The idyllic, picturesque industrial city of Tumkur is located 70 kms from Bengaluru, Karnataka. There are several interesting theories doing the rounds as to how the city got its name. The locally abundant flower,‘Tumbe Huvvu’ is said to have given rise tothe city’s unique nomenclature. While another fascinating theory credits the indigenously popular folk musical percussion instrument ‘Tamate’ towards naming the city.
The city’s capital was Gulur during the Chola rule. Owing to its high elevation, it had a very unique security system in place. The hilly region was alerted to any danger, and guarded with the help of a drum, the ‘Tumaki’, from whence another theory says it derived its name.
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In 2014, Tumkur was officially renamed Tumakuru and is in plans to be developed as a smartcity. It is also popularly known as the Coconut city, owing to the plenitude of palm trees. It takes pride in being a knowledge centre, with a reputed university and several colleges.
Not to forget the scenic beauty of the place that makes it a wonderful tourist destination, whether for adventure or pilgrimage. It boasts of several must-see places such as Shree Siddaganga mutt, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Shivaganga hill, Marconahalli Dam, among several others.