Mangalore (or Mangaluru) is an Arabian Sea port and a major commercial center in the Indian state of Karnataka. Mangalore developed as a port in the Arabian Sea during ancient times and became a major port of India. The port is used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. Mangalore's economy comprises industrial, commercial, agricultural processing and port-related activities. The New Mangalore Port is India's eighth largest port, in terms of cargo handling.