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Belagavi, previously known as the “Bamboo Village ” or “Venugrama”, is 500 kms North-West of the state capital Bengaluru sharing the border with Maharashtra and Goa. Uttara Kannada, Dharwad, Gadag, Bagalkot and Vijayapura are its neighboring districts. It is also known as Malenadu or Rain Country and the vegetation here is lush green throughout the year.
Kitturu Rani Chennamma is a famed lady warrior from Belagavi who fought against the British to protect her kingdom. Belagavi is home to Vishveshwaraya Technological University, the umbrella body for most engineering colleges in Karnataka.
The city is widely known for its delicious Belagavi Kunda which is a must try delicacy. Belagavi district is rich with historic sites and temples and is also known to be the land of cotton and silk weavers.
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- Congress Well: A popular park inside Belagavi city, located in Shivaji colony, Tilaknagar.
- Ghataprabha: Ghataprabha is a town in Belagavi district popular for its reservoir, bird sanctuary and wholesale vegetable market.
- Gokak Falls: Gokak Falls is a popular waterfall just 10 kms from Ghataprabha town
- Malaprabha Dam: Malaprabha dam, also known as Navilutheertha dam is Karnataka’s shortest dam (only about 40 meters wide and only four gates) and tourist attraction in Belagavi district. Malaprabha dam provides drinking water to nearby towns such as Belagavi and Dharawada.
- Godachinamalki Falls: The eye catching Godachinamalki Falls is formed by Markandeya River as it bounces off a valley, about 2.5 kms from Godachinamalki village near Gokak in Belagavi district. Godachinamalki Falls is formed with water dropping in two stages- first one is 25 meters tall and second one is 18 meters. Godachinamalki Falls is also referred to as Markandeya Falls.
- Navilutheertha: Navilutheerha is known as a picnic spot near a reservoir in Savadatti taluk of Belagavi district, 86 kms from Belagavi
- Dhupdal: Dhupdal is a popular dam in Belagavi district, close to Gokak falls. Dhupdal is 72 kms from Belagavi city and 8 kms from Gokak Falls.
- Barapede Caves: Natural caves known as breeding area for bats, located near Bhimgad.
- Rakaskop: A picnic spot on River Markandeya, besides a dam built by Sir M Vishveshwaraya. Has a small hill and offers excellent views.
- Sada Falls Trek: Sada waterfall is a mystic, offbeat waterfall deep in the forests of Western Ghats, on the Karnataka-Goa border. A guided trek to Sada Falls is a highly recommended activity in Belagavi district. While road network is available till Sada village, the last few kms till Sada waterfall need to be covered on foot. Trekking distance could vary between 8 to 18 kms depending on starting point and trail used. Sada Falls trek is medium to high complexity trek involving crossing of streams, negotiating boulders and possibly battling the leeches (during monsoon season). Sada waterfall is 200 meters tall and offers breathtaking views in between two big hills.
- Vajrapoha Falls: Located 23 kms from Khanapur inside Jamboti forest, accessible via trekking.
- Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over 19000 hectares, Bhimgad wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, bears, fox, chitals, deers, wild dogs and other animals. Bhimgad offers an offbeat, authentic Western Ghats experience.
- Belgaum Golf Course: A popular golf course in the region, located on the way to Bhimgad from Belagavi, opposite the Jungle Lodges and Resorts’ Bhimgad Adventure Camp.
- Belagavi Fort: An ancient architectural pre-Muslim monument where mosques and temples co-ed in perfect harmony, now in ruins. Belagavi fort was built in the 12th century A.D by the local Ratta rulers. It was renovated and built on by successive rulers who ruled Belagavi from time-to-time. Two shrines can be seen at Belagavi Fort’s entrance. One dedicated to God Ganapati and the other to Goddess Durga. Safa masjid is one of the two mosques inside the fort and by far is the best of the 25-30 mosques in Belagavi city. The minars, domes and arches of the masjid point to a typical fusion of Indo-Saracenic and Deccan styles of the architecture. Two of the circular pillars in the Jamia hall are said to be taken from the old Hindu temples. Some of the pillars have Kannada Inscriptions in Nagari Script, while others have beautiful Persian language script forming exquisite calligraphic decorations.
- Kitturu: Kitturu is a taluk and city in Belagavi district and an historic place in India’s freedom struggle. Kitturu was the home of Kittur Rani Chennamma, a brave lady warrior in the 19th The British East India Company, in its quest to gain control over India, passed ‘Doctrine of Lapse’ in 1824. Under this doctrine any kingdom whose King doesn’t have a male heir (Prince) would have to surrender their Kingdom to the British, even adoption not considered. Rani Chennamma of Kitturu bravely fought the superior and outnumbered British army against rule. While the queen was eventually defeated, her name got carved permanently in the books of History.
- Rajahansagad: Rajahansagad is an ancient fort 20 kms south of Belagavi. The Rajahansagad fort is about 1000 meters above sea level and offers an excellent view of the surrounding. The village is also referred to as Yellurgad and is home to multiple temples including temples of Kalmeshwara, Lakshmi, Dattatreya, Parameshwara and Changaleshwari.
- Halasi: Halasi was the second capital of Banavasi Kadamba rulers between 345 and 550 AD. Halasi is one of the oldest towns of Belagavi district and is known for its temples. Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple and Sankara Narayana Temple are two major temples in Halasi. Other temples include Kaleshwara Temple, Hatkeshwara Temple, Gokarneswara Temple, Jain Basadi, Kapileshwara Temple, Suvarneshwara Temple and Jamia Masjid.
- Bhimgad Fort: Historical ruins of Bhimgad Fort are located inside the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhimgad Fort was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and offered defense against Portuguese military that occupied Goa. Bhimgad fort has fresh water ponds, canons and large walls which are reasonably intact
- Torgal: Known for its inscriptions from Vijayanagara era and Adil Shahi era. Bhutanatha temple complex has two temples facing each other.
- Saptasagar: A pre-historic site where seven sages were said to have performed Yajna. An ancient Shiva temple, Hanuman temple and Lakkava temples can be visited in Saptasagar. A private plantation in Saptasagar with birds and animals is popular as a picnic spot.
- Parasgad Fort: A 17th century fort built by Maratha ruler Chatrapathi Shivaji, now in ruins.
- Jawaharlal Water works: A picnic spot 2 kms from Nippani.
- Nippani: Worth visiting for interesting murals at Nippani Wada and several temples.
- Belwadi: Has remains of a fort and palace, once ruled by Belwadi Mallamma.
- St Mary’s Church, Belagavi: Built in 1869, St Mary’s Church is built from Gokak pink stones in gothic style. The beautifully designed St Mary’s church was commissioned by the governor of Bombay Presidency and is located in the cantonment area in Belagavi city.
- Temples inside Belagavi city: Kapileshwara, Maruti, Shiva, Vithoba, Dyamavva, Military Mahadev and Anantashayana Temples
- St Antony’s Church: Another major church in Belagavi city
- Kamala Basadi: Important Jain monument in Belagavi city, located inside Belagavi Fort, built in late Chalukyan style in 1204 AD. Kamala Basadi features a Neminatha idol in black stone while the Mukhsyamantapa features a well executed lotus design on the ceiling.
- Saundatti Yellamma: Soundatti’s Renuka Yellamma temple is a 16th century temple and popular pilgrimage centre in North Karnataka. Saundatti was the capital of the Ratta Inscriptions dated between 9th and 13th century have been found in Saundatti, describing the prominence of Saundatti in the past.
- Sri Sogal Kshetra: Sogal is a temple town and historical place attributed to a sage named Sugol Muni. Sogal is located on a hill range in Belagavi district, 16 kms from Bailhongal town. Someshwara Temple, Veerabhadra Temple, Bhramaramba Temple, Shiddheshwara Linga cave Shrine, Kadamba Narayana Fort ruins, Ajjappana Gudi, Surya Chandra Shrine, Girija Temple and a mini waterfall are major attractions in Sri Sogal Kshetra.
- Ramathirtha: Ramathirtha is a village in Belagavi district close to Maharastra border (167 kms from Belagavi city) and is known for Uma Rameshwar T
- Degaon: Degaon (Deganve) is a village popular for Kamala Narayana Temple. Degaon is 54 kms from Belagavi city.
- Shabari Kolla: Shabari Kolla is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama’s devotee, Shabari. Shabari Kolla temple is located in Ramadurga taluk, Belagavi.
- Nidasosi: Nidasosi is a town 55 kms north of Belagavi popular for its Lakshmi T
- Gurudwara Singh Sabha: Located in Goaves locality, Gurudwara Singh Sabha is a popular Sikh religious and community centre in Belagavi.
- Yamakanmardi: Popular for Banashankari Temple with Chalukyan pillars. There are multiple other temples dedicated to Yellamma, Lakshmi, Venugopala, Hanumantha, Navakotinarayana and an agrahara from Peshwa period in Yamkanmardi.
- Yadwad: Home to Bennekrishna Temple, Basavanna, Harideva, Rameshwara, Narayana and other temples.
- Yadur: Popular for Veerabhadra Temple, Muruku Gudi, Adrishyeshwara Temple and Hanuman T
- Telsang: Home to temples of Satyappa-Sannappa, Vithoba, Yellamma, Durgavva, Kamaleshwara Shankaralinga and Basavanna.
- Tavadi: Popular Jain pilgrimage centre with Parshwanatha statue, Brahmadeva Temple and a basadi.
- Shippur: Home to Ramalinga temple of Chalukya style.
- Sulebhavi: Home to Lakshmidevi temple as well as Maruti, Basavanna, Ganapathi, Banashankari and Kalmeshwara T
- Sirasangi: Home to Kalikamba temple and two 12th century inscriptions. Also has two small hillocks and caves in the outskirts of the village.
- Shedbal: Home to temples of Basavanna, Hanumantha, Vithoba and Yellamma
- Savadi: Popular for Gopalakrishna temple on the banks of River Krishna, among several other temples such as Shiva and Lakshmi temples.
- Pant Balekundri: A pilgrimage center with Dattatreya T
- Satti: Known for 12th century inscriptions and temples of Kalmeshwara, Mallikarjuna, Maruti and Veerabhadra.
- Sankeshwar: Home to Chalukyan era Narayana Temple, Lakshmi, Maruti, Vithoba, Banashankari, Basavanna and Dattatreya Temples
- Sampagaon: Home to Bayalu Basaveshwara, Lakshmi and Siddheshwara Temples
- Raybag: Has temples of Siddeshwara, Somanatha, Bankanatha, Hanumantha, Dattatreya, Vittala, Narasimha and Ambebai.
- Ramadurga: On the banks of River Malaprabha, Ramadurga is famous for Venkateshwara T Other major temples are Amba Bhavani, Maruti, Shankaralinga and Ganesha.
- Murgod: Home to Surya Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, several other lesser known temples such as Bharamaramba, Dattatreya, Rama and Karigudi.
- Mudalgi: Popular for Vithoba temple
- Kudachi: Popular muslim pilgrimage centre with Shirah-ud-din Baghdadi’s Durgag and Makhdum Shah Wali Dargah.
- Mangsuli: Popular for Mailara Temple complex
- Kothali: Jain pilgrimage centre with three standing statues (of Mahaveera, Chandraprabha and Shantinatha), a Kalamandira (a U shaped hall displaying marble images of 24 Jain thirthankaras) and a religious congregation hall.
- Kokatnur: Historic village with temples of Veerabhadra, Amritalingeshwara, Mallikarjuna, Kadasiddheshwara and Papanasi.
- Hukkeri: Taluk headquarter and historic town with temples of Maruti, Ishwara, Someshwara, Kalabhairava and Vittana. Also home to Jain monuments and Dargahs. Saveral muslim monuments can be seen in Hukkeri.
- Bailahongal: A taluk in Belagavi with Mardi Basaveshwara, Hanumantha, Ramalingeshwara and Veerabhadreshwara Temples
- Kallolli: Home to Trikutachala Basti, Ramalingeshwara Temple and several other temples.
- Hooli: Hooli has one of the oldest temples in Belgavi district. Panchalingeshwara Temple has inscriptions from King Vikramaditya era (11th and 12th century). Over 1000 scholars were believed to have been based in Hooli during ancient times.
- Golihalli: Home to Kotilingeshwara, Rudreshwara and Kalmeshwara Temples
- Chinchalli: Home to Goddess Mayakkadevi
- Athani: One of the important towns in Belagavi district with temples of Ramalinga, Amrithalingeshwara, Kalmeshwara, Narasimha, Siddeshwara, Hanumantha and Ganapathi. Athani also has 10 mosques. Athani has a footwear manufacturing factory.