Gadag-Betageri is a town and a city municipal council in Gadag district in Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Gadag District. The original city of Gadag and its sister city Betageri (or Betgeri) have a combined city administration. The municipality of Gadag-Betageri has a population of 172,813 and an area of 54.0956 sq. km. Kanaginahal of Gadag is the birthplace of the first co-operative socity in Asia.
The twin city municipality is situated 80 km from Dharwad and 60 km from Hubli, and lies on the Gutti-Vasco National Highway.
Trikuteshwara Temple Complex
Trikuteshwara temple complex has triple shrines, once housing Shiva, Brahma and Surya. The Saraswathi temple has the finest shining decorative pillars, and the Saraswathi image, and is one of the largest examples of Chalukya art.
Someshwara and Rameshwara temples, built in the Chalukya style, are also present.
Veeranarayana temple dates from the Chalukya era. The great Kannada poet Kumara Vyasa composed his famous Mahabharatha (known as Kumaravyasa Bharata or Gadugina Bharata) in this temple.
A 111-foot statue of Basaveshwara at the Bhishma Lake is under construction, Once it is done, It will be the tallest Basaveshwara statue in the world here is the List of statues by height in the World.
Gadag also has a mosque dating from the Adilshahi era and a church. Betageri has many artistic hero stones dating from the ninth and tenth centuries.
Visit nearest famous tourist places like Lakkundi, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Lakshmeshwar and Dambal.
Magadi Bird Sanctuary
Magadi Bird Sanctuary is one of the Biodiversity hotspots of Karnataka.
The Magadi tank is located in Magadi village of Shirhatti Taluk, Gadag District. From Gadag it is 26 km, it is located on Gadag-Bangalore Road, from Shirhatti it is 8 km, and from Lakshmeshwar 11 km.
Bar-headed Goose is one of the birds which migrate to Magadi wetlands of Gadag District, Karnataka. Normally birds eat fish, amphibians, molluscs, snakes etc., but migratory birds eating agricultural produce is both interesting and curious too. Winter habitat is on cultivation, it feeds on barley, rice and wheat and may damage crops.
Binkadakatti Zoo is the biggest Zoo set up in North Karnataka. Established in 1972 and located 50km from Hubli on Gutti-Vasco national highway 63, the zoo, which has been an attraction for both animal lovers and tourists, was accorded zoo status by the Zoo Authority of India (ZAI) in 1998.
Presently, Binkadakatti Zoo is home to 15 birds, eight animals, and four reptiles . They are: leopard, bear, civet, blackbuck, sambar , fox, spotted dear, nilgai, white peacock, peaco ck, adjutant stork, crocodile, tortoise, python, painted stork, Alexander parakeet, rose-ringed parakeet and emu. The zoo has never had tigers since its inception. In 1992, there was a pair of lions, but both died of old age.