Davangere (däˈvəng–gĕrĕ) [key], city (1991 pop. 287,233), Karnataka state, SW India. It is on the Bangalore-Pune railroad. Davanagere is a market for grain and cotton and is home to a major textile industry. There is a machine-tool factory in the suburbs. In the late 18th cent., Haidar Ali, ruler of Karnataka (Mysore), gave Davanagere to the Maratha leader Apoji Ram, who encouraged merchants to settle there.