Places of Interest

Tourist Attractions

  • The Kunduwada Lake & Glasshouse:Popular picnic spot for people of Davanagere
  • Kondajji:A lake and picnic spot 15 kms from Harihara.
  • Shantisagara: Shantisagara, with a surface area of 27 sq kms, is said to be Asia’s second largest lake. Shantisagara is a man-made lake built in 11thor 12th century AD by Princess Shantavva after whom the lake is named. Shantisagara was formerly known as ‘Sulekere’ and provides drinking water to adjacent districts. Veerabhadreshwara Temple, Kali Temple, Sri Siddheshwara Temple and Sri Krishna temple are major temples near Shantisagara. Boating facility is also available.
  • Belagutti:Has remains of a fort and an old Siddeshwara temple
  • Chennagiri:Popular for an old hill fort, built by Queen Chennammaji. The hilltop fort has a temple of Bete Ranganathaswami and offers splendid views
  • Honnali:Has an old fort in ruins and Mallikarjuna T Honnali is believed to have had a gold mine in the past.
  • Kuruva Island:10 kms south-east of Honnali, Kuruvada Gadde is an island in Tungabhadra river with Rameshwara temple
  • Santhebennur:Popular for a highly artistic pushkarini (pond), 90 square meters in area with a Vasantha Mantapa at the centre.

Religious Places

  • Durgamma and Veerabhadra Temples: Two old temples in Davanagere town.
  • Harihara: Harihara is a taluk hq and temple town on the banks of Tungabhadra river. A stopover at Harihara is highly recommended while traveling between Davanagere and Ranebennur. Major temples are Harihareshwara temple, Ayyappa Temple, Basilica of our lady of health church
  • Rajanahalli:6 kms from Harihara, home to Bannimahakali Temple, Amba Bhavani temple and Valmiki Gurupeetha
  • Thirtharameswara: Thirtharameswara temple in Honnali taluk is popular for its natural spring of holy water. Thirtharameshwara is one of the few temples with a shrine dedicated to Lord Brahma.
  • Anekonda:Known for a beautiful hoysala style Eshwara temple
  • Anagod:Known for Siddeshwara temple
  • Balleshwara:Known for Hoysala era Ballala Lingeshwara temple on the banks of Tungabhadra river.
  • Hodigere:Known for Tomb of Shahji Bhonsale, father of Chatrapati Shivaji
  • Joladhalu:A pilgrimage centre with Amba Bhavani temple (also known as Kukkvadamma Renuka). The deity is seated on a lion with a trishula and drum in her hands.
  • Kalkere:A horse shoe shaped valley with Balleshwara, Kalleshwara and Hanumantharaya temples
  • Mayakonda:Known for Obala Narasimha temple and Keshava temple
  • Nanditavare:Home to Amrita Manikyeshwara temple built in Hoysala style
  • Musafirkhana Mosque:A fine granite mosque in Santhebennur.
  • Shankaranahalli:Home to Ranganathaswami temple, locally known as Tiruvengalanatha. The Vijayanagara Era design is an exact replica of temples in Mayakonda.