"Dharwad" means a place of rest in a long travel or a small habitation. For centuries, Dharwad acted as a gateway between the Malenaadu (western mountains) and the Bayalu seeme (plains)

Spread across 6 administrative divisions- Dharwad, Hubballi, Kalghatagi, Kundagol and Navalgund 

Dry farming is the backbone of the agricultural economy

The district may be divided into 3 natural regions, viz., the Malnad, Semi-Malnad and Maidan 

Combining the twin cities; Hubli a commercial and industrial hub and Dharwad is known as academic and cultural hub

HDMC is the second largest Municipal Corporation in Karnataka after Bengaluru
Presence of Karnataka Milk Federation is a boost to the dairy sectory
Dharwad Node identified as a part of Bangalore Mumbai Economic Corridor

Dharwad on map of Karnataka

23,317 Crores

Total district GDP (INR)


Contribution to state GDDP


District per capita income (INR)


Area: 4,263 sq km

Rivers: Bennihalla(Krishna basin), Bedthi and Shalmala

Population: 18.47 lakhs

Population density: 434 persons per sq km


Urbanization rate


Literacy rate

Social Infrastructure

Technical Education


University and Higher Education


Primary Health Centres


Community Centres


Engineering and Automobile

Presence of engineering items, industrial valves, electrical goods and agricultural implements, machine tools, industries, electrical, steel furniture, food products 14% of total SSI units belongs to the sector

Electronics and IT

Special concession given to electronics, telecom and informatics (software) industries and also eligibility for 100% sales tax exemption on output for a period of 6 years Presence of major players like Telcon makes this sector very vibrant in the district

Animal Husbandry and Sericulture

Conducive climatic conditions and presence of Karnataka Milk Federation is a major boost to animal and dairy product sector Availability of cocoon markets, reeling units, sericulture training institute, the region has a potential for sericulture industry

Industrial Profile

Five  industrial estates

Eight industrial areas

Hubballi is an important industrial centre

Centre has granted formal approval to Infosys to develop Special Economic Zone

GoK with KEONICS has developed an IT park

Sunrise Sectors


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