Belgaum’s history dates back to 225 BC. This is when Jakkadeva decided to build a bud fort in this area. The remains of the fort are seen even today. Belgaum was initially named ‘Velugrama’ meaning ‘Village of Bamboos’. It was later changed to Belagugrama, then Belugav and eventually Belgaum or Belagavi (Bel meaning Bamboo and gaon meaning village). Belgaum was initially ruled by the Satavahanas then the Chanakyas and then the Rashtrakutas. It was later ruled by the Kadambas and by the Rattas around the 12th century. This is when Belgaum attained preeminence. The most prominent ruler of Belgaum was Bijapur ruler Asad Khan. He ruled this settlement for almost 38 years. He was also responsible for the construction of the Fort and the Safa Maskid in Belgaum. Eventually the Marathas captured Belgaum and ruled it from 1754 to 1818. In 1818 the British captured Belgaum and decided to make it their district headquarters.
Things To Do
Belgaum is a city that is rich with cultural heritage and history. When you’re here, there are a number of things that you can do in order to enjoy your holiday here. There are a number of people who come to the city for religious purposes since it is flooded with temples, churches and mosques. This is a great city for sightseeing if you love nature and want to explore it in its full beauty. There are some beautiful parks in Belgaum that you can visit.
The city is best known for their leather goods, pottery, wooden toys which are handmade and very different. Make sure you try the authentic biriyani and the famous Kunda sweet dish when you’re in Belgaum.
Best Time To Visit
The most convenient time to visit Belgaum is between September and May. The weather during these months is extremely pleasant and one can roam the area in comfort. The best places to visit are the Gokak Falls post monsoon and the Godachi fairs after monsoon.