who visit Mangalore to witness Dasara.
It is also the largest city in the Coastal and Malnad regions of Karnataka, besides being a commercial, industrial, educational and healthcare hub on the West Coast of India. The city's landscape is characterised by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings.
Politically speaking, it is a general category constituency. Health Minister in the Congress government U.T. Khadar is the current MLA and he defeated Chandrahas Ullal of BJP.