Arsikere is a town and taluk in the Hassan district in Karnataka. This area is well known for its coconut production and the Malekallu Tirupathi hill. Arsikere is the taluk headquarters, a major railway junction on the South Western Railway, and a central place for tourists who visit nearby places that do not have rail access, such as Belur, Halebidu, and Shravanabelagola.
The place got its name from one of the princesses of the Hoysala Dynasty, who built a lake near the town. Arasi means queen in Kannada. Therefore, it is ‘Arasiyakere’ which means “queen’s pond”. Arsikere is located at an average elevation of 807 metres. It is situated about 44 kilometres from Hassan and 166 kilometres from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Miraj railway line and is on the Bangalore-Honnavar road.Arasikere belongs to Mysore division and is a major railway junction between Bangalore and Hubli, Bangalore and Shimoga, and Mangalore and Hubli. Trains typically stop here before heading to Hassan, Bangalore, Hubli, and Mangalore.