Tumkur Travel Guide

Tumkur (Tumakuru) is an industrial city located in the state of Karnataka. Since 28 August 2010, Tumakuru has been accorded the status of a Corporation city. It is situated at a distance of 70 kilometers northwest of Bangalore, along National Highway NH4 and NH206. It is the headquarters of the Tumkur district. Newly constructed food park is inaugurated by honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi in recent time and city is announced as a smart city.Etymologically, Tumakuru is believed to have been mutated possibly from "Tumbe ooru" due to the abundance of Tumbe huuvu, a kind of flower, or Tamate ooru due to the folk musical percussion instrument Tamate, that might have been used most here. Also, it is called as the coconut city.

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Being a popular tourist destination and a prominent industrial city, Tumkur is defined by a diverse food culture. A multi-cuisine and multi-ethnic town, Tumkur, has a number of food joints ranging from small to big and economical to expensive. The local street food of Tumkur has a dedicated fan following. It is hard to ignore the delicious, cheap, inexpensive smell of street food that is found in every nook and corner of the city. Being bounded by Maharashtra by one side and a part of south India from the other side, Tumkur has the best of both worlds. Moreover, Tumkur has a lot of influence from Bangalore as majority of the tourists come from the capital city. Be it readily available street food or delicacies found in high-end restaurants,

These swanky uber modern shopping malls around Tumkur have completely altered the face of shopping in Tumkur over the past decade. Most of the shopping malls in Tumkur seem to store everything under the sun and are complete with food courts and cinema halls. So, visit the shopping malls at Tumkur for a wonderful experience of shopping in Tumkur.Tumkur was founded by the Kante Arasu of the Mysore royal family. It is a big market for vegetable oil, tobacco, chilies and coconuts in the district. Prominent industries are that of soap, tools and food processing.

Since Tumkur falls in south Karnataka, its local cuisine is south Indian food. It is hard to ignore the delicious, inexpensive food found in every nook and corner of the city. Some typical south Indian food famous in Tumkur includes ragi roti, akki roti, bisi bele bath, khara bath, devanagere benne dosa, rago mudde, vangi bath and uppittu. Being a part of South Karnataka, dishes such as rava idli, plain idli, masala dosa and maddur vada are very popular in the district. Here is a list of a few popular south Indian restaurants in Tumkur.

Do not eat anything from the roadside vends that abound in the city. In case you taking any food item from there, ensure that it has been properly cooked.Drink only bottled mineral water. Before buying the bottle, ensure that the seal of the bottle is in place and not tampered with.Do not eat cut fruits or vegetables available at the roadside vends. In order to avoid malaria, dengue, etc, it is better to wear nightclothes that cover your body properly. Remember to carry a mosquito repellent with you at all times.Make sure to carry a first aid kit with you always. It should have all the essential medicines like those for cough, cold, fever, diarrhea, etc, along with some antiseptic creams.

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