Facts And Figures
- Total Population: 248,592 (2001 census)
- Best time to visit: October – March
- Languages: Kannada and English
- STD Code: 0816
Tumkur, now known as Tumakuru, is the headquarters of Tumkur District. Positioned in eastern part of Karnataka in South India, Tumkur is an industrial town that is fast developing into a big city. Elevated lands interspersed by river valley make the place scenic.
Tumkur, nestled at the foot of the Devarayadurga Hill, is about 70 km from Bangalore.
Best Time To Visit
The climate of Tumkur remains calm and healthy round the year.
For a Tour to Tumkur, the best time to visit is between the months of October and March.
The seat of administration of Tumkur district in Karnataka was founded by Kante Arasu of Mysore Royal family. On the occasion of Suvarna Karnataka, Tumkur was renamed as Tumakuru. It is believed that the name Tumkur possibly originated from Tumbe uuru (due to the abundance of a kind of flower called Tumbe huuvu), or from Tamate Uuru (referring to a folk musical percussion instrument Tamate that was probably used here).
Make your Tour to Tumkur a memorable experience by visiting these famous tourist places in Tumkur –
Places around Tumkur
- Yediyur: Home of the prominent Veerashaiva Saint - Totada Shivalinga, this place is renowned for the Sadhalingeshwara Temple.
- Pavagada Fort: Built in 1405 AD by a Vijayanagar chieftain, this Hill Fort was the scene of fierce battle between the British and Tipu Sultan.
- Madhugiri: Known for its pomegranates, this developing town is home to one of the finest Hill Forts built by the Vijayanagar Kings. Jain Basadis and other temples adorn the place.
- Marconahalli: Here is a reservoir built across Shimsha River, where you can avail of boating facilities.
- Sinhadham: This Lion Safari Park is situated on Shimoga-Sagar Road.
Explore the land of Tumkur, visiting the places around it, while on a Tour to Tumkur –
Fairs And Festivals
- Devarayanadurga: This small beautiful place of pilgrimage set amidst dense forest is a hill-station situated 16 km away. You can witness Sri Yoganarasimhaswamy and Bhoga Narasimhaswamy temples, as also the Namada chilume and Adi Sankara temples here.
- Goravanahalli Lakshmi Temple: Located 90 km from Tumkur, this majestic temple is one of the famous ones in Karnataka.
Where to stay
- Shravana Festival: The month of Shravana is marked with different festivals here, as it is the time when the rains turn the red soil into lush greenery. Special Pujas are offered in the temples, thronged by hordes of devotees.
Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Tumkur at the hotels in Tumkur, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Tumkur are Hotel Sri Nanjundeswara, etc.
How To Reach
Come on a Tour to Tumkur, using the following means of transport -
- By Air:The nearest airport is at Bangalore.
- By Rail :Tumkur has a railway station on the Southern railway, 43m northwest from Bangalore.
- By Road:Tumkur is well-connected by a network of roads to different parts of the state, with National Highway 4 passing through the city.