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Kittur is located in Karnataka
Kittur is located in India
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°36′N 74°54′E / 15.60°N 74.90°E / 15.60; 74.90Coordinates: 15°36′N 74°54′E / 15.60°N 74.90°E / 15.60; 74.90
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Belgaum
 • Type Panchayat raj
 • Body Gram panchayat
Demonym(s) Kitturunivaru
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 591115
ISO 3166 code IN-KA
Vehicle registration KA-24
Nearest city Belgaum

Kittur, also known as Kitturu and historically as Kittoor, is a taluka in the Belgaum district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It was part of Bailhongal taluka but was declared as an independent taluka on 23 October 2012 by the Chief Minister of Karnataka on the inauguration of Kittur Utsav. It is 177th Taluk of Karnataka State. It is a place of historical importance because of the armed rebellion of Kittur Chennamma (1778–1829), Raja of the State of Kittur against the British East India Company, during which a British Commissioner, St John Thackeray was killed.


On the outskirts of the town lie the ruins of the palace within a fort. The palace was the residence of the Rani Chennamma.

In the 18th century, Kittur was ruled by the Marathas, until the Third Anglo-Maratha War, when it came under British suzerainty.[1]

In connection with a disputed succession to this chiefship in 1824, St John Thackeray, Commissioner of Dharwad, was killed in a battle when approaching the Kittur fort. Later another unit stormed Kittur and captured Queen Chennamma, who was imprisoned in Bailhongal Jail where she died. Rani Chennamma became a legend.

The town lends its name to the fictitious coastal town (Belgaum District has no coast, which rules out the real Kittur being the setting) 2008 novel Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga


Kittur is well known for its residential school for girls named after the warrior queen Chennamma.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chitnis, Krishnaji Nageshrao (1994-01-01). Glimpses of Maratha Socio-economic History. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. ISBN 9788171563470. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Kittur". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 841.