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Belgaum is a city in Northwestern Karnataka, India.

Understand

Belgaum got its name from Venugrama meaning Bamboo Village. It is the district HQ. The most ancient place in the district is Halsi; and this, once the capital of a dynasty of nine Kadamba kings. In 1776 the country was overrun by Hyder Ali of Mysore, but was retaken by the Peshwa with British assistance. In 1818 it was handed over to the British East India Company and was made part of the district of Dharwad. In 1836 this was divided into two parts, the southern district continuing to be known as Dharwad, the northern as Belgaum.

The District Headquarters, Belgaum is a picture of contrasts. On one side is the old town area where the cotton and silk weavers still create magic with their fingers. And on the other the modern, bustling, tree lined Cantonment built by the British.

Kittur in Belgaum district is a place of historical importance. Queen Chennamma of Kittur (1778-1829) is known for her resistance to British rule; another person in the history of Belgaum known for his resistance to British rule is Sangolli Rayanna.

There are several names available for Belgaum city. Marathi people call it as Belgaon, Kannada people call Belgavi, South Karnataka people call it as Belagam.

Belgaum is located in the northwestern part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern region of India. It lies near the borders of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Goa. It is 502 km from Bangalore, 500 km Southeast of Mumbai (Bombay) and 125 km southeast of Goa. The town is at the foothills of the Sahyadhri range (Western Ghats) at an altitude of 25,00 feet (779 m) above sea level. The weather of Belgaum is pleasant, owing to its hilly topography. Summers (April-June) are mildly hot and winters are cool (November-February). It experiences heavy southwestern monsoon rains during (July-September). It receives as much as 50 inches of rain annually.

Get in

By Road

Belgaum is connected by road via the National Highway #4 (connecting Maharashtra[ Now part of the Golden Quadrilateral], Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and NH-4A (connecting Karnataka and Goa).

There are a number of Bus operators plying between a) Mumbai - Belgaum b) Pune - Belgaum c) Bangalore - Belgaum d) Hyderabad - Belgaum

Some of the prominent bus operators are - VRL (Vijayanand Road Lines), Pai Travels, Barde Travels, PVG

By Air

Belgaum is directly connected with Bangalore and Mumbai. The airport currently serving the city is Belgaum Airport located at Sambra (about 30 minutues drive from the city). Flights are available only for a few days of the week.

By Rail

Belgaum is on the main Indian Railways grid being part of Hubli-Division and is well connected by rail to major destinations such as Bangalore (via Hubli), Mumbai, Pune/Delhi (via Miraj) and Goa.

Get around

By bus

Belgaum has excellent city bus connectivity and also for the rural area around Belgaum , the charges are nominal around Rs 10 from one end to the other part of the city . Private and Gov't Buses also provide transport for commuting between Hubli , Dharwad , Goa , and other nearby places .

By autorickshaw

This is cheap way of transport between attractions. Though not metered always it would be wise to ask the approximate amount from a local.

By taxi

Normally, Taxis are not needed unless you plan to go way out of the city. If you want to move around in City, Autos and Buses are good enough.

By car

There are many rental companies offering cars with drivers or self drive. Hertz : College Road , Belgaum

See

The old stone fort, built in 12th century ad by the local Ratta rulers, is an important spot, though not much of the original structure remains. This fort was renovated and built on by successive rulers who ruled Belgaum from time to time. Belgaum's Watchtower and Sunset Point should not be missed if one wants to savor the scenic beauty surrounding this town.

Belgaum is famous for its temples and the religious-minded traveler could find a number of temples here-the main ones being Kapileshwar temple, Shani temple and the Maruti Temple.

A number of religious monuments are located within the cantonment area-the Masjid-Sata mosque, which dates back to the 16th century ad, the Mahadeva temple with its beautiful gardens, the St. Mary's Church of England, St. Xavier's Church, Catholic Cathedral and St. Anthony's Church, all lie within the lush green environs of the Cantonment.

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Around Belgaum

Gokak Falls: Sixty kilometers from Belgaum is the breathtaking Gokak falls on Ghataprabha River. Tillari Dam: Jamboti Falls : Yellurgadh: Vajrapoha Falls: Arambol & Terekhol: Vagator Beach: Goa: Pant Balekundri: Sogal Somnath: Dandeli Reserve Forest: Ambica Nagar Dam (Supa Dam): Anmod Ghats: Vaijanath Temple: Kali Nadi white water activities:

Godachinmalki Falls:
Tillari Falls : 35 Kilometers from Belgaum:
Amboli Ghat : 65 Kilometers from Belgaum:
Soral:
Rakaskop water reservior:
Tillari Ghat:
Indal Aluminum factory:

Do

  • Trekking around Jamboti and Amboli ghats.
  • White water Rafting on the Kali Nadi.
  • Paragliding activities around Belgaum (NCC).


Eat & Drink

  • The cuisine also has a mixed flavour of central(Marathi)and north Indian flavours. This would be the place to try Chats and other Maharashtrian delicacies in Karnataka.
  • Dont miss to visit the Niyaz Hotel for its wonderful Biryani.

It is uncomparable & better that the one from Hyderabad.

  • Ajanta cafe is excellent for its Puri Bhaaji.
  • If you are Tea lover then you should visit appolo tea bar near central Bus Stand.

The veg-patty & the cream rolls are amzing here.

  • AND DON'T MISS BELGAUM SPECIAL SWEET "KUNDA".
  • Solkadi a drink made from Kokam fruits is also a Goan import goes well with fish.
  • Pav Bhaji from Shetty Snacks.
  • Dhabeli from Sharma hotel.
  • Tea from Hotel Highway.
  • Sugarcane Juice with aliphak from a shop on congress road.
  • Misal Pav
  • Kaanda bhajji
  • Vada Pav
  • Halwa Bun

Sleep

Sankam Residency: The hotel is just a stones throw away from the Pune-Bangalore highway - NH 4. (entry point of Belgaum) and 7 km from Belgaum City Railway station. [1]

Sanman Deluxe: Hotel Sanman Deluxe is a business hotel located at Belgaum (Karnataka, India) at 1.5 km from Station and Bus Depot and 15 km from Airport.[2]

Pai Resort : Pai Resort is located at 3 km from Belgaum (Karnataka, India) City Centre and 8 km from Airport. [3]



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