(Last Updated on : 21-06-2014)
Chikballapur is the district headquarters of the newly created district of Chikballapur in the southern state of Karnataka
. Situated about 57 km. north of Bangalore
the north -south National Highway NH-7 passes through this town. There is a passenger rail connection between Bangalore and Chikballapur.
Chikballapur is an ideal tourist destination. The Nandi Hill is a popular tourist destination and is situated 22km. south of Chikballapur. Many historic temples are situated in and around this town. The Ranganatha Swamy Temple is a temple worth visiting for the stone statue of Lord Vishnu
. Trekking, mountaineering and rock climbing are other activities that the place also offers to the visitors. Pandava and the Kaurava hills are very good for mountaineering. The scenic beauty of the five hills known as Pancha Giris is a treat for eyes.
According to the 2001 census report, Chikballapur had a population of 54,938. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49% of the population. 11% of the population is less than six years of age. Chikballapur has an average literacy rate of 57%, which is lower than the national standard of 59.5%. The male literacy rate is 61% and female literacy rate is 52%. The rate of literacy is high due to school facilities available here and awareness in the people. There are many educational institutions situated in Chikballapur. A well-known school of the area is the Sri Bhagavan Sathya Saibaba School and college situated 3 km. from Chikballapur.