Kan: ರಾಯಚೂರು rāyac(h)ūru

‘Royal City’  City/District, Karnataka

From Kan: rāya(ca), ‘royal’; and ūr/ūru, ‘town’, ‘village’.

There has been a fort here since the 7-8thC under the Chalukyas of Badami – it was rebuilt in the 13thC.

Raichur was a part of the Hyderabad State till the states were re-organised on linguistic lines in 1956.

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

For related place names see Indian Place names and Karnataka place names.

Video: Raichur Aerial View