Mundgod—a small but important panchayat town situated in the Uttara Kannada of the state of Karnataka, lies en route to Hubli (while traveling from Sirsi). Boasting of a population of 16,171 (with females constituting 49% and males 51%), the town has an average literacy rate of 67%. This rate is much higher than the national average of 59.5 percent.
In the early 1960s, the Tibetan administration had proposed to establish a number of settlements with the aid of the Government of India. These settlements were meant for providing refuge to Tibetans running away from their war-ravaged nation. Mundgod was one such settlement that sprawled across 4,000 acres (16 km²) near Taluk village. It consisted of mostly forestlands and belonged to the North Kanara district. Located 1900 feet (580 m) higher than the sea level, this region had provided bamboo huts and tents to act as temporary shelter to these refugees. All the hard work related to the settlement was carried out along with the locals on a co-operative basis and the settlers were offered free dry ration. Established in 1966, Mundgod’s Doeguling Tibetan Settlement is certainly worth a visit.