Belgaum, also known as Belagavi, is nestled in the northern foothills of the western ghats in Karnataka. The mesmerizing lush green forests, mountains and rivers carve its stunning landscapes. The se (Read More)cond capital of Karnataka, the city has a great share of religious monuments that will help in rekindling with your spiritual side.

Here is the list of 12 Things to Do in Belgaum

1. Kapileshwar Temple

Kapileshwar Temple

Kapileshwar Temple is a holy shrine in Belgaum City, dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as the southern Kashi. It is believed that the visit and darshan of the 12 Jyotirlinga scattered all over India will remain incomplete unless started from Kapileshwar Temple. The Shivalinga here is said to have self-incarnated

2. Ramakrishna Mission Ashram

Ramakrishna Mission Ashram

Located in the Belgaum Fort compound, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is a calm and quiet place serving as a retreat to its visitors from the bustle of Belgaum. The building where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days when he visited Belgaum in 1892 was handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission for Spiritual and Social purposes.

3. Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

The Belgaum Fort is a popular tourist attraction located in Belgaum. The state of Karnataka honoured it as the ‘state heritage monument’. It served as an impenetrable barricade against the violent attacks of the enemies. The Belgaum Fort has an adjoining lake, called the Fort Lake on which is a Floating Cafeteria.

4. Vajrapoha Falls

Vajrapoha Falls

Nestled in the cosy hamlet of Jamboti near Belgaum in Karnataka, Vajrapoha Falls is a gorgeous cascade of shimmering water that falls down a rocky cliff creating a delightful spectacle. Falling down a height of 660 feet, the source of the waterfall in River Mandovi. Besides it is hidden from view and you will be required to follow the route through the woods to reach here.

5. Kamal Basti

Kamal Basti

‘Kamal Basadi’ also known as Kamal Basti is a 10th century Jain Temple built under the reign of Ralta Dynasty. The temple was built inside the Belgaum fort, along with Chikki Basti, which in the present time remains as a ruin. The name Kamal Basti is derived from the appearance of the temple as a lotus with 72 petals.

6. Trek to Yellur Fort

Trek to Yellur Fort
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Perched at the top of a hill, Yellur Fort (also known as Rajhansgad Yellur Fort) is an ancient fort that has been ruled by several kings. Besides the stunning views of the valley below, glossy carpeted meadows and verdant paddy fields, the fortress also has a Shiva Temple and a rustic well enclosed within the walls.

7. Gokak Falls

Gokak Falls

Gokak Falls is known for its beautifully turbulent waters gushing over the rocks and down to a fall of 52 metres (170 feet). This humongous waterfall has a 170 meter long, hanging rope suspension bridge built over it that which allow visitors to walk right above the fall and feel the wind pushed by the river.

8. Picnic at Fort Lake (Kote Kere)

Picnic at Fort Lake (Kote Kere)

The Fort Lake, also known as Kote Kere is one of the picnic spots of Belgaum City. Fort Lake is situated right in front of the Durga Temple entrance of the Belgaum Fort, welcoming tourists to the city. The Fort Lake has lush greenery surrounding it with walkways along its boundary with a regular crowd taking strolls.

9. Military Mahadev Temple

Military Mahadev Temple

Located on the Camp Road in Belgaum in Karnataka, Military Mahadev Temple is one of the prime attractions in the city that has been built and maintained by the Indian Army. There is a religious ritual practised every Monday called Samuhik Panchamrit, also called as the collective offering of the Panchamrit.

10. Shop at Khade Bazaar

Shop at Khade Bazaar

The universal market of Belgaum City is located on the Khade Bazaar street and Ganpat Galli. Khade Bazaar is a 1 km stretch of road turned a marketplace that offers a wide variety of articles from Electronics to Fashion updates, every day needs to party preparations, Restaurants to Street food stalls.

11. Bathe under Godchinamalaki Falls

Bathe under Godchinamalaki Falls

Located at a distance of 15 km from Gokak in the Belgaum district of Karnataka, Godchinamalaki Falls is a gorgeous waterfall based on the river Markandeya. Also known as Markandeya Falls, the waterfall actually recedes in two separate steps- the first one falls down from a height of 25 m and after a brief recess, the second one falls down at 20 m.

12. Spend Time at Rakaskop Dam

Spend Time at Rakaskop Dam

Rakaskop Dam across the Markandeya River is a dam located on the outskirts of Belgaum city at a distance of about 16 km from the centre of the city known for its lush green environment that provides water to the complete city of Belgaum. The Dam is mostly visited by couples who wish to spend a peaceful time together and families alike.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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