Bellary shares a border with Andhra Pradesh, and hence the culture here is a beautiful blend of both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Bellary is a historically significant place with neolithic archaeological sites like the ash mounds at Sanganakallu, Budihal and Tekkalakote. The city had several names through ancient times, like Sindavadi-Nadu Kuntala Desha, and Nolambanadi-Nadu. The Bellary Fort is the major tourist attraction along with other sightseeing places like Ballari and Kumbara Rock Hills, Kuntegadda Park, and Bellary Zoo.
Top Tourist Places to Visit in Bellary
- Bellary Fort : It is a significant attraction in the city. Both the Upper Fort and the Lower Fort together form the Bellary Fort. Hanumappa Nayaka of Vijayanagara Empire constructed the Upper Fort. After many years, Later the Lower Fort was built by Hyder Ali. Bellary Fort gained prominence only during the British rule.
- Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary :
- Bilikallu Reserve Forest was declared as Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary in 1994. The dry deciduous thorn forests and hillocks are home to sloth bears. About 20km from Hampi, it is the only sloth bear sanctuary in Karnataka. Here you can also spot lizards, pangolins and spotted deer.
- Ramanadurga Hill Station : It's a small hill station and a village near Sandur, famous for an ancient fort built by the Prince of Kampli. There is also a Ramadeva Temple here. Though the fort is in ruins, it provides gorgeous views of Sandur and the surrounding villages.
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