Mangalore lies on the West Coast, and is a port city. Many tourists from port cities along the west would prefer to commence their tour packages from Mangalore. It is an ideal starting point especially for tourists hailing from Mumbai, as flight connections are quite good. There is a silver lining should a tourist travel by train. The journey is full of life with witness to greenery all along the Konkan coast. The train journey is indeed mesmerising, as you get to see mountains, valleys, seas and rivers, backwaters along the Konkan coast line.