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    A waterfall in Belgaum district of Karnataka

    One of the oldest cities in Karnataka, Belgaum is an ideal destination for any traveler who wants to hit the roads less traveled. Resting on the borders of two other states: Maharashtra and Goa, this city reflects a medley of cultures and traditions.These unique geographical specifications together make this town gorgeous enough to fall in love with and interesting enough to curiously explore.

    Its rocky and hilly terrain makes this place a must-visit destination for nature and adventure lovers. And if you need some spiritual motivation on the way, feel free to ring a bell at any of the many sacred shrines in the vicinity. The scenic beauty credited to the greenery and waterfalls and the traces of history preserved in various corners of the city in the form of forts and structures will take you to an altogether different time zone.

    A close look on the things to do in Belgaum for a true belagavi experience

    1. Trek to the rocky Gokak Falls

    Waterfall in Belgaum, Karnataka

    Belgaum has a number of waterfalls near the city making it a suitable place for trekking. Imagine yourself on a trek to reach the most splendid views of white waters gushing down the rocks. Trekking activities take place at Gokak Fall, Phanaswadi Waterfall, Sada Falls, Kalsa & Vajra Waterfall and Shimbola Falls.

    Visitor review: “The width and the force of the water which falls and flows into the valley next to a British textile mill is hypnotizing, and to see that you have to walk on that wooden wire bridge which takes you back in time…and the stone temples along the boulders makes sure you get the spiritual high.” – Mayur

    Best time to visit: Monsoons are the best time to visit as the falls usually dry up in the dry season. The beginning of Winters starting from the end of September to October


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    2. Go on an adventure binge at Bhimgad Adventure Camp

    A bird at the Bhimgad Adventure Camp in Belgaum, Karnataka

    If you are an extreme-adventure lover then Belgaum will not disappoint you. Trails into the forest in the outskirts of the district along with the opportunity of camping will only richen your experience.

    The Bhimgad Adventure Camp for instance, offers you accomodation plus trek, birdwatching, mountain biking, nature trails, etc. You can also enjoy climbing, abseiling, rope walk and bridge crossing at near Khanapur Taluka Jungle Waterfall. If you get lucky, you may spot a couple of birds out of the species of Asian Koel, Grey Wagtail, Ashy Priniya, Bee Eater, Long Tailed Shrike and many others.

    Visitor review: “The resort is situated on a narrow village road, next to the Belgaum Golf Course and is a quite and lovely place. Activities include bird-watching as there are lots of bird activity in and around the resort. A new bird bath has been set up for the birds to drink water from and bathe in. Other activities include nature trails, golf at the Belgaum Golf Course, visit to Rajahamsa Fort and Pottery Institute ” – Angad Achappa

    Best time to visit: The months of April, May and June are warm. Monsoons are the best time to visit.
    Location: The Bhimgad Adventure Camp is located just 10kms from Belgaum whereas Khanapur Taluka Jungle Waterfall is within the Belgaum district.

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    3. Transcend yourself to the bliss of olden days

    A statue of Rani Channammana Kittur in Belgaum, Karnataka

    Belgaum, being the oldest city of Karnataka has witnessed the past more than any other city of the state. Various historical structures that have play low tone among the emerging new age structures still testify the brave stories from the past. Kittur Fort and Palace which was held by the Desai Marathas of Kittur and Rani Chennamma, a lingayat woman warrior of Karnataka who revolted against the British in 1824. Apart from this, you can also visit the Belgaum Fort of which the origin dates back to the 13th century. Another prominent spot is Kamal Basti or the Lotus Jain Temple which has a ceiling built in the form of Lotus of 72 Petals.

    Best time to visit: The months of April, May and June are warm. Monsoons are the best time to visit.
    Location: Kittur Fort and Palace is 1 hour away from Belgaum. Belgaum Fort is within the district.

    4. Gather some blessings from the almighty at Shri Ramakrishna Ashram

    Shri Ramakrishna Temple in Belgaum, Karnataka

    Belgaum is a hub of shrines. Shree Ramakrishna Ashram Temple, a very significant worship place for the followers of Swami Vivekananda. The building was earlier the residence of Sri Haripada Mitra, and Swami Vivekananda had stayed here for 9 days in October 1892. Thus the place has been preserved in its original form with some renovations.

    Apart from this, there many are other shrines in Belagavi that you can see. Shree Mauli Devi Temple, Shri Hari Mandir, Kapileshwara Temple, Bajrabahari Temple are some Hindu temples that you can visit to gather some internal peace. St, Mary’s Church and Safa Masjid are also popular among the devotees and travellers.

    Visitor review: “Visiting Sri Ramakrishna Ashram Temple with family around the evening Aarti-Pooja time is a divine experience. The slow bhajans, followed by pooja aarti is the peaceful experience one feels. Adjoining to this is the Sri Vivekananda meditation hall, where easily 500+ people can meditate at a time. The entrance to this hall states a famous inspirational quote by Swamiji, “Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.” – Guruprasad B

    Suggested Read: 8 Fascinating Temples In Karnataka That Are All About Architectural Grandeur!

    5. Shop for some exclusive brass & wooden items

    Brass statue showpieces from Belgaum, Karnataka

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    Belgaum is known for its brass and wood products. Here you can get best deals on brass utensils, showpieces, jewellery and travel souvenirs. You will also find a wide range of wooden toys and utensils. So, after all the fun you have in the city, grab some souvenirs for your loved ones and yourself.

    6. Indulge in some Belagavi cuisine

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    Belagavi food is highly dominated by Karnataka’s Cuisine but it also has a tinge of Maharashtrian and Goan influence. Treat your taste buds at some local food stalls to experience the authentic taste of Belagavi cuisine but do not miss to eat Karadantu and Belgavi Kunda which is a local sweet.

    Suggested Read: Karnataka Cuisine: 15 Popular Karnataka Dishes For A Flavorful Culinary Journey

    How to reach Belgaum?

    Flight: You can board a flight from New Delhi to Belgaum. It takes approx. 5 hours and 35 minutes
    Train: Another option is travelling in a train from New Delhi to Belgaum which takes approx. 34 hours
    Flight and Bus: You can also reach Belgaum from New Delhi via Goa. Take a flight to Goa and board a bus from Goa to Belgaum

    Belgaum has a pleasant weather throughout the year. But the months of April, May and June are warm which makes monsoons the best time for visit. Many tourists visit the city soon after the Monsoons, between late September and early October. A trip to this Sugar Bowl of Karnataka will surely be a sweet experience for you.If you do not wish to miss out the exclusive Belagavi experience plan a tour now.

    Further Read: 10 Hill Stations in Karnataka To Rejuvenate Yourself


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