Posted by: chandanh | July 31, 2011

Namma Tumakuru ನಮ್ಮ ತುಮಕೂರು

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. The district headquarters are located at Tumkur. The district occupies an area of 10,598 km² and had a population of 2,584,711, of which 19.62% were urban as of 2001.It is a one and a half hour drive from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.

It consists chiefly of elevated land intersected by river valleys. A range of hills rising to nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 m) crosses it from north to south, forming the watershed between the systems of the Krishna and the Kaveri. The principal streams are the Jayamangala and the Shimsha. The mineral wealth of Tumkur is considerable, iron is obtained in large quantities from the hillsides; and excellent building-stone is quarried. The slopes of the Devarayanadurga hills are clothed with forests. Wildlife such as leopards, bears and wild boar have been recorded here.

History

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).

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.

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