Puttur, Karnataka

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Puttur is located in Karnataka
Location in India
Coordinates: 12°46′N 75°13′E / 12.77°N 75.22°E / 12.77; 75.22Coordinates: 12°46′N 75°13′E / 12.77°N 75.22°E / 12.77; 75.22
Country  India
State Karnataka
Region Tulu nadu
District Dakshina Kannada
 • MLA Shakunthala Shetty T
Elevation 87 m (285 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 53,061
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 574201
Telephone code 8251
Vehicle registration KA 21
Website Official website

Puttur is a town in Dakshina Kannada district, in Karnataka state of India. It is the headquarters of the Puttur Taluk. The city is 52 km from Mangalore, the second biggest commercial-industrial hub of Karnataka. According to 2011 estimation, Puttur has a population of 53,091. The major occupation of its inhabitants is agriculture. The National Research Centre for Cashew and the CAMPCO chocolate Factory is located in Puttur.

The other towns which are very close to Puttur are Sullia (35 km), Uppinangadi (12 km), Bellare (25 km) and Vittla (Vittal) (15 km).


Puttur is located at 12°46′N 75°13′E / 12.77°N 75.22°E / 12.77; 75.22.[2] It has an average elevation of 87 metres (285 feet).

The town municipal area comprises portions of surrounding villages namely Balnad, Padnoor, Kabaka, Bannur, Chikkamudnoor, Kemminje, Aryapu villages in addition to the thickly populated Puttur LOKasaba, the original Town area. Puttur is also known as the rich town of the district

Civic Administration[edit]

Puttur Town Municipal Council was formed in the year 1973 by upgrading the Town Panchayath. The area covered by the then TMC was only Puttur Kasaba village extent being 11 km². Later in the year 1996 the portions of adjacent villages, which were developing as part of this Town, were merged to form the present Town Municipality extending the area to 34 km² with 27 councilor wards.

Puttur is the second biggest town in the District, situated 52 km from Mangalore, the District headquarters. Puttur was the Taluk Headquarters to the present Sullia Taluk, Belthangady Taluk and present Vittla (Vittal) Firka of Bantwal Taluk. After the taluk reorganization Puttur is the taluk headquarters with 37 Village Panchayaths covering 68 villages. Even after the reorganization of Taluks, Puttur continues to be a center for the economic, educational & medical services for the surrounding Taluks. The southern portion of this Taluk is surrounded by the villages of Kerala State.


A vast majority of the population here belong to the Dravidian race. Majority of the people speak the Tulu language along with other languages like Kannada,havayaka kannada,Konkani, Byari Language, Kodava, Puttur Malayalam, etc.



Puttur is the second largest town in Dakshina Kannada district, which is a largest market for arecanut in Karnataka. Puttur is an agro based town of the Coastal region surrounded by several hillocks with lush green forest situated in the belt of Western ghat which gets heavy rainfall. The Major occupation of the people is agriculture. The crops grown mainly are paddy, areca, coconut, cashew, rubber, cocoa bean, chilli, vanilla, pepper and plantains. In addition dairy farming, sericulture and horticulture activities supplement the earnings of the people to some extent.

Campco Chocolate Factory[edit]

The Campco Chocolate Factory is managed by co-operative sector. The enterprise aims to promote the welfare of cocoa bean growers of the two states. It is the biggest factory of its kind in the Asian continent with imported machinery from the Netherlands. The factory produces cocoa butter of which the major portion is exported. Varieties of chocolate are produced for the domestic market as well as for export. Campco has an agreement with the Nestle company and produces chocolate under its brand name. The factory is reported to have given new life to the cocoa growers of the two states. When commissioned, it was the largest chocolate factory in India.

The Puttur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is an organisation representing the local trading community. PCCI's members include the main contributors to the city's growing economy.


As of 2011 India census,[3] Puttur had a population of 52000. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. The average literacy rate is 79%, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 75%. About 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.Tulu, Kannada, Havyaka Kannada, Konkani, and Malayalam are the languages spoken here .


Climate data for Puttur, India
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31.3
Daily mean °C (°F) 26
Average low °C (°F) 20.8
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0
Source: Climate-Data.org - Climate Table of Puttur, Karnataka, India[4]


Puttur derived its name from "Puttha" in Tulu, meaning snake nests (ant hills/ mounds inhabited by snakes).


Rail: Puttur railway station falls on the railway line linking Mangalore and Bangalore. It is around 1 km from center of the town.

Air: The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport which is around 55 km from Puttur.

Road: Puttur is situated on Mangalore-Mysore state highway and it is 52 km from Mangalore. It is also connected to the national highway NH-48(Mangalore-Bangalore) through Uppinangadi which is 12 km from city.

Hindu Temples Located in the thaluku[edit]



Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple: This is an ancient temple of said to be built in 11-12th Century, Lord Shiva (popularly known as Puttur Mahalingeshwara) is main deity of this temple. You will find the photo/idle of this deity in most of the houses/shops in the entire puttur taluk as the deity is believed to be the protector of Puttur Taluk. In the premises of this temple we find unique pond on the western side. It is said that in olden days pearls were found to be growing in the pond. In the local dialect muttu means pearls, which brought the name Mutthur to this place later called as Puttur. During the month of April the car festival is celebrated for 10 days with much gaiety and fervor. The town is at its colorful best with the dazzling, light and marvelous display of fire crackers. More than a lakh people visit Puttur during the festival. Another special about the famous Mahalingeshwara temple of Puttur is that elephants can never enter the temple premises. The story goes that once a thief entered the temple and stole the main Idol and when he could not escape he threw the idol into the pond in front of the temple. It went so deep that an Elephant was brought to lift it up. A rope was tied to the idol and dragged by the elephant that Lord Mahalingeshwara became angry with the elephant for dragging him hard and he cursed the elephant that no elephant shall enter the premises of his temple, if entered would fall dead.

Campco Chocolate Factory & Master Plannery: These are the major industries in the Puttur town. Campco chocolate factory being Asia's largest chocolate factory during 1984 and Master Plannery known for its innovative ideas in the field of construction and pre-cast products. It is a must visit place for the entrepreneurs.

Juma Masjid Kallega: It is said that about 300 years ago Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore who was fighting against the British took possession of part of Puttur. A mosque was built in Puttur at Kalle near Puttur. Later the Kalle was called as Kallega by the local people. This is the oldest mosque of town.123

Bendru Theertha (Hot Spring): About 15 km from Puttur there is a natural hot water spring (in Tulu language known as Bendru Theertha). It is believed by the local people that the water is said to be more auspicious and a dip in the lake drives away all skin diseases like eczema, allergic rashes and many more ailments. It is situated in a scenic spot by the side of river Seerehole which flows west ward and merges with Arabian Sea. It is the only hot water spring in South India.

Beeramale Hill: Beeramale Hill is an attractive tourism spot of Puttur. The height of the Hill is around 1000 feet from the Sea Level. The Dooradarshan TV Relay Center is established on this Hill. An open auditorium, a library are open to public. Sri Vishwakarma Temple is situated on one side of this hill.

K. Shivaram Karanth Balavana: K. Shivaram Karanth, Jnanpith Award recipient stayed here for about 40 years. Karanth made most of his literary contributions and cultural endeavors at Balavana. He was a literary giant and most of this literary contributions were published here. Those books earned great name and fame for himself and Puttur. Now Balavana is taken over by the Government of Karnataka and a government appointed committee manages this property. The Balavana is situated about 2 km from Puttur in Parladka.

A library of his literary works and an attractive museum is established and is open to the public. A swimming pool was built to teach the children swimming. Summer camps are held here for the children of town and surrounding villages to bring out the hidden talents of children in the field of arts and cultural activities.

'Shri Gopalakrishna temple' situated in Shibara. Which was built around 300 years ago.

Mai De Deus Church: It is one of the ancient church built in 1830 by the Roman Catholic missionaries from Goa in Gothic style. This holy church is renovated with elegant architectural beauty.

Maril church: A church built in 1999.

Peer Mohalla Juma Masjid, Koornadka: Koornadka is very historical place in puttur at the period of Tippu Sulthan some soldier families settled at this place and they name this place as koor because they are originated from koor which is in Afaganistan (ABU KHAN, SAYYED, SHEIK SAHEB, PATNI WALA, MOIDEEN PATAN, KOORG SAHEB families). They are follower of Imame abu hanifa and Sufi saints. In 1899 one great powerful Sufi saint "Peer Zade Murshad Habeebulla Sha masthan Sayyed Rahamath Aali sha" came to this place to teach Islam and he survived many mureeds.[clarification needed][citation needed] After death of Sufi saint one of his mureedi Janabi Mashubi donated the land for construct the masjid in koor and the mureeds of this saint named this masjid as Peer Mohalla Masjid. Now this place is call as KOORNADKA.[clarification needed]


Engineering colleges[edit]

  • Vivekananda College of Engineering & Technology, Puttur.
Currently, the college of Engineering provides courses in the following disciplines:
Computer Science
Information Science
Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering,

General Course colleges[edit]

  • St. Philomena College, Darbe, Puttur.[5]
  • St. Philomena Pre University College,Darbe,Puttur
  • St. Philomina Boys High School Darbe, Puttur
  • Sri Vivekananda College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Puttur.
  • Vivekananda Polytechnic, Puttur
  • Vivekananda College of Education, Puttur.
  • Government Junior College, Puttur.
  • Mar Ivanios College of Education, Perabe, Puttur.
  • Sandeepani Higher Primary School
  • Vivekananda Law College, Puttur.
  • Indus College Puttur
  • Indus National College Puttur
  • Shri Mahalingeshwara ITI Kombettu, Puttur
  • Ambika Padavi Poorva Vidyala,Nellikkatte,Puttur[6]
  • Vidya Rashmi Vidyalaya Savanoor Puttur
  • IRCMD Computer and distance education center, Puttur.

→ Certificate in Computer Application → Diploma in Computer Application → DTP → Office Management → Financial Accounting → Tally & Many more courses. • University Courses KSOU → BA, B.Com, BBA, MBA, MA, M.Com, Diploma, B.Tech Etc..

Animation, Graphics,Computer Science and Fine Art Education[edit]

  • ANIKETANA Educational Trust(R), Darbe, Puttur.

Information Technology and Computer Training Centers[edit]

  • Crust Centre for Research and Development, Puttur.[7]
Currently, courses offered in Crust Centre for Research & Development Centre are:
Certificate in Tally with Accounts
Diploma in Website Designing (Webdesign) HTML & PHP
Diploma in Computer Application (DCA)
Office Automation
Diploma in Foreign Accounting

List of Primary and High Schools[edit]

  • St. Victors Girls High School, Puttur.
  • St. Victors English Higher Primary School, Puttur.
  • Mai De Deus Higher Primary School, Puttur.
  • Little Flower Higher Primary School, Puttur.
  • Bethany English.med.high school,Darbe,Puttur
  • Vivekananda English and Kannada Medium School
  • Mountain View Salmara, Puttur
  • Government Junior College Kaniyoor
  • Bushra English Medium School,Kavu
  • Sudana Residential School, Nehru Nagar.
  • Government Junior College High School, Puttur
  • Sri Ramakrishna High School, Puttur
  • Govt Primary School, Near Mahalingeshwara temple, Puttur
  • Govt Higher Primary School, Mukve
  • Vidya Rashmi Vidyalaya Savanoor, Puttur
  • Sarvodaya High school Sulyapadavu Puttur


Puttur town provides moderate health-care facilities through both Government and private hospital set-ups. Being a Taluk headquarters, Puttur has Government Community Health Centre (a referral hospital). It provides specialty health care facilities. However, generally the major role is played by the private practitioners and hospitals. There are quite good and affordable healthcare centers which practice evidence based modern health (including dental) science. Also, Puttur has alternative medicine clinics and hospitals like Ayurveda and Homeopathy. These alternative medicines do not play vital role in healthcare delivery of Puttur.

List of Hospitals[edit]

  • Aadarsha hospital
  • Ashwini Hospital Nellyady, 35 km from Puttur.
  • Chethana hospital
  • Dhanvanthari hospital
  • Govt Hospital Puttur.
  • Mahaaveera Hospital
  • Puttur City Hospital
  • Srinivasa nursing home.
  • Sri sathya sayi hospital
  • City Hospital
  • Girija Clinic
  • Sushrutha Ayurveda Hospital

Banking & Financial Institutions in Puttur Town[edit]

Nearby Places/Cities/Towns[edit]


  1. ^ "Census of India Search details". censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Puttur
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Climate Table of Puttur, Karnataka, India". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  5. ^ http://spcputtur.org/
  6. ^ http://www.ambikavidyalaya.com/
  7. ^ http://crustindia.com/ Crust Centre for Research and Development, Puttur

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