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Top 10 Places to Visit in Karnataka

 
  • Karnataka is a land of myriad attractions. You have the big urban centres to visit that display the modern progresses that have been made. There are the quaint villages that still retain the rustic charms of yore. Waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, temples, heritage sites – you name it, the state has it.
  • Most popular places to visit in Karnataka

  • 01 Cubbon Park

     Cubbon Park
    Experience greenery inside a bustling city at Cubbon Park. Spread over 300 acres, this park has multiple statues that dot its landscape. There are fountains and libraries here. You can also take a mini-train ride around the park. Inside the park, there are facilities for children’s play.
  • 02Lal Bagh Gardens

    Lal Bagh Gardens
    These botanical gardens were initially set up under the rule of Tipu Sultan. Of all botanical gardens, the Lal Bagh Gardens is considered the most picturesque. There is a lake within Lal Bagh. A flower show is held here every year showcasing numerous varieties of flowers.
    Heritage Walk in Lalbagh in Bangalore

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  • 03Kudremukh National Park

    "The stunning view of the nature from Kudremukh National Park"

    This wildlife sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to sightseeing, you can do wildlife adventure activities here. The presence of many rivers here creates exotic flora and fauna in this place. In the vicinity are holy shrines. The dense forest is intriguing. See wild animals such as sambhar, chevrotain, and lion tailed macaque. Go on bird watching expeditions to see rare birds in their natural habitat.

  • 04Mysore Zoo

    Image Credit :  Tambako the jaguar- Flickr

    Spread over 245 acres, the Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest in the country. The zoo houses a variety of wild animals and birds.

    The majority of wild animals that are present in the zoo are elephants. There are lions, tigers, zebras and giraffes here as well. The zoo was originally a hunting reserve for the erstwhile Wodeyar rulers. But in the 19th century the zoo was opened to the public.

  • 05Iruppu Falls

    This waterfall is located in the Brahmagiri range. You can reach these falls through a 48 km journey from Virajpet. Also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, Iruppu Falls is surrounded by nature trails.There is a legend attached to these waterfalls. It is said that Lord Rama and Lakshmana passed through this region. They discovered the river here that eventually contributed to the waterfalls. Therefore having a dip in these waters is considered to be a spiritually cleansing act.
  • 06 Mullayanagiri

     Mullayanagiri
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    This is the highest peak in the state. Located in the Baba Budan Giri mountain region, the Mullayanagiri peak rises to an altitude of more than 1900 metres. The mountain region has salubrious climatic conditions. The landscape is chiefly grasslands but interspersed with rocky terrain.

    There is ample number of trekking routes here. One such trekking trail begins from Sarpadaari. Apart from nature trails, the mountain presents an opportunity to go mountain biking.

    Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri Trek in Chikmagalur

    Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri Trek in Chikmagalur

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  • 07Abbey Falls

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    Located in the Western Ghats, Abbey Falls is created by the combination of several streams. You have to visit the falls during the monsoon. The water is voluminous and makes a thunderous sound from miles away. The water gushes out amidst coffee plantations. A hanging bridge has been constructed nearby. You can stand on this bridge and view the falls.

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    The falls are accessible from Madikeri. Narrow trails through nature trails take you to the falls region. On the way you pass numerous coffee and cardamom plantations. Even though monsoon is the best time to visit, the early winter is the most favourable time to visit Abbey Falls.
  • 08Mudabidiri

    There are more than a dozen Jain monasteries here. The images of Jain saints are installed in these monasteries. These shrines are visited by Jains and worshipped.
  • Offbeat places to visit in Karnataka

  • 09 Vidhana Soudha

    The State Legislature is housed here. It is a magnificent building built in the Neo-Dravidian style. It is a landmark building in Bangalore.
  • 10Government Museum

    This museum holds the distinction of being one of the oldest in India. The collection here is a varied one, consisting of sculptures, paintings and relics from the Indus Valley Civilization.


  • 11 The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

    Being a sky theatre with an impressive dome, this planetarium is the place where you can see plenty of astronomers. If you have an active interest in space and cosmos, visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.
  • 12The Bull Temple

    The Bull Temple

    The monolithic bull that sits at the entrance of the temple is enough to get you awe-struck amongst Karnataka places to visit.

    The huge bull statue is in front of the famous Bull Temple of Bangalore. The temple is popular amongst locals and is a featured landmark as well.

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    Horse Trip to Big Bull Temple, Mysore

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  • 13 Amba Vilas Palace

    Image Credit :  Keith Cuddeback- Flickr

    Also called the Mysore Palace, this structure is the centre of attraction when you are in Mysore and is one of the top 10 places to visit in Karnataka. The sprawling palace is richly decorated. The intricate carvings of the ceilings, pillars and arches leave you amazed. The architecture is thrilling to say the least.

    The palace was the seat of power of the Wodeyars. The history of this palace dates back to the medieval period. A three storeyed structure, the Amba Vilas Palace has pink textured domes made of marble that makes it a romantic palace as well.

  • 14 Brindavan Gardens

    Image Credit : Rajesh- Flickr
    This is a sprawling verdant park lying in the vicinity of the Krishnaraja Sagara Dam. The Cauvery Irrigation Department maintains this garden. Spread over 60 acres, there is a fruit orchard and a couple of horticultural farms here.The main attraction here is the musical fountain. During evenings and on special occasions, the musical fountain erupts into a magical disposition of lights and music.  There is also a lake in the premises. Boating is the main activity here.
  • 15Raja's Seat

    This is a seasonal garden that attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Located in Madikeri, the capital city of Coorg, Raja’s Seat was the leisure and recreation garden of the rulers. It was mostly used by their queens who used to spend time in these salubrious settings. The highlight of this place is the sunrise and sunset views. Also, you can see the hills and valleys from this place, since the Raja’s Seat is at an elevated plane.
  • 16 Sharadamba Temple

    The architecture of this temple is constructed using the modern Dravidian style. The gopuram at the entrance of the temple is impressive. The presiding goddess here is Sharada – who is considered the goddess of knowledge.

    It is believed that the construction of this temple began under the aegis of Adi Shankaracharya. Initially the temple was made of wood. But a fire destroyed the temple. Subsequently the Sharadamba Temple was reconstructed.

  • 17Karkala

    It is a well-known place for temples. The highlight of this place is the statue of Bahubali that stands at a height of 13m.
  • 18Dharmasthala

    It is a temple village and is also a melting pot of different religions and cultures. Located on the banks of the Nethravathi River, people visit this place to pray at the Manjunatha temple. The other attraction of Dharmasthala is the majestic and huge Gomateshwara statue. The Manjunatha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivalinga inside the temple is made of pure gold.
  • 19 Sringeri

    Visit Sringeri to view beautiful scenery. Set against the banks of the Tungabhadra River, the verdant rolling hills of this town will enthrall you. Being a prominent pilgrimage region, pilgrims visit this place to visit the Sringeri Mutt.