Metropolitan City
Cantonment Church Tower of Karnal
Location in Haryana, India
Karnal (India)
Coordinates: 29°41′N 76°59′E / 29.69°N 76.98°E / 29.69; 76.98Coordinates: 29°41′N 76°59′E / 29.69°N 76.98°E / 29.69; 76.98
Country  India
State Haryana
District Karnal district
Region North India
Named for Karna
  Body Municipal Corporation Karnal
  Mayor Renu Bala Gupta
  Member of Parliament Ashwini Chopra
  MLA, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar
  Total 2,520 km2 (970 sq mi)
Population (2011)
  Total 286,827[1]
  Density 598/km2 (1,550/sq mi)
  Official Hindi , Punjabi, English
  Regional Haryanvi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 132001
Vehicle registration HR 05
literacy rate 75.03%[1]
Sex ratio 996/1000 Female/Male
Website karnal.gov.in

Karnal ( pronunciation or the Rice Bowl of India) is a city located in National Capital Region and the headquarters of Karnal District in the Indian state of Haryana.

Karnal is said to have been founded by Karna, a key figure in the epic Mahabharata fame, who died at the hands of his half-brother and archrival, Arjuna.[2]

It was a place of refuge for British survivors of the 1857 Uprising in Delhi.


Smart City

Karnal has been ranked 65th (1st in Haryana) among 434 cities in the list of cleanest cities of India under Swachh Survekshan 2017.[7]

Karnal was selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.[8]

People from Karnal


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  2. Karnal. "Karnal". District of Karnal. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
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  5. Maharana Pratap Horticultural University, Karnal, official website.
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  7. "Karnal cleanest in Haryana".
  8. "Karnal to be developed as smart city".
  9. "Only 98 cities instead of 100 announced: All questions answered about the smart cities project". 28 August 2015.
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