The District Headquarters, Belgaum is a picture of contrasts. On one side is the old town area where the cotton and silk weavers still create magic with their fingers . And on the other the modern,bustling,tree-lined Cantonment built by the British. Belgaum, ancient `Venugrama (`Bamboo village) was the capital of the Rattas who shifted to this place from Saundatti during the close of 12th century. The place has a fort inside which there is the famous Kamalabasti built in 1204. It has a fine huge protruding lotus (Kamala) in its ceiling and this beautiful structure in Chalukyan style houses Neminatha Teerthankara image. Inside the fort is another excellent structure, the Safa Mosque with three entrances decorated with floral and calligraphic designs. Two of its pillars have Kannada inscriptions in Nagari scripts, one of 1199 of Ratta King Kartaveerya IV and another of 1261 of Sevuna (Yadava) Krishna.The Jamia Masjid in the fort was built by Sher Khan in 1585-86. There is a Dargah of Khanjar Wali near it. The fort has Chalukyan Pillars spread all over. A few other landmarks in Belgaum are:
The St. Marys Chruch built in 1869,
The Maruthi temple believed to be of Chalukyan times,
The Kapileshwar temple also of Chalukyan times.
Places of Interest in Belgaum In the heart of Belgaum, near the bus terminus is the Fort. At the entrance are two shrines. One devoted to Ganapathi and another to Durga. Inside the fort are two Bastis in the late Chalukyan style. Of these, the more famous is the Kamala Basti,built in 1204. Come out of the Kamala Basti and you will find another ruined Jain Temple to its right. Co-existing harmoniously with these examples are two ancient mosques- the Safa Masjid and the Jamia Masjid.Near the 16th century Jamia Masjid is a dargah of Khanjar Wali.
Stained Glass Mural at St. Xaviers Church Stained Glass Mural, St. Xaviers Church Kittur - No story of Belgaum is complete without a mention of Kittur Rani Chennamma. One of Indias first freedom fighters, the queens heroic resistance is still commemorated locally-in song and story. Her statue stands sentinel over Belgaum at a prominent square. Step out of the Fort and you have a wide choice of temples and churches to visit.
The Kapileshwara Temple - The Kapileshwara Temple said to be the oldest, the Ananthashayana Temple , the Maruti Temple and the temples of Shiva, Vithoba, Dyamavva and Military Mahadeva.
The Different Churches of Belgaum - Belgaum also has some very impre Belgaum also has some very impressive churches. St. Marys Church, St. Xaviers Church(the oldest), St. Anthonys Church, the Cathedral of our Lady and the Methodist church. Another historical site is the Pampa Sarovara. Built specially for the 1924 All India Congress Session which was presided by Mahatma Gandhi.Belgaum also has some well laid out parks.The Sambhaji Udyan , the Nath Pai Park and the Shivaji Udyan. Perfect places to relax.To put your feet up. And let your imagination soar free.
Air: The nearest Airport is Bombay which is 550 Kms, Flight services can also be availed at Bangalore which is 504 Kms and Mangalore is 438 Kms.
Rail: Belgaum is connected by rail to Bangalore(via Londa),Bombay(via Miraj),Vasco da Gama.
Road: Belgaum is connected by road to most places in south and west India.
These are:* Bangalore(502 Kms) * Saundatti(70 Kms) * Bombay(550 Kms)* Halshi(36 Kms)* Panji-Goa(125 Kms)* Kittur (44 Kms)
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