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Karnataka >> Belgaum

Belgaum


Location
150 km from Goa
Temperature
39 c Summer/ 22 c Winter
Latitude : 15.850360    Longitude : 74.504669

Language : Kannada,Hindi,English
Belgaum also known as Belgaon and Venugram, is a city and a municipal corporation in Belgaum district in the state of Karnataka, India.It is situated nearly 2,500 ft (762 m) above sea-level and is the headquarters of Belgaum district, which borders the states of Maharashtra and Goa.


Karnataka government has decided to develop the city of Belgaum as the state's second capital and make it the permanent venue for an annual 15-day session of the state legislature. Rs 165-crore 'Suvarna Soudha' modelled on the 'Vidhana Soudha' (Secretariat) will be constructed in Belgaum for the session that will commence from next year.

Belgaum Fort
Belgaum Fort - One of the Oldest Forts in India
The Belgaum fort is a major tourist attraction in Belgaum. Belgaum was ruled by a number of dynasties and as such the fort has undergone many additions and renovations throughout its existence. The original mud and stone structure of the fort was built by the Ratta Dynasty in the 13th century but it was Yakub Ali Khan of the Bijapur Sultanate who deserves credit for transforming the fort into an invincible fortress surrounded by a deep moat, huge walls, bastions, battlements and parapets.
Gokak Falls
Gokak Falls
The Ghataprabha River separated from the Malaprabha river by the Belgaum hills flows through the black soil plains before it enters the rocky belt of Gokak.There is a hanging bridge across the river, about 201 meters and its height above the bed rock is measuring about 14 meters. Only 30 people are allowed at a time inside the bridge.One interesting feature of this place is the monuments from the Chalukya era that are found on either bank of the rocky gorge. Another attraction of this place is the very old river-front temple dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara, built in the Later Chalukyan style of architecture.
kamala basti
kamala basti
The late Chalukyan Kamala Basti is the affirmation of the existence of Jainism. The beautiful lathe-turned pillars and a black stone Neminanta sculpture stands within the fort walls. There is also a beautiful sculpted Jain Temple built by Malikaryuna to the south of the fort. The Kapileshwara Temple which is one of the oldest temples in this region is worth visiting.The Kamala Basti has a huge protruding lotus (Kamala) in its ceiling and houses the idol of the twenty-second Jain Teerthankara Neminatha.
St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church
The impressive gothic structure was built in 1869 AD. Light filters through the attractive marked glass windows and doors to augment the fine biblical depiction on the wall. Belgaum has quite a few very imposing churches such as St. Xaviers Church, St. Anthony's Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Methodist Church.
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