Chikkaballapur is the district headquarters of the newly created
Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka, India. It is
located within 3 km of
Muddenahalli (the birthplace of eminent
engineer and statesman Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya). A $400 million
Pharmaceutical SEZ is coming up in
Chikkaballapur on 325 acres
(1.32 km2), the first of its kind in India. Furthermore, the
noted Traveler Bunglow is being converted into a state of the art Bus
terminus. A new District Government Headquarters and police
headquarters is being constructed at a cost of $5 million. In
addition, the state government is releasing over $10 million to
develop the city and expand underground sanitary systems. It is a
regional transport and educational hub, and is a major site for grape,
grain, and silk cultivation. With recent development, it is widely
Chikkaballapur will become part of "Greater
1 The name
4 Geography and Transportation
5 Places to visit
6 Taluks in
7 See also
9 External links
In the regional language, Kannada, the city is pronounced
Chikkaballapura. "Chikka" in
Kannada means "small", while "balla"
means the measure to quantify food grains, and "pura" means "town".
Thus, it is a place where people used to use small measures to
quantify the food grains in ancient times. The place has always been
known as an agricultural center for the region.
The name of this town was originally Chinna Ballaporum. Originating
from the Telugu word Chinna meaning small while "balla" means the
measure to quantify food grains, and "porum" means "town". The ruler
of Avathi Mallabiregowda's son Marigowda was hunting one day in
Kodimanchanahalli forest. A rabbit stood in front of the fierce
hunting dogs without fear. Seeing this, ruler was elated and told his
son that the strength of the rabbit is due to the valor of the
region's citizenry. As such the ruler took permission from King of
Vijaynagar and built an elaborate fort and formed a city which is now
known as Chickballapur. Baichegowda, King of Mysore later attacked the
fort but had to withdraw due to the valiant efforts of the
Chikkaballapura citizenry and aid from the Marathas. Sri Dodda
Byregowda who came to power after Baichegowda acquired the land, which
was taken by Mysore king. In 1762 during the ruling of
Hyder Ali captured the town for a period of 3 months.
Then Chikkappanayaka agreed to pay 5-lakhs pagodas, and then the army
was taken back.
After this, Chikkappa Nayaka with the help of Murariraya of Guthy
tried to restore his powers. He was hiding at Nandi Hills along with
Chikkappa Nayaka. Immediately,
Hyder Ali acquired
other places and arrested Chikkappa Nayaka. Then with interfere of
Lord Corn Wallis,
Chikkaballapur was handed over to Narayanagowda.
After knowing this, Tippu Sultan again acquired
Chikkaballapur . In
1791 British occupied Nandi & left Narayanagowda to rule the town.
Due to this treachery, a fight broke out between the Britishers and
Tippu Sultan. Narayanagowda lost his administration. Later, the
British defeated Tippu in a bitter battle which led to tremendous loss
of life on both sides. The citizens of Chikkaballapur, however,
refused to be subjugated and maintained their warrior pride.
Chikkaballapur later came under the administration of Wodeyars of
Mysore, who later merged with the present state of Karnataka.
As of 2011[update]
Chikkaballapur had a population of
191,122. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%.
Chikkaballapur has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the
national average of 59.5%. 11% of the population is under 6 years
Geography and Transportation
The town of
Chikkaballapur is approximately 56 km north of
Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), the silicon plateau of India.
Chikkaballapur has a high elevation located in the center of the Nandi
Hills region. "Panchagiri" is a common descriptor of
it is surrounded by 5 picturesque hills among which Nandi Hills is the
famous one (The five hills are known as Nandi Giri, Chandra Giri,
Skandagiri, Brahma Giri, and Hema Giri). The Kalavara Halli hill
Kalavaara betta, is becoming famous because of the trekking involved
to reach the top of the hill. The north-south Six-lane National
Highway NH-7 as well as the East-West NH 234 (previously state highway
58) goes through the city. The city is also a transportation hub
comprising a new major bus terminus and train station headquarters. It
is well connected to important towns by the state run buses as well as
private taxis and autos. The nearest airport is Bengaluru
International Airport at a distance of 20 kilometers.
Places to visit
Nandi Hills is nearby and within the jurisdiction of Chikkaballapur
The nearby region of
Muddenahalli is the birthplace of legendary
engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya.
Hossur is the birthplace of Dr. Hosur Narasimhaiah, the great
educationalist and thinker.
Chikkaballapur has the small, pristine Kandavara Lake.
S. Gollahalli Village Sri Anjaneya Swami temple is an important place
"Vidurashwattha" is in
Gauribidanur taluk on the lands of river
Pinakini. "Vidurashwattha" is famous for Temple. It is also called as
There are several reputed educational institutions in the region.
SJCIT is an engineering institute established in 1986 and imparts
degree and graduate education.
Sri Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba's school, university, and hospital are
about 3 km from Chikkaballapur.
Chikkaballapur District includes the taluks (townships) of:
Chikkaballapur, Gauribidanur, Bagepalli, Sidlaghatta, Gudibanda, and
Addagal (Chik Ballapur)
Ajjavara, Chik Ballapur
^ "'Chikkaballapura slated to become part of Greater Bangalore'". The
Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 January 2010.
^ "1808 Map of India".
India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities,
villages and towns (Provisional)".
Census Commission of India.
Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
official Website by District Administration
Chikkaballapura Official Municipal Website
Wikivoyage has a travel guide