- 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.