Belgaum is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. Officially known as Belagavi, and earlier known "Venugrama" or the "Bamboo Village". It is the administrative headquarters of the eponymous Belgaum division and Belgaum district. The Government of Karnataka has proposed making Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka, hence a second state administrative building Suvarna Vidhana Soudha was inaugurated on 11 October 2012. Belgaum has selected in first phase out of 20 cities, as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. Belgaum is 502 km from Bengaluru and 154 km from Panaji. Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, it enjoys a cool, salubrious climate and is surrounded by natural beauty in the form of rivers, hills and dense evergreen forests. In the vicinity there are popular tourists places like Amboli, Sindhudurg district and Jamboti. A wide variety of historical sites, temples and churches exist in and around the city, most notably the Kamala Basti fort, Kapileshwar temple (South Kashi), the hills of Vaijyanath, Ramtirth waterfalls, Revan Siddeshwr Temple at Hunshevari in the valleys of Kakati, Siddeshwar Temple in Kanbargi, the aerodrome at Sambra,kittur fort,Suvarna soudha. Belgaum Fort, a huge construction in the centre of the town. It dates back to 1519. The foundation of the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, a legislative administrative office complex, was laid in Belgaum in August 2007 to celebrate the golden jubilee celebrations of the unification of Karnataka. Kamal Basati is a Jain temple located within the walls of Belgaum fort.It has a Neminatha idol in black stone (idol found in a forest nearby) is deified on a stone carved pedestal here as Moolnayak. It was built in the Chalukyan style in 1204 AD.The pillars that support the roof with the lotus pendant are founded on plinths. Some pillars made of black basaltic stones (said to have magnetic characteristics) are highly polished. It is named as the Kamal Basadi since the tower of the temple depicts kamal (lotus) with 72 petals, which presently displays images of the past 24 Tirthankaras but can also depict the present and future thirthankars.Other idols seen in the temple are of: Bhagwan Sumatinath in the kayotsarga posture, Bhagwan Parshvanath under the shade of seven-hooded serpent (Nagaraj), Bhagwan Adinath in the padmasana posture and the Navagraha. Chikki Basadi though in ruins now, was once considered as a “remarkable piece of Jain architecture”. Hunshevari, the holy place of the "Shree Revan Siddeshwar Temple", in the valleys of Kakati village, 7 km from Belgaum on the Pune-Bangalore national highway. Siddeshwar Temple in Kanabargi village is a famous temple in a hill cave. Yellur Gad, on a hill surrounded by a circular wall, is a popular location visible from a long distance. The handloom cottage industries and silk weavers located in Vadgaon and Angol are known for exquisitely designed saris. The Belgaum Cantonment Area with its lush cover of greenery. The MLIRC (Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre) is also based here. Jamboti, 25 km south-west of Belgaum, is a popular tourist spot with its evergreen hilltop forests. Vajrapoha Falls on the Mandovi River are 26 km from Belgaum. Godchinamalaki Falls is a popular destination about 60 km from Belgaum. The falls are approximately 100 metres in length, with a stepwise fall every 30 metres. Gokak Falls is yet another resplendent waterfall 62 km from Belgaum and 6 km from Gokak town. Amboli hill station (Maharashtra) is a little known coastal highland area, around 70 km from Belgaum, popular during the monsoon season with its thick forests, curving misty ghats and shades of vibrant green. Asha Kiran Planetarium, School of Astronomy and Audio-Visual Education Research Centre, located in Ganeshpur. Dudhsagar Water Falls, around 80 km from Belgaum, is a scenic waterfall. The spot also provides various options for trekkers. The best time to visit is during or soon after the Monsoon. International Golf Course (18-hole) at Desur, 10 km from the city. Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary (Khanapur) Anshi National Park (Karwar, Khanapur) Swami Vivekananand Smarak a tourist place in Belgaum at a very peaceful location. Mal Maruti Temple, one of the best Hanuman temples, with a Udbhava Murty carving Kalavati Aai temple (Hari mandir) Siddeshwar Temple from Nagaramunnoli, which is very famous in Belgaum. Sulebhavi Mahalakshmi Temple is 20 km away from Belgaum. Military Hindalga Ganapati Templ, at Raichur–Vengurla Highway (State Highway 20 (Karnataka)) Veera Soudha, also known as congress well, is a beautiful memorial and garden within the city limits. Halasi near Khanapur is a historical place famous for its monuments and temple. One can also visit Buthramanhatti Park, Hidkal Dam, jungles, and many waterfalls quite close to the city.




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