|Heart of Mangalore, Metropolitan centre|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Hampankatta (pronounced as 'Hampanakatte' in Tulu) is a locality in the centre of Mangalore, Karnataka. Hampankatta also called as Happananakatte/Hampankatte/Hampananakatte/Hampanakatte is named after Shri Happanna Poojaary / Shri Happanna Poojary (also called as Shri Hampanna Poojaary / Shri Hampanna Poojary ). He and his ancestors were landlords all over measure places in Mangalore. Most of the public utilities are located here and the locality boasts the most buzzing commercial activity in the city.
Rail connectivity in Mangalore was established in 1907. Mangalore was also the starting point of India's longest rail route. The city has two railway stations, Mangalore Central (at Hampankatta) and Mangalore Junction (at Kankanadi). A metre gauge railway track, built through the Western Ghats, connects Mangalore with Hassan. The broad gauge track connecting Mangalore to Bangalore via Hassan was opened to freight traffic in May 2006 and passenger traffic in December 2007. Mangalore is also connected to Chennai through the Southern Railway and to Mumbai via the Konkan Railway
Important places in Hampankatta are as follows
- 1. Service Bus Stand : This bus stand is located adjacent to Nehru Maidan near StateBank. All private run express & shuttle buses to various places around Mangalore like Udupi, Kundapur, Kollur, Kasargod, Puttur, Karkala, Moodbidre, shimoga, etc., start from this bus stand. Some of the KSRTC buses to BC road & Puttur also start from here.
- 2. City Railway Station: This station is now called as Mangalore Central Station. All trains having Mangalore as starting point start from this station. The trains which just pass through Mangalore will stop at Kankanadi (now known as Mangalore Junction) only. They do not come to Mangalore Central station.
- 3. Town Hall: This hall is mainly hosts the different cultural activities like Tulu dramas, Yakshaganas, events of Rotaract club, weight lifting championships, etc.
- 4. RTO: Regional Transport office
- 5. Nehru Maidan: This playground is open for common public. People play all kinds of games. This ground is also used for political rallies, Independence day/Republic day parades, circus, exhibitions, etc.
- 6. DC & Magistrate Office
- 7. PWD (Public Works Department)
- 8. Central Market
- 9. City Central Library: This is located close to St Aloysius college. This library is run by the Mangalore city corporation. There are several branches for city central library within Mangalore.
- 1. Wenlock Hospital: This is the largest hospital in Dakshina Kannada district run by the state government.
- 2. Lady Goschen Hospital
- 1. Milagres Pre-University College
- 2. University College ( formerly Government college )
- 3. St. Aloysius group of Institutions
- 4. Kasturba Medical College
- 5. Milagres College
- 1. Sharavu Mahaganapati Temple
- 1a. Kudroli temple
- 2. Milagres Church
- 3. St Aloysius Church
- 4. Idgha Masjid,built by Tippu Sultan.
- 5. Noor Masjid
Places for Leisure
- 1. Tagore Park
- 2. Townhall Park
- 3. Corporation Bank Park near Nehru Maidan
- 4. Nehru Maidan (for sports)
- 5. Central Talkies
- 6. City Central Library, Light House Hill
- 7. Ideal Ice cream parlour
- 8. City Centre Mall
- 9. Cinepolis Multiplex