Amazing tourist places to visit in Bellary
Bellary, officially known as Ballari is a historic district in the Karnataka state. Located at 306 km from Bangalore, Bellary is the eight largest city in Karnataka and second largest town in the region of Hyderabad. It is one of the most crowded cities with the population of 410,445.
The headquarters of Bellary district is spread mainly around two huge granite hills, the Ballari Gudda (fort hill) and the Kumbara Gudda (face hill). This city is gifted with abundant mineral resources, both metallic and non-metallic.
Also, Bellary has some of the places to visit and give a glimpse of history attached to it.
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary located just 15 km from Hampi and is spread over 5,587.30 hectares. This sanctuary was mainly created for the preservation of sloth bears. As per estimation, about 120 Sloth Bears are living in this place, apart from Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild Boars, Porcupine, Pangolins, Star Tortoise, Monitor Lizard, Mongoose, Pea Fowls, Partridges, Painted Spur Hen, and Quails, etc. There are about 90 species of birds and 27 species of Butterflies found here.
Hampi (Hampe in Kannada) is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Hampi is located at a distance of 75 km from Bellary, and 353 km from Bangalore. Located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, it was once the flourishing capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. Hampi is also called “The City of Ruins”. And, the Vijayanagara ruins here are listed as the Group of Monuments as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other main attractions of Hampi are Lord Virupaksha temple, Ugra Narasimha, Matanga Hill, Achyutharaya Temple, Mahanavami Dibba, Kadanda Rama Temple, Yantrodharaka Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Chakrathirtha, Hazara Rama Temple and the Vittal Temple complex.
Hospet (Hosapete in Kannada meaning “New Town”) is located at a distance of 61 km from Bellary. Hospet was the entrance gate to the city of Vijayanagar. It is also known as ‘Steel City’ because of the presence of many iron and steel industries in this belt.
Tungabhadra Dam located at a distance of just 6 km from Hospet is built across river Tungabhadra. This dam used and considered as a multipurpose dam for generation of electricity, irrigation of land, Prevention and control of floods, etc. Tungabhadra Dam has become a picnic or tourist spot over the years.
Ramanadurga Hill Station
Ramanadurga Hill Station located at a distance of 16 km from Sandur is at the height of 3256 ft. Above sea level. At present, there is a fort here in ruined state which was built by Prince Kumara Rama of Kampli. There is one Ramadeva temple here rebuilt out the remains of an older temple.