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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
 • BodyTown Panchayat
580 m (1,900 ft)
 • Total7,424
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationKA-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.

From 1999 Soraba town was improved in many ways economically and a lot of investors for shops have come.

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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.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Sorab
  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 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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