Budikote or the “Fort of Ash” is a small village situated in Bangarpet Taluk of Kolar District in Karnataka state of India. It is about 15 miles from Kolar Gold Fields the nearest city. It has an old fort, hence the name. It is also the birth place of Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan-the Tiger of Mysore. This village has a population of roughly 3000 people in 600 families.

Is said to derive its name from an immense holocaust, believed to have been performed there, in its hoary past. and a spot among the boulders in the fort, is known to tourists as the place where his cradle was rocked. The important temples here are those of Venkataramana and Someshwara.

The main occupation in this village is agriculture, though farmers mostly suffer from irregular monsoons. Sericulture and Pisciculture are practiced to some extent. Budikote also is well known for housing Namma Dhwani, India’s first cable community radio station, operating from 2002.

As of today, Namma Dhwani or Our Voices, is a fully functional Community Multimedia Centre, with radio, video, and satellite facilities. It is also completely self-sufficient through locally generated revenue.

Budikote has about 15 Self Help Groups, two banks, one Primary Health Care Centre and two government schools. It is about 100 kilometers from the city of Bangalore and is well connected by road and train.

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