A city that is being fought over by two states, Karnataka and Maharashtra, Belgaum is highly underrated and neglected destination, when it comes to tourism. Also known as Belgavi, nature has been generous with Belgaum
Situated at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range on the Western Ghats, flowing rivers, gushing waterfalls, dense forests, and lush greenery dominate the landscape. Belgaum has a lot more to offer besides nature, with plenty of old forts and crumbling monuments adding character and history to a place that has seen many rulers and many wars fought on its soil. As if this weren’t enough, Belgaum is an important commercial hub and export center for Karnataka, which is perhaps why the state is so reluctant to relinquish its control. Belgaum is also known for its power looms, which create beautifully made local cotton saris that sell like hot cakes across the country. To add to its appeal, the weather is Belgaum ranges from pleasant to cold all year round, with a constant nip in the air. Do you need any other reason to visit?Nature lovers will have plenty of sites to visit, with the many waterfalls, trekking trails, wildlife parks, meadows and river banks that the city has to offer. Make it an adventure only trip and cover all the major nature spots at one go. It will be an exhilarating experience, to say the least.Belgaum also has a number of striking, ancient temples for the religious pilgrim. While some are in the heart of the city, others are located within the fort walls, and some others are only accessible by trekking or walking through the hills or the forests. But these age-old temples, with their stunning architecture and historical tales, are undoubtedly worth the effort.The forts in Belgaum are great tourist spots, especially for history buffs. Each fort has a story to tell, and engravings and inscriptions on the walls of forts and palaces can further validate these stories. Rest assured, no matter what kind of a traveler you are, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this city.When in Belgaum, you can hire a car for the day to take you around sightseeing. This would offer the most convenience, although it may work out to be rather expensive. Auto-rickshaws are also widely available throughout the city and can take you to places easily, as the drivers know their way around. State buses also ply through the city, but they are not known for their comfort. Belgaum’s roads are also great for bicycling, but always be careful as there are no lanes reserved for cyclists.While the waterfalls are beautiful, they can be risky, so it is better to visit with a tour guide, whether or not you have past experience trekking.Avoid venturing out after dark, as most of the city shuts quite early. This is especially important for women travelers
Belgaum is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Belgaum Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Belgaum from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Belgaum