Mangalore district is a panorama of palm-fringed beaches, lush green fields and enchanting forests. It is sheltered by the soaring Western Ghats on the east and the mighty Arabian Sea roaring along its western shores. With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre. The lifeline of the district, the National Highway No 17 almost runs parallel to the sea for over 95 kms in the district. No where does the distance between the highway and the sea exceed more than a few kilometers.