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.GeographyGangavati lies at an average elevation of 406m, 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.EconomyGangavati 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), 10km from Gangavati, once the second biggest sugar plant in Asia.DemographicsAccording 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.