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Aerial view of Coorg near Kushalanagar
Aerial view of Coorg near Kushalanagar
Kushalanagar is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Kushalanagar is located in India
Kushalanagar (India)
Coordinates: 12°28′01″N 75°58′01″E / 12.467°N 75.967°E / 12.467; 75.967Coordinates: 12°28′01″N 75°58′01″E / 12.467°N 75.967°E / 12.467; 75.967
Country India
DistrictKodagu (Coorg)
 • BodyTown Panchayat
 • Town10 km2 (4 sq mi)
844 m (2,769 ft)
 • Town15,326
 • Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
571 234
Telephone code08276
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA-12

Kushalanagar is a city located in the Kodagu district of Karnataka state of India. Surrounded by Kaveri river, it is the gateway of the Coorg district. It also serves as the headquarters of Kushalanagar Taluk. By population, Kushalanagar is the third largest town in the district after Madikeri and Virajpet. Kushalnagar is an important commercial centre in Kodagu.[1]


According to popular myth, the name was given by Hyder Ali who was camped there when he received news of the birth of his son Tipu and called it as Kushyal nagar (="town of gladness")[2] But in reality, Tipu was born around 1750 while Hyder Ali entered Kodagu for the first time in the 1760s. After the British conquest of Coorg it was known as Fraserpet after Colonel James Stuart Fraser who was the Political Agent in Coorg around 1834.[3]


Kushalanagar is located at 12°28′N 75°58′E / 12.47°N 75.97°E / 12.47; 75.97.[4] It has an average elevation of 844 metres (2726 feet).[5]

Kushalanagar is situated in the eastern part of Kodagu district. The city is generally flat, although a few areas are hilly. Kaveri river surrounds the city in all directions except the west. It is roughly 85 kilometres west of Mysuru, 220 kilometres west of Bengaluru and 170 kilometres east of Mangaluru.


As of 2011 India census,[6] Kushalanagara had a population of 15,326.[7] Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kushalanagar has an average literacy rate of 89.53%, higher than the state average of 75.36% male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 73%. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Kushalnagar along with its cluster of nearby villages including Mullusoge, Kudamangalore and Kudige form one of the most densely populated areas in the district with combined population of 39,393.[7]

There are natively 2 category of people present who are still dominating in population in these areas, Kodagu Gowdas (aka Are Bashe Gowdas) and Kodavas (aka Coorgees).


Kushalnagar is an important commercial centre in Kodagu.[1] KIADB Industrial Area is located in Kudloor of Kushalnagar where multiple coffee processing industries are located.[8]


Kushalanagara has an average literacy rate of 89%. The city has six private Schools, one government school (from kindergarten to degree), one polytechnic school, and an engineering college. A Sainik School is located in the outrange of the city, where students receive military training.


Tourist sites include:

  1. Kaveri
  2. Harangi Backwaters
  3. Harangi Reservoir
  4. Dubare
  5. Chiklihole
  6. Aiyappa Swamy Temple
  7. Kanive


Kushalnagar has one government bus station that serves all intrastate and interstate regions. The city is also accessible via from Bengaluru and Mysore via transportation services or self-driving cars, which made it a gateway for tourists to enter Kodagu.

There is no railway service in Kodagu. A railway line from Mysuru to Kushalnagar has been planned but has been opposed by environmental activists.[9] The nearest airport is at Mysore, and the nearest international airport is Kannur International Airport. The Airports Authority of India has proposed a construction of a new mini airport named Kushalnagar airport in the city to boost tourism from other parts of the state.[10]

See also[edit]

  • Om Kareshwara Temple
  • Madikeri
  • Malvalli Falls
  • Kaveri Nisargadhama
  • Raja Seat
  • Mangalore
  • Nalku Nadu Palace
  • Irpu Falls
  • Tala Kaveri
  • Tadiyanda Mol Hill
  • Iguthappa Temple
  • Abbe Falls
  • Gadhige
  • Honammana Kere (Lake)
  • Bagandeshwara Temple in Bhagamandala


  1. ^ a b "After Ponnampet, Kushalnagar may soon get taluk status". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 30 November 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 December 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Anonymous (1855). A gazetteer of Southern India. Madras: Pharoah and Co. p. 580.
  3. ^ Anon. 1908 The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Vol. 11. Oxford. page 12
  4. ^ "Maps, Weather, and Airports for Kushalnagar, India". www.fallingrain.com.
  5. ^ "Elevation of Kushalnagar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Census 2011 Kodagu" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Kushalnagar to get new industries". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 19 November 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 December 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Bhardwaj, Meena (6 March 2019). "Environmentalists oppose proposed Mysuru-Kushalnagar rail line". New Indian Express. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Funds sought for airport expansion, Kushalnagar railway line". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2 March 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 December 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)