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|• Total||4,012 km2 (1,549 sq mi)|
|• Density||384/km2 (990/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KA-KL|
|Vehicle registration||KA-07, KA-08|
|Sex ratio||0.976 ♂/♀|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kolar Lok Sabha constituency|
|Precipitation||724 millimetres (28.5 in)|
|† Kolar district at a glance|
Kolar district (Kannada: ಕೋಲಾರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ pronunciation (help·info)) is a district in Karnataka state of India. The town of Kolar is the district headquarters. Kolar district is located in the southern region of the State and is the easternmost district of the Karnataka State. The district is bounded by the Bangalore Rural district in the west Chikballapur district in the north, Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh in the east and on the south by Krishnagiri and Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.
On 10 September 2007, Kolar district was bifurcated to form the new district of Chikballapur. Due to the modern discovery of the Kolar Gold Fields, Kolar has become popularly known as the "Golden Land" of India.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Taluks
- 4 District administration
- 5 Economy
- 6 Industrial Areas in Kolar District
- 7 Transport
- 8 Demographics
- 9 Culture
- 10 Visitor attractions in/around Kolar district
- 11 Notable people
- 12 Member of Legislative Assembly from Kolar District
- 13 Education
- 14 Media
- 15 Upcoming Restaurants
- 16 Upcoming Institutions
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Formerly, Kolar was known variously as Kolahala, Kuvalala and Kolala. Kolar was called Kolahalapura during the Middle Ages, but later came to be known as Kolar. Kolahahapura in Kannada meant "violent city", as it was the battlefield for the warring kingdoms of Chalukyas in the north and Cholas to the south. It was the capital of the Gangas until 4th century AD when they shifted the capital to Talakad in Mysore. In 1004 AD, the Cholas annexed Kolar until 1116 AD,. Vishnuvardhana (1108-1142 AD) freed Gangavadi from the Cholas, and in commemoration of his victory, built the celebrated Vijayanarayana Temple (Chennakesava Temple) at Belur.
The major and important temples in the town are Kolaramma Temple and Someshwara Temple. The Kolaramma temple is of Dravida Vimana style built in Ganga tradition in the 2nd century CE and dedicated to goddess Shakti. The temple was later renovated during the period of the teja arun Chola monarch Rajendra Chola I in the 10th century and Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century. Someswara Temple is a fine example of 14th century Vijayanagara art.
Kolar District is in the state of Karnataka, India and belongs to its semi-arid drought-prone region. It lies between 77° 21' to 78° 35' east longitude and 20° 46' to 130° 58' north latitude, extending over an area of 8,225 km². Kolar District is located in the southern region of the state and happens to be the easternmost district of the Karnataka State. The district is bounded by the Bangalore Rural district in the west Chikballapur district in the north, Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh in the east and on the south by Krishnagiri of Tamil Nadu.
The district, at its greatest length, reaches about 135 km from north to south with almost the same distance from east to west. It occupies the table land of Mysore, bordering the eastern ghats. The general plateau surface is interrupted by a hills and peaks of varying heights, particularly in the north. The principal chain of mountains is the Nandidurga range which runs north from Nandi towards Penukonda and Dharmavaram[disambiguation needed] of Andhra Pradesh. The rivers of the district are small and seasonal: Palar, Uttara Pinakini and Dakshina Pinakini are the important rivers which originate in the elevated regions.
The Kolar has its own transportation named "Antaragange Kolara Nagara Sarige" which was introduced by the deputy CM and home minister Ashok in July 2012.
The Narasapura Industrial Area is best for its infrastructure for deployment of motor vehicle factories such as Honda, Mahindra Aerospace, Volvo and More. Narasapura Industrial Area is approximately 20 km from Kolar and is connected to Bangalore Road via National Highway 4.
Most of the telecom operators have excellent network coverage in Kolar District. Most of the operators have limited coverage in interior rural and forest areas.
Institutes of Technical education
Engineering and medical institutions
- DR.T.T.I.T., formerly known as GVIT, is about 28 km from Kolar.
- C.B.I.T., founded By C. Byregowda Education and Cultural Trust, is in Thoradevandahalli Village about 7 km from Kolar, connected towards Srinivasapura Main Road.
- S.D.U.M.C., near R.L. Jalappa Hospital, it is about 5 km from Kolar.
- The worlds largest eye care hospital is VASAN EYE CARE HOSPITAL is also available at kolar M G Road
- The College of Horticulture.Kolar,established in 2009 at Tamaka, adjoining to R.L. Jalappa Medical college& Hospital, it is about 5 km from Kolar town.
Bangarpet is a taluk of Kolar District that is famous for chat items like pani puri.
Bangarapet has a railway junction which is the second one after Bangalore City Junction.
Earlier the town of Bangarpet was called Bowringpet. It is a business town. Budikote village (Hyder Ali's birthplace) is in this taluk.
- There are huge rocks available and suitable for the granite industry.
- Famous for vegetables market like tomatos trading market at Vaddahalli, Mulbagal Taluk.
- Major activities are dairy farming, silk production, sericulture, horticulture and mangos, tamarind growing.
- Sand mining in Nangali.
- There is a four lane national highway, NH 4 connects Bangalore to Mulbagal.
- Famous temples are in mulbagal taluk like Kurdumale, Mulbagal Anjaneya, Avani, Padaraja mutt, Durga, Someshwara temple, Lepakshi temple etc.
- It is good for trekking in the Avani and Byrakur (chikur hills)
- uneven and scanty Rainfall
- There is no natural as well as artificial river flowing.
- Manson rainfall doesn't connect properly for the geographical region of Kolar district.
- No soil fertility.
- Lack of skilled labour.
Srinivaspura is a one of the taluks in kolar district most of the population practice agriculture. The taluk doesnot have permanent water sources.
- Famous for worlds best mango fruits and mango is generally called as King of fruits.
- Major activities are dairy farming, silk production, sericulture, horticulture and mangos, tamarind growing
- Government Boys P.U college in Srinivaspur is one of the best P.U colleges
- Ashraya Neelbagh School is a one of the best school in Srinivaspur.The school got best Eco-school award on 2013.
Kolar District contains one revenue sub-divisions: Kolar
The major sources of employment are agriculture, dairy and sericulture, floriculture hence it is popularly known as the land of "Silk, Milk and Gold". Farmers in Kolar are totally dependent upon borewell water for irrigation and drinking.
The gold mines in Kolar Gold Fields were closed in the 2003 due to reducing gold deposits and increasing costs of production.
Industrial Areas in Kolar District
Kolar District Has Been Subdued into 2 Major, 1 Medium and 1 Minor Industrial Areas
1. Narasapura Industrial Area - Located Near Narasapura Village, Narasapura Industrial Area Comprises Major Industries Such as HMSI, Volvo, Volkswagen India, Scania AB, Mahindra Aerospace Etc. And Lies Across Bangalore Road (connected Towards National Highway 4)in Kolar District and 17 Kilometers Away From Kolar
2. Vemagal Industrial Area - Lies in Chikkaballapura Road, Vemagal also Comprises Hero Motocorp and Railway Wagon Factory, Which is 17 KM From Kolar
3. Tamaka Industrial Area - Lies in Chennai Road (NH4) Comprises Small Scale Industries, Lies 5 Kilometers From Kolar
4. Malur Industrial Area - Lies in Hosur Road, Lies 35 Kilometers Away From Kolar, and Has Medium Scale Industries
5. Major Residential layout developers such as Citrus Ventures Pvt ltd have already started to develop residential units in the surrounding localities-source www.citrusventures.in
Major industries in Kolar District's industrial areas
- Honda motorcycle manufacture [around 1300 crocres] unit started. The Karnataka government approved a slew of incentives for Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), which is invested Rs 1,350 crore to set up a two-wheeler manufacturing plant in Narsapura in Kolar district.
- Bharth Earth Movers Limited BEML: The government of India started this PSU unit in K.G.F outskirts for defence earth mover, vehicle and Metro coaches manufacturing.
- Indian Railway: Coach manufacture unit granted for Kolar district in railway budget 2012. The government of Karnataka provided two places: in Kurudumale Mulbagal Taluk and Srinivaspur Taluk for setting up the manufacture unit.
- Bharath Gold Mines Limited BGML was present till 2003; the government of India started BGML public sector unit (PSU) for gold mining.
- Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) having milk dairy, i.e., Kolar District Co-operative Milk Producers' Societies' Union Limited (KOMUL). After Chickaballapur (new district) is formed, KOMUL is now called as KoChiMUL.
- Power Grid Corporation of India has substation at Arahalli Village, Kolar-Chintamani-State Highway-5, Kolar.
- All India Mission Tablet Industry at Bangarpet.
- Volvo manufactures Trucks, Buses and earth moving equipments like Dozers, Excavators, Backhoe loaders, Motor Graders, etc. The manufacturing unit is at Yelachahalli near Tavarekere.
- Volkswagen subsidiary scania AB is going to deploy complete Knock Down Assembly Unit in Narasapura Industrial Area, Kolar
- Mahindra Aerospace is Going to Deploy at Narasapura Industrial Area, Kolar ingrated on 21st October 2013 by annand mahindra
- Volkswagen India is Going to Deploy 4 Wheelers Manufacturing Unit at Narasapura Industrial Area, Kolar
- Hero Motocorp is Going to Deploy 2 Wheeler Manufacturing Unit in Vemagal Industrial Area, Kolar is cancle
Famous trading markets
- Tomato trading market at Vadahalli, Mulbagal Taluk
- Kolar Sericulture and Agriculture (Tomato and other vegetables) market at Kondarajanahalli (Malur - Bangalore road), Kolar Taluk
- Mango trading market at Srinivaspura
- Jewellery shops at Kolar Gold Fields
National Highway NH-4pass through via Narasapura, Kolar, Mulbagal in Kolar district, State Highway connects other taluks. Small Village and others roads are also present connects District headquarters and taluks. National Highway NH-4 starts from Bangalore East, Narasapura, Kolar, Mulbagal, Chittor from here one way goes to Thirupathi(this way is not NH-4) and another to Chennai
Kolar District Road Summary table from PWD department Govt of Karnataka as on March 2010 
|Sl No||Kolar district||National Highway||State highway||Major Dist Road||Total length|
|01||Kolar dist||137 NH-4||308||1083||1528|
Bangalore to Mulbagal having four-lane Road (NH-4) travel time is around 90 minutes. motorists can look forward to a six-lane highway from K R Puram to Hoskote and from there onwards a four-lane one up to Mulbagal. An additional benefit is that Bangalore east residents can use it as an alternative route to reach the airport by taking the left at Boodigere Cross that leads to Devanahalli.
Kolar belongs to "South Western Railways" of "Indian Railways". Kolar has many railway stations which are listed below:
Kolar Railway Station is Located in Karnataka, Kolar and one more big railway junction is at Bangarapet. It belongs to South Western Railway, Bangalore Cy Jn. All these stations are on the Chennai-Bangalore main line or its branch line. Neighbourhood Stations are Takal,Bangarapet, Near By major Railway Station is Bangalore Cy Jn and Airport is Bengaluru International Airport.
Kolar and Bangarpet junction railway stations 
- KOLAR - KQZ
- BEML NAGAR TRAIN HALT - BEML
- BANGARAPET - BWT
- OORGAM - OGM
- MALUR - MLO
- BISANATTAM - BSM
- BYATRAYANA HALLI - BFW
- CHAMPION - CHU
- COOROMANDAL - COL
- KAMASAMUDRAM - KSM
- MAKALI DURG - MKL
- MARIKUPPAM - MKM
- TYAKAL - TKL
According to the 2011 census Kolar district has a population of 1,540,231, roughly equal to the nation of Gabon or the US state of Hawaii. This gives it a ranking of 324th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 384 inhabitants per square kilometre (990 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 11.04%. Kolar has a sex ratio of 976 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 74.33%.
|Source: Official Website of Kolar District|
It has 15 towns and 3,321 villages (2889 inhabited villages and 432 uninhabited villages). Total population of the district according to 2001 census was 2,536,069 of which 24.67% were urban.
- Area (km²) - 3969
- Population - 13,87,062
- Sex ratio (females/1,000 males) - 977
- Literacy rate (%) - 74.01
As a district on the cross-roads of the three states, Kolar is home to many communities and represents a mini-India. The primary language spoken here is Kannada. Other widely spoken language is Urdu. There are also good number of Tamil and Telugu speakers.
Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) is a town in Kolar district which was once the primary gold mines in the country. Set up by the British, this town which is close to the border of Andhra Pradesh and has Tamil,Telugu and Anglo-Indian Population. Tamil people were employed by the British and brought to KGF from Tamil Nadu to work in the mines.
The crowning glory is the Karaga festival, which is celebrated in the town of Malur, about 30 miles away on the Bengaluru-Chennai highway. It throws a flood of light on the Thigala clan's Draupadi worship ritual called the Karaga festival.
The Malur-based Karaga festival is celebrated over 13 days in the summer months, usually starting on the first Friday after the Ugadi New Year day.
Visitor attractions in/around Kolar district
- Antara Gange
- Kolaramma Temple and Someshwara Temple
- Markandeya Hill
- Guttahalli temple
- Chowdeshwari temple, Beglihosahalli
- Dargha Usama shah Wali (RA) On Hill Top
- Dargah of Khutub Gowri (RA) Clock Tower
- Darga Of Tippu Grand Parents in Clock Tower
- Darga of Shabaz Shah Khalandar (RA)
Bangarapet or KGF
- Chikka Tirupathi
- Marikamba Temple
- Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
- Guttamma Temple, Doddakadathuru
- Thirtha Bande, Masti
- The famous 101 Temple in Tekal
- anjaneya swami temple
- sai mandir
- ((Garuda Temple))- epic related temple,koladevi,mulbagal(T)
- Sri VaradarajaSwamy Temple Uttanur
- Dargha Hazrat Hyder-E- Sabdar
Chintamani (Chikballapur Dist)
Madanapalli (Andhra Pradhesh - Anantapur Dist)
- D. V. Gundappa - well known Kannada poet
- K. C. Reddy - first Chief Minister of Karnataka
- Maasti Venkatesh Ayengar - Kannada writer, Jnanpith award winner.
- K. R. Venkataramaiah, Ph.D.(Waterloo), M. A. Sc.(Toronto), M. Sc.(Guindy-Madras),B. E.( UCE-Bangalore), P. Eng.(Ontario),
Scientist / Consulting Engineer.
- sri C.Byre Gowda EX-Minister Agriculture minister and leader of Jannatha pativar.
- KH Muniyappa Union Minister of state for Indian Railways, represents Kolar in the Parliament of India for a record sixth term.
- N. R. Narayana Murthy - Chairman and Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited.
- Soundarya - versatile south Indian Film actress,mulbagal
- K. R. Niranjan, M. Sc. (Math.), M.B.A. (England), I.A.S, Secretary, Backward Classes Dept. Karnataka Govt.
- Hyder Ali - Father of Tipu Sultan.
- Dr.N.B.Siddappa, Ph.D. Instructor of Medicine(Scientist), Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
- Sri Balanatayanappa - Harikata vidwan srinivasapur
- Sri C.Krishnabyre Gowda, Agriculture Minister, well eduacated and youth leader of KPCC.
- Evg Anandkar Silvester(Christian Evangelist) Word of God Ministires, India
^ J M T Rajan. Director of Public Instructions, Karnataka State Secondary Examination Board, Karnataka Pre University board. (Retd in 1978). ^ V R Sudarshan M L C., Vemgal
Member of Legislative Assembly from Kolar District
- Varthur Prakash - MLA of Kolar
- K.S MANJUNATH GOWDA, Malur
- Y.RAMAKKA(Y.Sampangi's mother),K.G.F
- K.M Narayanaswamy, Bangarpet
- G.Manjunath, Mulbagal
- R.Ramesh kumar,Srinivaspur
- Ashraya Neelbagh School,Rayalpad (NGO)
- Government College for Boys, KOLAR
- Government PU College for Boys; Srnivaspur
- Methodist School and college, Kolar
- Government College for women, KOLAR
- Government Law college, KOLAR
- Gupta international school
- Vidya Jyothi School, Basavanatha, KOLAR
- Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar
- Sri Devaraj Urs School of Nursing, Kolar
- Seventh Day Adventist High School, Kolar
- Sri Manjunatha School Byrakur, Mulbagal Taluk
- Smt.Danamma Chanabasaviah PU and degree college, KOLAR
- Mahila Samaja school, KOLAR
- St Anne's convent High school, KOLAR
- Dr.T. Thimmaiah college of engineering, KGF
- C.ByreGowda Institute of Technology,Kolar
- First Grade College, KGF
- St. Joseph's Convent, Champion Reefs, KGF
- St. Mary's High School, Champion Reefs, KGF
- Beml High School, Beml Nagar
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, BEML Nagar
- Parkinson Memorial School, KGF
- Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, KGF
- Sri Byraveshwara Vidya Samaste, Srinivasapur
- National High School, Yeldur
- national high school, Mudianur
- Vivekananda Best Convent, Malur
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kolar
- Sai Vidyanikethan, Mulbagal
- Cea School, Mulbagal
- Neel Bagh, Srinivaspur
- Kolara Patrike - The first Kannada periodical.
- Kolaravani - Kannada Daily news paper, 32 years Old Kolaravani publishes mainly news related to four districts news.
- Kannada Thilaka, Kannada daily newspaper.
- SANCHIKE, Kannada daily, Kolar.
- ADHINAYAKA,Kannada daily, Kolar
- E-MUNJAANE,Kannada daily, Kolar
- tv9 kolar Rajendra
1. KFC - Opp. Vasudev Adiga's Restaurant, NH4, Ajjappanahalli,Kolar
2. McDonalds - Opp. Vasudev Adiga's Restaurant and Next to KFC, NH4, Ajjappanahalli,Kolar
1. Christ University - Opp. District Central Library and Next to Methodist School, DVG Road, Kolar
2. Baldwins Methodist College - Next To Christ University DVG Road, Kolar
- "A Handbook of Karnataka - Administration" (pdf). Government of Karnataka. pp. 354, 355. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
- "A green view". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 11 March 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Temples of Karnataka - Kolar". templenet.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- Honda Unit at Narasapura, Kolar
- "Karnataka showers Honda with concessions - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- Power Grid , Kolar
- Kolar Roads
- Bangalore-Mulbagal Road (NH-4)Mulbagal
- "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. "Gabon 1,576,665"
- "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. "Hawaii 1,360,301"
- "Kolar district at a glance" (pdf). Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- Kolar Total population
- , Kolaravani
- Kannada Thilaka
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- Kolar district Official website
- Agricultural Development and Training Society
- Kolar Telecom District
- Temples of Kolar District
- Sri Manjunatha School Byrakur, Mulbagal Taluk
- Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College
- Heart in Kolar
- Colourful Kolar
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