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"City of Coconuts, City of Education"

Tumkur Tourism

Tumkur is a city located on the hills of Devarayadurga, in the southern state of Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of 69 kilometres from Bangalore. Tumkur is widely appreciated as an educational paradise due to its several prestigious educational institutes, and also relies on its growing manufacturing, agricultural and tourism industries.

Primarily known as an industrial city, Tumkur is as an important destination as far as food processing projects are concerned. It features the India Food Park, the first of its kind in the country. It is recognized as a National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) and is being explored for its potential for development as a "smart" industrial city. This would involve incorporating advanced technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure and clean energy harnessing systems, all to promote the manufacturing industry.

Mostly dependent on the agricultural sector for economic growth, Tumkur features extensive plantations of coconut crops, as well as groundnut, paddy and ragi. With a budding tourism industry, the city is also filled with ancient temples, of great historical and religious significance, and hilly areas providing ideal opportunities for thrilling activities such as trekking. 

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Places to Visit

1. Sree Siddaganga Mutt 
An ancient ashram inaugurated by Sree Gosala Siddeshwara Swami in the 15th century, in honour of the revered Shiva Yogi Siddapurushas. The Mutt features educational programs, food and shelter for over 8000 needy children, including approximately 100 visually impaired individuals. The Mutt is under the Sree Siddaganga Education Society, an organization in charge of around 130 educational institutes.

2. Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
A refreshingly relaxed region dedicated to lush greenery and the indigenous Jayamangali Blackbuck. This attraction is a dream come true for nature lovers who are encouraged to bring refreshments, explore the area and indulge in unique photography opportunities.

3. Devarayana Durga 
Devarayana Durga is a world beyond the city, with panoramic views, offering for thrilling trekking opportunities. One may also visit the grand Yoganarasimha and Bhoganarasimha temples, dedicated to Hindu deities at the peak of this hillock, which are adorned with stunning embellishments and intricate carvings.

Local Culture of Tumkur

The People of Tumkur
Tumkur's people are known to be friendly and helpful to visitors and can converse in Kannada, the official language, as well as English to a lesser extent.

Naming the City
Tumkur is named after "Tumbe ooru", an indigenous flower variety belonging to the region.

Tumkur Festivities
Ganesh Chaturthi and Pongal are the main festivals, which are grandly celebrated in the area.
The former marks the birth of a Hindu deity referred to as Ganesh, while the latter is a harvest festival. These festivals occur in August or September and January, respectively. Both festivals are of Hindu origin, thereby highlighting the influence of Hinduism on Tumkur's culture.

Food and Restaurants of the Region

A Flavourful Visit
Tumkur's cuisine ranges from tasty street food to flavorful traditional meals, which include varieties to suit both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dietary preferences. Food in the city has notable influence from Maharashtrian and South-Indian cuisines, thereby producing unique mouth-watering delicacies.

South-Indian Twist
Due to its South-Indian characteristics, dishes such as dosas (of different varieties), idlis, and maddur vada, among others are widely appreciated. Besides, rice is a major component of an individual's diet in Tumkur and is used to create typical dishes. These include Kempannna or Mosaru (boiled rice and curd), Bisi Bele Bath (rice with vegetable curry), Avalakki (rice balls), Mosaranna, Chitranna and Puliyogare, among others.

Traditional Delicacies
Traditional foods also include cash crops such as ragi (millet) and ghee, without which a dish is considered to be incomplete. Recommended eateries where one may indulge in Tumkur's wholesome, delicious food include Swathi Delicacy, Vilasi Delight, Pavithra Hotel, and the Hut among others.

1. Swathi Delicacy
An eatery specializing in Asian cuisine, Swathi Delicacy particularly serves North-Indian and South-Indian varieties. It is an excellent option for refreshments required by travellers. 
Location: Bangalore-Mangalore highway, 4 kilometres From Yediyur, Bangalore, N.H. 48, Kunigal, Tumkur
Open Time: 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM.

2. The Hut
As suggested by its name, this restaurant is distinguished by its hut-like structure and fascinating ethnic decor. It is equally famous for its Chinese, North-Indian and South-Indian fused flavours.
Location: 2nd Cross, M. G. Road, Tumkur
Open Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
                   6:00 PM to 10:30 PM

3. Vilasi Delight 
A joint that offers visitors mouth-watering, traditional refreshments while providing an unforgettable ambience. One is given the privilege of dining in a relaxing garden environment with scenic views, which is enhanced by the staff's excellent hospitality.
Location: MG Road, Behind Krishna Theatre, Tumkur
Open Time: 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM

4. Pavithra Hotel 
The perfect place to indulge in a South- Indian feast featuring dishes such as Idli and Dosa, among others. As a result, this eatery is often crowded and facilitates needs for a quick meal, by specializing in takeaway services.
Location: Near Karnataka Bank ATM, Kyathsandra, Tumkur.
Open Time: 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM.

Tumkur History

The region of Tumkur can be traced back to as far as 400 AD under the control of the Ganga family up to 1025 AD. Tumkur came under the rule of the great Vijayanagara Empire from the 13th to 17th century, followed by the Wodeyars of Mysore, who were in power until independence. The Wodeyars of Mysore in 1916 established Tumkur as a town. Additionally, in 2010, it was incorporated into a city corporation alongside twenty-two neighbouring villages.

Traveller Tips

  • Beware of common thieves and pickpockets in crowded areas.
  • Make bookings in advance to avoid problems concerning accommodation.
  • Create provisions for hygiene, including everyday items such as hand sanitizer.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Tumkur is a culturally rich city that displays the effect of changing technologies and development in India.

What's Not So Great?

Accomodation for visitors is scarce, so one must plan their visit in advance.

For Whom?

A visit to Tumkur is recommended to those interested in indusstrial development, traditional food and culture, the education sector and nature lovers.

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