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Best places to visit in Belagavi

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By uday

Here are the top places to visit Belagavi including Temples, forts, Lakes, water park, and eatstreet. Your wish to explore a quaint town will come true in 2023

Rajhans Gad

was built by the Ratta dynasty and later rebuilt or renovated in stone by Asad Khan Lari, a Persian noble of Bijapur, while the Belagavi Fort was being built. The fort mainly served as an outpost of the Belagavi fort, to spot and prevent the enemies from attacking from Goa and Karwar areas. The Belagavi Fort and by extension, the Yellur Fort, was controlled by many rulers. Yellur Fort mainly served as a ‘watchtower’ as it allowed one to spot enemies approaching from a great distance due to its elevation.

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Location: Rajhuns Gad, 18 kms from City can be reached via Angol – Vadgaon – Yellur or from Udyambag-Desur-Rajhans gad

Opening Hours: Open Always

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Spectacular views of the valley especially during sunrise and sunset

Things To Do: Best Climb for cyclists, roam and enjoy newly installed 30 feet Statue of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj


Belagavi Fort

is a stunning example of the coexistence of temples and mosques in perfect harmony. Although much of the original structure has been lost to time, the fort’s rich history is still evident. It is believed to have been built in the 12th century AD by the local Ratta rulers and was later renovated and expanded by successive rulers who held power in Belagavi.

Upon entering the fort, visitors are greeted by two shrines dedicated to Lord Ganpati and Goddess Durga. Additionally, four Matrika statues and a Mahishamardini can be seen. The Safa Masjid, one of two mosques located within the fort.

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Photo Vijay Lingayat

Location: Opposite Fort Lake

Opening Hours: Always Open

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Kamal Basadi, Ramkirshna Mission Ashram

Things To Do: Explore the heritage


Kamal Basadi

Of the two basadis located within the fort, the Kamala Basadi stands out as the more prominent one. This magnificent structure was built in 1204 by Bichana (or Bichiraja), a minister of Kartavirya IV of the Ratta dynasty. The Kamala Basadi, also known as the Ratta Jinalaya, boasts a star-shaped garbhagriha, an ardhamantapa, and a vestibule that leads to the frontal mukhamantapa.

Within the garbhagriha, visitors will find a stunning seated image of Neminatha, the 22nd Jain Tirthankara, carved from black stone. The navaranga’s lathe-turned pillars are exquisitely engraved with floral and geometric designs, adding to the Basadi’s overall beauty.

One of the most striking features of the Kamala Basadi is its well-executed mukhamantapa. The ceiling of this area is adorned with intricate floral designs, with a pendant of lotus projecting from the center. This stunning creation in stone is the reason why the Basadi is named Kamala (Lotus) Basadi.

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Location: Inside Belagavi Fort

Opening Hours: Always open

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Architecture

Things To Do: Pray and explore the architecture


Ram Krishna Mission Ashrama


Swami Vivekananda had stayed in Haripada Mitra’s house in Belagavi and Haripada Mitra was a sub-divisional forest officer in 1892. Survey No.357, Mansingh Thapa Road, Fort, Belagavi – 590 016, was the blessed house of Sri Haripada Mitra where Swamiji had stayed for 9 days in Oct 1892.

The house where Swamiji stayed in the Fort
The house where Swamiji stayed in the Fort

Location: Inside Belagavi Fort, Belagavi

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Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Mediation, see the house where Swami Vivekananda resided

Things To Do: Meditate/ Learn about Swami Vivekananda


Fort Lake – Kote Kere

Fort Lake, located opposite the Belagavi Fort, is a popular attraction that offers a variety of activities for children, including boating. Additionally, the lake is home to one of the tallest National flags in the area, which is ceremoniously unfurled on select days throughout the year.

Visitors can enjoy a peaceful afternoon on the tranquil waters of Fort Lake, taking in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The lake is also a great spot for families to spend quality time together, with plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure.

Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or seeking a bit of excitement, Fort Lake is the perfect destination for all ages.

Floating Cafeteria, Dinosaurs statues around the lake, gazebo,s to relaxed, open gym equipments. Walking path of 2.75 kms.

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The Tricolor fluttering high at 110 Mtrs at Fort Lake Belagavi

Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: for Activities like boating

Famous For: Boating, overall evening time

Things To Do: boating, walking, relaxation


Swami Vivekananda Memorial Belagavi Risaldar galli

The Risaldar Galli house of Mr.Sadashiv Bhate is now a sub center of the Ramkrishna Mission Ashrama. This sub-centre has been running in a portion of the very house where Swami Vivekananda stayed for 4 days (as a guest of Shri Sadashiv Bhate from Oct 15-18, 1892) during his 13-day visit to Belagavi. The room where Swami Vivekananda had stayed has been maintained as a shrine and also contains a cot, stick and a standing mirror said to have been used by him.

Swami Vivekananda Memorial Belagavi

Location: Risaldar Galli

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 8 PM

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Old Structure maintained as a shrine; a cot, stick and a standing mirror

Things To Do: Explore the museum


Shiv Charirta

portrays the remarkable life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This captivating production is a visual and auditory masterpiece that brings to life the legendary story of one of India’s greatest warriors. Through stunning lighting effects and immersive sound design, the Shiv Charitra show takes audiences on a journey through the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. From his humble beginnings to his rise as a powerful leader, viewers will witness the incredible feats and accomplishments of this historical figure.

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Location: Bank of India Circle, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Garden Shahpur

Opening Hours: 9.30am to 9 PM

Entry Fees: Starts from Rs. 10 to 20. Special Light and music show from 6.45 PM daily

Famous For: Get to know the life of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Audio video format

Things To Do: Explore the Gallery which has life size idols


Kapileshwar Temple

The Kapileshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a revered religious site in Belagavi, boasting a rich history that dates back centuries.

The temple’s garbhagriha, or inner sanctum, features a flat Peetha adorned with a magnificent Shivalinga, as well as intricate sculptures of Mahishamardini and a dwarapalaka. The hall leading up to the garbhagriha is equally impressive, with stunning paintings depicting Puranic themes adorning its walls.

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Kapileshwar Temple Belagavi

Location: SPM Road Shahpur

Opening Hours: Morning to Night

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Oldest Shrine

Things To Do: Pray


Ravindra Koushik e library

The Ravindra Kaushik Library has two staff and a total of 23 desktop computers, with 5 tablets for children to use. The number of tablets will be increased based on the interest of the children.

There are over 5000 books available in the library, and an unlimited number of users can download a book on their mobile or computer.

Hi-tech digital library named after Ravindra Koushik at Shahpur

Location: Bank of India Circle, Shahpur

Opening Hours: 7 AM to 9 PM

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: reading books in digital format

Things To Do: read various books


Tiger Safari at Kittur Rani Channamma Mini Zoo Belagavi

Kittur Rani Chennamma Nisargadhama at Bhutramanhatti has Lions, Tigers, Bears, Leopards, Fox, Gaur along with other animals and birds. The Mini zoo is spread over 34 hectares the mini Zoo was started in 1989.

Rani Chennamma mini Zoo

Location: Bhutramanhatti on NH 4 towards Kolhapur about 17 kms from City

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday Holiday

Entry Fees: Yes

Famous For: Tiger safari and other animals

Things To Do: Explore the Zoo


Mukti Math

Shri. Sidda Someshwara Shivacharya Swamiji Mukti Math

Location: Next to KRC zoo, Bhutramanhatti on NH 4 towards Kolhapur about 17 kms from City

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Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Temple

Things To Do: Pray


Siddeshwar Temple Kanbargi

About 10 kms from the city centre lies Kanbargi (after Auto Nagar) and on atop a hill is a shrine “Siddheshwar Temple”. From the name it is the temple of Lord Shiva built in some sort of cave in the middle of a small hill.

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Location: Kanbargi,

Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Climb the stairs and get the Darshan of Siddheshwar

Things To Do: Devotion/ Play area/ During Monsoon a small waterfall is also seen


Veer Soudha

also known as Congress Well, holds a significant place in Indian history. In December 1924, it was chosen as the venue for the 39th session of the Indian National Congress (INC) under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. This session was unique as it was the only one presided over by Gandhi himself and the only one held in Karnataka.

The session left a lasting legacy in the city in the form of the “Congress well.” This well served as a source of water for the many delegates who attended the 1924 session. It stands as a symbol of the importance of this historic event and the role that Belgaum played in shaping India’s future.

The veer Soudha now has a lush green Lawn

Location: Congress Road, MG Colony Tilakwadi

Opening Hours: 10 to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Historical importance

Things To Do: Garden, Gallery


Military Mahadev

This magnificent temple is dedicated to the revered Lord Shiva. For many years, it has served as a sacred place of worship for the brave personnel of the defense forces, including the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre stationed here. It is no wonder that it has earned the name Military Mahadeva Temple.

In addition to its spiritual significance, this temple boasts a stunning garden, complete with a charming mini zoo. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the lush greenery, admiring the exotic animals and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

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Location: Congress Road Tilakwadi, about 500 mtrs from the Belagavi Railway station

Opening Hours: 6 am to 8 PM

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Praying, mini zoo

Things To Do: Playing equipment for kids, Mini Zoo, Temple



Hindalga Ganesh Temple

The Hindalga Ganpati/Nagta Ganpati temple, situated on Vengurla Road, is impeccably maintained by the MLIRC, creating a peaceful atmosphere that will leave you spellbound. It is not uncommon to see people visiting the temple solely to enjoy the serenity and find peace of mind. Additionally, the temple boasts a kids’ play area complete with slides, swings, a merry-go-round, and bouncy slides. Furthermore, the area surrounding the temple features four rejuvenated lakes, adding to the overall tranquility of the location.

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Location: Vengurla Road

Opening Hours: 6 AM to 9 PM

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Managed by the MLIRC

Things To Do: Pray and play area and garden walk near the 4 lakes


Suvarna Vidhan Soudha

The Suvarna Vidhana Soudha is the legislature building of the State of Karnataka in Belagavi in the Belagavi district of Karnataka. It was inaugurated on 11 October 2012 by President Pranab Mukherjee

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Location: Halga on NH towards Dharwad about 10 kms from the city

Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: No Entry

Famous For: Spectacular view of the building

Things To Do: Click Photos


St. Mary’s Church

is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture, was constructed in 1869 and consecrated by the Governor of the Bombay Presidency. The church’s design is attributed to Rev. Francis Gell, and its impressive stone structure features stunning stained glass windows and fine piers in the prayer hall. The altar, crafted from teak and marble, is adorned with an exceptional stained-glass collage depicting the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection in 12 frames. This imposing Anglican church is a true masterpiece, and its beauty and grandeur continue to inspire awe in all who visit.

St. Mary’s Church in Cantonment area of Belagavi

Location: Camp

Opening Hours: Morning

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Architecture

Things To Do: See the Church


Hari Mandir

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Location: Angol Main Road

Opening Hours: 6 to 9 AM – 4 to 8 PM

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Spiritual

Things To Do: Pray/ Meditate


Native General library tower or Sarvajanik Vaachnalaya

Belgaum Native General Library (now called Sarvajanik Vaachnalaya Belagavi)was established in 1848 by the then-collector M.J.D.Invararity. This is heralded as the first library started in Karnataka state. The clock tower in the Library which still stands tall was built later(1930-35). The clock tower is now a landmark monument in Belagavi and its pride, situated in the heart of the city, Ganpat Galli

Belgaum Clock Tower
The clock tower at the Belgaum Native General Library

Location: Ganpat Galli

Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Iconic tower

Things To Do: NA


Vithaldev Galli

Location: Vithaldev Galli Shahpur

Opening Hours:

Entry Fees: NA

Famous For: Amazing architecture of the temples

Things To Do: Explore the temple


Asha Kiran Planetarium

Asha Kiran Planetarium is spread over the top two floors of his four storey’s building in Ganeshpur, where the sky observatory is on the terrace with some dedicated space of R & D as well. Planetarium has the capacity for an audience of 120 persons.

Asha Kiran Planetarium

Location: Laxminagar, Ganeshpur road, Hindalga, Belgaum, Karnataka 591108

Opening Hours: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (Mon-Fri), 4pm – 6 pm (Sat), Sunday Closed

Entrance Charges: NA

Famous For: Glimpse of space and science facts

Things To Do: Explore the place


Khau Katta/ Tinnasu Katte/ Eat Street- RANI CHENNABHAIRADEVI DEVI MAHILA BAZAR

This is one of its kind street Food where one can enjoy many VEG cuisines all at the same location. Has ample parking space and varied cuisine including local flavors.

Rani Chennabhairadevi Mahila Bazar's " Tinisu Katte ‐ Khau Katta

Location: AB Vajpayee Marg, near Shri Basveshwar Circle

Opening Hours: 7 AM to 11 PM

Entrance Charges: NA

Famous For: All Veg Foods

Things To Do: Explore the place eat, shop and enjoy


Yashneesh Fun World

Location: Navage Road, Kuttalawadi, Karnataka 590014

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Opening Hours: 10.30 AM to 6 PM

Entrance Charges: Yes

Famous For: Water Sports

Things To Do: Water Sports


Bambarge Windmill

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Dg73bTbmkvieXUkq5

Opening Hours:

Entrance Charges: NA

Famous For: Windmills

Things To Do: Cycling, Explore area


Vintage Tanks

2 Tanks can be seen on the outskirts of RC Nagar i.e Beyond Guru Prasad Colony on the way to Mandolli village.

It is lying here since ages and sources say it is lying here from 1960, when the Indian army used Belgaum(now Belagavi) as a base station to over power the Portugese in Goa.

The tank has been lying there for more than 50 years now and it is a Derelict Sherman DD Tank.

Goa Liberation Vintage War tank

Location: Beyond Guru Prasad Colony on the way to Mandolli village, Mandoli Hangarga Road
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Opening Hours: Always open

Entrance Charges: NA

Famous For: Old Vintage tanks

Things To Do: explore the area


Nandi Hill

A Nandi Statue on a hilltop with a very small approachable road

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Location: Kondas Koppa https://goo.gl/maps/MKbQqjq2Q3XjNTDE6

Opening Hours:

Entrance Charges: NA

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  1. Thank you for putting this together. I’m going to save this link so that I can share with whoever asks me places to visit in Belgaum 🙂

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