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Ballari (previously called "Bellary") is a historical city, which is now a steel hub of South India.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

You can reach Ballari from Bangalore by a direct train called the Hampi express. Ballari 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.

By road[edit]

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 neighbouring cities of AndraPradesh.

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Bellary Railway station is one of the oldest railway stations in India it was constructed at British time. Mahatma Gandhiji had stayed here in this station. The roof of Platform of the station is fully covered, looks like the train is standing in Home.

Bellary Bus Stand is one of the biggest bus stand of Karnataka which comes under NEKRTC decision (Eeshanya Sarige)

Bellary Air Port is one of the airport of India which was used for World War II which is still in very good working condition.

  • Bellary Fort

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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Movies- The city has very good cinemas which play all the latest releases from Sandalwood, Tollywood and Bollywood. Tickets in these well maintained air-con cinemas are very affordable.
  • Parks and Zoos- 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 cantonment 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.
  • Temple, Church, Mosque- 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 travelling mendicants are provided food and shelter here. Often, one can witness religious debates and discussions amongst these travellers 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.

There is a beautiful Masijid constructed near cantonment area which has a similar dome like the Masjid-e-Nabvi Madina. Hazrath Tipu Sultan Masjid is one of the oldest Masjid which is located in the Fort area behind the Government Polytechnic and Jamia Masjid and Khadirya Masjid are other oldest Masjid's in the Heart of the city. We also have Dargah's among them Hazrath Magdhoom Jani Baba (RA), Hazrath Sadaruddin Baba (RA), Hazrath Deewane Mastan Vali Baba (RA), Hazrath Irshad Ali Baba (RA), Hazrath Ifran Ali Baba (RA) are the oldest Dargah's in the city and Hazarh Khadar Basaha Saheb (RA) on Bangalore road, Hazrath Waris Ali Shah Baba (RA) which is most attractive Dargha which is similar like Dargah Hazrat Haji Waris Ali Shah(RA), Dewa Sharif,UP, India on Ananthapur Road 10km from the city are the recent Dargah's in the city.

This beautiful Shrine which has 14 Stations of the Cross separately erected outside and a Bible Museum on the ground floor is an architectural landmark in the City of Bellary. It is erected in gratitude for the many blessings of God, through the loving and powerful intercession of Our Lady, showered on our Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph D’silva and the Diocese of Bellary. The Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine is a place of pilgrimage, prayer and spiritual enrichment, open to all people irrespective of caste and creed. A very good attraction of this church is the model of Bible is presented in the forms of art.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Bellary being the district headquarters attracts traders, framers from its neighbourhood. 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 artefacts which are sold by peddlars. 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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Vogani Mirchi is a local hot snack made with puffed rice and served with fried dumplings.
  • Bhel or Slice(not the cool drink which Katrina drinks ;) ) from the evening vendors near municipal college grounds.
  • Rasam Bonda at Hoysala mess
  • Bandi Idli - these are idlis made fresh in the evening by men on pushcarts found in the central market, which is mainly around "Bangalore road". 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
  • 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
  • Naturals ice creams - good variety of flavours
  • 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.
  • Chicken 65 - a spicy andhra dry chicken item that is popular

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Lime soda near Municipal collage
  • Nannari near Natraj, Durgamma Gudi or Municipal college

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotel Pola Paradise and Hotel Pawan are the top end two places to sleep. numerous lodges abound near the bus stops and railway stations.

Hotel Vaishali Executive located at walkable distance from Bellary Railway Station has spacious clean and very comfortable rooms the staff is curtious. Traiif is alos economical.


Get out[edit]

TungaBhadra Dam

Narihalli Dam



Daroji Bear Sanctuary


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