Kanara, North and South, two districts on the S.W. coast of India. The former is in the presidency of Bombay, the latter, adjoining it, in that of Madras; their area is 3,911 and 3,902 square miles respectively. North Kanara is traversed by ridges of the Western Ghats, which form the E. boundary of South Kanara. In both there are vast tracts of forest, Mangalore is the chief town.