Panambur is located in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, Towards the north of Gurupura river that joins Arabian Sea. It is famous for its rugged coastline and the Western Ghats and as a historic trading center and port, Panambur is Located at a distance of just 13 kilometers from Mangalore, towards the south of the Mangalore Port. The picturesque beach is often called Tanniru Bhavi as it is adjacent to the mouth of the Gurupu River, The river flows to the south of Panambur. The Nandaneshwara temple in located in Panambur.
The New Mangalore Port Trust at Panambur is the only major port of Karnataka and is currently the ninth largest port in India. The port was Formally inaugurated on may 4th, 1974 by the then prime minister Mrs.Indira Gandhi. The old harbour is located to south of New Mangalore port and Old port is now being used for fishing and for ferrying small goods. The nearest railway station is Thokur, but the passengers have to alight at Suratkal Railway station. The station is approximately 6 kilometres from the New Mangalore port. Some of the major commodities exported through the port are iron ore concentrates & pellets, manganese, iron ore fines, granite stones, coffee, cashew etc. The major imports from the port are crude and petroleum products, LPG, wood pulp, timber logs, liquid ammonia, phosphoric acid etc. Many factories are located at Panambur including Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers and Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited.