The city of Davangere is located at a distance of about 260 km from the state capital of Bangalore. It is nestled at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Previously known for its cotton mills, it is a fast developing city of Karnataka. The arid town,was once a thriving textile center. This place is also called as ‘Manchester of Karnataka’ or textile capital of South India.
Haider Ali, ruler of Karnataka (Mysore), gave Davangere to the Maratha leader Apoji Ram, who encouraged merchants to settle there.
Davangere is also famous for its special cuisine, particularly dose (dosa), benne dose (butter dosa), benne kali dose, benne open dose, benne masala dose (butter masala dosa), set dosa and open dosa. Kara-mandakki (spiced puffed rice), Menasinakaayi, Nargis Mandakki, Attikai Bonda and Gulladaki Undi, and Manjula Mandakki.
On March 2, 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.
Davangere is also known for its higher educational institutes, most of which are run by the Bapuji Educational Association & others.Several colleges affiliated with the Kuvempu University are situated are here.
Tourist attractions in Davangere
Kunduvada kere in Davangere, is a very beautiful lake. One can have great view of sunset from here. It is one of the sources of drinking water for the city.
Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam located about 37 Kms from Davangere the water here is famous for its minerals.The view of the dam is excellent.
Marudamalai Temple located about 12 kms from Davangere railway station, this well-known temple, situated on the Marudamalai mountain, is dedicated to Lord Muruga.
Forest College Museum one of the oldest of its kind in the country, the Forest College is situated 3.5 km north of the Davangere railway station. The museum preserves plant and animal fossils.
Davangere serves as an entry and exit point to this hugely popular hill station Ooty.
Harihar located about 14kms from Davangere a town of great antiquity, it has the temple of Harihareshwara, built in the Hoysala style. The town is located on the bank of the Tungabhabra River, and is therefore, an ideal picnic spot.
Hadali is about 12kms from Davangere here we find Inscriptions dating back to the 11th century are found here, along with an ancient temple of Ittigekallu Ranganatha. The sculpture found in the former fort area indicate the possibilities of ancient monuments here.
Baathi Gudda is a barren hillock near Baathi village looks like mini Lalbagh. There are about 95 thousand saplings planted here.There are a large varieties of flowering plants which help botany students.
Sulekere in Davangere district is home to Asia’s second largest tank.It is spread across 4,416 acres located in a hilly region. It is a sight to the eyes.Water from the surrounding villages flows into Sulekere.
History surrounds this place also. The tank region was earlier a town called Swargavathi, ruled by a prince called Vikramarya. Shantaladevi was the only daughter of Vikramaraya and Nutanadevi, the building of tank is credited to Shantaladevi according to the localities.
The tank has two canals Sidda canal to the north and Basava canal to the south. The tank provides water for 15 to 20 villages for irrigation purpose and also provides drinking water to Chitradurga.
The second largest tank in Asia goes by the name of Shantisagar, in memory of Shantaladevi.
Fairs And Festivals
A major attraction of Davangere is the Durgambika Devi Jatre (the Grama Devi or local deity fest), held once in 2 years in the month of March or April. The celebrations of this festival continue for more than 10 days.
Best Time To Visit
Davangere enjoys a pleasant tropical climate round the year. The best time to visit Davangere is between the months of October and March.
How To Reach Davangere
Air: The nearest airport is Bangalore airport.
Rail: Davangere has its own railway station, from where you can avail of trains to Bangalore.
Road: It is Located on NH-4
Local Transportation: City public transportation is provided by private bus services and Auto-rickshaws.
Where to stay in Davangere
Major hotels in Davangere, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity as well as a comfortable stay, are Hotel Shanti Park, Hotel Darshan Deluxe Lodge, Hotel Pooja International, etc.