Bellary Welcome to Bellary, an Historical city, which is now a steel hub of south india.
You can reach Bellary from Bangalore by direct trains called Hampi express. Bellary is also well connect by train from other cities like Hyderabad, Hubli, Kholapur, Guntakal etc. If you are on a tight budget, you can opt for few passenger trains from Bangalore or Hyderabad.
Bellary is around 300km from Bangalore and is well connect by National and State Highways. Bellary is served by various Buslines like KSRTC, APSRTC and other private operators. Direct Bus services are present from major cities of Karnataka and neighboring cities of AndraPradesh.
Bellary Fort is the prime attraction of Bellary. Bellary Fort was built by Hanumappa Nayaka during the Vijayanagar era on top of the Ballari Gudda or the Fort Hill. Hyder Ali, who invaded the region took possession of the Fort from the Nayaka family in 1769, got the fort renovated and modified with the help of a French Engineer. The fort is divided as the Upper Fort and the Lower Fort. The Upper fort is a polygonal walled building on the summit, with only one approach, and has no accommodation for a garrison. There is only one way up to the fort, which is a winding rocky path amongst the boulders. It s said that Muzzaffar Khan, the Nawab of Kurnool, was confined here from 1823 to 1864 for the murder of his wife.
The Lower fort lies at the eastern base of the rock and measures about half a mile in diameter. The entrance to the lower fort is via two gates, one each on the western and eastern sides. The fort includes a temple dedicated to Hanuman just outside the lower fort on the eastern side.
The city has very good movie theaters which play all the latest releases from Sandalwood, Tollywood and Bollywood. Tickets in these well maintained AC theaters are very affordable.
City municipal office has been continuous making effort to make Bellary a clean and Green city. They have come up with few good parks like Dr.RajKumar park, Kaage Park, Radio Park(the oldest park in city) etc.
Bellary Zoo is a small area in cantonement that boasts of an impressive collection of animals: Lions, tigers, bears, peacocks, deer, monkey, ostrich etc. However, the zoo is tiny, and the living condition of the animals is really heartbreaking. Animals are confined to small cells with barely any space to move. Many of the monkeys and bears have gone mad because of this lack of movement. The cages are dirty and though cleaning has improved off late, there is an urgent need for the animals to be rehabilitated into more humane surroundings.
Bellary has many ancient and beautiful devotional places. You can visit these holy places and offer prayers. Notable is the Durgamagudi (Goddess Durga Temple) near the under-bridge, which is held in great regard by the townsfolk.
Also, Radha Krishna Temple is the quiet haven in the middle of the bustle hardly known by anyone but the spiritual. This temple was established by the migrant traders in the city about 50 years ago. It falls on the path the ascetics have to travel from Kanyakumari/Rameshwaram to Haridwar. These traveling mendicants are provided food and shelter here. Often, one can witness religious debates and discussions amongst these travelers here.
The Temple is on the other side of the Moti Theatre, and across the railway line. It has beautiful external courtyard and internal courtyard. Tiled mosaic work lace the entrance room. Frescoes decorate the walls. Monkeys and cats wander about peacefully.
Bellary being the district headquarters attracts traders, framers from its neighborhood. You can do lots of shopping, jeans are particularly famous. Iron kitchen vessels are also unique, and can be found in plenty. There is a local craft fair that happens in August-Sep near the municipal school grounds that may be of interest. The soft grey stone near the region is often made into small stone artifacts which are sold by peddlers. In addition, the Lambanis are tribal women from the forests who are famous for their needlework and mirrorwork. Sadly, very little of their work is available in the shops, and you need to find a specific hall selling these.
From Bellary you can take day trips to various places such as Hampi, TungaBhadra Dam, Narihalli Dam, Donimalai, Sandur, Daroji Bear Sanctuary, mantralaya, kishkinda etc.
A pair of jeans
Vogani Mirchi is a local hot snack made with puffed rice and served with fried dumplings. Must eats also include:
Gobi Manchurian at one of the several hotels/bars around town (A uniquely indian take, and nothing to do with the manchuria province). Holigai - a sweet stuffed rolled bread Chicken 65 - a spicy andhra dry chicken item that is popular Rasam Bonda at Hoysala mess Naturals ice creams - good variety of flavours Bandi Idli - these are idlis made fresh in the evening by men on pushcarts found in the central market. Everyone has their favourite vendor. Mewa Ghewar at Mahadev Sweets: This unique rajasthani dish is also available here. Must have especially if you cannot travel to Rajashtan at this time Biryani at coal bazaar: Odd as this sounds, nothing beats a piping hot biryani at one of the many vendors in cowl bazaar at 6 am in the morning. The biryani at the more popular joint finishes by 6:30 am, so be there early. Bhel or Slice from the evening vendors near municipal college grounds.
Lime soda near Municipal collage
Hotel Pola Paradise and Hotel Pawan are the top end two places to sleep. numerous lodges abound near the bus stops and railway stations.