Dakshina Kannada

Dakshina Kannada is known as ‘The Cradle of Indian Banking’ and has the only fertilizer manufacturing unit in the state. Headquartered around Mangaluru (Mangalore) City, Dakshina Kannada is a popular destination for the cultivation of areca nut, coconut, cashew and paddy. Major food crops grown here include black gram, green gram, sugarcane, cocoa, pepper and vanilla. Dakshina Kannada is one of the most industrialized districts in the state. The district offers excellent projects under the Chemicals and Petrochemical sector. A dedicated Petrochemical SEZ and an oil refinery are in the pipeline. The district also has access to the New Mangaluru (Mangalore) port which is the ninth major port in India.

Infrastructure & Resources


Dakshina Kannada has a 21.32% forest cover including the dense evergreen forest of the Western Ghats. It has 34.17% of uncultivated land and 24.94% of remaining available land. Land Bank Area: 429.8 acres


Dakshina Kannada has four rivers - Nethravathi, Gurupura, Payaswini and Kumaradhara. Extensive irrigation systems using groundwater and water from the reservoirs and canals aid in irrigating the land.


Power supply transmission is done by Mangaluru (Mangalore) Electricity Supply Company Ltd. Average annual consumption of power in the district for industries is 19.18 MU and for domestic usage is 594.51 MU.

Natural Resources

Dakshina Kannada has natural resources like silica sand, bauxite, lime shell, ornamental stone, building stone and ordinary clay.

Human Resources

Dakshina Kannada is home to leading educational institutes like the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Karnataka Krishi Vignan Kendra, Mangaluru (Mangalore) University, National Research Centre for Cashew and College of Fisheries for agro-related education/ training.


Access to three international airports and one domestic airport connects Dakshnina Kannada to all the major cities. Three national highways, NH17 NH 48 and NH 13 provide road connectivity, and a 227 km railway line across eight railway stations connects the district to all major cities in India. The district also has access to the infrastructure at the New Mangaluru (Mangalore) Port.

Living in Dakshina Kannada

Temperatures in Dakshina Kannada vary between 21 degree celsius and 34 degree celsius. The district has all the basic amenities and provides excellent access to resources.


Allopathy Hospitals


Indian System of Medicine Hospitals


Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes


Primary Health Centres


Community Health Centres


Four-star and Five-star Hotels Available




PU Colleges


Degree Colleges


Medical College


Polytechnic Colleges


Engineering College


Industries Growing With Karnataka

Mangaluru Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd.

BASF India Ltd.

Hindustan Unilever

New Mangaluru Port Trust


Lamina Foundries

Goan Fresh Marine Exports Private Ltd.

Investment Opportunities


Project & Description Industry Sector Estimated Cost (INR Crores) Agency Status
Smart City Mission In Karnataka Urban- Infrastructure NA KUIDFC Conceptualization
Development of Cruise Tourism Tourism 105 Tourism Department Conceptualization
Commercial Complex at Moodabidri Municipal Town, Dakshina Kannada Urban- Infrastructure 25 KUIDFC DPR Prepared/ Bidding Stage

Additional Projects

  • EPIP Park to be established for which DPR is under preparation. KBITS is the implementing Agency.
  • IT SEZ to come up in Mangaluru for which DPR is under preparation. KBITS is the implementing Agency.
  • Construction in Progress- Development of New Airport Terminal and an alternate road by KRDCL. 

District Contact

Joint Director
District Industries Centre
Mangaluru 575 008

Phone: 0824-2212494/2214021,
Fax: 220476
Email: [email protected]

Other Contacts

Additional Chief Secretary to Government Commerce & Industries Department
# 106, 1st Floor, Vikasa Soudha, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 2225 2443
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Commissioner for Industrial Development Director of Industries and Commerce
No. 49, South Block, Khanija Bhavan
Race Course Road Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 2238 6796
Email: [email protected]
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Chief Executive Officer
Invest Karnataka Forum

3rd Floor, Khanija Bhavan (East Wing), No. 49, Race Course Road, Bengaluru – 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 22205333
Email: [email protected]

Managing Director
Karnataka Udyog Mitra
3rd Floor, Khanija Bhavan (East Wing), No.49,
Race Course Road, Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone : 91-80-2228 2392, 2228 5659; 2238 1232
Email : [email protected]
Visit us at: www.kumbangalore.com

Managing Director
Visvesvaraya Trade Promotion Centre (VTPC)

VTPC Building, Kasturba Road, Bengaluru-560001.

Phone: 080-2286 0644, 2253 4444
Email: [email protected]

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Member Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board
4th & 5th Floor, East Wing, Race
Course Road, Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 2226 5383, 2226 7900
Email: [email protected]
Visit us at: www.kiadb.in