General Information


Government of India has launched Smart Cities Mission with an objective to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions. The City of Davanagere located at the heart of Karnataka State, has been selected by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India as one of the 100 Smart Cities to participate in the Smart City Challenge.

Davanagere – A major district in Central Karnataka, Previously Davanagere was popular for textile industry, now Davanagere is famous for Education. Now this town is growing rapidly. The first name of Davanagere was “Devanagari” which gradually became Davanagere. Davanagere is a major trading venue in Central Karnataka where cotton, maize, chickpea, sunflower, corn, rice and other major commercial crops can be bought from other districts of Karnataka. Davanagere lies at a distance of 14 ° 28 ‘longitude and 75 ° 59’ in the heart of Karnataka at an elevation of 602.5 m above sea level.


  • By Air
  • The aerial distance from Devangere to Bangalore and Mysore is 244 km and 255 km respectively. The Hubli Airport is closest at 132 km. There are no regular aerial routes, however from the other important cities of Karnataka to this place.

  • By Rail
  • The rail distance between Bangalore and Davangere is 320 km while Hubli is 143 km away from the city. Mysore is 327 km away. There are no direct trains from Mangalore.

  • By Road
  • Mangalore is 282 km away by road from this place while Bangalore is closer at 262 km. Mysore is 319 km from this place and Hubli is closest at 150 km. There are buses (though not from every city) and cabs available to travel the distance.
  • Places of Visits The

    Kundwada Lake is the closest place to the people of the city. Harihar Tungabhadra and ancient Harihareshwar Temple, Shantisagar, Kondajji’s Forest Reserve, Kaleeshwar Temple of ancient baalas, Bheemeshwara temples of Nilgunda, UccadaghatriKaribasweswarar, Ajjayya Temple, Nandigudi, Early Rurshabhama, ancient Pushkarini of Santhebunu, the ancient Paschirina, Anenaduya ancient Basaveshwara and Ishwar Temple.

    East Chitradurga and Shimoga and Haveri in the southwest. The Tungabhadra River passes through the Honnali Taluk and then forms the natural boundaries in the Harihara and Harapanahalli borders in the west. Davanagere and Harihara towns pass through the broadest railway line through NH4. In 1997, then chief minister JH Patel transformed Davanagere into an independent district. Earlier, Davanagere was one of the taluks of Chitradurga district. Davanagere district is home to six taluks and one of the major commercial centers of Karnataka.

  • Food

    Davanagere is most famous for its Benne Dose (or Does). It’s a crispy variant of Dosa savored with a super spicy chutney and plain mild potato palya (curry) with butter applied generously on the dosa. There are many outlets in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka serving this dish.

    Another snack time dish of Davanagere that’s popular is the MirchiMandakki. A combination of puffed rice (called Mandakki /Mandaalu / Kadlepuri in various parts of our state) mixed with a spicy oggarane and garnished with carrot coriander and onion, often served with Mirchi (green chilli coated in a maida batter deep fried in oil) It’s pretty spicy.

  • Education

    Davanagere is growing as an education and industrial hub. Being exactly at the Centre of Karnataka and at a comfortable distance from Bengaluru, Hubli, it has grown tremendously in the recent years. The place is known for its educational institutions (specially for Pre university courses and Medical sciences) and Super speciality Hospitals.

    Lastly, Davanagere used to be called the Manchester of Karnataka for its budding textile Industry. The long-lost glory is coming back as textile Industry is regaining its lost glory slowly.