Dakshina Kannada is a coastal district in the state of Karnataka in India. Sheltered by the Western Ghats on the east and surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Dakshina Kannada receives abundant rainfall during the monsoon. It is bordered by Udupi District to the north, Chikkamagaluru district to the northeast, Hassan District to the east, Kodagu to the south-east, and Kasaragod District in Kerala to the south. Mangalore City is the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada.
The district has 2 agroclimatic divisions namely