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Haveri District

Haveri District


Haveri District is a prominent district in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in the center of Karnataka and is equidistant from Bidar in the north and Kollegal in the south. It is encircled by the districts of Dharwad in the north, Gadag in the northeast, Davangere in the south, Bellary in the east, Shimoga in the southwest and Uttar Kannada on the west and northwest. The district headquarters is in Haveri, which is an important trading town and has a number of educational institutions. The rivers flowing through the district are Varada, Dharma, Kumudvati, and Tungabhadra. Before becoming a separate district Haveri was a part of Dharwad district.

Haveri District, the focal point of Karnataka's art and culture covering an expanse of 4823 sq. km was carved out from Dharwad district. Strategically located 335 km from the capital city of Bangalore, Haveri is enclosed between Dharwad district on the north, Gadag district on the northeast, Bellary district on the east, Davangere district on the south, Shimoga district on the southwest and by Uttar Kannada on the west and northwest, respectively.

Haveri District has a population of 1,439,116 as per the 2001 Census. The local residents reap crops and indulge in industrial enterprises and other allied ventures to earn their living. The district is also trying to exploit its gold and silver deposits in order to earn revenue. The district is spread across an area of 4848 Sq.Kms. which is 2.53% of the area of Karnataka state. Haveri district has, for decentralized administration, two sub-divisions namely Haveri and Savanur with seven taluks namely Hanagal, Shiggaon, Savanur,Haveri,Byadagi, Hirekerur, and Ranebennur. Haveri being an administrative and political Head Quarters of the District, is 335 Kms. from Bangalore by road and 394 Kms. by rail.

Agriculture being the main occupation in the district, of the 485000 hectare of the geographical area of the district 360030 hectare is cultivated. Jawar, Cotton, Rice, Chilies, Gram, Groundnut, sunflower, sugarcane, and oilseeds are the major crops of the district.

Before it was made seperate district, it was part of Dharawad district.Bada village where the greatest of all Saints Kanakadasa was born is situated in Haveri district. Today Mutt dedicated to this great saint is located in Kaginele Village called the Shri Kaginele Kanaka Guru Peetha. The freedom fighter Milara Mahadevappa who was resistant for british rule is from Motebennur, which comes under this district. Another freedom fighter Gudleppa Hallikere a native of Hosaritti is also from this district. He started a residential school Gandhi Grameen Gurukul in Hosaritti. This place was an important center of the Kalamukha seat. As many as 32 inscriptions were found here. at present, it is a renowned center of cardamom trade.

Location info:

Strategically located 335 km from the capital city of Bangalore, Haveri is enclosed between Dharwad district on the north, Gadag district on the northeast, Bellary district on the east, Davangere district on the south, Shimoga district on the southwest and by Uttar Kannada on the west and northwest, respectively.

Climate/Weather of Haveri District:


History of Haveri District:

History of Haveri district dates to pre-historic period. Evidences are available on existence of pre-historic civilizations on the Tungabhadra and Varada river basins. Stone carvings depicting Stone Age civilizations are found in many parts of the district. About 1300 stone writings of different rulers like Chalukyas, Rastrakutas are found in the district. Though none of the major kingdoms of Karnataka had their headquarters in Haveri, many Mandaliks ruled in this district.

Bankapura Challaketaru, Guttavula Guttaru, Kadamba of Hanagal and Nurumbad are some of the well known Samanta Rulers. Devendramunigalu the teacher of Kannada Adikavi Pampa and Ajitasenacharya the teacher of Ranna Chavundaray lived in Bankapura. This was also the second capital of Hoysala Vishnuvardhana. Guttaru ruled during latter part of 12th century and up to end of 13th century from Guttavol (Guttal) village as Mandaliks of Chalukya, independently for some time and as Mandaliks of Sevuns of Devagiri. Shasanas found in Choudapur, a village near Guttal, reveal that Mallideva was Mandalika of 6th Vikramaditya of Chalukyas. Jatacholina, under the leadership of Mallideva built the Mukteshwar temple at Choudapur. Kadambas of Nurumbad during the period of Kalyana Chalukyas ruled about 100 villages with Rattihalli as their capital. Kadambeshwar temple at Rattihalli is a beautiful Chalukya style temple.

All these Samantas who ruled from different parts of the district have left their permanent evidences in the history of the district. Many beautiful temples like Tarakeshwar at Hanagal, Kadambeshwar at Rattihalli, Someshwar at Haralahalli, Nagareshwar at Bankapur, Mukteshwar at Choudapur, Siddheshwar at Haveri, Eeshwar at Galaganath, Jain Basadi at Yalavatti depict the rich culture and history of the district.

Educational Institutions of Haveri District:


  • Sindagi Shanthaveereshwara Ayurvedic
  • P. V. S. Instutute Of Para Medical Science
  • Sri Taralabalu Jagadgur Institute Of
  • Janatha Co-operative Shikshana Samithi
  • K M K G Tch College
  • Shri. Kumareshwara College Of Edn
  • Ranibennur Education Society
  • Rural Polytechnic
  • Kles Cb Kolli Polytechnic
  • Sri Sadguru Seva Rural Iti
  • Siddlingeshwara Iti
  • Gudleppa Hallikeri College
  • Srs Comp Pu College
  • Rtes Arts & Science College
  • Kumareshwara Pu College
  • New Comp Pu College
  • Anjuman Pu College
  • Govt Sjjm Pu College
  • Ces Pu College
  • Sangameshwar Pu College
  • Hosamani Siddappa Pu College
  • Sbbm Desai Comp Pu College
  • S. Veerabhadreshwar Pu College
  • The Ranebennur Taluka Education Society
  • H. S Pu College Ranebennur
  • Kle Cb Polytechnic
  • Stj Institute Of Technology
  • Jess Sri Kumareshwar Edn College
  • P V S Institute Of Paramedical Sciences


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

Culture of Haveri District:


How to reach Haveri District?

Nearest Railway Station:Haveri  is connected with most of the metros like Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai through regular trains.

Trains and Railway Stations

  • Byadgi Railway Station
  • Karajgi Railway Station
  • Yalvigi Railway Station
  • Devargudda Railway Station
  • Ranibennur Railway Station
  • Haveri Railway Station
  • Savanur Railway Station
Nearest Airport:The nearest international airport from Haveri is 330 km away in Bangalore, from where one can take flights for most of the important cities in India.

Road Transport:There is a good network of roads that connects Haveri to other important cities of the region.

Bus Stations

  • Byadagi Bus Station
  • Hosur Bus Station
  • Shiggaon Bus Station
  • Haveri Bus Station
  • Hulgur Bus Station
  • Hirekerur Bus Station
  • Ranebennur Bus Station

Tourist Attraction

Chaudadanapura:The ancient village of Chaudadanapura is located in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri District. The ancient name of the village was Shivapura and the name Chaudadanapura was given to it in subsequent centuries.

Ranibennur:This place is famous for the Siddheshwara temple found here. The tomb of a Muslim Saint, Hazrat jamal Shah (1785) is also famous here. Annual Prayers are held in his honour.

Byadagi located 15 km from Haveri District, is the taluk headquarters of Byadagi taluk. This place is famed for the Byadagi chillies. The Tungabhadra River 38 km away from Byadagi, is the main source of water supply.

Siddhesvara Temple: The Siddhesvara Temple is located in the town of Haveri in Haveri district and is considered as an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art. This is one of the rare temples of Haveri District that is well known for the loose sculptures of Hindu deities that exist. However, inscriptional evidence suggests that the initial sanctification of the temple was in late 11th century.This temple features delicately carved marvelous pillars and the ceiling is ornate with floral designs. The exterior walls are beautifully carved.

Byadgi:Inscriptions about the Rashtrakuta King Krishna ll (901 AD) were found here. This place is well known for the special varity of chillies found here known as Byadgi chillies.

Kaginelli is a small sleepy village which lures the visitors by its panoramic landscape and lush greenery. This serene village lies nine miles west of Haveri on the way to Hirekerur.

Ramalingeshwar Temple is located at Yalavatti Village, which is 16 km from Hangal, in Haveri District.A 72-feet long and 54-feet broad temple, built in 9th century, it has a five feet tall Shivling, an idol of Basavanna and Shakti.

Rattihalli:Groves of trees, hillocks and rivers make this place attractive. Rattihalli, adjacent to the Western Ghats, has a population of more than a thirteen thousand people. This serene village is popular from the epoch of Banvasi Kadambas and Rashtrakoota emperors.

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara:Mylara (Mailara) Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara in in the extreme south-western corner of Hadagali taluk, Bellary District, North Karnataka, India. Situated 2 km from Tungabhadra river and 40 km from Hadagali. Mylara Lingeshwara is one of the forms of Shiva. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in his form as Mailari.

Savanur:This town was developed by Abdul Raufkhan. The Nawab's palace, ruins of the fort and mosque are well worth a visit. The annual fair of Sathyabodhasvami Mutt attracts a huge crowd.

Galaganatha is a small village located in Haveri District of Karnataka. It is renowned as the birthplace of the first Kannada novelist, Galaganatha. It is recorded in numerous inscriptions that Galaganatha was formerly known as Palluni.

Aratala is a small village situated at Shiggon Taluk in Haveri District of Karnataka. This village is renowned for an ancient Jain temple called the Aratala Jain Temple

Someshwar at Haralahalli and Jain Basadi at Yalavatti are some of the reputed temples of Haveri District. The temples of Haveri District are located all across the district, thus making it a destination for the tourists in the state.

Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary:Located 8 km from Ranebennur in Haveri District, the Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary was created with view to protect the black buck.The area is covered mainly by scrub forest and is also inhabited by the endangered Great Indian bustard and the wolf. Other mammals include wild pig, fox, jackal, langur, porcupine, common mongoose, hare, pangolin and hyenas. Avifauna population in the sanctuary includes peafowl, sirkeer cuckoo, large grey babbler, bay backed shrike and black drongo.

Hallur is located in Haveri District of Karnataka. It is about 50 km south of Haveri and is 37 km from Davangere.

Gangibavi:This picturesque village attracts a lot of devotees from most parts of north Karnataka during Makara Sankranthi. The devotees take bath in the small pond near the Rameshwara temple. It is believed that the River Ganges flows into this pond during Sankranthi and taking bath in the waters will rid them of all sins.

Haveri District had the potential to become a Tourism Hub

  • Hukkeri Math Haveri
  • Tarakeshwar at Hanagal
  • Nagareshwar at Bankapura
  • Mukteshwara temple at Chaudayyadanapura
  • Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha
  • Kadambeshwar temple at Rattihalli
  • Someshwar at Haralahalli
  • Jain Basadi at Yalavatti
  • Temples at Kaginele (Kanakadasa)
  • Hole-Anveri Temple
  • Kadaramandalagi Anjaneyaswami Temple
  • Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara near Guttala
  • Mallari Temple at Gudda Guddaapura near Ranebennur

Temples at Kaginele

  • Kaginele Mahasamsthana Kanaka Gurupeetha
  • Adikeshava Temple
  • Virabhadra Temple
  • Someshwara Temple
  • Sangameshwara Temple
  • Kalahasteshwara Temple
  • Narasimha Temple
  • Lakshmi Temple
  • Handiganuor

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Haveri District:

Hitaishi Palace Hotel , Haveri

Haveri District Major Attraction

Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary
Jayamangali (formerly Maidenahalli) Blackbuck Conservation Reserve is Tumkur District. This reserve is only notified protected area is the part of the Deccan Plateau. Next to this is the small village, Maidenahalli, in Madhugiri Taluk, at the north-eastern corner of Tumkur district of Karnataka state, India.....more
A classic example of the later Chalukya style of temple can be seen outside the town of Haveri, 100km from Gadag and 50 km from Harihar. It has a shrine, a front hall and a mandapa. The mandapa is four pillared with a porch which has entrance on three sides.....more
Bankapura Peacock Sanctuary
The peacock sanctuary in Bankapura Bankapur Fort, situated in Bankapura village of Shiggon taluk, is just 2.5 km from the Pune-Bangalore national highway NH4, 22 km from Haveri town towards Hubli.....more