March 26, 2012:
Mentioned in historical books dating back thousand of years, Mangalore has been a trading port since time immemorial. Now it exports mainly coffee and cashew nuts.
A tour was the order of the day, Mangalore Highlights, which consisted of visits to Hindu and Buddhist temples and other historical sites, not to mention to a factory where they prepare cashew nuts for export.
The work-force consists of ladies, who are paid by production, 20 rupees per 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs), that equates to approximately 50 cents.
The ubiquitous ‘tuk tuk’ were out in force again here.