Sprawling across an area of 4848 sq. km, Haveri district is located exactly in the centre of Karnataka, midway between Bidar towards far north and Kollegal in the far south. The Dharwad district lines Haveri from the north, while Davangere bounds the district on the south.
Other bordering regions of Haveri include Gadag on north east, Bellary on east, Shimoga on southwest and Uttar Kannada on west and northwest. Serving as the administrative and political headquarters of the district, Haveli is segregated into two sub-divisions comprising seven talukas.
Evidences reveal that the history of Haveri district dates back to the pre-historic period during the time of existence of Stone Age civilizations on the Tungabhadra and Varada river basins. About 1300 stone carvings found in different parts of the district depict that the region was ruled over by governors of prominent dynasties like Chalukyas and Rastrakutas. Mandaliks of other dynasties ruled over Haveri during 13th to 16th century, such as Hoysalas and Kadambas. All these Samantas have left their substantiation in the history of the district with many beautiful temples.
The name of Haveri district is derived from the Kannada words, 'havu' and 'keri', meaning 'place of snakes'. Originally a part of the undivided Dharwad district along with Gadag district, Haveri was formed as an individual district on 24 August, 1997. Once an important centre of Kalamukha sector, the district of Haveri is now inhabited by people of Kannada and Hindi dialects. The district is well known all over India particularly for its cardamom and Byadgi red chillies.
Often known as the gateway to the northern districts of Karnataka, Haveri is accessible from most parts of the country via air, rail or road. The nearest major airport to the district is Hubli Airport, situated at a distance of about 71 km from the city centre, in Hubballi. The railway station at Haveri connects to major cities, including Bangalore, from where the train takes 7 hours to complete the 335 km long journey. Situated on the Pune-Bangalore National Highway No. 4, Haveri is also accessible by road. Owing to the moderate climate, Haveri can be visited throughout the year.