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Karnataka Tourism

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Tourism in Karnataka

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About Karnataka Destinations

Karnataka Tourism is characterized by ancient sculpted temples, cosmopolitan cities, evergreen forests, and scenic beaches. Karnataka is a culturally prosperous and naturally compelling state with an exciting blend of urban jungles, glittering palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, ancient ruins, and yoga centers. All points of interest in Karnataka spell allure. Some of these tourist destinations in Karnataka are well-renowned, while many more lie off the beaten path. So, follow our Karnataka travel guide with places to visit, weather information, and a map of Karnataka.

Known as the City of Gardens, Bangalore or Bengaluru is the largest city in Karnataka. In the IT hub of India, Victorian-era bungalows and ancient cave temples shine in the shadows of skyscrapers. Places to visit in Bangalore include Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan's Fort, Dravidian-styled Bull Temple, and HAL Museum. Enjoying the nightlife of Bangalore and exploring Nandi Hills are some of best things to do in Karnataka.

The regal splendor of Mysore or Mysuru attracts thousands of travelers during the Dusshera celebrations. One of the major tourist attractions in Karnataka, Mysore is rich in tradition with an atmospheric bazaar district lined with spice stores and incense shops. Nestled amid emerald landscapes and expansive plantations, Coorg or Kodagu region extends along the southernmost edge of Karnataka. A major hub for coffee and spice production, Coorg district in Karnataka is home to the Kodava people. Its carpeted hills and not-so-often-taken trails are ideal to enjoy bird watching and trekking in Karnataka.

Tourist places in North Karnataka offer a change of scene and pace. The ancient city of Hampi, famous for the 14th-century ruins, is like an open-air museum of sacred complexes, shrines, and royal structures. Located in the coastal Konkan region in Karnataka, Gokarna is a blessed with a beautiful string of beaches that can rival the beaches of Goa. Islamic ruins of Bijapur along with Buddhist cave temples and Jain structures in Aihole are also worth visiting. Pattadakal, Badami, Mangalore, Jog Falls, Belur, and Bidar are also major tourist destinations in Karnataka.


National parks in Karnataka are home to a great variety of flora and fauna. Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park are two of the most famous wilderness areas in South India. Comprising 880 square kilometers, Bandipur is home to 100 species of mammals and 350 species of bird. Prowling with tigers, sloth bear, and elephants, Nagarhole National Park flanks the Kabini River in Mysore and Kodagu districts in Karnataka.

 

The best time to visit Karnataka is from October through March. During this time of the year, post-monsoon greenery brings life to hill stations and national parks, and also the weather is ideal for sightseeing in Karnataka. The airports in Bangalore and Mangalore are major points of entry for travelers visiting Karnataka. The state has a decent train connectivity with major railway junctions in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubballi, and Arsikere.  

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Places To Visit In Karnataka

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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 is 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. Th...

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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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  • Malleswaram in Bangalore

    Malleswaram is one of the most visited and oldest localities of Bangalore, and was named after the Kadu Malleswara temple. It was developed right after the Plague outbreak of 1898. There are a plethora of places to visit in Malleswaram, Bangalore starting from local markets to temples, from chic restaurants to uber cool str...

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  • Basavanagudi in Bangalore

    Basavanagudi, a residential area in Bangalore is a popular for its Bull Temple and its old world feel. Basava in Kannada, means Bull and Gudi means temple. Hence, the name Basavanagudi. As Basavanagudi in Bangalore is among the oldest areas of the city, there are several attractions that attract not only locales but also to...

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Things To Do In Karnataka

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  • Matanga Hill Trek In Hampi

    Matanga Hill, Hampi is located at the eastern end of the Hampi Bazaar, offering you an awestruck view of the ruined city and the panoramic view beneath you.Being the top-most point in Hampi, Matanga Hill is amongst the most popular places to visit. The tourists get a mesmerizing view of the city of Hampi. There is a small t...

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  • Scuba Diving In Mangalore

    Home of the Kadri Manjunath Temple, popular for its bronze statues and the Mangaladevi Temple from the 9th Century, Mangalore dwells as the chief commercial city in Karnataka, India. When it comes to holidays, it is the best place to spend your time with your loved ones here. From its serene beaches to the holy temples hous...

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  • Go Karting in Bangalore

    Enjoy the activity of open-wheel motorsports by indulging in the activity of go karting in Bangalore. The city of Bangalore is a hub for numerous adventure sports such as skydiving, trekking, scuba diving, rock climbing, bowling, camping, zorbing, wall climbing, ATV ride, and many more but go karting is one of the most amaz...

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  • Paragliding in Bangalore

    Those who have ever dreamt of flying in the sky across the hills, wandering clouds, and admiring nature’s beauty, paragliding in Bangalore is for them. In Bangalore, the best paragliding experience is offered in Nandi Hills. Located at a distance of approximately 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills in Chikballapur district is...

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  • Parasailing in Bangalore

    Those who dream of soaring high like a kite, the best thing is to go parasailing in Bangalore. Adventure lovers can explore the endless horizon as they enjoy parasailing. Prior to the commencement of this activity, the enthusiasts are introduced to safety measures and instructions about the same. Among the best places to en...

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Travel To Karnataka

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By Air

 

There are seven cities in Karnataka with airports: Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Hampi, Hubli, Belgaum, and Bijapur. The Bengaluru International Airport or the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and the Mangalore International Airport are the only two airports that operate international flights to and from Karnataka. One of the busiest airports in India, Bangalore Airport is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Jaipur with direct flights by Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, and Spice Jet. The airport in Mangalore is served by flights from Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Taking a flight from Delhi or Mumbai to Karnataka is the quickest option to travel.

By Train

Rail transport in Karnataka is yet to reach some district headquarters. The train connectivity within Karnataka state is relatively poor. However, all major cities of Karnataka are well connected to other parts of India by a train route. Bangalore railway station is Karnataka’s most important railway terminal. The capital city of Bangalore is connected to only a few district headquarters by railroad. Hubbali is headquarters of South Western Zone of Indian Railway.

Karnataka has a decently laid-out intrastate rail network. Konkan Railway connects coastal region of Karnataka with Mumbai, Kochi, and Goa. Karnataka has a total railway network of about 3,089 kilometers. It’s more convenient for travelers from Mumbai or Hyderabad to Karnataka to board a train than taking a bus or flight.

Travelers can also board the Golden Chariot, a luxury tourist train operated by Indian Railways and KSTDC, to travel from Goa to Bangalore via Hampi and Mysore.

By Road

 

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the government operator for road transport in Karnataka. It connects major cities and tourist destinations in Karnataka with both intra-state and interstate buses. KSRTC reservation for bus tickets can be made online in advance. The National Highways in Karnataka run for 3,973 kilometers. As one can see in Karnataka district map, smaller towns and district headquarters are well connected by state highways. For transportation within city or town limits, motorbikes, auto rickshaws, and buses are good options. So, buy a Karnataka road map and start exploring this beautiful state. Travelers can take a scenic coastal drive to Gokarna or find adventures along the hilly road from Mysuru to Coorg.

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      All arrangements made by Mr.Vibin Bobby are excellent.He is supportive and concerned throughout the trip.We wish him all the best.
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      Bengaluru 2 days ago

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      hotel in ooty.was AVG. food in ooty hotel was very bad. mysuru hotel was good. ooty hotel rooms were also not clean.
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      Santosh Parvekar

      Mumbai 6 days ago

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      We were happy with the driver throughout the journey. While droping back for departure, he asked for more money than what was promised earlier. On asking him, he told that this is the amount which was told by his manager. I had a conversation with manager, he was again telling the wrong amount. On asking him to confirm with the agency, he said it was too late, just give the amount to driver. Luckily the agent picked up my phone and the issue was resolved right then.
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      Jayant Jain

      Hyderabad 9 days ago

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      We were happy with the driver throughout the journey. While droping back for departure, he asked for more money than what was promised earlier. On asking him, he told that this is the amount which was told by his manager. I had a conversation with manager, he was again telling the wrong amount. On asking him to confirm with the agency, he said it was too late, just give the amount to driver. Luckily the agent picked up my phone and the issue was resolved right then.
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      Jayant Jain

      Hyderabad 10 days ago

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      The trip was properly planned but the driver was pretty rude and was not co-operative in few instances. The hotel was good and clean. They provided us the hill view room on demand. But the food was not great as per ITC standards. I wish the food was better to make the stay perfect.
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      Nisha Thakur

      Bangalore 15 days ago

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      Hi, I had booked a Coorg trip/tour through Lee Vacations. Starting with the very first communication from their representative (Varalaxmi) I was impressed. They provided me with an amazing quote for the trip having included my choice of the resort. They were very courteous and guided me well. Couldn’t have asked for a better deal..! The stay at Evolve Back (Orange County) Resort itself was a memorable one. Being disconnected from the world and closer to nature was something the highlight of the resort. The sightseeing tour of the Elephant Camp and the Tibetan settlement was great as well.
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      Nithin Jose

      Bangalore 16 days ago

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      Agent vaara is really helpful and coperative. She knows how to handle and care the requirements of the trip. You can contact her anytime regarding any trip issue and the agency will be ready to modify any changes on demand. Driver was really friendly and punctual. It was like he is our friend who is taking us to trip. I am really seeing forward to have more trips with you all.
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      Pra

      Bengaluru 16 days ago

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      Everything regarding the trip was good. The only concern is that the quotation price are way higher than the actual cost of the service provided.
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      Srijan Sarkar

      Bengaluru 16 days ago

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      Leena helped organize our trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim with land package as well as hotel accommodation for 5D/4N including the complete transport from Bagdora to Darjeeling/Sikkim and back. The planning and execution was flawlessly implemented by Leena. The accommodation and services at Summit Namnang Courtyard & Spa Gangtok was very comfortable. The driver at Darjeeling, was very friendly and approachable. Not once did we face any hassle or problem during sightseeing at Darjeeling. Overall we were all very happy with the arrangements done by Leena and her team. Looking forward to more such trips with you guys in the future. Keep up the good work, and all the very best.
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      Saikarthikeyans

      Bengaluru 17 days ago

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    FAQ's of Karnataka

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

     

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

     

    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.

     

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

     

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

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