The city of Tiptur had a population of about 60,000 in the 2011 census, with close to 250,000 in the larger taluka (sub-division) of Tiptur. Tiptur is famous for coconut farming, has wide farmland areas and exports copra.
Coconut oil, sawmilling, carpentry, ironwork, firewood and soap-making are the main industries of the taluk, weaving silk, cotton and wool fabrics. There are cooperatives of the weaving and coconut fiber industry.
Tiptur is approximately 73 km (45 mi) west of Tumkur along National Highway 48 (formerly NH 206). It is 130 km (81 mi) northwest from the state capital, Bangalore, 50 km from Hassan and 25 km from Airsikere.
It lies on the Bangalore-Miraj railway line with service from Bangalore, Mysore, Shivamogga, and Chikkamagalur.
KSRTC and private bus service is available connecting with major cities of the state including Bangalore, Shivamogga, Hassan, Chikkamagalur, Tumkur, Davanagere, Ballari, Chitradurga.
Tipatur is well known for its coconut market. People from the surrounding taluk also bring their own coconuts and participate in the auction process. The auction process takes place every Saturday and Wednesday.
The nearby small village of Halepalya is known as the "Temple of Temples" with more than ten beautiful temples.
The Keregodi-Rangapura Sukshetra near Tiptur is a popular attraction, and millions of devotees flock to the Sri Sankareshwara Swamy Temple here and the Paradesi Kendra Math in Rangpur. Another attraction of Muniyappa's Banyan Tree, a huge banyan tree.
The Chowdeshwari Temple of Dasarighatta Sukshetra, which is 3 km from Tipatur, is very popular among devotees.
Kaleshwar Temple, in Aralaguppe village, 5 km away from Tipatur, is also popular.
About 4 km from Tipatur, there is an ancient Sri Sri Thlingeshwara temple in the village of Bennayakan. Also known as the Temple of the Goddess Sri Kempamma Devi. Amman's fair is held every year for five days after Ugadi.
The inscriptions at Allaburi are of beautiful carvings at Lakshmi Narayanaswamy Temple that is said to have been the site of the Cholas in Honnavalli. 5 km from Tipatur.
The temple at Keregodi is dedicated to Sankareshwar. In the temple area there are two statues of lions in black stone. There are statues of Buddha, Vigneshwara and Nandi inside the temple.
There is a Veerashaiva monastery 16 km southeast of Tipatur.
Among the ancient temples in Nonavinarekera are the temples of Betteraya, Gopalakrishna, Shanteshwara, Noonabeshwara, Chandeshwara, Kalleshwara and Gaureshwar. 5 km south of Tipatur.
The Ranganatha Temple in Rangpur, far away, dates back over 250 years.
There is a Hoysala style Lakshminarasimha Temple in Vignasante. It is said to have been built in 1286 during the reign of Hoysala the 3rd Narasimha. There are also temples of Balalingheshwara and Banashankari.