Karaman Province is a province of south-central Turkey. It has an area of 9,163 km2. Karaman was the location of the Karamanid Beylik, which came to an end in 1486. The capital is the city of Karaman, located in Central Anatolia, north of the Taurus Mountains, about 100 km (62 mi) south of Konya. The district covers an area of 3,686 km2 (1,423 sq mi), and the town lies at an average elevation of 1,039 m (3,409 ft). The Karaman Museum is one of the major sights.
The town owes its name to Karaman Bey who was one of the rulers of the Karamanid dynasty. The former name Laranda which in turn comes from the Luwian language Larawanda, literally “sandy, a sandy place”