Mangalore, or “Kudla”, is everything you would expect from a busy Indian port town. There is never a dull moment here – from the long beaches, to the coffee traders, to the fishermen, and the burgeoning corporate city center. Known as the ‘Gateway to Karnataka’, the city is favorably situated along the west coast of India, south of Goa, and north of Kerala, with the plains of Karnataka stretching out across the country to the east. Living in Mangalore can be exhausting, but in the best possible way. It has been a key trading port for hundreds of years, and it is still growing, so this is a city full of people of all walks of life, and from all over the world. There are few places better suited to the expat lifestyle. Mangalore has all the trappings of a major city, with good restaurants, coffee houses and beaches, as well as enviable national and international accessibility via boats, trains, planes or cars. Expatriates have been coming to India for centuries, so you will find no shortage of tips on assimilating with the local lifestyle. Check out the InterNations discussion boards and forums for hints and tips from expats living in Mangalore or those who have spent a lot of time elsewhere on the Indian Subcontinent.
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Moving to Mangalore should be relatively straightforward. Daily planes connect with cities across India, while the Middle East and South East Asia is also served by regular flights, and a major train line runs down the west coast of India, connecting with Goa, Kerala, and Mumbai. Before relocating to Mangalore, it is always a good idea to read up on the local history and culture. Like most of India, Mangalore is a Hindu city, with Christian and Muslim minorities. It is worth being aware of Hindu cultures, so that you can learn to anticipate the many different festivals and prepare yourself accordingly! But the main thing to be aware of before moving to Mangalore is your shots. Make sure you are well protected against potential health threats such as malaria, rabies and tetanus before you set off.
More people are working in Mangalore than ever before – in fact, it is one of the fastest growing economies in India. A combination of India’s growing status on the global economic stage, and the relatively cheap labor and land have attracted a number of big international corporations to set up shop in cities such as Mangalore. This is evident in the city center, which has high rise buildings and modern architecture to rival the Silicon Valley. India’s working conditions have changed drastically over the past few years, so it is worth speaking to other expatriates in Mangalore or other Indian cities about what to expect before you arrive in the city. InterNations’ discussion boards and forums are full of expats with fond memories of working in India, so simply join for free and ask any questions which come to mind!