With its various religious temples, forts and monuments such as Goravanahalli Lakshmi Temple, Chenna Keshava Temple, Devarayna Durga, Pavgada Fort, Arlaguppe each filled with divine stories. Whether you are looking for a religious pilgrimage or an adventure, Tumkur is the place to be this year.
Origin of the name 'Tumkur'
Tumkur as a Tourist Destination
Surrounded by hills and river valleys, the city is known for its natural beauty and beautiful country side. Pavgade Fort, Arlaguppe temple, Laxmi Narasimha Swami Temple, Sri Siddaganga Mutt, Goravanahalli Temple are just few of the many religious destinations in and around the city.
The Shivaganga Hill, a famous tourist spot, is just a few kilometers from Tumkur City, is a very popular rest stop among people on religious pilgrimage. It is also one of the most renowned tourist destination in Karnataka with many different adventurous activities such as trekking on steep inclines and boating at the Marconahalli Dam are some things that make the city more interesting.
Famous Localities in TumkurWith an area of 48.60 sq km, Tumkur has many famous areas within the city, which are very popular among tourists. For instance, the BH Road consists of a number of south Indian restaurants, budget hotels, coffee shops, movie theaters, chemist and garment shops. It is the central most road in the city and is also a short distance from the railway station in Tumkur. Another popular road is the Vivekananda Road (previously known as Shirani Road), which is home to many banks, bars, clinics and local restaurants.
Tumkur also has some old areas such as Gandhi Nagar, SS Puram, Barline, MG Road, Melekote, Kyatasandra, Upparhalli Gate and Arlepet. The famous Sri Siddartha Institute of Technology is situated on the Kunigal Road of Tumkur.
Accommodation Options in Tumkur
Festivals in Tumkur
Festivals bring a certain light to the city and they also highlight the culture of that place. Festivals in Tumkur are celebrated with the same amount of happiness and joy as in the rest of the country. They bring life in the city and to the locals. Some of the most celebrated festivals in the city are Pongal and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Pongal is one of the most anticipated festival in Tumkur and for rest of the state that comes around mid January. Preparations for Pongal start weeks ahead of the festival. A sweet dish made out of rice is made during the festival and is dedicated to God of the Sun or God Surya.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Festival comes between the months of August and September. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in not only Tumkur but Karnataka and the neighboring states as well. This festival is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is celebrated with lot of pleasure and fun.
Travel to Tumkur
Tumkur is also very well connected by buses and cabs. Around 50 buses travel within the city, day and night, due to the facilities provided by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which has a divisional office in the city.
Climate of Tumkur
Tumkur receives heavy rainfall during the month of August and September, roughly around 1000 mm per year. The perfect time to visit Tumkur is during winters when the rains have just finished leaving the city and beautiful and serene. The lowest temperature in Tumkur is around 160 C and the coldest month is December.
Facts and Figures about TumkurDistrict Name: Tumkur
District Headquarters: Tumkur or Tumakuru
Deputy Commissioner: K.S. Satyamurthy IAS
Area: 10,597 km2
Rank: 150 in India
Number of Taluks: 10
Population of Tumkur District: 26,78,980
Population fo Tumakuru: 3,05,821
Sex ratio: 984/1000
Literacy Rate: 75.14% approx
Telephone Code: +91 0 (816)
Vehicle Registration: KA 06
Temperature: 12 C to 34 C
Best Time to Visit: Winters (October to March)
Average Rainfall: 1000 mm
Nearest Airport: Bengaluru International Airport
Local Newspaper: Praja Pragathi
Number of Railway Stations: 17
Nearest Seaport: Mangalore Sea Port