Hunsur is situated on the western side of Mysore city on the way to Virajpet town. Hunsur is also well known for timber trade, especially teak. Hunsur teak is noted for its quality and durability. Another important trade activity is tobacco growing and tobacco auctions. Consolidated Coffee Curing Works employs many people in coffee bean processing.
This location is also a growing market for sheep farming. Farmlands are spread in abundance in this beautiful town.
This town used to be called 'Gaadi Palya', meaning 'a resting station for bullock carts' (before the arrival of automobiles), probably en route to Mysore. Nearby villages include Harave, Kallahalli, Kattemalal vadi, Bilikere, Yamagumba, and Chilkunda.
Its main claim to fame was that former Chief minister of Karnataka state D. Devaraj Urs hailed from this constituency. In fact, in 1962, nobody contested against Devaraj Urs. The well known film director Hunsur Krishnamurthy also hailed from here.
HP Manjunatha from Congress is the current MLA and he defeated Kumaraswamy of JDS.