RAICHUR- Karnataka’s Royal City

Raichur is a district in Karnataka, which is famous for its production of rice, cotton, gold, and electricity generation.

Raichur is referred to as Gold City of Karnataka, the Rice Bowl of Karnataka, the Power Station of Karnataka, and Cotton City of Karnataka. Raichur is also called as ‘Doab’ since it is located between two confluent rivers (Krishna and Tungabhadra).

Here are some quick facts to know why Raichur is called with some of these names.

Raichur is called the Gold City of Karnataka because of the Hatti Gold mines. Hatti Gold mine is one of the highest gold producing mines in India, and it is currently the only active gold mine. It is also one of the oldest gold mines in the world.

Raichur is called the Power Station of Karnataka because RTPS (Raichur Thermal Power Station) is located here. RTPS is the first thermal power station in the state of Karnataka. It is said to generate the highest percentage of electricity produced by the state.

Raichur is popularly known as the Rice bowl of Karnataka as it produces the popular Sona Masuri rice. It is cultivated in the paddy fields of Sirwar in Sindhanur TaIuk. Sona Masuri is one of the premium types of rice and one that’s exported all around the world. This made the Sindhanur taluk of Raichur district the richest taluks in Karnataka.

Raichur is very rich from an epigraphical (Epigraphy: study of inscriptions) perspective as well. Archeologists have found hundreds of inscriptions in various languages like Kannada, Telugu, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, and many more dating from the Mauryan to the Muslim period. Maski, a place in Raichur was ruled by Samrat Ashoka of the Mauryan Empire. Maski is home to many monuments of the Mauryan Empire like the first Ashokan rock edict with his name.

This ancient city has been a part of various empires such as Maurya, Bahmani sultans, Kadambas, Rashtrakuta, Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur, Chalukyas, Vijayanagara dynasty, Nizam of Hyderabad, etc. The name Raichur itself translates to a King’s place in Kannada.

Places to Visit in Raichur City

Raichur fort

Raichur fort:
The Raichur fort was built by king Rudra of the Kakatiya dynasty in 1294 CE. The main attraction at the fort is a 41 ft long stone slab, which as historical records state, was hauled up the hill with the help of buffalo carts. The other attractions at the fort are the stone inscriptions in Persian and Arabic languages.

Ek Minar Masjid

Ek Minar Masjid:
Ek Minar Masjid is the best example of Persian style architecture. The top of the masjid provides an absolute spectacle of the city.



The famous manmade lake Mavina kere or Aam Talab or Tankbund was built around 400 – 500 years ago in the heart of the city along with many other irrigation tanks.

Interesting Facts About Raichur


Raichur is also famous for growing Litchi. It produces one of the best qualities of Litchi in the world, which it also exports in tons.


NCERT (The National Council of Educational Research and Training) has adopted the logo of Hansa (three Swans) from the temple of Mallikarjuna Swamy in Maski, Raichur. The swans represent “Research and development, Training and Education”.

So, the next time you plan for a quick getaway and experience rich cultural heritage and hospitality, visit Raichur. Looking forward for your views and comments.

Manavi Kapur

Manavi is a fun-loving, tech-savvy, lady of the media and you better believe us when we tell you that she can sing! Needless to say, she has done all that with aplomb because some of her articles are highly cited in this niche.

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  1. Dear shravana,
    I got nostalgic after reading this article..I always believed Raichur is the gold city and the best city..but you have put my thoughts in words. Always proud of you! Good luck for future endeavors!

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