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Saundatti also known as Savadatti is one of the ancient towns located in Belgaum (Belagavi) district in Karnataka state.
Saundatti is located at a distance of 78 Km from Belgaum. Saundatti in Karnataka is popular because of the existence of few ancient temples.
Saundatti or Savadatti was earlier called as Sugandavarti. It was the capiltal city of Ratta dynasty. You can see the inscription carved into the wall by the Ratta Chief Ankarasa in front of the Western Chalukya-style Ankeshwara temple at Saundatti.
Places to see in Saundatti:
Savadatti Fort: The Savadatti fort was constructed in 18th century Sirasangi Desai with 8 bastions. The Savadatti fort houses a Kadasiddheshwara temple, surrounded by four bastions.
Yallamma Gudda: The Yallamma Gudda is main attractions of Saundatti because of famous Savadatti Yellamma temple situated atop of Yallamma Gudda, the temple dedicated to Goddess Yellamma. Daily hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple with great devotion.
Parashghad: The Parashghad is the popular fort situated between Saundatti and Yallamma Gudda. The history of Parashghad dates back to 10th century.
Renuka Sagara: The Renuka sagara is a reservoir for the Malaprabha River nearby to Saundatti, formed by the Navilatirtha Dam. The dam is named after the Renuka Yallamma Temple, Yallamma Gudda, Saundatti.
Puradeshwara temple: The Puradeshwara temple in the later Chalukya style is a trikutachala with three ardhamantapas, a common navaranga and two mukhamantapas.
Ankeshwara temple: The Ankeshwara temple in Desaigalli was constructed by Rattas in the year 1048. The Ankeshwara Temple is in the Western Chalukya style and is below the ground level.
The town has other temples dedicated to Nagarkere Mallikarjuna, Veerabhadra, Ulvi Basavaeshwara, Mouneshwara, Dyamavva and Venkateshwara, which is the largest.
There are two small ancient Jain temples (Basadis) that dates back to the Ratta period.
Distance from Saundatti:
Bangalore: 467 Km
Mysore: 500 Km
Hassan: 409 Km
Mangalore: 401 Km
Tumkur: 397 Km
Shimoga: 260 Km
Davanagere: 207 Km
Gadag: 105 Km
Bellary: 245 Km
Bagalkot: 98 Km
Raichur: 287 Km
Dharwad: 38 Km
How to reach Saundatti :
Nearest Airport: Belgaum
Nearest Railhead: Dharwad
Road: Saundatti is well connected with road network. Saundatti can be reached from all places.
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