(Last Updated on : 14-07-2010)
Ilkal is a significant town situated in Bagalkot District of the southern state of India, Karnataka. Strategically, the town is placed at a height of 585 metres (1919 feet) above mean sea level and is located between 15.97° North latitude and 76.13° East longitude. Bagalkot is situated at a distance of 50 km. from Ilkal.
The India census report published in 2001 states that Ilkal had a population of 51,956. Males constitute 51% of the population and females account for 49% of the population. In Ilkal,14% of the population is less than six years of age. The literacy rate of Ilkal is 62% which is higher than the national average literacy rate of 59.5%. Out of it, the male literacy rate is 72% and the female literacy rate is 52%.
Ilkal is famous for its hand woven sarees commonly known as Ilkal sarees.They are worn by the women living in North Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra. Ilkal is also the source of red granite stone which is exported to various places.
Ilkal has a large temple of Vijayamahanteshaswami and his religious preceptor Gurumahanta Shivayogishwara. The monument of Hazarath Syed Murtaza-Sha-Khadri lies on the eastern side of the town.