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Government of Karnataka

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1. Publication of revised editions of District Gazetteer volumes and State Gazetteer volumes both in Kannada and English.

2. Publication of revised edition of 'A Hand Book of Karnataka' both in Kannada and English.

3. Publication of Taluk Gazetteers of Karnataka State both in English and Kannada.

4. Special Publication like Tourism Gazetteer, A Journey from Madras through the countries of Mysore, Canara and Malabar(reprint) in three     volumes by Sir Francis Buchanan.

5. Scanning and reprinting of rare gazetteer volumes which are in demand.


Salient Features

  • Karnataka Gazetteer Department was established during the year 1958.
  • The department has brought out all the 20 district Gazetteers in English. The publication of the revised district Gazetteers is in progress.
  • Karnataka is the first State in the country to publish the State Gazetteers in two parts in English (1982 & 1983) and three parts in Kannada (1984 to 1986).
  • Decennial supplements to the Karnataka State volume were published in 1994 (English) and 1996 (Kannada).
  • A Handbook of Karnataka both in English and Kannada was published in 1996. The revised edition was published in 2001, 2005 and 2010 in English.
  • From 1992 the department has started publishing district Gazetteers in Kannada. Kodagu, Dharwad, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Mandya, Kolar, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi(ready for release) district Gazetteers have so far been brought out till date.
  • Translated versions of district Gazetteers (which were published since 1992). Kodagu ,Dharwad, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Mandya, and Dakshina Kannada(ready for release) have been brought out respectively.
  • Under the Reprint scheme, the department has brought out Pre-independence gazetteers - Dharwad, Kanara, and Belgaum (James M. Campbell), South Canara(John Sturrock and Harold A. Stuart), Bellary(John Kelsall), Mysore and Coorg in three volumes(B.L.Rice)
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