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Soraba is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°23′N 75°06′E / 14.38°N 75.1°E / 14.38; 75.1Coordinates: 14°23′N 75°06′E / 14.38°N 75.1°E / 14.38; 75.1
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Shimoga
Subdivision Sagara
 • Body Town Panchayat
Elevation 580 m (1,900 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,424
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KA-15(Sagara)

Soraba is a panchayat town in Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka in India.

Soraba is located at 14°23′N 75°06′E / 14.38°N 75.1°E / 14.38; 75.1.[1] It has an average elevation of 580 metres (1902 feet).

The town derives its name from its earlier name Surabhipura meaning town of Surabhi. Surabhi was the holy cow which was milked by a stone statue of the god Sri Ranganatha. A temple is built on the same place where the holy cow used to milk and it is now the Sri Ranganatha temple. The story says that the temple was built by a local landlord from Halesoraba on the bay of river Dandavati. This is recorded on a manuscript written in Old Kannada script on the stone tower by the river Dandavati . Soraba is now a taluk headquarters. Soraba's main road (Ratha beedhi) is the only road (which stretches for approximately a kilo meter) and has its main shops and hospitals.On 2013 Soraba town was improved now so many shops and medical shops were built.

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Soraba is a Taluk in Shivamoga district. It is 88 km from district headquarters, Shivamoga, 230 km from Mangalore and 366 km from state capital, Bangalore.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Soraba had a population of 7424. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Sorab has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 75%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.


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