About PutturPuttur, where famous National Research Centre for Cashew and Campco factory is located, is a town in the Kannada district of Karnataka state. The city is mapped in the southern Kannada district or dakshina kannada district. The average geological formation of the city is 87 metres i.e. around 285 feet. The area of the city stretches around 32.23 sq km. From the geographical area, the city has been marked as the second highest one in the Dakshina Kannada district. The census in 2011 recorded the population in the city around 53 thousand. Out of the total population count 50% are males and remaining 50% are females. Due to its dense population the city has also been named as Rich Town in the district. The city has a distinction percentage of literacy rate that comes around 79% and out of which 83% males are literate and female literacy accounts to around 75%.
Puttha, means snake nests in Tullu, which is found in large numbers in the hilly areas of the city and hence the city was named as Puttur. The majority of the population comprises of people belonging to Dravidan Race. As majority of inhabitants are Dravidan, Tulu is the main language used in the city. Also there are people speaking other languages like Kannada, Konkani, Beary language, Kodava, Malayalam etc.
Puttur was a small panchayat which has later been transformed to Puttur Town Municipal Council in the year 1973. The city has been the second highest now after blending abutting villages in the year 1996. The city is presently Taluk headquarters for adjoining talukas. It consists of 37 village panchayats administrating around 68 villages. The southern part has many villages of Kerala state and hence Malayalam is also widely spoken in the city.
The main activity in the city is agriculture. The city is blessed with favorable climate for agriculture including hillocks, dense forest, Western Ghats. Puttur is the largest producer of arecanut in the Karnataka state where it is marketed all over the state. The climatic conditions also promote the farming of paddy, areca, coconut, cashew, pepper etc. The region receives good amount of rainfall due to the forest part and the Western Ghats.
The city also favors industrial growth. The Campco Chocolate factory one of the largest producers of chocolate is established in the city. Many types of chocolates and cocoa butter are exported to the other parts of country as well as all over Asia produced in the factory.
The city has many destinations with high cultural and religious values. The crowd from the state and other parts of the country reaches the town to take the blessing of Lord Shiva, in Sri Mahalingeshwar temple. The antique temple is said to be built in 11-12th century. The city has oldest mosque called Juma Masjid Kallega. Likewise many tourists reach the town to see Beermale Hill, Bendru Theertha etc. It has many ancient temples, churches and mosques.
The city is well connected with all modes of transport. The Puttur railway station lies in between Mangalore and Bangalore. The Mangalore airport is nearest from the town. The city is located in the Mangalore-mysore state highway making it easier to reach the place.
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