Halasi was the capital of the Kadamba Dynasty. Nestling in a verdant setting in the Western Ghats, Halasi has many groups of temples
Belgaum lies in the northern part of Karnataka in India and is officially called Belagavi. Lying in the foothills of Western Ghats, this place is known for its scenic beauty and enjoys a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year. Surrounded by lush green forests, rivers, and mountains, Belgaum is breathtakingly beautiful and attracts tourists from all over the country and far off places. Belgaum also has a strong historical background which dates back to the late 12th century A.D when it was formed. The Belgaum fort, a massive structure that occupies its position in the center of the town was built in 1519. The fort houses some mosques that are several centuries old and a Jain temple, Kamal Basati, which has an idol, Neminantha, made of black stone. The idol dates back to 1204 A.D.
Belgaum Fort. Photographer James Burgess
Historical sites, temples, mosques, and churches are seen around and within the city which makes it quite popular among tourists. Chikka Basadi though lying in ruins is a magnificent piece of Jain architecture. Kittur Fort, Siddeshwar temple, Hunshevari, Yellur Gad and Kapileshwar temple are some of the important places to be seen. If you are an ardent lover of nature some of the spots you are not to miss in Belgaum are Jamboti- evergreen forest, Gokak Falls, Godchinamalaki Falls and Vajrapoha Falls. Belgaum experience would be at its best during the months of November, December, and February. Learn more about Belgaum
Hooli, near Belgaum, is a major pilgrimage center with many temples. Panchalingeshwara Temple is the famous temple in Hooli
The Renuka Devi Temple, or Yellamma Devi Temple is the most famous pilgrimage spot in Saundatti. Yellamma Jatre held during the month of Margasira is well attended.
Gokak falls is at a distance of 60 Kms from Belgaum and 10 kms from Gokak town. Gokak gets its name due to the Goki trees found in abundance in these areas.