Tumkur is an administrative district in the state of Karnataka. It is a hilly area which is intersected by river valleys. Hills of around 4,000 feet pass through the region from north to south. These hills form the watershed between the systems of the Krishna and the Kaveri.
The region also encompasses the forested slopes of the Devarayanadurga hill. These slopes are home to wildlife, including leopards, bears and wild boar. Spread over an area of 10,598 sq km, this district is divided into ten talukas, namely Koratagere, Gubbi, Chikkanayakana Halli, Tumkur, Pavagada, Sira, Turuvekere, Kunigal, Madhugiri and Tiptur.
The headquarters of this district are at Tumkur, which is one of the busiest industrial towns in the state. The culture of Karnataka, which is characteristic of Carnatic music, Dollu Kunitha dance and Togalu Gombeyaata, is predominant in the district.
Devarayanadurga, which is a hill station famous for its temples and interesting rock formations, is the main attraction of the district. Siddaganga Mutt, Goravanahalli, Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, Yediyur and Shivaganga are the other prominent attractions of the district.
Bengaluru International Airport, which is served by flights from major Indian destinations like Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kochi and Kolkata, is the nearest airport. Flights from international destinations like Paris, Sharjah, Mauritius, London and Dubai are also served by this airport.
Situated on the Shimoga-Bangalore rail route, Tumkur Railway Station is the nearest railhead. Tumkur Bus Station is the main bus station, which serves the district. This station is served by regular buses to and from Bangalore, Hassan, Chikmagalur and Kolar.
The best time to visit the district is from October through March.