Tourist Places to Visit in Karnataka

Places to visit in Karnataka feature some of the most fascinating attractions ranging from spectacular beaches to rugged mountains to dense forests with rich biodiversity and ancient cities. Here you can find some of the most fascinating ancient monuments, palaces, forts and excavated ruins of ancient civilization. Alongside this there are other attractions in Karnataka such as vibrant cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore,etc that offer a unique blend of old world charms and modernity.

Travellers from around the globe visit popular tourist places in Karnataka such as Hampi, Udupi, Badami, Mysore, Belur etc for its fantastic selection of ancient architecture such as the Hoysala temples and forts. Apart from the historical ruins and architecture, Karnataka also has some of the most intriguing wildlife sanctuaries such as the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park, the Nagarhole National Park, Anshi National Park, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and many more. These sanctuaries offer some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities and safaris. 

Karnataka is also famous for its ancient palaces and forts. It has over 61 forts scattered across the state and some of the popular ones are the Badami Fort, Chitradurga Fort, Bangalore Fort, Bellary Fort and lots more. Karnataka is also home to some of the most unique landscapes in the world such as the Yana rock formations, granite boulders in Hampi, caves and cave temples in Badami, lush greenery and rolling hills of Agumbe and Kudremukh.  

Places to see in Karnataka include some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Some of the best beach destinations in the state are Gokarna, Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar, Murudeshwar, Kumta and Maravante. These destinations offer some of the most exhilarating water sports such as jet skiing, kayaking, banana boat rides, scuba diving, snorkelling and much more. 
The state is also home to four major rivers that offer some exciting opportunities for activities such as corable rides, white water rafting, river crossing, etc. For these activities you can plan a visit to the Hogenakkal Falls,Kabini River or the Mandovi River. Karnataka are rich in culture, heritage, architectural splendour, unique landscapes and amazing wildlife. Karnataka truly is a fascinating holiday destination that caters to the whims of every kind of traveller.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Karnataka:

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Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is the capital of the state of Karnataka. It is located in southern India on Deccan Plateau. The city is a mix of traditions and modernity. The various ethnicities residing in it celebrate their cultural festivities while engaging with the recent upsurge in its café culture and pub-hopping. It is often referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley’ being the hub of IT development in India.

The lush green area around Bangalore is interspersed with waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, and brooks and rivers waiting to be explored. Due to the presence of lush gardens and pastoral land, it has gained a reputation for being the ‘Garden City of India.’ Cubbon Park, Ulsoor Lake, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, Bugle Rock Park, and Lumbini Garden are the marvels of this city.

Bangalore is flushed with the picturesque sites where you can try the most adrenaline rushing activities. Trekking or hiking at places like Ramanagara, Nandi Hills, Savandurga, and Narayanagiri are exciting activities undertaken by trek enthusiasts. You can also try camping and fishing over here for a rejuvenating experience. 

Bangalore is not just a place for nature lovers, but also music enthusiasts. Hard Rock is an elite pub in Bangalore due to its live performances by renowned bands. There are various other entertainment places within the city including Snow City, which enthuses visitors with activities like ice-skating, gaming arcades and bowling alleys. 

Bangalore has two distinct seasons – wet and dry. The wet season begins with the monsoon in June and lasts till September. The rest of the year is mostly dry but may encounter unpredictable showers. The dry days are sunny, with temperatures not going beyond 25 – 30 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Bangalore is from November to March. 

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Coorg

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Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

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Translated as the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’ as it was presented as dowry to the younger daughter of the Chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada, this serene city is also known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ tranquilizing you from within with its aroma.

Lush green trees set against the backdrop of majestic Mullayangiri ranges, Chikmagalur is one of the most popular spots for trekkers, nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and explorers. The pious land is home to numerous temples including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple adding grace to the grandeur of the vicinity bringing in devotees from far and close offering their prayers.

Chikmagalur stands at an elevation of 3,400 feet, covered with eye-catching tea and coffee plantations, making it a major commercial hub of the state, and also bringing in tourists from all over the world to entice the unique experience of walking through the plantations.

This entrancing hill station is not just about temples and sightseeing but also adventure activities that would savor your inner thrill enthusiast.  
Do not miss out on the famous waterfalls, namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls as there are plenty of them that will surely leave you mesmerized by spellbinding scenic beauty. Cascade of water flowing over the rugged terrain, it is a view that you will remember all through your life.

If you wish to find an escape from the monotonous 9 to 5 life, this is just the right place for you to spend some time amidst the flora and fauna. Do not forget to carry your camera along to come back with pictures to flaunt on your social media. 

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Dandeli

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Mentioned as the adventure capital of South India, Dandeli is synonymous to peace and adventure. Located in the rocky trails of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is a splendid city of Karnataka. This place is situated at an altitude of 1551 ft above sea-level. 

Dandeli is made up of trails and green environment. The beauty of this place resides significantly in the adventurous hikes and beauty of Western Ghats. The untouched green landscapes house a staggering range of flora and fauna. Apart from the adventurous activities, there are several historical places including Ulavi temple, ancient caves of Kavla, and much more.

An integral part of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is home to colossal mountains, nature reserves, and fascinating wildlife. This place is an incredible destination for every kind of travellers. You can head on to the Kali river for a range of watersports, then, stop by Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, or hike on to the Syntheri rocks and engulf the maddening peace and beauty of the Western Ghats; Dandeli is a complete package of fun, peace, and adventures. 

There are plenty of activities to do in Dandeli. If your interests are inclined towards adventurous hiking trips, then you should explore the Syntheri Rocks in the city. Or, feel the adrenaline rush at Kali River while participating in Whitewater rafting, Boat rides, and Kayaking. End your day by relishing the therapeutic Natural Jacuzzi and soaking in nature’s beauty while staying in tents. Moreover, you can also embark on a wildlife safari to spot exotic wildlife at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Dandeli’s climate is subtropical, with a major influence of the Western Ghats on it. Temperatures can stay between 20 and 42 degrees Celsius. The closeness to the Arabian Sea affects the weather of this place. The post-monsoon season, October to January is the best time to travel to Dandeli. Temperature from September to November is also pleasant as it starts to cool down.

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Mysore

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Mysore is one of the most famous tourist destinations of South India. Originally known as Mysuru, it is the largest districts of Karnataka. Formerly known as the capital of the ‘Kingdom of Mysore’, Mysore was the name by which the state of Karnataka was popular as. The city is praised across the country for its arresting buildings and monuments along with its flamboyant imperial heritage. Its world Heritage listed palace of the city is perhaps something that brings most travellers here.

Mysuru is also a burgeoning centre for the production of superior quality incense, silk and sandalwood. At present, the Ashtanga yoga is another drawcard in Mysore that attracts the visitors from across the world accredited to its reputation of being India’s best place to practice yoga.

This City of Palaces has a number of places situated in the city. The main palace of the Mysore is Ambavilas Palace which is also one of the prime attractions of this region accredited to is beautiful monuments. This tourism hotspot attracts several millions of tourists from across the country every year. Dasara (Dusshera) which represents the victory of Good over Evil, marks the worship of Devi Chamundeswari. It is celebrated with fervor and solemnity as the State festival here


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A hill station in the heights of Western Ghats of India, Sakleshpur is a small town located in the state of Karnataka. Famous for being surrounded by a surprising number of plantations of coffee, tea and spices, Sakleshpur’s economy thrives on these. Apart from that, with the recent development in the tourism happening around the town, places to visit in Sakleshpur have recently gathered a lot of fame for themselves because of their beauty and the kind of experiences that they harbour, both of which are unparalleled. 

Easily connected with Major cities like Bangalore and Mangalore, Sakleshpur has a bounty of beautiful places to see, both manmade and nature’s gifts. A prime example of that is the ages-old Manjarabad Fort constructed in the form of a star, which is also one of the prime tourist places in Sakleshpur. But that is not the only one, the list of names goes on and on as to where you should go to see Sakleshpur treating you with its best views of natural beauty, sometimes mingling with the manmade structures. 

The 600 year old Sakleshwara temple that sits on the river Hemavathi’s banks is a piece of fine craftsmanship in surroundings that are meant to take your breath away. And taking your breath away brings to mind the Bisle View Point, offering a panoramic view of the region and hills around, as well as the rainforests of the area. You can see as far away as the Pushpagiri, Dodda Betta and Kumara Parvatha Hills.

And no, the hill station is not just about the sights as there is a long list of things to do in Sakleshpur. The hill station knows how to live on the adventurous edge of life too. Sakleshpur is a heaven for trekking enthusiasts, and that is why this town has taken the definition of trekking to a whole new level by introducing something new like Railway Bridge Trekking. You can trek on the 52km long railway track (trek) between Sakleshpur and Kukke Subramanya road junction, which was closed down long ago. This unforgettable experience takes you through the scenes of at least 25 waterfalls.

And as far as the question of staying in Sakleshpur is concerned, nature stays in Sakleshpur are bound to take your breath away with their surroundings, features and comfort alongside the local hospitality that you will experience here. There is no one type in the places to stay in Sakleshpur and that is what makes it worth experiencing. So take your family, friends, or partner and come to Sakleshpur, and even if no one agrees, come solo. But do not think of missing out on so much fun.

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Gokarna

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Gokarna is a city located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, and is etymologically translated to ‘cow’s ear.’ According to popular mythological belief, it is the place where Lord Shiva emerged from the incarnation of Mother Earth in the form of a cow. Interspersed with ancient temples, the town is home to one of the oldest temples since time immemorial known as Mahabaleshwar, enshrined with Lord Shiva. The town is about 59 km from Karwar, 483 km from Bengaluru, and 238 km from Mangalore. 

Furthermore, the rustic outlook of the town has attracted the attention of a lot of travelers and foreigners. There are several beaches, pilgrimage sights, and waterfalls that are reverberating tourist attractions. In fact, the town is situated around the River Aghanashini, which is considered to be deemed and sacred site for devotees.

However, due to the recent tourist influx, the town attracts both adrenaline seekers and those looking for spiritual solace. It is the town of golden beaches named after the way they are shaped like Om Beach and Half Moon Beach. Paradise Beach does no injustice to its name! The tall palm trees, serene waves of the ocean gushing towards the rocks, and the evenings spent watching the sun melting into the ocean add a surrealistic appeal to the place.

Apart from beaches, there is the Mahabaleshwar Temple that attracts many devotees and saints. Yana is another dainty town located in the vicinity of Gokarna, whose lavish surroundings and rocky terrain is perfect for activities like cycling and trekking. Mountaineering is another popular sport.

The serene beaches pose as perfect sites for watersport activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing. If you want to indulge in watersport activities, then the best time to visit the place is post-monsoon, from September to December. Winters in Gokarna are flamboyant, with a mildly cold climate and lush green surroundings. Summers in Gokarna are hot and humid, followed by the showers that cool the surroundings down with heavy rainfall. 

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Established right in the lap of the divine nature, Madikeri city is located in Karnataka between Mysore and Mangalore. Amidst the lush green forests, the town encapsulates a number of scenic landscapes, dazzling waterfalls, temples, monasteries and other tourist places in Madikeri. Furthermore, travelers from around the globe visit this beautiful destination for not just its vast nature delight but also the calm and soothing environment. A variety of ancient buildings, cultures and interesting traditions also make Madikeri an instant attraction.

Madikeri tourism blossoms all year round but the perfect time for a vacation to this hilly town is between July and September. During this time the weather is calm with a hint of rain and the temperature is on point for a peaceful stay. Additionally, waterfalls like Abbey falls shimmer around this time of the year and the tropics tantalize. Individuals who love architecture and enjoy temples and monuments would definitely love the Tibetan Monastery, Raja's Tomb and Madikeri Fort. These places are an emblem to the traditions and cultures of the city that have sustained throughout the years. Furthermore, they also contain some very intriguing architectures that the travelers will admire.

For nature enthusiasts, parks like the Kote Betta and Mercara Gold Estate Coffee Plantation are a must-visit. The parks provide an opportunity for individuals to gaze upon the vast greenery and rich flora and fauna that extend up till the horizon. All attractions and places of Madikeri are spot on for a family vacation and prolonged holidays. In a nutshell, there are a number of monuments and architectural glees, natural joys and a bag of fun activities like trekking in Madikeri and rappelling that make the city an ideal destination for wanderers to visit. So, if you are thinking about a weekend getaway plan for the monsoon season, then Madikeri city is an option you must consider.

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Hampi

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One of Karnataka’s most treasured gems, Hampi is full of history and serenity. With various rulers reigning over the Vijayanagar empire, the map of Hampi was designed in such a way that today it stands as one of God’s blessings to the humankind. There are temples at every foot-step and each has an unique feature in terms of the architecture, significance and the stories that they have to tell. Known to be a hippie’s paradise, the only dry factor about Hampi is it’s weather.

Right from the locally enriching culture to the temples that have stood the test of times, Hampi has established itself to be one of the most promising tourist destinations in Karnataka. It attracts various adventure seekers, architecture enthusiasts, off beat tourist lovers and devotees from across the globe. Known to be the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hampi do not justify the adjective ‘ruined’ at all. Visit for the temples, or for the hikes, or simply indulge yourself in the delectable local cuisine. No matter what you choose Hampi for, it will always do justice to your plans and never let you down!

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Kanakapura is a city tucked amidst lush green forests and gurgling waterfalls in the state of Karnataka. This place is only 55 km away from Bengaluru, so it is widely cherished as a perfect getaway from the bustling city. Being tucked in the Turahalli Forest and situated on the banks of the burbling river Arkavathi is another reason why this small city of Ramanagara district entices a lot of wildlife lovers. 

Kanakapura drives its popularity from the picturesque landscape and soothing aura along with the rich flora and fauna. The waterfalls snaking the thick forests, spectacular scenery, tranquil temples, and action-packed adventures, make your vacation at Kanakapura an experience of a lifetime. The interesting history of the city is another reason why most tourists are history-buffs that Kanakapura frequently. As for the cuisines, Kanakapura has plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can gobble delicious food. Kanakapura is indeed one of the best destinations for having a relaxed holiday or a fun-filled vacation.

Other than the exceptional scenic beauty of this place you can also find the best quality silk and granite at the place. The major attraction of the city lies in the myriad of resorts in Kanakapura. Most of these resorts follow the jungle theme in order to make you feel connected to the natural beauty of the place. All the tourist attractions have their unique qualities, on one hand, Kabbaladurga is for adventure freaks, the Innovative Film City is customized for both kids and adults. You can also immerse yourself in the spirituality of the pristine Pyramid Valley in Kanakapura. 

The weather of Kanakapura is pure bliss for the tourists as it always pertains to pleasant weather. As the place sits 634 m above sea level, it maintains tropical climate throughout the year. The summers here are rainy whereas the winters see less rainfall. If you want to enjoy Kanakapura to the fullest you should visit the place during the monsoons.

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Udupi

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Udupi is a wonderful holiday destination in Karnataka located about 60 km away from Mangalore. One of the unique things about this city is that it is surrounded by the Western ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. After Bangalore and Mangalore, Udupi is the most important city in Karnataka.

Udupi is famous for its scenic beauty, mouth watering cuisines, pristine beaches and untouched forests. One of the best things to do in Udupi is explore the wonderful green forests and get a glimpse of some of its rare inmates. The intricately carved temples are visited by devotees and history buffs all year round. Udupi has a rich cultural heritage with a history that is over 700 years old. 

Udupi has some of the most beautiful places to visit in Karnataka such as the famous Krishna temple which is visited by devotees all year round. Other popular places to visit here are St. Mary’s Island, Bramhvar, Barkur, Maple Beach, Kudlu Falls and Anantheshwar Temple. 

Udupi city is not only famous for having some good temples and beaches, but you can also do some fun activities in this city. You can try the banana boats on Maple beach or ride the speed boats and enjoy a trip to St Mary's island. Apart from boating, you can also do trekking, river rafting, water sports, pilgrimage, and many other outdoor activities. Udupi is also a great place to shop for Kanjeevaram sarees and other silken goods. 

This city of Karnataka gets quite hot in summer with soaring temperatures that averages around 40°C. Udupi is no different during the day but it gets quite pleasant in the evenings. Monsoon brings with it moderate to heavy showers which may hamper your sightseeing expeditions if you plan to visit during this time.  However, the best time to visit this interesting town is between October to March. This is the time when the weather is at its best and the surroundings have been washed over and refreshed after the monsoons rains.

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Shimoga

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A beautiful city located along the banks of the Tunga river in central Karnataka is Shimoga also known as Shimoga. Offering the beautiful tourist places in Shimoga, this city is encompassed by lush green landscapes, coconut palm trees and abundant waterfalls. Shimoga has a religious history with rich traditions, fine arts and culture. "Kuvempu Rangamandira" and "Karnataka Sangha" and the newly built "Suvarna Samskruthi Bhavana" are the major venues of the city for cultural activities.

Yakshagana, a dance drama, is popular in Thirthahalli, Hosanagara, Sagar, and Sorab Taluks of the district and this art is also performed in Shimoga which adds feathers to the cap of tourist places in Shimoga. There are some professional and amateur troupes from Malnad region, performing this dance drama across Karnataka. The Keladi rulers named the city Shimoga (Face of Shiva) as it was believed that Lord Shiva drank the water of river Tunga. This city was built up by the Keladi rulers amid the lead of Shivappa Nayaka in around 1600 A.D.

The Sahyadri ranges, a part of the Western Ghats, sustain the waterways round the year, and immerse the prolific alluvial soil, with gifts from nature make it the bread provider of Karnataka. Shimoga can be named as 'Heaven on earth’ in India as it is comprised of breathtaking views from the hills and hillocks, refreshing waterfalls with a calm and peaceful weather among the other things to do in Shimoga, nature is surely one of the picturesque blisses of the place. The serenity here attracts many tourists to this city. Visit this wonderful city with your beloved or with your family as it a perfect tourist destination for all.

From the state capital Bangalore, Shimoga can be reached on road by on NH-206. (via Tumkur, Arasikere, Banavara, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere, and Bhadravathi.) KSRTC, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, runs several buses from Bangalore, including Hitech and night services. Shimoga is around 274 km (170 mi) by road from Bangalore. From coastal side, Shimoga is accessible by bus or car. This route passes through Agumbe Ghat or Balebare Ghat roads. Mangalore, Sringeri, Dharmasthala, Udupi, Hubli are connected by Road to this city. Shimoga is better connected with roads from all directions and as such, it is an important bus junction. The tourist places in Shimoga will surely take your heart.

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Murudeshwara is a holy city dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in the southern state of Karnataka, on the coast of the Arabian Sea. This city mainly prides itself on having the second tallest sculpture of Lord Shiva in the whole world.

Murudeshwara is easily accessible by bus, train and by air. The nearest airport is Mangalore airport, which is 133km away from the city. All the trains that connect Mangalore and Mumbai pass through the Murudeshwar Railway Station, which makes it conveniently accessible by frequent trains. Other nearby cities like Kochi, Bangalore and Mumbai are connected to Murudeshwara through very efficient bus service.

The romantic sunsets on the Murudeshwar Beach are truly something worth witnessing when you are in the area. The beaches of the Arabian Sea such as the Aligadda Beach and Murudeshwar Beach allow tourists to enjoy water sports and other adventures along their shores. A unique activity you can enjoy in Murudeshwar Beach is scuba-diving, which is sure to leave you with lifelong memories. One must definitely visit the majestic statue of Lord Shiva that towers over the city at a height of 123 feet. A visit to the Murudeshwar Temple and Raja Gopura is also a spiritually rewarding experience for visitors.

The best time to visit Murudeshwar is between October and May when the city comes alive with fairs, events and festivals. The festival of Mahashivaratri is performed here with great spirit and fervour during February and March and is a spectacle worth witnessing. You can choose from a multitude of hotels and accommodations for a comfortable stay when you are visiting here. 

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Situated 250 km west of Bangalore (now Bengaluru), the state capital of Karnataka, the coastal town of Mangalore (now Mangaluru) remains one of the prime tourist attractions in South India all throughout the year. Although Mangalore is known beaches, islands, temples and the sunrise and sunset points, you will be able to find many more interesting things in this coastal town if you are ready to explore. In fact, you can make Mangalore the base in the bid to explore the entire western coastline. Since Mangalore is well connected by air, road and railway network you can easily go out for sightseeing.

While you are on the move, food remains one of your major concerns for sure. When you visit Mangalore, be ready to serve served with delicious sea foods and other authentic Canara dishes which are simply mouth-watering to say the least. Now when you are in Mangalore, you must be prepared to face the tropical climate there. Although the mornings are not too hot and you can brave the sun, the evenings remain the best time to be at the beach and relax with an ice-cream while watching the sun disappear.  So, if you are stationed in Bengaluru and looking for a weekend destination, Mangalore can definitely be your ultimate choice.


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Bandipur is National Reserve in the Karnataka. Wild animals and birds are conserved in this reserve. A few kilometres away from the capital city, Bangalore, this reserve is one of the popular tourist places visited as a weekend getaway. The place is surrounded by unruffled atmosphere and is eco-friendly. Surrounded by foliage and lush greenery, you can find elephants grazing, and spot other birds and wild animals.

This reserve also has animal care centre which takes take of their health and breeding problems. Injured animals are treated at this centre. This reserve has natural waters coming from Moyar, Nugu, and Kabini rivers.You can go on bird watching tours and take wildlife safaris at this reserve. You can use guided safaris, which are either on foot or jeep.

You can also take elephant safaris. Since this reserve is located at the foothills of Nilgiris, you have abundant spots adventure activities like trekking, camping, and mountaineering. You can take a guided camping activity and listen to the camping stories that can give you an adrenalin rush.

You can also find a forest of well-preserved sandalwood trees in this reserve. August to November is the best time to visit the reserve as the climate is cool. The safaris ride is only for duration of 45 minutes, strictly. There are very few places to see at this reserve.

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Nestled along the untamed river Cauvery, Bheemeshwari is a petite town situated in the Mandya district of Karnataka. Located around a distance of 103 kilometers from Bangalore, Bheemeshwari is called an angler’s paradise for the kind of angling and fishing experience it offers.  Tucked away somewhere off the Kanakapura-Kollegal Highway, Bheemeshwari is a five-kilometer short drive away from Muthathi. The famous getaway near Bangalore is frequented by the city dwellers for adventure activities involving pulsating sports like rafting, kayaking, trekking, camping, angling, wildlife safaris etc. The activities are mostly conducted around the confluence of river Cauvery and Arkavathi rivers. 

It is one of the most visited weekend getaways from Bangalore where the river is a natural habitat for Mahseer which draws the fishing enthusiasts to the many fishing camps in Bheemeshwari as it is believed to be best game fish. The tropical fishes are allowed to be taken out of the water in your fishing game but you can not take them home, this is done to secure these species from getting extinct and to save the wildlife. Besides fishing, the ecological hotspot also offers water sports like rafting, kayaking, coracle ride which is a traditional local oval boat knitted of the split willow branches. Not only birds and fishes but you will also get glimpses of crocodiles, leopards, wild boars, and deer etc in Bheemeshwari forests sanctuary. 

As you enter the forest area, you will be checked well before letting you in, especially for alcohol and hunting gears. Bheemeshwari is cherished as a great weekend destination from Bangalore as it offers in abundance,  Traversing across the river water in a rustic coracle is one of the other factors which acts as a magnet to hundreds and thousands of city dwellers to make a halt at Bheemeshwari. An action-packed weekend in Bheemeshwari starts with tents on the bank of river Cauvery for camping, bonfire at night and glorious sunrises on your morning jog or walk. Trek in the nearby forest stretches and walk uphill to the peaks, embark on a heart-throbbing rafting expedition, eat locally made food, mostly basic yet tasty meals in your camps. These camps provide mosquito nets, cots, food, and bathing facilities in their packages. Sleep at night under the open sky, amid the cocoon-quiet jungle with the gushing sound of the river. You can either leave the next day for your busy city life or can stay back and add more adventure to your Bheemeshwari diary. The solo or two-seater kayaks can be more than just exciting, dodging the boulders and surviving the rapids is not a piece of cake but with little training, you can ace this. There are nearby destinations like Kokrebellur Pelicanry, pristine waterfalls like Mekedatu, Gaganachukki and Barachukki etc which also piques the interest of the travelers.

The ample options of fishing and nature camps in the valley are found scattered along the river bank or deep into the woods. These nature camps are your ultimate stopover after the electrifying rafting excursion or the tiring trekking expedition. Rejuvenate amid nature and devour on some freshly cooked local food while listening to the wild river Cauvery gurgles in its full swell. The open-air dining room in these camps let you dine under the clear sky, sometimes dimly starlit and sometimes ghostly-moonlit. On your drive to Bheemeshwari, you will steer on some hairpin bends which enable breathtaking views of the valley. 

The nearby attractions such as Doddamakali and Galibore are also famous camping location near Bheemeshwari. Situated at a distance of around 7 kilometers from Bheemeshwari, Doddamakali is an isolated stretch of forest whereas Galibore is also a natural habitat for fish which is located 16 kilometers away from Bheemeshwari. Mekedatu is another off-the-beaten destination near Bheemeshwari which has many untrodden jungle trails and waterfalls. Sangam is a mesmerizing confluence point of river Cauvery and river Arkavathi where people often flock for picnicking. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is one of Asia’s largest habitat for migratory birds home to pelicans and painted storks. 

The best time to visit Bheemeshwari is between September to February for experiencing a pleasant weather and the rivers come alive after the monsoon months. Flocks of fishing eagles, kingfishers and many other exotic bird species make it a paradise for birdwatchers. Beware of the Monkeys whom you will find all over the region. It is an ideal place to go and enjoy with friends, family, spouse or office colleagues for a fun-filled weekend. Do carry your camera for capturing wild glimpses as you will encounter a lot more than you expect in Bheemeshwari.

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Hassan

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While planning your trip to Karnataka, do not forget to add Hassan to your list. Famous as the temple capital of Karnataka, Hassan is one of the most interesting places to visit in Karnataka. Located in the Malnad and Maidan district the town of Hassan is at a distance of 187 km from Bangalore. The monuments and ancient structures are some of the finest examples of the style of architecture from the Hoysala Era. 

Hassan is home to some spectacular temples and monuments. Besides these, you will also find beautifully sculpted statues such as the Bahubali Statue, dams, theme parks, untouched forests and forest reserves and so much more. There are several 12th century temples and monuments that can enthrall the most ardent history buffs. Some of the finest ancient temples are Koravangala Temple, Kedareshwara Temple, Ishvara Temple and the Hoysala Temples in Mosale. 

Hassan holds many famous attractions of Karnataka that you don't want to miss on your tour to Karnataka. One of the most famous attractions of this city is the statue of Lord Bahubali or Gomateshwara, which is 27 meters high. Apart from this, you can enjoy the very popular Hoysala Temples at Mosale, Gorur Dam, Kabbaligere Hill, Bisle Ghat and Forest Reserve and many more.  

Hassan offers several adventurous activities that can keep you enthralled throughout your trip. Some of the most popular activities here include trekking in Kabbaligere Hill and many other islands near Hassan. In the Tungabhadra River, you can do river rafting, kayaking, and swimming. You can also indulge in a camping trip and set up camp near the river or on the hill side. You can also sit on the riverside and enjoy a bonfire with friends or family.

Hassan is a unique destination and offers a whole different side to its attractions in every season. The best time to visit here is during winters when the weather is really pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities as well as sightseeing. Although the summers are hot and humid, the temples still offer a cool respite if you plan to visit Hassan during the summers. Monsoons wash over the whole place and cover the surrounding hills in a lush carpet of greenery.

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Belgaum

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One of the most picturesque destinations for mountain lovers, Kudremukh is located in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. It is a quaint hill station and a mining town which has enchanted the trekking aficionados from time to time. It is known for having the Kudremukh peak which is the second-highest peak after Mullayangiri in Karnataka. The town was historically famous as ‘Samseparvata’ as one way approaching it was through the Samse village. 

Known for its religious tourist attractions, waterfalls and for being a trekker’s delight and a bird watcher’s paradise, Kudremukh is a beautiful destination to be explored if you crave for adventure and thrill in your life. Showcasing a carpet of pristine natural beauty, Kudremukh is one of the most brilliant getaways for a memorable escapade with your loved ones. 

Literally meaning horse face in Kannada, Kudremukh is a fascinating mountain peak resembling a horse face from one side. It has a height of 1,894 metres and is one of the most alluring places for mountain lovers in South India. It is a wonderful respite where you can enjoy a plethora of scenic vistas and marvel at the natural beauty. It is blessed with a landscape that comprises eye-catching mountain peaks and verdant valleys. 

The tourists here are in for a treat as they can witness the beautiful flora and fauna along the popular trekking routes through the Western Ghats. It is located in the protected area of Kudremukh National Park which makes it a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. Kudremukh is known to be a habitat for a number of endangered and endemic species where you can see tigers, leopards and wild dogs in the landscape. It is blessed with distinct flora and fauna that comprises tropical wet evergreen forests. 

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Nestled in Karnataka, the city of Ramanagara is a popular hub of culture in the South. Home to rolling green hills, Ramanagara is surrounded by the peaks of Shiva Ramagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, and Yeti Rajagiri, Revanna Siddeshwara, Sidilakallu, and Jala Siddeshwara. Mysore silk saris that are famous across the world for its superior texture and quality, are made from the silk harvested in these regions. Because of its rich silk harvest, Ramanagara is also known as the Silk City.

The most popular attraction in Ramanagara is the Janapada Loka, also known as the “Folk World”, which is a museum that exhibits exclusive village folk art and artifacts. The open-air museum also organizes several folk-based programs throughout the year and is a must-visit for tourists who desire to experience the culture of Karnataka first hand.

The city also has the country’s only vulture sanctuary, the Ramanagara Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary. The rocky area, peppered with outcrops, is a popular spot for bird watching and hiking. The sanctuary houses to different species of vultures like the long-billed vulture and the Egyptian vulture. Inside the sanctuary is also a temple dedicated to Lord Ram, with a unique idol of Rama sitting poised with Sita on his lap.

Mekedatu in Ramanagara, which is the blending spot of the two rivers Arkavathi and Kaveri, is a popular picnic area for those who want to enjoy the green opens with the sound of the roaring waters.

The city of Ramanagara rose into prominence after it was used as a setting in the Bollywood cult classic, Sholay. It is located approximately 50kms away from Bangalore and is connected to the metropolitan by buses that take around 90 minutes to travel between the two places. Ramanagara does not have airports or railway junctions of its own, and the nearest city that connects it to flight or rail services is Bangalore.

The Best time to visit this city would be in the winter months when the climate is not too hot to enjoy the outdoors.

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Amongst the best places to visit in Karnataka, Nandi hills receive the most number of visitors throughout the year. Sitting at a height of 4,851 feet above sea level and located at a distance of about 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills offers the unmistakable scenic beauty away from the chaos of the city.

The ideal weekend getaway for youngsters is also culturally rich in history holding the reminiscent of Tipu Sultan’s reign. Along with the local tourists, people from all over the country visit this beautiful
town to witness the pristine sunrise. 

Apart from stargazing and watching the first rays of sun spread its crimson color in the sky, there are tons of other activities to be done here like Paragliding, cycling, trekking, camping and more. As soon as you enter the foothills of Nandi hills, cold breeze and foggy views will take over the roads. The backdrop of lush green hills and hairpin bends will excite your adventurous soul.

 For cyclists and trekkers, the Nandi hills are haven filled with beautiful terrain and lofty altitude. The top viewpoint of the hills will welcome you with lots of monkeys, exotic birds, a variety of plants and more. Not only can you visit the hills, but with tons of resorts around, you can also spend a night amidst the natural escapades. With all the beautiful wonders of nature and breathtaking landscapes, this hill station is a perfect spot for a long due family outing, first date, weekend with friends or just a solo getaway to rejuvenate your soul.

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Kushalnagar is a small town sprawling over an area of 8 km square. Located on the banks of the River Cauvery, Kushalanagar lies in the Somwarpet Taluka region of the Coorg district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Presently, it is one of those active economic sectors for the localities here. The town is cramped with budget and luxury accommodations such as resorts, stays hotels and lodgings for the tourists.

Situated at an elevation of 830 meters above the sea level there is a popular myth relating to the name of Kushalnagar. If legends are to be believed, Kushalnagar got its name by Hyder Ai who was camping here when he got the news of the birth of his son, Tipu that is when he called the place as Kushyal Nagar i.e. the town of gladness.  

Not as popular as Coorg hill station but when you are on a holiday, you definitely must visit Kushalnagar at least for a day tour. Rich in wildlife and a myriad of exotic birds, the town is a paradise for nature and photography lovers. For others there are monasteries, temples, waterfalls and more. So, irrespective of your age or interests, Kushalnagar will only please you with its surroundings, ambience and activities.


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Karwar

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Karwar is a beautiful town in the Uttara Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Extremely picturesque the town has an ample number of temples, forts and beaches that attract an array of tourists all year round. Located about 15 km south of the border of Karnataka and Goa, Karwar lies some 519 km North west of Bangalore.

The travel guide of the Karwar comprises of references to some of the most scenic and exhilarating spots from the city. It is often regarded as one of the key tourist places from the district.

The Uttara Kannada region is very well recognized for its platonic beauty, natural surroundings, thriving lush hills, exquisite scenery and magnificent mountains that are just a quintessential part of the Western Ghats.

Sadashivgad which is a prominent historical sight of this town lies in proximity to the Kali River Bridge at the confluence of this river with the Arabian Sea. The surroundings here make it an important place to see in Karwar. Since Karwar lies at the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra, the culture here is an amalgam of both Kannada and Marathi cultures. This town is also known as ‘Kone’ by the Southern villagers residing here. This denotes the corner of the region of the Kali river.


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Chamarajnagar is a scenic holiday destination located in the southernmost part of Karnataka. It is approximately 180 km from Bangalore and 160 km from Salem in Tamil Nadu. Covered in dense forest filled with a wide variety of flora and fauna, Chamarajnagar is a great destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers.one of the best wildlife destinations here is the Bandipur National Park which is ideal for safaris as well as camping trips.  

Chamarajanagar is famous for its rolling hills, Mulberry crops, and silkworm production.One of the most popular and famous tourist destinations in this place is the Male Mahadeshwara Hills. Apart from this hill, you can visit Biligirirangana Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and indulge in a wildlife safari. Visit the Gopalaswami Betta to see one of the most beautiful temples in the region. 

Chamarajanagar is ideal for you if you love to trek, hike, and camp. There are many hills such as Biligirirangan Hills, Mahadeshwara Hills, and others that can give you the best trekking and hiking experiences. You can also ride to the top of these hills to get the best riding memory. Apart from these, you can also take a car safari to the wildlife sanctuaries to explore the dense forests of Chamarajnagar.

The best time to visit Chamarajanagar is in winter between October to March. But if you want to explore the forest reserves, then visit in summer. During this time, the chance to get a glimpse of the wild animals increases as they visit the waterholes more often.

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During the British rule, Dakshina Kannada was known as South Kanara. The headquarter of Dakshina Kannada is Mangalore, also known as Mangaluru. It is located between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by the Sahyadri ranges, Dakshina Kannada offers  spectacular views. 

Dakshina Kannada is a culturally wealthy place and this is beautifully showcased in its temples, folklores, folk dances, clay sculptures, beautifully carved chariots costumes and so much more. 
One of the most renowned folk art here is Yakshagana which is a dramatized folk dance. Religious rituals and the traditions they follow and the art forms that are still thriving here in their full glory. 

Dakshina Kannada offers you some of the most wonderful attractions in Karnataka. Some of the most popular and famous attractions here include Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Kadri Manjunatha Temple, The Sultan Bathery, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Kumara Parvatha, Sammilian Shetty’s Butterfly Park, and many more. 

Dakshina Kannada is a haven for those who enjoy outdoor activities.  It offers some of the best hiking and trekking trails, campsites along the surrounding hills and mountains. Some of the common activities that you can participate in the beaches are surfing, kitesurfing, boat tours, waterskiing or jet skiing, speed boat tours, and many more. Apart from that, you can indulge in some ATV bike tours and safari tours here.

Best time to visit Dakshina Kannada is the winter between October to March. The temperature remains comfortable during this time for sightseeing and other activities. In summer, the temperature can get a bit high and many visitors love to swim and indulge in water activities in the hot weather.

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Kabini

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Kabini is an exquisite, enthralling location in Karnataka which you ought to visit at least once in your lifetime, whether you're an adventure enthusiast, a love of fauna, or simply someone who loves to travel for leisure. The perfect weather, a host of activities, camping options and more is what makes Kabini a tourist favourite. Summers are great for wildlife visits here while monsoons are the ideal time to feast your eyes upon the sanctuary's abundant greenery, making Kabini an all-year round getaway. 

Being centrally located, Kabini is also well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Coimbatore. If you’re travelling by air you can alight at Bangalore or Coimbatore and continue your journey to Kabini. Coimbatore is 127 kilometres while Bangalore is 200 kilometres from your destination. You can also choose to fly to Mysore’s domestic airport and travel by road for around 1.5 hours to reach Kabini. 

Whilst here, make sure you visit the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary. Ironically, once a hunting  area for the British, the sanctuary has a plethora of flora, exotic fauna, and waterfalls that cascade dramatically. Explore the forests as you head out on a jungle safari, choose to ride on elephant back and feed the royal, friendly animals, thanking them for the enjoyable elephant safari. Follow it up with a visit to Kabini Dam and a boat ride on the sparkling Kabini River, a tributary of the Kaveri, against a scenic backdrop. Return to your resort to simply sit by the campfire and reminisce about your adventures through the day. If you have some more time to spare, go on a nature expedition early next morning and don't forget to stop by small shops for local handicrafts that you can bring back for your loved ones. 

Eat like the locals, as you indulge in Southern Specials like Bisi Bele Bhaat, Vada Sambar, Akki Roti and more. Stay at luxurious properties like Red Earth, The Serai, and Evolve Back, among others. Although within a higher price range, the resorts offer top notch hospitality and amenities, coupled with unique wildlife experiences. 

Kabini sees tourists from all across the globe who visit the city for its serenity, beauty, and exotic stays. Be one of them and reside in the lap of luxury!


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Bidar

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Bidar is a historical city with many architectural wonders that dates back to the reign of the Chalukyas, Muhammad Bin Tughlaq and many others. SOme of the most intriguing architectural masterpieces are Bidar Fort, Rangin Mahal, Bahamani Tombs, Chaubara, Solah Khamba Mosque and several others. Bidar was a power center for many of the ancient rulers of different dynasties. 

Some of the most incredible attractions in Bidar include temples, forts, mosques, tombstones and several ancient ruins that have fascinated many visitors over time. The other attraction here is its rich flora and fauna. The rich soil on the banks of the Krishna and the Godavari Rivers that meanders through the city, is conducive for the growth and propagation of these endemic flora and fauna. 

Some of the best attractions in Bidar are Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple, Bidar Fort, Rangin Mahal, Bahamani Tombs, Solah Khamba Mosque, Chaubara, Mohammad Gawan Madrasa and many more. Bidar also has the second largest Air Force training centre in India. Another speciality of Bidar is the Bidari traditional handicraft, wood carving work, sandalwood products and silver work. 

Bidar offers you many outdoor activities, you can catch a car to enjoy the safaris in the Honnikeri Reserve and enjoy many animals including the spiral-horned blackbuck. Apart from exploring the forests, you can trek on the hills of Bidar. Coracle ride in Bilaspur lake is also very popular in Bidar and one of the best outdoor activities in the city. 

If you want to truly explore Bidar at its best then plan your visit here between October to March. Bidar is the coldest and wettest place in Karnataka. Keeping this in mind, try to avoid monsoon as you might get heavy rainfall and strong winds. If you want to catch as many cultural programs and events as possible, then visit Bidar in March or October.

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Hospet

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Hospet has some of the most fascinating places to visit in Karnataka which includes historical ruins from the Vijayanagara Empire. Located near the Tungabhadra River, the speciality of Hospet is the magical blend of old world charm with modernization. It is 325 km from Bangalore and offers a unique travel experience to its visitors. 

Being a riverside city, it offers the great sights of the river along with a dam. People that are coming from Goa or the west coast stops here to witness the beauty on the way. But you will need more than 1-2 days to explore this beautiful place and things that this place has to offer. Hospet is also known as the Fort Town of Karnataka as there are many historical old forts here. Apart from the forts, you can visit Anantasatanagudi, Tungabhadra Dam, Virupaksha Temple, King's Balance, Ragunath Temple, and many more.

As the city is located near the Tungabhadra River, most people tend to do boating, swimming, and other water-related activities. Apart from this, you can climb the big rocks and reach many top hills and mountains. One of the unique things that you can do in Hospet is the zorbing. You can also trek and camp in the hills along with enjoying the great views.

The best time to visit Hospet city is the winter November to February to experience the best weather conditions. The temperature is most suitable for exploring all that Hospet has to offer. Try to avoid taking a trip to Hospet in February, as at this time the temperature tends to reach the highest.

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Chitradurga also known as the Chitrakaladurga, is a beautiful place in Karnataka. It is located about 200 km from Bangalore and is surrounded by rocky boulders. Located in the valley of the Vedavati River, Chirtradurga offers some really spectacular scenery. Filled with many legends and historical structures, this place is a wonderful treasure trove waiting to be explored. 

Chitradurga is an eclectic mix of unbelievable attractions, intriguing experiences and glorious history. It can offer you some of the most invigorating attractions along with some quiet time. There are several temples, forts, dams, caves, rivers, and forests around which you can plan your whole trip. 

When it comes to attractions of Chitradurga, the first thing that comes to mind is the Chitradurga Fort. Many tourists travel from different countries to visit this fort. Great historical figures have stayed in this fort, right from Tipu Sultan to Bhima. The temple contains a drum of Bhima and a tooth of Hidimba. Apart from the Fort, there is the Vani Vilas Sagar Dam, Ankali Mutt, Chandravalli, Adumalleshwara Temple, Himavat Kedaya, Gayatri Jalashaya and Jogimatti which can be included in your list of attractions in Chitradurga. 

Like other places in Karnataka, you can participate in many outdoor activities in this place such as banana boat rides, kayaking, jet-skiing, canoeing in the rivers. Apart from these, you can also trek the hills and enjoy camping. Places like Gayatri Jalashaya are perfect for a picnic with friends and family.

October to March is the best time to visit Chitradurga. The weather is quite pleasant at this time and it offers a great ambience for explorations and sightseeing. Summers are really hot here and not very ideal for outdoor activities. Monsoons take humidity to a very uncomfortable level making it difficult to visit and enjoy the attractions of this place.

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Belur

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Belur is one of the oldest and famous tourist attractions of Karnataka. It is situated near the River Yagachi and comes under the Hassan District. Formerly the capital city of the Hoysala Empire, Belur also has the Halebid twin town, which is just 16km away from the place. It is located on the Bangalore to Chikmangalur route at 217km from Bangalore. 

Belur is a famous temple town and houses the most beautiful Hoysala Temples such as the Chennakesava temple, that was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage sites. Belur exemplifies the beauty and craftsmanship of South Indian architecture and design. The beauty of this town lies in its many structural wonders that can keep you mesmerized and enthralled for days on end. 

Many people travel from all corners of the world to explore the attractions of Belur. The Chennakesava temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and there are some stories around that it took 103 years to build this temple and complete the construction. Apart from this temple, you can also visit Madanikas, Veeranarayana Temple, Darpana Sundari, Kappe Chennigaraya Temple, and the Gravity pillar. 

Some of the best things to do here are visit ancient sites, beautiful temples and museums. You can also indulge in some adrenaline pumping activities such as water sports and outdoor activities. Some of these activities include a bumper ride, banana boat, speed boat, jetski in the Yagachi river along with different water activities, trekking, hiking, camping, rock climbing and so much more. 

October to March is the best time to visit Belur. The weather during this time is pleasant with temperatures hovering around 16°C. Summers get a little hot and temperature ranges between 33°C to 38°C.

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Yana

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If you love unique places, natural surroundings and fantastic landscapes then Yana is one of the best places for you in Karnataka. Yana is a small village and hill station located just 140 km away from the city Hubli. 

This small town offers spectacular forests, hills, unusual stone formations and a variety of birds. The place is perfect to get away from the crowd and enjoy the beauty of nature. It is also a great destination for avid bird watchers. You can also see the unique small village and its culture to get a nice touch of villages and peoples.

Bhairaveshwara peak and Mohini Peak are the most famous attractions in Yana. The stories of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati related to these peaks make it even more famous. There are several trekking trails along these paths ranging from easy to advanced levels.

When it comes to outdoor activities, you can enjoy both trekking and camping while you explore the enthralling rock formations. Some other activities include rock climbing, exploring the forest, and many more. 

The best time to visit this city is between October to February. This time of the year the weather is best suited to travel around without worrying about opening an umbrella, or worrying about getting sunburn. Avoid visiting in monsoon as the trekking trails can be quite slippery and dangerous.

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Badami

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Located near the Agastya River, Badami was the capital of the Chalukya Empire. Badami is 457km from Bangalore in the Bagalkot District of Karnataka. It offers a unique experience that is incomparable with any other destination in this region. It is filled with red sandstone formations, caves, cave temples, and several beautiful structures along the banks of the Agastya Lake. 

The cave temples carved out of the rocks is one of the most spectacular sights here. Apart from caves, one of the best things in Badami is the Agastya Lake. Legends say that the Lake has healing powers and it is surrounded by the cave temples and the sandstone formations.

Apart from that, Badami has many other attractions such as the Badami Fort, Aihole, Archaeological Museum, Pattadakal, Lord Shivalaya Upper Shivalaya, and Agastya Lake. Also, the handcrafted gifts and items in the Badami shops are wonderful, and it gives a nice glimpse of the culture and traditional art of this place. 

Badami has much to offer its visitors in terms of things to do which includes trekking to the beautiful cave temples, or the Badami Fort and indulging in some rock climbing. Other activities that you can enjoy here are photography, visiting the four galleries of the Museum, enjoy the cultural performances and try out the local cuisine and street food. 

Badami is an ideal destination which can be visited all year round. However the best time to visit is between October to April. This time is ideal for exploring the cave temples and the other attractions. Monsoon is also not a bad time as Badami does not receive heavy rainfall. Although summer days are quite hot; mornings and evenings are pleasantly cooler with temperatures hovering around 25°C.

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Ankola

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If you love to visit a small town filled with temples and forests, then Ankola is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. The place is named Ankola after a flower that is seen in the hills and forests of this place. 

Visit the place to get a unique experience of beauty and see the Halakki Vokkaligas. They are sub-group caste and only found in the Uttara Kannada district. Their Ancient lifestyle is very different from us and worth a visit. Apart from this, you can find many beaches, Kari Ishaad a rare breed of mango, cashews, and Gangavali River. 

One of the very famous and popular tourist destinations of Ankola is Mahamaya Temple. This temple is accessible from both Goa airport and Ankola railway station. The city can offer you many tourist attractions apart from this temple, some of the common ones include Aryadurga temple, Honey beach, Vinhuti falls, Nadibhag beach. Visit all the places along with some other popular hills and forests to get the experience of Ankola.

Ankola has many beautiful beaches, so you can indulge in several water activities such as waterboarding, boating, swimming, water sports, and many more. Ankola is not only famous for its beaches, but there are also some beautiful hills and forests. You can trek the hills and camp there along with exploring the jungle on foot or safari. Other than that, you can do bike trips or road trips to reach Goa.

Ankola mainly has tropical weather with rainfall almost all year round with dry spans in between. November to April is the best time to visit Ankola. During this time, rainfall is rare and it offers clement weather for sightseeing.

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Bijapur

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One of the most commercially important cities of Karnataka is Bijapur. But it is also a very famous tourist destination for some historical monuments and structures. The place was known to be made by the Kalyani Chalukyas in the 11th century. Bijapur is also known for having some of the best ancient histories of Karnataka. This place is often called the Agra of South India for having some of the very famous and wonderful structures in the city. 

Bijapur is very famous for having one of the top attractions of Karnataka, which is Gol Gumbaj. This city is also called the city with Gol Gumbaj, and many tourists visit every year to witness this beauty. Some of the other attractions of Bijapur include Ibrahim Rauza, Jumma Masjid, Bijapur Fort, Gagan Mahal, Bara Kaman, The Citadel, and many more. 

The place is filled with history and monuments and it is perfect for  fun activities such as picnics, bonfires with friends and loved ones and many more. 
Visit from October to February to enjoy the place best with pleasant and comfortable weather to keep you company. Monsoon and summers are not ideal times to visit as rain may dampen your trip while in the summer the heat may get to you.

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Sirsi

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If lush greenery and rich natural surroundings is what you are looking for then do visit Sirsi city in Karnataka. This place is covered with forest and rivers, along with some of the best waterfalls of Karnataka. Located in the District of Uttar Kannada at an elevation of 1936 ft from the ground, Sirsi is an enchanting hill station with some of the most spectacular views in the area. 

What can be more beautiful than nature itself? This place is very popular for attracting a lot of photographers and wildlife lovers. Apart from the forests and waterfalls, you can also find quite a few temples, churches and many other attractions. 

Sirsi is one of the cities that attracts many foreign tourists in Karnataka. Sirsi is home to some very interesting flora and fauna. Some of these rare species include Slender Loris, Dhole, Bonnet Macaque and a variety of birds, insects and reptiles. Apart from these animals and insects, Sirsi is also home to some rare herbs and colorful flowers. Yana rock formations that are found here are famous here for their unusual shape. 

As the Sirsi contains many waterfalls and forests, you can enjoy many outdoor activities here. You can trek in the mountains and go camping to add a touch of adventure to your holiday. There are trekking trails along the hills that offer spectacular views. The landscape here can provide for the best backdrops for nature photography. You can also do paragliding, boat ride, water sports and many more in this city.

The best time to visit Sirsi is between October to March when the weather is pleasant. Due to its location, Sirsi has pleasant weather almost all year round. However, the summer sun may get too hot for some because of its elevation.

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Nagarhole is spread over two districts of Karnataka, mainly Mysore and Kodagu. The name depicts the many wriggling streams that flow in the region passing through dense forests and deep gorges. The town is dotted with an umpteenth number of waterfalls, forest stretches, and temples which also form an integral part of this cultural town in the Kodagu districts of Karnataka. The rich history of Nagarhole describes the region to be a hunting ground of the rulers of Mysore. 

Elephants and wild Bison is in abundance along with other jungle dwellers like tigers,  four-horned antelope, jungle cat, civet,  sloth bear, spotted deer, panther, sambhar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, pangolin and wild boar. The forests are inhabited by a primitive tribe known as Jenu Kurubas.  Nagarhole National Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park and it forms a major part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. 

Nagarhole National Park was established in the year 1955 is situated at a distance of 94 KM from Mysore and somewhat the same from Madikeri as well. It is spread over an area of 643 sq. KM. The unspoiled and uninterrupted park attracts environmentalists and nature enthusiasts from all over the country.  The various safaris running in the park during morning and evening hours can be your best options to explore the flora and fauna of the region. Nagarhole encompasses lush hills, undulating green slopes, grassy swamps, slippery waterfalls and many lakes and streams.  

Other than going on a safari in Nagarhole, you can also visit nearby attractions like Iruppu falls which originates from Lakshmana Tirtha River, Rameshwara temple which is closely located to the falls. Kutta is a small town that connects many other places of interest to Nagarhole National park. It is situated Northwest of Bandipur National Park and both are separated by river Kabini. From Jeep safaris to Elephant safaris and coracle and boat safaris; there is no dearth of greenery and wildlife. The exciting boat safaris row you through the river and keep you in the center so that you can watch the Crocodiles lazing by the bank. 

Nagarhole experiences amazing weather throughout the year and you can tread on various trails for trekking and camping. It is advisable to avoid any kind of excursion during the monsoon season. As the region is quite close to Coorg, you must try the local filter coffee, it somewhat touches the benchmark. To have a local experience of living with such a vast array of flora and fauna, get enrolled in an Elephant training camp, the excitement and thrill of bathing the giant mammoths are incredible.  Mysore is the nearest railway station.  Take a bus or a cab to reach Nagarhole. 

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Agumbe

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Agumbe, popularly known as the ‘Cherrapunji of South’, is a tiny village nestled in the thick rainforests of Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is one of the last surviving rainforests in India which receives an average of around 7,000mm of rainfall annually. With a population of around 500 people, Agumbe is situated in the Thirthahalli taluka of Shimoga district of North Karnataka.

Agumbe is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its rich biodiversity, waterfalls and red-hazy sun-set over the Arabian Sea. The village is also known as the ‘Cobra Capital’ of India because of the number of Cobras that are found here and could be encountered while driving along the Ghats. It is also a home to more than 70 other species of snakes.

Far from the hustle and bustle of cities, it is India’s one of the best places to explore the wildlife and the scenic views of Western Ghats. The major attraction of Agumbe is its dense forests where tourists enjoy trekking, hiking, rafting and bike-riding. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is also a major tourist attraction of this place where one can easily witness different species of butterflies, snakes, deer, scorpions, moths and many more animals.

Since it is situated at an altitude of 249m above sea level and surrounded by Western Ghats, the temperature remains pleasant for most parts of the year. Although, the best season to visit Agumbe is post-monsoon and winter as rain makes this place more green and beautiful to visit.

The temperature remains between 16 degrees Celsius to 23 degree Celsius in the post rainy season. It's the best time to explore the scenic view of lush greenery and high mountains covered with dense fog.

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Mighty and magnificent, at an elevation of 1200 metres, Biligirirangana Hills stand tall at the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats in South Karnataka, and are frequented for their diverse flora and fauna. BR Hills offers plenty of sights to visit, thrilling sports to experience, and some wonderful homely places to stay at during the course of your visit.

Sightseeing 

- BRT Wildlife Sanctuary which sprawls across 540 sq. kms and is home to gaurs, sambhar, tigers, leopards, four-horned antelopes and over 200 species of birds. 

- Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple where lies the statue of Lord Ranganatha, at the highest peak of the BR Hills.

- Dodda Sampige Mara, which translates to the The Big Champak Tree, is 2000 years old and definitely worth a view. 

 

Things to Do

- Trek to the highest peak of BR Hills.

- Go coracle boat riding, angling, and fishing at the Kaveri and Kapila Rivers.

- River raft, especially in the monsoons, but be prepared for unpredictable heavy rains to play spoilsport too!

- Shop at the Tribal Resource Centre, for some local handicrafts, artefacts, pickles, juices, and an array of options. 


Staying at BR Hills 

BR Hills offers some great options like the Rajathadri Hill Villas, K. Gudi Wilderness Camp, Gorukana Eco Wellness Retreat, and Champakaranya which, with their range of tents, cottages and rooms, make for the perfect retreat!

Boasting of temple and tranquillity, BR Hills is the perfect weekend getaway for hodophiles, dendrophiles, adventure junkies, and absolutely anyone else who loves being close to nature!

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Other Attractions

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km.

The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

Location:
Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083fdghjk

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season.

Price:
INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

Timings:
9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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Skandagiri

Skandagiri locks one of the most mesmerizing views of the sky and earth that meet at sunrise with clouds at an eye-level height urging you not to leave. A night trek in Bangalore, Skandagiri is a must for adventure and nature lovers, who can spend the night with a camp stay in front of an amazing bonfire.

This 10km Skandagiri trek begins two hours before sunrise, where one has to climb up these hills by passing the wilderness until you to reach the absolute top. The view that you will witness thereafter maybe one you would have never thought of before, and thus this is one of the most serene places to visit in Bangalore whenever you need a break from the noise and traffic!

Location: 62 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur off Bellary Road, Karnataka

Best time to visit: November to January or summer season

Price: Sunrise trek starts from Rs 967.

Timing: 11.30 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. (next day)

Average time required to visit the place: A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 60.5 km

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Savandurga

The largest monolith in Asia is just half an hour drive away from Bangalore. The monolith is considerably gradient at some points and that is why it is recommended that you must be careful on this trek and do not take children.Trekking here is considered as one of the exciting things to do in Bangalore.

The trek is a combination of moderate and difficult levels and the view from the top is breath-taking especially of Manchinbele Dam and the overlooking valley. It is considered to be one of the largest rock formations in entire Asia and it has two main hill points Billigudda which are said to be the white hill and Karigudda which is a Black hill. 

The meandering curves of Akravati river and the perennial lotus ponds are two major water attractions which are seen from atop the hill. Situated at a height of 4022 feet above sea level, Savandurga has ample of opportunities for conducting an easy trekking and rock climbing expeditions.

Location: 60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi Road, Dabguli, India

Best Time to Visit: November to May.

Price: Night Trekking starts from INR Rs 1050

Timings: Trekking hours are between 6 AM to 6 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 60 KM.

Further Read: 30 Transcendent Places for Camping near Bangalore

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Anthargange
The Kolar district of Karnataka promises a jaw-dropping sight of the Shathashrunga range and Anthargange is another rocky hill range that basks at a height of 1712 meters from sea level. The place is mostly an illusionistic stretch of stacked rocky boulders and the natural cave exploration is a one of kind experience among these piled up volcanic rocks which makes this place one of the best things to see in Banaglore 

The Anthargange Temple is another popular site that is well-celebrated among the devotees and religious trekkers. Literally, Anthargange stands for 'The Ganges from the deep' or  'Inner Stream' in Kannada, that is also because of the bestrew of seven villages in the vicinity which are favoured with a natural supply of fresh groundwater. There are no lodging options at Anthargange so one can either pitch a tent while night trekking or can stay at Bangalore and embark on a day trekking tour at Anthargange.

Location: Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range. Bengaluru, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1050

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.

Popular Read: 16 Thrilling Activities to do in Bangalore
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Dubare Elephant Camp

This river camp has trained Elephants and their mahout who bathe them and feed them. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a project which is run together by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. 

There are naturalists who elucidate the biology, ecology and the history of Elephants to the visitors and you can not only see them but even participate in the river bath, and feeding. There are about 150 Elephants in every such camp of the Karnataka Forest Department and is a great way of promoting eco-tourism in the state. 

The project mainly started for the cause of conserving and understanding Elephants in India which is now becoming one of the major attractions in Coorg. 

One can hear the gurgling sound of the river Cauvery as it is situated on the banks of the river and also indulge in various activities which enable a close encounter with these beautiful mammals. 

Dubare Elephant camp is one of the amazing places to visit in Coorg for a wild adventure.

Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India

Best Time to visit: Take an evening jeep safari along with a trained naturalist.

Entry fee: If you want to feed the Elephants, the kit will cost INR 20, if you want to bathe the Elephants then the fee is INR 100 per head.

Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: More than 3 hours.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM

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Sringeri
Sringeri has some very interesting attractions in Karnataka which include the Sharada Peetham, the four temples established by Adi Shankaracharya that faces in the four directions. These are - Kere Anjaneya Temple in the West, Kala Bhairava Temple in the East, Durgamba Temple in the South and Kalikamba Temple in the North. Another major attraction in Sringeri is the River Tunga. There are several temples built on the river bank and it is also home to a variety of fresh water fish. The water of the Tunga River is also known for its freshness and wonderful taste. 

Another point of interest in Sringeri is the way they celebrate their festivals. If you are lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of their colorful cultural rituals and Navratri festival and the unbelievable crown of countless people. 

The best time to visit Sringeri is between October to March when the weather and ideal to explore all the attractions here. The temperature stays around 21-24 degrees, which is great to enjoy the place more comfortably. If you visit Sringeri in monsoon, then you might get medium to heavy rains, which can interrupt the trip and other activities. But, monsoon also makes the scenery more enjoyable and enthralling, the temperature stays around 23 to 29 degrees. Avoid visiting the place in summer as the temperature can rise to 30 to 32 degrees.
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Madhugiri
Madhugiri is a small town in Tumkur district of Karnataka that is home to one of Asia’s largest monoliths and the second largest in the world. It is located 100km from Bangalore, most of the tourists visit this place to see the famous Madhugiri Fort. This famous fort was built during the reign of the Vijayanagar Dynasty. Apart from the Fort, Madugiri also offers other attractions such as the MaidanaHalli Blackbuck Sanctuary, Chennarayana Durga, Thimmalapura Forest, Siddara Betta, and many other temples.

The place is also very famous for manufacturing handloom clothes and blankets. You can visit the market places and explore the variety of these locally manufactured clothes and other products. Madhugiri located at a height of 3930 feet also offers some of the best trekking and hiking trails.   

Plan a trip to Madhugiri between the months of October to March. This is the best time as the weather is pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Summers are not conducive at all as the temperatures go really high at around 38°C to 40°C. Monsoons bring with it moderate to heavy showers which can dampen your trip. Trekking is also not advisable during this time as the trails get muddy and quite slippery as well.
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Talakadu
Talakadu is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Karnataka with a tremendous selection of excavated ruins. This town has witnessed the rise and fall of various empires including the Chola Dynasty, the Pallava Dynasty, the Hoysala Dynasty and the Vijayanagara Dynasty. Some of the most unique practices here are the excavation of some temples every 12 years for a special ritual during Panchalinga Darshana. The remaining time these temples remain buried under the sand.  The Temples that are included in this ritual are the Vaidyanatheshwara temple, Arkeshwara temple, Vasukishwara temple Srikanteshwara temple and Mallikarjuna temple. 

Talakadu offers some really exciting activities including coracle rides on the Kaveri River. Talakadu is located 120km away from Bangalore airport. You can catch a train to Mysore to reach Talakadu as the Mysore railway station is only 45km away from this place. 

The best time to visit Talakadu is between November to March. The weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the rides on the River or indulge in a picnic with friends and family. This is a great time to indulge in temple hopping and enjoy the local cuisines. 

The weather is very hot during the summers with temperatures going up to almost 40°C. This is not ideal for outdoor activities or sightseeing. In monsoon, heavy rains and bad weather will ruin your visit and make the roads and temples muddy.
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Srirangapatna
Srirangapatna is a small island which is in the shape of an egg and located in the middle of the Cauvery River. The city is not very far from Mysore, you will need to travel only 18km to reach Srirangapatna. One of the famous and most popular attractions in this town is the Ranganathaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Tourists throng this Temple and come from far and wide to witness its grandeur.

You can also enjoy many other attractions in this city, such as waterfalls, military warehouses, tombs and palaces. If you want to see some rare and beautiful birds, then you can visit the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Other attractions here include the Gumbaz, Dariya Daulat Baug, Sangam, Balmuri Falls, Karighatta Temple, Srirangapatna Fort, the Obelisk and Jama Masjid. 

The best time to plan your visit to Srirangapatna is during the winter months between October to March. The weather remains pleasant for outdoor activities, sightseeing and shopping. Summers can ruin your trip because of excess heat. The temperatures range between 32°C to 40°C making it difficult for any outdoor activities. Monsoons are not ideal either as the rains can get very heavy and dampen your trip. However, if you do go during monsoons the only advantage would be the great price drops in the things you can buy. 
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Makalidurga
Makalidurga is a small village that is mostly known for the Makalidurga hill. You can reach this place very easily as it is only 60 km away from Bangalore and 10 km away from Doddaballapur. There is an old temple of Lord Shiva in this village which is believed to be the place where Rishi Markandeya performed penance. Apart from this, the city is very famous for its trekking trails over a set of beautiful rolling hills. The Makalidurga Fort is located on top of one of the granite hillocks and trek along this hillside is one of the most popular one in this region.

The Fort on the top is at a height of 1,117 m. You can visit other attractions, such as Ghati Subramanya Temple, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Chikka Madhure Shani Mahatma Temple, Kinvah Vineyards. Popular amongst trekkers the Village itself serves as a base for these treks and there are many day treks as well as night treks organized here.You can also indulge in bike rides to reach the top of some hills.

The best time to visit Makalidurga is in the winter months between October to March. This is also the best time to trek, as the roads and trails are dry and make it easy to trek. Do not visit the place in monsoon if you want to trek as the rocks and the roads get slippery and it can be dangerous to trek in the weather. Also, Due to heavy rains, blockage of roads and rock brakes is very common.
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Shravanabelagola
Shravanabelagola a major holiday attraction in Karnataka is famous for the statue of Lord Gomateswara also called the Bahubali statue. This statue is 58 ft tall and carved out of a single granite block. It is believed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world. The statue attracts many tourists and travelers from around the world every year. This place is a very important pilgrimage destination for Jains, and there are a lot of Jain temples you can see in this area.

Lord Gomateshwara was the son of the first Jain Tirthankara, Lord Adinatha. Apart from this wonderful statue, this place also has some beautiful hills to explore. Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri hills surround the place and offer several interesting trails for trekking and camping around the area. You can also hire a palanquin to enjoy the view from the hill top without doing all the walking. 

The other major attraction here is the Bhandari Basadi Temple which is the largest temple in Shravanabelagola built in 1126 by the treasurer of the Hoysala Kings. If you are lucky, you can witness the Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali, which happens once every 12 years.  

The best time to visit Shravanabelagola is from October to April. Planning a trip at this time is ideal for exploring the various attractions and going on camping trips and trekking expeditions. Temperatures soar during summers ranging between 30°C to 35°C making it difficult to go out for sightseeing. In monsoon, you might find a bit of rain, which makes going out hard but the visual appeal of this place gets more beautiful after the rains. Ganesh Chaturthi held in July or August is celebrated with great gusto in Shravanabelagola.

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Halebid

Halebid
Halebid is a beautiful town which is also known as Halebidu and Dwarasamudra. It is located in Hassan District and is dotted with incredibly beautiful shrines, temples and imposing sculptures because of which it is also famous as the Gem of Indian architecture. This city was once the capital of the Hoysala empire, and this is reflected in the structural designs of its various temples and monuments. 

Other popular attractions in this town are Hoysaleswara Temple, Basadi Halli, Yagachi Dam, Kedareswara Temple, and the Archaeological Museum. While visiting the Halebid city, do not forget to enjoy the Hoysala Mahotsava. This festival represents the cultural performances, programs and different forms of art.  

The best time to visit Halebid is between October to February. The temperature at this time is perfect to explore the town and different attractions. You will get around 10 to 25 degrees temperature, which is best for traveling and makes the place more beautiful. The temperature rises to 44 degrees in the summer, which is best to avoid. But if you want to catch the festival, then you will need to visit this place in March.
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Shivanasamudra Falls
Shivanasamudra is known for its cascading many waterfalls and rivers. It is located in the Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka and the waterfall is near the Kaveri River. The Shivanasamudra island divides the Kaveri River into two parts which forms the two waterfalls. One is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. These two together are known as the Shivanasamudra Falls.

There are some temples nearby and a wildlife sanctuary which visitors can explore. You can do many outdoor activities here, such as fishing, boating, water sports, swimming in the Kaveri River. Many people also come here to trek the mountains and click some amazing photos of the waterfalls. 

The place is at its best during monsoon and winter and both these seasons are ideal to enjoy the waterfall and other attractions here. In winter the place is filled with tourists because of the pleasant weather and breezy ambience. In monsoon, you can enjoy the waterfall at its best. The water increases, which makes the roars more powerful and increases the beauty of the place. Summers are not really ideal for a trip to the Shivanasamudra Falls as the temperatures are really high and the humidity level is also high.
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Madhugiri
Madhugiri is a small town in Tumkur district of Karnataka that is home to one of Asia’s largest monoliths and the second largest in the world. It is located 100km from Bangalore, most of the tourists visit this place to see the famous Madhugiri Fort. This famous fort was built during the reign of the Vijayanagar Dynasty. Apart from the Fort, Madugiri also offers other attractions such as the MaidanaHalli Blackbuck Sanctuary, Chennarayana Durga, Thimmalapura Forest, Siddara Betta, and many other temples.

The place is also very famous for manufacturing handloom clothes and blankets. You can visit the market places and explore the variety of these locally manufactured clothes and other products. Madhugiri located at a height of 3930 feet also offers some of the best trekking and hiking trails.   

Plan a trip to Madhugiri between the months of October to March. This is the best time as the weather is pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Summers are not conducive at all as the temperatures go really high at around 38°C to 40°C. Monsoons bring with it moderate to heavy showers which can dampen your trip. Trekking is also not advisable during this time as the trails get muddy and quite slippery as well.
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Pattadakal
One of the top tourist destinations of Karnataka is Pattadakal. Pattadakal is a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO for its historical monuments and temples. According to researchers and excavations, Pattadakal used to be under the Badami Chalukyas and previously it was called Raktapura. 

The point that makes Pattadakal different from other places is that the popular structures here represent both South Indian and North Indian style of architecture. A Jain temple named Rashtrakuta is also very beautiful, which is known to be built by Vikramaditya II's wife Queen Lokamahadevi. Apart from these, you can visit Sangameshwara Temple, Malliikarjuna Temple, Jain temple, Galaganatha temple and Papanatha Temple. It is also a major UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing some of the most interesting attractions in Karnataka.

The best time to visit Pattadakal is between October to March as well as July to September. The temperature between October to March stays around 10 to 32 degrees and in monsoon, the temperature stays also very good to visit places around. But do not visit the place in summer as the place can get very hot during the day in Summer. During the day the temperature ranges between 35°C to 40°C but it gets relatively cooler in the evenings and early mornings.
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24 October 2015
Agnimitra Banerjee Trekking in Nishani Motte
Excellent
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
23 October 2015
Excellent
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone and before heading out at this place I also saw some thrillophilia reviews to know more about it.
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
We were a team of 20 people and I must say the services were great. Many activities available for us to enjoy like badminton, volleyball, carrom etc. The staff was very proffessional and polite. The food was also delicious. I would definitely consider opting for it again in future.
I enjoyed my stay in Vistara on 2nd Oct 2020. Very courteous staff, the rooms were clean and spacious. The property is really amazing with walking path, cycling track, indoor games. We missed camp fire due to heavy rain. But the restaurant should be generous while serving breakfast. Very limited options we had but the taste was good. Overall it was nice stay after corona pandemic.
05 October 2020
Excellent
Being very close to the city, this villa is perfect for all the Bangaloreans. I went there with my whole family last month and i must say the experience was great. The services, the staff, the food everything was great. There were so many activities for us to enjoy, like badminton, volleyball, chess, carrom etc. Would definitely recommend.
"it was awesome"
04 October 2020
Excellent
Amazing experience . Must Do Activity !

People Also Ask About Karnataka

  1. Which are the best honeymoon places in Karnataka?

    1. Coorg: Enchanting the honeymooners with its stunning weather, beautiful coffee plantations and adventurous trekking spots, Coorg is one of the best tourist places in Karnataka. It is a great retreat to bid goodbye to worries of life and indulge in many refreshing activities like fishing and bird watching.

    2. Chikmagalur: Hailed as one of the most stunning places to see in Karnataka for nature lovers, Chikmagalur is called the Coffee land of Karnataka. Perched in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur entices trekkers with Kudremukh trek and the foodies with its brilliant filter coffee.

    3. Gokarna: Away from the chaos of cities, Gokarna is a splendid getaway that charms everyone. Some of the popular beaches to visit here are Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise. It is also famed for many temples along with enchanting adventure lovers with various water activities.

    4. Mangalore: Enjoy a memorable getaway in the panoramic city of Mangalore. The place is well known for having sites like Kumar Parvatha, Adyar Falls along with various beautiful beaches and parks.

    5. Kudremukh: Gear up for an offbeat adventure with a camping and trekking experience at Kudremukh. The place enthrals all lovebirds with its mist covered valleys, splendid homestays and many exciting activities.

    6. Mysore: Known for its beautiful palaces, stunning gardens and breathtaking forts, Mysore is one of the most prominent places to see in Karnataka. A city steeped into history, Mysore is also a haven for foodies and shopping lovers.

    7. Hampi: Dive deep into the historical ruins of the 14th century at Hampi in Karnataka. It is hailed as a popular site for having an offbeat romantic holiday by discovering the intriguing architecture of Vijayanagar empire and watching a romantic sunset at Tungabhadra dam.

    8. Kemmanagundi: One of the unexplored honeymoon getaway in Karnataka, Kemmanagundi is blessed with a landscape of colorful flowers, sparkling waterfalls, mist laden valleys and stunning honeymoon suites. Honeymooners here will appreciate a superb stay in the resorts run by Horticulture departments.
  2. Which are the trekking places in Karnataka?

    1. Savandurga Trek: Perched at an elevation of 1226 metres, Savandurga is one of the most amazing trekking places to visit in Karnataka. It is well-known among the trekkers for posing a trail that will test your spirits and delight you with the stunning views from the top.

    2. Mullayanagiri Trek: Located at an elevation of 1930 meters above sea level, Mullyanagri is famed for offering a picturesque landscape for the trekkers. The trail here stretches for 4 km which is a delight for adventure lovers. Other thrilling activities to be enjoyed here are mountain biking and road biking.

    3. Tadiandamol Trek: It is famed as the second highest peak in Karnataka and offers a stunning retreat for nature admirers. Adventure seekers here can look forward to an enthralling trekking experience which is beginner friendly and presents the magnificent views of the surroundings.

    4. Kumara Parvatha Trek: A serene delight for all nature lovers, Kumara Parvatha offers the blissful views of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. At a height of 1712 meters, it is the third tallest peak of Karnataka and offers an enthralling trekking experience for two days.

    5. Kodachadri Trek: Mesmerising your soul with lush green forests and waterfalls, Kodachadri peak is one of the most sought after trekking trails in Karnataka. It is perched at an elevation of 1,343 meters and offers a medium level trail for the trekkers.

    6. Kudremukh Trek: This is a famous 22 kilometre trek which lets you enjoy the scenic beauty of Western Ghats. It is a moderate level trek and fascinates all the trekkers with the glorious views of emerald hills, waterfalls and misty clouds.
  3. Which are the best tourist places in Karnataka for 2 days?

    1. Bangalore: Home to the IT industry of India and a bustling metropolitan, Bangalore is home to many popular pubs and fascinating sites. Tourists here will love to visit a number of temples, palaces, lakes and forts during their vacation.

    2. Mangalore: A refreshing respite for beach lovers, Mangalore is well-known for its historical heritage from the time of Mauryas, Chalukyas and the Hoysala Empire. For the tourists, it has the most stunning beaches in Karnataka and also offers various temples and monuments to be explored for unravelling its rich cultural heritage.

    3. Hampi: A well-known UNESCO world heritage site, Hampi is one of the most popular places to visit in Karnataka. The ruins here are as old as the 14th century and intrigues all the visitors with its ancient landscape. It is a popular getaway for backpackers as well.

    4. Mysore: A city that will help you relive the old world charm, Mysore is one of the most well-known places to visit in Karnataka for the culture vultures. The best activities to do here is to shop for the famous Mysore Silk sarees and behold a stunning view of the city from Chamundi Hills.

    5. Chikmagalur: A paradise for nature lovers, Chikmagalur is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka to beat the summer heat. It is a popular trekking destination and offers a number of homestays where you can cherish a stunning retreat amidst the coffee plantations.

    6. Gokarna: Forget your worries of life by witnessing the clear skies and golden sunsets at the beaches of Gokarna. For the adventure lovers, this tourist spot offers many water sports to help you savor an adrenaline rush and make some beautiful memories with your loved ones.

    7. Coorg: One of the most beautiful places to visit in Karnataka, Coorg boasts of a picturesque landscape. It is surrounded by beautiful coffee plantations and will enthrall you with its wonderful scenery of waterfalls and verdant valleys.

    8. Belur: Presenting some of the most intriguing sites which are a reminder of the famous Hoysala Empire, Belur is a stunning getaway for history fans in Karnataka. It is well known for the Belur temple which was constructed in the 14th century.

    9. Bijapur: Renowned for its historical temples and forts, Bijapur is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka for an offbeat holiday. The tourists here will revel in admiring the Muslim architecture and travelling back in time to Adilshahi dynasty in the Deccan region.
  4. What is famous in Karnataka?

    Karnataka is a state which is blessed with many prominent tourist sites along with being a hub of cultural activity. Shopping lovers here will take delight in shopping Mysore silk sarees, sandalwood soaps and Channapatna toys.

    It is well known for treating the foodies with the popular dishes of Mangalorean cuisine and the nature lovers with some beautiful hill stations like Chikmagalur and Coorg. The culture loving travellers here can’t miss the well-known ruins of Hampi which are also a UNESCO world heritage site.

  5. What is famous food in Karnataka?

    Karnataka is well-known for serving a variety of dishes for the foodies and the prominent places in Karnataka where you can relish some great meals are Bangalore, Mangalore and Dharwad region. The most popular dishes to not miss when you are in Karnataka are Mysore masala dosa, Mysore Pak, Chow Chow Bath, Ragi Mudde and Sopinna Saru, Coorg Pandi Curry, Maddur Vada, Bisi Bele Bath, Mangalorean Bhende Puli Koddel, Allugedda, Pori Urundai, Obbattu Or Holige etc.
  6. Which is better: Coorg or Chikmagalur?

    Both Coorg and Chikmagalur are hailed as among the top hill stations in Karnataka. Both of these places are encompassed by verdant tea and coffee estates and offer a refreshing respite for nature lovers, adventure seekers and wildlife lovers. While Chikmagalur is more secluded and has many homestays, Coorg is a little bustling getaway for mountain lovers near Bangalore.

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