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Best Places to Visit in Karnataka in 2019

  • The state of Karnataka has three geographical zones which include Karavali, which is the coastal region, the Malenadu region, which is the hilly region and comprises of the Western Ghats and lastly the region named Bayaluseeme which comprises of the Deccan plateau plains. Nearly 20% of the region of this state is under the cover of the dense forests.

    The state of Karnataka is the home to number of pilgrim centres. One of the significant aspect of the tourism in Karnataka is visiting the various temples which include, Virupaksha Temple situated in Hampi, Omkareshwara Temple located in Madikeri, Nandi Bull Temple, located in the capital city of Bangalore etc. The most notable regions of Karnataka include Bangalore, Coorg, Mysore and the beach town of Gokarna. Each of the regions has a distinct character and offers a great sense of tranquility as well as thrill.

    Karnataka is one state which has made the most of its wildlife in a charismatic manner. The presence of the tropical forests in the state acts as a treasure trove of the wildlife. The intriguing aspects of the wildlife include the presence of the colorful and chirpy which makes the various National Parks a treat for bird watching, impressive varieties of flora as well as the  fauna, dotting the land of the state.

    There are thousands of birds, mammals, insects and reptiles which can be easily seen in the region of Karnataka. The largest wildlife sanctuary located in the territory of Karnataka is the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, acting as abode to a large and rarely found species of various animals as well as birds. The Nagarhole National Park and the Bandipur National Park are the elegant jewels in the crown like wildlife of the state. For those planning to tour Karnataka, the best time to go would be between the months of August to March.

  • Coorg

    Coorg
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    Proudly called the Scotland of India, Kodagu, or Coorg as it is rightfully called is situated on the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka in India. The small town is gifted with abundance. Coorg is the largest producer of coffee in India, and the best places to visit in Coorg are its picturesque coffee plantations. Irrespective of where you are in this region, places in Coorg have this certain charm about themselves that just cannot be explained.

    Lush green vegetation and forests covering up the hills that are famous for trekking and scenic wonders like waterfalls and viewpoints, this is the best praise for Coorg. Abbey Falls, Chelavara Falls, and Iruppu Falls are perfect examples of serenity that people from far away come to witness. Also, places like Raja's Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe and Dubare make your visit to this hill station worth the time and money.

    You can trek to the top of Tadiandamol, the second highest mountain of Karnataka, and the highest in the region. The road to the top consists of hairpin bends on the ride upward, giving way on to some of the most mesmerizing sceneries. A similar trek is the Trek to Kumara Parvatha, the summit of which is 1,748m above sea level. Apart from these, there are other activities to do in Coorg that keep tourists entertained. Some of them are riding an elephant at Dubare Elephant Camp, trekking and participating in sports like white water rafting in Upper Barapole River.

    Coorg is not just about sightseeing and trekking, it is also about staying in the most amazing places and seeing the sights from there. Resorts in Coorg have their own irresistible charm, one that always ends up attracting people to spend in the lap of nature and wake up to the smell of fresh coffee coaxing them out of sleep. There is just no limit to the praise of homestays in Coorg for the homely feeling and an unmatched hospitality by the locals. That is a testimony to the fact Coorg is a one-stop location for everyone's travel bucket list. Be it an adventure, sightseeing, nature stays or the comfort of resorts, you name it, Coorg has it.

    Coorg is one of the best places to feel close to the beauty of nature and rejuvenate. You can detoxify your body. Come to Coorg and feel one with your own self!

    Thrillophilia has some of the best packages for trekking in Coorg. Enquire Now.

    Homestays in Coorg are perfect to go on a staycation with family. Check them out.

    Camping in Coorg is one of the best activity to get close to nature and know why it is called the Scotland of India.



  • Coorg Attractions

  • 01 Abbey Falls

    Abbey Falls
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    This refreshing waterfall gushes and pounds on the rock with full force especially during the rains and the roars echoes in the valley. The entire set up is gorgeous and looks right out of a storybook.

    Abbey falls is a part of river Cauvery or Kaveri in Karnataka that falls from an elevation of 70 feet making an astounding natural scene fro the shutterbugs to capture in the lenses. Trekking trails of Coorg are littered around the falls region. To get a better view of these falls, you can walk over the hanging bridge.

    The falls is under a private supervision and is amid stretches of the long coffee plantation. The green backdrop and the white foamy fall combine together to attract hordes of tourists every year from all across the country. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Coorg.

    Height: Falls from a height of 70 feet

    Location: Abbey falls Madikeri, 571252, Hoskeri, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to February.

    Entry fee: INR 15 per head

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 10 KM


  • 02 Iruppu Falls

    Iruppu Falls
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    This stunning waterfall does not only captivates the beholder’s eyes but makes one fall in love with its unparalleled beauty. Falling along the Brahmagiri Mountain range of a tributary originating from river Cauvery. 

    Irupu falls is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls and this is the hidden splendour of Coorg, a very famous and picturesque spot. While on your route to Brahmagiri peak, Iruppu fall is one of the major attraction en route along with the trekking routes to Narimale forest camp.

    Height: 170 Feet.

    Location: Kurchi, Karnataka 571250

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon season and winter season.

    Entry fee: INR 50 per head.

    Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 75 KM.



  • 03 Raja's Seat

    Raja's Seat
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    The place has a history of having the king of Coorg to spend his time witnessing the scenic and panoramic vistas of the place. Raja’s Seat is one of the best attractions in Coorg to watch the majestic sunrise or the fiery sunset.  It is a fantastic spot for recreational activities in Coorg.

    Raja’s seat sets in a glorious garden of seasonal colourful flowers and musical fountain shows. There is also a toy train that runs through the garden entertaining both adults and children. Raja’s Seat has such an unerring location that it overlooks a valley bathing in green and a horizon doused in all shades of blue and orange.

    Height:
    Approximately 160 ft above sea level.

    Location: Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: November to March (winter season)

    Entry fee: INR 5 per person. INR 20 per head for Toy train ride and INR 40 for parking.

    Timings: 6 PM to 8 PM on Monday to Friday and 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday
    . The musical fountain show starts at 7:00 PM on weekdays and 6:45 AM to 7:20 PM on weekends.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 1 KM from Madikeri bus stand.



  • 04 Tadiandamol Peak

    Tadiandamol Peak
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    This is the highest peak in Kadakke and this moderate trekking route can be taken by even amateur hikers as the path is a decent climb except after Rock Point, from where the trail becomes a little narrower. 

    The view from the top can take your breath away, incredibly surreal especially if you encounter clouds, see them engulfing the apex portion of the hills. 

    This small square like design built of mortar and bricks where The king used to come with her queen to sit and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises in the distant horizon of high and low-rise mountains engulfed by white creamy mist. 

    Tadiandamol Peak counts as one of the isolated places to visit in Coorg which is a pretty getaway in the lap of mountains and greenery.

    Height: 1748 m

    Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, India

    Best Time to visit: December to May

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 37 KM

    Coorg is known to be one of the best adventure destinations in India. It homes a lot of adventure camping sites, to experience the best camping trip check out the places to camp in Coorg.



  • 05 Barapole River

    Barapole River
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    Barpole is turbulent river full of class 2 and class 4 rapids originating from Kithu Kakathu River further extending to Brahmagiri hills to the Arabian Sea. Whitewater rafting is one recreational activity that Barpole river is famous for. 

    One of the most challenging rafting experience on the different level of rapids. The adrenaline rushing activity is best done in Monsoon. Launch you rafts high in the rapids and click the most adventurous pictures on your trip to Coorg or Kodagu. 

    Barpole is one of the adventurous Coorg tourist places in Karnataka and the best place to try rafting in Coorg. Venture into an off the beaten adventure and indulge into this heart-pumping activity.

    Location: Barapole River, Coorg, Karnataka 571201, India

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon (July to September)

    Entry fee: An average cost of rafting may range from INR 1200 to 1500.

    Timings: Best done before 2 to 3 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: Rafting is a 1.5 to 2 hours activity.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 80 KM.



  • 06 Dubare Elephant Camp

    Dubare Elephant Camp
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    This river camp has trained Elephants and their mahout who bathe them and feed them. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a project which is run together by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. 

    There are naturalists who elucidate the biology, ecology and the history of Elephants to the visitors and you can not only see them but even participate in the river bath, and feeding. There are about 150 Elephants in every such camp of the Karnataka Forest Department and is a great way of promoting eco-tourism in the state. 

    The project mainly started for the cause of conserving and understanding Elephants in India which is now becoming one of the major attractions in Coorg. 

    One can hear the gurgling sound of the river Cauvery as it is situated on the banks of the river and also indulge in various activities which enable a close encounter with these beautiful mammals. 

    Dubare Elephant camp is one of the amazing places to visit in Coorg for a wild adventure.

    Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India

    Best Time to visit: Take an evening jeep safari along with a trained naturalist.

    Entry fee: If you want to feed the Elephants, the kit will cost INR 20, if you want to bathe the Elephants then the fee is INR 100 per head.

    Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: More than 3 Hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM



  • 07 Brahmagiri Hill

    Brahmagiri Hill
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    Between Wayanad and Kannur districts in Kerala in the north and the east and Coorg in Karnataka in the south, lies the trekker’s paradise- Brahmagiri hills, the highest peak in the sanctuary that covers an area of 181 KM and derives its name from the Brahmagiri hill. 

    The celestial presence of Thirunelli temple and the adorable Iruppu falls amid the green groves en route makes the trekking experience a lifetime event that states with you for long. 

    It is suggested that you take a guide which will charge around INR 200 but will make your journey informative and more fun. Experience the best of our service, book our Brahmagiri Hill Trek Tour. 

    Height: 1,608 m

    Location: Border of Mananthavady Taluk, Wayanad district, Kerala and Virajpet Taluk, Kodak district, Karnataka India.

    Best Time to visit: December to March

    Entry fee: A single charge of around INR 200 for the guide which is mandatory to take on the hike.

    Timings: Daytime, an evening trek can be tricky.

    Average time required to visit the place: The trek can be of 6 to 8 hours depending on the route opted.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 60 KM



  • 08 Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe

    Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe
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    Most of the people do not think of Southern India when monastery hits their brains, but this information is incredibly intriguing that the Tibetan-Buddhism influence had reached the southern part of India ages ago. 

    Mandroling Monastery in Bylakuppe is also known as the Golden temple. Around 5000 nuns and monks live together in Harmony at Namdroling and It is the second largest Buddhism settlement in India. 

    You can even spend some time in the bookstore and the cafe that is inside the Monastery premises. Namdroling is also called Golden temple because of the golden paintings etched on the monastery and the three golden statutes named Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus.

    Photography is allowed inside the monastery and one can even light some incense sticks and sit for some time to soak in the piousness of the place.

    Location: Arlikumari, P.O. Bylakuppe, Mysore, Karnataka 571104

    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 35 KM.



  • 09 Nishani Motte

    Nishani Motte
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    When you explore the lesser known destination, it fills you with euphoria and Nishani Motte peak is one of those places to visit in Coorg. It is a trek of 15 kilometres that brings the uber joy of departing into an unknown land. 

    The trail goes through forest research, long paddy stretches, aromatic coffee states and small rivulets and streams. The unadulterated sight of river Cauvery or Kaveri is so soul-altering that you can sit by the bank of the river and spend some lone time. You can book the Nishani Motte Trek Tour from our platform at the best deals.

    Height: 4167 ft.

    Location: Nishanimotte, Bhagamandala Village, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Winter and Autumn

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 days (trek)

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 12 to 15 KM



  • 10 Chelavara Falls

    Chelavara Falls
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    It is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire region and one of the best sightseeing places in Coorg. It is situated  13 KM from Cheyyandane village on Virajpet, the nearest settlement to falls. 

    The falls is located in the interior of a forested patch and is incredibly breathtaking and equally dangerous as people are not allowed to go near the falls because of the depth of the water-pool that lies beneath the fall which is said to be 50 feet deep. 

    People often do a combined visit of Kakabbe, Nalknad Palace and Chelavara falls. One can also visit Chomakund Hill which is around 2 KM away from the falls and is undoubtedly one of the Coorg tourist places which are equally mesmerising.

    Height: 150 feet

    Location: 2 Km From Choma Kund Hill, Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon is the best time but is equally risky. Winter season is the safest one.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: More than 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 43 Km



  • Bangalore

    Bangalore
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    Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. It is the 5th largest city and is known as the Garden City of India. Due to the large number of technology companies established in the city, it is often referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India. The modern city of Bangalore was founded over 400 years ago and gained prominence in the 18th century, when it became an important fort city under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Bangalore has many attractions and is perfect for expeditions and day trips to nearby hill stations. There are a number of best places to visit in Bangalore, which include Lalbagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bangalore Palace, Vishweshwaraiah Museum, HAL Aerospace Museum, Bull Temple, Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta National Park, Vidhana Soudha and ISKCON temple. All these places are a beautiful blend of palaces, gardens, museums, temples and manmade beauty; so you can choose to visit the best ones according to your preference and choice.

    Bangalore Airport is located about 36 km from the City junction and is extremely well-connected with major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Goa, Kochi, Mangalore, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. The city has two important railway stations - Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yesvantpur Junction, both of which have regular trains from most parts of India. Bangalore is a neat, tidy and well maintained city. The roads are wide and in good condition. The climate in Bangalore is very pleasant most times of the year. People of this city speak Kannada which is their first language and English which is the formal language. On your trip to this city, you will come across many coffee shops as Bangaloreans are very fond of it. Moreover, do try eating ‘raggimudda’ which is a local food item, favourite of most Kannada people. The city enjoys it, so will you! So check out the best places to visit in Bangalore and have an amazing getaway vacation here.



  • Bangalore Attractions

  • 01 Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

    Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
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    Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 240 acres exhibiting more than 1,854 species of medicinal and scientific plants and trees. Among the places to visit in Bangalore, Lal Bagh Botanical garden certainly tops the list for its vast green stretch and the presence of exotic birds.  

    The park was commissioned and concluded by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, respectively, in the year 1760 and this vast expanse of greenery houses a 3000 million years rock which is fondly famous as “the Lal Bagh rock” which is a unique site that interests hordes of tourists. 

    There is also a glass house with a lake and an aquarium and this glass house hosts a vibrant annual flower show. The colorful and vivid presence of birds such as Parakeets, Myna, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Purple Moorhen and Common Egret etc hook a lot of birdwatchers and photographers.  

    Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

    Best Time to Visit:  you can visit the garden any time of the year but if you particularly interested in the flower show then visit in January and August.

    Price: entry is free for children and an adult needs to pay INR 10.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 5 KM.



  • 02 Cubbon Park

    Cubbon Park
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    This green belt region is spread over 300 acres land housing 6000 trees of different families contributing to the rich flora of the region.

    Within the campus of the park, there are some interesting points like Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park etc.

    It is like a second home to nature lovers and morning joggers. If you wish to cover the entire park but not foot then hop on a toy train and tour around in the most fun away.

    Cubbon Park is one of the Banglore tourist places where you can just sit idly beneath the green foliage and unwind watching the magical hours in the sky.  

    Location: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning.

    Price: Free entry.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours or half a day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM



  • 03 Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills
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    This is a set of breathtaking hillocks which is a complete nature retreat. From cycling and paragliding into the stunning mount to the Yoganandeeshwara Temple that sits atop the hill with a huge Nandi statue, these small mounds have a lot to offer, even the name of the hills was coined after the temple statue. 

    Nandi hills are set small hillocks which serves as a great trekking or weekend getaway from Bangalore. It bestows the visitors with the sight of some endemic flora and fauna and magnificent vistas of the surrounding. 

    Trek through the paved roads, rocky terrain, small streams and grasslands to reach the top of the hills but one must be careful of the steep descent and sharp turns while returning. Hordes of monkeys will accompany you throughout the trek hence do not keep eatables in your hands.

    Location: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.



  • 04 Bannerghatta National Park

    Bannerghatta National Park
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    Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km. 

    The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

    The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

    Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

    Location: Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season.

    Price: INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 23 KM.



  • 05 Bangalore Palace

    Bangalore Palace
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    Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

    Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

    There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

    On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

    Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

    Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM



  • 06 Vidhana Soudha

    Vidhana Soudha
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    Vidhana Soudha is situated in the center of the city, painted in white and spread over an area of 60 acres. Vidhan Soudha is the most renowned landmark in Bangalore which houses the state secretariat and state legislature under one roof. 

    This dome-like structure has two chambers where the first floor (central wing) can accommodate 268 members at a time and the southern wing can accommodate 88 members. 

    The building is a marvelous amalgamation of Dravidian, British and Indo-Islamic style architecture. One must not miss the lighting up of the building on Sunday evenings and the inscription that reads “Government work is God’s work.” 

    Please note that it is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore that needs prior permission or a pass nowadays. The grandeur of Vidhana. Soudha is visible after sunset when the entire building is well lit and it resembles a grand palace

    Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: September to February

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sunday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM



  • 07 Venkatappa Art Gallery

    Venkatappa Art Gallery
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    This enormous art gallery is segmented into two halls where it exhibits more than 600 paintings. 

    One of the two halls displays stone sculptures associated with Khajarao School of Art and Mathura whereas the other hall exhibits pottery and clay articles dating back to the Indus Valley civilization. 

    This art gallery houses the artwork and paintings of world famous and renowned artists such as K. Venkatappa, M. F. Hussain, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Yusuf Arakkal, Rekha Rao, N. S. Bendre, and Vasudev in galore on the first level of the building. 

    There are paintings christened as Prithvi, Vayu, Jala, Agni, Death, Sea Shore, Nagamandala, In Space,  and Last Glimpse by K.K Hebbar on the second level of the gallery. 

    Venkatappa Art gallery is the Mecca for art loves, magnanimous, loaded and authentic and is one of the aesthetically pleasing places to visit in Bangalore.

    Location: Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

    Price: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 (children)

    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all the days of the week except Monday.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM.



  • 08 Wonderla

    Wonderla
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    Take a day out and get charged at this craziest amusement park in Bangalore. Wonderla is one of the largest amusement parks in the entire country with more than 60 exhilarating rides such as Hurricane, Equinox, Insanity Twister, Recoil, Dropzone, Flash Tower, Mixer, Y-scream, Maverick etc. 

    These high-tech rides will swirl, twist and turn you in around 360 degrees and will pump adrenaline rush to a next level. The water rides like splurgy and frolic with speedy drops and to and fro motion. 

    Wonderla not only tops Bangalore tourist places list but it is loved by the local population as well. From rain disco to fun pools and wave pools, from roller coasters to boomerang rides; even an entire day at Wonderla is not enough to satiate the thrill junkies in you.

    Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

    Best Time to Visit: November to February.

    Price: Ranging from 850 to 2000

    Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and 11 AM to 7 PM on every Saturday and Sunday.

    Average time required to visit the place: An entire day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM



  • 09 Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

    Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
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    This summer residence of Tipu Sultan was built in the year 1791. The ceilings and walls of the palace have a floral touch with Islamic carvings and decorations. 

    The uniqueness of this two storey building is that it is entirely made of teak wood with wooden pillars supporting the foundation of the palace. It is said that Sultan used the eastern and western balconies to conduct the mass and state affairs. 

    The intricately carved wooden balcony and the majestic staircases are great examples of architectural marveling and the size of the palace is not magnanimous yet it gives a rustic touch to the state of Karnataka. It is one of the Bangalore tourist places which is included in almost all the itineraries.

    Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Near Bengaluru Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018

    Best Time to Visit: November to February.

    Price: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4 KM.



  • 10 Anthargange

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    The Kolar district of Karnataka promises a jaw-dropping sight of the Shathashrunga range and Anthargange is another rocky hill range that basks at a height of 1712 meters from sea level. 

    The place is mostly an illusionistic stretch of stacked rocky boulders and the natural cave exploration is a one of kind experience among these piled up volcanic rocks. 

    The Anthargange Temple is another popular site that is well-celebrated among the devotees and religious trekkers. Literally, Anthargange stands for 'The Ganges from the deep' or  'Inner Stream' in Kannada, that is also because of the bestrew of seven villages in the vicinity which are favored with a natural supply of fresh groundwater. 

    There are no lodging options at Anthargange so one can either pitch a tent while night trekking or can stay at Bangalore and embark on a day trekking tour at Anthargange.

    Location: Kolar District, Bengaluru, India

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.



  • Mangalore

    Mangalore
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    Situated 250 km west of Bangalore (now Bengaluru), the state capital of Karnataka, the coastal town of Mangalore (now Mangaluru) remains one of the prime tourist attractions in South India all throughout the year. Although Mangalore is known beaches, islands, temples and the sunrise and sunset points, you will be able to find many more interesting things in this coastal town if you are ready to explore. In fact, you can make Mangalore the base in the bid to explore the entire western coastline. Since Mangalore is well connected by air, road and railway network you can easily go out for sightseeing.

    While you are on the move, food remains one of your major concerns for sure. When you visit Mangalore, be ready to serve served with delicious sea foods and other authentic Canara dishes which are simply mouth-watering to say the least. Now when you are in Mangalore, you must be prepared to face the tropical climate there. Although the mornings are not too hot and you can brave the sun, the evenings remain the best time to be at the beach and relax with an ice-cream while watching the sun disappear.  So, if you are stationed in Bengaluru and looking for a weekend destination, Mangalore can definitely be your ultimate choice.




  • Mangalore Attractions

  • 01 Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

    Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
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    Gokarnath, the most age-old temple built in the year 1912 is located in the center of the city. A dedicated temple to Lord Shiva that stands many devotees throughout the day, month and year. It is one of the best places to visit in Mangalore and popular attractions of the city too.

    The temple counts no caste or creed, and you have to be a human being, to step inside the temple. Never miss to visit the temple in the Navratri times, and you will be left mesmerized. The decorations, style and the gigantic structure never fails to impress you giving you a serene and relaxed mode throughout your trip.

    Location
    : Kudroli Gokarnath Temple is situated in Kudroli, from Hampankatta, in Mangalore city.

    T
    imings: To visit the temple you have to schedule your visiting hours between 6 am and 7 pm.

    Entry Charges:
    There are no entry charges.



  • 02 Panambur Beach

    Panambur Beach
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    Panambur beach located close by new Mangalore offers a sedative beach to rest your feet over brown and golden sand. Never miss the sunset view or the kite festival here. You can also see plenty of adventurous water sports on the beach.

    Undoubtedly, Mangalore is the cleanest city of the country, and the same goes for Panambur beach, one of the cleanest beaches of the town. Get indulged in water rides, sunbathe, boat skiing, horse riding and a lot more.

    You must not afford to miss Panambur in your tour list, and the beach has a lot to give you. Also, don’t forget to take your DSLR along, to catch memories.

    Location:
    Panambur beach is located in NH-66, quite close to New Mangalore Port Trust in Mangalore.

    Timings:
    You can visit the place from morning 9 am to evening 7 pm.

    Entry Charges:
    It’s free of charge.



  • 03 Ullal Beach

    Ullal Beach
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    Another opportunity from the city to let you relax and unwind all your tensions just like the waves. Ullal beach never fails to impress the tourists, as it is one of the most popular places to visit in Mangalore.

    Ullal coast is all covered with abundant trees and plantations. The view of the waves will make you go crazy with all its beauty. The beach is also an excellent spot for water sports and activities that you have always wished to do.

    Location
    : Ullal Beach is located in the Ullal city of Mangalore. It is just 12 km far from the city.

    Timings
    : You can visit Ullal Beach anytime, but evening hours would be the best.

    Entry Charges:
    There are no entry charges.



  • 04 Mangalore Beach

    Mangalore Beach
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    Mangalore is no less when it comes to beaches. It is one of the favorite destinations that people regardless of their ages enjoy the most. Mangalore beaches are one of those spots where you can visit with your family, loved ones or friends.

    Enjoying the sunset with a peace of mind can be the coolest thing that you would do in your trip. It is another well-known tourist place that does not disappoint the tourists and travelers.

    The Mangalore beach has got ample of things to offer you, just add it in your tour picks and enjoy the activities conducted during seasons.

    Location
    : Mangalore beach is in Dakshina Kannada, which is quite near to Ullal Beach.

    Timings
    : It is open 24/7.

    Entry Charges
    : You don’t have to pay any entry charges.



  • 05 Bejai Museum

    Bejai Museum
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    Got kids? Looking to visit something more interesting? Well, Bejai Museum is all you got to see before you leave off from Mangalore. It is the only museum in the town that is never missed by any of the travelers or visitors. The museum has many such informative wonders to visit.

    Bejai Museum is situated at the center of the city. Bejai is a two storey apartment that has got plenty of remarkable collections of history which includes the coins, weapons, armor, paintings and other such compilations that will impress you to the core.

    Location
    : Bejai Museum Cross Road, in Mangalore city.

    Timings
    : It has got visitor timing between 10 am to 5:30 pm.

    Entry Charges:
    Charges an entry fee of INR 2/- per person.



  • 06 Sultan Battery

    Sultan Battery
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    A monumental tower that was constructed just to see and keep an eye on the attackers and invaders before and during the fight in our history. Tipu Sultan built the watchtower, being the most exciting tourist place to step in.

    This long-living and robust tower are all made by black stones, to keep a watch on the Arabian Sea for the attacking ships.

    The tower has basement chambers too, where weapons, including canyons and gun powders, were stored. It offers an astonishing Arabian Sea view from the Sultan Battery.

    Location
    : It is located in Gandhinagar, Mangalore.

    Timings
    : You can visit the tower between 9 am to 9.15pm.

    Entry Charges:
    The entry charges are free.



  • 07 Mangaladevi Temple

    Mangaladevi Temple
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    Take the blessings of Goddess Mangaladevi, the temple constructed during the 9th century. Even Mangalore is referred to as Mangaladevi. The temple is one of the famous places to visit in Mangalore.

    It is one such attraction that is never missed by tourists visiting the town. Plenty of devotees from around the corners of the world, visit Mangaladevi temple for the goddess’s blessings.

    Also, it is recommended that you visit the temple during Navratri and Dussehra, to see the intense beauty of the temple.

    Location
    : Mangaladevi Road, Bolar, Mangalore, Karnataka.

    Timings
    : You need to follow the temple timings as it’s between 6am-10am, 12pm-1pm and 4 pm & 9 pm respectively.

    Entry Charges
    : Free Entry.



  • 08 Someshwara Beach

    Someshwara Beach
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    The Somnath temple, being built in the rule of Queen Abakka Devi, it is surrounded by Someshwara beach, another such popular tourist places in Mangalore that is worth a visit. The beach is not very far from the city though.

    It faces the Kanara region, which is quite close to Mangalore. Someshwara beach is also known as Rudra-Shile, as it carries pretty huge rocks over the shore.

    Though it is not recommended to swim here just like the other beaches, as the ocean here is quite unpredictable, you can relax and enjoy the evening with the beautiful sunset, and the cold waves.

    Location
    : It is located in Someshwar, Ullal city, Mangalore.

    Timings
    : You can visit the beach anytime.

    Entry Charges
    : Free Entry.



  • 09 Surathkal Beach

    Surathkal Beach
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    Another spot in the Mangalore city for the beach lovers. Never miss exploring this pristine location in the city. It is another clean beach that you must step in your feet. Surathkal beach is situated quite close, around 18 kms from the city of Mangalore.

    The sands are unique and smooth- it’s very powdery that you can even enjoy the location take naked footsteps. Also, don’t forget the light-house behind your back.

    Yes, it gives an enlightening view of both the ocean and the city overall. Again, it is recommended that you perform water sports or any water activities under the supervision and not alone.

    Location:
    NH-66, Mangalore, Karnataka.

    Timings:
    You can visit the beach between 6 am to 6 pm.

    Entry Charges:
    It’s free of charge.



  • 10 Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple

    Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple
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    Another most religious place in the city of Mangalore. Kateel-Shri Durgaparameshwari temple is located around 25 km from the town, but it is another holiest places that you must not afford to miss.

    The temple is situated in the center of river Nandini. The religious place attracts a lot of devotees every day, every year. You must not miss the temple during Durga Ashtami and Navratri.

    It draws a significant number of devotees during these festivals. Being one of the most popular places in South India, it is worth a visit.

    Location
    : Kateel, Mangalore.

    Timings
    : You must follow the temple timings as it’s between 6 am to 10 pm.

    Entry Charges
    : There are no fees or charges to enter the temple premises.



  • Sakleshpur

    Sakleshpur
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    A hill station in the heights of Western Ghats of India, Sakleshpur is a small town located in the state of Karnataka. Famous for being surrounded by a surprising number of plantations of coffee, tea and spices, Sakleshpur’s economy thrives on these. Apart from that, with the recent development in the tourism happening around the town, places to visit in Sakleshpur have recently gathered a lot of fame for themselves because of their beauty and the kind of experiences that they harbour, both of which are unparalleled. 

    Easily connected with Major cities like Bangalore and Mangalore, Sakleshpur has a bounty of beautiful places to see, both manmade and nature’s gifts. A prime example of that is the ages-old Manjarabad Fort constructed in the form of a star, which is also one of the prime tourist places in Sakleshpur. But that is not the only one, the list of names goes on and on as to where you should go to see Sakleshpur treating you with its best views of natural beauty, sometimes mingling with the manmade structures. 

    The 600 year old Sakleshwara temple that sits on the river Hemavathi’s banks is a piece of fine craftsmanship in surroundings that are meant to take your breath away. And taking your breath away brings to mind the Bisle View Point, offering a panoramic view of the region and hills around, as well as the rainforests of the area. You can see as far away as the Pushpagiri, Dodda Betta and Kumara Parvatha Hills.

    And no, the hill station is not just about the sights as there is a long list of things to do in Sakleshpur. The hill station knows how to live on the adventurous edge of life too. Sakleshpur is a heaven for trekking enthusiasts, and that is why this town has taken the definition of trekking to a whole new level by introducing something new like Railway Bridge Trekking. You can trek on the 52km long railway track (trek) between Sakleshpur and Kukke Subramanya road junction, which was closed down long ago. This unforgettable experience takes you through the scenes of at least 25 waterfalls.

    And as far as the question of staying in Sakleshpur is concerned, nature stays in Sakleshpur are bound to take your breath away with their surroundings, features and comfort alongside the local hospitality that you will experience here. There is no one type in the places to stay in Sakleshpur and that is what makes it worth experiencing. So take your family, friends, or partner and come to Sakleshpur, and even if no one agrees, come solo. But do not think of missing out on so much fun.



  • Sakleshpur Attractions

  • 01 Manjarabad Fort

    Manjarabad Fort
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    One of the unique forts in the country, Manjarabad Fort was built by Tipu Sultan and showcases the brilliance of Islamic architecture in India. It boasts of its interesting octagonal design with eight walls and attracts a number of visitors. 

    Another unique feature of this fort is that has the only level in contrast to the general forts which are based on multiple levels. The aerial view of this fort offers a wonderful star-shaped appearance. Built as a frontier to store ammunition, Manjarabad Fort was used as a protection for Tipu Sultan’s army against the British.

    It is one of the few sightseeing places in Sakleshpur that offers an unforgettable view of the Western Ghats. One can also be overwhelmed at the sight of Arabian Sea from this fort which is located at an elevation of about 3200 feet above sea level. 

    Some of the other exciting things which tourists can spot here the numerous chambers built within the fort and the tunnel that leads to Srirangapatna Fort.

    Location: Bengaluru - Mangaluru Highway, Donigal, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: June to February are the best months to visit here

    Timings: It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 6 kilometres from the bus stand



  • 02 Sakleshwara Temple

    Sakleshwara Temple
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    Sakleshwara Temple is famous as one of the most prominent attractions in Sakleshpur and is a must visit for everyone. It is a beautiful temple that is stands as a testimony to the excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture. 

    Although it is smaller than the most temples of South India, Saklashwara Temple boasts of many things that include its architecture. Constructed between the 11th and 14th century, Sakalashwara Temple is a great remnant of the time when the Hoysala empire was at its peak in South India.

    The temple offers a wonderful view as it is situated along the banks of River Hemavathi and has a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva that captures the eye of everyone. 

    The temple is located at just the entrance of the city and offers a spiritual escape to everyone who visit. Interestingly, the temple is the place from where the city of Sakleshpur derives its name and a very renowned place for pilgrims in the region.

    Location: BM Road, Near Hemavathi Bridge, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited anytime throughout the year

    Timings: It is open 24 hours

    Distance from Bus Stand: Sakleshwara Temple is just 500 metres away from the bus stand.



  • 03 Bisle View Point

    Bisle View Point
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    Get ready to be mesmerised by some enchanting views of the Western Ghats from Bisle View Point when you are touring Sakleshpur. It is among the most mesmerising places to visit in Sakleshpur for sightseeing and escape the humdrum affairs of life. 

    Located near Bisle Ghat, this place offers a breathtaking view of three mountain ranges which are Yenikallu Betta, Doddabetta and Pushpagiri and Kumaraparvatha.

    Bisle View Point offers an adventurous getaway as one can enjoy trekking up to the vantage point and explore the heavenly scenery that surrounds you. 

    Tourists here can also enjoy spotting some diverse wild animals like peacocks, monkeys, spotted deer, elephants when passing through the reserve forest. With a blanket of greenery all around dotted with waterfalls and streams, Bisle View Point takes the term postcard-perfect landscape to its highest honour and offers an unforgettable time for nature lovers in Sakleshpur.

    Location: Bisle Ghat View Point, Bisle Ghat Road, Bisle State Forest, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The months from September to December is the ideal time to visit here

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 55 kilometres.



  • 04 Agni Gudda Hill

    Agni Gudda Hill
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    Embrace the sheer force of nature by visiting Agni Gudda Hill on a vacation to Sakleshpur. One of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in Sakleshpur, Agni Gudda Hill is often called a trekker’s delight. 

    The name ‘Agni Gudda’ means ‘Fiery Mountain’ and is called so due to the extreme volcanic nature of this hill in the region. However, if you are looking to find the most exhilarating spot to unleash your adventurous spirit, Agni Gudda Hill is sure to get you all fired up. 

    Surrounded by lush green rice terraces, this tourist spot offers a calming respite from the monotony. This place is a favourite among the youth and offers many thrilling activities. 

    Apart from trekking which is the most exciting thing to do here, tourists can look forward to indulging in camping, picnicking etc. when visiting Agni Gudda Hill.

    Location: Agni Gudda Hill, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Tourists are advised to visit here from October to March

    Distance from Bus Stand: It is about 10 kilometres away from Sakleshpur bus stand.



  • 05 Manjehalli Waterfalls

    Manjehalli Waterfalls
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    Bask in the serenity of nature at Manjehalli Waterfalls with your family and friends on an unforgettable retreat. Also known as Abbi Falls, Manjehalli Waterfalls is one of the most gorgeous Sakleshpur tourist places. 

    A cool bathe beneath the gurgling stream is a refreshing activity and one can look forward to see the beauty of monsoons in India at Manjehalli Waterfalls. 

    Enjoying standing beneath the waterfall is an activity of sheer joy and excitement for everyone. However, one needs to be careful of the slippery rocks and heed with caution when going under the waterfalls. 

    It offers a wonderful landscape for the shutterbugs and also serves as a rejuvenating picnic spot for the tourists in Sakleshpur.

    Location: Manjehalli Waterfalls, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The monsoon months are the best season to visit this waterfall as the water dries up during the summers and winters.

    Timings: The waterfall can be visited from the morning up to 5:30 pm in the evening.

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres.



  • 06 Kukke Subramanya Temple

    Kukke Subramanya Temple
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    Among the spiritual places to visit in Sakleshpur, Kukke Subramanya Temple is one of the notable Hindu temples in Karnataka. This serene temple is surrounded by astounding natural beauty and boasts of a landscape that will get etched in your memories forever. 

    The main deity of this temple is Lord Subrahmanya and the place is considered to the abode of nagas. According to one myth, it is said that here Lord Subramanya offered refuge to the divine serpent Vasuki and others when Garuda threatened them. 

    Kukke Subramanya Temple is renowned among the pilgrims for offering the two important Sarpa Dosha Poojas known as Ashlesha Bali Pooja & Sarpa Samskara. 

    The temple makes for a delightful attraction among places to visit in Sakleshpur whether you are intrigued by Indian mythology or wish to explore the wonderful natural landscape that surrounds this place.

    Location: Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Subrahamanya, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: September to March are the best months to visit Kukke Subramanya Temple

    Timings: It remains open from 5 am to 8 pm every day of the week.

    Distance from Bus Stand: Kukke Subramanya Temple is situated at a distance of about 75 kilometres from Sakleshpur bus stand.



  • 07 Betta Byraveshwara Temple

    Betta Byraveshwara Temple
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    Surrounded by serenity, Betta Byraveshwara Temple is one of the top places to visit in Sakleshpur. It is nestled in the beautiful Western Ghats and offers a panoramic view of the landscape for everyone. 

    It is known for having a 600-year-old ancient temple that is encompassed by breathtaking hills all around. One of the popular stories associated with this place says that the Pandavas in Mahabharata stayed here for a short while when they were exiled.

    Betta Byraveshwaya Temple is an excellent tourist spot for those who like the calm and beauty of nature. There are also many popular hills of Sakleshpur which are located nearby and offer some amazing opportunities for trekking and sightseeing. Some of these hills which you can see here are Pandavar Gudda / Pandavar Betta and Jenkal Gudda.

    Location: Bettada Byraveshwara temple, Near Mekangadde Homestay, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Anytime around the year is good to visit here. However, tourists consider the months from October to March to be the best for visiting Betta Byraveshwaya Temple

    Timings: The temple can be visited between 6:00 am to 5:00 pm every day.  

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 37 kilometres.



  • 08 Pandavar Gudda

    Pandavar Gudda
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    Gear up for an exciting adventure by adding Pandavar Gudda to your itinerary for Sakleshpur vacation. Pandavar Gudda is popular in Indian mythology as a place which was once the abode of Pandavas during their vanavas in Mahabharata. 

    This tourist spot also incites historical interest among visitors with the presence of one temple that is about a 1000 year old as estimated by Archaeological Survey of India.

    This place is one of the most enthralling sightseeing places in Sakleshpur and attracts a number of tourists. One can indulge in enjoying the visual delights at Pandavar Gudda by taking their loved ones on a picnic or challenge their spirits with an exciting trek to the top of the hill. 

    It is also known to be a favourite spot for avid photographers and offers a majestic vista of the Jenkal Hills. For the best views of the landscape, tourists are recommended to visit Pandavar Gudda at the time of sunrise or sunset when they are in Sakleshpur for a vacation.

    Location: Pandavar Gudda, Mekanagadde, Mekanagadde Post, Mudigere, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Tourists are recommended to visit here during the rainy season as the landscape is most spectacular at that time.

    Distance from Bus Stand: It is located about 35 kilometres away from the bus stand in Sakleshpur



  • 09 Hadlu Waterfall

    Hadlu Waterfall
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    Plan your summer retreat to Hadlu Waterfalls when you are thinking of visiting the town of Sakleshpur on your next vacation. 

    This place is a postcard-perfect landscape that offers the most wonderful sight of nature at its best. Hadlu Waterfalls is a famous trekking destination and offers a great opportunity for those who are looking to get their pulse racing at this exciting location.

    The icy waterfalls is reached after a memorable trek through the verdant coffee plantations and forests that decorate the trail. Hadlu waterfalls cascades through six stages and for the tourists the most fun activity is taking a bath in the chilly waters. 

    A trip to Hadlu waterfalls is a total rejuvenating experience where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Visiting Hadlu Waterfall is a great recreational experience for everyone who comes along with their friends and families among places to visit in Sakleshpur.

    Location: Hadlu Waterfall, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Hadlu waterfall is during the season of rains when you can see the landscape at its best.

    Timings: It is advisable to visit Hadlu Waterfall in Sakleshpur during the day time

    Distance from Bus Stand: N/A



  • 10 Temple of Halebid and Belur

    Temple of Halebid and Belur
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    Showcasing the finest designs of Hindu temples built under the Hoysala empire, Temple of Halebid and Belur is known among the best Sakleshpur tourist places. These ornate temples offer a peaceful respite away from the hassles of modern life and also narrate some interesting historical stories. 

    The temple of Halebid and Belur were designed by the famous architect Jakkanna Acharya and carved with many exquisite designs. Tourists here can find a number of carvings at this temple that relates to the Puranas, the Upanishads and many popular characters from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. 

    Belur and Halebid are often considered as twin cities and attracts a number of tourists in South India who wish to take a step down the lanes of history to explore the wonderful sculptures and architecture.

    Location: While Belur is located approximately 37 kilometres from Sakleshpur, the distance between Halebid and Sakleshpur is about 50 kilometres.

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time for visiting the temple of Halebid and Belur are the months from October to March

    Timings: It is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day. Fridays are closed for tourists.

    Distance from Bus Stand: The approximate distance you need to travel to reach here from Sakleshpur is 35 kilometres



  • Dandeli

    Dandeli
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    How would it look like if we brought together the best of both worlds? The hilly region of Karnataka’s the Western Ghats and the fascinating views of Goa! Experience this twin delight in the town of Dandeli. Located in Uttara Kannada, or the Northern Karnataka, the hill station- cum-town of Dandeli is an emerging hotspot for adventure lovers. Based in the vicinity of the Supa Dam Reservoir, this small town at a little over 500 km from Bangalore are a water sports hub and an adventure destination.

    With a variety of things to do in Dandeli, it becomes difficult to choose one activity that you can take on first. From kayaking in the calm waters of Kali River to rafting in its rapids, from trekking to the top of Haligudda Hill for photography to an adventurous overnighter at the Bison River Resort, Dandeli’s adventurous side will delight you wonderfully. If you are interested in wildlife, the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary proudly claims to be in an advantageous position for the same as well, with many listings for forest and wildlife experiences for adventurers.

    Another great reason for the popularity of Dandeli is the ease of access and connectivity that the town has with major cities nearby. Getting to Dandeli from Pune, Mysore, Coorg, Madikeri and Goa is a cake walk, resulting in the kind of influx of people who seek the same adventures.

    And no, Dandeli is not just a place for people to come and experience adventures, and then leave without staying for the whole deal. The charm of Dandeli is in staying here as well in one of the many charming places to stay in Dandeli. With stays in the jungle to an adventurous stay at the Bison River Resort to nature stay in Dandeli’s lap, the kind of experiences that one can have even in the comfort of their stay locations is enough of a reason to stay here for at least a night. A photographer’s paradise and an adventurer’s abode, Dandeli deserves all the attention that it has been getting in the past many years, and to disembark from the common wagon, you must visit Dandeli at least once in your lifetime.



  • Dandeli Attractions

  • 01 Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary

    Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary
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    For fans of wildlife tourism, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful getaway to enjoy some time in the company of lush green forests and wild animals. Located on the Western Ghats, this sanctuary is acclaimed for having a range of diverse flora and fauna. It is amongst the few places to visit in Dandeli that boasts of an incredible landscape which is filled with river valleys, verdant hills and scenic beauty.

    It offers a refreshing escape from the mundane activities and tourists here can indulge in a number of activities like wildlife safari, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Other than, tourists here can look forward to catch a glimpse of animals like black panthers, elephants, crocodiles etc and birds like Malabar pied hornbill, golden backed woodpecker, white breasted kingfisher etc.

    Location: Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary, Dandeli, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka

    Entry fee: Indians: INR 40/ USD 0.62 , Foreign Nationals: INR 80/ USD 1.23

    Timings: One can visit here from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an approximate distance of 13 Km from Dandeli Bus Stand.



  • 02 Kali River

    Kali River
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    Celebrate a trip in the midst of scenic wilderness at River Kali when you are touring attractions in Dandeli. The river has its origins in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and offers a memorable escape for the adventure lovers. 

    It is a glorious spectacle to see River Kali meandering through the luxuriant vegetation and forming a picturesque landscape with its gushing stream of water. Spending some time by the River Kali is a total serene experience where people can relax and appreciate the beautiful scenery all around.

    Tourists can enjoy the best time with River Kali at Kali adventure camp in Dandeli. The camp is a great spot if you seek an adrenaline rush and looking forward to be mesmerised with a number of adventure activities. Some popular thrilling activities that can be enjoyed here are white water rafting, nature walk, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching etc.

    Location:
    It can be visited at Kali Adventure Camp that is situated by the river in Dandeli

    Entry fee:
    It is free to visit Kali River

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand:
    The distance between the two places is just 2.9 kilometres or 10 minutes to travel by road.



  • 03 Kavala Caves

    Kavala Caves
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    One of the most popular places to visit in Dandeli, Kavala Caves makes for an interesting visit. Believed to be as old as prehistoric times and made of volcanic origins, these caves can be found in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    The caves can be reached only after climbing down 375 steps and enter the stalagmite formations that abound in Kavala Caves. These are limestone caves and known for making the visit a thrilling getaway with narrow climbs and trekking through the picturesque setting.

    Kavala Caves offer a wonderful adventure as it is totally dark inside with the presence of snakes and bats. There is also a temple at the entrance of the caves and the most intriguing facet of Kavala Caves is the naturally formed Shivalinga which attracts a number of devotees. 

    The structure of the Shivalinga which is in the form of raw nuts that are named Kavala in the local language gives the name of this popular tourist spot in Dandeli.

    Location: Kavala Caves, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttara Kanadda, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The best months to visit Kavala Caves is from October to March

    Entry fee: No cost

    Timings: The timings to visit Kavala caves if from 6:00 am 6:00 pm

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It takes approximately 24 kilometres to reach Kavala caves from Dandeli Bus stand.



  • 04 Syntheri Rocks

    Syntheri Rocks
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    Syntheric Rocks is one of the most scenic tourist attractions in Delhi and offers a wonderful time for the visitors with its beautiful landscape. Located in the centre of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Syntheri Rocks boasts of spectacular natural beauty that is made up of volcanic rocks with the River Kaneri passing by its side. 

    Named after the English lady Ms Cinthera who discovered these caves, Syntheri Rocks are today known for its marvellous topography. It is an idyllic spot for those who like to capture the best scenes in their cameras and those who are looking to retreat in places abound by nature. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Dandeli for getting a taste of adventure in the most splendid nature.

    Location: Syntheri Rocks, Dandeli Wildife Sanctuary, Uttara Kannada,Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the most pleasant time for the tourists to go to Syntheri Rocks

    Entry fee: After getting a permission from the Forest Department to reach here, tourists need to pay an entry fee of INR 20/ USD 0.30 per person

    Timings: It is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 for the tourists

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Syntheri Roacks at about 32 km from DandelI Bus Stand.



  • 05 Shiroli Peak

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    Visit Shiroli Peak to enjoy the most enchanting views of the mountains of the Sahyadri Range and the breathtaking landscape that surrounds the hill. One of the most preferred sightseeing places in Dandeli for tourists, Shiroli Peak is a great place to capture one of the most amazing views of the sunset of your life. 

    It is located inside the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and serves as a great spot to enjoy the calm vibes of the scenery and appreciate some time by yourself in a mesmerising setting.

    The place is famous as the highest point of Uttara Kannada region and its height makes it a great destination for trekkers who can challenge themselves and nature lovers who want to escape the turmoil of city life.

    Location: Shiroli Peak, Dandeli Wildlife Sacncuary,

    Best Time to visit: Shiroli Peak can be visited by tourists throughout the year

    Entry fee: There is no entry fees to visit Shiroli Peak. However, tourists can go there only after the permission granted by the Forest Department.

    Timings: It can be visited throughout the day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Shiroli Peak is at a distance of 25 km from Dandeli Bus Stand.



  • 06 Anshi National Park

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    If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, brace yourself for a thrilling adventure at Anshi National Park to make your vacation to Dandeli worthwhile. It is a part of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and boasts of an interesting topography to explore the wonderful outdoors in the Western Ghats. 

    One of the most peculiar things about Anshi National Park is that it is the only place in whole of Asia where you can spot the black panther. However, the national park is rich in being a habitat to many diverse flora and fauna which include spotted deer, langur, jackal, Malabar giant squirrel and birds like Ashy swallow shirkes, drongos, yellow footed pigeon, crested serpent eagle and many more. 

    Some of the activities which you can try your hands on here are trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, jeep safari, camping etc.

    Location: Anshi National Park, Kodthalli, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to plan a trip here is from the months of November to June.

    Entry fee: N/A

    Timings: Anshi National Park remains open for 24 hours every day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Anshi National Park is located at a distance of about 55 km from Dandeli Bus Stand



  • 07 Supa Dam

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    Built across the river Kali in Karnataka, Supa Dam makes for an incredible visit for the tourists in Dandeli. The dam has been known for hydroelectric power generation and offers a picturesque landscape for everyone to relax and unwind. 

    Along with electricity generation, Supa Dam is known for providing the important irrigation waters to the farmers and has also become one of the popular sightseeing places in Dandeli. The dam has been named after the God of Forests called Suparulu and encompasses mind-blowing surroundings that constitute thick jungles and splendid gushing of river waters. 

    Supa Dam is a popular picnic spot in Dandeli and offers people a great time to enjoy with their friends and family. The visitors at Supa Dam can also engage in a number of enthralling water sports like boating and water scooting when they are in Dandeli.

    Location: Supa dam is located in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.

    Best Time to visit: The months from June to December are the best to visit Supa Dam

    Entry fee: N/A

    Timings: The day time is most preferable for going to Supa Dam

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The dam is at a distance of 25 kilometres from Dandeli bus stand



  • 08 Kulgi Nature Camp

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    Relax and unwind in the most pristine surroundings of nature at Kulgi Nature for a memorable vacation in Dandeli. Run by the Karnataka Forest Department, Kulgi Nature camp is a must visit among Dandeli Tourist Places for the nature lovers and fans of adventure. The camp is a wonderful opportunity to take your friends and family and have a great time enjoying the brilliant sights of nature.

    Kulgi Nature Camp happens to be a frontrunner for adventure activities in Dandeli by offering activities like water rafting, rock climbing, nature walk, jacuzzi bath, jungle trekking and jungle safari. 

    The place offers a number of normal tents, dormitories and cottages to the tourists looking to stay a night in the realm of nature. One can explore the landscape of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and stay at Kulgi Nature Camp for the best experience on a trip here.

    Location: It is located inside Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Best Time to visit: The months from October to March are the ideal time to plan a trip here

    Entry fee: It costs approximately INR 5000-9600/ USD 77-147 for staying a night at Kulgi Nature Camp

    Timings: Kulgi Nature Camp is open from 6 am to 6 pm for the tourists.

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It is just 12 kilometres away from Dandeli



  • 09 Sykes View Point

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    One of the most spectacular sightseeing places to visit in Dandeli, Sykes ViewPoint is a great place to be mesmerised by the vistas of verdant valleys and evergreen forests. It gets its name after the British engineer who discovered the place and boasts of the most magnificent views in Dandeli. 

    Tourists here can enjoy a wonderful view of Nagzari River & River Kali confluence from Sykes View Point and also look forward to spend an evening filled with radiant colours of the sunset. Sykes ViewPoint is an interesting to visit as one can catch a glimpse of many giant hornbills who frequent the place. 

    For those who wish to challenge their spirits can also indulge in a great trekking experience up to the point after getting the required permission from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd and enjoy some sweeping views of the region from Sykes View Point

    Location: Ambikanagar – Bommanalli Rd, Lalguli, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Sykes View Point is from October to

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: One should visit here from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm to have a splendid time

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sykes View Point is at a distance of 23 kilometres from the bus stand in Dandeli



  • 10 Ulavi Temple

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    One of the most holy places for the pilgrims in Karnataka, Ulavi Temple is an important tourist attraction in Dandeli. It is considered a very sacred place for the Lingayat community with the samadhi of Channabasavanna, a revered 12th century Lingayat saint. 

    The temple is surrounded by a blanket of evergreen forests and the Western Ghats adorn the landscape. These forests also happen to a natural habitat for many rare wild animals like cheetah, cobras, tigers, elephants etc.

    Ulavi Temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over Karnataka during the Ulavi Jathre or congregations. The natural beauty surrounding the temple is totally breathtaking and offers a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

    Another distinct feature of the temple is that it is built in the Chalukyan style and also has a number of caves and stalactites for the tourists to explore.

    Location: Ulavi Temple is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Ulavi Temple can be visited by the tourists throughout the year

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: The timings at Ulavi Temple are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is 35 kilometres when you travel by road



  • Gokarna

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    Gokarna in the Northern Karnataka region is the new and emerging favourite in beach towns on the western coast of India. A part of the famous Konkan region of India, this places brings together the best of two worlds, both of which are fabulously enriched in natural beauty; the Western Ghats and the Konkan Coast. A little less crowded than its counterparts on the same coastline, like Goa, Gokarna’s fame lies in the same fact, that it is a less crowded beach destination with all the beauty that you expect from one. One of the major reasons why people have begun to slowly take notice of this place is the number of adventurous activities that Gokarna has in store for the travellers.

    One of the most favourite things to do in Gokarna is to embark on a beach trek, the likes of which are otherwise unheard of in the entire country, probably even the subcontinent. The trek passes through beaches and into the dense forests that separate one sandy strip from another, and as you make your way through the trees, the sound of waves around is the best kind of motivation that you can ever get. And as you step onto the next beach, the scene around you is bound to take your breath away, and that is why Gokarna is the best culmination of all things great. 

    Another great experience in Gokarna is to jet ski in the Arabian Sea, a true sport of thrill where, as you glide on the waves, the place treats you with some of the best scenes around the area. Or if it’s the other kind of thrill you seek, then you can take a boat to the sea and slowly make your way through to the school of Dolphins who would love to be your friends.

    Beaches mean two things; parties and resorts. Gokarna has a large scope for both and is something you can always be a part of. Stop searching for places to stay in Gokarna and go for a beach resort on the renowned Om Beach, and when the sun has set over the horizon that meets the sea at a far-off point, you can stroll on the beach to join a party in full swing which will always welcome you with open arms.

    Gokarna is an emerging favourite of the crowd, and this is the best time to visit it. Pack your bags, string you swimwear along with your trekking boots, and go to Gokarna.



  • Gokarna Attractions

  • 01 Om Beach

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    Brace yourself for a scenic getaway with a trip to Om Beach when you are in Gokarna. One of the most picturesque attractions in Gokarna, Om Beach is known for its serene landscape. Om Beach is a wonderful respite for adventure junkies who love to exult in the thrill of various water activities.

    One of the most splendid features of this beach is that it is shaped like the symbol ‘Om’ and attracts scores of crowds who wish to relax and unwind. Although the beach is unparalleled in natural ch beauty among sightseeing places in Gokarna, it is relatively less crowded and charms the visitors with its rejuvenating ambience. It is also the starting point of the Gokarna Beach trek.

    For those who are fond of photography and loves to indulge in laid-back strolls, Om Beach is one place that will go down the memory lanes forever.

    Location: Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the most preferred time to visit Om Beach.

    Activities: The most popular activities at Om Beach are banana boat rides, dolphin spotting, fishing, bumper boat ride, jet skiing and beachside trekking.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 6 kilometres from the bus station.



  • 02 Mahabaleshwara Temple

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    Showcasing the brilliance of the classic Dravidian architecture, Mahabaleshwara Temple is one of the must visit Gokarna tourist places. The 4th century temple in Gokarna is most famous for its Shiva Linga known as Atma Linga that is worshipped here and also known as Dakshin Kashi, often being paralleled to the Shiva Temple at Varanasi. 

    This major temple in Gokarna has a 1500-year-old deity that is carved stone of Lord Shiva. If you’re seeking a spiritual retreat, Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna will refresh your soul and offer a peaceful retreat with the Almighty. 

    According to one popular legend, it is believed that the deity of the temple will bestow immense blessings to devotees to those who just get a glimpse of it. For fans of art and culture too, Mahabaleshwara Temple is a beautiful masterpiece for the tourists to appreciate.

    Location: Koti Teertha Road, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited anytime throughout the year.

    Timings: It is open from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and then from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 600 metres away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 03 Kudle Beach

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    Shaped like a perfect ‘C’, Kudle Beach is one of the most beautiful Gokarna tourist places that you’l ever come across. Flanked by coconut trees, Kudle Beach is a wonderful retreat for the lovers of peace and quiet. 

    The sheer beauty and simplicity of the beach is a breathtaking surprise and people visit this beach to enjoy the serene surroundings. Kudle Beach is most famous for offering a spectacular sunset and sunrise in Gokarna.

    Attracting scores of tourists, mostly foreigners and backpackers, Kudle Beach is a beach haven to enjoy a leisurely stroll or indulge in some enterprising ventures like swimming, surfing and beach trekking in Gokarna. 

    There are also many beach shacks and makeshift bamboo huts where people can spend the night on the beach and appreciate the wonder of glistening waters in the light of the moon.

    Location: Kudle Beach, Gokarna

    Best Time to visit: November to February is the best time to visit Kudle Beach.

    Timings: It is advisable to visit the beach from 4 am to 6:30 pm.

    Activities: Trekking, yoga, surfing etc.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is about 6 kilometres away from the bus station.




  • 04 Half Moon Beach

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    Listed as one of the most attractive sightseeing places in Gokarna, Half Moon Beach boasts of beautiful surroundings. The beach derives its name based on its shape like a half moon. 

    Half Moon Beach is known for its clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters. Mostly famous for foreign travellers and backpackers, Half Moon Beach is a great place to relax and unwind.

    Half Moon Beach can be visited by a hike from Om Beach which is a thrilling enterprise. Away from all the crowds, this beach is a wonderful destination to indulge in some fun activities as well as indulge in enjoying some mouth-watering food available at the beach shacks nearby. 

    This beach is an idyllic escape from the noise of the city or enjoys some classic beach activities like sunbathing or swimming.

    Location: Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time to pay a visit to the Half Moon Beach is between October and March

    Timings: Tourists can visit here any time from 6 am to 6 pm.

    Activities: Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Half Moon Beach is located approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 05 Paradise Beach

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    Also renowned as the Full Moon Beach, Paradise Beach is a great spot to relax away from all the civilization in the realm of nature. It a splendid place for those interested in camping and relaxing seeing the blue waves of the ocean crash against the rocks on the white sands. Swimming is one of the most surreal activities which you can indulge in after taking due precautions of safety from the strong currents of the ocean.

    One can reach this beach after a small hiking adventure from the Half Moon Beach in Gokarna. It can also be reached via a motor boat. This beach was once a popular hotspot for trading weed and many foreigners flocked here. However, now all the commercial activities are prohibited here. There are also not much of water sports, but tourists can bask in the serene surroundings and relax and unwind at Paradise Beach.

    Location: Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Paradise Beach is best to visit from the month of October to March for tourists.

    Timings:  The beach can be visited from the time of sunrise to sunset every day.

    Activities: Camping, swimming,

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is around 8 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 06 Gokarna Beach

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    Gokarna beach is amongst the popular places to visit in Gokarna for many reasons. It is the main beach that is located close to Mahabaleshwar Temple and frequented by the tourists who visit here. 

    It is considered holy to take a dip in the waters by the Gokarna Beach before visiting the temple complex and worship Lord Shiva. This beautiful beach is a must visit for nature lovers and offers a scenic retreat for all the tourists in Gokarna. It also boasts of stunning beach stays where people can spend some quality time with nature in Gokarna.

    The most amazing time to visit the beach is during the festival of Shivratri when it is the most resplendent. Though there aren’t many shacks or cafes here but this beach is one of the most crowded places in Gokarna at times. 

    However, tourists can always visit Gokarna Beach during the time of sunrise to enjoy a laid-back stroll with a beautiful scenery in front of the eyes.

    Location: Gokarna Beach Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Gokarna Beach.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately one kilometre away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 07 Mirjan Fort

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    Mirjan Fort is a majestic masterpiece of architecture that one can find standing gloriously on the banks of Aghanashini river. The fort has many historical events associated with it which makes it a delight for history buffs in Gokarna. 

    It is believed to be built under the patronage of Queen Chennabharadevi, famously known as pepper queen of India in the 16th century. This fort which was once an important centre the spice trade was later captured by the British who used it for their armoury.

    It is encompassed by a mesmerising landscape and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. This magnificent fort in Mirjan speaks of the great history of the region and housed some intriguing artefacts like Chinese Porcelain, clay tablets with Islamic inscriptions and gold coins attributed to Portuguese Viceroy Conde De Sarzedas that were excavated by ASI in 2001.

    Location: Mirjan Fort, talluk, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The fort can be visited throughout the year by tourists. However, the monsoon months are preferred to witness the breathtaking greenery around the fort.

    Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm are the visiting hours at Mirjan Fort

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is 22 kilometres away from Gokarna bus station.



  • 08 Maha Ganpati Temple

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    One of the most popular places to visit in Gokarna, Maha Ganpati Temple draws in a number of pilgrims every day. It is located near the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and dedicated to Lord Ganesha. 

    This temple boasts of a picturesque setting and the spiritual ambience accentuates the beauty of this temple. According to a popular legend, it is said that Ganesha tricked Ravana who was carrying a Shiva Lingam to drop it here and thus the temple was built on this place.

    This serene place is visited by people to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha and wonder at the wonderful architecture of this place. For the history buffs, this temple is a great visit to appreciate the beauty of Dravidian architecture. 

    If you are seeking some refreshing time in the company of religion, then Maha Ganpati Temple is one of the must-visits in Gokarna.

    Location: Ganapati Temple, Gangavali Road, Nadumaskeri, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit the temple is from the month of August to December.

    Timings: The temple can be visited any day of the week. The timings are 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 09 Koti Tirtha

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    One of the most sacred places to visit in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is a popular man-made tank that holds great reverence among the locals and tourists. 

    This tank is encompassed by beautiful temples all around and used for ritual bathing and immersing idols. As per one popular legend in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is believed to be the origin of a thousand springs.

    Koti Tirtha is situated close to the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and attracts pilgrims who visit the temple to perform rituals and pay respect to the ancestors. 

    This sacred pond is used by devotees to take a bath and offers a quaint spiritual ambience for all those who seek a religious rendezvous.

    Location: Koti Teertha, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: It can be visited throughout the year.

    Timings: The timings to visit here are from 12:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 700 metres from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 10 Cafe 1987

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    Out of so many cool cafes in Gokarna, Café 1987 boasts of a wonderful ambience and great food. It is one of those places where you can appreciate a good breakfast with your friends and family over a breakfast. 

    Located on Kudle Hilltop, it serves Asian, European and Indian cuisines. Tourists here also commend the quick service and their courteous staff. So if you are seeking a place with an awesome décor and pleasing vibes, Café 1987 is a great place to host birthday parties, family dinners or any other group parties for children.

    Location: Cafe 1987 Veg, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The café can be visited anytime throughout the year.

    Timings: It is open from 8 am to 11 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres.



  • Chikmagalur

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    One of the most scenic hill stations in the state of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is the most serene and picturesque tourist destinations in the Western Ghats. Literally meaning, the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’, this hill station stands tall at a height of about 3400 feet and is popular, given its tea plantations, lush green forests, picturesque trekking trails and mild retreat! 

    There are quite a few places to visit in Chikmagalur and a great number of things to do in addition. The Mullayanagiri trek, camping at Ballalarayana, visiting coffee plantations and enjoying the sun go down are activities that can be partaken at in this hill station. Given these activities in Chikmagalur, this hill station is visited in a large number by adventure devotees every year. The Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka and is fortunately located in Chikmagalur. The peak stands at a height of 2000 metres and happens to be a trekker’s paradise and nothing less!

    Chikmagalur is characterized by rugged terrains, lowlands and mountainous regions. With the most stunning landscapes submerged in supreme greenery, Chikmagalur is a paradise of a place and comes onto every traveller's list who wishes to explore natural history. Speaking of history, Chikmagalur has a rich historical narration. It is said to have been given off as a dowry to the youngest daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna. The historical association extends and it is a birthplace to many freedom fighters, intellectuals and poets.

    Offering peace and serenity away from the mad hustle of urban cities, the hill station is easily accessible where the nearest railway station is the Gudur Railway Station, 40 km away. From there, a taxi can be easily hired for Chikmagalur.

    The hill station has popular sightseeing spots coupled with a pleasant climate. With a nip in the air and pastoral valleys enveloping, Chikmagalur stands out as a pure retreat to solace-deprived travellers. Waterfalls, national park, temples and more, there's no dearth of the attractions here. The best time to visit here is from September to May when the climate is favourable for outdoor activities, exploring as and relaxation.

    Trekking in Chikmagalur is always a fun as you pass through the best scenic locations and reach the peak with the best views.

    Homestays in Chikmagalur are so amazing that you won't miss being away from your home. 



  • Chikmagalur Attractions

  • 01 Mullayanagiri

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    One of the most spectacular attractions in Chikmagalur is Mullayanagiri that is known for its jaw dropping natural beauty. With its calming ambience formed by lush greenery, misty weather and rugged rocks, Mullayanagiri is a heavenly place to relish your vacation. Mullayanagiri Peak is a heaven for adventure junkies who wish to partake in a number of thrilling activities like road biking, trekking and mountain biking. 

    This place is also renowned for a small temple dedicated to Tapasvi Mullappa swamy and a trek to the peak takes one through many landmarks like some caves, a stream and a Nandi statue. Mullayanagari is one of the few places to visit in Chikmagalur where you will find yourself at loss of words as you behold the most majestic views of the landscape. 

    Height: Mullayanagiri is at an altitude of 1950 metres above sea level

    Location: Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: One can visit here for the best experience from late September till early March.

    Entry fee: Free

    Timings:  It is open throughout the day. However, it is advised to avoid visiting during the dark hours of the day. 

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located approximately 20 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand 


  • 02 Kudremukh National Park

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    Get ready to feast your eyes with the charm of wild and natural beauty at Kudremukh National Park. This place is notable as one of the most visited Chikmagalur tourist places and offers a refreshing getaway. It is appreciated for its scenic splendor and houses some of the most gorgeous flora and fauna in the state of Karnataka. The word Kudremukh means a horse face and gives the name to the peak located in this park which is often hailed as a thrilling trekking place.
     
    Kudremukh National Park is a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers who wish to escape the worries of life in the most wonderful surroundings. This place is nestled between beautiful tea and coffee plantations and offers a rejuvenating trip in the midst of mesmerising wilderness and it is also one of the famous stops while trekking to Kudremukh Peak.

    • Location: South Kanada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: December to February are the best months to visit Kudremukh National Park 

    • Entry fee: INR 200/ USD 3 for Indians and INR 1000/ USD 15 for foreigners

    • Timings: The advisable time to visit here is from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is approximately 130 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand


  • 03 Baba Budangiri

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    Baba Budangiri is a sacred pilgrimage spot in Chikmagalur for both the Hindu and Muslim communities. It is famous for its shrine of Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander who was a 17th century Sufi saint. The place is also notable for the caves which are believed to be once the residence of Sri Dattatreya Swamy. Baba Budangiri is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur and also famous among the thrill seekers for its trekking and hiking opportunities.

    These peaks naturally form in the shape of a crescent moon and makes an idyllic landscape for the photographers and nature lovers in Chikmagalur.  The trekking trail between Mullayanagari and Baba Budangiri is an ecstatic experience for many tourists. Another prominent attraction of Baba Budangiri is the famous Manikyadhara Falls and the wild Kurinji flower blooms which happens every 12 years at this mountain. This last spectacle happened in the year 2006 and the next one is expected to happen in 2018. 

    • Height: It is at a height of 1895 metres.

    • Location: Baba Budangiri, Nagenahalli, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: It is best to visit here from September to March.

    • Entry fee: Free

    • Timings:  It can be visited any time during the day.

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 35 kilometres.


  • 04 Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

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    Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is among the must visit sightseeing places in Chikmagalur. Nestled in the Western Ghats, it is known for being a habitat for diverse flora and fauna. It boasts of a landscape that is filled with lush green forests with the river Bhadra flowing in between. Some of the animals which you can spot here include tigers, leopards, Malabar giant squirrel etc along with a number of rare and exotic butterflies.

    Tourists can indulge in a number of exciting activities when they are visiting Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of the activities offered here are jeep safari, water sports in River Bhadra, trekking, island camping, rock climbing and bird watching. 

    • Location: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tarikere, Lakkavalli, (attn Rivertern Lodge), Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    • Entry fee: Entry is free

    • Timings:  It is open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and the from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is at an approximate distance of 80 kilometres from Chikmagalur Bus Stand


  • 05 Hebbe Falls

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    Known as one of the most exotic places to visit in Chikmagalur, Hebbe Falls offers a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With an enthralling view, Hebbe Falls is believed to have sacred herbs in its waters that can cure diseases. A dip in the waters at Hebbe Falls is always considered the most refreshing activity here. It is surrounded by the beauty of verdant forests and coffee plantations and makes for a serene trip.

    The waterfall can be reached after a scenic ride through the picturesque road from Chikmagalur. Along with its postcard perfect views, Hebbe Falls is one of the favoritie places for trekkers who are always looking for the perfect trails replete with breathtaking natural beauty. Otherwise, if you are not so adventurous, a road trip to Hebbe Falls serves as a perfect recipe for fun and excitement. 

    • Location: Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: The winter months from October to January is the best time to visit Hebbe Falls. 

    • Entry fee: Free 

    • Timings:  It is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 70 kilometres.



  • 06 Kemmangundi

    Kemmangundi
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    Escape into the serene surroundings at Kemmangundi in Chikmagalur which is known for its panoramic views. This beautiful hill station is popularly known as KR Hills and was known as the summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. One of the best places to visit in Chikamagalur, this place is known for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

    For the most enchanting visit, Raj Bhawan in Kemmangundi offers a gorgeous view at the time of sunset making it a pure photographer’s delight. It is also a hotspot for nature lovers with beautiful waterfalls, gurgling streams and verdant valleys. Some of the famous attractions that one must not visit in Kemmangundi are Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri etc.  

    • Height: It is at a height of 1434 metres above sea level

    • Location: Kemmangundi, Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru

    • Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the most pleasant time to visit here

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Kemmangundi is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur



  • 07 Hirekolale Lake

    Hirekolale Lake
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    Surrounded by the beauty of mountains in the Western Ghats, Hirekolale Lake is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Chikmagalur. This beautiful man-made lake is awe-striking for every spectator in Chikmagalur and must not be missed while visiting Chikmagalur tourist places. It was built as a source to supply water for drinking and irrigation purposes to the town of Chikmagalur. The lake is encompassed by gorgeous surroundings and offers a serene retreat for people coming along with friends and family wishing to have a great time.

    Hirekolale Lake offers the most mesmerising views of the landscape at the time of twilight when the most number of travelers flock here. It is a delight for photography lovers who are looking to add an idyllic sunset shot to their travel albums. One can also appreciate the exceptional views of Mullayanagiri Hills from Hirekolale Lake.

    • Location: Hirekolale lake, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: Hirekolale lake can be visited throughout the year. However, tourists are advised to visit this lake during twilight for the best experience.

    • Entry fee: Free

    • Timings:  It is open 24 hours

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 10 kilometres from Chikmaglur Bus Stand.


  • 08 Bhadra Dam

    Bhadra Dam
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    Bhadra dam is a magnificent place that one must visit on their vacation to Chikmagalur for a thrilling experience. Surrounded by beautiful hills, Bhadra Dam is known for the Bhadra reservoir and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It supports the lifeline of the region and offers many benefits from irrigation, drinking water, industrial use and hydro electricity generation. Bhadra Dam is one of the most attractive Chikmagalur tourist places where you can appreciate the beauty of ecology. 

    It is a hot spot for many of the rare and diverse flora and fauna. It offers some of the best views of the landscape and one can’t help but wonder the beauty of nature at its small islands where many migratory birds are spotted. Tourists here can partake in a number of exciting activities like sailing, kayaking, boating, water cycling, water trampoline and sport fishing. 

    • Location: Bhadra Dam, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is during the monsoon months of the year 

    • Timings: It is advised to visit here from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 70 kilometres from Bhadra Dam 


  • 09 Coffee Museum

    Coffee Museum
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    Hop on to witness the journey of your favourite beverage right from the plantations to the delicious cuppa that you enjoy every day at Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur. One of the most intriguing places to visit in Chikmagalur, Coffee Museum and offers an interesting depiction of the history, processes and varieties of coffee. The museum uses exciting ways to narrate the story of coffee like movies, songs and interesting visuals and the friendly staff gives the tourists all the information about the displays here.

    It is surrounded by an exquisite scenery of coffee plantations. This thematic museum offers an interesting insight shown by an inhouse expert through various demonstrations and presentations. A visit to this museum in Chikmagalur is both an educational and recreational for all the coffee lovers. It is for sure that you will return from Coffee Museum knowing more than ever. 

    • Location: Coffee Museum, Dasarahalli, Karnataka 

    • Best Time to visit: It can be visited anytime throughout the year. 

    • Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.30

    • Timings:  The timings are between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres. 


  • 10 Jhari Falls

    Jhari Falls
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    Also famous as Buttermilk Falls, this beautiful waterfall is one of the most mesmerising tourist attractions in Chikmagalur. Encompassed by serene coffee and tea plantations, Jhari Falls is a delight for everyone who wish to bask in the luxury of nature. This waterfall is formed naturally by the springs in the mountains.

    The monsoons accentuate the beauty of this place and makes it a place worth visiting in Chikmagalur. Tourists here can indulge in a cool dip in the pool formed by the waters of the fall. For the people visiting here, it should be remembered that the private vehicles are not allowed and one has to take a jeep ride due to the bad condition of roads there. 

    Location: Datha Peetha Road, Athigundi Village, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit:  The best most ideal time to visit Jhari Falls is from August to January, however, Jhari Falls has its peak season from September to December. 

    Entry fee: The entry fee for a jeep is INR 600/ USD 9.21