Haveri district,Karnataka

Haveri is a town in Karnataka, India, It is the administrative headquarters of Haveri District.The name Haveri is derived from the Kannada words havu and keri, which means place of snakes. Haveri is famous for its cardamom garlands. It is said that Haveri had around 1000 maths (sacred religious places) in ancient days. One of the famous maths is Hukkeri Math. Haveri is also famous for marketing Byadagi red chillies, which are well known all over India. Around 25 kilometers away, there is a place called Bada which is the birthplace of the poet Kanakadasa.

Haveri is 7 hours away from Bangalore by train. It is the middle way stop between Hubli and Davanagere. It is the stop 72 km before Hubli and 72 km after Davanagere. By road, it is about 340 km from Bangalore on NH-4 towards Mumbai.


Core area of Western Chalukya monuments includes the places Badami, Sudi, Annigeri, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Gadag, Lakkundi, Lakshmeshwar, Dambal, Haveri, Bankapura, Rattahalli, Kuruvatti, Bagali, Balligavi, Chaudayyadanapura, Galaganatha, Hangal. It was possible because Soapstone is found in abundance in these areas.

Haveri also comes under Core area of Western Chalukya architectural activity. The district is proud to be the birthplace of Santa Shishunala Sharif, the great saint Kanakadasaru, Sarvajnya, Hanagal Kumara Shivayogigalu, Wagish Panditaru, Writer Galaganatharu, Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayigalu, Gnyana Peetha Awardee Dr.V.K.Gokak and many more. The freedom fighters Mailara Mahadevappa and Gudleppa Hallikere.

History of Haveri district dates to pre-historic period. About 1300 stone writings of different rulers like Chalukyas, Rastrakutas are found in the district. Bankapura Challaketaru, Guttavula Guttaru, Kadambas of Hangal and Nurumbad are some of the well known Samanta Rulers. Devendramunigalu the teacher of Kannada Adikavi Pampa and Ajitasenacharya the teacher of Ranna Chavundaraya lived in Bankapura. This was also the second capital of Hoysala Vishnuvardhana. Guttaru ruled during latter part of the 12th century and up to end of the 13th century from Guttavol (Guttal) village as Mandaliks of Chalukya, independently for some time and as Mandaliks of Seunas of Devagiri. Shasanas found in Chaudayyadanapura (Choudapur), a village near Guttal, reveal that Mallideva was Mandalika of 6th Vikramaditya of Chalukyas. Jatacholina, under the leadership of Mallideva built the Mukteshwar temple at Chaudayyadanapura (Choudapur).

Kadambas of Nurumbad during the period of Kalyani Chalukyas ruled about 100 villages with Rattihalli as their capital.
Tourist attractions of Haveri

  • Siddhesvara Temple
  • The centre of Western Chalukya architectural developments was the region including present-day Bagalkot, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri and Dharwad districts;
    Siddheshwara temple at Haveri a staggered square plan with dravida articulation and superstructure, 11th century CE. Miniature decorative dravida and nagara style towers at Siddhesvara Temple in Haveri

  • Basavanna Temple
  • Utsav Rock Garden is situated at Gotgodi on NH4 Shiggaon Taluk. It is blended with both modern and art where more than 1000 real life size sculptures are present. It has got 8 world records. It is a unique garden in the whole world.
    Places of interest in Haveri district

  • Kadambeshwar temple at Rattihalli
  • Tarakeshwar temple at Hanagal
  • Someshwar temple at Haralahalli
  • Nagareshwar temple at Bankapura
  • Mukteshwara temple at Chaudayyadanapura
  • Siddheshwar temple at Haveri
  • Galageshwara temple at Galaganatha
  • Jain Basadi at Yalavatti
  • Kanakadasara Kaginele
  • HoleAnveri Temple
  • Kadaramandalagi Anjaneyaswami Temple
  • Mallari Temple at Gudda Guddaapura near Ranebennur
  • Mattibasaveshwara Temple at Badamgatti (Hangal Taluk)
  • Hanuman Temple at Nidasingi (just 30 km from Haveri and 18 km from Hangal)
  • Temples at Kaginele alone:

  • Virabhadra Temple
  • Someshwara Temple
  • Sangameshwara Temple
  • Narasimha Temple
  • Lakshmi Temple
  • Kalahasteshwara Temple
  • Adikesava Temple
  • Kaginele Mahasamsthana Kanaka Gurupeetha
  • All these depict the rich culture and history of Haveri District.
    Other places of interest:

  • Akki Alur
  • Madaga Falls at Masur
  • Ranebennur Wild Life Sanctuary, also known as Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary
  • Dodda Hunsi Mara (Big Tamarind Tree) at Savanur
  • Sri Raghavendra Matha at Savanur (near Vinod Jain’s home); 32 km from Haveri by road
  • Utsav Rock Garden – Contemporary Sculptural Garden located on NH-4, Gotagodi, Shiggaon Taluk, Haveri