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  ?Davangere -
Karnataka • India
Coordinates: 14°28′00″N 75°55′27″E / 14.4666, 75.9242
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
District(s) Davangere District
District Collector K. Amaranarayana IAS
• Pincode
• Telephone
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• 577001
• +91 8192
• KA-17

Coordinates: 14°28′00″N 75°55′27″E / 14.4666, 75.9242

Davanagere (also known as Davangere)(Kannada: ದಾವಣಗೆರೆ) is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Davanagere District. The city of Davangere is located on NH4 (National Highway 4) at a distance of about 260 km from the state capital of Bangalore. Davangere became separate district in 1997, it was separated from the district of Chitradurga.

Previously known for its cotton mills, it is a fast developing city of Karnataka. There was a time when the city was aptly called 'Manchester of Karnataka' due to its excellent quality of cotton produced in its cotton mills and hand looms. 


As of 2001 India census[1], Davanagere had a population of 363,780. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Davanagere has an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74% and, female literacy is 64%. In Davanagere, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. Davangere is located on the Bangalore-Pune national highway [NH4] which is part of the 'Golden quadrilateral' highway network. Davanagere is also well connected by train, the nearest important airport is in Bangalore [5 hours by road]. Davanagere is a market for grain and cotton and was home to a major textile industry. There is a machine-tool factory in the suburbs. In the late 18th cent., Haidar Ali, ruler of Karnataka (Bangalore), gave Davanagere to the Maratha leader Apoji Ram, who encouraged merchants to settle there, eventually developing into an area with large-scale textile industry and as a trading centre for cotton and grain. Several colleges affiliated with the Kuvempu University (Shimoga) are situated at Davangere. Davanagere was called the Manchester of Karnataka as it had large number of textile mills in 1980's.

Education and business

Davanagere was famous for textiles, with the DCM [Davanagere Cotton Mills] brand being famous in India. Davanagere was a major cotton textile exporter during the 1960s till the 80s. But most of the mills were shut down during the 90s and currently the major agro-industrial activity around Davanagere revolves around rice and sugarcane, with a number of sugar mills in and around this area.

Davanagere is also known for its higher educational institutes, most of which are run by the Bapuji Educational Association & other institutions. Davangere has two Dental colleges, three engineering colleges,two medical colleges, one ayurvedic medical college, a fashion design college and a number of other colleges offering courses in arts, commerce and science. The student population is made up of people from different cities and states in India. There are a few foreign students studying at Davanagere.

Davangere has a big shopping mall well famed all over karnataka i.e B.S.Channa Basappa and Sons. This is a big garment shop of the city with its branches spread all over the city. Davangere was once called the Manchester of Karnataka and was famous for textile industries like Davangere Cotton Mills. The city still carries the legacy of the past glory in textile business with few Amberker group of textile shops. Davangere houses major Cricket and Football Clubs which provides bulk of opportunities to youngsters of this locality. R Vinay Kumar from Davangere is a famous cricketer who plays for Karnataka's Ranaji Trophy Cricket Team as leading pace-bowler, who also played for Royal Challengers in the first edition of IPL.


Kunduvada kere (Official name: Mallikarjuna sagara Parivartita Kunduwada Kere) in Davanagare, is a picturesque lake. It is one of the sources of drinking water for the city. Other one is a lake at T.V. Station. This place offers good view of sunset and is a popular picnic spot

Soole kere (Shanthi Sagara), near Davanagere, is a major water supply source.[2]There is a temple dedicated to Lord Siddeshwara near the lake. An Aqua duct designed by Sir M Vishweshwariah is also a major tourist attraction. The government is taking steps to spruce up tourist attractions in the area. [3]

Languages Spoken

Kannada is the major language spoken in Davangere. English, Hindi are spoken commonly owing to the presence of a large number of student population from across India. The Kannada that is spoken in and around Davangere is very characteristic. It is perhaps an intermediary dialect between the southern and the northern dialects of Kannada.


A major attraction of Davanagere is the "Durgambika Devi (the grama devi or local deity)" Jatre (fair) that is conducted once in 2 years in the month of March/April. The celebrations continue for more than 10 days.


Davanagere is having Murugha Mutt(Shivayogi mandir) at its heart of the city, Jayadeva circle. Several religious and cultural programmes are arranged there . There is a well wersed park outside the mutt. It has low cost hostel for boys with it. A beautiful church is there in church road. Some major masjids are situated near Veera Madakari Nayaka circle(Hondada circle) and Azad nagar.


Davangere is known to be a donator's city. Since it was a merchants city, rich people used to give donations for social works. Davanagere has Rajanahalli hanumanthappa choultry(located at heart of the city, near old bus stand in NH4), which is completely free for wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies and other functions. Another mini choultry is also is there beside this choultry,rajanahally family was built choultry to burial ground including temple hospital colleges etc., which also serves for the same purpose. UBDT college was also given donation by Brahmappa tavanappa and Devendrappa tavanappa for the government engineering college(their names were kept for the college). Late Jayadeva Murugharajendra swamiji donated for Medical college in Davangere(It was named Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugharajendra (JJM) Medical college for the same reason) Bengaluru/Bangalore's famous Jayadeva cardiology hospital was named by his name for donations by Jayadeva swamiji. The city has the valuable donation by the philonthrophic "Dharmaprakasha" Late Sri Murigappa Chigateri in the form of the Chigateri General Hospital, which is the main public hospital in the area.


Davangere has mixed style of North and South Karnataka foods. Jowar Roti which is common in North Karnataka and Mudde(Ragi,Jowar balls) which is common in South Karnataka are seen in Davanagere as Davanagere is located at exactly the center of Karnataka state.

Davangere is also famous for its special cuisine, particularly dose - Benne(Butter) dose, Benne kali dose, Benne open dose, Benne masala dose, Set dose,

kara-mandakki (puffed rice)- menasinakaayi (mirchi), nargis mandakki[Yes it is nargis;nobody knows why the name]{Probably Nargis is the distortion of Hargis, which means totally or absolutely in south Kanara Kannada}, attikai bonda and gulladaki undi.

Davangere benne dose is now a famous dish across the state and it has found its own well deserved place in the menu cards of all well known restaurants in Karnataka. There are a couple of hotels in Singapore and also in the USA which serve this speciality of Davanagere.Some of the popular Dosa joints in Davanagere are 'Sagar Benne Dose hotel' near Pravasi Mandir(IB), the Shree Guru Kottureshwara benne Dose hotel in front of Bapuji Dental college entrance and Gururaj canteen opposite to old bus stand.

Ram & Co circle circle(Actual name HaraLenne kotrabasappa circle) and Gundi circle(Modi circle) are famous for chat items and tiffin in the evening.

Davangere is also hugely popular for its Juice shops, especially the one near Ram & Co. circle(Rasavanti cool drinks, which is famous for avalakki also)

It is also famous for the mouth waterin paddu available at gundi circle.


Davanagere has good educational institutions. It has three major engineering colleges, two dental colleges, two medical colleges and a fashion design college. There are also a number of good business schools, arts colleges.There is a post graduate centre of Kuvempu university located at tolahunase village. The standard, recognised under-graduate and post-graduate medical education is available that made Davangere famous in medical education through out India.

Shrikanta Makam belongs to this city.

Major Educational Institutions of Davangere

  • PG Centre, Shivagangothri - Kuvempu University
  • University B.D.T. College of Engineering
  • B.I.E.T Engineering College
  • G.M.I.T Engineering College
  • Kalanikethan College of Fashion Designing (BBM,BCA & BFD)
  • B.I.E.T MBA College
  • Kalanikethan College (BBM,BCA & BFD)
  • J.J.M Medical College
  • S.S.Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre
  • Bapuji Dental College
  • University College of Fine Arts, Vidya Nagar, Davangere
  • College of Dental Sciences
  • Bapuji Pharmacy College
  • ARG Arts & Commerce College
  • DRM Sciences College
  • AVK Woman’s Arts,Commerce & Sciences College
  • Millath D,Ed College,Bashanagar, Davangere
  • Dr. Zakir Hussain First Grade College,Bashanagar, Davangere
  • MSB Arts & Commerce College
  • Anmol Science Pre University College
  • R.L Law College
  • D.R.R Govt Polytechnic College
  • Bapuji Polytechnic College
  • University Post Graduate Center
  • Moti Veerappa Govt Junior College
  • Millath ITI, Bashanagar, Davangere
  • S.K.A.H Composite P.U [Millath] College, Bashanagar, Davangere
  • S.K.A.H JODC [Millath] College, Bashanagar, Davangere
  • Modern School,Kindergarten to SSLC Residential School
  • Sri Vyshnavi Chetana College [IIT-JEE,AIEEE,CET Coaching ]
  • Anubhava Mantapa School(Taralabalu School)
  • Lourdes Boys' High School
  • P.S.S.E.M.Residential School (CBSE),BEA.
  • St. Paul's Convent High School
  • D.R.R. High School
  • Maganur Basappa Public School
  • B.E.A High School
  • Ramkishan Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center
  • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), Harihar, Davangere.

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External links


Kalyani Tele Links P.J.Extn. DVG.

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved on 2008-11-01.
  2. ^ "Shanthi Sagara water for Chitradurga". Karnataka. The Hindu, 23 January 2004. Retrieved on 2007-04-17.
  3. ^ "Davangere district administration to spruce up tourist spots". Karnataka. The Hindu, 17 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-04-17.


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