| Hunsur is a town in Mysore district in the Indian
state of Karnataka.
Hunsur is located at 12.31° N 76.29°. It has an
average elevation of 792 metres (2598 feet). The
river Lakshmana Thirtha flows though the middle of
this town and two bridges connect the two sides.
Administratively, this is the administrative center
of Hunsur taluk, which is part of Mysore District.
Historically, this town used to be called ' Gaadi
Palya', meaning 'a resting station for bullock
carts' ( before the age of automobiles ), probably
en route to Mysore, the nearest city 45 km away.
As of 2001 India census, Hunsur had a population of
43,893. Males constitute 51% of the population and
females 49%. Hunsur has an average literacy rate of
69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male
literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 63%. In
Hunsur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of
age. There several educational institutions,
including the Government First Grade College, which
was established through the efforts of the then
chief minister of Karnataka State Sri. D. Devaraja
Urs . This is a small and otherwise unremarkable
town whose main claim to fame was that one of the
famous chief minister of Karnataka State Sri.
D.Devaraja Urs hailed from this constituency.
Travellers to the wildlife sanctuary Nagarahole do
have to transit through this town, as well as
traffic towards Coorg. It is also well known for
timber trade, especially teak. There is a plywood
manufacturing factory called Hunsur Plywoods. Hunsur
Teak is world famous for its high quality and long
durability; Other important trade activity is
tobacco growing and tobacco auctions. Consolidated
Coffee Curing Works employs a large number of labour
in coffee bean processing.