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  • 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

  • 01Cubbon 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.
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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

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    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.
  • 06Mullayanagiri

    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.

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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.
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  • 09Vidhana 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.


  • 11The 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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  • 13Amba Vilas Palace

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    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.

  • 14Brindavan Gardens

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    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.
  • 16Sharadamba 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.
  • 19Sringeri

    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.

Attractions

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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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Nishani Motte

When you explore the lesser known destination, it fills you with euphoria and Nishani Motte peak is one of those places to visit in Coorg. It is a trek of 15 kilometers that brings the uber joy of departing into an unknown land. 

The trail goes through forest research, long paddy stretches, aromatic coffee states and small rivulets and streams. The unadulterated sight of river Cauvery or Kaveri is so soul-altering that you can sit by the bank of the river and spend some lone time.

Height: 4167 ft.

Location: Nishanimotte, Bhagamandala Village, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Winter and Autumn

Entry fee: No entry fee

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 days (trek)

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 12 to 15 KM

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Mullayanagiri

One of the most spectacular attractions in Chikmagalur is Mullayanagiri that is known for its jaw dropping natural beauty. With its calming ambience formed by lush greenery, misty weather and rugged rocks, Mullayanagiri is a heavenly place to relish your vacation. Mullayanagiri Peak is a heaven for adventure junkies who wish to partake in a number of thrilling activities like road biking, trekking and mountain biking. 

This place is also renowned for a small temple dedicated to Tapasvi Mullappa swamy and a trek to the peak takes one through many landmarks like some caves, a stream and a Nandi statue. Mullayanagari is one of the few places to visit in Chikmagalur where you will find yourself at loss of words as you behold the most majestic views of the landscape. 

Height: Mullayanagiri is at an altitude of 1950 metres above sea level

Location: Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit: One can visit here for the best experience from late September till early March.

Entry fee: Free

Timings:  It is open throughout the day. However, it is advised to avoid visiting during the dark hours of the day. 

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located approximately 20 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand 
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Kudremukh National Park

Get ready to feast your eyes with the charm of wild and natural beauty at Kudremukh National Park. This place is notable as one of the most visited Chikmagalur tourist places and offers a refreshing getaway. It is appreciated for its scenic splendor and houses some of the most gorgeous flora and fauna in the state of Karnataka. The word Kudremukh means a horse face and gives the name to the peak located in this park which is often hailed as a thrilling trekking place.
 
Kudremukh National Park is a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers who wish to escape the worries of life in the most wonderful surroundings. This place is nestled between beautiful tea and coffee plantations and offers a rejuvenating trip in the midst of mesmerising wilderness. 

• Location: South Kanada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: December to February are the best months to visit Kudremukh National Park 

• Entry fee: INR 200/ USD 3 for Indians and INR 1000/ USD 15 for foreigners

• Timings: The advisable time to visit here is from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is approximately 130 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand
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Dodda Alada Mara

The sprawling branches of a Banyan tree has captured a land of over 3 acres in Kethohalli village, making it one of the unique sightseeing places in Bangalore. This 400-year-old Banyan tree is stated to be the second largest tree in the country and the first largest in Karnataka. 

A thousand aerial roots hanging out from this tree covers a circumference of over 250 meters. Dodda Alada Mara is a well-maintained and well-kept secret of Karnataka which is properly fenced and protected with cemented seats placed beside it for the visitors to enjoy the magic of nature. 

The interesting fact about Dodda Alada Mara is that it stands erect on the thousand aerial root without having the main root as it died out of some natural diseases in the past.

Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings are ideal to spend at Dodda Alada Mara to enjoy cool breezes and a blazing sunset.

Price:

Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.


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Mallalli Falls

Mallali falls take abode at the base of the Pushpagiri hills at a distance of 26 KM from Somvarpet village. Originating from River Kumaradhara, the falls takes a dive from more than 1000 meters and gradually drains in Arabian Sea. 

It is always better to visit this waterfall during rainy season as it is a seasonal waterfall and is boasted along the Abbey falls.  

After a 10 KM drive from Somwarpet to Kalahali Road, the trekking routes for Mallali falls starts which is around 2 to 3 KM and there are wide steps for visitors to climb up to the falls. 

The best way to enjoy the drizzle and cool breeze at the fall is to trek through the gorgeous trails of the western ghats.

Height: 200 ft.

Location: Somvarpet 573123, India

Best Time to visit: October to February.

Entry fee: Entry is free.

Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on all the days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 57 to 58 KM.


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Kemmangundi

Escape into the serene surroundings at Kemmangundi in Chikmagalur which is known for its panoramic views. This beautiful hill station is popularly known as KR Hills and was known as the summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. One of the best places to visit in Chikamagalur, this place is known for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

For the most enchanting visit, Raj Bhawan in Kemmangundi offers a gorgeous view at the time of sunset making it a pure photographer’s delight. It is also a hotspot for nature lovers with beautiful waterfalls, gurgling streams and verdant valleys. Some of the famous attractions that one must not visit in Kemmangundi are Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri etc.  

• Height: It is at a height of 1434 metres above sea level

• Location: Kemmangundi, Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the most pleasant time to visit here

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Kemmangundi is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur

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Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Take a dive into the past with a visit to Ballalarayana Durga Fort when you are in Chikmagalur. It is known amongst the most popular Chikmagalur tourist places for history lovers and boasts of an exciting adventure for thrill seekers. This isolated but intriguing fort in Chikmagalur was built in the 12th century by the wife of Veera Ballala l who was the king of Hoysala empire. Today, this fort is nothing but ancient wonder standing in ruins and testifies to the history of the region.

The most outstanding feature of Ballalarayana Durga Fort is its soothing ambience where one is away from the clamour of city life and surrounded by lush greenery. Trekking to Ballalarayana Durga Fort is one of the most sought after experiences in Chikmagalur due to its panoramic views and challenging nature. One must look forward to visiting Ballalarayana Durga Fort at the time of sunset to behold the most captivating views of your vacation. 

• Location: Ballalarayana Durga Fort, Madugundi, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: November to May is the most ideal time for tourism at Ballalarayana Durga Fort

• Timings: One could visit the Ballalarayana Durga Fort from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm any day of the week.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 50 kilometres.

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