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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 the city 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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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 places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities 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: 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.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM

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Tadiandamol Peak

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

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

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

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

Height: 1748 m

Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, India

Best Time to visit: December to May

Entry fee: No entry fee.

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

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

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 37 KM


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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.

Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


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Kumara Parvatha Hill

During the monsoon, pools of clouds hover over the hill of Kumara Parvatha, during winter, the entire hill takes the shades of orange and summers are hot.  There are two trekking routes to reach the camping ground of Kumara Parvatha Hill- one being Somwarpet and other Kukke Subramanya. 

Both the routes have plenty of waterfalls and abundance of greenery. Watching sunrise from atop has been the favourite activity among people who hike up the hill. Camping is not allowed at the peak so while you visit the forest department to pay and enter the trek route, you have to leave your gears behind. 

You can camp near  or next to the forest department or at Mantape. The hiking trail on the Somwarpet route goes around a 6 to 7 KM (one side) deep forest patch with multiple waterfalls. The 16 KM trail from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is filled with meadows and views of the western ghats making the long route exceptionally beautiful.

Height: 1712 Mts

Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

Best Time to visit: October to February.

Entry fee: INR 75 is paid at the forest office as a trekking fee and another 100 for Camera.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Average time required to visit the place: It takes 8 to 10 Hours to trek the hill.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 63 to 64 KM.


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Pushpagiri Hill

One needs to register their names at the check point before starting the trek, however, there is no entry fee, it is highly suggested to hire a guide at Bidahalli or Heggadamane villages for a smooth trekking experience. 

Pushpagiri is the second highest Peak in Coorg, first in the Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary and sixth in the entire Karnataka state. It is one of the best Coorg tourist places to wander around. 

The trekking route gradually changes into difficult from moderate as you near the peak, the 7 KM route from the check post is usually covered in 3 to 4 hours one way.

Height: 5626 feet

Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

Best Time to visit: November to March.

Entry fee: No entry fee.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 70 KM.


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Dubare Elephant Camp

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

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

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

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

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

Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India

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

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

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

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

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: approximately 30 KM


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Kote Betta Hill

Kote Better Hill is one of the sightseeing places in Coorg which is also the third highest peak in Coorg. It is definitely a place for the sore eyes, a slice of heaven and a maze of greenery. 

Take a bumpy jeep ride crossing the twisty and muddy narrow lanes until you reach the foothills of Kote Betta. Start you climb to reach the peak, you will find temples and lakes such as Ardhanarishwara temple and a couple of lakes nearby the temple en route. 

Once reached the top you will find an extraordinary view of the valley that falls beneath, a distant view of the Harangi dam and the silhouettes in the sky followed by a beautiful sunset. A day at Kota Betta hill is always a day well spent.

Height: 1748 Metres

Location: Somvarpet, Coorg, Madikeri, India

Best Time to visit: November to February.

Entry fee: No entry fee

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

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM


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What You Should Know More About Karnataka

  • Travel Advice

    • Do not trust any stranger or anyone you barely know beyond necessary. Ensure that you keep a safe distance from all the strangers and never trust anyone with your valuables.

    • Don’t rely on your tourist guide more than you should.

    • It is appropriate, if you hire a tourist guide from a reliable agency or an organization.

    • Do not go out alone during the night hours. Karnataka, is a comparatively safer place but you cannot keep the guards down.

    • It is always better to travel in a group.

    • Karnataka has ATMs located after every little distance. So, you never have to carry cash more than required.

    • Keep your jewelry, cash and valuables in a room safe.

    • Don’t put your wallet in the back pocket especially when in the crowded places. Either place it in the front pocket or put it in your jacket.

    • Girls take note, it does not matter which part of India you are traveling, your safety is in your own very hands. So, make sure you dress appropriately. Strictly avoid skimpy or revealing clothes.

    • It can rain here anytime so carry extra layers of clothing.

    • Maintain decorum when you visit religious places.

    • Do not film or shoot videos without permission.

    • Wherever you see a sign of ‘No Photography’, do not take a picture.  

    • Always keep in your wallet a photocopy of your license, ID, passport, etc.

    • If you are traveling without a guide, acquire sufficient information about the destination you are traveling to.

    • Do not over indulge in street food. If you do eat street food, take a check on the quality and the manner of preparation (of dishes).

    • Drink only bottled mineral water. Check the seal properly before buying a bottle of water.

    • Do not eat cut fruits or vegetable from the roadside vendors.

    • If you suffer from any disease, carry the necessary medications with you.

    • Carry with you first aid kit. The kit must have medicines for fever, cold, diarrhea, nausea, etc.

    • Carry sunscreen and sunglasses with you.

  • Drinking Laws

    In Karnataka, the legal age for drinking is 18 years. Take note, you may have to show an ID proof before making a purchase of alcohol in this state. Ever since 1st of July 2007, Arrack has been totally banned in Karnataka.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Belur
    Situated about 165 km from Mangalore, 217 km from Bangalore and 154 km from Mysore, Belur is an extremely popular temple town that is situated in the Hassan District of the state of Karnataka. The town is known for its ostentatious Hoysala Temple that is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the three Hoysala temples are particularly famous for their intricate and minute sculptures and cravings with metal like polishing. This is one of the best heritage sites of Karnataka and is indeed a prominent tourist place.

    Bangalore
    Situated nearly 139 km from Mysore and 347 km from Chennai, Bangalore also known as Bengaluru is the 5th largest city in India. It is the third most populous cities in India and is often referred to as the Silicon Valley (given the vast IT firms and companies located here) and the Garden City of India (given the enormous parks and gardens found here). Bangalore is extremely popular for its nightlife and is an ideal place for anyone planning to visit Southern India. Some of the must visit attractions in Bangalore include Lalbagh Garden, Nandi Hills, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Vishveswaraiah Museum, Bannerghatta National Park, Cubbon Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, ISKCON Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Bull Temple and Bangalore Palace. 

    Bandipur National Park
    Located 70 kms from Ooty, Bandipur National Park is definitely one of the well preserved National Parks in India. Spanning over an area of 874 sq. km., the altitude of this park varies from 780 to 1455 meters. Along with Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park is also a part of the phenomenally prominent Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This once used to be the game and recreation reserve for the Maharajas from Mysore. Declared a National Park in the year 1974, the park houses 3000 Asian elephants, 70 tigers along with other animals such as dhole, leopards, sloth bears, gaur along with a number of birdlife. You can try activities like Elephant Safari – INR 50 per head, Mini Bus Safari – INR 75 per head and Jeep Safari – INR 300 per head, here.       

    Chikmagalur

    Located 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is located at an altitude of 3,400 feet on the foothills of the Mulliyangiri range. This is one of the top hills stations of Karnataka state and is famous for its tall mountains, lush green surroundings and serene environment. The place is particularly known for its coffee. What’s surprising is that coffee was cultivated for the first time here in India. Other prominent sightseeing spots of Chikmagalur are Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Amruthapura, Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls, Kemmanagundi and Mulliyangiri. 

    Coorg
    Located 362 km from Kochi, Coorg is a beautiful district in Karnataka. It lies at an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats and is known as the Scotland of India. This is another important hill station that you just cannot miss. Legends say that, Coorg is named after the River Cauvery. Thick tea and coffee plantations, undulating streets, misty hills, orange groves, breathtaking views and lush forests have made Coorg a prominent holiday destination. 

  • What you will like there?

    Mouth Watering Food
    Are you a foodie at heart? If yes, visiting Karnataka would be an excellent choice to make. Dosa at Uudpi, Pandi curry from Coorg, fish curry from Mangalore and South Indian deserts such as ‘Dharwad pedha’ and ‘Mysore pak’ are indeed some dishes to look forward to.  

    Waterfalls
    Apart from the many waterfalls of Karnataka, the two waterfalls that you’ll particularly like here are the Jog Falls and the Shivanasamudra Falls. Jog Falls is one of the highest plunge waterfalls of India and Shivanasamudra is a natural beauty that is equally beautiful. 

    Monsoon
    Rare are the places in India that actually get beautiful in monsoon and Karnataka is definitely on the top. The surroundings get greener and the different silver streams cascade from the mountains bringing forth an unparalleled view that is savored by nature lovers across the country. 

    Coffee
    Coffee is the favorite beverage of many in the world. If you haven’t brewed the coffee from Chikmagalur, your tour to Karnataka is incomplete. You can find umpteen number of little coffee shops in every nook and corner of Karnataka. 

    Architecture
    Karnataka has several architectural marvels that will leave you spell bound. The Rock Cut Caves of Karnataka are definitely one of the most scenic structures here. Apart from this, the Bhutnatha Temple which is an amalgam of Jain and Dravidian style of architecture is simply spectacular. 

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

Traveller Tales from Karnataka

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Agnimitra Banerjee

24 October 2015

Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly explor

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Devi Chattopadhyay

23 October 2015

This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very e...

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Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy

27 November 2017

"Lovely resort overlooking the lake\nWe (two girls) went from Bangalore to Doddaballapur (Bus no. 285M) and from doddaballapur to ujjani from ujjani it took us 10 \nmins to reach the resort the tour or...

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Rajinder Butt

15 August 2014

Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.

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udit kumar

26 September 2014

It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.

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Shakti Arora

10 April 2014

Wao it was absolutely brilliant to see those majestic Tiger and charismatic Leopard, this was the first time i saw these animals for the first time. The panoramic views catches our attention , its one

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Keerthana Priya

23 November 2017

"It was a wonderful experience.The food was also very tasty.Try to meet cute little rott from sula vineyards.."

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Sanchari Saha

10 January 2018

"Awesome Experience... Such a great wine tasting & learning session we had. We were allowed to taste some 5 varieties, with the instructor specifying its history then manufacturing, bottling & ageing p...

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shreya bhayani

28 February 2017

A must go place! We started our trek early in the morning and the journey through the jungle and waterfalls was breathtaking! There were a few steep climbs too with a scorching sun above us, but all of...

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