At a Glance

At a Glance




South Canara was a district under the British Empire, which included the southern districts of Udupi, Kasargod districts and the Aminidivi Islands. Canara district was split in 1859 and North Canara and South Canara were formed.

Dakshina Kannada became a district of Mysore state in 1956 and later renamed Karnataka in 1973. Kasargod became a district in Kerala during the re-organization of States and Aminidivi Islands, later becoming part of Lakshadweep.

The people of Dakshina Kannada worship Lord Subramanya, the serpent. Nagadadhana or snake worship is worshiped as a popular belief in the Nanga waiting for the castes to go to the underground. Practices like ghost and kola are performed to fulfill the spirits. Kambala, a form of buffalo race in the soil track on the paddy fields is organized in 16 places of the district. Another of the earlier practices of the rural farmers is the Tharuva kori.

The largest ethnic group in the Tuluvar district is classified in billawa, Mogaveera, Bunt, Kulala, and Devadiga communities. Konkani people, Brahmins, hill tribes (Koraga community), Muslims, Catholics and Aryabhas Gowda have the rest of the population. Most people in the district follow traditions and practices. The district has many temples of the Hindu God and they have deep spirituality.



Dakshina Kannada plays a number of drama shows and Yakshagana. Yakshagana is a dance that is performed all night. The South Kannadigas run all these traditions with great enthusiasm. Tigerism is a very unique and distinctive folk dance in Mangalore, which is very attractive to both old and young people. Bhuta Kola is a kind of worship performed by the Tuluvas, which is performed during the night.


The geography of Dakshina Kannada district comprises the beach in the west and the Western Ghats in the east. Soil is often a type of lattaritic, with high iron and aluminum elements.

Netravati river originates in the Western Ghats of the Kudremukh range of Karnataka. The river flows over 1,353 square miles. The Kumadadhara River, originating in the Subrahmanya range of the Western Ghats, meets the Netravati River near the Uppangangadi village. Every year around 100 tmc of water flows into the Arabian Sea.

The Shambhavi River flows to the Arabian Sea to the west. Bappanadu Durga Temple is located near this river .