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The town, sitting astride the eastern fringe of the Western Ghats and the vastness of the plains, combines within its small extent the characteristics of Malenadu (Ghat area) and the black soil plains. The small ridge in the middle of the town, a fort from the Adil Shahi period, serves as a virtual dividing line between Malenadu to the west and the plains to the east. A discerning person can tell the difference through the temperature as well. The city of Hubli, barely 18 km away, is totally different.
Raju Balgo Sachchidanand Caugh Dewangan Inscriptions, monuments, names, hero stones and structures of yore also stand testimony to the various rulers who traversed across its It was also popular with the armies of Shivaji, Mughuis, Peshwas, Tipu Sultan and then the British. Some of the defence works, wells and the memory of those residing in rural areas around Dharwad, like at jogyallapur, Savadatti, Hooli etc., bear witness to Dandin Dari. The Portuguese at Goa, with their commercial tie-ups with Vijayanagara, brought even greater clout to Dharwad as it acted as a junction not only for commerce but also travel. The city is referred to as Daracha in the annals of the Portuguese, particularly Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz in 1520 AD as they made their way to Vijayanagara. Robert Sewell in his book A Forgotten Empire Vijayanagara surmises Daracha as Dharwad.
boundaries. The genesis of this important hub lies in a small village from where it grew to a Kampanosthalo part of an Agrahara to a centre of trade, rest and re-supply and finally graduated to an administrative node. With the advent of the British, the city developed its educational acumen, artistic excellence (particularly musical), communicational network and an integrative cultural footprint of its own.
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