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About Mangalore - Karnataka Tourism

Mangalore is a major district in Karnataka that attracts tourists for its beautiful beaches and  magnificent monuments. The beaches of Mangalore district are getting increasing number of travellers, who come here to relax among the natural beauty surrounded by the Western Ghats in the East and Arabian Sea in the West. The city is known for its serene beaches, green hills and streams, churches and temples. 

One of the main tourist attraction in Mangalore is the lighthouse hill park that provides a splendid view of sunset and sea from the top of the lighthouse. The city is also home to series of beautiful churches including St. Aloysius church, Milagres church and Holy Rosary church. Mangalore is also frequented by thousands of Hindu pilgrims, who come here to visit the famous Gokarnath temple. The other religious tourist attractions in this city are Kadri Manjunatha temple and Juma Masjid

The city got its name after the local Hindu deity Mangala Devi. Mangalore has always been a big player in Maritime trade and is becoming a big business centre. The city is very interesting for travellers as with its accelerating industrial growth, it is still holding the traditional city charm represented by the tile roofed buildings, coconut groves, fishing boats and sea food.

Mangalore was occupied by a number of rulers including the Portugese in the mid-16 th century.  The city has been an important trade port in South India with its trade history dating back to 6th century. The sultans of Mangalore built the city as a strategic ship building base. Today, the city is one of the major port involved in coffee and cashew export.

Mangalore district offers a wide range of interesting travel destinations like Dharmasthala, Subramanya, Kollur, Udupi, Karkala, Venoor and Moodabidri for both pilgrimage and pleasure. 

Mangalore History - Karnataka Tourism

Mangalore came under European influence in the year 1498, when the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama had landed at St Mary's Islands near Mangalore on his voyage from Portugal to India. In 1520 the region came under the Portugese rulers from Vijayanagara kingdom. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Portuguese commanded the Arabian Sea from the port of Mangalore and they intruded actively in the affairs of the local chieftains.

The region was later occupied by Hyder Ali in the year 1763, which later went into the hands of British from 1768 to 1794. Later in 1794 Hyder Ali's son, Tippu Sultan again took control of the area. During his regime, the city was caught in the crossfires of Anglo-Mangalore relations. The Second Anglo-Mangalore War ended with the Treaty of Mangalore which was signed between Tippu Sultan and the British East India Company on 11 March 1784.

The English again captured Mangalore in 1791, but Tippu besieged it in 1793 and the English surrendered the city in 1794. With the death of Tippu Sultan and the fall of Srirangapatna during the Fourth Anglo-Mangalore War in 1799, the city was re-conquered by the British, and it remained under British administration till India's independence in 1947.

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