In the year 1975, a new circle of Archaeological Survey of India Known as the Mid-Southern circle was created as an independent circle with the intention of bringing all the centrally protected monuments of Karnataka under one circle. Earlier, these monuments were under the jurisdiction of Southern Circle,Madras presidency and under under south western circle of Bombay Presidency.

As many as 535 monuments fromall over Karnataka came under its jurisdiction. In the year 1996, this Mid-southern Circle for more efficient monitoring was further bifurcated into Bangalore and Dharwad Circles. Bangalore Circle having 218 monuments spread over as many as ninteen districts like Bangalore, Bellary, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapur, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hassan, Kolar, Madikeri, Mandya, Mysore, Ramanagara, Shimoga, South Kanara, Tumkur and Udupi.
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