A late-16th and early-17th century Nāyaka ruler in the Kelaḍi region of Karnataka. He was a known patron of Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita (Tattvakaustubha) and Bhaṭṭoji's brother, Raṅgoji Bhaṭṭa (Advaitacintāmaṇī). Venkaṭappa bestowed on Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita the title of Viśiṣṭa Vaidika Advaita Siddhānta Stāpanācārya. In 1623, the Portuguese traveler Pietro Della Valle remarked that Veṅkaṭappa is not a king proper, but a 'royolet'. That Vaṅkaṭappa was considered a king was due to, in his opinion, Portugal's false inflation of their Indian trade partners, a move meant to bolster Portugal's prestige. Veṅkaṭappa is known to have authored a commentary on the Śivagīta.