|• Total||16.53 km2 (6.38 sq mi)|
|• Density||8,641.2/km2 (22,381/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KA|
Gangavati is a town, municipality and taluk in the Koppal district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is one of the commercial hubs in the entire Hyderabad Karnataka region, it is also known as a largest city in terms of area and population when compared to any towns within Koppal district. It 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, Gandhi nagar, sayi vijayanagara and Jayanagar. Within the Gangavati Taluka are thirty-eight gram panchayats, or self-governing villages.
Gangavati is a commercial centre and a major focal point for the rice milling industry, 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.
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.
Villages that come under the Gangavati taluk
- Chikka Benkal
- Chikka Dankankal
- Chikka Jantkal
- Chikka Khed
- Chikka Madinal
- Chikka Wadderkal
- Hire Benkal
- Hire Dankankal
- Hire Khed
- Hire Madinal
- Jeeralkalgudi camp
- Katapur (Khalsa)
- Katapur (Umli)
Schools and colleges in Gangavathi are:
- 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
- Government First Grade College;
- G.H.N. Community College;
- H.R.S.M. College of Arts;
- Kalmath Sri Chanabasava Swamy Arts & Commerce College for Women;
- Sri Kolli Nageshwara Rao Gangaiah Government First Grade College;
- T.M.E. BBM College;
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.
Hampi presents the famous Ugra Narasimha statue. The spectacular stone chariot is yet another must visit site. Tungabhadra dam is located close to the city and channels her water to many of the villages that come under Gangavati.
Within the town are the Kannika Parameshwari, Pampapathi, Muddaneshware and Neelakanteshwara temples.
The press Suvarna Shri Chanel Karatagi, Praja Prapancha daily News Paper, and Vijay Karnataka daily, Vijaya Vani Dayily Kannada news paper 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. Gangavathi is also preparing to get connected through Railway Line connected from Gingera to Raichur.
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- "Gangavati City Municipal Council - ಗಂಗಾವತಿ ನಗರಸಭೆ".
- "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.
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