Visiting Places

  Visiting Places


Belgaum is the crown of Karnatak state. The serene and less polluted atmosphere of this beautiful city is an abode of variety of communities. This city has the history of more than two thousand years. Excavations at various places in the city have revealed ancient structures both underground and on the ground. In earlier days it was called ‘Venugram’, as the area was full of bamboo groves. It is now known as ‘BELGAAV’ in Marathi, ‘BELGAAMV’ in Hindi, ‘BELGAUM’ in English and ‘BELGAAVI’ in Kannada.
There stands a strong fort owned by Jains in the sixth century, renovated many times by them and also by the Sultans of Bijapur. Later on the British confiscated it. This fort has an underground link to Rajhans Garh, twelve kilometers away at village Yellur. Traces of this tunnel are still found at some places.
The British founded a strong military base in Belgaum. It was one of the five main bases in Bombay presidency and also founded ‘Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre’, which took part in many wars overseas, including the first and second world wars. Now there is also a commando-training centre in this area.
An Air force station and an airport are also notable places in Belgaum. Belgaum is situated in the centre of Pune and Bangalore on both railway and also on road named NH4. It has rail link to Goa, which is 150 kms. The place has a moderate climate, which reaches 39-40 degrees in summer and 12-10 degrees in winter. It pours a lot in the rainy season and sometimes tops the state in it.
The place is known for its multilingual culture. The main languages spoken are Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and English. The literacy rate of the city is 64.5% Belgaum is famous for cotton and silk Sarees. There are thousands of weavers in the area who toil tirelessly to keep up the age-old tradition. Today Belgaum is one of the busiest places in the state. It has become a most sought after sojourn for educational needs with number of institutions- a Military School, three Kendriya Vidyalayas, many CBSE schools and Medical. Engineering, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, General, Politechnic, Management, Education, Nursery and also Vishweshwarayya technological University and so on. There are super specialty hospitals with expert doctors. In industrial area, world known foundries, hydraulics, aluminum factory are located.




At the entrance, there are two shrines- Durga and Ganapati. Inside the fort, there are Jain temples; one is ‘Kamal Basti’. These structures are built with intricate designs on the walls. (1204 AD). There is also an imposing Darga that belongs to Adilshahi period. The fort is surrounded by a deep moat.





This place is one of the most popular recreational spots in the city. It is a well-managed, clean and peaceful temple. It is devoted to Lord Shiva and other deities. Lush gardens and fruit plants surround it. There is also a deer park, which attracts a large number of children.




In the fort area, an imposing new structure attracts the devotees and tourists alike, that is Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. The earlier structure was a modest house, in which Swami Vivekanand stayed for a few days on the way to Kanyakumari.




This place is known as ‘Dakshin Kashi’ and is an attraction of large number of devotees. It is situated on the way to Shahapur with an old stone structure of 600 years. It is said that, the pilgrimage of twelve Jyotirlingas is complete only after visiting Kapileshwar of Belgaum.




On Vengurla road, there is a small but a beautiful Ganesh Mandir, managed by military. It is a ‘Swayambhu’ Ganesh and known to be a boon giver to the devotees. It is located in a serene and pollution free area of the cantonment.




The gothic structure of the church in the cantonment area is worth seen place, which was built in 1869. Beautiful light filters, intricate glass windows and Biblical drawings are the examples of fine arts. Some other structures built in the British period are St. Xavier’s church, St. Anthony’s church, Methodist church and the school buildings of St. Paul’s, and Baynon Smith High school.




This dam is located at around 80 kms from Belgaum and is built to store 37.73 TMC of water to irrigate 539172 acres of land in Belgaum, Dharwad and Bijapur districts. 43 villages were submerged in the waters including Gurlahosur, the birthplace of Laxmanrao Kirloskar, a great Indian industrialist.






Sogal is a popular tourist spot for the devotees, adventurists and trekkers. It is around 75 kms from Belgaum and it has massive hill on which Lord Somnath blesses the devotees. The hill is of solid and straight rock, which enables water to fall from a height of 30 feet for the enjoyment of the tourists and devotees.




Gokak lies to the east of Belgaum on the way to Bijapur. It is famous for massive water falls on the river Ghataprabha. It is a broad and deep falls of 150 feet. In the rainy season of July and August, the place is full of tourists. The swinging bridge and an electricity generation is worth seen. There is also a cotton mill near the falls.




The world famous Yellamaa temple is full of devotees through out the year. This deity is a reincarnation of Goddess Renuka and is a family deity of crores of people. In earlier days, this place was the capital of the Rattas. This place is surrounded by seven hills and is a fine beautyspot on the earth.




This place is cluster of small and beautiful sprints and falls of river Markandeya, 22 kms away from Gokak. It is an adventurous trek to visit this place and the beauty of it is at full in heavy rains.




Safa Masjid is an example of beautiful Islamic architecture in the fort of Belgaum. It is a combination of Indo-Saracenic-Deccan style of structure. Floral carvings, rounded pillars (of old temples), and Devnagari and Kannada inscriptions are worth seeing. The 16th century Persian inscriptions from Qoran are also beautiful.




Sowtera is reached after taking a diversion from Kanakumbi on Belgaum-Goa road. The road takes us to Parwad and from there, a walk in the thick jungles takes us to the twin beautiful falls. Trekking through these jungles is an adventure by itself. A place called ‘Nanyachi Chouki’ is an interesting place, where smuggling was done in the British rule as Portugese ruled Goa. In the rains, it is a great sport to roam around. In winter, it is very pleasant to walk and in summer, it is a heaven.




Rani Chennamma of Kittur is an example of bravery against the British. Kittur is on NH 4, where the fort is situated. It is around 50 kms from Belgaum. Her magnificent palace, a museum and a deer park await us there. Her Samadhi is at Bailhongal, where she was taken a prisoner by the British.