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Karnataka Tourism

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Tourism in Karnataka

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Oct - Apr

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About Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka is the sixth largest Indian state. It is located on the Southwestern side of the country. Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka. The state is famous for its ancient ruins, temples, monuments, food, silk, sandalwood, etc., which are the key source of Karnataka Tourism. Moreover, the state is home to many tourist hotspots such as Coorg, Hampi, Gokarna, Bengaluru, Mysore, Chikmagalur, Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Shivanasamudra Falls, Pattadakal, Jog Falls, etc. Karnataka also has many nationally protected monuments and a total of 34,000 temples that cause a boost in tourism in Karnataka. Some of the famous things to do in Karnataka are go-karting in Bangalore, silk shopping and skydiving in Mysore, trekking and river rafting in Coorg, etc. Indulging in all these activities let you experience the best of Karnataka.            

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 the best things to do in Karnataka.

The regal splendor of Mysore or Mysuru attracts thousands of travelers during the Dussehra 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 scenery 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 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 birds. Prowling with tigers, sloth, 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 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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      Hyderabad, 2 days ago

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      The trip was good actually where the climate was favouring us, Thank you srishti for the support throughout the trip. The trip was good actually where the climate was favouring us, Thank you srishti for the support throughout the trip.
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      Yes, it was nice & memorable trip. Driver was very polite. Thank you travel triangle & foxplore travels. Yes, it was nice & memorable trip. Driver was very polite. Thank you travel triangle & foxplore travels.
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      I liked the way been organized, the driver was good and groomed. Hotel was good. I liked the way been organized, the driver was good and groomed. Hotel was good.
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      Kranthi

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      Our trip to Coorg was very good, a memorable one. This is my second trip with Floxplore travels through travel triangle. Gagan has been very good and supportive to plan my travel. Our trip to Coorg was very good, a memorable one. This is my second trip with Floxplore travels through travel triangle. Gagan has been very good and supportive to plan my travel.
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      Last minute planning to Mysore and Coorg, Foxplore team reached out through Travel Triangle, mainly Gagan has provided the best hotels and Itenary planning. We had great fun and return with sweet memories. Thanks to the Driver for being so patience and understanding. Last minute planning to Mysore and Coorg, Foxplore team reached out through Travel Triangle, mainly Gagan has provided the best hotels and Itenary planning. We had great fun and return with sweet memories. Thanks to the Driver for being so patience and understanding.
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      Hyderabad, 2 days ago

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      The agents are very responsive and accommodative of our requirements. We also got a wonderful driver, Manju. We had a hassle free trip from Bangalore to Coorg and back. The agents are very responsive and accommodative of our requirements. We also got a wonderful driver, Manju. We had a hassle free trip from Bangalore to Coorg and back.
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      Bangalore, 2 days ago

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      I absolutely liked the experience with Foxplore Travels. From the very beginning the travel agent had been very attentive and gave priority to our satisfaction and comfort along with giving us the best deal. They try to understand our priorities, which are very well taken care of. The communication with the travels, the vehicle arranged, the driver cum travel guide, and the hotel/resort provided were of top class for the money spent and worth an experience. I would definitely recommend Foxplore to anyone. I absolutely liked the experience with Foxplore Travels. From the very beginning the travel agent had been very attentive and gave priority to our satisfaction and comfort along with giving us the best deal. They try to understand our priorities, which are very well taken care of. The communication with the travels, the vehicle arranged, the driver cum travel guide, and the hotel/resort provided were of top class for the money spent and worth an experience. I would definitely recommend Foxplore to anyone.
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      Hyderabad, 2 days ago

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      New delhi, 3 days ago

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    FAQ's of Karnataka

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    Most tourists visit Karnataka during the months of November and April. These months are considered the best time to visit Karnataka since the weather remains pleasant during this time.

     

    Karnataka is famous for a plethora of things, many of which include silk, sandalwood, ancient temples, ruins, monuments, etc. Some of the major cities of Karnataka include Hampi, Bengaluru, Gokarna, Mysuru, and Mangalore.    

     

    Karnataka is home to many awe-gasping places and some of the most beautiful ones include Hampi and Badami Rocks, Bangalore and Mysore Palace, Gokarna, Coorg, Chikmagalur, etc.

     

    Winter makes a pleasant time in Karnataka. Kudremukh, Kemmangundi, Coorg, Madikeri, Dharmasthala, Shravanabelagola, Hampi, Badami, etc., are some of the best places to visit in Karnataka in December.

     

    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.

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