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Kalaburagi, formerly known as Gulbarga is a district in the northern tip of Karnataka, just below Bidar district. Kalaburagi is 575 kms north of Bengaluru, bordering Telangana in South-East, Maharashtra in north-west, Bidar, Yadagiri and Vijayapura districts on other sides. Kalaburagi was part of Hyderabad before the unification of Karnataka.
Kalaburagi was home to Rashtrakutas, who had Malkhed as their capital and Bahamani sultans who had Kalaburagi as their capital for three centuries. Kalaburagi was also under rule of Chalukyas, Kakatiyas of Warangal and Sultans of Delhi. Kalaburagi is popular for its historic forts (such as Malkhed fort, Kalaburagi forts) and ancient temples.
Millet, pulses and cotton are the main agricultural products in Kalaburagi. Kalaburagi is also known for weaving mills, oil mills and other industries.
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- Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Fort: Kalaburagi Fort is the major attraction of Kalaburagi town, also known as Gulbarga, in North Karnataka. Kalaburagi Fort was originally built by Raja Gulchand, King of Warangal and later further fortified by Ala-Ud-Din Bahamanshah. Kalaburagi Fort is spread over an area of 20 acres and its outer walls are 3 kms in length. Bahmani Sultans had the longest rule in Kalaburagi between 14th and 16th Over time Kalaburagi Fort has been under the rule of Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Kalachuris of Kalyani, Yadavas of Devagiri, Vijayanagara Empire, Hoysala Kingdom and Sultanate of Delhi. Bahmani Sultans had the longest rule over Kalaburagi.
- Malkheda Fort: Malkheda, formerly known as Manyakheta was the capital city of Rashtrakuta Dynasty which ruled Deccan region during 9th and 10 century. King Amogha Varsha I shifted capital from Mayurkhani to Manyakheta. Major highlights of Malkheda Fort include thick outer walls (20 foot in height, built with limestone blocks known as Shahabad stones), main entrance with remnants of wooden doors, narrow and curved staircase to access watch towers, old Hanuman Temple and view of Kagini River from elevated points inside the Malkheda F
- Sannati: Sannati came to limelight in 1986 with discovery of several ancient scripts, some dating back as long as 2000 years. Sannati is located on the banks of Bhima River in Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) district’s Chitapur taluk. Sannati is also known for Chandrala Parameshwari T Connection with Emperor Ashoka makes Sannati an important Buddhism site
- Sharana Basaveshwar Temple:Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a shrine inside Kalaburagi city. The temple is dedicated to an eminent Hindu religious teacher and philosopher, Shri Sharana Basaveshwara.
- Kanaganahalli: an important Buddhist site is 3 km from Sannati, on the banks of the river Bhima.
- Sedam: Sedam is a taluk headquarter in Kalaburagi district. Located on the banks of river Kagina, Sedam is known for its rich heritage of historical monuments and Jain Temples and mosques. Most temples in Sedam were built between 10th and 12th century AD, during the rule of Kalyana Chalukyas. Panchalingeshwara Temple complex, Manikeshwara Temple and Marulinga Temple are Sedam’s most notable temples
- Chayabhagawati: Chaya Bhagavati is a pilgrimage centre home to more than 100 holy water ponds and known for Chaya Bhagawati temple, 65 kms south west of Surpur. Chayabhagawati is located on the banks of Krishna river and a scenic venue as well.
- Ganagapura: Ganagapura is popular for Lord Dattatreya T Ganagapura is 38 kms from Kalaburagi.
- Aland: Aland is a town 45 kms from Kalaburagi, known for Hingul Ambika Temple, Sri Bhagyavanthi Temple, Sri Sidharameshwar Mahaswamiji Math, Hazrat Khwaja Shaikh Makhdum Allauddin Ansari, Sri Hanuman Temple, Dawal Malik Dargah and Sri Revana Siddheswar Temple.
- Jevargi: Jevargi, a town 42 kms from Kalaburagi can be visited for Masjid-e-bilal, Sridevi Temple and Hanuman T
- Kalgi: Kalgi village in Kalaburagi is known for underwater Narasimha Temple, Siddheshwara Temple and Jamia Masjid.
- Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanak Math: Located right inside Kalaburagi city on the banks of Appana kere, Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanak Math is a popular Sikh religious and community centre in Kalaburagi.
- Ladle Mashak Dargah: Aland Ladle Mashak Dargah is a religious place in Aland, Kalaburagi set up by Allauddin, popularly known as Ladle Mashaikh
- Temples in Kalaburagi city: Sharana Basaveshwara temple, Sai Mandir and Ram Madir.
- Budda Vihar: Budda Vihar is 6 kms from Kalaburagi on Sedam Road near Gulbarga University, spread over 18 acres. Buddha Vihar has a main building, a meditation centre at the cellar and a Lord Buddha temple on the ground floor. The dome of Budda Vihar, built with marble stone in traditional Buddhist architecture is 70 ft in height and 59 ft in diameter. The dome has an ornamental spire made of pancha loha (five metals) with a kalasha on top of it (also made of pancha loha). Buddha Vihara is surrounded by four 48 ft tall Ashoka pillars in its four corners in honor of Samrat Ashoka.
- Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah :Syed Muhammad Hussaini, commonly known as Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gesu Daraz, was a famous Sufi saint from India, who advocated understanding, peace, tolerance and harmony among various religious groups. The Sufi saint settled down in Kalaburagi on the invitation of Bahamani King Firuz Shah For the next 22 years Khwaja made Kalaburagi his home and spread the message of universal brotherhood from here. Khwaja Banda Nawaz Durgah is a magnificent building built in the Indo-Saracenic style and very clearly exhibits the varying styles of these two cultures. While the arches are a specialty of Bahmani architecture, the paintings on the walls and the domes are Turkish and Iranian in style. The Dargah Library stocks as many as 10000 books in Urdu, Persian and Arabic on eclectic subjects ranging from history and literature.
- Marthur: Known for Kasivisheshwara Temple and other ancient temples
- Mannur: Popular for Keshava Temple
- Afzalpur: Popular for 12th century Mallikarjuna Temple, the Mahal Mosque and Panch Mahal (also known as Afzalkhan Mahal from Adilshahi times, now in ruins)
- Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary: Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary is the first dry land wildlife sanctuary in South India. Chincholi forest, spread over 135 sq kms was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2011. Wolves and Hyenas are the primary inmates of Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary. Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary is the only area in Hyderabad-Karnataka region to have several features of forests in Western Ghats.
- Chandrampalli Dam: Chandrampalli is a well-known picnic spot in Kalaburagi district. Chandrapalli dam is built across river Sarala for irrigation purposes. Boating is a favorite activity among visitors.
- Trekking: 7 kms from Chandrampalli dam, an uninhabited village called Gottamgotti in the middle of hill ranges is a challenging spot for adventure lovers and trekkers. This village also has three temples dedicated to Durgadevi, Saint Bakkaprabhu and Maruti
- Kesaratagi Garden:A popular garden in Kalaburagi city with beautiful stretches of lawns and well-manicured gardens and children’s play area.
- Gottam Gutta or GottamGota Forest: Located at a distance of 7 kms from Chandrampalli on Telangana-Karnataka border, Gottam Gutta is surrounded by forests and backwaters of the Chandrampalli reservoir on the river Bhima in Karnataka. An eco-tourism project is in progress here, making the location ideal for camping, trekking and adventure seekers. Gottam Gutta also has a gorgeous waterfall and beautiful tiny temples.
- Yeti Pota Falls: The Yeti Pota Nala and Nazarapur Falls are located in Konchavaram Wildlife Sanctuary in Chincholi Taluk of Kalaburagi district. Both are formed by seasonal stream Yeti Pota. The water cascades from three points giving an impression of three waterfalls. While the discharge of water from one point is more than the other two, the rocks surrounding the falls add to the beauty.