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Tumkur (, Tumakuru) is one of the busiest industrial towns located in the state of Karnataka. Since 28 August 2010, Tumkur has been accorded the status of a Corporation city. It is situated at a distance of 70 kilometers north west of the city of Bangalore along National Highway 4. It is the headquarters of Tumkur district.

Amarashilpi Jakanachari, a legendary sculptor credited with building many fine temples for the Kalyani Chalukyas and Hoysalas, including the famous sculptures at Belur and Halebidu was born in a small village called Kaidala, 9&nbsp;km from Tumkur.

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Etymologically Tumakuru is believed to have been mutated possibly from "Tumbe ooru" due to the abundance of Tumbe huuvu, a kind of flower, or Tamate ooru due to the folk musical percussion instrument Tamate, that might have been used most here. Also, it is called as the coconut city.

Tumkur(dt.hq and tq.hq) also called Tummegooru in certain inscriptions of the 10th century appears to have derived the name from the plant tumbe. Another derivation of the name suggested is from tumke, a small drum. It is about 70 km north-west of Bangalore and is connected by rail and road. It is prettily situated on the north-western base of the Devarayanadurga group of hills on an elevated ground near the water-weir of a large tank. The place is a commercial, educational and industrial centre. Kante Arasu of Kaidala is said to have formed the present...
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