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Karnataka: Places to Visit - I

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Places of interest in Bagalkot District

This city is the capital of newly formed Bagalkot district. It is a major center for trade, commerce, education and industries. Bagalkot is accessible by rail or road from almost all places of South India. The nearest airport is Belgaum.


Badami was the capital of Chalukya Empire. Situated at the confluence of River Krishna and River Malaprabha, it is also an important pilgrim center.


It is known for it's 7th and 8th century temples in Chalukyan style of architecture.

Places of Interest in Belgaum

This is the district headquarters and a town of historical interest. It was the capital of Ratta kings during the 13th century. Currently it is a modern contonment town. Belgaum has a small airport and the city is connects Bangalore and other centers via rail and road.

The ancient oval shaped stone fort of 100 acres and the Jain Temple and the Safa Mosque inside the temple are some of the places of interest.

Gokak Falls

Gokak Falls

The 170ft fall (52m) is on the river Ghatprabha that plunges into the Gokak valley over the sand-stone cliff amidst a picturesque gorge of the rugged valley, resembling Niagara Falls on a smaller scale. The waterfall is horse shoe shaped at the crest, with a flood breadth of 177 metres (581 ft). During rainy season. There is a hanging bridge across the river, measuring about 201 metres (659 ft). Its height above the rock bed is 14 metres (46 ft).. Monuments from the Chalukya era are found on either bank of the rocky gorge. There is an old river-front temple, dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara, built in the Later Chalukyan style of architecture,.


This was the second capital of Kadamba Dynasty (70km). It has three large temples.


The Basava Temple(70km) has inscriptions dating back to 12th century. This is the place where Queen Channamma of Kittur bravely resisted the British in 1824.

Places of interest in Bellary

The city is situated between two hills. The hills are said to be sites of prehistoric settlements. Bellary can be reached by road and rail from other parts of the state. The nearest airport is Belgaum.


Vittala Temple, Hampi

The ruins of Vijayanagar Empire(74km) in and around the village of Hampi are one of the most fascinating historical sites in Southern India. It is a thriving traveler's center. Places of interest in Hampi are the 15th century Virupaksha temple with its 50m high gopuram, Hemakunta Hill with ruins of Jain temples and a monolithic Sculpture of Narasimha, the 16th century Vittala Temple, Sule Bazar, Achutaraya Temple, Royal Center that has Lotus Mahal and Elephant stables etc.

Archeological Museum

The Archeological Museum at Kamalapuram is worth visiting. It has some fine sculptures and floor models of Vijayanagara ruins.


Krishnadevaraya, the popular Vijayanagara king built the town. There is a temple of Jambunatha on a hill nearby.

Thungabhadra Dam

This 2km long, 40m high dam is the largest irrigation dam in South India.

Places of interest in Bengaluru District

Flower show, Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Bangalore) City is the district capital as well as the capital of Karnataka State. Bengaluru has a salubrious climate that made it the summer resort of the British Empire. It has many places of tourist interest such as Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bull temple, Bangalore Palace etc.

Bengaluru is accessible by air, rail and road from every important city and other states in India. More ......

Places of Interest in Bider

Bider was the capital of Bahmani kings in the early 15th century. Bider has the only sub-terranean stream in Karnataka. It is also an important Jain Pilgrim Center. Bider can be reached by rail and road from other major towns of South India.

Chaubara, an old cylindrical observation tower, the formidable 15th century fort built by Ahmed Shah Behmani, the palaces of Rangeen Mahal, Chini Mahal, Turkish mahal, the Madrasa of Mahmood Gawan etc. are among the interesting places a tourist should visit.


It is an ancient center(77km) of wealth and learning. The fort has ancient sculptures those survived the ravage of time. The Basaveswara temple, the Anubhava Mantapa and the tomb of Sayed Tajuddin are other places of Interest.

Places of Interest in Bijapur

Once the stronghold of Bijapur Sultans, this medieval walled city of domes and minarets, was bursting with architectural activities under Adil Shah Dynasty. Bijapur has many mosques, tombs and a number of palaces. Rail and road connect Bijapur to other parts of the state. The nearest airport is Belgaum.

The Fort

Kotigode, Bijapur

Yousuf Adil Shah built this fort that is six and a quarter miles in circumference and has five massive gates. Deep mots were dug around the fort all along.

Asar Mahal

In 1646, Mohamed Adil Shah built this Hall of Justice. This building is supposed to be having two hairs from the beard of Prophet Mohamed. The walls and ceiling of the building is decorated with paintings and designs. Women are not allowed inside.

Gagan Mahal

this structure built in 1561 served as the royal palace and the Durbar Hall.

Gol Gumbaz

Gol Gumbaz

An outstanding engineering marvel, Gol Gumbaz is the tomb of Mohamed Adil Shah. Its enormous whispering dome is the second largest in the world next to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The acoustical system in the dome carries the faintest whisper around the dome and returns to the listener nine times. The gallery around the dome provides a fabulous view of Bijapur.

Ibrahim Rauza

Ibrahim Adil Shah II (1580-1626) built this impressive, delicate and elegant structure for his queen. It is said that its tall minarets have inspired those of Taj Mahal. Ibrahin Adil Shah II. His queen, his two sons, his daughter and his mother are interred in Ibrahim Rauza.

Jama Masjid

Ali Adil Shah (1557-80) built this finely proportional Jama Masjid that covers an area of 10810sq.m. The Masjid has a fine dome and beautiful arches.


It means king of the plain. Malik-e-Maidan is a huge cannon measuring over 4m long 1.5m in diameter and weigh about 55tons. It was cast and brought to Bijapur in 1549 as a war trophy.

Sath Manzil (the seven-storey palace of Mohamed Adil Shah), Jala Manzil (once a water pavilion) and Bara Kaman (the mausoleum of Ali Rouza) are in ruins, but worth to have a peek.