Davanagere, also spelled Davangere, is a city in the centre of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is the sixth largest city in the state, and the administrative headquarters of eponymous Davangere District. Hitherto being a cotton hub and hence popularly known before as the Manchester of Karnataka, the commercial ventures of the city is now dominated by education and agro-processing industries. Davanagere is known for rich culinary traditions which encompass the diversity of entire Karnataka's dishes due to its geographical position in the state as its epicentre. Notable among them is its aromatic benne dose that is associated with the name of the city.
Davanagere is well-connected by road to Bengaluru, Hubli, Pune, Goa, Mangalore and Chennai through Asian highway 47 (previously National Highway 4).
The city's railway station comes under South Western Railway zone and was constructed during the British period and has been renovated recently. The railway station is quite conveniently located in the centre of the city. Regular train services are available to travel towards Bengaluru, Hubli and Mysore.
The nearest airport to Davanagere is Hubli Airport (IATA:HBX), which is 143 kilometres from the city.