However, no effect of bandh has been seen yet in Kalaburagi.
A holiday has been declared for all the schools and colleges in Ballari district on Thursday.
"Schools and colleges in Ballari district of Karnataka will remain closed tomorrow in the light of the state-wide bandh called by the pro-Kannada organisations and farmers' welfare associations", Deputy Commissioner Ramprasath Manohar said.
The protesting groups called for the bandh seeking the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the long-standing Mahadayi River water dispute between Goa and Karnataka.
Karnataka plans to divert waters from the river to Malaprabha basin in the state.
The pro-Kannada organisations and organisations of farming communities had earlier also called for bandh over the dispute. (ANI)