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Shikaripura is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°16′N 75°21′E / 14.27°N 75.35°E / 14.27; 75.35Coordinates: 14°16′N 75°21′E / 14.27°N 75.35°E / 14.27; 75.35
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Shimoga
Subdivision Sagara
Elevation 603 m (1,978 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 31,508
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Shikaripur or Shikaripura is a town in Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of Shikaripur taluk.


Shikaripur is located at 14°16′N 75°21′E / 14.27°N 75.35°E / 14.27; 75.35.[1] It has an average elevation of 603 metres (1978 feet). It lies between plain land of Bayaluseeme and tropical forests of Malenadu.


The Huccharaya Swamy temple in Shikaripura

As of 2001 India census,[2] Shikaripura had a population of 31,508. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Shikaripura has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75%, and female literacy is 67%. In Shikarpur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. The former Chief minister of Karnataka B. S. Yeddyurappa has been a legislator of this town from many years.

Mostly Kurubas, Gudigars, Lingayaths, Lambaanis, havyaks, Muslims, Christianss and others inhabit the town of Shikaripura.


Balligavi is 20 km from Shikaripur and 80 km from Shimoga. This was the capital of Banavasi Nadu during 12th century. Keshareshwara temple, Panchalinga temple. Kaithaleshwara and Thripuramthakeshwara temple are known for the architectural beauty.

Bandalike is 35 km north of Shikaripur. It has many temples and Basadies. In the temples we will find sculptures and writings of Kadambas and Rashtrakutas period. Shanthinath Basadi, Someshwara Threemurthi and Sahasralinga temples are very important temples and historical place

Uduthadi is about 7 km from Shikaripur. Uduthadi is the birthplace of Akkamahadevi, the famous veerashaiva Kannada poet. The ruins of an ancient fort can also be found here

Thalagunda is at a distance of four km from Belligave. Several inscriptions are found in this are Pranshwara temple is worth to visit. To the east of Thalagunda 'Prabhudeva Gaddige' is situated.


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