Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered magnificent waterfalls located on Mandovi river in the border of Karnataka-Goa. The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats. The mesmerising beauty of the falls attracts a large number of tourists nationwide.
Dudhsagar, literally means “a Sea of Milk” in the local Konkani language and gets its name as it appears like an overflowing sea of milk. The waterfalls is at its peak flow during the monsoon.
Amboli is a picturesque hill station on the Sahyadri Hills. It is one of the world's 'Eco Hot-Spots' and has a rich variety of flora and fauna.
The place has an incredibly high rainfall which attracts tourists from all around. It also has numerous waterfalls and natural springs. The legend has it that Amboli has 108 Shiva temples of which only a dozen has been uncovered.
Source of Hiranyakeshi river lies in the hill of Amboli where an ancient Shiva temple exists.
Asoga is a picturesque village located in Khanapur taluk of Belgaum district. Situated on the banks of Malaprabha river, Asoga is an attractive tourist spot. It is famous for the temple which was built during the Kadamba dynasty in the medieval period.
Important sequences from the 70s hit movie ‘Abhimaan’ (featuring Amithabh Bachchan and Jaya bhaduri) were shot near the river Malprabha at Asoga.
Balekundri is a small village, located about a half hour drive from Belgaum. The place is famous for the temple of Shri Pant Maharaj set amidst a serene and tranquil garden of mango trees. Shri Pant Maharaj Balekundri is one of the great sages who emerged from Shree Datta Sampradaya, the oldest Sampradaya (ways or forms of devotion).
The ‘math’ houses the ‘paduka’ (ornamental footware) of Shri Pant Maharaj.
Chikla – Parwad region is the high ridge along the Karnataka - Goa border which offers a perfect trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts. Chikla mountain ridge is a favourite among avid trekkers.
During high monsoon period, Sowtera and Parwad waterfalls in the region offer natural beauty at its epitome. The 5 km trek with moderate difficulty offers splendid picturesque locales for the trekkers. The trek starts from the Chikla cross and ends at Parwad village in Belgaum.
Rakaskop is a dam located at 16 km from Belgaum. Built across the Markandeya river, it is the lifeline of Belgaum.
Rakaskop literally means “a hamlet of rakkasa (giant)”, who is believed to have lived on a hillock near the village. A cavern in laterite on the hillock resembling a huge seated human figure is spotted here.
The Godachinmalki falls is a waterfall located in a deep green valley alongside the Markandeya river in Belgaum district. It is also known as Markandeya Falls and is located in a rugged valley with an exotic and elegant backdrop.
Instead of a single steep drop, the falls take two gentle descents here. The river takes the first fall from a height of about 25 m and flows into the rock valley. After a short distance from the rocky valley, it takes the second fall from a height of about 20 m.
Two dams are present within a radius of 6 km; one built across Ghataprabha river (Hidkal dam) and another one (Shirur Dam) across Markandeya river. The falls is approachable from Godachinmalki village by a short trek through an irregular forest route.
Gokak Falls is a picturesque waterfall located at the Ghataprabha river in Belgaum district. Located 6 km from Gokak town, it is one of the major tourist attractions in Belgaum. After meandering lazily through the rugged terrain, the Ghataprabha river takes a leap of 52 m over a sandstone cliff into a picturesque gorge resembling Niagara Falls on a smaller scale.
There is a hanging bridge across the river standing 14 m above the rock bed which provides an intact view of the falls. One interesting feature of this place is the monuments from the Chalukya era that are found on either bank of the rocky gorge.
The inscriptions on these date back to the sixth century. Another attraction in this place is the very old river-front temple dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara, which has a later Chalukyan style of architecture.
Habbanhatti is a small village on the banks of the river Malaprabha which is about 31 km from Belgaum on the Jamboti Road. The village has a temple of Swaymbhu Maruti at banks of the river. Basically a centre for pilgrimage, the area also offers a picturesque landscape of the temple on the banks of the free flowing river. Shri Poonamnath Maharaj math is also situated next to the temple. The place also offers a good picnic spot with an open space encircled with trees.
Halasi is a town in Khanapur taluk of Belgaum district famous for its historical monuments and temples. Halasi was the capital of a branch of Kadamba dynasty known for their own style of temple architecture.
Halasi is set in the backdrop of lush green Western Ghats and has many temples among which the huge Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple is the most famed. The temple is known for its tall images of Varaha, Narasimha, Narayana and Surya.
The town also has a fort and temples of Gokarneshswara, Swarneshwara, Kapileshwara, and Hatakeshwara among many others.
Hidkal Dam is situated at Hukkeri in Belgaum district of Karnataka. It is constructed across the Ghataprabha River. The dam is an archaeologically relevant site. Many fossils have been revealed in the nearby areas of the dam which makes it a place of interest not only for tourists but also archaeologists.
Hooli is one of the oldest villages located in Belgaum district. Even the remotest location on the hills has a couple of temples. Among the numerous temples in Hooli, Panchaligeswara temple is the most famous.
The historically rich village has a ruined fort atop a hill, numerous temples and many freedom fighters. Most of the temples have Chalukyan style of architecture. Apart from the temples, Shivakashi valley is another important attraction here. One can find the marks left by monsoon springs and waterfalls here.
Kamala Narayana is a breathtakingly beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Narayana at Degaon of Belgaum district. It is a 12th century temple built by the Kadamba Queen Kamaladevi, which is famous for its Kadamba style of architecture.
It is believed that the place got its name from the temple complex Devagrama, meaning a ‘village of God’! It has marvellous sculptures including lions and floral motifs.
The Kadamba style of architecture seems to have reached its pinnacle at this beautiful temple. This style of architecture has impressed the Hoysalas, who went on to built many monuments based on this model!
Skykes point in Dandeli is famous for it's fabulous view of the valley of river Kali and is located in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary. Named after the British engineer who discovered it, it provides a breathtaking view of deep valleys, thickly forested hills and the Nagajhari river flowing into the Kali.
There is a temple near by on top of a small hill which is inside a cave. The place is called Kavala caves and are formed by volcanic activity ages back. The caves are very small in dimension and have a lot of stalagmite formations.
Kittur, historically as Kittoor, is a taluk in Belgaum district which is best known for the heroic resistance of its queen, Kittur Chennamma, who lead an armed rebellion against the British East India Company in 1824. Rani fought the British, subsequently killing Commissioner of Dharwad, until the Kittur army was defeated.
Rani Chennamma was the first Indian female ruler to lead an armed rebellion against the East India Company and became a legend henceforth. Kittur Fort is in ruins and a visit to the archaeological museum here will take you down through the curtains of time to her time of glory! Another attraction here is the natural park dedicated to her.