Welcome to Kudligi, a beautiful panchayat town located in the Vijayanagara district in the Indian state of Karnataka. This charming town is known for its local Tamarind and is often referred to as ‘The Tamarind Nadu’. Kudligi has a rich history and was once called ‘The Land of Rich Spices’ for the foreign tourists who came to visit Hampi.
Kudligi is a town that celebrates its culture and traditions. One of the most popular festivals celebrated here is the Kotthala Anjaneya Festival, which takes place during the Ugadhi Festival. The festival is a vibrant celebration of music, dance, and food, and is a must-see for anyone visiting Kudligi.
The town has a rich history, having been ruled by several kings from the Jarmali and Madakari kingdoms. One interesting historical fact about Kudligi is that Gandhiji Chithabasma was carried by Bindu Madava and his friend Guddada Karnam Venkoba Rao.
Kudligi is also home to several natural attractions. The Gudekote Sloth Bear Sanctuary is spread over 38.48 square miles and was created exclusively for the preservation of the Sloth Bear. The Jarmali Forest and Shivapura Forest are the main forest areas, and people mainly depend on the tamarind and its parts for their livelihoods. The biggest Banyan tree troops near the town are a sight to behold.
The town has three main attractions – the Mahatma Gandhiji Chithabasma located at Mahadeva Mylara play ground, the second-highest Big Banyan tree in Karnataka (also called Maliyammana Aaladamara) located on Choornur road, Kudligi, and National Highway 50 connecting Nanded to Chitradurga with four lanes.
Kudligi is also home to several temples, including the Sollamma Temple, Ooramma Temple, and the Kottala Anjaneya Temple. The oldest temple in the town is the Shri Hulikunteraya Temple, Bommaghatta (Brahmaghatta), which is 23 km away.
The literacy rate in Kudligi is low due to unemployment, and the main occupations are agriculture and mining. As of the 2001 India census, Kudligi had a population of 21,855, with males constituting 51% of the population and females 49%. The average literacy rate of the town is 54%, lower than the national average of 59.5%.
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in India, Kudligi is definitely worth a visit. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty, Kudligi is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits.