Haveri is located at a distance of about 340 km from Bangalore. The name Haveri is derived from the Kannada words havu and keri, which means place of snakes. Haveri is also famous for marketing Byadagi red chillies, which are well known all over India. It is said that Haveri had around 1000 maths (sacred religious places) in ancient days. One of the famous maths is Hukkeri Math.
Haveri district has a very rich culture and tradition. The district is proud to be the birth place of Santa Shishunala Sharif, great saint Kanakadasaru, Sarvagnya, Hanagal Kumara Shivayogigalu, Wagish Panditaru, writer Galaganatharu, Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayigalu, Gnyana Peetha Awardee Dr.V.K.Gokak and many more.
Haveri was also a major center of the Kalamukha sect in India. 32 scriptures have been excavated from here. Kaginele, a town 15 kms from Haveri is a tourist destination as it is the birthplace of the poet Kanakadasa.
History of Haveri
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.
Tourist Attractions in Haveri
Bankapur peacock sanctuary situated in Bankapur village of Shiggon taluk, is just 2.5 km from the Pune-Bangalore national highway NH-4, 22 km from Haveri town towards Hubli.This sanctuary is situated on 139 acres of land which has the remains of the historic Bankapura Fort.
The peacock sanctuary in Bankapura is the only second sanctuary in the country that is exclusively engaged in the conservation and breeding of peacocks.The high mound and deep trenches of the land have provided a perfect home for these birds.
According to a rough estimate, there are more than 1,000 peacocks and peahen in the sanctuary. Also, minimal human intervention has helped in the breeding of these birds. They walk royally on the 4 km mound and also perch on green trees.
Ranganatha Nagareshwara temple is housed in ruins of the bankapura fort the temple has 60 pillars carved out of grey stone. There is also a beautiful mosque in the fort. The place is of historical significance to Jains. Adipuran, a Jain religious text was composed here.
The town of Byadgi is situated at a distance of 15 Kms from Haveri. The town is well known for the Red Byadgi chilli.
The recently constructed mini Vidhana Soudha, housing the major government offices, also draws a large number of tourists.
How to get there
- Air: The nearest airport is in Bellary, which is located at a distance of 119 kms from Haveri.
- Rail: Haveri is connected with most of the metros like Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai through regular trains. It is about 7 hours by train from Bangalore.
- Road: There is a good network of roads that connects Haveri to other important cities of the region. It is located on NH-4 towards Mumbai.
Where to stay
Hitaishi Palace Hotel
Ashwin Nagar, 2nd Cross
Near Corporation Bank
Karnataka – 581110