Located on the national highway 4, in the heart of Karnataka at a distance of about 265kms from Bangalore is Davangere town. The town, which has been carved out of Chitradurga, Shimoga, and Bellary districts, lies on the border of the Deccan Plateau just above the Chitradurga district. Famous for its textiles and educational institutes, Davangere, an industrial town is renowned for its cloth mills, and granary, and is popularly known as the Textile capital of the South and also as the Manchester of the South.
Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is five hours drive from Davangere. The city has its own railway station that offers connectivity to Mumbai, Mysore, Bangalore, and Bijapur. In addition to that Karnataka Sampark Kranti is a tri-weekly train that connects the city to New Delhi. Located on the national highway 4 (NH4) Bangalore Pune highway, Davangere is well connected with cities like Bangalore, Shimoga, and Hospet by road. The city is inter-connected with private buses and auto-rickshaws.
Since the city witnesses a pleasant tropical climate all throughout the year with hot summers, mild rains and winters, the best time to visit is between the months of October to March. The weather is much more pleasant during these months and the temperature ranges from 25° to 30° Celsius to enjoy the outdoor activities.
Some of the places near Davangere that are a must-visit while in the city are Sri Durgambika Temple, Chennagiri Rangappa Clock Tower, and St Thomas Church.
Located in the old Davangere area, Sri Durgambika Temple is the popular and the biggest temple in the city. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is known by various names like Dugamma, Durgava, and Durgambika. The present form of the temple was constructed in 1932 and a special puja is conducted every Tuesday and Friday in reverence of the goddess.
Sri Chennagiri Rangappa Clock Tower is another must visit in the city. The clock tower is a prominent landmark of Davangere and is about 75 ft tall. The clock tower was funded by one Sir Chennagiri Rangappa and thus the tower was named after him. Keeping up with the times the initial mechanical clock has now been replaced with a solar HMT clock.
St Thomas Church built during 1946 at Prince Jayachamarajendra Extension boasts of some fine Roman architecture and is a must visit. The special prayers are held on every Friday and Sunday and Christmas is celebrated at a grand scale in the church.
There are not much of outdoor activities in Davangere. However, if you are interested in wildlife then you can head to the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary which is now known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats the sanctuary is about 90 km from the city.
One can also visit the Forest College Museum which is one of the oldest and unique museums in the country. Located at a distance of 3.5 km north of the Davangere railway station, the museum displays plants, and animal fossils collected from various parts of the country.