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Kittur, historically as Kittoor, is a taluka in the Belagavi district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It was part of Bailhongal taluka but was declared as an independent taluka on 23 October 2012 by the Chief Minister of Karnataka on the inauguration of Kittur Utsav. It is 177th Taluk of Karnataka State. It is a place of historical importance because of the armed rebellion of Kittur Chennamma (1778–1829), Rani of the State of Kittur against the British East India Company, during which a British Commissioner, St John Thackeray was killed.
|Named for||Kittur Chennamma|
|• Type||Panchayat raj|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KA|
|Nearest city||Dharwad, Belagavi|
On the outskirts of the town lie the ruins of the palace within a fort. The palace was the residence of the Rani Chennamma.
Kittur was ruled by Mallasaraja in the early 19th century. His only son predeceased him, and subsequently, he was succeeded by his wife, Queen Chennamma.
In connection with a disputed succession to this chiefship in 1824, St John Thackeray, Commissioner of Dharwad, was killed in a battle when approaching the Kittur fort. Later another unit stormed Kittur and captured Queen Chennamma, who was imprisoned in Bailhongal Jail where she died. Rani Chennamma became a legend.
Her death was followed by subsequent revolts by her general Sangolli Rayanna, who was also considered a hero, destroying many British officers and records. He was later hanged in 1831.
The town lends its name to the fictitious coastal town in the 2008 novel Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga (Belagavi District has no coast, which rules out the real Kittur being the setting).