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Hunsur Taluk in Mysore

Karnataka and Bangalore especially are known for the amazing weather, and rightly so, the Garden City is lovely. However, the award for the place in Karnataka with the finest weather goes to a little known town that lies in between the metropolitan Bangalore and the historic princedom of Mysore. The town of Hunsur is hidden away in the state, just about 45 minutes from Mysore, and a lot of the governing officials who work from Mysore reside at Hunsur, primarily because of the comfortable weather. Politically speaking, Hunsur serves as the administrative capital of the Hunsur Taluk located within the district of Mysore.

Hunsur

Hunsur: Topography & Demographics

Located in the Mysore district of Karnataka in India, Hunsur is 792 m above seas level, and owes the cool climate found here to its height. With a population of just under 50,000 (Source: 2001 Census), the town is large enough to keep one active, and small enough to be cozy. The river Lakshamana Tirtha flows through Hunsur, and is crossed by two bridges.

Natural Resources and Major Industries in Hunsur

  • Aside from having great natural conditions to live in, Hunsur is well endowed with natural resources that facilitate trade, commerce and industry too. All the attention in Karnataka goes to the Sandalwood, but Hunsur teak is very famous, and holds its own very well. Known for its quality and durability, the teak from this town finds its way into some of the finest quality furniture in the country.
  • Another activity that is important to the burgeoning local economy is the tobacco industry. This is growing at a rapid rate in Hunsur, and the tobacco auctions demand a spot on the calendar over here.  Sheep farming is also one of the activities that is growing in Hunsur at a fast rate
Historically, it is referred to as ‘Gaadi Palya’, which when translated means a resting stop for bullock carts, a term that obviously traces its roots back to the days when automobiles weren’t so common.

Popularity of Hunsur Town

  • The town is also notable for producing some eminent personalities. Kannada film stars such as Dwarkish (actor turned director-producer), Bargava (director) and Yogish Hunsur (director-producer), all hail from this unassuming town. Former CM D. Devaraja Urs also traces his roots back to Hunsur. So celebrities who have their birth connections with this small town have also played a big role in making Hunsur famous in the recent times.
  • In terms of education and literacy too, the town is quite well off. The literacy rate of 69% is much better than the national average of 59%. There are some well established and reputed institutions too, such as the St. Josephs schools and colleges, and a Government First Grade College, which was established through the efforts of Devaraja Urs. In demographic terms, males contribute 51% of the population, and females 49%, with 12% still being under the age of 6.
  • Most recently, Hunsur has been in the news because an elephant rescue camp is to come up here in the near future. Due to the fact that other facilities across the state are too crowded, a decision has been made to open a campus in the Hunsur district to nurse the aged and infirm elephants. This campus will be spread across roughly 106 hectares and will give the tuskers, medical aid and rehabilitation. It comes at a cost of approximately Rs. 293 lakhs, and will be equipped with solar power, tube wells, sheds and staff quarters.

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