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    An eclectic mix of exhilarating sights and appealing destinations, the state of Karnataka makes for an engaging getaway. Have a tryst with the wild, go mountain biking, learn how to surf, seek blessings at the temple, visit a lighthouse, unearth nature’s treasures, witness royal opulence, the list is endless. Take a pick from these experiences and tourists places in Karnataka.

    Coorg

    Synonymous with coffee plantations and green hills, Coorg lures people from all over the country. The dewy mountain tops, gushing waterfalls, adventure avenues and perennial pleasant weather altogether make it ideal for a holiday.

    1. Mallalli Falls

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    On the foothills of Pushpagiri Mountains, this waterfall is milkiest during the monsoons. One of the best sightseeing places in Karnataka, the cascade is around 25 km from Somwarpet and lies in the northern region of Kodagu District. It is advised to take a guide if you plan to go trekking to this place. Do not be surprised if you come across an animal’s footprint along the way. Also, watch out for leeches, insects and snakes.

    2. River Rafting in Barapole River

    For an adventure buff, a trip to this misty land is incomplete without a river rafting experience in Coorg. Among the fetching tourist places in Karnataka, whisk yourself away to the Barapole River, known for its turbulent waters and stunning backdrop. Enjoy a gradient that flows through the bountiful forests of Brahmagiri Wild Life Sanctuary. Ideal for experienced rafters, its rapids range from grade II-IV.

    3. Visit Abbey Falls

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    Located around 8 km from the town of Madikeri, Abbey Falls is popular among tourists. Cascading through coffee plantations, it makes for a riveting sight. There is also a hanging bridge where one gets a magnificent view of the falls. Monsoons are the best time to come here as the water flows in full swing.

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    4. Golden Temple, Bylakuppe

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    Around 14 Kms from Kushal Nagar, when you step into Bylakuppe, you will be transported to a mini Tibet. In this settlement lies the alluring Golden temple, also known as Namdroling Monastery. Based on Buddhist traditions, the temple was built in 1960 by Tibetans who settled in Coorg.

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    5. Quad Biking and Micro Light Flying

    Apart from river rafting, you also can opt for quad biking and micro light flying in Coorg if you crave some adventure. In Quad biking you get to off-road through the forest and ride on 250cc machines. Feel the thrill as you uncover many hidden sights along the way.

    In Micro light flying, take to the sky as you sore around 5,000 feet above the ground. Get a bird's eye-view of the dreamy landscape seated on the hand glider.

    6. Dubare Elephant Camp

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    An interesting place to visit while in the land of Kodagu is the Dubare Elephant camp. A project undertaken by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd, this is where the adorable elephants are trained and looked after. Witness the lives of these gentle animals as a naturalist lets you in on their history, ecology and biology. You can also give a hand in bathing the elephants. 

    7. Tadiandamol Trek

    Offering a thrilling trekking adventure, Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg. Make your way through the exquisite greens of Shoola Forests to reach the peak. This peak stands tall at 1,748 meters above sea level.The two main trek routes comprise Aramane / Palace route and Honey Valley route.

    Chikmagalur

    Lolling on the foothills of Mullayanagiri Range, Chikmagalur is labelled as the ‘coffee land’ of Karnataka due to the fact that this is the very first place where the coffee plant was grown in India. Abundant with thickets and deep forests, this district makes for an ideal getaway that throws you into the arms of nature.

    8. Kemmanagundi Trek 

    Kemmannagundi is a secluded hill surrounded by Baba BudanGiri Range. A trek to this place makes for a becoming experience. The 20 km trail opens up many joys along the way such as gurgling brooks, vibrant gardens, dewy coffee estates and lush surroundings.

    9. Kalhatti Falls

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    Around 10 km from Kemmangundi Hill Station, Kalahasti Falls gushes from the Chandra Drona Hill from a height of 122 meters. Among many of the sightseeing places in Karnataka, the added charm of this place is the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. People believe that the water that flows above the three elephant stone carvings here can cure diseases.   

    10. Kudremukh Trek

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    Resembling a horse’s face, the Kudremukh Peak is where you are bound to enjoy trekking that covers around 18kms. It’s the third highest peak in Karnataka and stands at 1894 meters above sea level. Dense forests, open grasslands, gushing waterfalls and charming streams and possibility of wildlife sightings make this trek a memorable one.

    11. Coffee Plantation Walk

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    Make the most of what is considered among the finest tourist places in Karnataka. For a land where the first coffee plant was grown, a plantation walk makes for a refreshing experience. As you saunter through the green delights, get to know more about the making of the drink right from the plant to the cup. There are some homestays in the midst of these coffee plantations that offer refreshing tours.

    12. Hebbe Falls

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    Enveloped in the midst of coffee estates, the Hebbe Falls is around 10 km from the hill station of Kemmangundi. A pictorial sight, the cascade gushes down 168 meters in two stages form DoddaHebbe (Big Falls) and ChikkaHebbe (Small Falls).

    Dandeli

    A haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike, Dandeli offers many thrills. In the north of Karnataka, the quaint town is surrounded by deciduous forests and wildlife habitat. All this makes it one of the most interesting tourist places in Karnataka.

    13. River Rafting and Kayaking

    When in Dandeli, you can engage in an exhilarating round of river rafting that takes you through grade II and III rapids. The stretch is generally of 12 km and is suited for professionals and amateurs. Another activity that helps you unravel the scenic sights of the place is Kayaking in Kali River.

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    14. Wildlife Safari

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    Explore an untamed nature as you set off on a safari in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. The largest of its kind in Karnataka, it is home to several rare species of animals and birds. Apart from the regular jeep safari, you can also avail a nature walk, some bird watching, crocodile sighting trips, fishing and trekking in the jungles. 

    15. Mountain Biking

    To experience the green off-roading portions, indulge in mountain biking. Ride on rough terrains and discover more about the flora and fauna of the region. Depending upon your choice, the activity can cover 7 – 14km. In most cases, a professional guide will be there to assist you and take your through these fascinating routes. 

    16. Supa Dam

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    Built across the River Kali, the Supa Dam is where you can spend some stimulating moments. You cannot go near the structure but can lap up the panoramic views of the same. Many photographers enjoy this sport due to the scenic beauty.

    17. Shivaji Fort

    Get to see what one of the oldest forts in Karnataka looks about 22 km from the town of Dandeli. The Shivaji Fort was said to be built by the legendary Chatrapati Shivaji. It is here that you can get a whiff of the warring techniques of that era.

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    Bangalore

    There is a lot more to Bangalore than being the land of IT. The city has several delights packed within and around it.

    18. Culture Walk

    Stroll through the cultural landmarks of the Garden City and witness its history unfold. Depending on your choice, walk to the temples, religious places, hidden streets, Victorian traces and a lot more. These walks usually last for around three hours.

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    19. Wine Tour

    Wine aficionados have something to look towards a wine tour where you are taken through the various stages of the drink. Stroll through vineyards and get a know-how of what goes behind the wine-making process. Learn to appreciate the drink as a connoisseur would and the best part; get to taste different kinds of wine too.  The tour lasts for around 1.5 to 2 hours.

    20. Skandagiri Night Trek

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    70km from Bangalore, Skandagiri makes for an engaging night trek experience. Discover nocturnal charms as you make way through rough terrains. The activity usually covers 8 km and takes around 5 hours. There is also a Papagni Temple that you will come across. Bonfires and mesmerizing views of the sunrise on the mountains further add to its appeal.

    21. Bannerghata National Park

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    Established in 1971, the Bannerghatta National Park just outside Bangalore harbours nature's many charms. Spreading over an area of 104.27 sq km, one can spot wild animals like leopards, lions, zebras, Bengal tigers, panthers, rhinoceroses, elephants, porcupines, white tigers, spotted deer, bison and bears. The lion and tiger safari are quite popular here. An added advantage of this place is the close proximity with which you can get a glimpse of the animals.

    22. Camping and Rafting in Bheemeshwari

    A treasure trove for adventure and wildlife seekers, Bheemeshwari is 2 km away from Mutati and rests on the banks of Cauvery River. The abundant forest range has mountains all around and makes for an exciting camping experience. Another activity to add to your list when here is rafting. You get to tackle moderate rapids of grade II over a stretch of around 8 km..

    23. Iskcon Temple

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    Located in North Bangalore, the one in this city is among the largest ISKCON temples in the world. Inaugurated in 1997, and housing statues of deities like Radha and Krishna, it is one of the landmarks of the city. Reflecting the intricacy of Hindu temple architecture, this place of worship makes quite a sight.

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    24. Sholay Cycling Tour

    Lap up an adventure cycling trip to the craggy landscape of Ramanagaram. The very place where the iconic movie Sholay was shot, this makes for an interesting experience. The cycling tour would last for around 10 hours in all and along the way you would also come across a Lord Rama temple and a 400 year old Big Banyan Tree. Usually starting at UB City, the activity is of a moderate level.

    Hampi

    Witness the beauty of ruins as you visit the ancient city of Hampi. The landscape is also laced with granite boulders or crags. A World Heritage Site and a fascinating place to visit, Hampi was the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.

    25. Rock Climbing

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    Due to the unique and craggy terrain of Hampi, it makes for a perfect backdrop for rock climbing (bouldering). Do note that this is a risky and strenuous activity. If you are a first timer, it is advised to seek the expertise of a trained professional. The popular sites for the same include Hemakuta and Matanga Hills, Tiruvengalantha and Malyavanta Raghunatha Temples. The largest freestanding boulder at Hemakuta Hill lures rock climbers from all over.

    26. Explore the Ruins of Hampi

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    The ruins in Hampi are architectural marvels and display the dexterity of the craftsmen. Among the most iconic ruins is the Vittala Temple Complex that houses the famous musical pillars and stone chariot (the flagship tourist attraction of the region). The other places of interest include Krishna Temple Complex, Achyutaraya Temple, BadaviLinga, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple and Hazara Rama Temple.

    Badami

    A former capital of the legendary Chalukya Empire, Badami is where you can witness stunning rock-cut temples and red cliffs. Among the popular tourist places in Karnataka,it rests in a gorge on the foot of a craggy, red sandstone outcrop.

    27. Cave Temples

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    A must-do in Badami is a tour of the fascinating sandstone cave temples. Cave temple 1 is said to be the oldest in the region and is marked by the hall with numerous pillars, paintings on the ceiling and 18 armed Lord Nataraja in 81 dancing poses. Cave temple 3 goes way back to 578 AD. Cave temple 2 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave temple 4 is related to Jainism.

    28. Badami Fort

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    Located on top of the hill, the Badami Fort is a renowned archaeological site. The entrance is guarded by Nandi (Shiva’s bull) and there are two medieval Chalukyan temples in the complex. You will have to walk through the rugged landscape to get here but the sights from the top are rewarding.

    Sakleshpur

    Nestled in the famous Malnad region, Sakleshpur is known for its rich biodiversity. The hill station is also recognized for its lush hills dotted with coffee, cardamom, pepper and areca plantations.

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    29. Camp in Sakleshpur

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    To truly experience nature's thrills of the region, relish in a camping experience. It is ideal for nature lovers, photographers and those who want to sojourn in the outdoors. Feel the crisp mountain air and experience sleeping under the clear sky. The camping experience can also be teamed up with a visit to Bisle Ghat and Manjarabad Fort along with activities like trekking and a plantation walk.

    30. Ombattu Gudda Trek

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    Around 971 meters above sea level, the Ombattu Gudda peak is one of the highest in the Western Ghats. The place is called so because of the nine continuous humps that it adorns. The trekking distance is around 24 kms or so. Tigers, leopards, jungle cats, barking deer, gaurs, sloth bears, wild elephants can be spotted in the forests.

    31. Murkannu Gudda and Hadlu Waterfall Trek

    For a double treat, indulge in the Murkannu Gudda and Hadlu waterfall trek. Unravel the pictorial beauty and rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats and Sakleshpur. The trek of around 5 hours will cover close to 8 km. Due to all that if offers, this is one of the most sought-after treks in the area.

    Murdeshwar

    Resting in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada, Murudeshwara houses the world's second-tallest Shiva statue. Serene in nature, this pristine land also has some watersport avenues.

    32. Murudeshwar Beach, Statue of Lord Shiva

    The Murudeshwar Beach captivates with its blue waters, white sands and charming mountains. This is where the popular statue of Lord Shiva resides. Towering and visible even from a distance, the idol was made in such a way that it receives direct sunlight and thus appears to sparkle.

    33. Scuba Diving and Snorkelling at Netrani Island

    From Murudeshwara Beach, you can escape to the exquisite Netrani Island. Being a coral island, scuba diving and snorkelling makes for a winsome experience. Several varieties of coral, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps are seen here.

    Gokarna

    A paradise for pilgrims and beach lovers alike, Gokarna offers the better of two worlds. Devotees throng to the Mahabaleshwara Temple and other places of worship whereas vacationers sunbathe on the pristine beaches that overlook the rocky terrains. Due to these attributes, Gokarna is regarded as one of the top tourist places in Karnataka.

    34. Fishing Trip

    At the famous Om Beach, you can indulge in the relaxing sport of fishing. As you wait for the fish to hook onto the bait, enjoy the calm and scenic views around.

    35. Water Sports

    Those in the mood for adventure when at Gokarna can opt for water sports at the famous Om Beach.  Give bumper rides a go as you ride into an endless expanse and feel the soft sprinkles on your face.

    36. Beach Trek

    Explore the beauty of Gokarna’s sandy delights with a beach trek of 8 km that lasts around 7 hours and is spread over two days. Traverse through the sands fringed by rocky hills on one side, the sea on the other. Also get a chance to delve into the lush dense tropical forest.

    37. Beach Visit

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    To experience the relaxed and hippy vibe that Gokarna permeates, head to its famous beaches. It is due to its pristine nature that Om Beach is popular among the foreigners. Not as overcrowded as the beaches of Goa, you can relax here and indulge in water sports too. Kudle Beach appears to be a hidden treasure since one has to climb down a rocky terrain in order to reach here. Exquisite in nature, it has more eateries that Om beach.

    38. Mahabaleshwar Temple

    An important landmark of Gokarna, the Mahabaleshwar Temple has several devotes who frequent it. The Hindu pilgrim centre enshrines the Atma Lingam of Lord Shiva and is considered second only to the Kashi Vishwanath Shiva Temple in Varanasi. While visiting the place of worship, ensure that you are dressed as per the dress code.

    39. Mirjan Fort

    Revisit history and tour a place that was the location of several battles once upon a time. Around 11 kms from Gokarna, the Mirjan Fort is renowned for its architectural elegance. Constructed with laterite stones, it has high walls and bastions, four entrances and several wells.

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    Karwar

    Gaining recognition among tourists, unsullied Karwar rests on the west coast of Southern India and at the beginning of the mighty Kali River.

    40. Kayaking at Aligadda Beach

    One of the most stunning beaches of Karwar, the Aligadda Beach is also known as 'Mackerel Coast’. To explore its hidden charm and serenity, indulge in some kayaking around the place for around 20 minutes. Experience the joy of cruising the tranquil waters as it makes for among the most fetching things to do in Karnataka.

    41. Karwar Beach

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    Considered as one of the most scenic beaches in India, Karwar beach rests as a tiny island near Goa. On one side of it is fringed by the mighty Arabian Sea and other by the majestic Western Ghats. The sandy delight can be easily reached via the Konkan Railway.

    42. Devbagh Beach

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    Another tranquil island beach in Karwar is Devbagh Beach that welcomes you with cool breeze and golden sands. You can either take a leisurely walk or indulge in a range of water activities like snorkelling, speed boat cruises, banana boat rides and para-sailing. For a beach lover, it is among the most serene places to visit in Karnataka.

    43. Sadashivgad Fort

    Lolling by the Kali river bridge, at the confluence of the river and the Arabian Sea, Sadashivgad Fort makes for an interesting getaway. Laced with untamed nature, this place is becoming a popular tourist destination. Peaceful in nature, the fort offers mesmeric views from the top.

    44. Tagore Beach

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    Popular among the locals and less known among tourists, the Tagore Beach is very well-maintained and untouched making it a serene place to visit. In addition to the tranquillity, the Warship Museum is located in the midst of Tagore Beach and National Highway 17.

    Sirsi

    Cosseted by green forests and dotted with many waterfalls, Sirsi makes for a riveting escape. It beautifully rests in the heart of the Western Ghats.

    45. Cycling along the Western Ghats

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    Delight in a cycle ride through the bountiful Western Ghats that makes for one of the unique things to do in Karnataka. Pass through the historical village of Nagara, enjoy the sights of Sigandur and camp near the Linganamakki reservoir. Also get escorted in a vehicle to Jog Falls, the second-highest plunge waterfall in India.

    46. Nature Photography

    The untouched beauty of the region makes for a treasure trove for photographers. During the 2 day workshop, you will be taken to one of the most remote areas of Malanadu, Sirsi. Learn the art of nature photography as you get tips from experts.

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    47. Trekking and Camping in Sirsi

    Experience the joys that Sirsi offers with an overnight trek and camping tour. The trekking will not be too complex as you will be making way through evergreen forests to reach a resplendent coastline. The trail passes through some of the most stunning locales hidden away inside the Western Ghats. For a night’s rest, you will be pitching tents at Chanagar.

    48. Belur and Halebid

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    Pay a visit to Belur and Halebid for their temples that resonate the brilliance of South Indian architecture. The venerated structures are carved with scripts from the Hindu mythology. Though Belur and Halebid are 16 kms away, they are referred together. Belur is known as the Banaras of the South due to its temples whereas Halebid was once a capital of Hoysala Empire and still displays some of its traces.

    Mysore

    Resting on the base of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is an ancient city. Boasting of more than 600 years of glorious legacy, it is defined by its royal heritage, splendid monuments and vibrant markets.

    49. Mysore Palace

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    Mysore is synonymous with the best tourist places in Karnataka. A brilliant combination of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Mysore Palace is also known as Amba Vilas Palace. The opulent structure especially makes for a stunning vision when illuminated on Sundays and festive occasions. Inside are spacious halls, paintings and other architecture beauties. The palace is also the centre of the Dasara festivities.

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    50. Horse Trip to Chamundi Hills

    Discover the treasures of Chamundi Hills on a horse. During this activity, you will be familiarised with horse riding that covers a total distance of 12 km. Visit the Chamundeshwari Temple that is believed to belong to the 12th century and enhanced over the years. Take a detailed tour of the place and enjoy the panoramic view from the top.

    51. Go for Mysore Food Tour

    Tickle your taste buds with a culinary trail in Mysore. Over two hours wander through some of the most sought after eateries and food joints in the city. Dig into Mysorepak, Shavigepayasam, Chiroti, tangy vegetable curries, Kosambri, that go really well with flat idlis and dosas.

    52. Brindavan Gardens

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    Among the most stunning laid out terrace gardens, Brindavan Gardens is popular worldwide for its symmetric design. Take a leisurely walk through this beauty and come across several terraces, parterres, fountains, water chutes, verdant green lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees. When here, do not miss the spectacular musical fountain.

    Shimoga

    Striking landscapes, voluble waterfalls, deep forests, river valleys and fields lace the district of Shimoga. Resting on the banks of Tunga River, and known as ‘The Gateway of Malnad’, it is also the cultural capital of Karnataka.

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    53. Jog Falls

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    Pay a visit to the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. Fiercely flowing down from the cliff from a height of 253 meters, they make for spectacular sight. Among the most attractive places to see in Karnataka, it is said that a good 3.4 million tonnes of water gush down the cliff every second. The drive to the place is picturesque and arrangements are made for parking.

    54. Sharavathi Backwaters

    The pristine Sharavathi backwaters open up many excitements. It came into being when a dam was constructed at Linganamakki of Sagarataluk. The waterbody that is 60 km in length and about 15 km wide has a lot of islands inside. These make a great sighting for wildlife and vegetation. Sports like kayaking, coracle ride, canoeing, raft-building and boating too are engaged by visitors in these backwaters.

    55. Kodachadri Trek

    A natural heritage site, Kodachadri is buried in the dense forests at its base. A trekking experience to its summit is worthwhile for the place is said to be rich in biodiversity. The trek is not too difficult and will take ten hours over two days.

    56. Agumbe Rainforest Research Station

    Uncover the flourishing diversity of the Western Ghats with a tour of Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. Tucked away in the Agumbe Reserve Forest, the place has documented the presence of diverse species of wildlife. Visitors can come here from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm during the week. Large groups need to write in and inform beforehand.

    Kabini

    To have an unbridled tryst with the wild, head to the untamed environs of Kabini that is 80 km from Mysore. Avid birdwatchers call it among the best bird sanctuaries in India. Easy sightings of elephants, dewy green landscapes and Kabini River lends a distinct charm to the place.

    57. Wildlife Safari

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    Rich in wildlife, a safari into the deep jungles of Kabini is one that must be experienced. Among the most fascinating places to visit in Karnataka, the Sanctuary houses over 250 species of birds. Elephant sightings are common here. Endangered and rare species like leopard, panther, sambhar, spotted deer, cheetal and panther prowl about in the wilderness. If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the elusive tiger too.

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    58. Coracle Ride

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    Explore the rusticity of the area on a pleasant coracle ride over the tranquil river waters of Kabini. Slowly drift away as you catch rare glimpses of the many moods of the river. Make it part of your list of things to do in Karnataka.

    59. Nagarhole

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    Streaked with rich forest cover, little streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls, Nagarhole National Park makes for an exciting wildlife getaway. A safari into the depths of the National Park opens many thrills. Enjoy the views of Asian Elephants, Gaurs, deer, sambars, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, otters and Indian wild dogs. The land is also a home to tigers and leopards.

    Udupi

    Think of Udupi and two things come to mind, the famous Krishna Temple and the delectable Udupi cuisine. 58 km north of Mangalore, the pilgrim town offers the ideal balance between the commotion of the city and peace. It is one of the more engaging tourist places in Karnataka.

    60. Surfing at Malpe Beach

    Smooth white sands, serene atmosphere, palm trees and the blue waters make Malpe Beach a fetching getaway. Among the most interesting things to do in Karnataka surfing is an incredible experience for adventure enthusiasts. For four hours, get acquainted with the basics of gliding over the waves. Put your learning to practice and manoeuvre the pristine waves.

    61. Saint Mary Island 

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    Off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, St. Mary's Islands, is a set of four tiny islands. Legend has it that Vasco da Gama landed here in 1498 while on his escapade from Portugal, fixed a cross and coined one of the islands O Padrão de Santa Maria, as a dedication towards Mother Mary, hence the name. When it is not raining, regular ferries ply from the Malpe fishing harbour to this rocky place. In conclusion, this is definitely one of the most intriguing places to see in Karnataka.

    62. Lighthouse at Kaup Beach

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    On the way between Udupi and Mangalore is a tiny village called Kaup. The beach over here is picturesque and several films have been shot in this location. The golden highlight of the seashore is a lighthouse that was built in the year 1901. Open to visitors during the day, it provides a stunning view of the beach and surroundings.

    63. Sri Krishna Temple

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    Attracting several devotees, the Sri Krishna Temple is a landmark of Udupi and is one of the most favoured places to visit in Karnataka. Reflecting some majestic Dravidian architecture, the place of worship is dedicated to Lord Krishna. An interesting feature here is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes. This window is intricately carved and silver plated.

    64. Mangalore

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    A costal delight, Mangalore might not top the list when it comes to the tourist places in Karnataka which is precisely what makes it all the more alluring. Palm fringed landscape, winding hills and a winsome coastline adds to the charm of this place. An educational hub, the place was once an important stopover on international trade routes since the 6th century AD. The popular places to visit near Mangalore are the Sultan Bathery, Tannirbhavi Beach, Milagres Church, Jamalabad Fort, Karkala and more

    65. Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek

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    Known world over for its milky white appearance, the Dudhsagar Waterfalls is a sight for sore eyes. Situated on the Mandovi River in Goa on Goa's border with Karnataka, there is a trek to this place that starts from Belgaum. The trail spills many delights as you will be making way through tunnels and railway tracks. The trekking activity would be for around 4 hours.

    66. B.R Hills

    A sweet respite, the Biligiriranga Hillsis preferred by travellers from Bangalore and Chennai. It lies in Karnataka, at the border of this state and Tamil Naidu. At the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, unique eco-systems can be found here. Apart from sinking in the beauty of nature, you can visit the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and Dodda Sampige Mara.


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Nandi Hills

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: 10 km from Chikkaballapur town, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Entry to the hills is Rs 5, Parking charges for two wheeler are Rs 15 and Rs 60 for cars and Camping in Nandi Hills starts from Rs 1250

Timings: Entry to the hills are between 6 AM to 10 PM and trekking hours are between 6 AM to 6 PM

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.

Suggested Read: Bangalore to Nandi Hills Tour Complete Guide 

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Ramanagara

If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the best attractions in Bangalore within 100 km to enjoy heaps of adventure like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location:
50 Km south west of Bangalore, Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season (November to March)

Price:
Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

Timings:
The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 55 KM

Suggested Read:
Top 35 Adventure Activities in Bangalore

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Kanakpura

Sets amid the lush green terrain 55 kilometres off  Bangalore on the southern side of the city along the bank of Akravati river. It is the largest producer of granite and silk and is also gaining popularity as a major hotspot for tourists. 

During the rainy season, the terrain is blanketed in green and is dotted with a galore of waterfalls. 

There are few temples as well as historical sites and attracts wildlife enthusiasts and water sports lovers from Bangalore and nearby states because of its proximity to Akravati river. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Bangalore that is away from the city rush and is an hour drive away.

Location: 50 km away from Bangalore in Ramanagar district, Karnataka.

Best Time to Visit: August to February

Price: Camping in Kanakpura starts from Rs 935

Average time required to visit the place: Full day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM.

Suggested Read: 21 Places to Visit Around Bangalore During The Monsoon Season

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Guhantara Underground Cave Resort

Guhantara Underground Cave Resort is a poetic paradise which is very apt for your next picnic with friends or colleagues in Bangalore. Being India’s first one of this kind, it has gained quite a lot of popularity since its launch, and everything that you will experience shall be in an underground cave.

But that doesn’t mean living like in the olden times; this resort has designed a luxury stay for their guests along with the facility of indoor games, outdoor games, horse riding, a cave discotheque, rope walking, etc.

Location: 18, Sy. No. 177 & 177, Off, Kanakapura Rd, Nowkal Palya, Kaggalipura, Karnataka 560082

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Starting from 1,120 Rs

Timings: Open twenty-four hours

Average time required to visit the place: A day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 34.3 km

Suggested Read: Top Resorts Around Bangalore for Day Out

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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 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.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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Ramanagara Wine Yard

Spend an hour of your holiday amidst the sweet-smelling vineyard and indulge in a very fun and edifying tour in this tourist place in Bangalore. The tour is split into three halves which begins with a detailed talk about how the concept of wine came up, and more information about this beverage.

Take a satisfying walk in the yard, and witness the people at work transforming the fruit into the best taste until it is ready for fermentation and bottling. This is one of the best ways to learn about this favourite drink from start to finish. People organizing this tour wouldn’t want you to leave without sampling five of their best wines that come from France and India, both.

Location:
Ramanagara, Bangalore.

Best time to visit:
October to February is the best time to visit a vineyard in Bangalore.

Price:
Starting from 300Rs/ person

Timing:
10.30 a.m. or 04.00 p.m.

Average time required to visit the place: Half a day to Full day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand:
43.1 km

Recommended Visit: Surprising places to visit near Bangalore within 300 Km

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Skandagiri

Skandagiri locks one of the most mesmerizing views of the sky and earth that meet at sunrise with clouds at an eye-level height urging you not to leave. A night trek in Bangalore, Skandagiri is a must for adventure and nature lovers, who can spend the night with a camp stay in front of an amazing bonfire.

This 10km trek begins two hours before sunrise, where one has to climb up these hills by passing the wilderness until you to reach the absolute top. The view that you will witness thereafter maybe one you would have never thought of before, and thus this is one of the most serene places to visit in Bangalore whenever you need a break from the noise and traffic!

Location: 62 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur off Bellary Road, Karnataka

Best time to visit: November to January or summer season

Price: Sunrise trek starts from Rs 967.

Timing: 11.30 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. (next day)

Average time required to visit the place: A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 60.5 km

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Microlight Flying at Jakkur

Ever wondered what Bangalore looks like from up above? Redeem a chance to get an aerial view of the various places in Bangalore by taking a Microlight Flying ride at Jakkur. In just ten minutes, you will witness the marvel that this city has transformed into over the years.

Flying at the height of 40,000 feet, you can experience the feel of fresh air from high above while riding with a professionally trained flight instructor. Try to spot the landscapes, area, and buildings of this southern city during this spectacular ride that you can take with your friends and family.

Location: Jakkur Aerodrome, New Airport Road, Yelahanka Post, Bangalore 560064.

Price: Starting from Rs 3,300.

Timing: 08.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (Only on Sundays)

Average time required to visit the place: 10 minutes (approx.) flight time

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 15 km

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Toit

Grab the best beer in town at Toit that is designed to offer to the people of Bangalore with a non-step brewery that keeps the partying crowd crawling in. Claiming to have magical powers in being able to produce varied kinds of breweries for the people of this fun city, this has turned out to be one of those places to visit in Bangalore where people flock to, especially over the weekends.  Here’s the most exciting thing about Toit, they allow your furry buddies, your pets, in with you, while you grab a drink or two.

Location: 298, 100 Feet Road, Near KFC Restaurant, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038

Best time to visit: If knowing how beer is brewed and witness the whole process then visit on the first Saturday of every month to attend the Brewery tour.

Price: Drinks starting at Rs. 225

Timing: 12.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 9.8 km

Suggested Read: Fascinating Nightlife Tours in Bangalore

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Kunti Betta

As the name suggests, Kunti Betta is a hill in the ancient town of Pandavapura and is a famous destination for trekking in Bangalore. It is ideally a 3 hours trek to reach an elevation of 2882 meters. 

The mythological significance of the place recites stories of Kunti and Pandavas who are said to have taken abode at these hillocks during their period of exile. It is suggested to indulge in a night trekking expedition as the place boasts of a decent population of fireflies which are on the verge of extinction today. 

From trekking and rock climbing on the rocky terrain of the hills to swimming and kayaking in the refreshing water of Thonnur lake, Kunti Betta is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore that is hard to miss by the adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Location: SH 19, Pandavapura, Karnataka 571434

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1349

Timings: 24 hours.

Average time required to visit the place:  A day or two.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 125 KM.

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Savandurga

The largest monolith in Asia is just half an hour drive away from Bangalore. The monolith is considerably gradient at some points and that is why it is recommended that you must be careful on this trek and do not take children.Trekking here is considered as one of the exciting things to do in Bangalore.

The trek is a combination of moderate and difficult levels and the view from the top is breath-taking especially of Manchinbele Dam and the overlooking valley. It is considered to be one of the largest rock formations in entire Asia and it has two main hill points Billigudda which are said to be the white hill and Karigudda which is a Black hill. 

The meandering curves of Akravati river and the perennial lotus ponds are two major water attractions which are seen from atop the hill. Situated at a height of 4022 feet above sea level, Savandurga has ample of opportunities for conducting an easy trekking and rock climbing expeditions.

Location: 60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi Road, Dabguli, India

Best Time to Visit: November to May.

Price: Night Trekking starts from INR Rs 1050

Timings: Trekking hours are between 6 AM to 6 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 60 KM.

Further Read: 30 Transcendent Places for Camping near Bangalore

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Artificial Waterfall at Rd Nature Retreat

Some of the usual tourist places in Bangalore could be densely crowded, and you might want to escape from that. Rush to Rd Nature Retreat where you can find delight by the artificial waterfalls in their premise along with several other recreational activities. Set in a very soothing and natural location, you can hear the sound of the gushing artificial waterfalls blend with the blowing winds and sounds from the jungle.

Location: 83, Bannerghatta Road, Shivanahalli Village, Ragi Halli Post, Jigani Hobli, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Day outing starts from Rs 767

Timing: The resort offers stay facility; therefore it is open overnight. Those going on a one-day tour can stay from 10.30 a.m. to 05.30 p.m

Average time required to visit the place: Half a day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand
: Around 38.6 km

Must Read: Top 10 Astonishing Waterfalls Around Bangalore

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Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

Location: 100 Km on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore

Best Time to Visit:
Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season

Price
: Night Outing Starts from Rs 6514

Timings: Any time

Average time required to visit the place:
 One or two days

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Approximately 100 Km

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Anthargange

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 favoured 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 of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range. Bengaluru, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1050

Timings: Historical & Heritage visit timings are 5.30 am - 1.30 pm & 5 pm - 8 pm and trekking can be done anytime.

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.

Popular Read: 16 Thrilling Activities to do in Bangalore

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Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities.

Snow city is the first indoor theme park in Bangalore which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

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