Coastal city Mangalore, officially now renamed Mangaluru, the chief port city of Karnataka. It was named after the deity Mangaladevi, the presiding deity of the Mangaladevi temple or a synonym of Tara Bhagvati of the Vajrayana Buddhist sect.
The Mangalore Harbour has shipping, storage, and logistical services, while the New Mangalore Port handles dry, bulk, and fluid cargoes.The New Mangalore Port is also well equipped to handle petroleum oil lubricants, crude products and LPG containers.It is also the station for the coast guard.
In the history, Mangalore was ruled by several major powers, including the Kadambas, Alupas, Vijayanagar Empire, Keladi Nayaks and the Portuguese. The city was a source of contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.
Eventually annexed by the British in 1799, Mangalore remained part of the Madras Presidency until India's independence in 1947. The city was unified with the state of Mysore (now called Karnataka) in 1956.
Politically speaking, its a new constituency created in 2008. This general category constituency has witnessed only two assembly elections. J.Rlobo is the sitting MLA and he defeated N. Yogish Bhat of BJP.