city, southeastern Karnataka (formerly Mysore) state, southern India. The city lies in Karnataka's dry zone, with scrub vegetation suitable for sheep raising in the surrounding area. Kolar's manufactures include woolen blankets, leather goods, pencils, and handloomed silk and coarse cotton fabrics. There are several government colleges in the city. Kolar is located on the Kolar District Railway (a Southern Railway loop line from Bangalore city) and northwest of Kolar Gold Fields. Pop. (1991 prelim.) 83,219.
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