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Malur is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°01′16″N 77°56′17″E / 13.021°N 77.938°E / 13.021; 77.938Coordinates: 13°01′16″N 77°56′17″E / 13.021°N 77.938°E / 13.021; 77.938
Country India
State Karnataka
District Kolar district
 • Total 7.12 km2 (2.75 sq mi)
Elevation 909 m (2,982 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 27,815
 • Density 3,906.6/km2 (10,118/sq mi)
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 563 130
Telephone code 08151

Malur is a town in Kolar district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is near Bangalore.


Malur is located at 13°00′N 77°56′E / 13.00°N 77.94°E / 13.00; 77.94.[1] It has an average elevation of 910 metres (2,990 ft).

Malur is 46 kilometres (29 mi) from Bangalore City and is located on the Bangalore – Chennai trunk railway line. Though some passenger trains halt there, most of the express trains do not halt at Malur.


As of the 2001 India census,[2] Malur had a population of 27,791. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Malur has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 73%, and female literacy is 61%. In Malur, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The languages spoken in Malur are majority Kannada. Telugu and Tamil are also spoken for some extent as the taluk is bordered by Hosur(Tamil Nadu) and also because its proximity to Kuppam in Andhra pradesh.


The economy of Malur is primarily dependent on business and it is famous for clay tile-and-brick industry and some small-scale industries. It is also famous for large number of Eucalyptus plantations. Malur is famous for vegetables. Vegetables grown here are daily sent to Chennai market and Banglore markets. Malur is also very famous for floriculture. Flowers, capsicum and other vegetable grown with high technology are exported to bigger cities like Bangalore,Hyderbad,Chennai. Another main economy of malur is tiles and brick factories exported to Chennai and Bangalore. We can see big factories like Hero Honda, Mahindra Aerospace,Scania,Medinova and some other factories. This creates a vast number of employments, thus making Malur economy fabulous. Malur is also famous for poultry farms.we can see large number of parent breeding and commercial broiler farms.


Malur was also called Malligepura in earlier days because the farmers here grow large number of jasmine flowers.

A famous temple is situated in Chikkatirupati, imitated by Thirupati temple.

There is a village called Shivarapattana, where one can find national award-winning rock sculpture makers. Most of the village population depend on rock sculpture profession. Hullimangala Village is best known for growing CAPSICUM and ROSE by new technology. Kodihalli is another village in malur taluk famous for varieties in roses, and most of roses from here is exported to other states of the country.

Malur is also famous for karaga, sidi and "Mariamma goddess".

The season of karaga is usually termed as "jaathre" and is a kind of grand festival in the town. The karaga in malur happens exactly a week after bangalore karaga. This will be usually in the month of April or May.

Ganesha festival is celebrated grandly here, with an idol of lord ganesha kept over for more than a month with poojas and grand programmes every day. They have closed a well called "Kuppa shetty" (made as a ground for the local kids. However, the only ganesha temple of malur, which is in kuppa shetty bhavi street, was demolished a few years back has been reopened.

Rajarajeshwari Temple is situated just a kilometer from Malur Railway Station; it is one of the famous temples in Malur.

Notable people[edit]

The Jnanapeetha Award-winning writer Maasti Venkatesha Iyengar (pen name Shreenivaasa) was born in a town called Maasti, which is also one of the Hobli of Malur Taluk.

Artist M. V. Shivashankar was born in Malur.[citation needed]

  • S. Vishwanatha Shastry {s/o Malur Srikanta Shastry} - Ex President of All India Yoga Association and author of many books on Philosophy spreading Adivtha Philosophy (June 1904 - September 2001)


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Malur
  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.