Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Regional Station at Vittal came in to existence in 1970, with a mandate to carry out research on arecanut and cocoa. The efforts on this direction started as early as 1947 through the establishment of ad-hoc arecanut committee by ICAR to study the problems of arecanut industry. The committee started a research station at Vittal, which gave a firm foundation for arecanut research by establishing the Central Arecanut Research Station (CARS) at Vittal in 1956. Consequent to the establishment of the CPCRI in 1970, the CARS became the Regional Station of the Institute. The systematic research on cocoa production technologies were started during 1970s and the introduction of cocoa as mixed crop of arecanut and coconut has provided for sustained production models.
This Station lies in the heart of the major areca growing areas of the country. Vittal is located in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, 48 kms away from Mangalore on the Mangalore-Vittal-Puttur road.Geographically it is situated at 12” 15” N latitude and 750 25’ E longitudes with an altitude of 73-92 m above MSL.
Soil is mainly laterite admixed with sand and alluvium.
The climate is hot and humid with annual rainfall 3679 mm distributed over 120 days during South-West monsoon from June-September. Average rainfall of the region is 3670 mm.
The research station has a farm area of 68.34 ha.