This minor dynasty ruled over the Nolambapadi which normally included Zumkur, Chitradrug and Kolar, Bellary and Bangalore area. In the tenth century their kingdom included the Salem and South Arcot districts also. Mangala is heard of as the first king of this dynasty according to the Hemavati inscriptions.
His son Simha Pottan was a feudatory of Sivamara, the Ganga. The Gangas as well as the Nolambas were defeated and reduced to subordination by Govinda III Rashtrakuta.
Mangi, a valiant Nolamba warrior had married the daughter of Rajamalla Satyavakya I (Ganga) and was an ally of the Gangas. Vijayaditya, the Chalukyan king, invaded Gangavadi and the defending Nolamba Mangi was killed in battle in AD 860. The Gangas and the Nolambas often fought the Banas.
Dilipa alias Iriva Nolamba who resisted Butuga, the Ganga in c.929 was killed in battle. Marasimha II, Ganga who again defeated the Nolambas styled himself Nolamba Kulantaka. Thereafter the Nolambas declined. Rajraya I in his campaigns against the Deccan captured the Nolamba territory also. The Nolambas ruled from Hemavati. They were mostly Saivites.