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Karnataka was originally known as Mysore. The largest city of Karnataka is Bangalore. It is situated in southwestern region of India and is among the best places to visit in India.

But some travel packing tips should be kept in mind, while visiting Karnataka. These include travel gear, clothing, accessories and some personal stuff.

1. Bangalore


Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka is the third most populated city in India. It is well known by its nickname the silicon valley of India it is a major exporter of IT in India. Bengaluru is named in Kannada language which literally means the city of guards. Various places, temples, lakes, and forts are good places to visit thus the town is famous for both modern and ancient place to visit.

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Antara Gange is about 70 km from Bangalore. If you like adventure and explore nature, then this hill station is the best place that suits you. There are many caves and rock formations that can be surprised. A tour guide is recommended as there are wild animals in the vicinity. Hike in Antara Gange is suitable in the morning because the temperature is very low. When you hike take your food from Kolar town.

Another wonderful place along the beautiful Cauvery River, Muthathi is the perfect place for a picnic.

2. Talakadu


Talakadu is believed to have been under a curse that the once fertile town with more than 30 temples got submerged in sand. It is quite fascinating to see the entire town under beach sand. Of the 30 temples, 5 Shiva temples and a Keerthi Narayana temple has been excavated. ASI has done a wonderful job of excavation and reassembling this temple.

3. Mysore


As I told you earlier it was called the state of Mysore and Mysore was ruled by much distinguished rulers like well-known Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali. The town is the birthplace of various styles of Indian art and craft thus known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. It is one of the best tourist places in India as consists of various temples, forts and churches. So whosoever want to explore the rich culture of this historical city must visit Mysuru.

Mysore has an impressive royal heritage, with the main tourist attraction of the city being the imposing Mysore Palace. Mysore Palace is undoubtedly one of the most famous places to see in Karnataka. There are three main temple exclusive buildings within the old fort and 18 in the Palace that faces the Chamundi hills.

There are many other interesting buildings, palaces, and temples to see. Mysore Zoo is one of the best in India. Mysore is also an excellent place to buy sandalwood, and learn Ashtanga Yoga. Srirangapatna remained included in the kingdom of Mysore from the early 17th century until the independence of India in the mid-20th century. The most representative temple of Srirangapatnam is the Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Among the other places worth mentioning in Srirangapatna is the summer palace of Tipu Sultan called Daria Daulat Bagh. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and inside you will find a small palace painted to the last centimeter of its walls and balustrades. There are also places to rest in the interior of the island.

The Namdroling Nyingmapa monastery, which is also known as the Namdrol of Thegchog Shedrub Dargye Ling is said to be the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. This monastery is located in Bylakuppe, Mysuru district.

Visit Bylakuppe a community of 1500 Tibetans. Visit the Dubare Elephant Breeding Center to attend and participate in various activities like elephant grooming, meal distribution and demonstration of dressage orders. Walk in the coffee and spice plantations. This is the opportunity to learn the difference between an Arabica and a Robusta, and explore the paths scented by the spices of Orange County to immerse yourself in the spirit of the place.

4. Shravanabelagola


For a different kind of romantic experience, you can consider a trip to Shravanabelagola, which is known for high and imposing 2300 year old monolith statue of Bahubali, fist Jain Tirthankara, who is 58 feet tall, 26 feet wide and 10 feet long. Located in the middle of the two hills, Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri, Shravanabelagola is a picturesque city in the Hassan region.

The city attracts millions of tourists from different corners of the world during the Mahamastakabhisheka festival, which is held once every 12 years. The statue of Bahubali is among the must see in Karnataka. Gommateshwara statue is a 57-foot tall statue that stands on a hill in Shravanabelagola, in the Hassan district.

5. Hassan


For all those couples, whose idea of ​​a perfect romantic vacation is to soak in the beauty of nature and see wildlife nearby then you should consider a trip to Kudremukh. It is because of presence of the national park, this hill station cum mining town is quite famous among visitors. In addition, there are many options for trekking in the region.

They are located in five sacred ponds of Naga Teertha, Amba Teertha, Rudra Teertha, Vasishtha Teertha, and Varaha Teertha. Kudremukh offers a fascinating view, lush jungles and solitary stations that cater almost exclusively to couples.

6. Halebeedu


Halebidu was the capital of the Hoysalas in the 12th century and is a small temple but with very elaborate stone sculptures. The Hoysaleswara temple stands out for the thousands of figures carved in the stone, all of them different, representing mythology, dancers, birds and all kinds of animals. The second temple is called Kedareshwara, and the two are located in front of a large lake, from which the city takes its name.

7. Chikmagalur


Chikkamagaluru is popularly known as the coffee land of Karnataka. It is a hill station that attracts many trekkers, honeymoon couples, explorers and nature lovers throughout the year. Mullayanagiri Peak at 6332 feet is the highest in the Chandra Drona range. Sarpadhari is the starting point of the Mullayanagiri trek.

Most tourists prefer to drive on the road that leads to Mullayanagiri Peak and take a jeep from this point. The motorized path is a completely different route from the walking walk on the Sarpadhari trail. Trekking to the top is an especially adventurous and the sunset view from the top is absolutely worth the slightly difficult climb.

There is another popular trek from Mullayanagiri to Baba Budan Giri and it is approximately a 10 km trail. Another tourist attraction here is Hebbe Falls which is gigantic and the roaring waters that fall from the high cliff makes it a magnificent site! This serene hill station has beautiful monuments like the Kodandarama temple, Veera Narayana temple in Belavadi and Markandeshwara Kandya Temple that exhibits a beautiful mixture of Hoysala and Dravidian architectural styles.

MG road in Chikmagalur is a commercial street offering everything from Ethnic and Western clothing, handbags, electronic, medical and grocery stores, restaurants, ATMs. There are also many street food options like Sajjappa, phuchka, kulfi, momo and kebab.

The district of Koppa known for its sprawling paddy fields and the rolling Sahyadri hills is sure to leave you spellbound with its cool clime in summer! Stay at a hip, boutique holiday home, designed tastefully while you also enjoy a session of pilates or learn a thing or two about homemade organic body products.

8. Sakleshpur


Sakleshpur is located in the Western Ghats. Favored by a favorable climate and relatively temperate climate, these hills are covered by thick vegetation and are characterized by cardamom and pepper crops, in addition to the prized coffee plantations. Agriculture flourishes in Bisle Ghat, and that of Arabica coffee is the most important production in the area, renowned and appreciated all over the world.

If you visit Karnataka in October then rainfall must have stopped and the weather must be fantastic and hills will be gorgeously fresh and green. Thus it is the perfect time to visit Karnataka and enjoy lovely trails in Western Ghats for you explore the natural beauty of this wonderful place.

9. Coorg


Coorg often referred to as Scotland of India has been blessed by an abundant and beautiful nature. Known as Kodagu and located in the middle of ancient mountains, which protect the southernmost part of the state of Karnataka, this is an area of ​​great beauty. With its rugged terrains, green valleys and lush forests, Coorg offers a splendid panoramic and a destination of unparalleled adventure.

Coorg is famous for its vast green coffee plantations. There is a lot one can do in this beautiful hill station. You can enjoy the views of cascading waterfalls such as Abadia, Mallalli and Iruppu waterfalls. Many adventure freaks visit this place for activities such as river rafting as well.

Soak in the beauty of the misty hills, coffee plantations and warm Coorg hospitality. Kodagu, also known as Coorg is an amazing place to visit during a romantic weekend. Scenic Coorg appeals to all romantics in the heart as much as it does to adventure. For lovers of adventure, there is no shortage of adventure activities. You can go for rock climbing, trekking and windsurfing.

Other places to visit in Coorg are Nagarhole National Park, Namdroling Monastery, Burude Waterfalls, Tadiandamol Peak, Madikeri Fort. When you will visit the national park you will forget about other states as it has the largest number of tigers in the country. Spotting a tiger is always luck very few people are lucky to spot a tiger in there whole life along with the tiger’s national parks also contain many other fascinating animals as well as green and lovely forests.

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If you want a more emotionally charged adventure, rafting in the white waters of Coorg is a good option. You can also go for bird watching or trekking in its forests, or simply relax with a cup of coffee in one of its many picturesque tree houses.

Located in Coorg, Tadiandamol is the sixth highest peak in Karnataka. A combination of scenic beauty but not too strenuous, Tadiandamol is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to go trekking. In general, Tadiandamol offers enchanting views and at the same time does not demand much physically compared to walks like Kumara Parvatha, Mullayanagiri, Bababudangiri, etc., which makes it the perfect initiation trip for anyone who wants to take the trekking seriously.

Huttari is the biggest festival in Karnataka celebrated by Kodavas. It is celebrated by them with all show and fervor pump. There is no fix date on which this festival will occur this year it is on 3rd and 4th December if you want to enjoy and explore this festival then you must visit there and experience it. Raja's Tomb also known as Gaddige is located in Coorg.

10. Madikeri


Enjoy golf and hiking and stay in a tree house in Madikeri. The monsoon attracts people who love to get soaked by the rains. During the trip, you will meet native women dressed in their traditional bright saris and men with long coats and a kind of wrap around. This high-altitude corner of Karnataka is the land of spices, unique culture and cuisine.

Stay in secretly nestled homestays and unhotels, enjoy freshly brewed coffee or indulge in the local cuisine. If you are an adventurer then we have something special worked out for you. A hiking, rock-climbing and zip-lining add-on to this serene vacation.

11. Udupi


One must visit Karnataka between November to march as it is the season of activities in coastal districts of Udupi and Mangalore. You can also explore gorgeous beaches at Kaup, Baindur, Mulki, etc. If you are interested in having an adventure in water or on the sea then you must head to the spectacular beach of Kodi Bengre and should learn surfing at SAFA Surfing School. The beach is extraordinarily beautiful and amazing.

The coast of Karnataka is fully filled with lovely backwaters, rivers, and lakes. These beautiful places are relatively unknown which is ultimately good nowadays you have a chance to enjoy these beautiful places by going through a cruise. Also, a new company has introduced houseboats on lovely waters in Udupi district.

Davanagere is located at a distance of 260 kilometers from Bangalore. Kundavada kere also known as Mallikarjuna sagara is a picturesque lake. Soole kere also known as Shanti Sagara has a temple dedicated to Siddeshwara near the lake. An important attraction of Davanagere is the Durgambika Devi fair. Murugha Mutt (Shivayogi mandir) is located in the heart of the city and several religious and cultural programs are organized here.

12. Agumbe


Often referred to as Cherrapunji of the South, Agumbe is a beautiful hill station located in the Shimoga District of Karnataka. The Cherrapunji of the South, Agumbe is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples. This impressive city is just 379 kilometers from Goa and attracts a number of tourists from all over the world for its breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Agumbe is known mainly for its dense forests, therefore, it is often associated with the conservation of forests and medicinal plants.

On the other hand, it is due to its unique topography and adequate temperatures that the region is the breeding ground of King Cobra, the world's longest poisonous snake. Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is one of its kind in the country. Sunset points, Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Gopalakrishna Temple are the main options in Agumbe.

The place has stunning hiking trails and beautiful spots for sunset inspection. With lush green forests and breathtaking scenic beauty, the place has guests flocking to its doors attracted by its rustic charms. Superbly well known for its second most significant annual rainfall in the country.

Agumbe is one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats. To go trekking and stop halfway in the Gopalakrishna Temple, a temple of the fourteenth century that exhibits Hoysala art.

13. Shivamogga


When it comes to deal going for a romantic vacation and honeymoons, there is no better place than a hill station. And when it comes to the hill stations there is nothing better than Shimoga. With varied landscapes and attractive. This impressive hill station getaway has something to offer for everyone! In impressive Shimoga, you can visit the high and mighty Jog falls and jungles of Agumbe.

Make the canoe ride in the Honnemaradu and go bird watching tour to birds of Gudavi. Together with Shimoga, you should also visit a small village, Sigandur. Just 63 kilometers from Shimoga, Sigandur is Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, which attracts a good number of tourists because of its religious importance.

The hills of Kodachadri rise above the small pilgrimage center of Kollur, presided over by Sri Mookambika Devi. It limits with Kundapur in the district of Udupi. In its western portion, it falls almost perpendicular to the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, home of the endangered lion-tailed macaque.

The Sowparnika River flows into the valley beyond the hills and empties into the Arabian Sea near the famous Maravanthe Beach. The river has large tracts of mangrove forests rich in aquatic delights, such as tiger prawns and crabs. Occasionally, it is said that fishermen found crocodiles in these forests.

From Kollur take a bus to Kodachadri, going down 12 km later at Karakatta Gate. If you come by Shimoga, the hills are 12 km to the west, by the Theerthalli-Mastikatte road. Whichever route you take, there is no doubt that Kodachadri stood like a monolith. Pass through the concrete arch of the Karakatta Gate and walk along the flat track of the jeep.

Puttu and channa are very popular with hikers. In the rainy season and after the monsoon, one can see the grace of the Agastya Teertha Waterfall on the left side of the hill. Approximately 2-3 hours later, you arrive at Kodachadri, which has a PWD bungalow, a Shankaracharya Temple and a couple of small houses with rooms for rent.

14. Gokarna


Gokarna has the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Gokarna inspires authenticity, spirituality and wraps its beaches in a warm and relaxed hippie atmosphere. It is a village located northwest of the state of Karnataka, in India. Its natural environment makes it especially unique. Although small, the village of Gokarna is submerged in a sea of ​​palm trees and is so far one of our favorite places in India.

It invades us with sensations and brings us closer to the essence of Indian mysticism. The beaches near Gokarna are exactly what someone longs for peace, introspection and connection to the jungle and the ocean. It is very easy to walk to the beaches of Kudle, Om, Paradise or Halfmoon. Visitors can also see the island of Kurumgad and the island of Anjediva from the beach! Gokarna is all that Goa is minus the crowd and marketing.

15. Dandeli


Located at the crossroads of the Arabian Sea and the Kali River, Karwar is a small town full of pristine beaches and perfect images. Dolphin watching, banana boat rides, scuba diving and kayaking are favorite activities in the area. And the most important thing to experience in Karwar is its delicious cuisine, whose main ingredients are fish, rice and coconut.

If you want to enjoy adventure stuff on a tour to Karnataka you can look for river rafting in Dandeli in Uttara, Kannada, Dubare and Coorg. Make sure you have experienced and good team who conducts these rafting sessions as it can be too much dangerous if not performed in a proper way as well ensure to wear a life jacket always whenever you go for river rafting.

16. Belur


Belur and Halebidu are two other interesting temple complexes in Karnataka, very different from Hampi and with hardly any infrastructure for tourism. They are separated from each other by 15 km and is about 150 km from Mysore. The main attraction of Belur is the Chennakeshava temple built by King Vishnuvardhana to celebrate the victories over the Chola dynasty in the great battle of Talakad.

Built by the Hoysala rulers, Chennakeshavasvami Temple is a magnificent sanctuary dedicated to Vijayanarayana. The facade of the temple is full of stone carvings of elephants, horses, lions, sensual dances and epic episodes of Indian mythology like the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas. This Belur temple is located on the banks of the Yagachi River, also called Velapura.

The temple is a ekakuta vimana design, combining elements of the Nagara style architecture of northern India and Dravida style of southern India. Halasuru Someshwara Temple is located on the outskirts of Halasuru also called Ulsoor in Bangalore. Another notable art in the sculptures are Mount Kailash of Ravana and Durga killing Mahishasura.

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17. Pattadakal


Pattadakal group of monuments is ideal for heritage tourism in the state. Pattadakal was the place where the Chalukya kings were crowned. The Virupaksha temple is the largest temple in Pattadakal. It was built in the 8th century by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's third victory over the Pallavas of Kanchi. The famous Kailasa temple of Ellora was built on the model of the Virupaksha temple.

Also known as Vijayawara Temple, this temple is the oldest in Pattadakal. It has a Dravidian style. Both the Sangamesvara temple and the Virupaksha temple have the same square plane from the base to the sikhara, or cone-shaped top. The small temple of Chandrashekhara is to the left of the Sangameshvara temple. Mallikarjuna Temple
is a small version of the Virupaksha temple.

On the porch of the temple there is a beautiful image of Narasimha. In addition you can find references to the Ramayana, Mahabharatha and representations of the social life of the time. On the outside there are sculptures of Shiva, Nandi or Nataraja among others. Kashivisvanatha Temple was the last one built in the style of the first. It was built by the Rashtrakutas in the 8th century in a Nagara style.

Galganatha Temple is located north of the Virupaksha temple and faces west. Papanatha temple dates back to the year 680. This temple has similarities with the Navabrahma temples of Alampur in Andhra Pradesh, which were also built by the Chalukyas of Badami. The pillars of the main hall have figures of couples and carved women. In some parts of the temple you can find couples carved in loving attitudes, and on the outside there are figures of lions, elephants and scenes of the Ramayana.

18. Aihole


Durga temple in Aihole is another religious places that adds charm to Karnataka.

19. Hampi


Hampi is located literally among the ruins of Vijayanagara, the ancient capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Still today it is an important religious center, and the Virupaksha temple is a clear exponent, since important Hindu ceremonies are held continuously. The numerous Dravidian temples of the Vijayanagara Empire made it one of the largest medieval cities of the time after Beijing.

It was said to be so prosperous and beautiful that it attracted numerous merchants and travelers from other parts of the world. On the banks of the Tungabhadra River, along almost 26 square kilometers, we find today more than 1,600 remains of what was one of the most important cities of India until the sultans of the Deccan occupied and destroyed it.

One of the most striking elements within the complex of the Vijaya Vittala Temple is a sanctuary in the shape of a stone car (one of the three most famous in India) pulled by elephants and dedicated to Garuda. Inside the temple, which stands out for its elegance and grandiosity are some curious musical pillars. They say that each of them emits a different rhythmic sound when hit with a sandalwood stick.

One of the most different palaces in the entire Hampi complex is the Lotus Mahal. This building is located inside the Zenana Enclosure, used by women of royalty for recreational activities. In the center of Hampi is Matanga Hill, the best place to watch the sunset. Considered one of the five sacred lakes of India, Lake Pampa Sarovar is located south of the Tungabhadra River.

If you have more time (and desire) you can make an excursion to the other side of the river, where there are several temples, although they are not as beautiful like the Hanuman Temple. You will have to climb 572 steps to get to the top but you will enjoy incredible views of Hampi.

Achyutaraya Temple is one of the most imposing and striking. Visible from Matanga Hill and at the end of the street of the courtiers, the idol to which the temple is dedicated is Tiruvengalanatha. Very close to Hampi is Lake Sanapur, with large stones of boulders scattered here and there and fields of rice fields in the valley.

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20. Vijayapura


What if you spend your romantic vacation with your partners in the historical heritage, against the backdrop for a romantic getaway? Well, such a beautiful background is what you can expect from Bijapur, also known as Vijaypura or the city of Victoria. Among the most popular places to visit in Karnataka, Bijapur is known for its historical remains such as Gol Gumbaz, Archaeological Museum, Ibrahim Rauza, King Edward VII Memorial, Chand Bawdi and many more places. Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur is another important heritage and monument in Karnataka.
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