Davangere city, like any other underdeveloped cities in
Karnataka (or India) has its share of good and bad features. Davangere,
carved out of Chitradurga, Shimoga and Bellary districts on 15 August
1997 has 6 taluks. The district, comprising of 923 villages in all,
spans a area of 7,042 Sq.Km and has a population of 18,47,972. The
district headquarters is situated at Davangere itself. Agriculture is
the main occupation in the rural parts of the district. Davangere city
is now a corporation.
These two are official (government) websites on Davangere: City corporation and National Informatics center. For more information on the zilla panchayat,
Water is supplied through a canal, and is stored in two huge lakes.
Kundwada lake has been rejuvenated with the aid from world bank and will
share the burden of providing water to the city's population. Both these
reservoirs serve as a picnic spots. This reservoir receives water from
bhadra reservoir located at Lakkavalli village near Bhadravathi and
water comes through right bank canal. Though fishing and night camping
is banned, it is open for the public on all the days till 7 p.m.
Kundwada lake has been fenced at certain locations and forest department
charges a nominal fee for entry.
This district, since being mainly agriculture dependent does not
boast of too many industries. Once popularly known as "Manchester" for
its cotton mills, Davangere has only a few functioning cotton mills.
There are a couple of rice mills, a distillery, a sugar mill and a tool
factory to represent industries. An industrial area had been established
to encourage small-scale industries.
The literacy rate in the district is 57% with men outdoing women (66%
to 46% ). Education is provided by around 724 primary schools, 540
higher primary schools and 33 degree colleges.
alone has 34 institutions under its administration. For more info on the
The district has elected 9 MLA's to the legislative assembly and one
MP to the parliament. The sitting MP is Mr. GM Siddeshwara of BJP and the
sitting MLA of Davangere city is Mr. S.S Shamanur Shivashankarappa of
Davangere is linked to the rest of the state by both road and rail. The
National Highway 4 Poona-Bangalore traverses Davangere and Harihar.
Chitradurga is 60 Kms, Bangalore is 265 Kms, Shimoga is 80 Kms, Hubli is
140 Kms, Bellary is 200 Kms from Davangere by road. Harihar, the temple
town of Lord Harihareswara is just 13 Kms from the city. Karnataka State
Transport Corporation (KSRTC) offers many local and inter-state bus
services. Private bus operators too have a good number of trips both to
the rural and other cities of Karnataka. The train services too are good
as they connect to various parts of the state and the country as well.
Harihar is an important junction for both buses and train services.
Davangere has become a major educational center with students coming
from all parts of India as well as abroad. There are two medical
SSIMSRC), three engineering colleges
(BIET, UBDT &
GMIT), one ayurvedic college, two dental
colleges (BDCH &
CODS), few nursing colleges (Bapuji School of Nursing), one pharmacy college,
college, two polytechnic
colleges, few Management institutions (MBA programme, Bapuji Academy of Management and Research),
training institute and scores of degree colleges (MSB Arts & Science college), higher primary
and elementary schools. Bapuji Education association has spearheaded
quality education in various disciplines. A new IGNOU study center has also come up recently. Tolahunse, a small village 14
Kms from the city has two educational institutions. The Kuvempu
University has initiated a Post Graduate Study Center while the Bapuji
Educational Association has started a (PSSR)
school giving high
standards of education. This place is well connected by road and local
bus service. STJ
Residential School is another popular school in the city. Recently, Jain Public School too has started admissions.
A well established telephone network and a good internet facility has
linked Davangere to all parts of the world. BSNL and few private players
are providing both the mobile phone and Internet service. Cable TV
reaches the homes of a very large population of residents.
There are several government departments, both state and central for
smooth administration and public service. The district has a civil
court, a block development authority, a municipality and the district
The major roads that were in a state of disarray are being repaired.
Many circles have been improved and high mast lamps put up. The old bus
stand too has got a facelift, with more space cleared and a shopping
complex built. Many roads have been widened. Many buses have been
introduced for the public conveyance that was hitherto ruled by autos.
The health care system is Davangere is very good with both the
government Hospital and Medical College Hospital functioning well. There
are several private nursing homes, and numerous clinics and
laboratories. The ayurvedic college and hospital has its own importance.
A cancer hospital, too is coming up at outskirts of the city. An eye
hospital is coming up in the city. With so many hospitals, people need
not travel to bigger cities for health care facilities anymore.
Religion and entertainment have their own place. There are 13 cinema
halls and three mini theatres. Hindi, Kannada and English films are
regularly screened. Local festivals and folk traditions keep people
busy. National Consumer exhibition makes regular appearances. There are
temples, mosques and churches too. There are around more than 100 small
temples in the city. Jain temple has its presence in the heart of
Davangere. Some of these temples perform annual car festival that draws
devotees in thousands. People throng in from the neighboring villages to
offer their prayers. The church located in the heart of city has been
The nearest places one could go for picnic include the Shanthi Sagar
(also known as Sule kere and is the largest in Karnataka) about
50 Kms from Davangere. Anagodu (14 Kms) has a small zoo and a garden.
Located in Harihar is the Harihareshwar temple built in the 15th
Century. Also located in Harihar is a church with architectural
elegance. The tanks near the TV transmission tower and Kundwada are
local attractions. Vishwesaraiah Park offers a good place for the kids
and elderly to spend time. The river side of Tungabhadra at Harihar is a
good picnic spot. Other places of interest includes Anaji, Honnali and
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