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A Vatara (Kannada: ವಠಾರ) is a type of housing, similar to an apartment complex, typically found in urban Karnataka, India. Vataras usually have two storeys, with a row of homes on each floor. They usually have a common courtyard in the middle. They are usually occupied by middle-class families and students and typically have a single owner, who may or may not live in the same vatara.

In popular culture[edit]

Life in vataras is portrayed in some Kannada films, e.g. Ganeshana Maduve directed by Phani Ramachandra. A popular TV serial in Kannada called Vatara (featuring the popular actor "Comedy Time" Ganesh) portrayed life in a vatara in Bangalore.