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Karnataka took its present shape in 1956, when the states of Mysore and Coorg (Kodagu) were merged with the Kannada-speaking districts of the former states of Bombay and Hyderabad, and Madras. Mysore state was made up of 10 districts: Bangalore, Kolar, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Chikmagalur (Kadur), Shimoga and ChitradurgaBellary had been transferred from Madras state to Mysore in 1953, when the new Andhra State was created out of Madras’ northern districts. Kodagu became a district, and Dakshina Kannada (South Kanara) district was transferred from Madras stateUttara Kannada (North Kanara), DharwadBelgaum District, and Bijapur District from Bombay state, and Bidar DistrictKalaburgi District, and Raichur District from Hyderabad state.

In 1989, Bangalore rural district was split from Bangalore and, in 1997, Bagalkot district split from Vijayapur, Chamrajnagar district split from Mysore, Gadag district split from Dharwad, Haveri district split from Dharwad, Koppal district split from Raichur, Udupi district split from Dakshina Kannada,Yadgir District from Kalaburagi and Davanagere district was created from parts of Bellary, Chitradurga, Dharwad, and Shimoga. In 2020, The State Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, gave in-principle approval for creation of the Vijayanagar district, which will be carved out of Ballari district, to become the 31st district in the state.Hence the world heritage site of Hampi, the erstwhile capital of Vijayanagar empire, will soon be part of a new district.

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