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Davanagere District

Davanagere District


Davanagere District, also known as Devangere District, is an administrative district of Karnataka state in southern India. The city of Davanagere is the district headquarters. It had a population of 1,790,952 of which 30.32% was urban as of 2001. This district was carved out of Chitradurga district in 1997 by then Chief minister of Karnataka J. H. Patel.

Davanagare District, located in the heart of Karnataka owes its nomenclature to the term " Davana Kere" meaning "Village of Lake". Occupying an area of 5924 sq. km and stretching between the geometric coordinates of 14°28' N and 75°55' E.

Davanagere District lies in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau. The district lies above the historic Chitradurga. The prominent cities/towns in this district are Harihara, Honnali and Channagiri. Neighbouring districts are Shimoga District, Haveri District, Chitradurga District, and Bellary District.

Davanagare District, located in the heart of Karnataka owes its nomenclature to the term " Davana Kere" meaning "Village of Lake". The district is shrouded in antiquarian history, which dates back to the Chalukya and Pandya Dynasty.

Paddy, Sugar cane, Groundnut, Sunflower, Cotton, Jower, Ragi, Banana, Mango to list few which are priority crops. Davangere is also having growing community for change in traditional crops to medicine plants, floriculture and hybrid crops. Regulated market located in heart of Davangere city hosts platform for both farmer and dealer for business. Three Sugar mills are ideally located for sugar cane farmers, and also there are good number of farmers still run their own "halinamane" for jaggery. There are also numerous rice mills, oil extraction mills, cotton mills and agri related industries in and around city.

On 2nd March of 1934, Mahatma Gandhi visited Davangere and laid foundation stone for a high school. It's not just beginning for educational era in Davangere but a major mile stone. Today there are 3 Engineering, 3 Medical, 2 Dental, 1 Fine Arts, and other professional courses like ayurveda, commerce, science, arts, agriculture, pharmacy and polytechnic. Kuvempu University's study center, PG Center and Engineering Collage are in Davangere.

Location info:

Davanagere District lies in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau. The district lies above the historic Chitradurga.

Climate/Weather of Davanagere District:


History of Davanagere District:

A great Maratha warrior by name Appaji Rao had rendered great service to Hyder Ali Khan in capturing Chitradurga fort. Hyder Ali Khan was very much pleased with Appaji Rao, who had made great sacrifices in the wars waged by him. Davangere was handed over to Appaji Rao as a Jahagir. It was a very small village of about 500 houses in its perview. Appaji Rao had to toil for the upliftment of this area by inviting Maratha businessmen from neighbouring Maharastra. A large number of Marathas arrived at this place to carry on business in silk, brasserie and other materials. In due course, due to the incessant efforts of Appaji Rao, the Davangere village grew into a city. Businessmen from neigbouring areas also migrated to try their fortunes in the growing city were successful beyond imagination in earning and shaping their future careers. These circumstances created an opportunity for the perennial growth of the town in modern days. The word "Davangere" is derived from "Davangere", which means a rope in kannada language which was used for tying the horses by the villages. Around 1811 A.D., this area came to be called as "Davangere".

On 2nd March of 1934, Mahatma Gandhi visited Davangere and laid foundation stone for a high school. It's not just beginning for educational era in Davangere but a major mile stone.

Educational Institutions of Davanagere District:

Medical & Health Science Colleges in Davangere,

  • JJM Medical College, Davangere

Other Institutions

  • Bapuji Dental College And Hospital
  • College Of Dental Sciences
  • Ashwini Ayurvedic Medical College
  • Sri Guru Valmiki Maharshi
  • Sri Devaraj Urs P U College
  • Sri. Sevalal Education Society
  • University BDT College Of Engineering
  • Bapuji Institute Of Engg And Tech
  • GM Institute Of Technology
  • S. Nijalingappa B Ed College Of Edn
  • Sri Saila College Of Education
  • Tmae College Of Education
  • ADBFEG College
  • S T J Polytechnic
  • Drr (govt) Polytechnic
  • Bapuji Polytechnic
  • Millath Polytechnic
  • RVV Iti
  • A R Govindswamy Arts And Commerce Colleg
  • ARM First Grade College
  • AVK College For Women
  • BEA College Education
  • Babasaheb Ambedkar Centenary First Grade
  • Bapuji College Of Education
  • Centenary College Of Physical Education
  • D Devaraj Urs First Grade College
  • DRM Science College
  • Govt First Grade College, Channagiri
  • Govt First Grade College. Davangere
  • Govt First Grade College, Mayakonda
  • Govt First Grade College, Nyamathi
  • Gramabharathi First Grade College
  • Makanur Malleshappa College Of Eduation
  • S B C First Grade College For Women
  • Smt Giriyamma R Kanthappa Shetty First
  • Sri Beeralingeshwara First Grade College
  • Sri Manjunathswamy First Grade College
  • Srishaila College Of Education
  • Sri Shivalingeshwara Swamy Govt First
  • Drm Science College


The prominent language spoken is Kannada. Other languages like Marathi, Urdu,Telugu and Gujarati are also spoken by small portion of population.

Culture of Davanagere District:


How to reach Davanagere District?

Nearest Railway Station:Devangere is connected by railway lines with almost all the important places in South India.

Trains and Railway Stations

  • Davangere Railway Station
  • Kodaganur Railway Station
  • Harihar Railway Station
  • Mayakonda Railway Station
Nearest Airport:Bangalore International Airport

Road Transport:Devangere is connected by roads to almost all the important places in South India. Davanagere District lies in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau, located on NH4 at a distance of about 260 Km from Bangalore.

Bus Stations

  • Channagiri Bus Station
  • Davangere Bus Station
  • Jagalur Bus Station

Tourist Attraction

Sri Chennagiri Rangappa Clock Tower: This clock tower (75 ft) is a distinct landmark of Davanagere. The foundation for the clock tower was laid by Sir Mirja Ismail, the then Deewan of Mysore province during 1937 and it was inaugarated during 1961 by Sri. T Subramanya, the then Hon'ble LSG Minister of Mysore.

Harihareshwara Temple is a 12th century Hoysala structure situated at the holy town of Harihar near Chitradurga, on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. The temple is 14 km from Davangere. It enshrines a 4 feet image of Harihara with its left portion representing Lord Vishnu and the right, Lord Shiva. A microscopic image of Goddess Lakshmi represented on the lintel of the doorway testifies the architectural proficiency and inimitable craftsmanship of the Hoysala artists

Honnali Raghavendraswamy Math:The Honnali Raghavendraswamy Math is located beside the river Tungabhadra. This age old pilgrim spot, popularly known as 'dwithiya mantralaya,' is 40 km from Shimoga and 53 km from Davangere. The devotees from all over the state and outside gather in this shrine.

Sri Durgambika temple is one of the most popular and the biggest temple in the district. It is located in old Davanagere or the Halepet in Shivajinagar. The land surrounding this auspicious temple is called "Devara Hatti".

KUNDWADA TANK: Kundwada Tank is situated on the left side of Poona-Bangalore NH4 bypass road near Kundwada village of the Davanagere city. The catchment area of Kundwada tank is nearly 253 Acres. Recently, it was rennovated and treated as Summer Water Storage Tank.

St. Thomas Church: St. Thomas Church was built during 1946 and is located at P J Extension (Prince Jayachamarajendra Extension) 6th Cross.

TV Station: Besides the TV station there is a huge reserviour which supplies to Davanagere city and is a popular picnic spot during summer season.

Some of the temples of Davanagere district

  • Durgambika Temple,
  • Anagodu, Hadali,
  • Harihar and Mayakonda.

Davanagere District abounds in natural splendor with its panoramic landscape and ornate architectural landmarks.

  • Chennagiri Rangappa Clock Tower
  • Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme (T V Station)
  • St. Thomas Church deserves special mention.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Davanagere District:

  • Hotel Sai International
  • Hotel Pooja International(+91-8192-233119 )
  • Hotel Shanti Park(+91-8192-253046)

Davanagere District Major Attraction

Nethrani Island
Nethrani is a small uninhabited island, 18 km southwest off a small fishing village Murdeshwar and is shaped like a upturned boat with some vegetation along the rocky outcrop. The Island is famous for its Shiva temple and for having some of the best dive sites in world....more
Kumaradhara River
The Kumaradhara River is an Indian river, in the southwestern India state of Karnataka. One of the two major rivers of Sullia, it merges with the Netravati River at Uppinangadi before flowing to the Arabian Sea.....more
Shambavi River
Shambavi is name of the river which flows in Davanagere District district of Karnataka state, India. Mulki town is south of river Shambavi. The river flows westwards to join the Arabian sea. Bappanadu Durga temple is situated near the river.....more
Mukka Beach
Mukka is suburb of Mangalore city on the shore of Arabian sea. It is located to north of NITK,Surathkal campus on National Highway 17. There is a beach in Mukka which has escaped public attention....more
Panambur Beach

Panambur is the site of New Mangalore Port. It is located in Davanagere District (formerly South Canara ) district of Karnataka state, India, north of the Gurupura river.There is a Nandaneshwara temple in Panambur.....more

Someshwar Beach
Someshwar Beach, blessed with an endless stretch of golden sand and graciously swaying palm trees, is located 9 km south of Mangalore. The beach is well known for a large rock called 'rudra shila'.....more
Surathkal Beach
Located 15 km north of Mangalore, Suratkal Beach is known for its clean surroundings and a lighthouse. An uninterrupted and extremely attractive stretch of curving shoreline is a major feature of this beach. Sadashiva Temple is a nearby attraction.....more
Tannirubhavi Beach
Tannirubhavi beach is a beach in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Currently, it can only be reach by land via Panambur or by ferry via Gurupura river from Sultan Battery.....more
Ullal Beach
Ullal Beach is situated about 12 km away from Mangalore on the south bank of the Nethravati River, facing Arabian Sea. Mangalore is a city of vivid contrasts. Apart from this beach, there are other beaches also in Mangalore.....more
Dharmasthala Temples
Dharmastala kshetra is located amongst the scenic beauty of the Western Karnataka on the banks of the Nethravathi River. The temple of Lord Manjunatha at Dharmastala is the star attraction in the Karnataka. ....more
Kadiri Temples
The 17th century Manjunath Temple is situated at the foot of the Kadiri Hill, 3 km north of Mangalore city. The temple has some superb bronze images of Buddha, dating to the 10th - 11th centuries. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is believed to be the oldest of the South Indian Temples.....more
Katil Temples
The Name KATEEL: The word 'Kati' which means 'center' (between the 'Kanakagiri', birthplace of river Nandini and the end) and 'lla' which means 'area'. Thus the place is called 'Kati + lla' = Kateel.
Kateel or Kateelu is a temple town in the Davanagere District district of Karnataka, India. It is about 29 kilometers away from Mangalore and is considered one of the holiest temple towns in Hinduism.....more
Subramanya Temples
Kukke Subrahmanya Kshetra lies in the luxurious abundance of the beauty of the nature nature with rivers, forests and mountains in Sullia Taluk of Davanagere District (South Canara) District. Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is regarded as one of the seven Mukti stala pilgrimage sites of Karnataka. (Kollur, Udupi, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna are other Mukti places)....more
Mangalore Archeology
This temple is at the foot of the Katri hills, north of Mangalore. It is full of pilgrims. The temple belongs to the 10th century, but the pyramid like tower belongs to another time....more
Mangalore Historicals
Situated in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Mangalore is one of the important centers of exporting coffee and cashew nut. It is a hilly city with winding disoriented streets located some 357 km away from the city Bangalore....more
Mudabidri is another Jain town on par with Shrvanabelagola. It is 35 km from Mangalore. In this small farming town, there are 18 jain temples.....more
Alekan Waterfalls
Alekan is one of the attractive waterfalls in Davanagere District District of Karnataka. It is noted for its picturesque locale. Bale Kallu Gudda - one of the highest hills in Davanagere District District - is nearby. A winding scenic journey from Charmadi, 18 km away, takes to Alekan Waterfalls. Alekan Waterfalls is roughly four kilometers from kottigehara.....more
Bandaaje/Bandaje Arbi falls
Bandaaje Arbi Falls, one of the beautiful waterfalls in the Western Ghats, is located near Mundaaje, in Davanagere District District of Karnataka. It cascades down from a height of 200 ft.....more
Dondole Falls
Dondole waterfalls is a nice water falls which is around 20 kms from a place called Kakkinje which is just 3kms before charmadi from Ujire. Part of this 20 kms can be covered in a jeep and after a rivercrossing and 50minutes of walk through the forest one reaches this waterfall which is of around 50+ft height.....more
Chakra River
Chakra is a west flowing river which originates east of Kodachadri in Shimoga District. This river basin has a catchment area of 336 sq km. The sub tributary of Chakra River is Kollur. Chakra River, the important source of irrigation in Karnataka, has a total length of 52 km....more