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Sagara, Karnataka

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Country  India
Language spoken  Kannada
Area  19.75 km2
State  Karnataka
Region  Malenadu
District  Shimoga

Sagara is a city located in the Indian state of Karnataka and it is also a sub divisional and a taluk headquarters. Located in the Western Ghats range, it is known for its proximity to Jog Falls and to the historical places of Ikkeri, Keladi and Varadamoola. The river Varada originates near Sagara. Sagara subdivision consists of Sagara, Soraba, Hosanagara and Shikaripur taluks.


Map of Sagara, Karnataka

City Municipal Council

Sagara city is one of the 74 Karnataka Municipal Reforms Project (KMRP) City in Karnataka. The website of this city was launched on August 2007. Sagara ULB was started in 1931 and became a City Municipal Council (CMC) grade two in the year 2007. The ULB consist of 31 wards with the respective number of councillors. The population of the city was 54,550 at the 2011 census and total area is 19.71 sq. km.


Sagara derives its name from Sadashiva Sagar, which is a lake. Sadashiva Nayaka, ruler of Keladi dynasty built a lake in between Keladi and Ikkeri. Sadashiva Sagar is now called Ganapathi Kere (Ganapathi Lake). It is a subdivisional headquarters headed by a subdivisional magistrate.


At the 2001 census, Sagara had a population of 50,115. Males constituted 50% of the population and females 50%. Sagar had an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 82%, and female literacy was 75%. In Sagar, 11% of the population was under 6 years of age. At the 2011 census its population exceeded 54,550.


From the state capital Bangalore, Sagara can be reached by road through NH-206. (via Tumkur, Arsikere, Kadur, Tarikere,and Shivamogga) KSRTC, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, runs several buses from Bangalore,including Hitech volvo and night services. Sagara is around 360 km (224 mi) by road from Bangalore. From coastal side, Sagara is accessible by bus. This route passes through Agumbe Ghat or Hulikal Ghat roads. Sagara is better connected with roads from all directions and it is an important bus junction. Bus service is provided by private bus operators like Prakash travels,Sri manjunatha transport,Sri gajanana and few more and KSRTC runs buses that connect Sagara to other places in Karnataka and a few buses to other states. Sagara is well connected by road with Shimoga, Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, Haveri, Sirsi, Shikaripur, Soraba, Hirekerur, Hanagal, Karwar, Belgaum, Ranebennur, Honnali, Davanagere, Hosanagar, Udupi, Honnavar, Bhatkal, and other major cities. From November 2013 KSRTC introduced city buses in Sagara city.

Sagara has its own railway station. The train station is known as Sagar Jambagaru and there are trains that connect Sagara with Bangalore and Mysore and a passenger train between Shimoga to talguppa passes through sagara.

The nearest airport is Hubli Airport, which is about 159 km from Sagara.


The majority of people in Sagara are Havyaka Brahmins . Others are ,Vokkaligas, Edigas, Achars, Charody, Mestha, Gaud Saraswat Brahmins, Madiwalas, Lingayats, Christians, Jains, Kurubas, Daivajnas, Muslims, Marathas, (Namadev-simpi, Bhavsar) and other sub-castes. The city has Hindu temples, mosques, Jain basadis and churches. Apart from a few communal clashes in the early 2000s, the city is known for its communal harmony.


  • Radhakrishna Public School (ICSE Syllabus)
  • Hongirana School of Excellence (CBSE Syllabus)
  • St. Josephs Higher Primary School
  • Pragati Composite School
  • Rotary School
  • Seva Sagar School
  • Nirmala Girls High School
  • MGN Pai (Janatha) High School
  • Shivalingappa High School
  • Government Junior College (Govt PU College)
  • Shivappa Nayaka Shale - Govt Primary and Higher Primary School, S N Nagar, Sagar
  • Kere Shale - Govt Primary and Higher Primary School, Ganapati Kere, Sagar
  • Vinobha Shale - Govt Primary and Higher Primary School, Vinobha Nagar, Sagar
  • Market Shale - Govt Primary and Higher Primary School, Market Road, Sagar
  • Government Pre-University College
  • M.D.F. Independent PU Science College
  • M.D.F. PU College (LB and SBS PU College)
  • Residential Hongirana Independent PU college
  • Lal Bahadur Arts, Science and S.B. Solabanna Shetty Commerce College
  • K.H.Srinivasa Institute of Post Graduate Studies. M.Com., and M.A. in Economics
  • Smt. Indira Gandhi First Grade College at SN Nagara for womens offering BSc BA. B.Com. BBM and M.Com courses
  • Sagar Gangotri Arts and Commerce College
  • GOVT First Grade College
  • Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic Diploma College
  • M.D.F. College of Education, (B.Ed.,) Sagar
  • M.D.F. Primary Teachers Training Institute (D.Ed.,)
  • Sagar Gangotri Law College
  • Gangotri Nursing College
  • Varada ITI College
  • Govt ITI College
  • Navodaya ITI College
  • Vikas tutorials(school and college)
  • Vivekananda tutorials
  • MICE(computers)
  • KEONICS(Others)

TV and radio

Sagara has an LPT-49 TV relay station airing Doordarshan national channel. Cable TV and direct to home services are widely used and these have replaced the conventional VHF/UHF TV antennas and satellite dish antennas. Local cable has Sagarantaranga TV, which provides essential day-to-day information to the people of Sagara.

Sagara has an FM radio station airing FM Rainbow (100.1 MHz)

Rare disorders

Handigodu joint disease (HJD) is a familial skeletal disorder. Handigodu, near Sagara is one of only two places in the world where this disorder is to be found – the other being northern Zululand, South Africa. Severe precocious, progressive degenerative osteoarthropathy causes marked physical handicap by adulthood. The clinical and radiological manifestations are very similar to MJD (Mseleni joint disease) and they are sometimes believed to be the same entity.

Kyasanur forest disease, also known as Monkey Disease is a rare endemic tick-borne viral haemorrhagic fever which was first noticed in Kyasanur village, near Sorab.

Major Roads Passing through Sagara taluk

Notable persons from Sagara

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The economy of Sagara is mainly driven by areca nut (betel nut), paddy, spice and forest products trade. Betel nut is the major cash crop grown in the area. Along with areca nut, spices like pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa are grown. The economy of the city is highly volatile and is dependent on the variation in the pricing of these agriculture products. Sagara APMC is one of the main market for areca nut in Karnataka.


Sagara, Karnataka Tourist places in Sagara, Karnataka

Sagara is surrounded by places of historical importance and natural beauty. One can find these places with the help of milestones and hoardings which are usually in Kannada and English


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