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Places To Visit In Karnataka

A mosaic of rock-cut temples, national parks, waterfalls, and garden cities
Tourism In Karnataka

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Tourist Places In Karnataka

Due to the different land features and cultural diversity, top destinations in Karnataka range from natural and historical to adventure and wildlife. Grab a map of tourist places in Karnataka start discovering this beautiful state.

Waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, hill stations, temple complexes, and heritage sites make up the best tourist places in Karnataka. Travelers flock into the different regions of the state throughout the year. Be it a family holiday or a business visit, there’s plenty to explore on even a one day trip in Karnataka.

Bengaluru, or Bangalore, is an ultra-modern city that beats a cultural heart. Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bangalore Palace, HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Cubbon Park, Bull Temple, and Lal Bagh are top places to visit in Bangalore. Mysore, one of the largest cities in Karnataka, is renowned for its unique Dusshera or Dasara festivities along with colossal Jain monuments, iconic Mysore Palace, and Mysore Zoo.

Take a drive from modern cities of Karnataka to find the natural beauty of Coorg in the Western Ghats. Also known as Kodagu district, Coorg ranks as the best places in Karnataka to plan a honeymoon. Abbey Falls, Nagarahole National Park, Dubare, and Iruppu Falls are major tourist places in Coorg region – a popular destination in Karnataka in winter.

Hampi is home to arguably the most spectacular historical monuments in Karnataka. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, the Group of Monuments at Hampi comprise temples and palace ruins of Vijayanagara Empire. The Group of monuments in Pattadakal, another popular heritage site in Karnataka, features a series of nine Hindu temples and Jain temples. Someshwara temple at Lakshmeshwar, Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, Basavana Bagewadi near Bijapur, and Badami Cave Temples are some of the other famous temples in Karnataka.

A slice of Goa slipped into Karnataka, Gokarna is like an off-the-grid destination for many travelers searching serenity. Blessed with lush greenery in peaceful surroundings, Gokarna has some of the best beaches in Karnataka such as Om Beach and Kudley Beach. Coming over to the Western Ghats from coastal regions, Coorg and Dandeli are among the best trekking places in Karnataka. Tadiyandamol Trek, Karwar Beach Trek, Mullayanagiri Trek, Savandurga Trek, and Narasimha Parvatha in Agumbe are some of the popular trails in Karnataka.

The tallest waterfall in India, Jog Falls on Sharavati River is a combination of four falls plunging about 253 meters. Varapoha Falls, Magod Falls, Shivanasamudra Falls, and Unchalli Falls are also popular waterfalls in Karnataka worth visiting during the monsoon season. Known as the ‘Cherrapunji of South India’, Agumbe is a beautiful hill station of Karnataka with rich bio-diversity and breath-taking scenery. Kodachadri, Kudremukh, Kemmangundi, and Madhugiri are other famous hill stations in Karnataka.

Make sure to plan a wildlife safari in Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, and Nagarhole National Park. The wildlife of Karnataka is rich with animals such as the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear, elephants, bison, and gaur. October through April is the best time to visit national parks in Karnataka.

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Lalbagh in Bangalore

Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bangalore is widely acclaimed for scientific plant study, botanical artwork, as well as plant conservation. Loved by nature enthusiasts, Lalbagh covers an area 240 acres and has nearly 1,854 plant species. The credit to commission it goes to Hyder Ali, who did so in 1760. Completion of this garde...

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Bangalore Palace

An embodiment of superb architecture, Bangalore Palace preserves in it the flavor of imperial splendor. Magnetizing tourists from far and wide, the Palace in Bangalore was built in 1878. The palace is extraordinarily vast and spread across 45,000 square feet, surrounded by lush green gardens. The Bangalore Palace history st...

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Bannerghatta National Park in Banglore

One of the most popular attractions of Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is a must visit for nature and wildlife lovers. It is a chance for visitors to watch animals in a safe environment. The enclosures at Bannerghatta National Park Bangalore attempt to mimic the natural habitat of a wild animal so that they feel at ho...

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Chunchi Falls in Bangalore

Chunchi Falls are the best pick to enjoy a short break from everyday hustle and bustle. Flowing at a distance of 83 km from Bangalore, Karnataka, these falls are en route Mekedatu and Sangama. Sangama is the confluence of rivers, where tourists can enjoy walking along. Mekedatu is a rock-strewn valley, where the river flows...

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Cubbon Park in Bangalore

Spread over an area of 300 acres, Cubbon Park is the green belt region of the city and is an ideal place for nature lovers. Having been laid down by Lord Cubbon, the park is named so in his honor. It is home to more than 6,000 trees that support a vibrant ecosystem. First established in the year 1870 by Sri John Meade (acti...
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ISKCON Temple in Bangalore

ISKCON temple at Bangalore is a major attraction for those with a religious bent of mind, and even those are simply looking for some peace and quiet. This place is a charitable society, and is one of the largest ISKCON temples of the world. Visitors to ISKCON temple, Bangalore are welcomed with an open heart, and are offere...

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Bull Temple in Bangalore

The bull temple in Bangalore is one of the most popular temples of Bangalore. It is also known as the big bull temple or the Nandi Temple of Bangalore. When talking about the bull temple history, it is noteworthy that mythology says that the river Vrishabhavati originated at the feet of Nandi. It is one of the oldest temple...

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Devarayanadurga in Banglore

Devarayanadurga is a hill town situated amidst picturesque locality near Tumkur at a distance of 72 km from Bangalore. Devarayanadurga Hills are home to the temples of Yoga Narasimha & Bhoga Narasimha. The Bhoga Narasimha temple is located at the foothills while the Yoga Narasimha shrine is located at the top of the hill. T...

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Lumbini Garden in Bangalore

Lumbini Garden is a public park on the banks of the Nagawara Lake in Bangalore. Christened after Lumbini of Nepal dedicated to Lord Buddha, Lumbini Garden in Bangalore is a unique water-front leisure and eco-friendly boating park. This Bangalore Garden spans over an area of 1.5 km and has the capacity to welcome 5000 fun se...

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Innovative Film City in Bangalore

The Innovative Film City is located in Bidadi, which is at a distance of almost 40 km from Bangalore, Karnataka, on the way to Mysore. This is an Indian theme park that provides entertainment to everyone since 2008, whether kids or adults. A great choice for a full-day fun, Film City in Bangalore boasts of many attractions,...

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What are the major cities in Karnataka?

Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Hubbali, and Gulbarga are the largest cities in Karnataka.

What is the best time to visit Karnataka?

The best time to visit Karnataka is from October through March, when the weather is ideal for sightseeing.

Is it safe to visit hill stations of Karnataka in monsoon?

Although the roads are a little difficult to drive on during heavy rainfall, it’s the best season to witness waterfalls of Karnataka in full flow.

What are important airports in Karnataka?

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bangalore and Mangalore Airport (IXE) are airports with regular flights.

How many days will I need to explore attractions in Karnataka?

Depending on the nature of your trip, it may take 7 to 10 days to visit popular points of interest in Karnataka.