City : Davanagere
Location : North India
Language : Kannada, English, Hindi

Know About Davanagere

Davanagere 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.


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 (Mysore), 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 1960's 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 shoping 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. Besides mills, various educational institutions 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
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
Sunset from kunduvada kere

Soole kere
Soole kere (Shanthi Sagara), near Davanagere, is a major water supply source. 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.

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 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.