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Karnataka Tourism

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

Tourism in Karnataka

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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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  • Hazara Rama Temple In Hampi

    One of the most unique and popular temples in Hampi, the Hazara Rama Temple is a gorgeous Temple located at the center of Royal Enclosure. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity,  Lord Rama. Among the many unique things, the name ‘Hazara Ramaswamy Temple’ stands out as it literally translates to a thousand Rama referring to the...

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  • Hippie Island In Hampi

    Located just a boat ride away from Hampi, the laidback Hippie Island, or Virupapur Gadde is separated from the historical Hampi by Tungabhadra River. A trip to UNESCO World Heritage site of the gorgeous ruins of Hampi is incomplete without a visit to the Hippie Island, deriving its name from the numerous Hippie foreign back...

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  • Daroji Bear Sanctuary In Hampi

    Abode of the Indian Sloth Bears, the Daroji Sloth bear Sanctuary is located in Karnataka, just 20 kms away from the gorgeous ruins of Hampi. The open scrub forests, undulated hillocks, fallen boulders and sheltering caves of the sanctuary, spread over 83 square feet, are home to a large population of these honey-lovers, end...

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  • Vijaya Vittala Temple In Hampi

    One of the greatest temples in Hampi, the Vittala temple or the Vijaya Vittala Temple, located near the banks of the river Tungabhadra, represents an exceptional craftsmanship of Dravidian architecture. The Vijaya temple in Hampi is one of the most popular attraction of this ruined town. Dating back to the 15th century, thi...

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  • Virupaksha Temple In Hampi

    Located in the state of Karnataka in Southern India, Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is one of the groups of monuments, which has been denominated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adorned with magnificent carvings and sculptures, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is surrounded with structures including a pillared walkway, courtya...

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Things To Do In Karnataka

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  • Shopping In Mangalore

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  • Bouldering In Hampi

    Bouldering in Hampi is one of the most thrilling activities one can engage in and Hampi boulders are perfect to climb. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses. Due to this bouldering in Hampi has becom...

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  • Camping In Hampi

    Accorded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Hampi offers an exhilarating venture that anyone can undertake. Camping in Hampi, is one of the most famous outdoor avocation amid the historical ruins and surrounding natural beauty. Explore Hampi to find the most suitable camping destination. With China's camping area, ...

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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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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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    Prajwalgowda

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    Prajwalgowda's 4 days trip to Karnataka

    Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness I had booked for a Coorg trip via Travel Corp...it was a well organized trip with a great assistance in each and every step with regular assessment of quality of travel and services during the trip. Professional team with great Cooperation. Looking forward to travel with you again Thank you for great memories and a wonderful surprise cake...

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    Risha Anuraj

    Bengaluru

    Risha's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    It was really a good and well planned trip. The best part was the resort ( The IBNII )- Very very nice and beautiful resort. Thanks Jigyasa ( Travel Corp) for prompt response. The driver ( Yashwanth ) and car was also good and drive was cosy

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    Prutha Vyas

    Bengaluru

    Prutha's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value We booked package from Bengaluru to Coorg for 4 days. Ms. Jigyasa helped us with booking and made sure that each place in our iternary is covered. She was even connected with us during our tour through phone/whatsapp and comforted us when one of the place was closed due to pandemic (Golden Temple). She extended herself and helped us with other alternative place which we can visit. I would also highly recommend Mr. Amjad (our tour driver) who was well informed about the place and guided us in entire tour. His driving skills are excellent and drives very safely.

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    Anirudh Sareen

    Bangalore

    Anirudh's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    The trip was wonderful, the driver partner was wonderful but the executive interaction and the false statements/promises ruined all the memories. 1. I was offered a discount of Rupees 1000 on the total amount. The discount was not granted even after the executive promising me that it will be levied and i should do the payment immediately. at time of completing the trip also i was told the same thing that i should handover the remaining amount to driver and i will be refunded in 3 days time. nothing happened even after writing mails and reaching out to team multiple times 2. I had 750 kms listed in the itinerary as free(included) Nowhere did it mention that this will also include to and fro kms from garage to my place. Only after completing the trip i was told that i have to extra for that. I did not ask for the refund even then the team was not ready to agree it was a wrong doing from there end rather they said its always like this. I requested to take a note and start including this note in all the itinerary's but to no avail. 3. Mysore was also to be covered on the third day as per the itinerary, but i was told at that time that its not part of the package, after multiple requests the driver partner showed us the Mysore palace and when i raised the concern with the team they said i have already covered mysore in the trip. I did not ask any refund but raised it as a concern so that in future others and myself should not suffer. The trip could have been so much memorable without any bad thoughts but all this chaos and unwanted behaviour spoiled this completely.

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    Mohit Negi

    Mumbai

    Mohit's 7 days trip to Karnataka

    My Family was travelling with my mother in law (a senior citizen) and 2 kids and they had expected a good stay at booked hotels and lovey travelling experience. · We have had very uncooperative driver and the matter was even discussed with Mr. Narendra Maurya. · Driver is not just a driver but is also supposed to be a tour guide to the traveller. In this case, our driver used to drop us to the point far from the location giving excuse of the parking challenge and then we had to locate the car when we are back. Many at times, his number was not reachable and we had to wait for long. Once I had called Mr. Mueen to help to locate his car. · He was not even interacting with the Kids just because my elder son had puked in the car and he had to clean it up. · In Coorg, we had to wait for 45 mins at time of check-in due to some booking issue. However, the resort as such is good and so was our stay there. My family's overall experience was not good at all and they found the trip totally waste of money especially with an uncooperative Driver.

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    Mohammed Ghouse

    Bengaluru

    Mohammed's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    It was an amazing trip we all really loved that never expected it to be so good Rajat sir(our trip organiser) made it all right and managed to make us happy I would definitely recommend to book trip through travel corps and really appreciate Trip organiser RAJAT sir for all his service

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    Lohitnarayan

    Bangalore

    Lohitnarayan's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    Our trip was awesome, Very good driver, Very good service..Hotel gave us the balcony room when we requested, Breakfast was too good,Can suggest my friends about your service, Yes everything is good.. thanku Thanks for the arrangement guys it’s really nice

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    Anitha Poojari

    Bengaluru

    Anitha's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    Had a grt trip traveling to coorg. I literally appreciate the team of Travelcorp. I honestly recommend the people can assure and travel with Travelcorp agency. Thank you for the support throughout the journey. Hope we may plan some other trips in the future. Thanks again. Great Trip

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    Akash Singh

    Bangalore

    Akash's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    booked my entire trip via Travel Triangle. The entire trip was planned and managed by the superb team of Travel Corp. Right from beginning till the last point that is till the time I reached my home back, they were coordinating it very smoothly. Even the customer service teams were regularly checking with the quality of service, be it hotel or cab. The cab was in a mint condition and also the cab driver was very friendly and cordial. The resort arranged by them IBNI Springs was too good. The staff were well organized and took utmost care of us. So all this was so hassle free and no time consuming. I would highly recommend to book any of your future trips via Travel Triangle. They are simple the best at this. Thanks again. superb team of Travel Corp

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    Vijaya Viju

    Hyderabad

    Vijaya's 3 days trip to Karnataka

    Hello jigyasa, it was very nice connecting you through travel triangle.And the way you approached us and sharing all the stuff regarding the travel and even the way you gave bit confidence which really made us strong to take step forward! Was really great! It was really great experience where this is my first trip,I wish to continue the journey with you and travel corp even for further travels. Regards, Vijayab.

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    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.

     

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

     

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

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