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|• Total||25 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||36 m (118 ft)|
|• Density||1,473.2/km2 (3,816/sq mi)|
|• Regional||Tulu, Kannada, Konkani|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Bantwal town is often called Vatapura Kshetra by some communities. Bantwal means Banta Wala Banta (Large area),in Konkani is a community where Konkanis live. It is situated on the banks of River Nethravati on the National Highway - 73. The adjacent town of B.C. Road (Bantwal Cross Road) serves as the commercial center.
Previously, the town of Bantwal was known for trade with the Persian Gulf states, being so close to Mangalore. However, flooding caused by the river Netravathi during the monsoons compelled traders and newer settlements to move to the adjacent city of B.C. Road due to its higher altitude. Gradually, most Government offices shifted to B.C. Road.
Prior to 1852, Bantwal Taluk was the largest taluk in the entire of Canara Province (then comprising North Canara, Udupi, Mangalore and Kasaragod Districts) with 411 villages and a total population of 1,69,416. In 1852, a portion of it was formed into the Taluk of Puttur. Bantwal was an entrepot for the produce of the province on its way to the Mysore Country and had derived a great benefit of late years from the extension of the coffee trade. It contained about thousand scattered houses inhabited by Billava, Bunts, Bhandary, Ganigas, Kulals, Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Konkani Catholics and a few Jains.
As of 2001[update] India census, Bantwal had a population of 36,829. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Bantwal has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 76% of the males and 72% of females literate. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. tulu language is the main language spoken here.In addition to Kannada , Konkani & the town also has Beary speaking populations.
According to the 2011 India census, Hindus make up 61.27% of total population, Muslims 32.47% and Christians 5.95%.
The town is still considered an important trade center for groceries, tobacco, hardware and gold.
The taluk is flanked by the state of Kerala in the south, and the towns of Belthangady and Puttur in the east, the city of Mangalore in the west and Karkala in the north. It covers an area of about 720 km square. National Highway 73 cuts through B. C. Road. The highway serves as the conduit for several arterial routes leading to neighboring towns with Mangalore. Mangalore is connected with other cities in Karnataka such as Mysore and Bangalore via NH-73. It is well connected to Uppala through Uppala-Mudipu-Bantwal Highway.
Many buses ply to nearby places such as Mudipu, Moodabidri, Surathkal, Mulki, Kinnigoli, Vitla operate from the B. C Road bus stand. The railway station at B. C Road is maintained by south western railways. The Mangalore port is about 30 kilometres from here. Mangalore International Airport is about 45 minutes from B.C Road.
List of schools
- Primary and secondary
- SVS English School, Vidyagiri, Bantwal
- Deva Matha English Medium School ,Amtoor
- SVS Temple English Medium School, Bantwal
- SVS High School, Bantwal
- Infant Jesus School, Modankap
- Deepika highschool, Modankap
- Carmel Convent School, Modankap
- GEM High School and Primary Public School, Goltamajal, Vitla Road, Kalladka
- Manarul Islam Aided Primary School, Lower Bazar
- Thouheed English Medium School,Lower Bazar
- Holy Saviour School, Agrar
- Christa Jyothi High School, Agrar
- Loretto English medium school, Loretto
- Loretto Kannada medium school, Loretto
- St. Jacob's School, Farla
- St Patrick's HR Primary School, Siddakatte
- St Patrick's English medium school, Siddakatte
- Gunashree English medium school, Siddakatte
- Bal Christ preschool, Siddakatte
- B.A, Thumbay, Thouheed English Medium School,
- Sri Sharada High School, Panemangalore
- Hayathul Islam Aided Primary School, Goodinabali
- St. Thomas Aided Hr. Primary School, Chelur
- Sri Rama High School - Hanuman Nagara Kalladka
- Shamboor High School
List of colleges
- SVS PU College, Vidyagiri, Bantwal.
- Carmel PU College, Modankapu.
- General Courses
- Sri Venkataramana Swamy College, Vidyagiri, Bantwal
- P.A. Fr. Gr. College, Nadupadavu, Kairangala.
- Govt. First Grade College, Bantwal (http://gfgc.kar.nic.in/bantwal)
- Govt High school & Junior college, Mudipu
- Govt High School & Junior college, Sajeepa Muda
- Canara Engineering College, Benjanapadavu.
- P A College of Engineering, Nadupadavu, Kairangala.
- Government Polytechnic Bantwal.
- Govt Pre-University College, Siddakatte
- Govt Degree college, Siddakatte
- B.C Road
- Shri Dhama Manila
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