Hosapete city was built in 1520 AD by Krishna Deva Raya, one of the prominent rulers of Vijayanagara. He built the city in honour of his mother Naagalaambika. The city was originally named Naagalapura; however, people referred to the city as Hosa Pete, which meant “New City”. The area between Hampi and Hosapete is still called Naagalapura. This was the main entrance to the city of Vijayanagara for travellers coming from the west coast.
The current MLA for this area is Anand Singh The government approved a request to rename the city in October 2014, and Hospet was renamed “Hosapete” on 1 November 2014.
Hosapete is well connected to several important cities in India. Ballari is located approximately 60 km away. Hosapete Junction railway station lies on Hubballi-Guntakal railway line. The nearest airport from the city is jindal vidyanagar airport(Bellary Airport) approximately 30km away from hosapete which serves flights to and from Bangalore and Hyderabad everyday.Bangalore is 330 km away. In addition, the city has a well-developed market area. Hosapete is a well-known tourist destination, mainly due to its proximity to Hampi and Tungabhadra Dam. Hosapete is also noted for its iron ore mining and steel plants
Anand Singh is an Indian politician from the state of Karnataka. He was the Tourism minister in the Government of Karnataka and was twice elected as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He is one of the richest politicians in India. He has been elected for the third consecutive time MLA from Vijayanagara(Hospet) constituency in 2018 state elections. He has assets of Rs1800cr