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.
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.
|FACT FILE, BANGALORE- KARNATAKA|
|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
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS – HAMPI - KARNATAKA
|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.|
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.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS- MYSORE - KARNATAKA
|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)
FACT FILE - GOKARNA - KARNATAKA
|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
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.
FACT FILE- BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK -KARNATAKA
|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.|
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.
FACT FILE- BIJAPUR KARNATAKA
|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.
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.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS- COORG- KARNATAKA
|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 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|