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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.
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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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Travel To Karnataka
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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.
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.
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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Trip to KarnatakaI am happy with the overall tour i.e hotel, cab and travel agent services... Bandhipur Safari and Ootty Botanical park.
Trip to KarnatakaIt was a good trip with family. My children enjoyed the trip. Especially the way our driver shown Mysore was excellent. All of the places were beautiful. Coorg was a little hotter. A small problem rectified by Coorg heights. Such a comfortable driving by Mansoor Khan Mysore sightseeing is always best. Ruchi the prince also good hotel with moving around ducks and Ostrich. We felt like we are sitting in a sofa while travelling. Driver Mandiri Khan possesses excellent driving experience.
Trip to KarnatakaBest co ordination and customisation of trip. Hotels are not match with the standard as expected. Bangalore, Iskon temple, bull temple , museums etc. The zoo and Lal Bagh were under maintenance and it was wastage.of.time
Trip to KarnatakaOverall trip was good. Hotels were comfortable. However driver was unable to speak hindi as well as English and cab was different from what was given in quote. After 2 days of trip driver got changed and the communication became better. Almost all the places are covered which were mentioned in the quote. Management of Lee Vacations was very good as they rearranged the trip in between due to cyclone FANI and still we were able to cover all places. Thumbs up for that.
Trip to KarnatakaIt was nice to travel with lee vactions. We enjoyed alot. Driver sunil with good driving skills and polite and helful punctual. Had great experiance from beginning to end.our trip was from banglore to mayore then ooty conoor and back to banglore. Very well planned by Ramya she is very supportive and helpul. Big thanks to Ramya to help us throughout the trip whenever it needed. Big thumps for lee vacations..
Trip to KarnatakaSome committments not completed and denied by Travel agent at Last moment. Ooty Hotel denccan Park walk with umbrella in Rainy night.
Trip to KarnatakaThanks Lee Vacation, It was excellent experience. Great Hotel. Food was nice. Excellent & knowledgeable Driver. Clean and comfortable Cab.
Trip to KarnatakaOverall its was good. Point to remember Resorts are far from cities or main area Resorts have good views n surroundings. Don’t listen to drivers they hv their own agenda. Check map now n then. Plan ur routes don’t follow drivers suggestions u mit miss alot due to time conjunction Ooty trip was better than coorg n very gud place too.
Trip to KarnatakaCoorg - Stayed in La flora Beverly Hills resort... Pros Staff is cooperative Cons Away from madikeri city i.e 4 km.. Deluxe rooms are too small so changed room to the superior one.. Lunch and dinner costs are reasonable but varieties are very less and no room service provided Breakfast is complimentary but very less options... Visited Rajas seat, Omkareshwar temple, Jeep safari to mandalpeti (1500 extra) Wayanad - Stayed in Silvergreen Hotel for a night Pros Room service was provided Welcome drinks was nice Rooms were comfortable Ambience was clean and good Breakfast was complimentary and it was very good Cons Dinner food was nice but costly Ooty - Stayed in Darshan hotel and Sanctuary Boutique hotel Darshan hotel Pros Near to all sightseeing places Good food Cooperative staff Good rooms Cons I felt no issues Sanctuary Boutique hotel Pros Only rooms are available Cons No room service No in house restaurant.. food available only if ordered before 12 noon... No complimentary breakfast Hot water available in stipulated timings Overall trip found to be costly... Driver ( Harish) was good.. travel agent coordinator vibin was cooperative
Trip to KarnatakaThis trip was organized well from travel triangle. I would recommend to use this agency for booking homestay in coorg. Only concern is the package cost. It could have been made less when compared with the original cost. I hope you will consider this.
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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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