Surathkal is a locality under Mangalore City Corporation located in the Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka.

Surathkal is home to one of India's best technical institutes - The National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), formerly known as Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC). Surathkal is a suburb of Mangalore city located on National highway 17. Surathkal also houses Vidyadayanee High School and Govindadasa College run by Hindu Vidyadayanee Sangha, Surathkal, which has provided education to thousands of students since pre-independence period. The host petrochemical companies and a port. The nearest airport is Mangalore (Bajpe), 15 kilometres from Surathkal.The New Mangalore sea port is 6 km away. The railway station at Surathkal, on Konkan railway, is an important one due to the presence of several educational institutes,sea port,air port and industries.

Surathkal town can be easily accessed by various bus services from Mangalore City by both city buses and the Mangalore-Udupi Express buses.

Surathkal was once a Grama panchayat, then town panchayat, municipality now merged with Mangalore city corporation. According to legend, the name Surathkal is derived from "shiratakal" meaning "headstone" in Tulu When Lord Ganapathi kept a shiva linga belonging to Ravana on ground, Ravana tried to pull the linga from the ground but could not. The place where the linga is supposed to have been is now known as Gokarna. Due to the force exerted by Ravana, some pieces were scattered. One such piece from the head of the linga is said to have fallen in present day Suratkal. The famous Sadashiva temple is said to be built around that piece of linga.

Industry And Education
Some of the major industries in and around Surathkal are MRPL, BASF and MCF.The Baikampady Industrial Estate is located at around 6 kilometres from Surathkal and houses many small and medium sized industries. The raw materials to these industries are imported through the Mangalore port and goods produced here are exported to several places in India and abroad through this port. Many educational institutions like NITK (formerly KREC), Vidyadayanee High School and Govindadasa College are all nearby or within Surathkal. Apart from these there are several small schools like Mahalingeshwara School and Sacred Heart school in the heart of the town.