As of 2001 India census, Malavalli had a population of 35,800. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Malavalli has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 69%, and female literacy is 58%. In Malavalli, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. it has 186 villages as per 2001 census.
Malavalli town is located at 12.38°N 77.08°E? / 12.38; 77.08. It has an average elevation of 610 metres (2001 feet).
Malavalli town is a very vibrant and active rural market. It stretches for a whole length of 4 km. There are two colleges in Malavalli. The government college is a little away from the town and Shanthi College is in the very middle of the town. Nearby are the Shivanasamudra waterfalls.
Somanathapura Hoysala temple. Muthathi forest and Bheemeshwari Cauveri fishing camp near Halagur town. A Historical & Cultural Sri Adinadu Chikkamma Thayi Temple in Chottanahalli Village. Also, Athmalingeshwara Kshethra near Bharathinagar (around 13 km from Malavalli) is of equal importance.