Belgaum (earlier known as “Venugrama” or the “Bamboo Village”) is one of the oldest, strong, prominent and well cultured historical place nestling high in the Western Ghats. The city is nearly 2,500 ft (762 m) above sea level. The old town area with cotton and silk weavers stands gloriously besides the modern, bustling, tree-lined British Cantonment. Step out of the forts and you have a wide choice of temples and churches to visit. Belgaum has an enviable heritage and offers much to be discovered. It lies in the zone of cultural transition between Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa with a known antiquity clearly traceable upto 2nd Century A.D. Due to its proximity with the states of Maharashtra and Goa, Belgaum has acquired the cultural flavour of these states and blended it with the local Kannada culture to create a rich heritage, which is unique in its manifestation. It is also known as Malenadu or Rain Country and the vegetation here is verdant green throughout the year. Well, centuries have passed and today it is an entirely different story. Belgaum has now become one of the important and considered district in the state of Karnataka. Belgaum is now marching with a tag of fast growing, redeveloping district with a population of approximately over 42,07,264. Belgaum is exactly at the center between Mumbai and Bangalore.
Belgaum is also a foundry hub of Karnataka state, with about 200 foundries producing automotive and industrial castings of ferrous base and supporting ancillaries like CNC and conventional machine shops which finish the castings that are produced in Belgaum.
Belgaum’s salubrious climate, proximity to the coast and strategic position near Portuguese Goa commended it to the British as a suitable location for an army training center and cantonment, which it continues to be today for the Indian Armed Forces, along with an air force station of the Indian Air Force. The British had a sizable infantry post here, having realized the military importance of its geographical location. Perhaps that is one of the reasons for Belgaum’s sobriquet “The Cradle of Infantry”. Development of a rail network for movement of resources and later troops was one of the means employed by both the East India Company and the British to exert control over India. Belgaum houses the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC). It also houses the Commando Training Wing which is a part of the Infantry School, where the country’s infantry commandos are trained in endurance, escape and evasion, guerrilla and commando warfare techniques and to live off the land. The commando course at Belgaum is mandatory for all infantry officers. Officers of other arms and services and even some foreign officers undertake the course. In between the military hospital and the commando training centre there lies the eminent Belgaum Military School, established in 1945 spread over an area of 64 acres (26 ha).
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, ITBP, is building a full-fledged recreation and training center in Belgaum at Halbhavi. Belgaum provides an excellent climate for recreation and ITBP will have large family bases in Belgaum for its soldiers after high altitude stressful duty.
The Central Reserve Police Force Institute of elite central paramilitary forces is setting up a national-level training institution (for jungle warfare) at Khanapur in Belgaum.
Belgaum is the commercial Hub and Divisional Headquarters of North Karnataka, Ranking second to Bangalore in the state in terms of overall exports (mainly related to the Auto motive industry). It is an important source of vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, mining production, and wood (due to heavy rainfall, rivers and the abundance of water). Trading in North Karnataka is mainly with Goa and Maharashtra along with major cities like Pune and Bangalore. Rich deposits of Bauxite are found in Belgavi district and have led to the creation of the Indian aluminium-producing company Hindalco Industries of the Aditya Birla Group. Uranium deposits have been found at Deshnur, a small village near Bailhongal town. Belgaum is a major producer of milk in the state, 30% of the state’s production, and has the highest number of sugar factories. Belgaum is also home to Ugar Sugar Works in Ugar, Renuka Sugars, and other large scale sugar factories in Athani.
Belgaum is also a foundry Hub of Karnataka state, with about 200+ foundries producing Automotive and Industrial Castings of Ferrous base and supporting ancillaries like CNC and conventional machine shops which finish the castings that are produced in Belgaum.
Belgaum is also known in field of sports. Many of them have made their way to the State/National side also. To name a few are Phadeppa (Pavananjey) Dareppa Chaugule who represented India and was India’s first Olympic marathon runner and International Women’s Cricketer Sonia Dabir.
Royceton Gomes Memorial Football tournament is one of oldest football tournament played at school level apart from State owned Cricket, Football, Golf leagues. Large indoor stadium and cricket stadium are being built up with international standards, apart from other big/small grounds at every part of the city which provides
This city provides large exposure in sports like
- Football tournament
- Billiards, Snooker and Pool
Belgaum is known as an education hub of south India, this place offer wide range of education profile right from medical to fine arts. Few of them are listed below
- Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College – JNMC (Belgaum)
- M. Shaikh Homeopathic Medical College (Belgaum)
- K.L.E. Society’s Bachelor of Computer Applications
- Gogte Institute of Technology – GIT (Belgaum)
- K.L.E College of Engineering and Technology (Belgaum)
- VTU Belgaum
- SKE Society’s Govindram Seksaria College Of Computer Applications, Tilakwadi Belgaum
- Institute of Management Education and Research – IMER (Belgaum)
- K.L.E. Society’s College of Business Administration – B.B.A (Belgaum)
- GIT , MBA
- KLE, MBA
Under Graduation Domains:
- K.L.E. Society’s Raja Lakhamagouda Pre-University Science College (Belgaum)
- Gogte college of Commerce
- Rani Parvati Devi College of Arts
- Govindram Seksaria Science College
- Belgaum military School
- Kendriya Vidyalaya
- KLE international school
- Kittur Sainik Residential School
Fine Arts College:
- Beynon Smith Methodist Degree College of Arts
- J N Bhandari school of Arts
The city has also given some world class artists in field of painting, dancing, singing and music too.
Places In & Around Belgaum
- Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary (Khanapur)
- Anshi National Park (Karwar, Khanapur)
- Yellur Gad Fort
- Vajrapoha Falls on the Mandovi river
- Veera Soudha, also known as congress well
- Godchanmalki Water Falls
- Dudh Sagar Water Falls
- Gokak Water Falls
- Shiroda Beach
- Dandeli Jungle Resorts
- Amboli Ghats
- Asoga, Mandavi River
- Historic Places like Chitradurga Fort, Belur, Halebidu
- Kamal Basti: an ancient Jain temple dating as far back as 1000 AD and situated in the famous Belgaum fort in Karnataka
- Swami Vivekananand Smarak a tourist place in Belgaum at a very peaceful location.
- Kapileshwara Temple (Belgaum), which is also known as Dakshin Kashi, Centurys old Temple
- Miltary Mahadev
- Iscon Temple
- Hindalga Ganpati Temple
- Mary’s church
- Fatima Cathedral Church
- Hazrath sayed mohamed bin khataal shah valli- dargah
- Gurudwara singh sabha
- Hotel Eefa
- Hotel Sanman Delux
- Hoter Adarsha Palace
- Hotel Anupam
- Hotel Ajanta
- Hotel Uday Bhavan
Belgaum is known for Kunda, a sweet made from milk. A special sweet called “Mandige” or “Maande” is a must during weddings. There are many kunda manufacturers in and around Belgaum.
- Top in town
- Sun and sand
- The village
- Hotel Pride
- Rajasthani Dhaba
- Laxmi Dhaba
- Ram Dhaba
- 24 Flavours
- Bhairunath, Ramdev Galli
Chat Centres And Fast Food:
- Ambica Chat centre
- Sheetal Raswanti Graha
- Dominos Pizza
- US pizza
- Mexican Pizza
- Chats at JNMC road
- Balus Vada Pav Centre