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Koppal

Koppal is an administrative district in the state of Karnataka in India. Koppal (also called as KoppaLa in Kannada) district of Karnataka state came into existence on 01-04-1998. Koppal was bifurcated from Raichur district. Before Independence, Koppal (part of Hyderabad-Karnataka region) was under the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Koppal district is bounded by Raichur district in the east, Gadag district in the West, Bagalkot district in the north, Bellary district in the south. Koppal district consists of four taluks namely: Koppal, Gangavati, Yalburga and Kushtagi. The district headquarters is located at Koppal. The city of Koppal was called 'Kopana nagara' in the past. River Tungabhadra is the main river of Koppal district. The Tungabhadra river is formed by union of two rivers, the Tunga and the Bhadra. River Tungabhadra enters the Koppal district near Kesalapur village at the south-western tip of Koppal Taluk.


Places to Interest:
  1. Anegundi: Anegundi (means "Elephant Pit" in Kannada) is one of the most ancient places of Koppal district is situated on the left bank of the river Tungabhadra. It is said that, Anegundi is the place where the elephants of the Vijayanagara kings were kept. Anegundi, believed to be the monkey kingdom of Kishkinda in the epic of Ramayana. Anjanadri hill, the birth place of Hanuman (the monkey-god), and the mountain Rishimuka are the other places near Anegundi associated with Ramayana. The Ranganatha Temple and the Huchchappayana Matha are worth a visit. The Pampa Sarovara, the Kamal Mahal and Nava Brindavana housing the mortal remains of famous saints, are the other attractions around Anegundi.


  2. Kanakagiri: The old name of Kanakagiri town of Gangavathi taluk was Swarnagiri (means a "Hill of Gold"). It is said that Kanaka Muni, a saint, performed penance at this place. Kanakagiri was the headquarters of the southern area of the Mauryan Empire. During the Vijayanagar period, this was the chief town of the Bedar Rajas. Kanakachalapathi temple here is a specimen of the South Indian architecture of Vijayanagar times. The gopuram and walls have well-executed sculpture.


  3. Kuknur: The folklore speaks of this place as the legendary Kuntalapura of Mahabharata period. The Navalinga group of temples here represents early Chalukyan architecture. Two other important temples are Kalleshvara and Mallikarjuna.


  4. Munirabad: Tungabhadra reservoir is the attraction of Munirabad in Koppal taluk. The Left Bank Canal from here, which passes through the Koppal, Gangavathi taluks, irrigates a large extent of agricultural lands in the district.


How to reach: The district is well connected by Road and Rail.





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