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Excursions

Rajahansagad (10 km):
known for its bauxite mine. The river forms two waterfalls within a short distance.

Halasi (21 km):
Erstwhile capital of the Kadambas, the place is dotted with temples and bastis all around the popular Bhuvaratha Narasimha Temple, a huge complex built in the later Chalukyan style.

Dharwad(20 km):

There are number of churches and temples in Dharwad. Accommodation: Hotel Mandar Regency, College Road, Tel.2444420; Hotel Dharvad, P.B. Road,

Nandagad:
This has a Trikulachala temple of later Chalukyan style. The pillars of the Navaranga the engravings and the geometrical designs are attractive.

Nipani Fort (70 km):
with monuments for the Jains, Muslims, Christians and Hindus.

Yellur:
Situated at the foot of a small hillock called Yellurgad. The place has temples dedicated to Kamaleshwar, Lakshmi, Dattatreya, Parameshwara and Chaugaleshwari.

Dhupadal (70 km):
A beautiful park and the dam site will enthral you especially the colourful, illuminated fountains.

Godachinamalki Falls (75 km):
This beautiful 50-ft waterfall is formed by the river Markandeya. The water cascades down in different steps before falling into the valley.

Bailhongal (42 km):
Rani Channamma's Samadhi is located at Bailhongal, where she was kept prisoner by the British. A beautiful garden surrounds her tomb.

Jamboti Hills (26 km):
Jamboti is a must for walkers and nature lovers. Pick your favourite spot here on the evergreen hilltop. The forests around reverberated to the sound of tigers and bears earlier are serene and quiet today.

Sogal (93 km):
An ancient temple of Someshwara built by the Rashtrakutas and a 60-ft high water fall.

Kittur (45 km):
Kittur is best known for the heroic resistance the Rani Channamma put up against the British here in 1824, enraged by the high handedness of Thakeray, the collector of Dharawad, when he refused to let the adopted son of Mallasarja rule after his death. When all negotiations failed, the brave Rani fought until the Kittur army was defeated and she was taken prisoner. A visit to the museum here will acquaint you with her time of glory. In the memory of this valiant woman, a nature park has been founded.

Gokak Falls (65 km):
It is here that the Ghataprabha River winds its way serenely before plummeting over a sandstone cliff of 52 m. The falls with a horse shoe shape at the crest have a breadth of 177 m. On the banks of the rocky gorge of these falls are a few ancient Chalukyan monuments and temples of Shanmukha, Mahalingeshwara and Durga. Gokak Road is the nearest railway station

Parasgad Fort:
Lies in the village area of Saundatti, about 2 km to the south. This rugged rocky fort stands on the south-west edge of a range of hills immediately overlooking the black soil plain down below. The hill, measuring about 500 m from north to south and about 300 m from east to west, is irregular with a covering of prickly pear and brushwood. The construction of the fort is ascribed to Shivaji in 1674

Soudatti (120 km):
The Goddess Devi Yellamma temple is situated atop a small hill close to the city bus stand.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary (110 km):

Rich in flora and fauna, the animals that can be seen here include the bison, chital, sambar, civet cat, tiger, and panther, etc. The sanctuary is surrounded by the rivers Kali and Kaneri. October to March is the best period to visit the Park.

Accommodation: Bison River Resort, Ilva Village, Ganeshgudi Post, Tel: 08383 256548 / 530. E-mail: [email protected]; Kali Wilderness & Adventure Camp, Tel: 08284 230266, 233360, E-mail: [email protected]; State Tourism Jungle Lodges, Dandeli, Tel: 08284 2333606 2334920; Email: [email protected]; Kulagi Timber Trails Camp, Dandeli Wildlife Division, Tel: 08284 231585. E-mail: [email protected] For further information contact: DCF, Dandeli Wildlife Division, Tel.: 08284 – 231585.



Athani(148 km):
Famous for its Amritalingeshwara Temple.

Hubli (82 km):
Places of interest in Hubli include: Unkal, a beautiful water spot with garden; Glass House, a palace of glass; Siddharoodha Math, a prominent religious institution, a centre of Advaita philosophy as preached by Swami Siddharoodha (1837-1929); Bhavanishankar Temple, a Chalukyan Temple with the image of Sri Narayana flanked by 10 incarnations of God; Asar Mahal which was built by Mohammed Ali Shah as a hall of justice, the building was also used to house two hairs from the Prophet's beard (women are not allowed inside); and Nrupatunga Betta, a beautiful picnic spot on the Unkal Hill from where you can have a panoramic view of Hubli.

Accommodation: Ajanta Hotel, J.C. Nagar, Tel: 0836 2362218; Ashok Hotel, Lamington Road, Tel: 0836 2362273; Ayodhya Hotel, Opp. Bus stand, Tel: 0836 2351951; Natraj Hotel, Jayachamrag Nagar, Tel: 0836 236672; Peacock Hotel, New Cotton Market, Tel: 0836 2351995, Srinagar Hotel, Tel: 0836 2366651.



Vajrapoha Falls (60 km):
Situated amidst enchanting hilly surroundings of the Jamboti forest is a fine spot. To reach it one has to travel from Jamboti up to a point 4 km beyond Chapoli and then cross the river (only in December and January) Mahadayi twice (in between is a small hill) finally leading to an elevated flat hillock. Here the river Mahadayi, flowing in a serpentine fashion, takes a first jump from a height of about 60 m.


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