Davanagere District is an administrative district of Karnataka state in southern India. The city of Davanagere is the district headquarters. It had a population of 1,946,905 of which 32.31% was urban as of 2011. This district was carved out of Chitradurga district in 1997 by then Chief minister of Karnataka J. H. Patel.
Davanagere district lies in the plain region on the Deccan Plateau locally known as Bayalu Seeme. The district is bounded by Shimoga district and Haveri district in the west, Chitradurga district in the east, Bellary district in the north and Chikmagalur district in the south. The district lies in the center of Karnataka between the latitudes 13°5' and 14°50' N and between the longitudes 75°30' and 76°30' E. There are many windy places within the district favouring the recent growth of wind energy industry across the district. The district has an area of 5,926 km2 (2,288 sq mi).