The permanent Campus of IIIT Dharwad is located at Tadasinakoppa near Dharwad. Dharwad is situated on the edge of Western Ghats of Karnataka. It acts as a gateway between the hilly region of the Western Ghats (known as Malenadu in Kannada) and the elevated region of the Deccan Plateau (known as Bayalu Seeme in Kannada). Hubli-Dharwad twin cities are the second largest cities after Bangalore. Dharwad is very rich in terms of literature, classical music, fine arts, industries, education and the list continues. The city of Dharwad has contributed some of the greatest personalities in the field of literature including Jnanpith Award winners D. R. Bendre, V. K. Gokak and Girish Karnad. Many musicians such as Bhimsen Joshi (Bharat Ratna), Mallikarjun Mansur, Gangubai Hangal (Padma Vibhushan), Pandit Puttaraj Gawai (Padma Bhushan) and others engraved the name of Dharwad eternally on the map of Hindustani music. The district is proud to be the birth place of freedom fighters, who played an active role in India’s freedom struggle.