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Planning to visit Karnataka or just looking for some useful information regarding the tourism of this princely state? Well, you have reached the right place. All that you had ever wanted to know about Karnataka tourism has been covered here. Read on to find out as to what this state has in store for its visitors.


Famous places to visit in Karnataka
Different faces of tourism in Karnataka

Karnataka, originally called the State of Mysore, lies in the south west region of India. This large state was formed on 1st November 1956 and was given the name Karnataka in 1973. The seventh largest Indian state by area, Karnataka includes 30 districts. The state boasts of a rich historical past and an equally glorious present. It is a well governed state with a good literacy rate. Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Hubli - Dharwad, Mangalore, Davangere and Belgaum are among the seven largest cities in the state. Each of these cities is well maintained and equipped with all the modern day amenities required by the inhabitants.

Karnataka encompasses several reputed educational institutes that are known for imparting quality education. The state also offers immense job opportunities in various sectors. Besides, there are several good hospitals, esteemed banks and places for recreation.

Why is it famous among the tourists?

Now that you know that Karnataka offers all that an inhabitant yearns for let us lean why it is famous among the tourists. Different people have different travel choices. While some may look for calm and tranquil places to spend quality time with their family others may seek adventurous spots to have a thrilling holiday with their friends. Likewise some people prefer the hills others prefer the sea, some are keen on visiting religious places others may love historical sites while yet others may want to go to a wildlife sanctuary.

Karnataka is one such place in South India that pulls numerous tourists from across the globe as it encompasses all sorts of travel destinations - you name it and you get it. From historical monuments to lush green hills to mesmerizing waterfalls to exotic beaches - Karnataka includes all that a tourist seeks. It is thus a hot favourite among the tourists. Moreover, the state has a pleasant climate almost all through the year which is an added advantage for the travellers.

Let us have a detailed look at what the state has to offer you.

Hill Stations in Karnataka

Karnataka houses several exotic hill stations that are known for their scenic beauty and architectural brilliance. They offer a host of places for site seeing and recreation. Each hill station in the state has its own unique charm that attracts tourists from around the globe. Numerous tourists visit these hill stations each year. Here is a detailed look at the various hill stations in Karnataka.

Coorg


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The pathways in jungles of Coorg / GoIndia

Coorg, also referred to as Kodagu, is one of the major tourist attractions here. It encompasses several places for sight-seeing including Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Bhagamandala, Dubare, Nisargadhama, Nagarahole National Park, Talakaveri and Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple.

The sacred Iruppu Falls especially attract a lot of tourists. This holy and serene place has the power to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Those of you who love visiting sacred places have a lot to explore in Coorg. Talakaveri where the river Kaveri originates, encompasses an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. The waterfalls at the Lakshmana Tirtha River are also considered holy. A visit to the Rameshwar temple on the banks of this river would rejuvenate you further. The Tibetan Buddist Golden Temple and the Omkareshwara Temple also attract numerous tourists as well as the inhabitants of the district.

Dubare, an elephant camp, located on the banks of river Kaveri is a must visit for all you adventure freaks. The place is known for its breathtaking beauty. You may indulge in different fun and adventure activities at the place. It is best to book a cottage and stay overnight at Dubare. Madikeri, which is loved for its beautiful water fall is a must visit on your trip to Coorg. Nisargadhama, man-made island and the Nagarahole, a national park and wildlife resort is also worth a visit.

Nandi Hills

hillstations in KarnatakaThis beautiful hill station is located at a distance of about 60 km from Bangalore. It is thus one of the most favourite weekend getaways for the people of Bangalore and the other nearby places in Karnataka though the place is also frequented by people from other parts of the country as well as abroad. Tipu’s Drop and Tipu’s Place and Fort are among the major tourist attractions here. Tipu’s Drop is the place from where the ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan threw his prisoners to death. The Horse Way and the Secret Escape Route are other historical places that are visited by the tourists. The Arkavati, Pennar and Palar rivers flowing through the Nandi hills offer a scenic view. The beautiful water lake, Amruth Sarovar also attracts several tourists.

The place is also famous for its ancient temples. Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy Temple, that stands on the hill top is among the most visited temples here. Besides, there are temples dedicated to Shri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Yoga Narasimha and Sri Ugra Narasimha. Read more about it here

Kermana Gundi Hills

Hillstations of KarnatakaKermana Gundi Hills, also known as the K.R. Hills, is a beautiful hill station located in the Chikkmagaluru district in Karnataka. The place is loved for its tranquility and beautiful surroundings. It especially appeals to the nature lovers who wish to spend some quite time, away from the chaotic city rush. Kermana Gundi encompasses picturesque gardens filled with colourful aromatic flowers that are just enough to rejuvenate you. The mesmerizing Hebbe Falls is located at a walking distance from this place. The beautiful Kalahatti Falls are also situated close by. It is suggested to visit both these places on your visit to Kermana Gundi Hills to make your trip more memorable.

Biligirirangana Hills

Biligirirangana Hills or the BR Hills is one of the favourite weekend getaways for the inhabitants of hill stations in KarnatakaMysore as this scenic hill station is merely 120 km from the place. It also attracts tourists from other parts of the state. Housed between the Tungabhadra and Cauvery rivers, this popular hill station is known for its picturesque beauty.

Spread across an area of 16 km, the hills are encircled by thick forests where you can easily spot several birds and wild animals.

Madikeri

hill stations in KarnatakaThis beautiful hill station situated at a distance of 252 kilometer from Katnataka’s capital, is also the
district headquarter of Kodagu. Standing at an elevation of 1525 meters above the sea level Madikeri encompasses several exotic locations that attract tourists from around the world. Often referred to as the Scotland of India, it is one of the best places to visit in the state. Its dense forests, lush green coffee and tea plantations that cover a good amount of area and fill the entire atmosphere with their aroma and surging hills make it a hot favourite among the tourists. Among the main attractions of the state are the Madikeri Fort that houses an ancient temple, a small museum, a chapel and a prison, Raja’s Seat, Nisargadhama, Talacauvery, Bhagamandala, the enchanting Abbey Falls and Harangi Dam.

Chikkmagaluru

This beautiful hill station located in the south western region of the state, precisely in the Baba Budan hills, is also known for its splendid natural surroundings. Its vast hills, steep mountain trails, green valleys, snow white coffee blossoms and above all its serene atmosphere make it a place worth visiting. The place attracts trekkers and peace lovers alike.

Kodachadri

Kochadri that lies on the Western Ghats is mountain peak covered with thick trees that form a dense forest. The place is good for a peaceful holiday however it is advisable to not to plan a vacation here during the monsoon season. The rain falls here for almost eight months a year making the routes slippery. Thus, though known for its serene natural environment, the place is not frequented as much by the tourists.

Kudremukh

Located near the Chikmaglur town, Kudremukh runs along the Arabian Sea. This hill station is connected to the sea via deep valleys that are a viewer’s delight. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city life, it is a perfect place to spend quality time with your loved ones. The beauty of this place lies not only in its natural beauty but also in its tranquility. The place is still unexplored and less frequented by the tourists. It is thus the best option for those who are looking forward to spend some calm and peaceful time amidst nature.

Its verdant forests, lush valleys, enchanting waterfalls, beautiful orchids and gurgling rivers are sure to take your breath away.

Agumbe

Agumbe, popularly called the Cherrapunji of South India, is famous for its gleaming streams and beautiful landscape. The Barkana Falls, Emkal Kere, Nishanj Gudda and the 14th century temple dedicated to Gopalakrishna are some of the popular tourist attractions of this place. It is also suggested not to miss the marvelous view of the sunset on your visit to Agumbe.

Kundadri

Situated in the Teerthahalli Taluk in Shimoga, Kundadri is especially meant for those who are looking forward to a place for mountain trekking. The hill station is in the form of a huge monolithic rock and is covered with thick green forests that pave way for the trekkers and make their trekking an absolutely adventurous experience.

Located at a distance of 70 km from Udupi city, the place is also frequented by the devotees of Jainism, particularly during Makar Sankranti, because of a magnificent 17th century Jain temple that stands on the top of the hill. In addition to this, the place also encompasses two beautiful lotus pools.
The flowing rivers, splendid waterfalls and backwaters of Varahi Dam make it a great place for the holidaymakers.

Beaches in Karnataka

Beaches are a beautiful place to rejuvenate oneself. These are a hot favourite amongst the party lovers as well as those seeking a calm and peaceful spot to unwind themselves. Just like hill stations Karnataka also encompasses a number of beautiful beaches that attract several tourists from around the world. Let us look at some of the various beaches located in the state.

Mangalore Beach

Karnataka TourismMangalore Beach is one of the most visited beach in Karnataka and the main attraction of Mangalore. Not just the residents of the city but people from far and wide visit the place to enjoy the serene yet exciting atmosphere here. The beach is bordered by the Arabian Sea. Karnataka’s popular dance drama, Yakshagana performed on the beach side is especially loved by the tourists. Click here to know more about the beaches in Mangalore.


Om Beach

This enchanting beach holds a special significance for the Hindus as it has a shape like the auspicious Om symbol. Situated around 7 km away from Gokarna, it is considered to be a holy place and is visited by pilgrims from various parts of the country. Besides its religious connotation, it also has much more in store for its visitors. Activities such as skiing and surfing can also be enjoyed here. You can plan a stay at the beautiful huts built near the beach.

Kudle Beach

Kudle Beach is situated at a distance of around 6 km from Karnataka’s Gokarna town. This beautiful beach lies on the western coast of India. It is well connected with the town and hardly takes half an hour by rickshaw. You may even book small huts along the beach to enjoy the mesmerizing surroundings of the beach.

Gokarna Beach


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                       Beautiful aerial view of the Gokarna Beach in Karnataka / Travelsoul

Besides immersing your feet in the fresh and cool water on Gokarna beach, you can also enjoy the view of the beautiful mountains that surround it on one side and the vast Arabian Sea that gushes on the other. This beach isn’t as commercial as the other popular beaches in Karnataka and is thus appropriate for those of you who wish to spend some quite time with your loved ones. There are various Hindu temples in the vicinity so it makes for a perfect destination for those in search of peace.

Majali Beach

Located in Karwar, this is yet another beach that attracts several tourists from various parts of the country. Special arrangements have been made for tourists seeking overnight stay options. You can easily book small huts, cottages or resorts constructed along the beach side. This place is also apt for those who love water activities such as kayaking, rowing, fishing, etc. A small lake located near the Majali beach allows you to enjoy all these activities.

Surathkal Beach

Yet another popular beach in Karnataka, the Surathkal Beach is loved for its splendid surroundings and serene atmosphere. The lighthouse that stands tall amidst the rocks also attracts several tourists to this beach. It is easy to reach Surathkal Beach as it is well connected with the main cities of Karnataka.


Kurumgad Beach

Kurumgad beach, located at a distance of just 4 km from Karwar, Uttara Karnataka is a delight for the nature lovers. The tortoise like shape of this beach makes it unique. Dolphins and other species of fishes can be seen on this beach. The Lord Narasimha temple located here also attracts several pilgrims. This beautiful temple adds to the overall charm of the place.

Karwar Beach

This beach may not be as popular and is often found secluded but is as beautiful as the other beaches in the state. You can spot rows of palm trees and glistening silver sand at the sea side. The gentle waves, the cool breeze and the serene surroundings add to the beauty of this beach and make it an ideal place for those of you looking forward to spend some lone time with your loved one.

Ullal Beach

Ullal is popular for its mesmerizing view of the sunset. Located at a distance of merely 5 km, this is one of the favourite holiday spots for the Mangaloreans as well as those residing in the nearby towns and cities. If you love holidaying by the sea side then this is just the right place for you. You can book a beach cottage here to spend some peaceful time by the seaside. The beautiful casuarina groves that grow here enhance the beauty of the place.

Malpe Beach

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Beautiful view of the Malpe beach in Karnataka / Gopixpic

Another beautiful beach located in the state of Karnataka attracts both tourists as well as the local crowd. Endless rows of beautiful palm trees, gentle waves, the soft gurgling of the sea and the golden sand on the beach make for an ideal holiday. Know more

Dev Bagh Beach

The Dev Bagh beach is said to be a designer beach. It is one of the best places to relax and rejuvenate. Dev Bagh is a splendid island away from the chaotic city life. Its serene environment, deep blue sea and green surroundings attract several tourists almost all round the year.

Tannirbavi Beach

Tannirbavi beach, located in southern Kannada, lies at a distance of 12 Km from Mangalore. A property of the Mangalore port trust, the Tannirbavi beach offers a great sunset view so evening are the best time to visit this place.

Someshwar Beach

Yet another beach situated close to the Mangalore city, the Someshwar beach is known for the huge rocks located here. Popularly referred to as the Rudra Shile, this is the major attraction of this beach. The beach is located at a distance of merely 0.5 km from the Someshwar Bus Stand and is easily approachable.

Panambur Beach

Just 13 km from the Mangalore city, the Panambur beach is a beautiful beach that runs along the Arabian Sea. The place is frequented by the people of Mangalore as well as other parts of the state.

Marawanthe Beach

Marawanthe Beach is popular among the adventure seekers as it offers several water sports. Located at a distance of 55 kilometres from Udupi, this beach attracts several tourists from various parts of the country. The Maraswamy Temple located on the beach is another major attraction here.

Forts and Palaces in Karnataka

Forts and Palaces are a major attraction of the Indian state of Karnataka. The state includes several palaces and forts that have kept the culture heritage of the place alive. These are visited by a large number of tourists for their beauty and splendor as well as for their historical significance. Let us have a look at the various forts and palaces located in different parts of the state.

Palaces in Karnataka

Mysore Palace

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Beautifully lit Mysore Palace at Night / TravellersSoul

Mysore Palace is one of the most famous palaces located in Karnataka. Also popular by the names Maharaja’s Palace and Amba Vilas, this palace is among the largest palaces in India. This is a three storied structure – it has a breadth of 156 feet and length of 245 feet. The original Mysore palace was incidentally burnt in 1897. It was later rebuilt by the 24th Wodeyar Raja in the year 1912. The palace has now been converted into a museum where you can see spectacular carvings and beautiful pieces of art and sculptures, exclusive paintings, royal costumes and rare antiques. Read more..


Jaganmohan Palace

Jaganmohan Palace was constructed in the year 1861 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. During the initial years this magnificent palace served as home for the Wodeyars, the kings of Mysore until 1912. This is when the Mysore Palace was being rebuilt after it caught fire. Jaganmohan Palace has now been converted into a beautiful art gallery that pulls several visitors. It also serves as a function hall.

Bangalore Palace

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Panaromic view of the Bangalore Palace / BharatDiscovery

Another magnificent palace situated in Karnataka, the Bangalore Palace was constructed in the year 1887. Situated in the heart of Bangalore this palace attracts several tourists. This splendid edifice was constructed by the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar on the model of England’s Windsor Castle. Spread across an area of 800 acres the palace boasts of Tudor style of architecture. It has beautiful interiors with wood carvings, floral motifs and exclusive paintings and historical photos.
It is well maintained and certainly worth a visit. Read more....

Dariya Daulat Baug

Located in Srirangapatna near Mysore, Dariya Daulat Baug is also called the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. He used it as an alternate place to conduct durbars and meet visitors. Mostly made of teakwood, the palace boasts of beautiful interiors. The paintings on the walls are sure to take your breath away. The palace also houses a museum where you will find a great assortment of period furniture, murals, coins and a good amount of historical data. The portrait of Tipu Sultan crafted by a German neoclassical painter Johann Zoffany is another major attraction here.

Lalitha Mahal

Lalitha Mahal, constructed at the orders of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in the year 1921, is the second largest palace in the beautiful city of Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills. The structure inspired by London’s St. Paul Cathedral is one of the most impressive edifices in the city. This white colored building was converted into a heritage hotel in the year 1974 and is now owned by the Ashok Group.

Nalknad Palace

Nalknad Palace, also popular by the name Nalkunadu, is located in Karnataka’s Kodagu district. Built between 1792 and 1794, this palace served as the last refuge for Chikka Veerarajendra, the last king of Kodagu. The palace was renovated by INTACH and there are plans to convert a part of it into museum.

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, as the name suggests, was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. Built in the year 1791, this beautiful structure includes several balconies, arches and pillars. It has well designed interiors with beautiful floral motifs and impressive paintings. The palace is being well maintained and still remains intact. Some of the rooms have been transformed into a museum where Tipu Sultan’s achievements, his crown and clothes are on display.

Forts in Karnataka

Bellary Fort


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The ruins of Bellary Fort / Pixabay

Bellary Fort, that was constructed during the Vijyanagara times and still appears as fresh and captivating, is located in Bellary that is spread around two hills. The fort lies on the top of Ballari Gudda. It was constructed by Hanumappa Nayaka but was taken over by Hyder Ali in 1769 after he deafeated the Nayaka ruler. Hyder Ali known for his great taste refurbished the fort seeking help from a skilled French engineer. Bellery Fort encompasses a Kote Anjaneya Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. A revered Durgamma temple, located near the fort, has a deity made with the heap of earth. Bellary also encompasses two large ancient mosques. Know more about it here

Kittur Chennamma Fort

This fort is located in Belgaum District’s Kittur town that lies on the Bangalore Pune Highway. It unveils the story of Queen Chennamma who headed the freedom struggle to guard her kingdom from the tyranny of the British rule.

The fort was made of the robust basalt rock however it has almost turned into a ruin now. An ancient telescope is kept inside this fort. This was used by Queen Chennamma to watch the Pole star. The telescope is also not in a good condition.

Bidar Fort

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Front gates of the Bidar Fort / TheHistoryHub

This 15th century fort is located in Bangalore. It is a grand fort constructed with the solid red rock. Although in a state of ruins, the Bidar Fort gives you a glimpse of India’s rich historical past. There is a triple moated wall around the fort and it also has an elaborate battlement and baronial gateway.
You can see the large audience hall, huge pleasure pavilions, large kitchens and royal baths inside the fort.

Gulbarga Fort

The Gulbarga Fort was built by Raja Gulchand. This massive edifice is spread across an area of 38,000 square feet. The structure still remains intact and houses as many as 15 towers and 26 guns that have been kept for public display. These guns had been used during various battles. The Gulbarga Fort also encompasses the Jumma Masjid which is famous for its Persian style of architecture with arched columns and beautiful domes.

Chitradurga Fort

This fort is located at a distance of around 200 km from Bangalore. Built by the Nayakas of Chitradurga, it is a huge stone structure that lies on the hill top in Chitradurga District. Madakari Nayaka used it majorly for defense purpose. Hyder Ali took over this fort after defeating the Nayakas in 1799.

Tipu’s Fort


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Beautiful architecture inside Tipu's fort in Bangalore / Wikimedia

Tipu’s Fort that lies in the heart of Bangalore is a popular tourist spot. The history of this fort dates back to 1537 when it was built with bricks and mud by Kempe Gowda. It was later demolished and rebuilt by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. The fort encompasses Tipu’s palace constructed in the year 1791. However, you shall only be able to see the remains of the palace once known as the abode of peace. The fort also houses a Ganesha Temple that pulls several devotees to this place.

Manjarabad Fort

Located on National Highway 48, this is yet another fort constructed by Tipu Sultan. This is served as a defense location for him. It is said that Sultan had built a tunnel from the Manjarabad Fort to another fort in Srirangapattana. The fort was mainly used for hiding and as a place of defense. Now in ruins, the fort still attracts tourists.

North Fort, Badami

North Fort Badami is known to be a center of ancient temples. Inside the fort lies a massive cannon that was kept here by Tipu Sultan. The temples located near the Fort have increased its popularity. Four intricately carved cave temples are located nearby. The caves are situated on a low hill and can be reached by the stairs. You may even climb up the hill top to see some rampant of the Chalukya era including some temples. A natural Buddhist temple is also located at this site. The caves are located near the ancient Agatsyateerth pond that dates back to the 5th century. A group of Shiva temples are also located by the pond side.

Belagavi Fort

Belagavi, a culturally rich historical site located in Northern Karnataka, encompasses a beautiful fort built back in 1204 A.D. Situated on the Western Ghats, this fort boasts of its beautiful architecture and style and attracts several tourists.

The Safa Mosque located close by adds to the popularity of the fort. This mosque is engraved with rich calligraphic design. The weather here is pleasant all through the year thereby making the site seeing experience even better.

Mirjan Fort

Located in North Kannada, the Mirjan Fort is known for its architectural brilliance. It is located at a distance of merely 0.5 kilometers from national highway 17. It is also quite close to Gokarna which is famous among the Hindu pilgrims. The fort and the surrounding areas witnessed several battles in the past.

Raichur Fort

Raichur Fort is among the oldest forts in Karnataka. Arabic and Persian inscriptions found here indicate that it was constructed back in the 13th century. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Raichur, a place that boasts of a rich historical past. It has been a part of empires like Vijayanagara, Bahmanis and Hyderabad.  You will find various ancient temples amid the ruins of this fort.


Gardens and Parks in Karnataka

There are several beautiful gardens in this state. In fact, the capital of Karnataka is called the Garden City. These gardens boast of beautiful landscaping, lush greenery and colourful flowers and offer a feel of fresh air. Here is a look at the various Gardens and Parks located in the city.

Brindavan Gardens


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Fisheye view of the beautiful Brindavan Gardens in Bangalore / Gopixpic

Bangalore may be called the garden city but the most famous garden in the state of Karnataka happens to be the Brindavan Garden located in the Mandaya District. The spectacular garden located at about 19 km from Mysore City Center sees several visitors almost all round the year. The highlights of the park are its beautiful dancing fountains and skilfully laid out terrace gardens decked with pergolas, gazeboz and topiaries. The beauty of the place especially enhances during the night when the fountains are illuminated with colourful lights.

Lumbini Gardens

This is a water amusement park spread over an area of 1.5 km along the Nagavara Lake. It is good place for recreation for kids as well as adults. You can enjoy dry as well as water rides here. Those of you who love boating can go for boat rides. It has beautiful landscaping and is apt for spending quality time with friends and family. The park also has provisions for conducting get-togethers. Read more....

General Cariappa Memorial Park

This is another famous park situated in the Garden City. The park spread across an area of around 22 acres was constructed in 1996 in the fond memory of field Marshall K.M. Cariappa. The park is divided into different parts including amusement place for children, food court and entertainment arena among others. This is a preferred weekend destination among the locals and also pulls a good number of tourists.

Cubbon Park

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The beautiful Cubbon Park in Bangalore / Tripoto

Another beautiful park located in the garden city, the Cubbon Park attracts several locals as well as tourists. Spread over an area of 300 acres, this beautiful garden is known for its sprawling lawns covered with green grass. The Gulmohar trees and Oak Cassia that grow along the walkways add to the beauty of the place. The park encompasses the State Archaeological Museum and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall that hosts the State Public Library. Know more....

Karanji Nature Park

Karanji Nature Park located in Mysore encompasses a beautiful lake and includes several species of flora and fauna. The place is serene and just apt for nature lovers. It offers a respite from the chaotic city rush.

Rock Garden Kemmanagundi

Located in Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka, this garden also attracts a lot of tourists. Among other attractionsof the garden are its wide assortment of beautiful flowers that enhance its beauty manifolds. Kemmanagundi also includes various other tourist attractions.

Freedom Park

The Freedom Park situated in Bangalore has been dedicated to our freedom fighters who were imprisoned at that very place. During the emergency in 1977, political leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deve Gowda and Ramakrishna Hegde were also imprisoned here. This park was inaugurated by Mr. L.K. Advani. The park is well maintained as sees a good number of visitors. Read more....

Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens

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Inside view of the Lalbagh in Karnataka / Gopixpic

The garden located in Bangalore is not only popular among its inhabitants but has received worldwide recognition. It is an internationally known center for conservation of plants, botanical artwork and extensive study of various species of plants. This beautiful garden is spread across an area of 240 acres and includes as many as 1,853 species of plants. The park was initially funded by Hyder Ali. His son Tipu Sultan worked on developing it further. He imported plants and trees from different parts of the world to add horticulture wealth to this beautiful park. Read more about it here.

Sammilan Shetty's Butterfly Park

This is a butterfly conservation park located at the foot of Kanthavara forest in Mangalore’s Belvai village. Spread across an area of 7.35 acres, the park is home for over 100 species of beautiful colourful butterflies. Some of the most stunning butterflies in the world can be found in this park. If you love watching butterflies this is must visit for you.

Light House Hill Garden

This is a famous garden located in Mangalore. The park is not only famous for its lush greenery, beautiful flowers and amazing landscaping but also has historical significance. The garden holds the testimony of the grand past of India and is thus a must visit especially for those who have keen interest in the Indian history. It is also a great place for the nature lovers.

Coles Park

Located in Frazer Town Bangalore, this is one of the oldest parks in the city. It was established in the year 1914 and was refurbished lately. The park is especially popular among the locals. It includes a trekking path, good sitting arrangement and a wide space for playing. Several people are seen enjoying their morning walk in the park. The park is equally crowded during evening as well.

Bugle Rock

Located in Basavanagudi, the Bugle Park reflects the true culture and heritage of the state of Karnataka and thus pulls several tourists. It houses a huge statue of the famous Kannada poet DVG and includes several other interesting artistic pieces that are worth a watch.  It has been named after a 3000 year old rock by the same name that is Bugle.

Reptile park and aviary

Reptile Park and aviary located inside the Bannerghatta National Park is especially a must visit for those of you who have keen interest in different species of reptiles. You can see different kinds of reptiles in the park and boost your knowledge on the subject. You can reach here by opting for a jungle safari tour of the park.


Shopping in Karnataka

Karnataka_TourismKarnataka is a great place for the shoppers. There are several specialty items that you can’t escape grabbing on your visit to the place. Some of the popular items here include the Silk Sarees, Rosewood and Sandalwood Sculptures and Artifacts, Metal Crafts, Bidriware, Wood Carvings, Brassware, Silverware, Mysore Paintings and Ivory Statures. You may pick Metal Lamps, Sandalwood Incense Sticks, Lambani Jewellry and Bijapur Sarees as Souvenirs.

Each city in the state has its own set of markets where you can shop for all these items. While the goods in some markets are reasonably priced others may dig a hole in your pocket. So it is better to research well beforehand to make sure you head to the right place to shop. Read on to get extensive information about the various markets in the state.


What and Where to Eat?

Karnataka_TourismKarnataka encompasses several places to eat the specialty food offered here. The state is a foodie’s delight as it offers numerous mouth watering cuisines to choose from. Some of the special dishes of Karnataka include the Mysore Masala Dosa, Saagu Masala Dosa, Fish Ambotic, Kosambari, Mjiige Hulli, Menasina Saaru, Tovve, Bisibelabath and Bonda. These cuisines are scrumptious and some of these offer a great nutritional value as well.

You would be able to find most of these dishes at the street side stalls as well as at good restaurants. Besides these, you will also be able to find good Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Punjabi, Gujarati and other kinds of special cuisines. Here is a detailed look at the various places to eat in different parts of the state.

Accommodation Options in Karnataka


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One of the luxury hotels in Bangalore - The Leela Palace / Imgkid

Karnataka welcomes tourists from different segments of the society. The state offers accommodation options for tourists with different budgets, tastes and preferences. There are several 5 star hotels in different cities of Karnataka for those of you who living in luxury and style. Those looking for 3 and 4 star hotels would also get several options to choose from. Karnataka tourism is aware that most travellers prefer spending less on accommodation and thus the state encompasses a host of budget hotels and inns that can accommodate tourists who have set a low budget for accommodation. You may also choose from a number of guest houses and bed and breakfast inns.

Karnataka is also known for housing some of the most beautiful resorts in the country. These resorts offer a scenic view and luxurious living. These are equipped with all the modern amenities to make your stay memorable.

Let us have a look at the various accommodation options available to suit the requirements of different segments of tourists in different cities of Karnataka.

Must See - Top Tourist Places in Karnataka

Talking about tourism, how could we forget mentioning about the famous tourist places in Karnataka? Let us have a look at the six tourist places in the state and what they have to offer to you.

Bangalore

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Bangalore, also known as the Garden City, is famous for its beautiful manicured gardens that attract several tourists from around the world. Besides these beautiful gardens, a visit to the Bangalore Palace and Fort is also a must if you are in the city. Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh and Vidhana Soudha are among the other tourist attractions here. The pleasant weather of the city makes site seeing even more enjoyable.



Mangalore

This beautiful city also has a lot in store for the tourists. The city is especially famous for its beautiful temples. Some of the ancient and the most revered temples of the place are Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Mangladevi Temple and Kadri Manjunath Temple are among the famous temples here. Light House Hill Garden, Seemanthi Bai Government Museum and Kadri Park are among the other tourist spots here.

Mysore

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The magnificent Lalitha Mahal in Mysore / Wikimedia

Mysore is popular for its rich culture and royal heritage. The magnificent Mysore Palace that boosts of stunning architecture is one of the main attractions of this place. Known as the ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore also encompasses several other palaces, forts and heritage sites. These old monuments and buildings have royal Dravidian style of architecture which is loved for its innovative design and precision. This beautiful city is also famous for its ancient temples and is visited by pilgrims from around the world. The Chamundi hills and Chamundeshwari Temple especially attract the pilgrims. The Brindavan Gardens, Folk Lore Museum and Mysore Zoo are among the other major tourist attractions here.

Hampi

Hampi encompasses some fascinating ruins that stand together enigmatically to offer a rare sight. These ancient ruins of around 500 monuments including several temples, forts and other palaces are spread over an area of 25 kilometers offering the tourists enough place for sightseeing. Know more about the historical city here

Chikkamagaluru

Chikmagalur is loved for its huge peaks, flowing rivers and gushing streams. The place is famous for its picturesque landscaping and is apt for holiday makers of all sorts. The Muthodi and Bhadra forests, Hebbe waterfall, Manikyadhara, Kalhatagiri, Sirimane and Shanti waterfalls, Kalasa, Balenonnur and Horandu are among some of the famous tourist attractions here. It is easy to reach Chikmagalur as it is connected to all the main cities via road and rail.

Srirangapatna

If you want to enjoy tranquillity amidst nature then Srirangapatna in Karnataka is just the right place for you. This is an egg-shaped island that stands amidst the Kaveri river. The island, which was once the capital of Tipu Sultan, is not only known for its serene atmosphere and beautiful surroundings but also has a religious relevance. It is said that Lord Buddha stayed near this island. The Raganthaswamy temple in Srirangapatna is a major attraction of this place. Other tourist sites include Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Sri Rangapatnam Fort and Gumbaz. This was also the capital of Tipu Sultan.

Means of Transportation in Karnataka

Karnataka is well connected with the other states in the country via rail, road and air. You can hire a bus, book a cab or reach here by your own personal conveyance if you prefer road travel. It is also connected via rail route to different parts of the country. Commuting within the state is also quite convenient. You can easily hire public transport or drive your own depending upon your choice.
Reaching the state from other parts of the world is equally easy. You may reach the Bangalore or Mangalore International airport and travel to your preferred location within the state via road or rail.

Statistics:
  • The state was formed on 1st November 1956 It was initially known by the name State of Mysore and was renamed as Karnataka in 1973.
  • Karnataka’s capital is Bangalore. It is also the largest city in the state.
  • It is bordered by Maharashtra on the north, Andhra Pradesh on the east, Telangana on the north east, Laccadive Sea and Arabian Sea on the west, Kerela on the south west, Goa on the north west and Tamil Nadu on the south east.
  • Kannada is the most widely spoken language in Karnataka.
  • Most parts of Karnataka see a pleasant climate almost all through the year.













Also see: Tourism in Bengaluru | Tourism in Mangaluru | Tourism in Mysore | Tourism in Davanagere | Tourism in Hassan | Tourism in Tumakuru | Tourism in Hampi | Tourism in Hubbali | Tourism in Dharwad | Tourism in Raichur | Chikkamagaluru Tourism | Shivamogga Tourism | Tourism in Ballari
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