Belagavi at a Quick Glance
Belagavi is located at 15.87° N 74.5° E. It has an average elevation of 751 metres (2463 feet). The city is situated in the north western parts of Karnataka and lies at the border of two states, Maharashtra and Goa. It is one of the oldest towns in the state, lying at a distance of 502 km from Bangalore and 495 km from Mumbai. The district comprises 1278 villages with an area of 13,463 sq. km. Belagavi has about 7 lakh (700,000) urban population of which 78% are literate. Situated near the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range (Western Ghats) at an altitude of about 779m, 100km from the Arabian Sea with the river Markandeya flowing nearby, Belagavi exhibits swift and kaleidoscopic changes in topography, vegetation and climate.
The town enjoys rich cultural diversity stemming from its proximity to the states of Maharashtra and Goa. Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, English and Konkani are the main languages spoken.
Belagavi is rapidly growing as educational hub of north Karnataka. Good infrastructure of Medical, Engineering, Management & other technical colleges are attracting a vast number of students from across the country and abroad. Belagavi is an ideal location for vegetable trading, fish, wood & mining resource trading in north Karnataka.
From the early 1970s, Belagavi began developing as an important centre for the manufacture of heavy machine tools, including the manufacture of high pressure oil hydraulics.
Trade flourishes in Belagavi, and many areas of the city are dedicated to certain kinds of trade. For example, almost all automobile-related trade and manufacture happens in the Fort Road area of the city. Also the Raviwarpeth area is known as the whole-sale market which sells commodities like Grains, Tea, etc.
Tourism and attractions
Belagavi is located 502 kms from Bangalore, 495 kms from Mumbai and 125 kms from Goa. 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. Inside the city, the old town area of Vadgaon and Khasbag with its cotton and silk weavers stands beside the modern, bustling, tree lined British Cantonment area. The Belagavi fort is a huge construct present in the heart of the town. It is said that its 15-meter deep moats were filled with ravenous crocodiles to ward off enemies in the early days. A wide variety of historical sites, temples and churches exist in and around the city, most notably the fort Kamala Basti, Kapileshwar temple (South Kashi), the hills of Vaijyanath, Ramtirth in Kanbargi, the aerodrome at Sambra and others. Jamboti, 20 km south-west of Belagavi, is a popular tourist spot with its evergreen hilltop forests. The Vajrapoha Falls on the Mandovi River are located 26 kms from Belagavi. At distance of about 60 km from Belagavi, are the Gokak & Godchanmalki falls. They are stepwise falls which are approximately 100 metres in length, with a step at every 30 metres. Gokak Spinning Mills is one among the oldest in India.
Road : Belagavi is connected by road via the National Highways 4 (connecting Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and 4A (connecting Karnataka and Goa).
Air : Belagavi is directly connected with Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hubbali. The airport currently serving the city is Belagavi Airport.
Rail : Belagavi is on the main Indian Railways grid and is well connected by rail to major destinations such as Bangalore, Mumbai (via Miraj) and Goa.