Kolar is a town in the Kolar district. This district is known as the land of silk, milk and gold. Kolar, formerly known as Kolahala, Kuvalala and Kolala, was called Kolahalapura during the middle ages. The word kolahahapura means ""violent city"" and it was the battlefield for the warring Chalukyas in the north and the Cholas in the south.
Kolaramma and Someshwara are some of the other notable temples in Kolar.
Kolar has APMC market which is 2nd largest in Asia, largest in South India. Kolar is leading India in production of Mango, Tomato, which exported to various other nations like UK, USA, UAE etc.
Antaragange is one of the tourist attractions of Kolar. It is also known as ""Dakshina Kashi Kshetra"". In the temple is a pond which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). There is a steep, narrow path to the top of the mountain. There are seven villages on this mountain, including Therhalli, papanayakana halli, Kenchegowdana Halli and several others. The hill to the west of Kolar, called the Shatasringa Parvata or 'Hundred-Peaked Mountain' is associated with the story of Parasurama and his fight with King Kartaviryarjuna over Surabhi, the divine cow.
The current MLA is R Varthur Prakash who an independent candidate. He defeated K. Srinivasa Gowda from JDS.