Places to Visit in Karnataka Image credit : Mkbharti CC-BY-SA-4.0

Karnataka - Best 8 Places To Visit

There are such a large number of things that Karnataka can distinguish herself with – basically, antique temples, excellent ancient architecture, tolerant and accommodating community, immense statues, some splendid waterfalls and peaceful shorelines.


Image credit : Nikkul - CC-BY-2.0 Flickr Bangalore

Bangalore is known as the "Garden City of India" due to its soothing atmosphere, wide boulevards, greenery and the existence of numerous open parks, for example, Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park in Karnataka. It is also known as the "Pub Capital of India" and the "Stone/Metal Capital of India" and it is one of the main places to hold worldwide rock shows.Recent estimates of the economy of Bangalore's metropolitan area have ranged from $45 to $83 billion (PPP GDP), and have ranked it either fourth- or fifth-most productive metro area of India. It is the headquarters of several public and private sector undertakings. The cartoon gallery is located in the heart of the city, dedicated to the art of cartooning, is the first of its kind in India. In May 2012, Lonely Planet rated Bangalore third among the world's main 10 metropolises to visit. The metro city is also an important place of Indian traditional music and dance.

How To Reach Bangalore

  • By Plane : Kempe Gowda International Airport, BLR, (Bangalore Int. Airport) 40 km (25 mi)
  • By Buses : (BMTC) operates buses from various points of the city.
  • By train : Bangalore has two major railway terminals, it is connected to all major cities of India.
Land Marks Tipu Sultan's Palace 1790 AD, Bangalore Palace, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Vikasa Soudha and Vidhana Soudha
Temples Maruthi Mandir, Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, Shiva Temple, Babusapalya Dodda Ganesha Temple, Bull Temple, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, and Ragi Gudda Mukti Naga temple.
Churches Holy Trinity Church 1851, St. Mary's Basilica, Shelter House Church, St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral and Infant Jesus Shrine,
Handicraft Chandi - The Divine Gallery, Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Royal Arts & Crafts, and Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation.
Yoga The Art of Living Retreat Center, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangalore Yoga Center.


Hampi is a must visit for a tourist who loves ancient history and architecture of India. According to the figures of 2014, Hampi is the most explored historical place in Karnataka on Google. It is a hamlet and temple town documented as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, in northern Karnataka, India. It was one of the wealthiest and biggest places on the planet amid its prime. Hampi was the magnificent capital of Vijayanagar, a fourteenth century empire. The remains are spread out over an area of 26km. Prior to the fall of Vijayanagar, diamonds were sold in small streets. A tourist can even now observe the correct area of this Street in Hampi, which has been set apart with a board by the Archeological Survey of India. The zone is spectacular and you will be in wonder of the large number of stones encompassing the region. Inside this bone-dry scene lies a small desert spring with rich palm, banana, and mango trees settled close to the stream.

How To Reach Hampi

  • By Plane : The nearest airport is at Hubli, 143km away from Hampi. Consider flying in to Bangalore, a major international hub.
  • By Train : The nearest railway station is Hospet Junction (IR station code: HPT), 13km away
  • By Bus : Karnataka State Road Transport Corp. operates daily buses to Hospet from Bangalore, Mysore and Gokarna


Must See Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Enclosures, Queen's Bath, Zanana Enclosure (which also includes the Lotus Mahal), Elephant Stables, Achyut Raya temple, Statue of Lakshmi Narasimha (often misinterpreted for Ugra Narasimha – angry form of Vishnu) due to the destruction experienced by this huge statueVirupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Hemakuta Hill temples, Big Shivlinga, Vithala Temple (the popular Stone Chariot is situated here), , Virupaksha Temple, Mahanavmi Dibba, the Stepped Bath and the Matanga Hill (from where one can see the most excellent sun set ever). Every one of these spots are towards Hampi Bus Stand zone and you don't need to cross the stream.
Things to do here You can cover every one of the spots all alone taking a hired bicycle. Else, you can procure an auto to do nearby touring
Walk around Hampi Solapur Lake is a major traveler’s spot. Sometimes crocodile might be experienced in the stream or on rocks mid- stream, Leopards visit near the rough slopes
Get around: Bicycle is the best way to discover Hampi if you love history, culture and nature. It usually costs less than $ 3/-
Shopping The stone statues are made by native artists. The hand- made blankets.


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Mysore has developed from being a peaceful and sluggish city, to a city that is touted to being the most influential one in Karnataka after Bangalore. With flat buildings, grocery stores, several proposed shopping centers, fine roads, the presence of IT and BPO firms and vibrant youth workforce. A city that is old, yet new. A present-day mystery really taking shape, anybody who lives in this beautiful city for quite some time, naturally fall in love with this place. It is also popular for its yoga centres like Ashtanga yoga which began here. There are numerous Ashtanga yoga institutes in Mysore. The Gokulam suburb contains the most prestigious yoga schools, (for example, S.K. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute). The renowned Palace is a significant milestone of Mysore. It is currently a standout amongst the most known vacation destinations in India, after the Taj Mahal, and has more than 6 million guests every year.

How To Reach Mysore

  • By plane : The nearest international airport is Bangalore airport near Devanahalli (170km from Mysore)
  • By train : Mysore Junction is having daily trains plying the route to Bangalore.
  • By bus : Buses run every 5 minutes from Bangalore. Kozhikode (Kerala) is also having direct buses to Mysore.


Must Visit The Palace of Mysore, seat of the monarchs of Mysore, from 1399 to 1950. The royal residence houses two stylized meeting ballrooms of the imperial court and joins an entrancing and huge cluster of patios, lawns enclosures, and buildings. This royal residence is in the city of Mysore
See Mysore Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills, Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery. St. Philomena's Church. Parks and Gardens. Mysore Zoo. Karanji Kere, is a lake inside the city, Jayalakshmivilas manor, of 1895, Sand Museum-the primary Sand Museum of India.
Museums National Museum of Natural History, Folk Art Museum, Rail Museum, Oriental Research Institute of 1891, Melody World a wax gallery.
Yoga The Broken Buddha -Center for Zen, Tao and Yoga, AyurYoga Eco Ashram, Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences, Om ayurveda and yoga center.
To Do Go to Dasara the 10-day celebration of Mysore falls in Sept/Oct., Climb up Chamundi Hills, Kukkarahalli lake walk, Royal Mysore Walks
Shopping Silk sarees, sandalwood carvings, perfumed incense sticks, Sandal wood figurines and caskets, Chenapatna Dolls and Wooden Toys


Gokarna is a temple town and a popular tourist attraction of Karnataka state. It is alive with coconut, banana and different trees, blue oceans and clean sands. It is a laid-back town with two principal roads set with shops and conventional tile-roofed block houses. The beaches near by have many small huts specially made for tourist (hovels). The drive up the zigzagging way that heads to Gokarna is beautiful, with the Rocky Mountains and Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. This lovely town is mainly known for the shorelines. The Gokarna most important beach around the local area and Kudle beach are west-bound. Om beach, Half-moon Beach and Paradise Beach (otherwise called Full moon) are south.

How To Reach Gokarna

  • By train : Gokarna is accessible by rail from Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Mangalore and Madgaon
  • By bus : From Bangalore, there are daily 1-4 buses (depending on the day of travel) operating. It is a 12-hour overnight journey from Bangalore to Gokarna. If arriving from Goa, you can take a local bus from Madgaon or Canacona to Karwar, then catch another bus to Gokarna.
  • By air : The nearest airport is in Goa at Dabolim. (Rail link via Margao)


Beaches Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach.(less swarmed)
See Gokarna The Mahabaleshvara Temple, The Maha Ganapati Temple, Koti Tirtha (is a simulated water tank utilized for ceremonial washing) and Mirjan Fort.
To Do Visit the excellent shorelines toward the south, Do the beach road trek, Enjoy surfing.
Yoga Find Gokarna Yoga Garden, Mysore (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa) and meditation classes.
Swimming Kudle and Om Beaches are sensibly neat (in season), yet get some information from local people about swimming, as the tides can be exceptionally powerful.
Shopping Incense, inexpensive gems and religious stuff are sold in many shops down along the primary street and accumulated around temple passages.
Please note Gokarna is a pilgrimage town so try to follow the customs and respect the local traditions.

Bandipur National Park

Image credit : Abhijeet1011 CC-BY-SA-4.0 Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is situated in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar region in Karnataka state. It is bordered by the Kabini stream in the north and the Moyar river in the south. The Nugu river goes through the national park. Bandipur provides space for an extensive variety of timber trees, also many prominent flowering and fruiting trees and bush. It has a good populace of rare and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, sloth bears, gaurs, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals, tigers and dholes. Peafowl are among the most generally observed in Bandipur alongside 200 types of different types of birds, reptiles, butterflies, ants and other uncommon species.

How To Reach Bandipur National Park

  • By Road : Bandipur is 83 km from Mysore and 222 km from Bangalore and 71 km from Ooty. You could get here either by the Government Transport buses, or private buses, all stop at the Forest Reception office. It takes 2.5 hours from Mysore by a taxi.
  • By Rail : The Mysore railway station located at a distance of 81 km The Nanjungud railway station which is 56 km from Bandipur is the nearest railway station.
  • By Air : The closest airport- Mysore - 71 km from Bandipur.


Mammals as per the records of 1997, wild population Tiger-75, Leopard-88, Indian Elephant-3471, Gaur-2427, Chital-8204, Sambar-2386, Gray langur-1851
Birds Phasianidae , Sonnerat's junglefowl, crows and pern or common pern, griffon vulture, flower peckers, hoopoes, Coracias benghalensis, brown fish owls, red-headed vultures, crested serpent eagles, Nisaetus cirrhatus, bee-eaters and a whole lot of kingfishers and ospreyss are a common sight in winter.
Reptile species Naja naja, Various, Python molurus, vipers, monitor lizards, Indian chameleon, Indian pond terrapin, muggers, agamids and flying lizards.
Butterflies Hundreds of species like- common rose, crimson rose, common jay, tailed, Malabar raven, common Mormon, red Helen, blue Mormon, common wanderer, lime butterfly mottled emigrant, one spot grass yellow, southern birdwing common grass yellow, spotless grass yellow, Nilgiri clouded yellow, Psyche, common gull, caper white or pioneer, common Jezebel, small orange tip or lesser orange tip, white orange tip, large salmon Arab etc.


Image credit : Ashwatham CC-0 Bijapur

 Gol Gumbaz - Bijapur This is the most well-known landmark in Bijapur, Karnataka. It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (ruled 1627-1657), the biggest arch ever constructed in India, next in size just to St Peter's Basilica of Rome. The specific charm in this landmark is the focal chamber, where every sound is reverberated seven times. Another attraction at the Gol Gumbaz is the Whispering Gallery, where even little sounds can be heard distinctly 37 meters away. The complex also have a mosque, a Naqqar Khana (a corridor for the trumpeters) (Now it is utilized as exhibition hall) and the remnants of visitor houses.

How To Reach Bijapur

  • By train : The railway station (Station Code : BJP) is linked with Bangalore, Hyderabad and other major cities.
  • By bus : Bijapur is also well connected with other cities by bus.


To See at Bijapur Jumma Masjid- constructed by Ali Adil Shah I over 300 years ago.
Malik E Maidan-huge cannon made of "Panchaloha" or five metals. It weighs 55 tons.
Ibrahim Rauza mausoleum-built in 1626
Upali Buruj-This is a huge structure around 80 feet tall build in 1584. Has cannons at the top.
Asar Mahal-constructed in 1646
Statue of Lord Shiva. 80 feets tall, is the biggest statue of Lord Shiva in the world.


Image credit : Ken Thomas Coorg

Coorg  is one of the best location for nature lovers. Tourists get mesmerized by vibrant view, woody inclines, undulating countryside and curious towns of Coorg. There are unending mountain ranges which draw in a large number of visitors in Karnataka consistently. It is well known for its warmth and scenic panorama. It is appraised as one of the top hill station locations in India. It is where the River Kaveri begins and is believed as rich with untamed life and has three natural life sanctuaries and one national park. The fauna comprises: The Asian Elephant, tiger, panther, dhole, gaur, pig, and a many species.

How To Reach Coorg

  • By Road : Buses connect Coorg with the rest of Karnataka state, or you can hire a cab.


Nature Abbey Water falls, (One of the best places), Nagarahole - Wild Life Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctury, Honnamana Kere, Mallalli Falls, Madikeri
See Coorg Madikeri Fort, (19th century fort,), Raja's Seat (watch the stunning sunset) Bagamandala - Temple and river confluence, Mandalpatti- (View point of hills), Dubare - Elephant Camp-( training camp of elephants), Iruppu Water Falls
Shopping Traditional Kodagu jewels like Kokkethathi or Jomale, Coorg Ag-Mark Honey, Pepper, cardamom, and also dry fruits, Coorg costumes and traditional weapons.
To Do Trekking, Hiking & Rock Climbing, Campfire, Boating or Fishing in Honnamana Kere Lake, Barapole Rafting, Ayurveda massage & treatments
Yoga Yogmantrana yoga centre in Coorg

Jog Falls

Image credit : Vmjmalali CC-BY-SA-3.0 Jog Falls

Jog Falls The world renowned Jog Falls is in Sagar taluk, Karnataka State. It is around 30 km by National High way 206. Private and Government transport will be accessible always for the traveler, is a significant waterfall, formed by the Sharavathi River falling from a top of 253 meters (829 ft), the most striking fall of an Indian waterfall. The fragmented falls are a prominent holiday spot, it is also called Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. There are numerous waterfalls in Asia – similarly in India - which drop from a higher elevation. However, the difference is, Jog Falls is un layered, i.e., it drops straight down and does not stream on to rocks. Accordingly, it can be portrayed as the most astounding un layered waterfalls in India. August-December is said to be the best time to visit.

How To Reach Jog Falls

  • By Road : Sagar City of Karnataka is around 360 km (224 mi) by road from Bangalore, and Jog falls is 37 km from Sagar City. KSRTC, the government bus, runs from Bangalore, including Hi-tech Volvo and night services to Sagar. From Sagar to Jog Falls you will get busses and taxis.
  • By Train : The name of railway station is Sagar Jambagaru and there are trains that connect Sagara with Bangalore and Mysore
  • By Air : Bangalore international airport is 340 km. Mangalore International Airport is 200 km away.


Places of interest near Sagar Honnemaradu and Holebaagilu are on the borders of the of Sharavati stream. Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary is in Sagar Taluk, Linganamakki dam is constructed over the Sharavathi stream. Dabbe Falls is located near Hosagadde in Sagar. Siganduru: all surrounding places of Western Ghats can be seen while making an excursion to this place
To Do River rafting can be done at Honnemaradu

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Hoysaleswara Temple

Image credit : Ananth H V CC BY-SA 3.0 Hoysaleswara temple

Hoysaleswara temple is devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. It was constructed in Halebidu Karnataka state, India during the govern of King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire in the twelfth century. As per the opinion of art commentator and historian S. Settar, from modern inscriptions it is known that the temple gets its name from the Hoysala ruler at that time, King Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara, though excitingly, the creation of the temple was started and sponsored by a rich person Shaiva. The Hoysaleswara temple is very popular for its statues, there are two hundred and forty idols in this temple. All along the outer wall, beginning with a dancing sculpture of the god Ganesha on the left side of the south entry and ending with another image of Ganesha on the right hand side of the north entrance. As per Gerard Foekema, these carvings seem to be "second to none of any sculpture in India".

How To Reach Hoysaleswara Temple

Hassan is the nearest town to reach Hoysaleswara Temple. The distance between Hassan and the Hoysaleswara temple is 30km. There are buses at every 10 minutes.

Hassan is connected with rail and bus stations of major cities of Karnataka.

The Palace Of Mysore

Image credit : Arshad.ka CC BY-SA 4.0 The Palace of Mysore

The Palace of Mysore is an authentic royal residence in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India. Initially this region was a fortress. A protected zone with trenches and ditches all around as in any defense construction. At present it is, the leading royal residence construction dominate the show.  Even at present you can find the ruins of trenches on both sides of the central gate at the east side of the palace complex.   It is the official house and seat of the Wodeyars - the monarchs of Mysore, the imperial family of Mysore, who administered the royal state from 1399 to 1950. The castle, houses two durbar lobbies (stylized meeting corridors of the majestic court) and joins a fascinating and tremendous exhibit of patios, greenery enclosures, and structures. Mysore Palace is currently a standout amongst the most known vacation destinations in India, after the Taj Mahal, and has more than 6 million guests every year.

How To Reach The Palace Of Mysore

  • By plane : The nearest international airport is Bangalore airport near Devanahalli (170km from Mysore)
  • By train : Mysore Junction is having daily trains plying the route to Bangalore.
  • By bus : Buses run every 5 minutes from Bangalore. Kozhikode and Wynyard (Kerala) is also having direct buses to Mysore.

Kesava Temple Karnataka State

Wonderful Carvings on Kesava Temple Karnataka State situated at Somanathapura is one of the finest cases of Hoysala engineering. The temple was constructed by Soma, in 1268 A.D. under Hoysala lord Narasimha III when the Hoysala Empire was the significant power in South India. The walls are painted in attractive murals of extracts from the epics, pictures of elephants and battle backgrounds portraying horse regiment. This historic temple is stunningly beautiful. Regrettably, this temple is at present not used as a place of worship because the deities here have been destroyed and the sanctuary was damaged by the occupying armies of the Muslim Sultanate. But the attractive temple even now fascinates visitors and take you back of the superb artistic and architectural accomplishments of the period.  It is one of most visited places under Karnataka Tourism.

How To Reach Kesava Temple Karnataka State

  • By Air : Mysore Airport is the nearest airport. Bangalore is the International airport
  • By Rail : Somanathapura is the nearest railway station.
  • By Bus : Frequent buses are available from Mysore and Srirangapatna

Hampi Monuments Of Karnataka State

Hampi Monuments Karnataka State, perceived as an UNESCO world heritage site. It was one of the wealthiest and biggest urban areas on the planet during its prime. It is situated inside the remnants of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. As per the study of 2014, Hampi is the most sought historical place in Karnataka on Google and a very important place of Karnataka Tourism. Ruler Ashoka's Rock Edicts in Nittur and Udegolan, recommend that this area was the potion of the Maurya Empire amid the third century BC. The city of Vijayanagara was initially encompassed by seven lines of barricades. These barricades had a substantial number of bastions and doors. The Jain sanctuaries on Hemakuta slope, the two Devi hallowed places and some different structures in the Virupaksha sanctuary complex originate before the Vijayanagara Empire. The oldest among them, the Shiva sanctums with their pyramidal vimanas or superstructures, date to the early Chalukyan period around ninth-tenth century AD.

How To Reach Hampi Monuments Of Karnataka State

  • By Plane : The nearest airport is at Hubli, 143km away from Hampi. People outside India consider flying in to Bangalore, a major international hub.
  • By Train : The nearest railway station is Hospet Junction (IR station code: HPT), 13km away
  • By Bus : Karnataka State Road Transport Corp. operates daily buses to Hospet from Bangalore, Mysore and Gokarna

Kadri Manjunatha Temple

Image credit : Vaikoovery CC-BY-3.0 Kadri Manjunatha Temple

Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore, Karnataka State. The temple of Manjunatheshwara on the mounts of Kadri is an exceptionally wonderful and prominent temple in Mangalore. It is said to be made amid the tenth or eleventh century. It was transformed over to an entire stone structure amid the fourteenth century. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is considered as the most ancient of the South Indian Temples. This temple has Hindu and Buddhist history. Buddhism was followed here till the tenth century AD. There is a natural spring at a raised-up area at the back of the temple. It is called Gomukha. The water from this spring is let into 9 lakes of various volume nearby it. Devotees going to the temple wash in these lakes before entering the primary temple.

How To Reach Kadri Manjunatha Temple

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Mangalore. 60 km and Bangalore airport is 381 km
  • By Rail : Mangalore railhead is the nearest station. Trains are available to all major cities of India.
  • By Bus : Roads are well connected to all major cities.

Shri Gunja Narasimhaswamy Temple

Shri Gunja Narasimhaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple in Tirumakudal Narasipura a town in the Mysore, Karnataka state. The town is about 20 miles south east of the archaeologically significant city of Mysore. The temple goes back to about the sixteenth regime of the Vijayanagara kingdom and is built in classic dravidian style with a grand gopura (tower) over the entry door (mahadwara) and a four pillared mantapa ("lobby") before the sanctum. The temple is situated at the convergence of the Kaveri river and the Kabini river and is believed as holy by Hindus. The temple is a protected landmark under the Karnataka state division of the Archeological Survey of India. There is another temple close by, called the "Agastyeshwara” temple, and both temples are the location of a religious festivals (Jatra) that is held every year inviting huge crowd of believers.

How To Reach Shri Gunja Narasimhaswamy Temple

  • By Air : Nearest airport is Mysore.
  • By Rail : Mysore Railway Station and Nanjangud Town Railway Station are the closest railheads.
  • By Bus : Buses are available frequently from Mysore.

The Srikanteshwara Temple

The Srikanteshwara Temple (Nanjundeshwara Temple) is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the pilgrimage town of Nanjangud in Karnataka. Nanju in Kannada denotes poison (halahala); the name Nanjundeshwara implies the "God who Drank the Poison" a word that has its roots in the legend of the Great Churning of the Ocean of Milk, in this manner the town got the name "Nanjangud" which signifies "the dwelling place of the god Nanjundeshwara. The "Dodda Jaathre" celebration at Nanjangud temple, draws a huge number of disciples. Five decorated chariots that are pulled by devotees on a path called the ratha beedi is the main part of the celebration.

How To Reach The Srikanteshwara Temple

From Bangalore to Nanjangud it is 169.5 kms or 105.3 miles

From Mysore to Nanjangud it is 23 Km. From Nanjangud bus stand and railway station to the temple is 1 km. Busses and trains are available.

Kollur Mookambika

Image credit : Vinayaraj CC-BY-SA-3.0 Kollur Mookambika

Kollur Mookambika Temple at Kollur Udupi district in Karnataka India is a Hindu temple devoted to Mookambika. The foundation of the Mookambika temple is credited to the Supreme, Lord Parameshwara. It is easily get into from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka by train and road. It is the only temple that is devoted to Goddess Parvathi. The three times pooja will be performed in a day. Historically, the temple is evaluated to be no less than 1200 years of age and is said in conjunction with ruler Halugallu Veera Sangayya who introduced a deity there. The previous Tamil Nadu CM M.G. Ramachandran had donated a golden sword weights more than half kilo to Mookambika temple.

How To Reach Kollur Mookambika

  • By Air : Mangalore is the nearest International and domestic airport it is 128km
  • By Train : Kundapura Railway station is the nearest railway head which is 40km. From here you will get buses and taxis.
  • By Road : The temple is well connected with all major cities by road.

Male Mahadeshwara Temple Karnataka

Male Mahadeshwara Temple is a pilgrim town situated in the region of southern Karnataka. The historic and holy temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a prominent Shaiva pilgrims center and one of the outstanding shiva temples. It attracts lakhs of devotes from the areas of South India. This place of the present temple surroundings includes hundreds of acres of land. The Mahadeshwara Temple at Male Mahadeshwara Hill was made by Junje Gowda. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Recorded confirmations propose that the Saint Mahadeshwara probably lived amid the fifteenth century. Male Mahadeshwara Hills is a well- known traveler spot today.

How To Reach Male Mahadeshwara Temple Karnataka

Bangalore: 245.2 km Mysore: 138km Kollegal: 72.3 km

  • By Air : Nearest Airport is Bangalore 245.2 km
  • By Train : Nearest Major Railway Station is Bangalore.
  • By Road : Buses and taxi are available from all major cities to reach here.


Image credit : T Kempanna CC-BY-SA-4.0 Pattadakal

Pattadakal is an UNESCO engraved World Heritage site in Karnataka. It is the historic place where Badami Chalukya rulers were reigned as it was believed as a sacred place. Vijayaditya was the first ruler to be delegated here at "Pattadakisuvolal" toward the begin of seventh century AD. There are ten temples at Pattadakal, including a Jain temple encompassed by various small holy places. These temples mirror the different religious groups that existed here. The oldest of these temples is Sangamesvara built during the rule of Vijayaditya Satyasraya amid the period 697-733 AD. The biggest of every one of these temples in Pattadakal is the Virupaksha temple was constructed by Queen Lokamahadevi and Rani Trilokyamahadevi, somewhere around 740 and 745 AD.

How To Reach Pattadakal

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Belgaum. If you are visiting from outside India, it is better to prefer Bangalore International Airport.
  • By Rail : Badami is the nearest railhead, it is 20 km
  • By Road : You can frequent buses from Bangalore, Hubli, and Belgaum.

Hampi Celebration

Hampi celebration

Hampi celebration is always an outstanding amongst the most popular celebrations of Karnataka. The tranquil and silent Hampi city experiences the brilliant and pacifying classical music and adores the presence of artists during these days. It is a social expo which is celebrated from the seasons of Vijayanagar period. It is packed with fun bliss and joy and the whole environment is exuberant and vibrant. The celebration is all about dynamic parades dance dramatization, music doll shows and fireworks. Hampi Festival is a three-day celebration which usually comes in November. This celebration is controlled by the governing body of Karnataka to invite guests from everywhere throughout the world to this magnificent site.


Image credit : PrashuKalyan CC-BY-SA-4.0 Yugadi

Yugadi The Karnataka New Year. It is observed in Karnataka on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra. Arrangements for the celebration start a week ahead. Houses are given an out and out wash. Purchase new garments and shopping different things which are useful for the celebration and are involved with all measures of enjoyment. On this day, natives wake up before the dawn and clean up after which they decorate the main door entry of their homes with fresh mango leaves. This is a typical sight in each family unit. People play out the ceremonial adoration to God expecting his blessings before they begin off with the new year. They pray to God for their wellbeing, prosperity and achievement in business as well. Yugadi is likewise the most favorable time to begin new undertakings. The festival of Yugadi is set apart by religious enthusiasm and social cheer.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Image credit : MatthieuMoy CC BY 2.5 Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi otherwise called Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festivity celebrated out of devotion for Ganesha. This is an exceptionally  favorable day in Karnataka celebrated to worship God Ganesh so that each new action that is begun is effectively completed with no hindrances. The celebration is honored by families at home, by workers at their offices and in open area. The community festivity includes introducing clay idols of Ganesha in public pandals (small temporary shrines) and group adoration. At home, an average size clay idol is placed and adorned with family friends and relatives. Toward the end of the celebration, the statues are dipped in an ocean, stream or a lake.

Makar Sankranti

Image credit : Saloni Desai CC BY-SA 2.0 Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu celebration observed in all parts of India. This is the harvest celebration for agriculturists in Karnataka. Festive foods like laddoo, ghee and different sweet potatoes are given to the houses of relatives and friends.  This celebration indicates the reap of the season, since sugarcane is plenty in these area. In north Karnataka, kite flying with family members is a tradition and custom during Makara Sankranti. Obtaining rangoli groups is another well-known event among ladies during Sankranti. A main custom is display of cows and bulls in bright colored dress in an open field. Cows are enriched with decorations for the event and taken for parade. They are made to cross a fire. This custom is widely followed in rural Karnataka and is called "Kichchu Haayisuvudu."

Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasara. The Dasara celebration achieved 400th centennial in year 2010. Dasara usually comes in the month of September or October. As per a legend, it indicates the triumph of truth over malevolence. The important charm of the ten-day Mysore Dasara celebration is the Mysore Palace, which is illuminated every day with almost 100,000 lights from 7 pm to 10 pm on all days of the celebration. About ₹10 million is spent towards upkeep of its illumination yearly. Many social and religious programs highlighting the dance, music and culture of the State of Karnataka are performed before the lit up Palace.

Kambala Festival

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Kambala Festival is a yearly Buffalo Race (he-wild ox) held customarily under the support of nearby land owners and family units in the coastline of Karnataka, India. At present, more than 45 he-buffalo races are held every year in Coastal Karnataka. Kambala is customarily a native competition which gives truly a lot of amusement to the rural folks. The "track" used for Kambala is a paddy field loaded with slush and mud. The competition take place between two sets of buffalos. More than 20,000 audiences in a well arranged Kambala, encouraging and shouting the buffalo to finish the race. Modernization are made in managing Kambala race and in a few spots, day and night races are conducted under floodlights.