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List of districts of Karnataka

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A map showing the 30 districts of Karnataka.


The Indian State of Karnataka is located within 1130' North and 1830' North latitudes and 74 East and 7830'
East longitude. It is situated on a tableland where the Western and Eastern Ghat ranges converge into the Nilgiri hill
complex, in the western part of the Deccan Peninsular region of India. The State is bounded by Maharastra and Goa
States in the north and northwest; the Arabian Sea in the west; Kerala and Tamil Nadu States in the south and the
States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the east. The state covers an area of 191,976 square kilometres (74,122 sq
mi), or 5.83% of the total geographical area of India. Geographically, the state is divided into 3 principal regions:the
coastal region of Karavali, the hilly Malenadu region comprising the Western Ghats and the Bayaluseeme region
comprising the plains of the Deccan plateau.
After Indian independence, Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar acceded the princely state of Mysore to India. In
1950, Mysore became an Indian state. Following the long-standing demand of the Ekikarana Movement, Kodaguand Kannada-speaking regions from the adjoining states of Madras, Hyderabad and Bombay were incorporated into
the Mysore state, under the States Reorganization Act of 1956. The thus expanded state was renamed Karnataka,
seventeen years later, in 1973.
Karnataka is now divided into 30 districts and 4 administrative divisions. Districts are administered by a District
collector, and divisions are administered by a Divisional Commissioner. Bangalore is the capital of the state.

Contents

1 History

2 Administrative Structure
o 2.1 Alphabetical listing

3 References

History

Mysore State that was created during States Reorganisation of 1956.


Main articles: History of Karnataka and Unification of Karnataka
Karnataka took its present shape in 1956, when the states of Mysore and Coorg (Kodagu) were merged with the
Kannada-speaking districts of the former states of Bombay, Hyderabad, and Madras. Mysore state was made up of
ten districts, Bangalore, Kolar, Tumakuru, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Chikmagalur (Kadur), Shimoga and
Chitradurga; Bellary had been transferred from Madras state to Mysore in 1953, when the new state of Andhra
Pradesh was created out of Madras' northern districts.[1] Coorg state became a district,[2] Dakshina Kannada (South
Kanara) district was transferred from Madras State, Uttara Kannada, Dharwad District, Belgaum District, and Bijapur
District from Bombay State, and Bidar, Gulbarga District, and Raichur district from Hyderabad State.
In 1989, the Bangalore Rural district was split from Bangalore.
Notification RD 42 LRD 87 Part III was part of a notification issued by the Government of Karnataka on August 2,
1997 in Bangalore that resulted in the creation of seven new districts in the Indian state of Karnataka. The new
districts created were

Chamrajnagar district from Mysore district

Davanagere district from Chitradurga district, Bellary district and Shimoga district

Bagalkot district from Bijapur district

Gadag district and Haveri district from Dharwad district

Udupi district from Dakshina Kannada

Koppal district from Raichur district

Yadgir district from Gulbarga district

The notification resulted in Karnataka being politically subdivided into 27 official districts with various taluks
existing within each district.
On June 21, 2007 the Government announced the cabinet approval for the creation of two more districts: Ramanagara
District and Chikballapur district. Ramanagara District and Chikballapura District are being formed by the bifurcation
of Bangalore Rural District and Kolar Districts respectively.[3]
On December 30, 2009, Yadgir district was carved out of Gulbarga district and officially declared the 30th district of
Karnataka.[4]
Also there is a Proposal of creating Chikodi District out of Belgaum District for betterment of Administration and
development of border areas.This includes Chikodi, Athani, Raybag, Hukkeri, Nipani and Kagawad talukas.

Administrative Structure

Administrative divisions of Karnataka


A district of an Indian state is an administrative geographical unit, headed by a Deputy Commissioner or District
Magistrate, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service. The district magistrate or the deputy
commissioner is assisted by a number of officers belonging to the Karnataka Civil Service and other Karnataka state
services.
A Superintendent of Police (India), usually an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service is entrusted with the
responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues of the district. He is assisted by the officers of the
Karnataka Police Service and other Karnataka Police officials. Cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and HubliDharwad are headed by a Commissioner of Police holding the rank of Additional Director General of Police(ADGP)
or Inspector General of Police (IGP).
A Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service is responsible for managing the
forests, the environment and wild-life of the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Karnataka Forest Service and
other Karnataka Forest officials and Karnataka wildlife officials.
Sectoral development is looked after by the district head of each development department such as PWD, Health,
Education, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, etc. These officers belong to the various state services.
Bangalore Division

Belgaum Division

Gulbarga Division

Mysore Division

Bangalore Urban

Bagalkot

Bellary

Chamarajanagar

Bangalore Rural

Belgaum

Bidar

Chikamagalur

Chikkaballapur

Bijapur

Gulbarga

Dakshina Kannada

Chitradurga

Dharwad

Koppal

Hassan

Davanagere

Gadag

Raichur

Kodagu

Kolar

Haveri

Yadgir

Mandya

Ramanagara

Uttara Kannada

Mysore

Shimoga

Udupi

Tumakuru

Alphabetical listing
Code
[5]

BK

District

Bagalkot

Headquar Establishe
ters[6]
d[7][8]

Bagalkot

Subdivisions

Badami

Bagalkot

15 August
1997[9]

Jamkhandi

Mudhol[10]

BR

Bangalore
Rural

Bangalore

Bangalore

Bangalore
East

Bangalore
South

Devanahalli

Doddaballap
ura

BG

Belgaum

Belgaum

Populatio
n density

1,651,892

6,575 km2 251 /km2


(2,539 sq (650 /sq mi
mi)
)[10]

6,537,124

2,208 km2 2,985 /km2


(853 sq mi (7,730 /sq
)
mi)[11]

850,968

[13]

2,259 km2 377 /km2


(872 sq mi (980 /sq mi
)
)

4,214,505

13,415 km

Bangalore
North

15 August
1986[12]

Area[6]

Anekal

BN

Bilgi

1
November
1956

2001)

Hungund

Bangalore
Urban

Populatio
n[6](As of

Hoskote
Nelamangala

1
November
1956

Athni

Bailahongal

Belgaum

Chikodi

(5,180 sq
mi)

314 /km2
(810 /sq mi
)[14]

Map

Gokak

Hukkeri

Khanapur

Kittur

BL

Bellary

Bellary

Raybag

Ramdurg

Saundatti

1
November
1956

Bellary

Hospet

Kampli

Hoovina
Hadagalli

Kudligi

Sanduru

BD

Bidar

Bidar

Bhalki

Bijapur

1
November
1956

10,494 km

Aurad

Bijapur

1,806,918

Homnabad

Bijapur

Bidar

Basavakalya
n

BJ

1,502,373

5,448 km2 276 /km2


(2,103 sq (710 /sq mi
mi)
)[16]

Siruguppa

1
November
1956

2,027,140

8,450 km2 240 /km2


(3,260 sq (620 /sq mi
mi)
)[15]

Indi

Muddebihal

Sindgi

(4,052 sq
mi)

171 /km2
(440 /sq mi
)[14]

Basavana
Bagevadi

CJ

Chamaraja Chamaraja 15 August


nagar
nagar
1997[9]

10
Chikballap Chikballap
September
ur
ur
2007[9]

Chamrajnag
ar
Gundlupet

Kollegal

Yelandur

Bagepalli

Chikballapur

Chintamani
1,149,007[1

Gauribidanu
r

Gudibanda

Sidlaghatta

CK

CT

1
Chikmagal Chikmagal
November
ur
ur
1956

Chitradurg Chitradurg
1
a
a
November
1956

965,462

8]

5,101 km2 189 /km2


(1,970 sq (490 /sq mi
mi)
)[17]

4,524 km2 308 /km2


(1,747 sq (800 /sq mi
mi)[18]
)[18]

Chikmagalur

Kadur

Koppa

Mudigere

1,140,905

Narasimhara
japura

Sringeri

Tarikere
1,517,896

Challakere

Chitradurga

Hiriyur

7,201 km2 158 /km2


(2,780 sq (410 /sq mi
mi)
)[17]

8,440 km2 180 /km2


(3,260 sq (470 /sq mi
mi)
)[19]

Holalkere

Hosadurga

Molakalmur
u

Bantwal

DK

DA

Dakshina
Kannada

1
Mangalore November
1956

Davanager Davanager 15 August


e
e
1997[9]

Beltangadi

Mangalore

Puttur

Sulya

Channagiri

Davanagere

Dharwad

Dharwad

Honnali

Jagalur

Gadag

Gadag

Hubli

Kalghatgi

Kundgol

24 August
1997[9]

416 /km2
(1,080 /sq
mi)[17]

Dharwad

GA

1,604,253

4,260 km2 376 /km2


(1,640 sq (970 /sq mi
mi)
)[14]

Harpanahalli

DH

1,790,952

5,924 km2 333 /km2


(2,287 sq (860 /sq mi
mi)
)[20]

Harihar

1
November
1956

1,897,730

4,560 km2
(1,760 sq
mi)

Navalgund
971,835

GadagBetigeri

Mundargi

Nargund

4,656 km2 209 /km2


(1,798 sq (540 /sq mi
mi)
)[14]

Shirhatti

Afzalpur

Aland

GU

Gulbarga

Gulbarga

1
November
1956

Chincholi

Chitapur

Gulbarga

Jevargi

Sedam

HS

Hassan

Hassan

1
November
1956

Arkalgud

Arsikere

Haveri

Haveri

1]

(4,228 sq
mi)

198.5 /km2
(514 /sq mi
)

1,721,669

6,814 km2 287 /km2


(2,631 sq (740 /sq mi
mi)
)[17]

1,439,116

4,823 km2 298 /km2


(1,862 sq (770 /sq mi
mi)
)[14]

Hassan

Holenarsipur

HV

Belur

Channarayap
attana

10,951 km
2,174,742[2

Alur

24 August
1997[9]

Ron

Sakleshpur

Byadgi

Hangal

Haveri

Hirekerur
Ranibennur

Savanur

Shiggaon


KD

Kodagu

Madikeri

1
November
1956

Madikeri

Somvarpet

Virajpet

Bangarapet

KL

Kolar

Kolar

1
November
1956

KP

Koppal

Koppal

Gangawati

Mandya

1
November
1956
(29 August
1939)[25][26]

MY

Mysore

Mysore

1
November
1956

1,387,062[2
3]

Koppal

Kushtagi

Yelbarga

1,196,089

7,189 km2 166 /km2


(2,776 sq (430 /sq mi
mi)
)[24]

1,763,705

4,961 km2 355 /km2


(1,915 sq (920 /sq mi
mi)
)[27]

Krishnarajpe
t
Maddur

Malavalli

Mandya

Nagamangal
a

Pandavapura

Shrirangapat
tana
2,641,027

Heggadadev
ana kote

3,969 km2 348 /km2


(1,532 sq (900 /sq mi
mi)[23]
)[23]

Mulbagal

Mandya

Malur

Srinivaspur

MA

Kolar

24 August
1997[9]

548,561

4,102 km2 194 /km2


(1,584 sq (500 /sq mi
mi)
)[22]

Hunsur

Krishnarajan

6,854 km2
(2,646 sq
mi)

419 /km2
(1,090 /sq
mi)[28]

agara

RA

Raichur

Raichur

Nanjangud

Piriyapatna

T.Narsipur

Devadurga

Lingsugur

1
November
1956

10
Ramanaga Ramanagar
September
ra
a
2007[9]

Mysore

Manvi

Raichur

Sindhnur

Channapatna

Kanakapura

Shimoga

Shimoga

Bhadravati

Hosanagara

Tumakuru

Tumakuru

1
November
1956

2,584,711

10,597 km

Shimoga

TU

Sagar

Shikaripura

1,642,545

8,477 km2 194 /km2


(3,273 sq (500 /sq mi
mi)
)[29]

Magadi

SH

1,030,546

3,556 km2 290 /km2


(1,373 sq (750 /sq mi
mi)
)

Ramanagara

1
November
1956

1,669,762

6,827 km2 244 /km2


(2,636 sq (630 /sq mi
mi)
)

Sorab

Thirthahalli

Chiknayakan
halli

Gubbi

(4,092 sq
mi)

244 /km2
(630 /sq mi
)[30]

Koratagere

Kunigal

Madhugiri

Pavagada

Tiptur

Tumakuru

Turuvekere

UD

Udupi

Udupi

25 August
1997[9]

Udupi

Karkal

Ankola

Bhatkal

Haliyal
Honnavar

UK

Karwar

1
November
1956

Karwar

Kumta

Mundgod

Siddapur

Yadgir

30
December
2009[4]

Joida

Yadgir

1,112,243

3,880 km2 287 /km2


(1,500 sq (740 /sq mi
mi)
)[17]

Kundapura

Uttara
Kannada

Sira

10,291 km
1,353,644

(3,973 sq
mi)

132 /km2
(340 /sq mi
)[14]

Sirsi
Yellapur
956,180

Shahpur

Shorapur

5,273 km2 181.4 /km2


(2,036 sq (470 /sq mi
mi)
)

Yadgir

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2.

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3.

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4.

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7.

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^ "STATES REORGANISATION ACT 1956 - Formation of a new Mysore State". Retrieved 17


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10.

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11.

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12.

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13.

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14.

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22.

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24.

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Districts of Karnataka

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e division

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division

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