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Bagalkot District

Bagalkot District


Bagalkot district pronounced "bagalakoutei", sometimes spelled as Bagalkote is an administrative district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The district headquarters is located in the town of Bagalkot. The district is located in northern Karnataka and borders Belgaum, Gadag, Koppal, Raichur and Bijapur. The new Bagalkot district was carved out of Bijapur in 1997 via Government of Karnataka directive.The district is popular for its silk and handloom industries. Ghataprabha River, Malaprabha River and Krishna River flow through the district. Koodalasangama lies at the point of confluence of rivers Krishna and Malaprabha.

The legendary Chalukya Dynasty once upon a time ruled Bagalkot District, in northern Karnataka. Occupying a distance of 6593 sq. km Bagalkot District is flanked by Bijapur district in the north and Gadag district in the south. Raichur district lies towards east of Bagalkot and Koppal district towards southeast along with Belgaum district towards west border the same.

Remnants of Chalukyan art and architecture are important tourist attractions in Bagalkot. Pattadakal has many UNESCO World Heritage temples built by Vikramaditya II, while Aihole, which lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River, is an important temple town with over 140 temples belonging to both the early and later Chalukya times. The cave temples of Badami Cave Temples and the Jain temples of Rashtrakutas at Lokapura and Bilgi are also famous. Cottage industries occupy a predominant position in Bagalkot.

With a net population size of 1,26,100 Bagalkot District with its fertile verdant terrains drained by perennial rivers facilitates extensive cultivation. People also take up animal husbandry, sericulture and are also engaged in factories, industries, banks, agro-industries and other allied services in this fairly urban town.

Bagalkot District is a sightseer's paradise with its panoramic beauty. Tourists can indulge in whirlwind shopping sprees in Aihole, famous for its traditional handloom and silk sarees, and lose themselves in Badami and Pattadakal, a treasure trove of history and culture.

New balglkot is is a new city systimitacaly planned. The old bagalkot was submerged due to the rising of the hight of Almatti dam on River Krishna.

Location info:

Bagalkot is 90 km away from the city of Bijapur.

Climate/Weather of Bagalkot:


History of Bagalkot:

Bagalkot was the capital of the Chalukyan Empire of South India under Pulakesi I, who conquered the district in 550 CE. Bagalkot's Badami taluk remained the seat of the throne of the Chalukyas from 550 CE - 753 CE, when Chalukya king Kirtivarman II was overthrown by the Rashtrakutas. The 12th century social reformist Basavanna, known for his crusade against caste exploitation was born in Koodalasangama, a town in the taluk of Hungund.

Stone inscriptions identify Bagadige as the ancient name of Bagalkot. According to legend, the area was gifted by the mythological R?vana, lord of Lanka to his musicians. Other taluks in Bagalkot also have mythological origins. Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, was named after an asura king who, according to the Mah?bh?rata, ruled the area along with his brother Ilvala. Legend has it that both asuras were vanquished by the sage Agasthya. The northwestern taluk of Jamkhandi derives its name from an old Chalukyan temple dedicated to Jambukeshwara, a form of the Hindu deity Shiva. The town of Aihole, formerly the capital of the Chalukyan Empire of Banavasi was previously known as Ayyavole and Aryapura meaning Noble city. The western taluk of Mudhol was traditionally known as Muduvollal - literally translating into lovely town. The ancient town of Pattadakal was previously known as Raktapura - red town and later as Pattadakal Kisuvoval.

Educational Institutions of Bangalore Urban District:

Medical,B.Ed,Ayurvedic Medical,ITI & Teacher Education Colleges in Bagalkot

  • Dist Institute of Education & Training Government TTI
  • Government Teachers Training Institute
  • SR Kanthi College Of Education
  • Government TTI For Men
  • Basaveshwara Engineering College
  • PM Nadagowda Memorial Dental College
  • Sri Vijaya Mahanthesh Ayurvedic College
  • Sri Bvv Sangha Ayurvedic Medical College
  • Grameen Ayurvedic Medical College
  • BVVS Polytechnic College
  • CVC Rural Polytechnic College
  • Jagadguru Gangadhara Moorasaviramatta ITI
  • Kalidas ITI
  • Al Mijhon ITI


The prominent language spoken is Kannada. Other languages like Marathi, Urdu,Telugu and Gujarati are also spoken by small portion of population.

Culture of Bangalore Urban District:

Most people are Hindus, but Islam, Jainism, and Christianity are also practiced. Kannada is the primary language, although a small part of the population speaks other languages such as Marathi, Urdu, Telugu, and Gujarati. Visitors enjoy the Banashankari Temple Festival, Virupaksha Temple Car Festival, and Mallikarjuna Temple Festival.

The culture of Bagalkot district has been adequately influenced by Kannada culture and to some extent by Marathi culture as well, partly because of the district`s nearness to Maharashtra and partly because of its previous history of being a taluk under the Bagalkot culture - Sareesjurisdiction of the Bombay Presidency. The conventional cuisine of the district is characteristic of the North Karnataka cuisine. Jowar based food items such as Bhakri are commonly eaten. Other varieties of Indian bread made out of jowar are also widespread and are coloquially known as jolada rotti. As is common to most of the North Karnataka districts, Jhunka, a garbanzo beans based dish is very much prevalent and is usually eaten with Bhakri. These two dishes together are known as Jhunka bhakar. Though not cultivated widely in the district, rice, as in all of South India, is part of the staple diet. It is imported from other parts of the state and region. Soups prepared from lentil and pulses are commonly eaten. Ilkal town in Bagalkot district is well known for the Ilkal sarees manufactured there.

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Bagalkot is connected by railway lines with almost all the important places in South India.

Trains and Railway Stations

  • Badami Railway Station
  • Guledagudda Road Railway Station
  • Lakhmapur Railway Station
  • Bagalkot Railway Station
  • Jakanur Railway Station
  • Yerra Goppa Railway Station
Nearest Airport:The nearest airport to reach Badami is at Belgaum (150 kms). The nearest international airport is at Bangalore (504 kms).

Road Transport:Bagalkot is connected by roads to almost all the important places in South India.

Bus Stations

  • Amingarh Bus Station
  • Badami Central Bus Station
  • Bagalkot Bus Station

Tourist Attraction

Badami:Badami Cave Temples
Badami taluk remained the seat of the throne of the Chalukyas from 550 CE - 753 CE, when Chalukya king Kirtivarman II was overthrown by the Rashtrakutas.Badami is known for its beautiful carved cave temples belonging to 6th & 7th centuries. Wedged between two rocky hills at the mouth of a ravine, the four rock-cut cave temples display the full range of religious sects that evolved in India. Overlooking the sandstone caves, is an artificial lake lined with four temples on its shores. While three of the temples belong to Vedic faith, the fourth and natural cave is the only Jain temple at Badami.

Pattadakal:Pattadakal is a town in the Indian state of Karnataka The town lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of North Karnataka region. It is 22 km from Badami and about 10 km from Aihole. Pattadakal has many UNESCO World Heritage temples built by Vikramaditya II.
Mallikarjuna temple in dravidian style and Kashi Vishwanatha temple in nagara style at Pattadakal, built 740 CE.

Aihole:Aihole, which lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River, is an important temple town with over 140 temples belonging to both the early and later Chalukya times.Aihole is in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. Early inscriptions call this town "Ayyavole" and "Aryapura". Aihole has its own historical significance and is called as cradle of Hindu rock architecture. Many temples and caves of historical importance can be found at Aihole. It is a very popular tourist spot in north Karnataka.

Arettina Bavi
Built in AD 1708 by Visajipanta, Arettina Bavi is a stone pond situated north of Bilagi, 30 km from Bagalkot. The ruined shrine inside the well is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The walls of the well have Kannada, Marathi and Persian inscriptions.

Kudalasangama:Kudalasangama, where Basavanna's samadhi is located.The 12th century social reformist Basavanna, known for his crusade against caste exploitation was born in Basavana Bagewadi.

Mallegitti Shivalaya Temple: Mallegitti Shivalaya Temple set on the summit of a hill is 2 km away from Badami. This magnificent temple enshrines the calm idol of Shiva in the form of the garland maker. Built of stone, it has a shrine, a small porch, and a mandapa with a Dravidian tower.

Mallikarjuna Temple :Mallikarjuna Temple is a highly revered shrine located at Pattadakkal, in Bagalkot District of Karnataka. The temple was built by the queens of Vikramaditya II in memory of his victorious march against Kanchi in 745 AD

Sangameshwara Temple:Sangameshwara Temple is the oldest temple in the group of the Pattadakkal temples. Built by King Vijayaditya Satyashraya, this unfinished temple with well proportioned storeys capped by the square-to-dome roof is a fine example of Chalukya architecture.

Mahakuta: Mahakuta group of temples:The Mahakuteshwara temple dedicated to Shiva, is built in the Dravidian style.

Naganath Temple, located in a forest on the way to Mahakuta, it is one of the early Chalukya temples dedicated to Shiva. Mahakuta, once a great center of shaiva cult, Mahakuta is a beautiful place surrounded by hills.

Banashankari: A famous fair and festival is held here during January, February.Here the temple is dedicated to Banashankari or Shakambari a form of Parvati is located at Cholachagud popularly called Banashankari.

Mudhol: Birth Place of Poet Kavi Chakravarti Ranna.The Principality of Mudhol was one of the 9-gun princely states of British India.Mudol is famous for a breed of dog known as the 'Mudhol Hound.

Agastyatirtha Tank:Agastyatirtha Tank, a large 5th century sacred pool, is locaed in Badami. The richly sculpted cave temples of Badami look out over the pool. Its water is thought to possess medicinal properties.

Bhutanatha Temples:The ancient Bhutanatha Temples are two Shiva temples located on the bank of the ancient Bhutanatha Lake. The temples present the Lord in the form of Bhutanatha, the God of Souls. One of the shrines dates back to the 7 th century. And the rest are additions made around the 11th century

Galaganatha Temple:Galaganatha Temple, one of the prime attractions in Pattadakkal, represents the grandeur of the ancient Chalukya Dynasty. Situated on the banks of Malaprabha River, this eighth century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex houses about 30 smaller temples.

Lad Khan Temple :Lad Khan Temple is situated at Aihole in Hungund Taluk of Bagalkot District. It is the oldest temple which dates back to the 5th century. Initially, it was a royal assembly hall and marriage mandapa (hall). Then a Muslim official called Lad Khan used it as his residence and since then it came to be known by its present name.

Upper Shivalaya Temple:Upper Shivalaya TempleIs a Vaishnava temple situated on top of a hill in Badami, Bagalkot District. It was erected during the early 7th century and is believed to be the first structural temple built during the Chalukya age. The temple displays carvings of Krishna's pastimes, and other related scenes.

Virupaksha Temple:It is said in one of the inscriptions that Lokamahadevi, wife of Vikramaditya II, built the temple in memory of his conquest of Kanchi.Situated in Pattadakkal, Virupaksha is a one of the biggest temples dedicated to Lord Virupaksha or Shiva. The walls contain several inscriptions. There is a massive gateway and a large quadrangle surrounded by small cells.

Ilkal: Ilkal is famous for its hand woven sarees commonly known as Ilkal sarees.They are worn by the women living in North Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra. Ilkal is also the source of red granite stone which is exported to various places.Ilkal has a large temple of Vijayamahanteshaswami and his religious preceptor Gurumahanta Shivayogishwara. The monument of Hazarath Syed Murtaza-Sha-Khadri lies on the eastern side of the town.


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Bagalkot District Major Attraction

Aihole Historical
Once the capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty (6th to 8th centuries), Aihole is a picturesque village on the banks of the Malaprabha river. Variously called Ayyavole & Aryapura in the inscriptions, Aihole is historically famous as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture.....more
Badami Historical
Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, is a taluk in the Bagalkot District of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for rock cut and other structural temples.....more
Pattadakal Historical
Pattadakal: Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha River, Pattadakkal is a World Heritage Centre. The town has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Located on the banks of the river Malaprabha, Pattadakal is the capital of the Chalukya rulers.....more