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Challakere is a town in Chitradurga (district) of Karnataka province, in India. Challakere is a city municipality (taluk).

School Inspector Office
Nehru Circle
Bamboo Craft


Challakere is called Oil City with numerous edible oil mills around the city and Science City. Several sciences and research organizations such as IISc, DRDO, BARC, and ISRO have set up their establishments here. Challakere is the largest taluk in Chitradurga District. In 2011, Challakere had a population of about 55,000.

Challakere is also known as the 'oil city' or "second Mumbai" of India because it is the second largest producer/supplier of edible oil after Mumbai. There are about 60 oil industries in Challakere. Besides oil, several other sectors like dal, fried gram, rice, etc. are also present.

The commercial activity in the town is comparable to that of a standard district and the district enjoys a huge business turnover out of town. Challkere is known for the kambali (woven blankets) made by the local Kuruba people. Challakere kambali are sent to various markets across India. Challakere weekly market Sunday market has the good turnover in the state.

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Challakere is 200 km from Bangalore. Challakere is also connected to Bellary, Pavagada, and Chitradurga by road. NH 150.A which connects Chamarajanagara and Jevargi passes through the city. Chitradurga, which is the district headquarters, is 30 km from this city.

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Railway Station

There are two trains to Bangalore at 3:20pm and at 12:45PM daily. There is a train to Shimoga at 3AM to Shimoga.

Get around[edit]

Auto-rickshaws charge ₹40 for short trips.


Chariot Festival
  • Datta Mandira (in Tyagaraja Nagar). Traditional practices of Datta Sampradaya, can be seen at this temple.
  • Jagalurajja temple (Ajjana Gudi). Beside the Ajjana Kere, which is the main water source for surrounding wells and drinking water for challakere.
  • Challekeramma temple, km 1 on Bellary Road. Challakeramma Jathre is conducted once every five years in this temple.
  • Bhavani Shankara temple (at Lakshmipura). This idol was bought from Varanasi more than 200 years back without being kept on the floor to maintain its sanctity.
  • Sai Baba Temple, Pavgada Road.
  • Lakshmipura Temple, Lakshmkipura Village.


The Rose Dhaba
Gandharva Cafe'
  • Aramana Salkara Cafe, KSRTC Bus Station Building. Good quality vegetarian items like idlis, vadas, dosai and rice preparations are available here.
  • Gandharva Hotel, Bangalore Road. Roti and Chicken curry. Rs.200.
  • Karavalli Cafe, Chitradurga Road. Mutton Biriyani. Rs.220.
  • Udupi Cafe, Opposite Private Bus Station. 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Rose Dhaba, Near the overhead railway track, Bangalore Road. Food is served in outdoor settings near the Bangalore Highway.
  • Ravi's Cafe, Near Canara Bank, Valmiki Circle. Lunch from 11:30AM; Dinner between 7:30PM and 9.00 pm.. Very tasty roti, rice and vegetarian stews.
  • Friends Cafe, Valmiki Ciracle. Dhathathreya Road (near Vardhan Computers), +91 7760311103. Burgers, maggi, pizzas, rolls and french fries.
  • Chiru's Sree Pizzeria (near Valmiki Circle Church), +91 8195 222699, +91 90611414910. ₹150 onwards.
  • New Evergreen Chicken Hotel (near Valmiki Circle). Most dishes are ₹70-115.
  • Sree Sharada Grant Cafe, Near SBI, Valmiki Circle. Pure vegetarian. 6:30AM to 10:30PM including Sundays.
  • Jyothi Prakash Self-service café, Valmiki Circle. Open from 6:30AM onwards; closed Sundays. Known for tasty Mangalore Bajjis or 'Golibajes'.
  • Udupi Garden (opposite Taluk office). Serves veg and nonveg and has a hut-like ambience. Vegetable Biriyani: ₹120, Dal Fry: ₹80, Egg Masala: ₹90.


  • Aramana Café, Bus Station Building.
  • Friends Café. Near Vardhan Computers, Valmiki Circle.


  • Aramana Lodge, Bus Stand. Vegetarian restaurant is attached. ₹800.

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