Rich legacy of Mangalore Old Bunder


                                           Portuguese- illustration map


The seaport is at the mouth of two rivers one from the north and the other  Nethravathi which runs southern from the ullal and stands beyond the bay of salt water.


Mangalore also called Mangaluru by canarese, Kodial by Konkans, Kudla by the native Tuluvas, which means the confluence of two rivers. Maikala by the Beary muslim community.


The mouth of the Gurupura River


It’s one of the epicenter trading ports across the western sea of the Indian subcontinent before Christ’s era.

Till the Portuguese arrived this port was ruled by many Kingdoms from the Maurya dynasty to the Keladi dynasty of the Ghat region.

After it was annexed by the Mysore kingdom and British India respectively.

The port was used to ferry goods and passengers to Lakshadweep island and middle east countries and now fishing has become a main activity of this harbor.


In 1623 Pietro Della Valle an Italian traveler visited the court of  Queen of Ullal(Rani Abbakadevi Chowta) and he anchored his ship at this port.


The Portuguese travelers said, Mangalore was one of five pepper  exporting ports of Malabar

Rice is the grand article of export. It was sent to Muscat, Bombay, Goa, and Malabar

Next to Rice, Supari(Betelnut), and pepper as the chief export are sent to Surat, Bombay, and Kutch.


The chief imports according to the merchants, are blue cotton cloths from Surat, cutch/Kutch, and Madras- mentioned in Francis Buchanan in 1801 in his document.

 Buchanan’s Account


From the below account of canarese merchants, these merchants owned vessels and did sea trading to these countries, Mainly by Konkans, Bearys, Lingavanta banajigas, Komati, and a few Bunts



more images:

Granite stones ready for loading en route to Lakshadweep island
Mangalore bunder street
View of Mangalore city from battery(Sultan Battery)

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