Must Visit Places You Should Never Visit In Belgaum
Belgaum is the third largest town in Karnataka on the Northern tip that lies near the borders of the Maharashtra and Goa. Known as the commercial hub, it is an important location for vegetable trading, fish, wood & mining resource trading in North Karnataka.
It is a cantonment town enjoying pleasant weather all through the year. Home to several medical, dental, and engineering colleges, this place is a good stopover for the guests of other zones of Maharashtra. Belgaum also has a significant presence of aluminium and sugar industries. Apart from all, there are many other places to visit in Belgaum that are must for every tourist to visit.
Gokak Falls is about 65 km from Belgaum. 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 horseshoe shaped at the crest, with a flood breadth of 177 meters. The best season to visit Gokak falls is June to September.
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 two 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.
Godachinmalki Falls is about 16 km from Gokak. River Markandeya takes the first jump from a height of about 25 meters and flows into a rocky valley and takes the second jump at the peak of about 18 meters.
Military Mahadeva Temple
Devoted to Lord Shiva, it is being managed by the military people. It has a huge garden and a park for kids to play. It also comprises a mini zoo housing animals such as deer’s, emus, peacocks and ducks among others.
Kittur Fort and Palace
Kittur is located at a distance of 50 km from Belgaum. It is a place of immense historical significance. The fort is associated with Rani Channamma of Kittur, who is known for her resistance to British rule. A ruined fort, formerly the residence of the chief of Kittur can be found here.
Kapileshwara Temple is also known as Kashi of the South. There is an inscription here in the Kamal Basti that suggests, this temple is one of the oldest in the state dating back to 1000 AD. It is believed that Shiv Linga is self-originated – Swayambhu.
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.
Rajhansgad Yellur Fort
Surrounded by the greenery of farms and rice fields, Rajhansgad Yellur Fort is located within the vicinity of Belagavi Taluka. It is visible from almost all areas of Belgaum. Inside the Yellur Fort, there is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva and a well that includes sweet water within it.
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 the first jump from a height of about 60 meters.
Constructed in 1519, this Masjid is a combination of Indo-Saracenic and Deccan architecture.It is believed that two pillars of the mosque are from Hindu temples as they depict Kannada inscriptions in Nagari scripts. The holy place stands testimony to the fusion of different types of architectures and is a historical marvel that you must visit, along with the indomitable Belgaum Fort. But, for now, its permanently closed.
Saundatti is about 80 km from Belgaum. Saundatti is one of the major pilgrim centres of Karnataka. Saundatti is well known for the beautiful and ancient temple of Goddess Renuka also called as Yellamma Temple. The temple is built in the Chalukyan and Rashtrakuta Style, and the Carvings reflect the Jain architecture. Bomappa Naik of Raybag constructed the temple 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.