Davangere city, the textile capital of the South, is the headquarters of Davangere district of Karnataka. Geologically located at the centre of Karnataka, Davangere is termed as the heart of Karnataka.
Davangere district, bordered by Chithradurga, Bellary, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Haveri districts, lies in the Maiden region on the Deccan Plateau. Kannada and English are the main languages spoken in this region.
According to folklore, the name Davangere was derived from Danivina Kere which was a lake excavated to quench the thirst of the Chalukyas, who halted at this place to overcome the fatigue due to a long horse ride. Danivina Kere, in course of time became Devan giri, which evolved into Davangere or Davanagere.
As per historical records, Davangere was a village located on the suburbs of Bettur. It was given away as a jagir by Hyder Ali of Mysore to Apoji Ram, his Maratha Chieftain. It became a major trading centre under Apoji Ram and also during the rule of Tipu Sultan.
After the Fall of Tipu Sultan, Davangere was occupied by the British East India Company. Under British rule Davangere was converted to a major centre of cotton industry, as the black gypsum soil of the place was suitable for growing cotton plants.
Davangere rose to the designation of a municipality in 1870. Post Indian Independence, Davangere became a part of Chitradurga District. In the year 1997, Davangere became an individual district in Karnataka.
Davangere city, located at the foothills of the Western Ghats on the banks of River Noyyal, is often referred to as the 'Manchester of Karnataka'. The cotton mills and large-scale textile industry in the area has greatly contributed in the economic growth of this city. Davangere, today, is a major educational and commercial hub of Karnataka. It is also a major trading centre of crops like rice, areca nut and cotton.
Davangere city is divided into Old Davangere and New Davangere by Bangalore-Pune National Highway 4. Durgambika Devi Jatre is a prominent festival at Davangere, which attracts huge numbers of people.
Davangere city is well connected and is easily accessible from all the major destinations in and around Karnataka by roads and trains. Siruvani Waterfalls, Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Marudamalai Temple, Black Thunder Amusement Park, Forest College Museum, etc. are the major tourist attractions of Davangere.
The proximity of Davangere to places like Aihole, Chitiradurga, Ooty, Bangalore, etc. makes it a popular destination among holiday makers. The months between October to March are the best time to visit Davangere.