About Dharwad Tourist places in Karnataka India
About Dharwad is about 75km from Belgaum. Calm and peaceful with picturesque beauty, this place still retains its ancient charm. A famous educational centre, it has two renowned Universities the Karnataka University and the University of Agricultural Sciences. Some of the important places of visit are the All Saints Church, Basel Mission Church, Dattatreya temple, Durga Devi temple and Panduranga temple.
Dambal is about is 98km from Dharwad District. The village has tow temples dedicated to Dodda Basappa and Someshwara. The first is a star shaped Kalyana Chalukya temple and is the only one its kind is this region. The Someshwara temple has the Hoysala art along with Yadava art. Both these are considered as the Gems of Dambal.
Gadag is 78km from Dharwad District. A prosperous town known in the ancient days as Maha Agrahara. There are many temples of Chalukyan architecture. Trikuteshwara and Saraswati temples are in the same compound. In the heart of the town is the Viranarayana temple. The famous Kannada poet Naranappa, popularly called as Kumara Vyasa is said to have composed the great epic Mahabharata in poetic form sitting in the main hall of this temple, inspired by the deity. Gadag is now an important centre for cotton trade, printing industry and publishing work. It has the largest number of printing presses.
Gajendraghad is about 35km from Dharwad city. A historic place having a fort built by Chatrapathi Shivaji. There are two temples of Virupaksha and Panduranga. Another famous temple here is the one dedicated to Kalakaleswara constructed inside a natural cave formation. These caves lead to two sacred ponds called Yenne Gonda and Arasara Gonda.
Ittagi is about 32km from Godag. A village, once a flourishing Agrahara famous for its Chalukyan style temple dedicated to Mahadeva. rightly described in the inscriptions as Devalaya Chakravarthi (Emperor among temples), the temple was built by Mahadeva Pandanayaka, a general of Vikramaditya VI in 1112. The sculpture inside and outside the temple is so delicate that some scholars are of the opinion that the decorative treatment for this temple is excessive. The most convenient route to reach Ittagi is by bus from Gadag via Bannikoppa. Regular state and private bus service is available to this place.
Lakshmeshwara is about 28km from Dharwad District. An ancient village of the 16th century ruled by lakshamana Arasa, it has the Shiva temple dedicated to Saomeshwara. The Jumma Masjid has the marvelous Hoysala style architecture with the tomb of saint Dood Peran. Nearby is the village Shishunala with became famous by the songs of Shishunala Sheriff and his teacher Govinda.
Lakkundi is about 9km from Gadag. Once an important Jain centre for religious training, the town has exquisite temples in the Chalukyan style. Most significant temples are Kashi Vishveshwara, Surananarayana temples and the Jain Basadi.
Excellent roads connect all these places and state buses operate regularly in many routes. Tongas and autorickshaws are available for local travel.