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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.

  • 01 Coorg

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    Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

    Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

    With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

    Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

    Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

    Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

  • 02 Bangalore

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    The fifth-largest city, Bangalore stands proudly in Karnataka as the capital of the state. Also known as Bengaluru, this is the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ as it is an IT hub. Home to the headquarters of amazing technological organisations like ISRO, Infosys, Wipro and HAL, and many educational and research institutions, it deserves the title it has. After all, it has one of the highly educated and skilled workforces in the world.

    Though being the fastest-growing city of India, Bangalore has managed to be the third greenest city of India also. with amazing gardens like Bugle Rock Park, Lumbini Garden, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, and much more natural blessings, it is also known as the ‘Garden City of India’. Settled near western ghats, Bangalore is blessed with perfect soil to cultivate and raise excellent quality organic fruits, vegetables, spices, and other crops.

    With the same fact that Bangalore is located near western ghats, it connects to some of the most amazing hill stations of the country. Starting from Ramanagara, Savandurga, Nandi Hills, Narayangiri and much more. You can spend every weekend at a new station trekking trails, hiking mountains, camping amidst woods, bird watching and much more.

    Its beauty attracted people not only today but in the past also. It has a fascinating history which made it inherit numerous magnificent monuments from the deep antiquity it is enclosed in. Under the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in Mysore, Bangalore was gifted with brilliant masterpieces like Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and much more. All theses historical monuments make it a city of significance.

    Its significance is never fading away and which attracts more and more people to the city. Adding to the reasons for people coming here extends to its climate as well. Bangalore has a pleasant climate almost throughout the year. With fun-filled days and extraordinary nightlife, it has fearless present. This element attracts youth from around India and the world which makes it one of the most happening cities in the country.

    Loaded with so much fun, art, culture, history and much more this is one of the best places to plan a trip to. So grab your friends and family or a loved one and pack your bag and breath the essence of freedom in this green city of India.

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  • 04 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.

  • 05 Bandipur

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    Bandipur is National Reserve in the Karnataka. Wild animals and birds are conserved in this reserve. A few kilometres away from the capital city, Bangalore, this reserve is one of the popular tourist places visited as a weekend getaway. The place is surrounded by unruffled atmosphere and is eco-friendly. Surrounded by foliage and lush greenery, you can find elephants grazing, and spot other birds and wild animals.

    This reserve also has animal care centre which takes take of their health and breeding problems. Injured animals are treated at this centre. This reserve has natural waters coming from Moyar, Nugu, and Kabini rivers.You can go on bird watching tours and take wildlife safaris at this reserve. You can use guided safaris, which are either on foot or jeep.

    You can also take elephant safaris. Since this reserve is located at the foothills of Nilgiris, you have abundant spots adventure activities like trekking, camping, and mountaineering. You can take a guided camping activity and listen to the camping stories that can give you an adrenalin rush.

    You can also find a forest of well-preserved sandalwood trees in this reserve. August to November is the best time to visit the reserve as the climate is cool. The safaris ride is only for duration of 45 minutes, strictly. There are very few places to see at this reserve.

  • 06 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.

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  • 08 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.

  • 09 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.

  • 10 Chikmagalur

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    Translated as the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’ as it was presented as dowry to the younger daughter of the Chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada, this serene city is also known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ tranquilizing you from within with its aroma.

    Lush green trees set against the backdrop of majestic Mullayangiri ranges, Chikmagalur is one of the most popular spots for trekkers, nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and explorers. The pious land is home to numerous temples including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple adding grace to the grandeur of the vicinity bringing in devotees from far and close offering their prayers.

    Chikmagalur stands at an elevation of 3,400 feet, covered with eye-catching tea and coffee plantations, making it a major commercial hub of the state, and also bringing in tourists from all over the world to entice the unique experience of walking through the plantations.

    This entrancing hill station is not just about temples and sightseeing but also adventure activities that would savor your inner thrill enthusiast.  
    Do not miss out on the famous waterfalls, namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls as there are plenty of them that will surely leave you mesmerized by spellbinding scenic beauty. Cascade of water flowing over the rugged terrain, it is a view that you will remember all through your life.

    If you wish to find an escape from the monotonous 9 to 5 life, this is just the right place for you to spend some time amidst the flora and fauna. Do not forget to carry your camera along to come back with pictures to flaunt on your social media. 

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  • 12 Kabini

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    Kabini is an exquisite, enthralling location in Karnataka which you ought to visit at least once in your lifetime, whether you're an adventure enthusiast, a love of fauna, or simply someone who loves to travel for leisure. The perfect weather, a host of activities, camping options and more is what makes Kabini a tourist favourite. Summers are great for wildlife visits here while monsoons are the ideal time to feast your eyes upon the sanctuary's abundant greenery, making Kabini an all-year round getaway. 

    Being centrally located, Kabini is also well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Coimbatore. If you’re travelling by air you can alight at Bangalore or Coimbatore and continue your journey to Kabini. Coimbatore is 127 kilometres while Bangalore is 200 kilometres from your destination. You can also choose to fly to Mysore’s domestic airport and travel by road for around 1.5 hours to reach Kabini. 

    Whilst here, make sure you visit the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary. Ironically, once a hunting  area for the British, the sanctuary has a plethora of flora, exotic fauna, and waterfalls that cascade dramatically. Explore the forests as you head out on a jungle safari, choose to ride on elephant back and feed the royal, friendly animals, thanking them for the enjoyable elephant safari. Follow it up with a visit to Kabini Dam and a boat ride on the sparkling Kabini River, a tributary of the Kaveri, against a scenic backdrop. Return to your resort to simply sit by the campfire and reminisce about your adventures through the day. If you have some more time to spare, go on a nature expedition early next morning and don't forget to stop by small shops for local handicrafts that you can bring back for your loved ones. 

    Eat like the locals, as you indulge in Southern Specials like Bisi Bele Bhaat, Vada Sambar, Akki Roti and more. Stay at luxurious properties like Red Earth, The Serai, and Evolve Back, among others. Although within a higher price range, the resorts offer top notch hospitality and amenities, coupled with unique wildlife experiences. 

    Kabini sees tourists from all across the globe who visit the city for its serenity, beauty, and exotic stays. Be one of them and reside in the lap of luxury!