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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Kolar district. For other uses, see Kolar (disambiguation).
city municipal corporation
Someshwara Temple, 14th century Vijayanagara style
Someshwara Temple, 14th century Vijayanagara style
KOLAR is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°08′00″N 78°08′00″E / 13.1333°N 78.1333°E / 13.1333; 78.1333Coordinates: 13°08′00″N 78°08′00″E / 13.1333°N 78.1333°E / 13.1333; 78.1333
Country  India
State  Karnataka
District Kolar
Named for Sericulture,Horticulture,Milk Production
 • Total 46.56 km2 (17.98 sq mi)
Elevation 821 m (2,694 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 188,462
 • Density 4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 563101, 563102, 563103, (563133 narsapura industrial area)
Telephone code 08152
Vehicle registration KA-07
Website www.kolarcity.gov.in

Kolar About this sound pronunciation  is a city in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of Kolar District and is known for gold mining. Kolar is popularly known as the land of silk, milk, and gold. The town is famous for the Someshwara temple and the Kolaramma temple.


Kolar is located at 13°08′N 78°08′E / 13.13°N 78.13°E / 13.13; 78.13.[2] with an average elevation of 822 metres (2,697 ft).

It is located at a distance of about 70 kilometres (43 mi) from Bengaluru and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Kolar Gold Fields. The city is located on the southern maidan (plains) region of Karnataka. The Ammerallikere, a tank, forms its eastern boundary. To the north is the Kodikannur tank, the main source of water supply to the city. The nearest railway junction is Kolar. Kolar is having good road transportation than, Rail amenities. It is situated on the Bengaluru - Chennai National Highway-75.

Kolar is also The gateway for Tirumala Via National Highway 75

History of Kolar[edit]

The Gangas sovereignty lasted from about 350 to 550 CE, initially ruled from Kolar as their Capital City. The founder of the Ganga dynasty was King Anoop, who built Kolar as his capital around 350 and ruled for about twenty years. He succeeded by his son Madhava I.

Kolar, the headquarters of the Kolar district, was earlier known as Kuvalalapura, also known as Kolahala Pura. Historically, Kolar is said to be associated with the epic age, which recalls many legends associated with Avani in Mulbagal Taluk, which was also called Avani Kshetra.

It was once known as Avantika- Kshetra, a sacred place in Kolar district in Karnataka State. It was famous for its religious establishments from ancient times.

It was once known as Aavanya which was under the Ganga prince Madhava Muttarasa, who governed several districts. In about A.D 890, its earliest grant relates that Tribhuvana Kartara Deva, who held the title of Kali Yuga Rudra, ruled over the Avaniya Thana for 40 years. During this period he constructed 50 temples and two large tanks.

Maharshi Valmiki, author of the epic Ramayana, lived here. The legend goes further to establish that Seetha Devi, after being sent to exile, gave birth to her twins Lava and Kusha at Avani.

The Avani continued to survive as a religious establishment from the 9th to 11th centuries. There are temples dedicated to Lord Rama.

Kolaramma Temple, Kolar

The hill to the west of Kolar, called the Shatasringa Parvata or 'Hundred-Peaked Mountain' is 'Antharagange', associated with the story of Parasurama and his fight with King Kartaviryarjuna over Surabhi, the divine cow. As the story goes, King Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) and his army visited Jamadagni, Parasurama's father, when the king demanded the magical cow from Jamadagni. When Jamadagni refused, the King sent his soldiers to take the cow, but Parashurama killed the entire army and the king with his axe. In return, the princes beheaded Jamadagni. Thus, Parasurama took an oath to behead the entire Kshatriya race, which is said to have taken place on the hills. It is said that the 'kolahala' on the death of Kartaviryarjuna gave its name to the town, which later become Kolar. Kannada is the main languages spoken in the district of Kolar. Telugu is also spoken. Gangas built beautiful temple of Sri Uttameshwara temple in Uttanur Mulbagal Talluk

Old City[edit]

Old City of Kolar comprises the following Areas: 1.Ammavarpet

2 Kurberpet



5.Dr.Ambedkar Nagar


7.RTO Nagar

8.BEML Layout/ C.Byregowda Nagar





13.Big Bazaar



16.Old Extension

17.New Extension




21.Palasandram Layout

22.Mahalakshmi Layout


24.Shahinsha Nagar

25.Shahid Nagar

26.Chowdeshwari Nagar



29.Shanthi Nagar

30.Sarige Nagar

31.Rahmath Nagar



34.Kuvempu Nagar

35.Muneshwara Nagar




39.Udayagiri Nagar

40.Sahakar Nagar


42. Khutub Gowri Mohalla

43.Shukur Ulla Sha Makan

44.Nyamath Bi Dragah Mohalla

45.Noor Nagar

46.Khushal Nagar


48. Dargha shahi mohalla


50. Gangammana Palya


Antaragange is one of the tourist attractions Of Kolar. It is also known as "Dakshina Kashi Kshetra". In the temple is a pond which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). There is a steep, narrow path to the top of the mountain. There are seven villages on this mountain, including Therhalli, papanayakana halli, Kenchegowdana Halli and several others. On the occasion of full moon day, the cultural association called AADIMA arranges, cultural activities. Which is attended by many notable scholaras and artistes of Kannada drama industry. The mountain consists of granite rocks and lot of caves around. Antaragange is 4 Kilometers away from Kolar bus stand and 71 Kilometers away from State capital Bangalore. You can scale the heights of this mountain or hill by your own feet or Govt. of Karnataka laid a road to provide transportation facility to villagers who lives in the villages of hill and for the tourists. In the hill you can find a Dargah also.

Nowadays Antharagange became hotspot for reality sector. The prices of the land in the hill shoots up to several millions/lakhs per acre. At the top of the hill you can find many more interesting things, which you can't expect somewhere else in the world.

New City[edit]

Many of the rural areas are developing into urban areas. The following rural areas are being converted into urban areas:

1. Kondarajanahalli is the upcoming major hub for industry and other trading activities as it is located at the by-pass junction towards bangalore.

2. Ammerahalli

3. Maderahalli

4. Arabhikothanur (Up to Narasapura Industrial Area)

5. Tamaka

6. Gaddekannur

7. Vittappanahalli

8. Kogilahalli

9. Hasala

10. Sangondahalli

11. Hogari

12. Elam

13. Garudanahalli - Chokkahalli

14. Medihala

15. Talagunda

16. Vemagal (Up to Vemagal Industrial Area)

17. Moorandahalli near solor city 18. Thoradevandahalli

19. Arahalli (Up to Powergrid Station)

20. RM Golden City

21.Kodi Kannur 22. HOLUR


The major temples in the town are the Kolaramma Temple and the Someswara Temple. Someswara Temple is a fine example of the Vijayanagara style, complete with a massive pillared Mukha Mandapa, heavy Prakara walls, ornate Kalyana mantapa, a Devi Shrine and a lofty Gopura with fine stucco figures on the tower; while the door frame is carved in the typical Vijayanagara style, with dwarapalas, etc. The temple has a large tank (Kalyani) also. There are Vijayanagara inscriptions on the wall of the store room and the yagashala, dated to the 15th century.

Entrance of Somnatheshwar Temple in Kolar
Main Structure of the Somnatheshwar temple, kolar
Interior view of the Somnatheshwar temple, Kolar
Back side view of Somnatheshwar temple, Kolar

Kolaramma Temple: This "L"-shaped temple has two shrines, one for Durga (Kolaramma) and the other for the Saptamatras. Both have a common vestibule. The Durga Shrine has a wagon-roof tower. The stucco figures in the Saptamatras shrine are unusually large. The temple is of Dravida Vimana Style, built in the Ganga Tradition (11th century). The Mahadwara has imposing pavilions in the inner side. The temple contains several Chola inscriptions, the earliest belonging to Mr. Yendeti (1012-1045).

Sculpture of a Guardian goddess at the Kolaramma Temple
A sculpture adorning entrance wall of Kolarmma Temple
A sculpture adorning interior gate of Kolarmma Temple

Hyder Ali Tomb is also found. Islamic religion also plays a very important role. Many Dargahs are also found like Khutub Gowri Dargah in heart of the city, A Dargah above the Antaraganga Hill, etc., Number of mosques are also found all over Kolar.

In Kolar you can find both the streams of Christianity, like Roman Catholic and Protestants. Both have their own church. Catholic Church is located near mekke Circle and Methodist or Protestant church located exactly opposite to Shri T. Chennayya Rangamandir or T. Chennayya Auditorium.


The Member of Parliament is K.H. Muniyappa.

Varthur Prakash is the local member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.


As of the 2011 census, Kolar municipality had a population of 138,553.[1] The municipality had a sex ratio of 978 females per 1,000 males and 11.5% of the population were under six years old.[1] Effective literacy was 84.02%; male literacy was 87.28% and female literacy was 80.69%.[1]

Kannada is the language spoken by the majority . As per 2001 census, the population figures mother tongue wise are as follows Kannada 38,705 followed by Telugu 17,960, Tamil 4,491. There is also a significant Urdu speaking Muslim population in the city.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya – The architect of modern Karnataka and of the Brindavan Gardens
  • D. V. Gundappa – Kannada poet
  • Masti Venkatesha Iyengar: Kannada poet and recipient of Jnanpith Award
  • K. C. Reddy : First Chief Minister of Karnataka, (then Mysore State)
  • Hyder Ali: Father of Tipu Sultan
  • Haji Mohammed Mustafa Saheb alis Kolar Mustafa - the richest businessman of Kolar, born around 1887, and the Founder of Clock Tower Circle in Kolar.
  • K. Pattabhiraman: freedom fighter,[4][5][6] Sarvodaya Nayaka (Leader), lawyer and Member of Legistive Assembly of Mysore (MLA) in 1951. One of the four Independent candidates who won from Mysore State during that elections, amidst a near sweep by Indian National Congress (INC). He was slated to be the first Chief Minister of Mysore but due to caste politics, K. C. Reddy became the first CM. One of Kolar town extensions named after him - "Pattabhiraman Extension" which was previously called Old Extension.
  • K. H. Muniyappa: Member of Parliament from Kolar
  • Soundarya, One of the most versatile actress in Indian film industry and household name in South India[7]
  • A.N.Prahlada Rao highest Crossword writer in India


Kolar has transportation amenities such as Buses, Taxis, and Auto Rickshaws.

Kolar also has a local transportation facility " Antaragange Kolara Nagara Sarige" which was inaugurated in July 2012.


The district headquarters has a railway station connecting three destinations:

1. Bangalore - Via Bangarpet

2. Chennai / Trivendrum / Vijayawada - Via Bangarpet

3. Chikkaballapura / Yelahanka - Via Srinivaspura

Improvement of The City[edit]

. Most of the old buildings are getting demolished and new buildings are getting constructed.

. To avoid accidents, The police department has introduced the traffic light signals at KSRTC Bus Station Road and Mekke Circle.

. A 4-way lane is being built at Tekal Road, Petechamanahalli Extension, Kolar

Major Hospitals and Medical colleges and other colleges located in Kolar[edit]

Here is a list of hospital and Medical college located in Kolar

1. Vidya Jyothi PU College,Basavanatha,kolar

2. Srinivasa Nursing Home - Bangarapet Circle, Kolar

3. Shreya Hospital - Shanaishwara Swamy Temple Road, Behind Tirumala Dairy, Fort, Kolar

4. Gaurav Orthopedic Hospital - Opp.Shanaishwara Swamy Temple, Fort, Kolar

5. Manjunatha Health Care - Opp. ETCM Hospital, Kanakanapalya, Kolar

6. E.T.C.M Mission Hospital - Bangarapet circle road, Kanakanapalya, Kolar

7. S.N.R. Hospital - Bangarapet road, Opp. Mahila Samaja School, Doomlight Circle, Kolar

8.Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College - Next to Horticulture college, Tamaka, Kolar

9. R.L.Jalappa teaching Hospital and Research center - Next to S.D.U.M.C,tamaka, Kolar

10.Chowdeshwari Hospital - Opp. Anur Hardware, KSRTC Bus Station Road, Kolar

11.Arogya Hospital. Doom Light Circle Kolar

A New Government Medical College is going to be established in Vemagal Village, Which is about 17 Kilometers From Kolar

12.C. Byre Gowda Institute of Technology,Thoradevanda Halli [p],Kolar to Srinivaspur Road,KOLAR- 563 101.

13. Janatha High School,Kembodi,kolar-mulbagul Road.

14. College of Horticulture, Jack Garden, Tamaka, NH4, Kolar. It is a constituent College of University Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot

15. Zonal Horticultural Research Station (ZHRS) Hogalagere, Srinivasapura Taluk

16. St.Anne's High school, bangalore road

17. Manipal Information centre, Bangarpet road, Kolar

18 . patanjali argogya kendra #23 kanakappa compound 3rd cross kanakanapalya kolar 09448661740.9483420964

19. Chinmaya Vidyalaya, PC Extension Kolar

20 . Presidency educational trust, mahalakshmi layout mb road kolar

21. Sahyadri PU college, Kolar

Industrial areas located in Kolar District[edit]

  • Narasapura Industrial Area - 15 Kilometers (National Highway 4)
  • Tamaka Industrial Area - 5 Kilometers (N H 4)
  • Vemagal Industrial Area - 15 Kilometers (International airport road Road)
  • Malur Industrial Area - 30 Kilometers (Hosur Road)


  1. ^ a b c d "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011; Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (pdf). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kolar
  3. ^ "WELCOME TO CENSUS OF INDIA : Census India Library". www.censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  4. ^ K Narasimhamurthy (2 September 2011). "A teacher whose name is synonymous with the village". India: Deccan Herald. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ Vishwa Kundapura (15 August 2007). "Vidurashwath epitomises the sacrifice made by Kolar". India: Deccan Herald. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "A singing freedom fighter". India: Deccan Herald. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Soundarya

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