Davangere is a city located at a distance of 260 km from Bangalore. Nestled at the foothills of Western Ghats, this city is fast progressing into a major economic centre. The dry town was once a significant textile centre and was previously well known for cotton mills. It is deemed as the 'Manchester of Karnataka'. According to historical accounts it was Haider Ali, the majestic ruler of Karnataka, who gave Davangere to Apoji Ram who was a Marathi leader and who encouraged merchants in this area. There are several cuisines which are famous among local folks such as dose (dosa), benne dose (butter dosa), benne kali dose, benne open dose, benne masala dose , (butter masala dosa), set dosa and open dosa. Kara-mandakki (spiced puffed rice), Menasinakaayi, Nargis Mandakki, Attikai Bonda and Gulladaki Undi, and Manjula. Mahatma Gandhi had once laid the foundation of a high school here.
Places To SeeDurgambika Temple
The most popular and biggest temple in the city, Durgambika Temple has an interesting legend associated with it that says that about 200 years ago, a stone was brought from Duggatti village and worshiped as Goddess Durgamma or Durgambika. The original temple was small in size but gradually expanded to be the structure it is today. Kondaj Ji
Located about 12 kms from Davangere city Kondajji serves as a base for the scouts and guides camp in South India. About 3 kms away, boating facilities are also available on a lake which is set amidst hills. Anekonda
This is the place where the elephants belonging to the royal family were tied up and hence its name. Even in the 11th and 12th century, Anekonda was a flourishing city and even today it has the epigraphs of Gandas, Uchangi, Pandyas, Chalukyas and Hoysalas dynasties. Sulekere
Also known as Shanthi Sagara, Sulekere is one of the largest ponds in India and a popular picnic spot. Built in the 12th century, the pond fulfills the water requirements of the surrounding areas. There is also a temple built nearby. Kunduvada Kere
This picturesque lake is another popular picnic spot in the city. People also come here to witness the sun rise and sun set. The lake is also a major supplier of water in the city. The silent environs attract the people who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Forest College Museum
One of the oldest of its kind of museums in India, this was built by the government of India to preserve and showcase plants and animals fossils. Baathi Gudda
Located about 4 kms from Davangere city, Baathi Gudda refers to a barren hillock from where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the city. Besides the hillock, you will also find other attractions such as a lake, which is surrounded by a mini-garden with about 95 thousand saplings.