Bagalkot District is located in the northern part of Karnataka
. It lies between 450 to 800 meters above the sea level and extends over an area of 6,593 sq km. It is internationally famous for caves carved in monolithic single stone in the period of Immadi Pulakeshi-I. Temples of Pattadakal,
in Mahakuta, and Upper Shivalaya Temple
and Banashankari Temple
are located in Bagalkot District.
The Malaprabha, Ghataprabha and Krishna are the major rivers. Most people are Hindus, but Islam, Jainism, and Christianity are also practiced. Kannada is the primary language, although a small part of the population speaks other languages such as Marathi, Urdu, Telugu, and Gujarati. Visitors enjoy the Banashankari Temple Festival, Virupaksha Temple Car Festival, and Mallikarjuna Temple Festival.