Bellary trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Bellary, officially Ballari, is a historic city in Ballari district of Karnataka, India. It is 306 kilometres from Bangalore, the state capital.EtymologyThere are several legends explaining how Ballari got its name. The first is that a few devout travelling merchants halting in Ballari, could not find a Shiva Linga for their worship. They then installed a balla (a measuring cup or seru used to measure grain) upside down as a Shiva Linga and worshiped it. Eventually, that place was turned into a temple dedicated to Balleshwara or Shiva, which became distorted to Malleshwara, and thus Ballari derives its name from this temple.The second legend is that the city is named after Indra, the king of Gods, who slew a Rakshasa (demon) named Balla who lived nearby. Balla-ari means 'enemy of Balla' (ari – enemy in Sanskrit). The third legend derives the city's name from the old Kannada word Vallari and Vallapuri.The Union Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India approved a proposal to rename the city in October 2014 and Bellary was renamed to "Ballari" on 1 November 2014.HistoryNumerous neolithic archaeological sites have been discovered around Ballari, such as the ash mounds at Sanganakallu, Budhihal, Kudithini, Tekkalakote, Hiregudda and Kupgal. The Sanganakallu settlement, spread over an area of 1000acre, is one of the largest neolithic complexes known around Ballari.Make Bellary central to your India travel plans using our India trip itinerary builder app.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Bellary
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top Bellary tours
See all ›
Side trips from Bellary
Hidden gems in Bellary
Historic Sites in Bellary
Zoos & Aquariums in Bellary
Places to visit with Bellary
Recently planned trips to Bellary
6 days in Bellary & Hampi BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 38 days in Karnataka BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 2 days in Bellary District BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in India BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Bellary District BY A USER FROM INDIA September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium