District diary

Cotton country: Davangere

 It is nestled at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Previously known for its cotton mills, it is a fast developing city.  The arid town was once a thriving textile centre.  It is also called the ‘Manchester of Karnataka’.
Haider Ali, ruler of Karnataka (Mysore), gave Davangere to the Maratha leader Apoji Ram, who encouraged merchants to settle there.

The places of interest in Davangere include Kunduvada kere, a very beautiful lake. Siruvani waterfalls and dam located about 37 kms from Davangere is famous for its minerals. The Forest College Museum, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, the Forest College is situated 3.5 km north of the Davangere railway station. The museum preserves plant and animal fossils.

Harihar, near Davangere is famous for the temple of Harihareshwara, built in the Hoysala style. The town is located on the banks of the Tungabhabra river,and is therefore, an ideal picnic spot.
Hadali is about 12 kms from Davangere, and is famous for inscriptions dating back to the 11th century, along with an ancient temple of Ittigekallu Ranganatha. The sculpture found in the former fort area indicate the possibilities of ancient monuments here.
(Source: karnataka.com)

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