Belgaum is located in northwestern parts of Karnataka and lies at the border of two states, Maharashtra and Goa. Belgaum is well known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. The ancient name of the town of Belgaum was Venugrama, meaning Bamboo Village. Kittur in Belgaum district is a place of historical importance. Rani Chennamma of Kittur is well known for the resistance to British rule. The languages spoken in this district are Kannada and Marathi.
Known as the land of heroes, of which Rani Chennamma of Kittur undoubtedly reigns supreme as the face of the sobriquet, Belgaum is one of Karnataka's oldest and largest cities. The romance of having a valourous queen who fought to the finish against the British, still holds the people of Belgaum in its sway. A cornerstone of arts, culture, learning and industry, the city is all about location, location, location. Not only is it blessed with scenic natural environs, it also enjoys its own individual culture - essential Kannada culture spiced with Maharastrian and Goan influences. Considered as the state's second capital, Belgaum for long, has been a vital industrial town courtesy its natural mineral deposits and is known across India for its foundries. Home to one of the biggest universities in the state, the people of Belgaum are articulate. A pivotal stop on the Jain circuit, Belgaum also has many touristy stops like the Belgaum fort, the Kittur Chennama Fort, Gokak Falls, the Doodh Sagar Falls, the gothic-styled St. Mary's Church and the Kapileshwar Temple. Do be sure to taste the famous Belgaum kunda, a sweet delicacy and the renowned Gokak toys and pottery.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN BELGAUM DISTRICT
The Belgaum fort is in the heart of the city. The fort was built in the 12th century AD by the Ratta rulers. Belgaum fort is an ancient architectural pre-Muslim monument where mosques and temples co-exist in perfect harmony. There are 2 shrines at the entrance of the fort one dedicated to the Lord Ganapathi, and other to Goddess Durga. Safa mosque is one of the two mosques inside the fort.
This is one of the two Bastis within the walls of the fort, built in the late Chalukyan style in 1204 Neminatha idol in black stone.
Gokak falls is about 65 km from Belgaum and 6 km from Goakak. The Gokak Falls is a waterfall located on the Ghataprabha river. River Ghataprabha takes a leap over a rocky bed 170 ft down. The falls are horse-shoe shaped at the crest, with a flood breadth of 177 metres. The best season to visit Gokak falls is June to September.
Godachinmalki Falls is about 16 km from Gokak. River Markandeya takes the first jump from a height of about 25 metres and flows into a rocky valley and takes second jump at a height of about 18 metres.
Halasi, a popular heritage site of Karnataka is located at a distance of 14 Km from Khanapur and 25 Km from Kittur in Background of Western Ghats in lush green surroundings. Halasi is also referred as Halsi or Halashi.
Jamboti is located 20 km south-west of Belgaum. Jamboti is a popular tourist spot with its evergreen hilltop forests. Mandovi River, the longest river in Goa has its origin in the Jamboti hills.
Kittur is located at a distance of 44 km from Belgaum. Kittur is a place of historical significance. Rani Channamma of Kittur is known for her resistance to British rule. A ruined fort, formerly the residence of the chief of Kittur can be found here.
Saundatti also known as savadatti is about 80 km from Belgaum. Saundatti is one of the major pilgrim centre of Karnataka. Saundatti is well known for beautiful and ancient temple of Goddesss Renuka also called as Yellamma Temple. The temple is built in the Chalukyan and Rashtrakuta Style and the Carvings reflect the Jain architecture. The temple was constructed by Bomappa Naik of Raybag in the year 1514. The other temples found in the premises are Lord Ganapathi, Mallikarjun, Parshuram, Eknath, Siddeshwar. There is a spot called Jogulabhavi here, where there is a temple. Pilgrims take a holy dip here before visiting the Yellamma Hill.
Naviltirtha is located about 10 km from Saundatti. Naviltirtha is a low valley situated in between the 2 hills. Formerly, it was full of Peacocks, frequently flocking round the pond, and thus the place was named Naviltirtha.
Vajrapoha Falls is located at a distance of 60 km from Belgaum. Vajrapoha Falls is on the Mandovi River in the hilly surroundings of the Jamboti. Here the river Mahadayi flowing in a serpentine fashion takes a first jump from a height of about 60 meters.