Quick getaways and picnic spots in Belgaum Karnataka


Which are the best places to go for a picnic in Belgaum District? Are there any waterfalls near Belgaum city? This article answers these queries by giving information about the best places to go for a picnic near Belgaum city.

Belgaum tourism is often centered around visits to temples and forts. Locals who have visited these places, though, are always on the lookout for some weekend picnic spots away from the main city of Belgaum. So here's some useful information...

Top 5 short trips for quick getaways near Belgaum city Karnataka


1. Gokak Falls, Belgaum: Did you know that these falls have been compared to the Niagara Falls! That's right - thanks to its height and extensive shape, the Gokak Falls in Belgaum are comparable with the world's most well-known waterfalls. The Gokak Falls have been created by the Ghataprabha river about 6-7kms from the town of Gokak. The river flows serenely for many kms and then decides to take a sudden playful dive over the rocky edges near the town. At 170 feet, that's quite a dive!

What to do here: If you are not scared of heights & are brave enough, you can walk across the stringy ropeway to the electricity-generating station. You can also wander around the ancient ruins of the monuments scattered on the sides. Set out your picnic ware on a flat piece of rock and enjoy the spray!

Precautions: Make sure you are wearing firmly-soled footwear as it is slippery. Do not venture too close to the edges.

2. Godachinamalki Falls, Belgaum: These falls are not as majextic as the Gokak falls, but nevertheless are worth a visit. From the Gokak Falls, it is just 10-12kms and is a less crowded place. You can ask the villagers of Godachinamalki for directions to the falls.

3. Navilutirtha, Belgaum: This is another lovely spot for picnicking in Belgaum District. At one time, peacocks used to prance around here. The Malaprabha Dam located here is quite a scenic area. This area is also said to be the meditation spot of the legendary Gurudeva Mahatapasvi Shri Kumarswamiji.

Location: 10 Kms from Saundatti, which is famous for its temples & fort. Saundatti is about 68kms from Belgaum city.

4. Rakaskop, Belgaum: This spot does seem to have a bit of an odd name! Actually, it refers to the place where a giant (the local word is Rakkasa) is said to have set up his home. What makes this place an interesting place to visit is a cave-like structure on a small hill, which, if you look closely, resembles a giant human. The river Markandeya flows nearby. In case you didn't know: this is the river which is the source of water for residents of Belgaum.

5. Belgaum Fort, Belgaum: This particular fort is steeped in history. One of the primary historical significances of this fort is that it is here that Gandhiji was imprisoned for a brief while during British rule. Built during the reign of Jaya Raya, the fort has a unique aspect: the entrance of the fort is guarded by 2 small temples, one of Lord Ganesha & the other of Goddess Durga, and within the fort there are 2 masjids, the Safa Masjid and the Jamia Masjid.

Quick Travel Facts for Belgaum
  • Nearest Airport to Belgaum: Hubli airport (100kms. from Belgaum city)
  • Main Bus Stand: old town area
  • Main Highway: Pune-Bangalore highway; NH4
  • Major Trains:
    1. Bangalore to Belgaum via Londa: Rani Channamma Express (Train No.16589) – 16 halts - 12 hours
    2. Mumbai to Belgaum via Miraj: Chhalukya Express (Train No.11018) – 10 halts - 12 hours
    3. Vasco da Gama (Goa) to Belgaum: Goa SF Express (Train No.12779) – 5 halts – 4 ½ hours
    4. Delhi to Belgaum: H. Nizamuddin Hubli-Goa Express Slip(Train No. 12780) -20 halts – 33hrs. 40mins.

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