70kms from Dharwad, you have Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary where one can enjoy adventure sports like white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the River Kali. Go trekking, mountain biking and cycling. One can also take nature walks, do bird watching, crocodile spotting and angling. It's a perfect mix of nature and adventure in a nice blend.
120kms from Dharwad, Anshi National Park is located in a pristine part of the Western Ghats and is known for the richness of its flora and fauna. A treat for bird watchers, it has around 197 rare species of birds. It is also the only park in Asia, where the black panther is a natural inhabitant. Also it is home to elephants, tigers, deer, wild boar and a variety of reptiles.
168kms from here, Gokarna is famous for its beautiful clean beaches and landscapes. The medieval town with the Mahabaleshwar Temple makes Gokarna one of the top Hindu pilgrimage centres in India.
Badami is just 110kms from the city. The cave temples carved out of rock are an outstanding expression of Badami Chalukya architecture. There are 4 caves dating back to the 6th and 7th century AD.
130kms from Dharwad is Pattadakal located in Bijapur district of Karnataka, not only popular for Chalukyan architectural splendour but also a holy place for royal coronation, 'Pattadakisuvolal'. Temples constructed here mark the blending of the Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and the Dravida Vimana styles of temple building.