Gangavati, Karnataka

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Gangavati is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°26′N 76°32′E / 15.43°N 76.53°E / 15.43; 76.53Coordinates: 15°26′N 76°32′E / 15.43°N 76.53°E / 15.43; 76.53
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Koppal
 • Total 16.53 km2 (6.38 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 93,249
 • Density 5,641.2/km2 (14,611/sq mi)
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 583 227
Telephone code 08533
Vehicle registration KA-37

Gangavati is a town, municipality and taluk in the Koppal district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a big commercial city in the whole of undivided Raichur District, it is also a largest city in terms of area and population when compared to any towns within Koppal district. It is a commercial hub and is often known as Rice Bowl city of Karnataka.


Gangavati lies at an average elevation of 406 metres (1,332 ft), and is situated close to the Tungabhadra Dam. It is a taluka (administrative division) of Koppal, a district which was previously part of Raichur.

The major sub-districts of the town of Gangavati are: Islampur,Pampanagar, Uppar Oni, HIrejantakal, , Saibaba Nagar, Ram Mandhira, Karnool Saheb Darga, Farah Jamiya Masjid, Pathan wadi, Maheboob Nagar, Gandhi Chowk, Mahaveer Circle, Indira Nagar, CBS Colony, Prem Nivas, and Jayanagar. Within the Gangavati Taluka are thirty-eight gram panchayats, or self-governing villages.[1]


Gangavati is a commercial centre and a major focal point for the rice milling industry,[2] with its rural areas being important for Paddy cultivation – it is considered the "Rice Bowl" of Karnataka. Sugar production is prominent, with Gangavati Sugar Limited(now its Shut Down ), 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Gangavati, once the second biggest sugar plant in Asia.[citation needed]


According to the 2001 India census, Gangavati had a population of 93,249. Males constituted 51% of the population and females 49%. Gangavati had an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 67%, and female literacy 48%. In Gangavati 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.[3]


Centres for education include: K.L.E group of colleges koppal road Gangavati; KLE Society's Pre University Science College; K.L.E College of Commerce (B.Com.),Gangavati koppal road Gangavati[4]KID ZEE (UNDER CHINMAYA EDUCATIONAL TRUST) Akshara Public School, Chitnya Techno School, Ashfaqul Uloom Ashrafiya(Arabic School); Bethel High School; Government First Grade College;[5] G.H.N. Community College;[5] H.R.S.M. College of Arts;[5] Jnana Gangothri College; JSS College of Science; Kalmath Sri Chanabasava Swamy Arts & Commerce College for Women;[5] MNM Government College; Sarojamma Women's College; Sri Kolli Nageshwara Rao Gangaiah Government First Grade College;[5] T.M.E. BBM College;[5] Vishwa Barathi Vidya kendra english media school;[5] Loins club high school gangavthi; and Venkatramanna Shetty Padamavathamma Government First Grade College[6] m.s.m.s.rural college. indian computer instutite gangavthi


Notable places of historic importance near Gangavati are Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south-west of the town, which includes the Virupaksha Temple, the villages of Kanakagiri and Anegundi, and gurus' tombs at Nava Brindavana. The village of Hemagudda is 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away – it is the site of the 14th-century safe-haven Hemagudda Fort, and Dasara celebrations within a restored temple.[7]

Within the town are the Kannika Parameshwari, Pampapathi, Muddaneshware and Neelakanteshwara temples.


The films China Gate, Amaanat, and Nayak,[clarification needed] were shot in Gangavati. The PressSuvarna Shri Chanel Karatagi,Praja Prapancha daily News Paper, and Vijaya Vani Dayily kannada news paper,[clarification needed] were Media channels in Gangavati.


Gangavati is connected by road to Hampi, Hospet, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mantralayam, Hubli and Bellary. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs buses to chief towns and cities in Karanataka. The nearest major railway stations are at Hospet and Koppal. Gangavati town-wide transport includes auto rickshaws for hire.

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