- The city derives its name from the
presiding deity Mangaladevi, the goddess of fortune. With an
important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre.
It is a centre
for the export of coffee and cashew nuts. The city has a modern
port now. The major home industries are Beedi's, Tiles, Cashew
, Coffee curing and Fishing. Mangalore is located near the backwaters
formed by converging Netravati and Gurpur rivers.