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   Chamarajanagara is the southern-most district in the state of Karnataka, India. It was carved out of the original larger Mysooru District in the year 1998. Chamarajanagar was earlier known as Arikottara. The distance from Bangalore to Chamarajanagar is about 185km.Chamaraja Wodeyar, the Wodeyar king of Mysooru was born here and hence this place was renamed after him. The Vijaya Parsvanath Basadi, a holy Jain shrine was constructed by Punisadandanayaka, the commander of the Hoysala king Gangaraja in the year 1117 A.D. Being the southernmost district of Karnataka, Chamarajanagara district borders the state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Specifically, it borders Mysooru district of Karnataka to the west and north, Mandya and Bengalooru districts to the north-east, Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu to the east and Salem and Erode districts to the south-east, Nilgiris to the south and Wayanad district of Kerala to the south-west.
Chamarajanagara
Chamarajanagara in Karnataka India
  Chamarajanagara
Taluk Yelandur, Kollegala, Hanur, Gundlupete, Chamarajanagara
Headquarters Chamarajanagara
Population 965,462 (2001)
Density 189 /km2 (490 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 5,101 Km (1,970 sq mi)2
Code Pincode 571312
Vehicle KA-10
Telephone ++ 91 (0) 8226
Website http://chamrajnagar.nic.in
suvarnavathi hogenkal mmhills bandipura
     General Profile
Number of Taluk Panchayat 4
Number of Assembly Constituencies 4
Number of Gram Panchayat 512
The Main Occupation of the people of the District is Farming and most of the lands are dry Lands. Growing Mulberry Crop and Rearing of Silk Worms is the main Crop. Since the Irrigation facility is very sparse in District, the farmers of this Distrct are dependent on Seasonal Rains to grow their Crops. Ragi, maize, jowar, paddy, horsegram, blackgram, redgram, cowpea, groundnut, cotton, sunflower, sugarcane are the major crops grown. Croping pattern excluding Sericulture and other Horticulture crops. the district is traditionally known for Sericulture activities with a total area of 8,601.59 ha. under mulberry cultivation. Coconut, banana, turmeric, vegetables and sugercane are also grown. Rivers : The Palar river flows to the South-East. The Suvarnavathi River which flows from Chamarajanagar and Yelandur Taluk in the West of this Taluk joins the Cauvery river. The Gundluhole river flows from the eastern side of BR Hills through the gorges and valleys formed by BR Hills and MMHills. Some of the other small rivers like Ulikoppahalla, Thattahalla and Uduthoreyhalla flows to the North-East along with Gundluhole and joins the Cauvery river in this taluk. Guliyuvanooruhalla and Mayalakkiyuruhalla , these two small rivers also join the Cauvery river in this taluk. Maydhagunooruhalla joins the Palar river in this taluk. Language : The local language is Kannada but it smacks of influence of Tamil language. The other spoken languages are Urdu,Marati, Konkani,Telugu and Malayalam.
     Tourism
Bandipur National Park, Dzogchen Monastery, Hogenakal Falls, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Bandipur National Park, Biligiri Ranganatha Temple
Bandipur National Park. One of India's best known animal reserves and tiger habitat. Dzogchen Monastery, Dhondenling Tibetan Settlement, Odeyarpalaya, Kollegal A large monastery in the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Hogenakal Falls (also Hogenakkal Falls) in Kollegal Taluk. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta - one of the highest peaks in the Bandipur National Park. MM Hills and BR Hills. Biligiri Ranganatha Temple is situated in Yelandur Taluk of Chamarajanagar District at lofty hillock situated at a distance of 28 km. from Yalandur is an enchanting place.
People, Art and Culture :
   Having a large percentage of forest cover, the district also has a high population of forest-dwelling tribals; prominent among them are the Soligas, Yeravas, Jenu Kurubas and Betta Kurubas. The Taluk has a rich folklore Art. The famous ones are the Goravara Kunitha, Nandi Kolu, Langadha beerara kunitha, Beesu kamsalay, Kolata, Gaarudi kunitha, Eeramakkala kunitha etc.