Ballari fort is a historical site with more than 300 years of history. It was constructed at the time of Vijayanagar empire by Hanumappa Nayaka. The fort was captured by Hyder Ali in 1769 and was remodeled by a French engineer. The fort was taken over by East India Company in 1800 AD. The fort is situated on top of hill, Ballari Gudda, which is a monolithic rock, known to be the second single rock mountain in the world. The fort has two parts, one is ancient upper fort, Fort Hill, built during Vijayanagar empire and, the lower fort, the Face hill, built during Hyder Ali’s rule. The rock formations consist of mixture of granite and feldspar. There is a citadel of 1976ft and includes structures like pools, cisterns, temples and cells. The tunnel is believed to have link to the cities of Srirangapatna and Mysore.The top can be reached by a single rocky way. The fort has a commanding view of the plains of present day Ballari town. It is 1976 feet above sea level and 480 feet above the level of the town.The attractive fort will be illuminated on national festivals and it is spectacular to witness the huge structure at evening.
This is the famous temple of city Goddess (Grama Devate) Kanaka Durgamma who is worshipped in great regard by the townsfolk. It is situated in the heart of the city.
Sandur is situated around 60KM by road from Ballari. Prior to independence it was one of the princely states ruled by Ghorpade Family. It is surrounded by beautiful lush green mountains rich in iron ore and manganese. The prominent places around Sandur are, Naari Halla Jalashaya- popularly known as “Manasa Sarovara”, as the popular Kannada movie “Manasa Sarovara”directed by Puttanna Kanagal was filmed here. Navila teertha, which is a famous peacock sanctuary Krauncha giri – located 10KM away from Sandur,believed to be the first abode of Lord Subramanya in South India. Kumaraswamy temple - 12Km away from Sandur, one of the oldest temples in Karnataka. The temple was built by Chalukyas.
Popularly known as “Royal Village “during Vijayanagar period. It is older than Hampi and situated on the Northern Banks of Tungabhadra River.Anegundi means “elephant pit”. This place was used to bathe the elephants of Vijayanagara Empire and also became the first capital of empire. Anegundi fort,Hucchappayanamatha temple (black stone pillars and dance sculptures), Pampa Sarovara, Aramane,Ranganatha temple, Kamal Mahal and Nava brindavana are major tourist attractions. It has an epical history as it was the capital of Kishkinda, the monkey kingdom during the period of Ramayana. Nimvapuram, a nearby village, has a mount of ash believed to be the cremated remains of monkey king Vaali.There is a plateau that is claimed to be among the oldest plateaus of the planet earth dated 3000 million years due to which the city is also referred to as the home of mother earth by the natives. Hence for people visiting this place it is a mesmerizing journey into the past as well as enticing and scenic beauty of the present.
Hampi is recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara. It was one of the richest and largest city during its prime. In around 1500 AD Vijayanagara had 5,00,000 inhabitants (0.1% of the global population during 1440-1540), making it the second largest city in the world after Beijing and almost thrice the size of Paris. Hampi is charismatic even inits ruined state. Vast stretches of boulders-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments. Hampi is a backpackers paradise.The top attractions are Vittala Temple, Virupaksha temple, Sule Bazaar, Mahanavami- dibba, Elephant stables, Royal Enclosure, Riverside ruins, Queen’s Bath, Underground Temple, SasivekaluGanesha, Gagan Mahal.A day or two might be enough to visit Hampi, but lingering around for more time might help to walk around the banana plantations and the countryside.
It is situated around 20km from Hampi. It is the only place where one can spot these honey loving Sloth bears endemic to India. The sanctuary provides watch towers at the common locations of bear sightings. Apart from sloth bears, one can also spot black naped hares, leopards, jackals, mongoose, wild boars. The Sloth bear resort located nearby in close proximity to the natural habitat provides visitors with ample experience to enjoy bird watching and enchanting flora and fauna, and one can spot the rare species of the birds in the forest.
Situated close to Hospet city and was constructed across the Tungabhadra river by Er.Tirumala Iyengar and certified by Sir. M Vishveshwarayya. The dam creates a reservoir and has various species of fish and birds like greater spot-billed pelicans, flamingos, storks and others can be spotted at the site.It is scenic at around sunset, with musical lights in the park and the dam is illuminated colorful lights at nights.
Mantralayam is a religious place where MoolaBrindavanam of Sri Guru RaghavendraSwamy (1601 -1671) is situated, an influential Hindu Saint, considered to be reincarnation of Prahallada.The town is located on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on the southern bank of Tungabhadra river. It is around 122 Km by road from Ballari.
Chellagurki is a Village in the Bellary Taluk in the Bellary district. Shri Yerri Thatha the great saint lived in Chellagurki village and attained His Samadhi here.Shri Yerri Thatha temple is a place of worship, Dasara festival used to be celebrated yearly in this temple. and 'Jatre' (in Kannada) also one among widely celebrated festival in Chellagurki and which happens twice in a yearEconomy of Chellagurki mainly depends on the agriculture. They mainly grow crops like Bengal gram, Coriander,Cotton, ground-nuts, Jowar, Millets, Soyabean and Pigen peas.