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Belgaum Fort

Belgaum

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Belgaum Fort Overview

Ranked 1 of 21 sightseeing in Belgaum

Although much of the original structure is no longer present, the Belgaum Fort is a monument from the pre-Muslim time. The local rulers of the Ratta Dynasty constructed this fort in the 13th century AD, which was re-built many times by the successive rulers of Belgaum with their own changes.

The original structure made of mud and stone was built under the guidance of Bichiraja, a Ratta Officer. However, the entire structure was fortified with huge walls, a deep moat, bastions, parapets and battlements of a fortress by the Bijapur Sultanate’s Yakub Ali Khan. Later on this fort came under the dynasties of Vijaynagar, Marathas, Bijapur Sultans, and lastly the British. Even Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned here during the freedom struggle of India.

At the entrance of this fort, there are two shrines, one of Goddess Durga and the other of Lord Ganapati. These structures stand in harmony with the two old mosques of this area, the Jamia Masjid and the Safa Masjid. The structures inside this fort are a blend of the Deccan and Indo - Sarcenic styles of architecture that can be seen in the arches, domes and minars of this structure.

In the Jamia hall there are circular pillars, of which two are considered to be part of an ancient temple. Few pillars have inscriptions in Nagari script of the Kannada language, while some have scripts written in Persian language that appears to be decorations like calligraphy.

This fort happens to be one of the oldest in the state of Karnataka, which has protected the city from many enemies. Tourists can visit the Neminatha idol, made of black stone located inside the Kamala Basti of the Belgaum Fort, which is reminiscent of the late Chalukyan style of architecture.

When in Belgaum Fort, visiting the ‘Mukhamantapa’, that is a lotus carved on the ceiling, is another option. Throughout the ramparts there are number of sacred shrines, which stand as a mark of the unity of religion in this fort.
 

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What travellers are saying about Belgaum Fort

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  • Excellent 6
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 AM -6:30 PM
Saturday:
8:00 AM -6:30 PM
Sunday:
8:00 AM -6:30 PM
Public Holidays:
8:00 AM -6:30 PM
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Reviews and Ratings

Shridhar bagewadi

Shridhar bagewadi5.0/5

1 review

Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac

The Belgaum fort is just awesome and it is having ancent history. Beside the fort there is lake it's awesome and there will be party boats at the evening time the whole lake is decorated with lamps and other stuffs.
  • Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
  • Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
  • Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
  • Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
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Jagadishan

Jagadishan5.0/5

5 reviews

Excellent place

Good place to visit. This has two temples inside the fort. The temple needed better maintenance Need to have proper pujari, some paintings or frames to explain the history of the temple.

Anand  Kulkarni

Anand Kulkarni5.0/5

6 reviews

Worth visiting

Fort is worth to visit and never miss this if you are visiting Belgaum see the Ramakrishna Ashram too, never miss to see this. Entrance historic Durgadevi Temple, and even Kamal Basti all you find in Fort.

Fayaz m rafeek  khushbu

Fayaz m rafeek khushbu5.0/5

11 reviews

Very good place to visit

1. The Belgaum Fort is very good place in Belgaum .2. The location of the Fort is nearby to Pai Hotel.3. The sight of Belgaum Fort is good. 4. We people enjoyed a lot in Belgaum Fort.5. It's a good, best and attractive place. 6. Belgaum is a good place.

Amit

Amit2.5/5

6 reviews

Preferred in the morning

This is a good historical place to see, the zone is very green of different plants and birds. location is very close to the city, preferable to visit early in the morning.

Prajyot Tilve

Prajyot Tilve5.0/5

5 reviews

The Belgaum Fort, not to miss

This fort dates back to a rich history of Belgaum. Earlier the fort was under ignorance however now it is under the military and is now a place not to be skipped when you are in Belgaum. Religiously rich, this fort has Durga Devi temple, Jain basadi and Ramakrishna Mission the best place to meditate and spend your evening after a hectic day.

Nissar ahmad

Nissar ahmad5.0/5

6 reviews

Very informative

It is one of the famous fort people come to visit this fort from far places we get lot of information there it is really a good place.

Aditi Kamat

Aditi Kamat4.3/5

31 reviews

Glimpse of history

The fort is the first to greet you to this scenic hill station. Its is one of the oldest heritage monuments of Belgaum. At the entrance gate there is a Durga and Ganesh temple. The Fort has many places of importance like Ramakrishna Ashram, Kamal Basti and govt offices. Many families reside here for generations. You can take a ride through history for free of cost.Its a must visit!!

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Belgaum Fort, Belgaum

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Shridhar bagewadi

Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
Belgaum Fort, Belgaum

Photo by

Shridhar bagewadi

Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
Belgaum Fort, Belgaum

Photo by

Shridhar bagewadi

Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac
Belgaum Fort, Belgaum

Photo by

Shridhar bagewadi

Totally awesome feeling relaxness by visithis plac