Davangere is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Davangere district which lies at the centre of the state of Karnataka.
The city is located on National Highway 4 at a distance of about 265km from the state capital, Bangalore. Davangere became a separate district in 1997 when it was separated from the then united district of Chitradurga for administration conveniences. It is popularly believed that the Chalukyas halted at this place to overcome the fatigue (danivu kaleyuva) of a long horse-ride. A lake (kere) was excavated for them to quench their thirst. The place came to be known as Devan giri (a corruption of danivina kere) and eventually Davanagere. This popular belief is not attested by any concrete historical evidence. There is no lake to show to prove this note.