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The city of Bijapur, headquarters of the Bijapur district in the Karnataka state is one of the major tourist spots in the state. There are so any tourist attractions including many historical monuments and religious spots in Bijapur. There are also many weekend getaway destinations located around the city of Bijapur. People live in the city of Bijapur usually choose these destinations to celebrate their weekends in a distant location from the town.
Famous weekend getaway locations around the city of Bijapur
Badami is one of the famous as well as the oldest towns in the neighbouring district of Bijapur called Bagalkot. The location was the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty during the time between 6th and 8th centuries. Badami is located around hundred kilometers away from the city of Bijapur and stands in the middle of many golden sandstone hills. Beautiful cave temples are the major tourist attraction of Badami. These cave temples in Badami are situated around the Agasthya Lake, which makes the location a picturesque site. The cave temples in Badami include three Hindu temples and one Jain temple.
It will take a journey of one and a half hour to reach Badami from Bijapur by road and nearby popular places like Shiva temples on the North Hill, the Bhutanatha Temple, and the Dattatreya temple are also accessible from Badami town easily. Opportunity to have some adventurous climbing session on the rock areas of Badami is also available here for the travelers loving daring experiences. The location was a part of the Bijapur district before the separation of Bagalkot district from Bijapur.
Pattadakal is one of the popular heritage sites located around the Bijapur city. A visit to this ancient city can take tourists to the glorious past of Chalukya dynasty. The name Pattadakal means City of Crown Rubies and it is situated on the banks of Malaprabha River in north Karnataka. Hindu temples and Jain sanctuaries built in attractive architecture during the 7th and 8th centuries are the major factor attracting travelers to the location. UNESCO has been declared this location as a world heritage site by considering the historical importance of Pattadakal. An exclusive combination of north Indian and south Indian architecture can be seen in the Pattadakal temples.
Aihole is also an important town as well as a weekend getaway destination located at an accessible distance from the Bijapur city. Numerous famous and ancient temples, built by the Chalukya dynasty are the major attraction of the place. Aihole located around 90 kilometers away from the city of Bijapur can be accessed within 2 hours by road. The city was built by Chalukyas as their first capital on the banks of the Malaprabha River. The Ravana Phadi cave temple, Gowda Temple, Suryanarayana Temple and the Durga temple are some of the famous 125 temples built by Chalukyas in Aihole.
Koppal is a famous weekend getaway destination of the people in Bijapur. The place is situated about 140 kilometers away from Bijapur and a pleasant drive of 2 hours along the road is enough to reach Koppal from Bijapur city. Temples built in sandstone would be the first thing coming to the mind of the people, who have visited the location once. At different points of time in the history Koppal was under the control of Hoysala dynasty, Chalukyas, and Nizam of Hyderabad. The Mahadeva temple, the Amriteshwara temple, Kashivishveshwara temple and the Dodda Bapassa temple are some of the known temples in this locality. Koppal is also one of the well accessible tourist spots in north Karnataka. There is a railway station and bus station within the premises of the main tourist area in Koppal and the nearest air port is located at a distance of 100 kilometers away in Hubli.
Dandeli is one of the favorite weekend trip destinations from the Bijapur locality. People love to have their weekend days in the beautiful atmosphere of Dandeli in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The location is surrounded by lush green forests and small rivers of Western Ghats. Dandeli would be a perfect choice to celebrate the weekend for the adventurous people as the location is famous as an adventure sports destination in South India. Even though the place is located at considerable distance from Bijapur, it is common to conduct weekend trips to Dandeli from Bijapur and nearby places. The Dandeli wild life sanctuary, second largest sanctuary in the Karnataka state and the streams of Kaneri and Nagajhari rivers cascading over Dandeli makes the location one of the best echo tourism destinations in the country.
It is being said that Hampi is the location mentioned in Ramayana as Kishkintha. The location was the capital of the Vijayanagara kings during the time between 13th and 16th centuries. Hampi is presently famous as a UNESCO World Heritage site and this fact attracts numerous tourists to the location every year. It will take around a 3 hours journey to reach Hampi from Bijapur. People from Bijapur love to visit Hampi on their weekends. Virupaksha Temple, the Vittala temple and Anjeneyadri temple are three popular temples in the location. Famous River in Karnataka called Tungabhadra flows through the location also increases the popularity of the location.