Mangalore-People, Culture and Festivals




In Mangalore - people, culture and festivals form an integral part of the city. Mangalore is situated in the Indian state of Karnataka and also serves as its chief port. It is situated on the west coast of the country. The Western Ghats span the city of Mangalore on its eastern side.

Being the operational headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district, Mangalore lies on the backwaters formed by the Gurupura River and Netravati River. This South Indian city is popular for its exquisite temples, flourishing industries and sun-kissed beaches.

The residents of Mangalore are mostly Hindus. But, a certain section of the population in Mangalore also belongs to other religions like Jainism and Islam. Tulu, Kannada, Beary Bashe, Konkani and English are the chief languages that are spoken by the inhabitants of this city. A good fraction of the people follows Christianity as well. The Muslims in Mangalore mainly belong to the Beary community.

Mangalore is considered to be a multicultural city. The vibrant culture of the people of this city is amply highlighted through their different dance forms, handicrafts, cuisines, festivals as well as the rural sports.
There are several restaurants serving seafood delicacies. Travelers can try out the local delicacies like Neer Dosa, Patrode and Akki Roti. As far as handicrafts are concerned, tourists can buy a large number of articles made from wood, ivory and stone. The Yakshagana and Hulivesha are two of the very famous dance forms of Mangalore.

Among the rural sports, Korikatta and Kambala are very popular. Korikatta is the modernised version of the cockfight. Whereas, Kambala is a buffalo race that takes place in a paddy field. It is played with great spirit and vigor by the people.

Some of the popular festivals of Mangalore are Dussehra, Bhuta Kola, Aati festival in Mangalore, Car Festival held in the Venkatramana Temple.

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Last Updated on 21 September 2011