The Dakshina Kannada district is a coastal district and one of the famous districts of Karnataka, housing the dynamic city of Mangalore, and bordering the Udupi district to the north and Kerala to the south. The district has its own unique language, Tulu, and culture. Its most famous attractions are its various beaches, temples and churches.
Agriculture still forms a major portion of the districts GDP, with strong production and trade in paddy, coconut, arecanut, black pepper and cocoa. Rice is widely cultivated as well, subject to the monsoons. Horticulture is small scale and subsistence based. There is milk processing plant in Mangalore, which processes milk from farmers across the district.
The districts most important economic activity are its banking services, with many private sector banks originating from here, its cashew processing, the famous Managalore red clay tiles. The district has also emerged as a strong industrial hub, with chemicals, fertilizers, iron ore, and petrol refineries located there.