Kittur, also known as Kitturu and historically as Kittoor, is a taluka
Belgaum district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It was
Bailhongal taluka but was declared as an independent taluka on
23 October 2012 by the Chief Minister of
Karnataka on the
Kittur Utsav. It is 177th Taluk of
Karnataka State. It
is a place of historical importance because of the armed rebellion of
Kittur Chennamma (1778–1829),
Raja of the State of
the British East
India Company, during which a British Commissioner,
St John Thackeray
St John Thackeray was killed.
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On the outskirts of the town lie the ruins of the palace within a
fort. The palace was the residence of the Rani Chennamma.
In the 18th century,
Kittur was ruled by the Marathas, until the Third
Anglo-Maratha War, when it came under British suzerainty.
In connection with a disputed succession to this chiefship in 1824, St
John Thackeray, Commissioner of Dharwad, was killed in a battle when
Kittur fort. Later another unit stormed
captured Queen Chennamma, who was imprisoned in
Bailhongal Jail where
Rani Chennamma became a legend.
The town lends its name to the fictitious coastal town (Belgaum
District has no coast, which rules out the real
Kittur being the
setting) 2008 novel
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
Kittur is well known for its residential school for girls named after
the warrior queen Chennamma.
Kittur Rani Channamma Residential School
Kittur Nadu Vidya Vardhak Sangh operates schools and colleges.
KNVV Sangh's Arts and Commerce College
KNVV Sangh's S.G. High School
St John Thackeray
St John Thackeray attack on Kittur
^ Chitnis, Krishnaji Nageshrao (1994-01-01). Glimpses of Maratha
Socio-economic History. Atlantic Publishers & Dist.
Kittur Fort on Google Maps
This article incorporates text from a publication now in
the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Kittur".
Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.