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  • Distributed all over the state are an ample number of historical places in Karnataka which would enlighten and entertain the travel lover within you. Karnataka is a rich state in terms of landforms including valleys, beaches, mountains, and farmlands making it an ideal state for a traveler to explore. A number of historical monuments in Karnataka dates back to ancient dynasties which feature not just marvelous architecture but also speak of the magnificent rich Indian culture.

    Karnataka boasts the second highest number of nationally preserved Indian monuments. This states that the state of Karnataka is the ideal place to satisfy the history buff within you. With such many historical places in Karnataka, it can be tough to decide as to which one should you explore first.


    Here are some of the best historical places in Karnataka:

  • 01Mysore Palace

    Mysore Palace
    Image Credit : wikipedia

    Nestled in the center of Mysore facing the eastern face of Chamundi Hills lies the royal Mysore Palace. It is Wadiyar dynasty's official residence and one of the most popular historical monuments in Karnataka having being visited by over 6 million travelers annually.

    Location -
    Mysore, Karnataka.

    Timings –
    Everyday: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Sundays and Public Holidays: 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm.There is a Sound and Light Show held at the palace on all days except government holidays and Sundays. The timings are: 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    Tickets for Foreign and Indian Adults is Rs.70 per head. While for children below 13 years and above 7 years is Rs.30 per head.

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  • 02Bangalore Palace

    Bangalore Palace
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    The majestic Bangalore Palace is a great epitome of beauty and architecture. Built back in 1878, the palace is spread across 45,000 square feet which boasts a mixture of Scottish Gothic and Tudor architecture. Apart from being a popular historical attraction, the palace also hosts various rock shows and cultural events for the visitors to witness. Audiotape in both English and Hindi is available inside the palace such that no visitor faces language issues while exploring the history of the palace.

    Location -
    Bangalore, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    10:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    For Indians INR 230 and for Foreigner INR 460.

  • 03Bidar Fort

    Bidar Fort
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    Biday Fort is one of the historical monuments in Karnataka that hold architectural brilliance of the ancient South Indian dynasty. The fort is now considered one of the formidable ones in India. Bidar Fort's actual origin has been lost in time but it is said that the massive fort has had a vibrant past and has witnessed the rise and fall of a number of dynasties including the Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Satvahanas, and Yadavas followed by the Nizams and Mughals.

    Over the years, it has witnessed development, renovation, and constructional enrichment. Photography is permitted in the fort making it an ideal place for photography enthusiasts as well.

    Location -
    Bidar, Karnataka

    Timings -
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 04Badami Cave Temple

    Badami Cave Temple
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    The Badami cave temple is a complex featuring 4 Hindu cave temples. This historical attraction is considered an ideal example of Indian rock-cut architecture (Badami Chalukya architecture) that dates back to the 6th century. All the 4 cave temples feature different themes and Hindu divinities sculptures for the visitors to explore.

    Location -
    Badami, a small town in Bagalkot district in northern Karnataka.

    Timings -
    9:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    INR 10 per person for Indians and INR 100 per person for Foreign Nationals. For kids up to 15 years of age, the entry is free.

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  • 05Sri Chennakeshava temple, Belur

    Sri Chennakeshava temple, Belur
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    Crafted in the early 12th century, the Sri Chennakeshava temple is Hoysala architecture's grandest example. Tourists from over centuries have been flocking to the temple to adore the intricate sculptures and works of art from the rich ancient times. The temple was developed was designed after recruiting the best artists and architects such that new styles and designs could be crafted during the Hoysala period.

    The temple complex comprises of 2 ornate pillars, one was built during the Hoysala period and the other was built in the Vijayanagar period. Built using soapstone, the temple features a detained finishing which keeps it distinguished from other temples of the Hoysala period.

    Location -
    Hassan district of Karnataka

    Timings -
    7.00 am to 8.00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 06Royal Enclosure

    Royal Enclosure
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    The Royal Enclosure was the seat of power of the renowned Vijayanagar Kingdom. In its prime, it features almost around 45 buildings including temples, tanks, durbar halls, underground chambers, and platforms. The brilliant architecture is of the symbolic Vijayanagar style with a tinge of Mughal influence. Featuring three entrances, the Royal Enclosure marks ample use of soapstone and granite.

    The Lotus Mahal, watchtowers, and elephant stables are excellent examples of the influence of the Islamic style of architecture in the Royal Enclosure. It is one of the most undiscovered and interesting historical places in Karnataka for you to explore.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 07Hampi Archeological Ruins

    Hampi Archeological Ruins
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    Hampi Archeological Ruins incorporated a number of sites that require nearly an entire day or more to be thoroughly explored. The collection of Hampi Monuments are widely classified into Muslim, Hindu, and Jain monuments, comprising temples, hill monuments, elephant stables, mosques and tombs, complexes, shrines, water reservoir, community kitchens, and fountains.

    Out of all the ancient structures, some are still intact. Some of the monuments worth a visit include Virupaksha Temple & Market Complex, Hazara Rama Temple, Queen’s Bath, Vitthala Temple & Market Complex, and Pattabhirama Temple Complex.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    Generally, the ruin sites are open for the visitors on all the days from sunrise to sunset. But, some specifics might be applicable to some of the attractions.

    Entry Fee –
    NA

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  • 08Bangalore Fort

    Bangalore Fort
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    In 1537, Bangalore Fort began as a mud fort by the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda. Later, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan's father converted it into a massive fort of stone. This historical beauty has witnessed Mysore empire's struggle against the British. Nestled within the fort is the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, which is another piece of brilliant architecture to explore and adore.

    The interiors of the palace boast rich Islamic inscriptions. The walls of the Summer Palace still hold patches of its original paint. The walls also feature murals and paintings which narrate royal historical stories.

    Location -
    Bangalore, Karnataka

    Timings -
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners

  • 09Elephant Stables, Hampi

    Elephant Stables, Hampi
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    Elephant Stables in Hampi is quite an impressive historical structure that was used as a shelter for the Vijayanagara Empire's royal elephants. It is one of those few ancient structures of Hampi that has not suffered much damage and still stands almost intact. It not just showcases the outstanding craftsmanship of those days but also indicates the royalty of the elephants in that era.

    The stable features the brilliant Indo-Islamic style of architecture with eleven dome-shaped massive chambers all lined in a row. Each chamber is huge enough to accommodate two elephants.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

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

    Entry Fee –
    INR 10.00 for Indian travelers and INR 250.00 for foreign travelers. Entry for kids under 15 years of age is free of cost.

  • 10Bara Kaman, Bijapur

    Bara Kaman, Bijapur
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    Bara Kaman is Ali Adil Shah II's unfinished mausoleum. Adil Shahi dynasty's Ali Adil Shah wanted a mausoleum to be built of unmatched architectural brilliance. Twelve arches were planned to be placed horizontally and vertically surrounding Ali Adil Shah's tomb.

    However, the construction was left incomplete due to some unknown reason. Only two vertical arches were raised. Rumors say that the development was stopped as once completed its shadow would reach the renowned Gol Gombaz. These days, the remains of the 12 horizontal arches are available to be seen.

    Location -
    Bijapur, Karnataka

    Timings -
    8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 11Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

    Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
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    Gol Gumbaz, one of the most visited historical places in Karnataka is King Mohammed Adil Shah's mausoleum. The tomb was started being constructed in 1626 and completed in the year 1656. It showcases the excellent Deccan style of architecture and is named so owing to the Gol Gombadh meaning the circular dome.

    Expanding in an expansive area of 18,000 sq. ft. Gol Gumbaz features one of the world's biggest single chamber areas. Owing to the acoustics of the space even the slightest of whisper can be clearly heard on the mausoleum's other side. This is known as the whispering gallery.

    Location -
    Vijayapura (formerly Bijapur), Karnataka.

    Timings -
    10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed on Fridays RED MARK

    Entry Fee –
    For Indian Tourists INR 10 and for Foreign Tourists INR 100.

  • 12Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid

    Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid
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    Hoysaleswara temple, also popularly known as the Halebidu temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ancient temple dating back to the 12th century. It is the Halebidu town's largest monument. Built on the banks of a man-made lake, the temple is a beauty of the Hoysala Empire.

    The temple is a renowned Shaivism tradition monument, yet it incorporates themes from Hinduism's Shaktism and Vaishnavism tradition. It also includes pictures from Jainism. The temple used soapstone for its creation and is considered one of the notable historical monuments in Karnataka owing to its intricate reliefs, iconography, inscriptions, sculptures, detailed friezes and history.

    Location -
    Halebidu, a town in Hassan District in the state of Karnataka.

    Timings -
    6:30 am to 9:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 13Mahakuta Temple, Badami

    Mahakuta Temple, Badami
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    Nestled in the tiny village of Mahakuta, Mahakuta group of temples is a delight for fine architecture lovers, mirroring the rich ancient rock-cut constructional pattern of the times of the Chalukyas. Most of the shrines here, dedicated to Lord Shiva were developed back in the 7th century out of which the largest one is the Mahakuteshwara temple.

    Similar to several other temples of this region, the Mahakuta group of temples showcase a mingle of Nagara styles and Dravidian styles of architecture. A large tank is featured within the complex which is fed by a natural spring. It is said that a dip in the waters of this tank washes away all the sins of a person.

    Location -
    Mahakuta, a small village in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

    Timings -
    6:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 14Durga Temple, Aihole

    Durga Temple, Aihole
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    The Durga temple is a Hindu Temple of the medieval times. One of the fine historical monuments in Karnataka this temple is also a pending UNESCO world heritage site's part. Popular for its fine carvings it also represents a final stage transition of the ancient to the later Hindu temple architecture.

    It was built in the later 7th century by the Chalukya Dynasty. The temple's architecture is predominantly of the Dravida style while some areas also feature the Nagara style. Overall, the Durga Temple majorly belongs to the Badami Chalukya architecture.

    Location -
    Aihole, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry Fee –
    INR 15 For the citizens of Indian states, BIMSTEC and SAARC countries. INR 200 for citizens of other countries. Entry is absolutely free for kids up to 15 years of age.

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  • 15Bahubali, Shravanabelagola

    Bahubali, Shravanabelagola
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    Bahubali, the son of Rishabhanatha is a much much-revered figure among the Jains. It is said that for a year he motionlessly meditated in a standing posture. During this period a number of climbing plants grew around his legs. After the completion of his meditation, it is said that Bahubali had attained omniscience.

    The other name of Bahubali is Kammateswara Gommateshwara owing to the massive Gommateshwara statue dedicated to him. This 57-foot massive statue was developed by the Ganga Dynasty commander and minister named Chavundaraya. This statue is one of the biggest free-standing statues in the whole wide world.

    Location -
    Shravanabelagola in the Hassan district, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    6:30 am to 11:30 am and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the afternoon.

    Entry Fee -
    There is no entry fee though you can hire a guide who would take around INR 200 and provide additional information.

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  • 16Raja's Tomb, Coorg

    Raja's Tomb, Coorg
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    Raja’s tomb also popularly known as Gaddige is one of those historical monuments in Karnataka that is nestled on a beautiful hill station. It depicts the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture which use to prevail during those times. The monument features royal Kodavas' mortal remains.

    The tombs are constructed with turrets at the corners and tombs at the center just like how the Muhammadan style mirrors. On the top corners of the tomb, Nandi figures are carved. Most of the tombs belong to Muslim dynasties and kings but the idol placed inside the Raja's tomb is that of Lord Shiva. This is a much fascinating fact about the attraction.

    Location -
    Coorg, Karnataka

    Timings -
    6:00 am to 8:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    There is no entry fee though they collect INR 10 in the name of maintenance.

  • 17Belgaum Fort

    Belgaum Fort

    Belgaum Fort started developing in the year 1204 AD by Jaya Raya, a Rattan Dynasty's ally. Since then, it has undergone a number of renovations under dynastic rulers over centuries. Dating back to the Adil Shahi dynasty the fort has a history and religious significance.

    The fort has witnessed various battles and has been captured by a number of rules over the years until it was finally stabilized by the British. It also holds significance in India’s freedom struggle as the British imprisoned Mahatma Gandi in this fort.

    Location -
    Belagavi City, Belagavi district, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    8 am to 6:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    INR 25 for Indian visitors and INR 150 for foreign nationals.

  • 18Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe

    Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe
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    The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism's largest teaching center in the world. Nestled in Mysuru District's Bylakuppe, the monastery is home to over 5,000 lamas (both nuns and monks). It also features a hospital, a religious college, and a junior high school in the name of Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling.

    The monastery was built by Palyul lineage's 11th throne holder. This initial structure of the monastery was a bamboo constructed temple which covered an area of almost 80 sq. ft. It was carved from the government granted jungle to the Tibetan Exiles.

    Location -
    Bylakuppe, Mysore District, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    9:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 19Group Of Monuments at Pattadakkal

    Group Of Monuments at Pattadakkal
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    Pattadakal, the ‘City of the Crown Rubies’ is not just one of the popular historical places in Karnataka but also a world heritage site for witnessing the renowned Chalukya monuments. It is a village on the banks of river Malaprabha. The place features 10 temples, each one displaying excellent architectural features which are a perfect blend of southern and northern architectural forms.

    Nine out of the town temples are Hindu temples while the remaining one is a Jain temple. The architecture, sculptures, and carvings of all the ten temples depict the ancient rich kingdoms.

    Location -
    Pattadakal, a small town in the Bagalkot district of north Karnataka.

    Timings -
    open from sunrise to sunset.

    Entry Fee -
    INR 10 for Indian citizens and travelers from the SAARC countries. For other visitors, the entry fee is INR 250 or USD 5 per person. For kids up to 15 years of age, the entry is free.

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  • 20Old Palace, Hampi

    Old Palace, Hampi

    Gagan Mahal or the Old Palace is an ancient palace that belongs to the Vijayanagara Empire. The present palace is merely a shadow of the original form. However, it still is a charm and leads to attracting a number of visitors each year. These days it serves as an administrations' building of the local region.

    It was once quite an impressive setup developed in the brilliant Indo-Islamic architectural style. Till date it showcases the intricate carvings that speak of the fine skills of the artisans of that era.

    Location -
    Anegundi a small village close to Hampi, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

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  • 21Kavala Caves, Dandeli

    Kavala Caves, Dandeli

    Nestled at around 25 kilometers from Dandeli, Kavala Caves are ancient limestone caves which have naturally led to the formation of Shiva Lingam. It can be easily entered by taking a flight of 375 steps. Tourists require crawling down into a forty feet deep narrow tunnel in order to get a glimpse of the Shiva Lingam that the caves feature. These caves are said to have existed since prehistoric times.

    Currently, the caves inhabit a number of bats and snakes. Loads of stalagmite formations can be spotted within the caves owing to the fact that they were formed ages back by the activity of volcanoes. The place is visited by a number of Lord Shiva devotees during the festival of Shiv Ratri.

    Location -
    Kavala Caves, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttara Kanadda, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    6:00 am 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 22Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore

    Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore
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    Nestled inside the massive Bangalore Fort, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is one of the most popular historical monuments in Karnataka. An ideal example of the ancient Indo-Islamic architecture style of architecture, this beautiful palace was back in time used by Tipu Sultan as a summer retreat. It was often referred to as 'Rash e Jannat' and 'Abode of Happiness'.

    One of the most noteworthy creations, the palace flaunts magnificent arches, brilliant motifs, ornamental frescoes, and protruding balconies. Taking a stroll across the balconies can be a good start to exploring the palace. You would get a glimpse into Tipu Sultan's royal lifestyle as you explore the attraction.

    Location -
    Bangalore, Karnataka

    Timings -
    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    INR 15 for Indian visitors and INR 200 for Foreigner visitors.

  • 23Keshava Temple, Somanathapura

    Keshava Temple, Somanathapura
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    Keshava temple is a magnificent monument dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is an elegant Trikuta Temple which houses Lord Krishna in three different forms including Janardhana, Venugopala, and Keshava. Unfortunately, Venugopala and Janardhana idols are damaged and the Keshava idol is missing from the temple.

    Yet, the temple is worthy of a visit merely to soak in the talent and artistry of the sculptors who ended up crafting this magnificent monument dedicated to the Divine. A stone slab inside the temple holds an old Kannada inscription that gives all the details related to it.

    Location -
    Somanathapura, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    9:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    INR 5 for Indian Nationals, INR 100 for Foreigner Tourists, No charges for carrying in still camera and INR 25 for carrying in a video camera. No entry fee for kids up to 12 years of age.

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  • 24Raja Seat, Coorg

    Raja Seat, Coorg
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    Raja's Seat is a beautiful garden with artificial fountains and rich vegetation including various flowering plants. It was a venue for the kings of Kodagu to rejuvenate and relax along with their queens while adoring the sunset. The view of the sunset from this attraction is mesmerizing. It is also a remarkable picnic spot for the locals.

    It sits on an elevated surface which oversees the beautiful valleys that lie towards the west. There is a toy train featured here as well for the kids to enjoy. The mornings here are cold and misty but with the sun setting in the warmth also sets in.

    Location -
    Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    6:00 am to 7:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    INR 5 per person

  • 25Melukote

    Melukote
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    Melukote is a sacred place in the Mandya district of Karnataka. Nestled on the rocky Yadugiri Hills, Melukote features the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. The town is home to various ponds and shrines. It also flaunts the Academy of Sanskrit Research which features a collection of over thousands of Sanskrit and Vedic manuscripts.

    One of the attractive temples is the temple of Yoganarasimha located on a hilltop. Back in the 12th century, saint Sri Ramanujacharya stayed at Melukote for a long time span of 12 years. Since then it has turned out to be a prominent Srivaishnava sect center.

    Location -
    Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    From 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

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  • 26Archaeological Museum, Hampi

    Archaeological Museum, Hampi
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    The Archaeological Museum of Hampi is a small yet worthwhile museum. Apart from featuring a museum's usual aspects, it also features a useful exhibit to a visitor: two scaled models of the topography of Hampi with all the various monuments located in there. One can get an idea about the locations and sites helping them to further plan their whereabouts.

    The larger model is a smaller copy of the whole of Hampi along with rivers and hills. The smaller one, on the other hand, is a much detailed model giving you a comprehensive view.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    10.00 am to 5.00 pm. It remains closed on Fridays and other national holidays.

    Entry Fee -
    INR 5 per head. Entry for children up to 15 years of age is free of cost.

  • 27Lakshmi Narasimha, Hampi

    Lakshmi Narasimha, Hampi
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    Found in the ruins of Hampi, the Lakshmi Narasimha statue is one of the essential historical monuments in Karnataka. It is Hampi's largest monolith statue standing erect on the Hemakuta Hill. This gigantic structure of the concrete stone is a major attraction amongst tourists. It was built in the year 1528 during the rule of Krishnadevaraya.

    The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narasimha owing to which it is also popularly known as the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. It was mutilated and vandalized in 1565 by the Mughals after which it was unlike its original form.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    6:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 28Bijapur Fort

    Bijapur Fort

    Popularly known as the Agra of the South, Bijapur is one of the most popular historical places in Karnataka. The Bijapur Fort majestically stands in the Bijapur City of Karnataka. It was built in 1566 during Yusuf Adil Shah's reign. It is spread in a large expanse, and is enclosed within a 50 feet large moat.

    The precinct of the fort features palaces, tombs, historical forts, gardens, etc. developed with an excellent style of architecture including Persian and Ottoman Turkish arts. You can also spot some ruins of the ancient temples.

    Location -
    Bijapur city in Bijapur District, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The fort is closed on all public holidays.

    Entry Fee -
    INR 15 for BIMSTEC members, Indian tourists, and SAARC members. INR 200 for tourists belonging to other countries

  • 29Monkey Temple, Hampi

    Monkey Temple, Hampi

    Nestled on Anjaneya Hilltop the Monkey Temple also known as the Yantradharaka Hanuman Temple lies inside a cave. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the temple is 500 years old. Being one of the popular tourist destinations of the Anjeyanadri Hill, the temple is a sacred spot for Hindu devotees. Being located on a hilltop to reach the temple one has to climb 570 steps.

    The climb is steep but the views are beautiful. This attraction is an excellent combination of spirituality and nature.

    Location -
    Anjanadri Hill in Anegundi, 4 kilometers from Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    6:00 am to 9:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

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  • 30Dodda Alada Mara

    Dodda Alada Mara
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    Dodda Alada Mara is a well-kept and maintained secret of Karnataka featuring a four-hundred-year-old Banyan tree, the sprawling branches of which has spread on land over around 3 acres in Kethohalli village. It makes an excellent sightseeing historical places in Karnataka which is also the second largest tree in India. Almost a thousand hanging aerial roots hang out from the tree and spread over 250 meters of the circumference.

    It is protected and properly fenced with cemented seats where the visitors can be seated and enjoy this nature's magic. The most amusing fact about the attraction is that even with the main root being dead, the tree stands erect with numerous aerial roots.

    Location -
    Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Timings -
    9:30 am to 9:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 31Madikeri Fort, Madikeri

    Madikeri Fort, Madikeri

    The Madikeri Fort in Coorg is located at the center of Madikeri town. It boasts the information and insights of the bygone era and bears the testimony of Coorg's history as well as all that the town has witnessed. The fort's elevated structure offers a bird's eye view of the town, which is both breathtaking and calm.

    It was constructed by Muddu Raja, the then ruler who declared Madikeri as Coorg's new capital. The fort passed onto the hands of various other rulers until it was captured by Tipu Sultan. Consequently, there have been various constructional changes witnessed by the fort, the major ones made by the British.

    Location -
    Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    10:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 32Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

    Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
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    The Virupaksha Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Hampi, one of the most popular historical places in Karnataka. Hampi, popularly known as the temple town is one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The Virupaksha Temple still stands pristine amongst all the ruins of the town that surround it.

    It never stopped to prosper and has been till date attracting a large number of travelers each year. The temple features a holy place for worshipping with three antichambers. The temple boasts large courtyards, few small-sized shrines, a pillared monastery, as well as a number of ways of entrances surrounding the temple.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    Entry Fee -
    NA

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  • 33Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi

    Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi
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    Vijaya Vittala Temple is one of such ancient monuments in Karnataka which is renowned for its unmatched craftsmanship and brilliant architecture. Nestled on the Tungabhadra Riverbank, it is one of the largest creations in Hampi. This iconic temple boasts fascinating musical pillars and an outstanding stone chariot.

    The temple showcases the architectural excellence and immense creativity possessed by the artisans and sculptors of the Vijayanagara era. It has been crafted in the renowned Dravidian style of architecture. It is said that the temple's main shrine possessed one enclosed mandapa. In the year 1554 A.D. an open mandapa was further added to the entire setup.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 34Queen's Bath, Hampi

    Queen's Bath, Hampi
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    The Queen’s Bath is a colossal bath exemplifying the architectural brilliance prevalent back in the era of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is nestled close to the Royal Enclosure. The Queen's bath was developed for the women of the royal families by Achyuta Raya. It was used as a private bathing chamber for both Kings and Queens.

    It is a massive development with an ornate interior and a simple exterior. Developed in the excellent Indo-Islamic architectural style, this space is quite a unique creation as compared to any other public or private bathing creations.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 35Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi

    Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi
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    Developed amongst the last few temples prior to the Vijayanagara Empire's decline, the Achyutaraya Temple is nestled between the beautiful Gandhamadana and Matanga hills. It depicts the magnificent Vijayanagara style of architecture in its improved and polished form. Unfortunately, the temple lies in ruins owing to the consequence of the attacks of the Bahamani kingdom.

    Additionally, it also has been severely affected by the force of nature over a long period of time. The location is quite a secluded one which makes it less crowded and more peaceful for you to visit and explore.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    From 5:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm.

    Entry Fee –
    NA

  • 36Lotus Mahal

    Lotus Mahal
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    Hampi's trip is incomplete without visiting Lotus Mahal. Named after its lotus look-alike design, this palace flaunts fine architecture. It is a part of the Zenana Enclosure, a separated place for Vijayanagara Dynasty's royal women. It is also known as Chitragani Mahal or Kamal Mahal.

    It's unmistakable and remarkable design is the highlight of the place.It is one of those limited attractions in Hampi that have not been destroyed or damaged while the city was under attack.

    Location -
    Zenana enclosure, Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    6:30 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    INR 10.0 per person for Indian visitors and INR 250.0 per person for foreign visitors. There is no entry fee for Children under 15 years of age.

  • 37Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi

    Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi
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    One of the fine temples of Hampi is the Sasivekalu Ganesha temple. It features a massive statue of Lord Ganesha that has been carved using one single block of solid rock. The idol is around 8 feet tall. The statue and the temple are both fine specimens of renowned Indian sculptures.

    A massive mandapa stands on top of the statue with the help of pillars in order to conveniently cover the statue. A big sitemap has been installed here by the archaeological department that consists of the history of the statue and the whereabouts of the place.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

    Timings -
    6:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 38Mirjan Fort, Kumta

    Mirjan Fort, Kumta

    Spread over an expanse of 4.1 hectares, the Mirjan Fort is a royal reminder of our ancient history. Functional until the year 1785, the fort has witnessed a number of battles in the past. Later it was captured by the British and they used it for their armoury. It is one of the remarkable historical monuments in Karnataka featuring excellent architecture of the ancient era such as moats, canals, secret passageways and many others.

    The splendid fort is covered with lush greenery. Believed to be crafted in 1608-1640 A.D., the fort is now a protected monument by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). It has also undergone recent renovations in order to improve quality.

    Location -
    11 km from Kumta town in Karnataka

    Timings -
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 39Devanahalli Fort

    Devanahalli Fort
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    Well-known for its archaeological brilliance and historical significance, the renowned Devanahalli Fort is a living example of the extensive battles that were won and fought. Lately, in ruins the fort was oncethe residence and birthplace of Tipu Sultan, the great warrior. Spread in an expanse of over 20 acres, the developments is made up of mortar and stone.

    It was originally built in 1501 during the Saluva Dynasty's reign. It was later taken up by Hyder Ali followed by Tipu Sultan. The most attractive is the chief residence of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali in the fort.

    Location -
    22 miles north of Bangalore, at Devanahalli in the State of Karnataka.

    Timings -
    Morning from 7.00 am to 01.00 pm and Evening from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm

    Entry Fee -
    NA

  • 40Tippu's Death Place

    Tippu's Death Place
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    Visiting Tipu Sultan's death place is the place where the deceased Tipu Sultan was recovered. Colonel Wellesley had installed a stone tablet at the place where Tipu Sultan's body was found to demarcate the area. Water Gate, the site where the body was spotted inside the fort, still stands in a good condition. This is one of the most remarkable historical places in Karnataka.

    Location -
    Srirangapatnam, Karnataka.

    Timings -
    open 24 hours

    Entry Fee - NA

  • 41Elephant Stables, Hampi

    Elephant Stables, Hampi
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    Elephant Stables in Hampi is quite an impressive historical structure that was used as a shelter for the Vijayanagara Empire's royal elephants. It is one of those few ancient structures of Hampi that has not suffered much damage and still stands almost intact. It not just showcases the outstanding craftsmanship of those days but also indicates the royalty of the elephants in that era.

    The stable features the brilliant Indo-Islamic style of architecture with eleven dome-shaped massive chambers all lined in a row. Each chamber is huge enough to accommodate two elephants.

    Location -
    Hampi, Karnataka

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

    Entry Fee –
    INR 10.00 for Indian travelers and INR 250.00 for foreign travelers. Entry for kids under 15 years of age is free of cost.

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Om Beach

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

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Kudle Beach

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

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Half Moon Beach

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

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Paradise Beach

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

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Namaste Café

Namaste Café is one of the most eminent attractions in Gokarna located on Om Beach. This beach front restaurant offers an ideal space for tourists who want to dwell on the splendid views of the sea with a spectacular plate of food on their tables.

Whether you fancy a quiet stroll to feel the sands on the beach or wish to relax in picturesque vistas, Namaste Café is the place to be. This serene property offers a lot of stay options where you can just relax and unwind in Gokarna. It offers unrestricted access to the beach and is an ideal pick for backpackers and budget travellers.

The café also offers exotic dishes to get you in the beach bumming mood along with offering compact rooms to make your stay pleasant in Gokarna.

Location:
Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
Tourists can visit Namaste Café anytime throughout the year.

Entry fee:
A room at Namaste Café costs INR 1080/ USD

Timings:
The check in time is 1 pm while the check out time is 11 am.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda: The distance between the two places is 6.3 kilometres.

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Gokarna Beach

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

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Mirjan Fort

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

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Koti Tirtha

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

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Nirvana Beach

If you’re looking for offbeat places to visit in Gokarna, then you should add Nirvana Beach to your itinerary for the trip. This beach is secluded from the throngs of crowds and offers recluse to those who wish to have some beach time to enjoy the peace and quiet.

People here can dive into the cool blue waters and enjoy a refreshing getaway.

One of the gorgeous features of this beach is the beautiful stretch that makes it an absolute delight for watching the sunset and sunrise. It is quite isolated and one can look forward to have a great time with friends and family whether it’s for a picnic or other fun activities on the beach.

With beautiful surroundings and its tranquil setting, Nirvana Beach is one of the most serene places you will see in Gokarna.

Location:
Nirvana Beach, Kumta, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
The ideal time to visit this beach in Gokarna is from November to February.

Activities:
Swimming, picnicking etc.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
 The distance between the two places is approximately 10 kilometres via a ferry.

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Bhadrakali Temple

If you’re looking for the religious places to visit in Gokarna, then Bhadrakali Temple should definitely be on your list. Dedicated to Goddess Uma who is the main deity, this temple is a popular pilgrimage centre.

It is a popular legend which says that when a demon known as Vetrasur seized control of the three lokas, the trinity of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva created a female warrior called Durge. She was given various powers by the gods to defeat the demon and after that Lord Shiva re-christened her as Bhadrakali.

She was sent to Gokarna and now believed to be known as the protector of the town. Another legend associated with the temple says that Lord Cishnuto requested the goddess to stay in Gokarna after Ravana abandoned her.

Location:
Sri Bhadrakali Temple, Main Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
The temple can be visited any time throughout the year in Gokarna

Timings:
Bhadrakali Temple is open from 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
It is just 650 metres (approximately 8 minutes) away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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Mahabaleshwara Temple

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

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was begun at first as a private garden in a region of 40 sections of land by Hyder Ali, most famous rulers amongst the most well known leaders of old Mysore in 1760. At first planned in Mughal style, on the model of a broad garden at Sira in Tumkur close Bangalore, this garden was additionally created by Hyder Ali's child Tipu Sultan and hence by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by an expansion of range and option of various plant species.

Lalbagh, for its one of a kind garden in supporting the idea of agriculture and helping the advancement of cultivation, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be viewed as one of the best gardens in the East for its design, maintenance, scientific treasure and scenic beauty. This place is magnificence in Bangalore which holds some of the best genetic resource centre for introduction, acclimatization and maintenance of plants; it envisages documentation of the variations available in plants of ornamental and economic value.

It helps the advancement of cultivation in the state. It is a significant assistant to botanic study in educational institutions, an imperative lung space of Bangalore, a position of excellence that gives sound entertainment to the general population and it gives a scene to individuals to draw near to plants and nature.

The garden with well-laid out streets, ways, open spaces, shade and a decent accumulation of many sorts of plant species draws in an extensive number of guests. Lalbagh is all around secured with stone walls as fenced-in areas and it has four approach entryways. The principle entryway is at the North confronting towards Subbaiah circle, the West door is towards Basavanagudi, the South entryway is towards Jayanagar and the East door is towards the Double Road.

Location: Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is located at Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Best Time to Visit:
  All day from 6 am to 6 pm is the best time

Price:
 The entry price is Rs 20

Timings:
 Opens from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Average time required to visit the place: Around an hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.

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Brigade Road

At the intersection of MG road and Residency road lies Brigade road which is considered a shopping paradise for the city dwellers. 

There is a long stretch of standalone shops, individual retailers, and outlet selling almost everything you need. 

This commercial hubs houses myriads of global brand outlets as well and it has been a hub for celebrating New Year in the almost every year. The place has ample parking space and uncountable branded and non-branded outlets.

Location: Brigade Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

Price: There is no entry fee for the market.

Timings: The market runs throughout the day, closes at midnight.

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 km

Suggested Read: 20 Best Places for Shopping in Bangalore

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Bangalore Palace

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

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Bannerghatta National Park

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 road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083fdghjk

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.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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Wonderla

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

Popular Read: 40 Refreshing Day Outings in Bangalore

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