Mangalore is located near the backwaters formed by the converging Netravati
and Gurpur rivers. 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, Tiles, cashew and coffee curing and fishing.