Mangalore is the chief port city of Karnataka, located about 350 kilometres west of the state capital, Bangalore. Mangalore lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Mangalore derives its name from the Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi and developed as a port on the Arabian Sea. Lying on the backwaters of Gurupura River, the city is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. Mangalore was ruled by several powers, including the Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, and the Portuguese. The city witnessed contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.
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