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Entrance, Devanahalli Fort
Entrance, Devanahalli Fort
Devanahalli is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°14′N 77°42′E / 13.23°N 77.7°E / 13.23; 77.7Coordinates: 13°14′N 77°42′E / 13.23°N 77.7°E / 13.23; 77.7
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Bangalore Rural
Population (2001)
 • Total 23,190
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KA-43

Devanahalli, also called "Devandahalli", "Dyaavandalli", Devanadoddi and Devanapura, is a town and Town Municipal Council in Bangalore Rural district in the state of Karnataka in India. The town is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the north-east of Bangalore. Devanahalli is the site of the Bengaluru International Airport, the second largest airport in India. A multi-billion-dollar Devanahalli Business Park with two IT Parks are coming up on nearly 400 acres (1.6 km2) adjoining the airport. An Aerospace Park, Science Park and a 1000 crore-rupee Financial City are also coming up.[1] A new satellite ring road will connect the city with Doddaballapur. Devanahalli is situated near the upcoming $22 Billion, 12,000-acre (49 km2) BIAL IT Investment Region, to be the largest IT region in India.[2] Total infrastructure development in the area is estimated to be well over US $30 Billion over the next two years. With significant commercial and residential development in the area, real estate is in high demand in the region.[3][4]


The famous ruler Tipu Sultan was born in Devanahalli in 1750 AD. A signboard and a stone tablet surrounded by fields proclaim his birthplace.

Exterior, Devanahalli Fort

Also present is the Devanahalli Fort, built during the Vijayanagara period by a feudal lord - Malla Baire Gowda - of Avati, in 1501 AD. The fort remained in the hands of his descendants until the mid seventeenth century. In 1749, the then Dalwai of Mysore - Nanjarajaiah, attacked the fort and occupied it. Later, the fort passed into the hands of Hyder Ali and then Tipu Sultan. In 1791, Lord Cornwallis laid siege to the fort and took possession during the Mysore War.

The palace of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali can be seen to this day. Dewan Purnaiah, a high ranking official during the time of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, also had a haveli here.

When Tipu came to power, as a part of promoting Urdu names over the local language, he renamed the settlement "Yusufabad". However, this was unpopular and later revoked.


As of 2001 India census,[5] Devanahalli had a population of 23,190. Males constituted 52% of the population and females 48%. Devanahalli had an average literacy rate of 66%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 73% and female literacy was 58%. In Devanahalli, 12% of the population was under 6 years of age.


Devanahalli is just an hour's drive from Bangalore. There has been a growth of tourist traffic recently due to the impetus provided by the Bangalore International Airport.

The Venugopalaswamy Temple is one of the temples within the walls of the Devanahalli Fort. The sculpture in this temple may be compared with that of Belur and Halebidu. The courtyard is spacious. The walls of the temple depict various scenes from Ramayana and the pillars have beautiful statues carved on them. Other temples are dedicated to Ranganatha and Chandramouleshwara.[6]

Bengaluru International Airport[edit]

Bengaluru International Airport in Devanahalli

The Bengaluru International Airport, which opened on 23 May 2008, is located approximately 5 km south of the town of Devanahalli. The terminal was designed to serve up to 12 million passengers per year. From Bangalore, one passes the bustling ITC Road and takes a right on the Trumpet Flyover Exchange to reach the airport complex.


  1. ^ "Karnataka approves Rs 943bn investment projects". 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Karnataka / Bangalore News : State Cabinet approves IT park near Devanahalli airport". The Hindu. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Devanahalli aerospace park & SEZ gathering steam". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  6. ^ Indrani (2008-05-23). "i Share: Temples in Devanahalli". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 

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