IIT Dharwad is located at the outskirts of the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad in the north of Karnataka. This site is located between the Western Ghats and the Deccan Planes. Dharwad is located at an elevation of about 750 m (~2500 ft).
The average annual rainfall (predominantly during June-Sep) is about 700 mm. March-May is the summer season with peak temperatures approaching 40°C. Winter lows are about 15°C. The adjacent area of the site is rich in agricultural practices. The western corner of the site is partially merged with the Reserve forest. The portion on the southern side is rich in hydrological pattern.