India is one of the largest producers and exporters of granite in the world. The Rs.25,000 crore granite industry boasts of huge granite reserves, to the tune of 4 trillion cubic metre. The country has one of the largest reserves of granite in the world with deposits available in abundance in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Odisha.
So far, only 3% of the total granite reserves have been explored. At present, India’s contribution is around 15% of the global production. India has vast resources of granite with more than 100 varieties of different colours mined and explored so far. Out of these 100 varieties, nearly 60 are processed to produce monuments, building slabs, floor tiles and is exported.
According to industry data, about 85-90% of the total granite produced in the country is exported. Granite is exported from India either as crude or raw blocks, or after cutting into blocks or slabs, as granite for monumental or building stone, as polished granite blocks and tiles and as carved or processed granite.