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Sorab is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°23′N 75°06′E / 14.38°N 75.1°E / 14.38; 75.1Coordinates: 14°23′N 75°06′E / 14.38°N 75.1°E / 14.38; 75.1
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Shimoga
Subdivision Sagar
Elevation 580 m (1,900 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,424
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Sorab is a panchayat town in Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka in India.

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Sorab is located at 14°23′N 75°06′E / 14.38°N 75.1°E / 14.38; 75.1.[1] It has an average elevation of 580 metres (1902 feet).

Sorab derives its name from its earlier name Surabhipura meaning Town of Surabhi. Surabhi was the holy cow which used to milk on a stone statue of the god Sri Ranganatha. A temple is built on the same place where the holy cow used to milk and it is now Sorab's famous Sri Ranganatha temple. Story says that the temple was built by a local Gowda(Landlord) from Halesorab on the bay of river Dandavati. We still have the manuscript written in Old Kannada script on the stone tower near - bay of river Dandavati (Just a walkable distance from temple). Sorab is now a Taluk headquarters. It's a small town with all basic facility. Sorab's main road(ratha beedhi) is the only road (which stretch for approximately a kilo meter) have its main shops and hospitals.

Sorab is also nearest town to Banavasi which was capital of Kadambas during 9th century, and has Kalleswara temples in a small village called Heche which is 6 km from Sorab Heche karnataka Click Here to view>>[1] and is more of historical interest to many enthusiasts who come under archeological survey.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Sorab had a population of 7424. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Sorab has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 75%. In Sorab, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Sorab
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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