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Dakshina Kannada Information

Bordered on the west by the vast blue expanse of the Arabian Sea, this district, as its name ‘Dakshina’ which means South, suggests lies in the southern part of the state.  The area of this district with Mangalooru as its headquarters covers 4843 sq km.  The census taken in 2001 shows a population of 16,33,392.  The neighbouring districts to this are Kodagu (or) Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamangalooru.

The language spoken here is ‘Tulu’ and the district is also known as the ‘Land of Tuluvas’, Tuluvas meaning ‘Tulu speakers’.  Mangalooru, which derives its name from that of the Goddess Mangaladevi, is a beautiful port city with a number of interesting features.  The untiring tourist has a lot to relish, in and around the city.  This district abounds in holy Jain monuments.  It is learnt that parts of the region had been under the realm of Jain rulers who have raised towering statures of ‘Sri Gomateswara’.  These huge and holy statues which mark the region with centres of pilgrimage have come into existence over a long span of time.  Thus there are ancient and modern ones while all have an equal acclaim. 

Udupi, the city popular for more than one reason is sanctified by the presence of the wonderful temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, founded by Sri Madhvacharya.  There is also a tranquil mutt dedicated to ‘Sri Raghavendra’.  All the places have convenient road links with one another and good accommodations and available at all major centres.