Tumkur

Tumakuru is the district headquarters of Tumakuru district , an industrial city located in the state of Karnataka. Since 28 August 2010, Tumakuru has been accorded the status of a City Corporation. It is situated at a distance of 70 kilometers northwest of Bengaluru, along National Highway NH4 and NH206. It is the headquarters of the Tumakuru district. Tumakuru plays host for India’s first mega food park which is a project of the ministry of food processing. The India Food Park was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014.

Etymologically, the name of the city is believed to have been mutated possibly from “Tumbe ooru” because of the abundance of tumbe huuvu, a kind of flower, or tamate ooru because of the folk musical percussion instrument tamate, that might have been used most here. Also, it is called as the coconut city.

Another story says that during the rule of cholas Gulur was their capital, since Tumakuru is at high elevation the guards used to be there on any hill with Tumaki (a kind of drum) and used to make sound in case of any alerts; hence the name. The Indian central government approved the request to officially rename the Tumkur and 12 other cities in October 2014. The city officially became “Tumakuru” on November 1, 2014.

Tumakuru is located at 13.34°N 77.1°E. It has an average elevation of 822 metres (2696 feet). The city has a station on the South Western railway, 43 m. N.W. from Bangalore.

As of 2011 India census, Tumakuru had a population of 305,821. There are more than 5,00,000 people are live in corporation limit. At the 2001 census, males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Tumakuru has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 70%. About 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. The most common language in the city is Kannada.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, KSRTC, has a divisional office situated in Tumkur City. The city is well-connected to Bangalore and other cities in the state by KSRTC buses. Volvo buses are available for the city, Bangalore. Frequent buses are available connecting other taluks and towns of the district. Two National Highways NH-4 & NH-206 pass through the city. TCB Road(Karnataka)(Tumkur-Chelur-Bukkapatna Road)connects the people of Bukkapatna Hagalavadi and Chelur to Tumkur Corporation City. Plenty of private and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses are currently operating on this route.

Railways also play a major role in connectivity. The city’s Railway Station comes under South Western Railway Zone (India) and was constructed during the British period and has been renovated recently. It is located in centre of the city close to the bus stand and the town hall. It is located in the Bangalore-Hubli main line.

Tumakuru has a private FM radio channel ‘Siddhartha’ situated at SSIT campus,broadcasting in Kannada language. Amogha Local Channel ”Amogha Networks’