Davanagere is a city in the centre of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is the sixth largest city in the state, and the administrative headquarters of eponymous Davangere District.[1] Hitherto being a cotton hub and hence popularly known before as the Manchester of Karnataka, the commercial ventures of the city is now dominated by education and agro-processing industries. Davanagere became a separate district in 1997, when it was separated from the erstwhile undivided district of Chitradurga for administration conveniences. Davanagere is known for rich culinary traditions which encompass the diversity of entire Karnataka's dishes due to its geographical position in the state as its epicentre. Notable among them is its aromatic benne dose that is associated with the name of the city.[2]

Davanagere has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's ambitious flagship Smart Cities Mission. It even went on to be featured in the list of first 20 cities to be developed under the mission by Urban development ministry, released on 28 January 2016, after being scrutinised stringently for several parameters.[3]


Corporation City
Statue of Saraswati at Fine Arts college, Davanagere.
Statue of Saraswati at Fine Arts college, Davanagere.
Davanagere is located in Karnataka
Davanagere in Karnataka, India
Davanagere is located in India
Davanagere (India)
Coordinates: 14°28′00″N 75°55′27″E / 14.4666°N 75.9242°ECoordinates: 14°28′00″N 75°55′27″E / 14.4666°N 75.9242°E
Country India
DistrictDavangere District
 • TypeCity Municipal Corporation
 • BodyDavanagere Mahanagara Palike
 • MayorSmt. Ashwini Prashanth
 • MLA (North Davangere)S A Ravindranath
 • MLA (South Davangere)Dr.Shamanuru Shivashankarappa
 • District CollectorDr, Bagadi Goutham IAS
 • Total77 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Total435,129
 • Rank6th(Karnataka)
 • Density5,700/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91 8192
Vehicle registrationKA-17
Spoken languagesKannada

Civic administration

Davanagere has been a pioneer in municipal administration with the city attaining the status of a municipality as early as 1870.[4] The Imperial Gazetteer of India (1911) says that the receipts and expenditure of the municipality, during the ten years ending 1901, averaged Rs 14,200 and Rs 12,600 respectively.[4] The civic administration of the city was managed by the Davangere City Corporation (Davanagere Mahanagara Palike), before it was established as a municipality on 7 August 1951. It now has the status of a City Corporation, and gained this on 6 January 2007. It is headed by a mayor, assisted by commissioners and council members. The city is divided into 41 wards, and the council members (corporators) are elected by the people of the city.


Irrigated paddy fields near Shamanur

Davanagere is the "Heart of Karnataka". Davanagere is surrounded from Chitradurga, Ballari, Shivamogga, Chikkamagalur and Haveri districts. Davanagere is at the centre of Karnataka, 14°28' N latitude, 75°59' longitude and 602.5 metres (1,977 ft) above sea level. Davanagere District receives average annual rainfall of 644 mm (25.4 in).[5]

Davanagere lies in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau. The district is bounded by Shivamogga (Malenadu) Area of Hills, Haveri, Chitradurga, Chikkamagalur and Ballari districts. The southern and western parts of the district are irrigated by the waters of the Bhadra reservoir.It has the Asia's 2nd largest irrigation tank called Shanti sagar which is a major water source for farmers in the district.


As of 2011 census, Davanagere city had a population of 435,125. Males constitute 52% of the population, and females 48%. Davanagere has an average literacy rate of 85%, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 89% and, female literacy is 81%.[6] In Davanagere, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Davanagere has mixed communities with majority being Hindus. Though the city experienced religious riots in the 1990s, the communities have made efforts to bridge the misunderstanding and demonstrating solidarity towards maintaining peace.

Kannada is the major language spoken.


Davanagere is well-connected by road to Bengaluru, Chitradurga, Pune, Goa, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Chennai through NH 47 (previously National Highway 4).

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, has a divisional office situated in Davanagere City. The city is well-connected to Bengaluru and other cities in the state by KSRTC buses. Many privately operated buses offer overnight services to other places within the state. The city's railway station comes under South Western Railway zone and was constructed during the British period and has been renovated recently. The station code is DVG. The railway station is quite conveniently located in the centre of the city. Regular train services are available to travel towards Bengaluru, Hubli and Mysore.

The nearest airport to Davanagere is Hubballi Airport (IATA:HBX), which is 143 kilometres (89 mi) from the city. The ubiquitous Autorickshaws are the backbone for travelling within the city. The city bus services are operated by both private as well as state owned buses.

See also


  1. ^ Davangere City Statistics
  2. ^ District Gazetteers Karnataka state
  3. ^ "Davanagere, Belagavi Among 1st Smart Cities". The New Indian Express-28-Jan-2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Uchicago.edu
  5. ^ NIC.in
  6. ^ "Davanagere City Census 2011 data". Census 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

Arasapura (Arasapuram) is a village located very near to the Davanagere city in Davanagere district of Karnataka, India.


Belalagere is a village in Channagiri taluk, Davanagere district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is around 30 km from Davangere.

Benne dose

Benne dosa or benne dose (Kannada: ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ ದೋಸೆ), is a type of dosa which traces its origin from the city of Davangere in Karnataka, India. The term "benne dosa" in English language simply corresponds to butter dosa. It is prepared by addition of generous amount of butter while preparing the normal dosa, and accompanied by coconut chutney. It is similar to masala dosa or set dosa but smaller in size, made out of rice batter and much butter. It is served with liberal helpings of butter sprinkled on it. This makes the dish enticing in both flavour and aroma.Some of the variants of the benne dosa:

Benne khali dosa

Benne open dosa

Benne masala dosaToday, benne dosa is almost synonymous with the city of Davangere and has found its own well-deserved place in the menu cards of all well-known restaurants in Karnataka. It has also found its distinct place in the cuisine of the Indian diaspora abroad. There are also restaurants in Singapore and USA that serve this specialty dish of Davangere.


Bullapur is a village located in Davangere district of Karnataka state, India.


Channagiri is a panchayat town in Davanagere district in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a taluk headquarters in Davanagere District.

Davanagere district

Davanagere District is an administrative district of Karnataka state in India. The city of Davanagere is the district headquarters. It had a population of 1,946,905 of which 32.31% was urban as of 2011. This district was Separated from Chitradurga district in 1997 by then Chief minister of Karnataka J. H. Patel with including some parts of Chitradurga and Shimoga districts.

The district lies in the central plains of the state with its unique features of having dual cultures of the north and the south of the state. The prominent towns in this district are Harihara, jagaluru, Honnali and Channagiri; these also happen to be its five other taluks. It is bound by Shimoga District and Haveri District on the west, Chitradurga District on the east, Bellary District on the north and Chikmagalur district on the south.

The Davanagere district has 5 taluk panchayats, 20 hoblies, 197 gram panchayats, 652 villages,904 habitations, and 2 city municipal councils and one City Corporation.

Davangere (Lok Sabha constituency)

Davangere Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka state in southern India. This constituency was only created in 1977 after the reorganisation of Indian states.

Davangere railway station

Davangere railway station is a railway station in Davangere, state of Karnataka, India. It is one of the major railway stations in the South Western Railway zone of Indian Railways. The station is situated on P.B. road in Davangere, exactly opposite to the city municipal corporation. It was created during the British rule and was renovated recently.. Amenities inside station include free Google Wifi, filtered water facility, refreshment stalls and retiring rooms.

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald (DH) is an English daily newspaper published from the Indian state of Karnataka by The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited, a family business run by the Nettakallappa family. It has seven editions printed from Bengaluru, Hubballi, Davanagere, Hosapete, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Kalburgi.


Gonivada is a small village, 20 km from Davangere in Karnataka state in India. It is well connected by Davangere-Shimoga Karnataka state highway.

The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture, the same as thousands of other villages in India. The land is semi-fertile with black and red soil. The chief agricultural product is paddy rice, followed by sugarcane as there is a sugar factory nearby. Off late, areca nut cultivation is also quite popular due to commercial benefits. The population of the village is around 2000.

Basavanagowda K C Gonivada Mathi post

Harihareshwara Temple

The Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar in Karnataka state, India, was built in c. 1223–1224 CE by Polalva, a commander and minister of the Hoysala Empire King Vira Narasimha II. In 1268 CE, Soma, a commander of King Narasimha III of the same dynasty made some additions. The temple houses the deity Harihara, a fusion of the Hindu Gods Vishnu and Shiva. The image of the deity is a fusion of the right vertical half of Shiva and left vertical half of Vishnu. The image holds in its right hand, the attributes of Shiva and in the left hand, those of Vishnu.

Karnataka Premier League

The Karnataka Premier League (KPL) is an Indian Twenty20 cricket league established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in August 2009 and modeled after the Indian Premier League (IPL). As of April 2018, there are 8 teams competing in the league.

The first title sponsor of the KPL was Mantri Developers, who paid ₹110 million (US$1.5 million) for 5 years. Then KPL was inactive in 2011, 2012 and 2013. After a gap of 3 years, the third edition of Karnataka Premier League (KPL) commenced in Mysore on 28 August (Thursday). In 2014, Karbonn Mobiles won a 3-year title sponsorship for the KPL. Abhimanyu Mithun is the costlier player in 2018 season. He was sold at Rs. 8,30,000 Shivamogga Lions


Kondajji is a village in Harihar taluk, in the Davangere district, Karnataka. It is situated about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from the city of DavangereKondajji is well known as a picnic spot and it is one of the major scout and guide training center in South India. A lake runs through the centre of the village and the village is surrounded by minor hills.

there is a Scouts guides Bhavan and you cannot is there a hero stone

Power generation using wind energy has also been implemented by the state government.


Lokikere is a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. It is in the Davanagere taluk of Davanagere district.


Mathihalli is a village about 100 kilometres from Bellary in Karnataka, India. The village is ancient but still exists with a small population but little infrastructure.


Mayakonda is a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. It is in the Davanagere taluk of Davanagere district.

Shanti Sagara

Shanthi Sagara also called Sulekere Asia’s second largest irrigation tank. It is located in Kerebilchi and Kagatoor of Channagiri taluk of Davanagere in Karnataka, India.


Sirigere is a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. It is located in the Chitradurga District.


Sultanipura is a village in the Taluk and District of Davangere, Karnataka in India. It is located 20 kilometers from Davangere. It is one of the smallest village in davangere, having around 50-60 families in total.

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