Bellary is located on the eastern side of Karnataka surrounded by Davangere and Chitradurga districts towards the south, Raichur district to the north, Anantapur and Kurnool districts in the east and Dharwad district towards the west. The town of Bellary is the headquarters of Bellary district which features granite hills, Kumbara Gudda and Ballari Gudda.
Bellary has derived its name from the word Balari which suggests Goddess Durugamma. In fact, the place has a great account of history and played quite a big role under the Chalukyas of Kalyana, Satavahanas, Kalachuryas, Kadambas, Hoysalas and Sevunas.
Bellary was also ruled for a brief period by the Pandyas of Madurai, the Kakatiyas of Warrangal, Adilshahi Sultanate, the Delhi Sultanate, Aurangazeb, the huge Vijayanagar Empire, the Nizams and the British as well. In 1953, Bellary formed a part of the state of Mysore after it was transferred from Madras state.
The city of Bellary offers quite a lot of attractions like the Bellary Fort located on top of the Fort Hill and 16th century Bellary Gudda. The Fort was built by Hande Hanumappa Nayaka, but it was later renovated by a French engineer under Hyder Ali when Ali took over the fort from Hande Nayaka family. Inside the city, there is a children’s park which also has a musical fountain.
Tourists can also visit Ambali which is a Chalukyan Temple made of black stone, devoted to Kalleswari. Hampi, a World Heritage Site is also near Bellary. Other places for sightseeing in Bellary include Daroji Bear Santuary, Narihalla Dam, Dr. Rajkumar Park, Bellary Zoo, Tungabhadra Dam, Hospet, Eeshwara Gudda and Kaate Gudda.
Besides sightseeing, tourists can take part in other activities like trekking, boating and rock climbing in and around Narihalla reservoir of Bellary. Arranging a picnic by the Tungabhadra dam is also a popular activity.
Adventure sports like rock climbing and trekking can be done in the area around Sandur. Nature lovers and adventure sport lovers can have a good time in Ubbalagundi by taking part in river crossing, trekking, rock climbing as well as boating.