The second most advanced district in the state, Dharwad is uniquely positioned between Bengaluru and Mumbai and is an important business centre in the state. Agriculture is a focus area in Dharwad, with floriculture, animal husbandry and the food sector driving the segment here. Along with maize and jowar, cotton, sunflower and onion are some of its major crops. Dharwad is rich in local varieties of high-quality chilly, i.e. Devanoor local and Byadagi with a major trade centre at Hubballi. Dharwad is well set with its eight industrial areas along with the existing IT/BT zone and industry-specific zone for automobile, readymade garment and food processing sectors. Animal husbandry and sericulture with support infrastructure like cocoon market, reeling and training institutes are other potent sectors under focus here.

Infrastructure & Resources


Dharwad has a land utilization of 56.89% for agriculture, holding 7.42% of uncultivated land and 7.75% forest cover along with 27.94% of remaining land. Land Bank Area: 568.4 acres


Bennihalla of Krishna basin, Bedthi and Shalmala are the three major rivers in the district. The district is 92% rain-fed as the region is highly dependent on rainwater, irrigation facilities, tank and reservoirs along with groundwater.


Dharwad power transmission is done by Hubballi (Hubli) Electricity Supply Company Limited (HESCOM). The total supply capacity to the district is 335 MVA.

Natural Resources

Building stone, clay, black cotton soil, and jelly stones are the mineral reserves present in the district.

Human Resources

Several premier institutes are located in Dharwad including Karnataka University, University of Agricultural Sciences - Dharwad, Karnataka Law University and Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) along with the Indian Institute of Technology, Dharwad.


Three international and two domestic airports connect the district to major cities across the country and the world. Also, national highways NH 4, NH 63 and NH 218, four state highways and 218 km of railway lines with 21 railway stations make Dharwad a well-connected district. Karwar, Mangaluru (Mangalore) and Goa ports aid connectivity across the sea.

Living in Dharwad

Temperatures in Dharwad vary between 15 degree celsius and 36 degree celsius. The district has all the basic amenities and provides excellent access to resources.


Allopathy Hospitals


Indian System of Medicine Hospitals


Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes


Primary Health Centres


Four-star Hotels Available




PU Colleges


Degree Colleges


Medical College


Polytechnic Colleges


Engineering College


Industries Growing With Karnataka

Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd.

Spicer India Ltd.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation

ADM Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Telco Construction Equipment Company Ltd.



Uni Abex Alloy Products Limited

Investment Opportunities


Project & Description Industry Sector Estimated Cost (INR Crores) Agency Status
Development of Automated Milk Conversion Plants Agri- Infrastructure 650 KMF Conceptual Stage
Development of Shopping Mall at Super Market Site in Dharwad Urban- Infrastructure 120 Hubballi- Dharwad City Corporation Conceptual Stage
Development of Road from Uppin Betageri-Dharwad Kalaghati Tadas (one package of KSHIP) Transportation Part of 7000 KSHIP DPR Under Preparation
Development of Energy Efficiency in Street Lighting through use of Escos Energy 20 Hubballi- Dharwad City Corporation DPR Under Preparation
Smart City Mission in Karnataka Urban- Infrastructure NA KUIDFC Conceptual Stage
Development of Agro-Logistics Hub Agri-Infrastructure 680 KAPPEC DPR Under Preparation
Peninsular Region Industrial Development (PRIDE) Corridor Projects Industrial Infrastructure NA KSIIDC Bidding Stage/ DPR Completed
Establishment of Modern Abattoirs in ULB’s Agri-Infrastructure 5 DMA DPR Under Preparation
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District Contact

Joint Director
District Industries Centre
Dharwad – 580 009

Phone: 0836-2322986/2322627
Fax: 2322627
Email: [email protected]

Other Contacts

Additional Chief Secretary to Government Commerce & Industries Department
# 106, 1st Floor, Vikasa Soudha, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 2225 2443
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Commissioner for Industrial Development Director of Industries and Commerce
No. 49, South Block, Khanija Bhavan
Race Course Road Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 2238 6796
Email: [email protected]
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Chief Executive Officer
Invest Karnataka Forum

3rd Floor, Khanija Bhavan (East Wing), No. 49, Race Course Road, Bengaluru – 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 22205333
Email: [email protected]

Managing Director
Karnataka Udyog Mitra
3rd Floor, Khanija Bhavan (East Wing), No.49,
Race Course Road, Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone : 91-80-2228 2392, 2228 5659; 2238 1232
Email : [email protected]
Visit us at: www.kumbangalore.com

Managing Director
Visvesvaraya Trade Promotion Centre (VTPC)

VTPC Building, Kasturba Road, Bengaluru-560001.

Phone: 080-2286 0644, 2253 4444
Email: [email protected]

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Member Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board
4th & 5th Floor, East Wing, Race
Course Road, Bengaluru 560 001, India

Phone: +91 80 2226 5383, 2226 7900
Email: [email protected]
Visit us at: www.kiadb.in