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  • Karnataka is a state that is known for being one of the country’s richest states in terms of wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka are home to a large variety of animals, like the elephant, sloth bears, tigers, jackals, the gaur and so many more. Having a forest area of almost 38,720 square kilometres, more than 20 percent of Karnataka is under forest cover. The Western Ghats, which are a biodiversity spot, also include the western region of this state.

    Additionally, some sanctuaries like the Bandipur and Nagarhole parks are also a part of the country’s biggest biosphere reserve, known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
    Karnataka Wildlife Sanctuaries can not only bring joy to everyone who visits them, but are a delight for nature enthusiasts, photographers and people who love wildlife. They also offer exciting adventurous activities such as trekking, camping, safaris and are known to attract thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.

    Here are some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka:



    Nestled in the Western Ghats, with the Kallahathigiri surrounding the area and the Bhadra river flowing through the picturesque terrains, lies this beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. With dry, deciduous and sub-tropical hill forests spreading across the region, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 492.46 square kilometres. This sanctuary is a part of the Project Tiger and has a wide variety of flora and fauna.

    this sanctuary is situated almost 38 kilometres to the northwest of the Chikmagalur district in Karnataka.

    Best time to visit
    :  from November to February.

    Flora and fauna
    : there are over 120 tree species, most having medicinal properties, that grow here. Teak, rosewood, hone, Nandi, tadasalu, bamboo, kindal, etc. are found here. You can also see the 300-year old Jagara Giant, a big teak tree with a girth of 5.21 metres.

    The wildlife of this sanctuary includes tigers, leopards, wild dog, jackal, elephant, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, langur, bonnet macaque and the Malabar giant squirrel among many others.The sanctuary is also home to many species of reptiles, birds and butterflies.

    Safari timings:
    You can avail the safari from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and 4 pm to 6 pm.

    Safari cost:
    The cost per head for a jeep is INR 400, and a jeep accommodates 5 passengers. The price per head in canter is INR 300, and it can accommodate over 25 passengers.



    Named after the reigning deity of the Mookambika temple in Kollur, this is one of the protected Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka. Filled with thick evergreen and deciduous forests of the Western Ghats, this sanctuary, established in 1974, is untouched and idyllic place, with an unexplored treasure of amazing wildlife. Spread over 247 square kilometres, the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is divided into three zones, which are the core zone, buffer zone and tourism zone. You can also enjoy nature camping and trekking here.

    LOCATION: this sanctuary is located near Kollur in Udupi district, around 125 kilometres from Mangalore.

    BEST TIME TO VISIT: between November and April

    FLORA AND FAUNA: you can find many rare species of trees and wildlife here. Some of the tree species found here are Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum and Hopea parviflora, along with the rare Coscinium fenestratum. You can also spot the rare medicinal tree Arenga wightii here.

    The sanctuary is home to the endangered cane turtle and animals like Slender loris, lion-tailed macaque, sambar, chital, sloth bear, gaur, wild pig, sambar, porcupine, tiger and leopard along with the Malabar Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel and the rare black panther.

    SAFARI TIMINGS: Early morning to evening, (approximately 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

    SAFARI COST: INR 100 for forest entry, INR 2000 for a jeep that takes you for the safari.


    This is a wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka that includes the Arabithittu State Forest and is spread over 13.5 square kilometres. Although they do not permit any tourism, camps for college and school students are regularly organised. This wildlife sanctuary is a delight for photographers, bird watchers and nature lovers.

    : this sanctuary is located in the Mysore District at Hunsur Taluk of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit
    : between late October and April

    Flora and fauna
    : One can find plantations of sandalwood and eucalyptus.As far as animals are concerned one can spot Leopard, fox, spotted deer, etc.The park boasts of more than 230 species of birds.

    Safari timings
    : you need special permission to visit the sanctuary and book your slots accordingly

    Safari cost
    : there are no entry fees here.



    Deriving its name from the Bhimgad Fort built and commanded by Shivaji in the 17th century, the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats. It is famous for being home to the Barapede Caves and for being the only breeding area of Wroughton’s free-tailed bat, a threatened species on the verge of extinction. Spread over an area of 190.42 square kilometres, this is one of the few Karnataka Wildlife Sanctuaries that encloses many geo-morphological limestone formations with several caves in its west. It also has many rivers and perennial streams and is a picturesque place to visit.

    Location: it is located in Khanapur Taluk of Belgaum District near Jamboti Village, around 60 kilometres from Belgaum.

    Best time to visit: the region has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The winters are colder, and the months of April to June are warm. The monsoon months are ideal to enjoy the rains. So, one must visit accordingly. However, it is recommended not to visit during the rainy season.

    Flore and fauna: it is a treasure house of Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests and grasslands and is rich in medicinal plants.The sanctuary has tigers, leopards, gaur, sloth bears, sambar, spotted deer, chitals, foxes, wild dogs, king cobras, elephants, and other threatened species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

    One can also enjoy birdwatching and find birds like the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove and even the elusive Malabar Trogon.

    Safari timings: throughout the day, although the best time to visit is around 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

    Safari cost: There is an entry fee of INR 150 per person and INR 1000 per person for foreigners. Safari costs are extra.


    In addition to being one of the most idyllic Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary also doubles up as a wonderful weekend getaway destination. It derives its name from the nearby Brahmagiri peak, which stands tall at 1607 metres. It is surrounded by coffee and cardamom plantations, steep valleys and hills, as well as eight rivers and many small streams. It also consists of two reserve forest areas, the Brahmagiri and Urty, with the Borapole river dividing the two.

    Location: this sanctuary is located in the Coorg district of Karnataka

    Best time to visit: between September and March

    Flora and fauna: the sanctuary predominantly has evergreen and semi evergreen forests, and you can find shola grasslands on higher altitudes. Commonly found plants are Anogeissus latifolia, schleichera oleosa, terminalia tomentosa, terminalia arjuna, wrightia tinctorial along with bamboos and eucalyptus.

    The Sanctuary has a large number of species such as Elephant, Guar, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Pig, Spotted deer, Nigiri Langur, Giant Flying, King Cobra, Slender Loris, Common Otter, Civets, and Bonnet Macaque etc.It also has around 240 species of birds.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: entry fee for Indians is INR 200 and for foreigners is INR 1000, with an additional INR 200 for trekking.
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    A perfect getaway spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers, this wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Some rare and exotic species like the four-horned antelope and the barking deer are found here. Established in 1987 and covering an area of 527 square kilometres, this sanctuary is hidden in the mountains with the pristine Cauvery river flowing through it.

    Location: it is located near Malemadeshwara Hills, on the outskirts of Bangalore

    Best time to visit: between May to November.

    Flora and fauna: with a thick forest cover, the sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, elephant, wild boar among many other amazing species of animals like the four horned antelope, wild boars, common otters and hares.

    The White Browed Bulbul, the Green Billed Malkoha, and other unique birds can all be spotted at the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mahseer Fish is also popularly found in the waters of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Safari timings:  10 am to 4.30 pm

    Safari cost: INR 200 per person for Indian nationals.



    One of the largest Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of serene surroundings. It is a region rich ion phenomenal natural wealth. Spread over an area of 866 square kilometres, this sanctuary was established in 1956 and is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in the state of Karnataka. It is situated on the banks of the river Kali and is one of the most under-rated wildlife sanctuaries in the country.

    Location: it is located in Uttara Kannada district that borders the states of goa and Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between March and October.

    Flora and fauna: the region has breathtaking scenic valleys and rivers with moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests.The sanctuary is home to barking, spotted and mouse deer, sloth bear, panther, tiger, gaur, elephant, wild dog, civet cat, bison, jackal, langur and giant flying squirrel along with many species of colourful birds.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: The jeep safari costs Rs 40 for Indians and Rs 80 for foreigners.



    Created exclusively to preserve the Indian sloth bear, the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is just 15 kilometres away from the World Heritage site of Hampi. Some of the best experiences that you were ever get here is to witness bears coming down from the nearby hills during the evenings. Moreover, the forest department staff feed a mixture of jaggery and corn to the bears at one particular designated place of the sanctuary between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. every day.

    Location: this sanctuary is located in the Ballari district in Karnataka

    Best time to visit: between August and April

    Flora and fauna: The fauna here are primarily dry deciduous scrub and Southern thorn forests.There are around 120 Sloth Bears in this sanctuary. It is also home to Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild Boars, Star Tortoise, Monitor Lizard, Mongoose, Peafowls, Partridges, Porcupine, Pangolins, Painted Spur Hen, and Quails. Additionally, it has around 90 species of birds and 27 species of butterflies.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: The entry fee INR 50 for Indians and INR 300 per head for foreigners. It costs INR 500 per car and INR 1500 per bus.


    Spread over an area of 431 kilometres, this Karnataka Wildlife sanctuary is situated near Jog Falls and covers the Sharavathi Valley Region. Nourished by the Sharavati river and having the Linganamakki reservoir, the sanctuary is divided into core zone, buffer zone and tourism zones.

    Location: located in Sagar of Shimoga District in Karnataka, about 350 kilometres from Bangalore.

    Best time to visit: between November and May

    Flora and fauna: The region is rich in evergreen, semi-green and moist deciduous forests.

    The sanctuary is home to the endangered Lion-tailed macaque. Other mammals include tiger, leopard (black panther), wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, otter and pangolin.

    Reptiles here include king cobra, python, rat snake, crocodile and monitor lizard.Some of the bird species found here are three species of hornbill, paradise flycatcher, racket-tailed drongo, blue-throated barbet and Indian lories and lorikeets.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: the safari costs fluctuate according to slots and seasons.


    One of the pristine Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, the Jayamangali Black Reserve is a forest ecosystem bordering the rocky hills of Andhra Pradesh. It has the second largest contiguous population of Blackbuck in Karnataka.

    Location: it is located in Tumkur district, around 100 kilometres north of Bangalore.

    Best time to visit: The climate gets extreme during different seasons. The best time to visit the Conservation Reserve is post monsoon until winters.

    Flora and fauna: This forest reserve is predominantly made up of open grasslands and bushes and is rich in Acacia and Eucalyptus plantation. There are more than 80 species of medicinal plants in this area.The animals that are commonly seen here are the Blackbuck, Indian Grey Mongoose, Indian Fox and the Black Naped Hare.

    There is other wildlife like the leopard, wolf, Jungle Cat and Civet as well.This reserve is also a great place for bird watching with some rare species like the Montagu’s Harrier, the Indian Courser, the Painted Sandgrouse and the Great Indian Bustard seen here.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 100 per person.


    One of the few Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka as well as the country, this elephant camp is home to many Asiatic elephants and is considered to be one of those places that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. This camp is one of the best places for wildlife tourism in the state as it has surreal and peaceful surroundings and breathtaking sights to wonder. Originally set up in order to train elephants for logging purposes, such programs were abolished in 2008 after which these mighty animals were trained for religious ceremonies and ritual processions. These animals are now trained for human interaction.

    Location: The camp is situated on the bank of Kaveri River in Kodagu district of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between September and March

    Flora and fauna: surrounded by lush green thick forests, along with elephants, you can spot animals like sambhar, the spotted deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, gaurs, bears and crocodiles.

    Safari timings: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 800 for Indian nationals and INR 1437 for foreigners

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    Formed in 2007 after joining the two sanctuaries of Dandeli and Anshi, the Kali Tiger Reserve is one of the largest, most beautiful jungles in the country and is very bio-diverse in nature, especially for tigers. It is spread over a total area of over 1300 square kilometres. The reserve gets its name from the Kali river that flows through it and serves as the lifeline of the ecosystem here. It is also home to the Bengal tigers, black panthers and Indian elephants, amongst other distinctive fauna.

    Location: located in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka

    Best time to visit: between October to May

    Flora and fauna: the reserve predominantly has rain forests and moist deciduous forests, and include trees and plants like bintangur, Malabar tamarind, Garcinia morella, Knema attenuata, blackboard tree, Flacourtia montana, Artocarpus lacucha, true cinnamon, bamboo, bauhinia, eucalyptus, lantana, silver oak, teak and jamba among others.

    Home to black panthers, elephants and tigers, the reserve also has other animals like the Indian bison, sloth bear, Indian wild boar, bonnet macaque, northern plains grey langur, grey slender loris, and several species of deer. You can also spot Wild dog, jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, small Indian civet, Indian grey mongoose, flying squirrel, porcupine, Malabar civet, Indian giant squirrel and pangolins here.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 500 per person.


    Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the world and is one of the 21 well-known Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka. Established in 1987, the wildlife sanctuary is as one of the World Heritage Sites. Covered by steep terrain and waterfalls alongside mountain streams, the sanctuary is home to the Kadamakkal reserve forest. it has an altitude of 160 to 1712 metres and the highest peak in it is the Pushpagiri.  Almost 70% of the sanctuary is covered with dense forests.

    Location: It is located in the Kogadu (Coorg) district in Somwarpet taluk in Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between November to March.

    Flora and fauna: There are semi-evergreen vegetation and dense evergreen trees that are spread across the region.One can spot a variety of animal species that include Indian Hare, Spotted Deer, Giant Flying Squirrel, Otter Species, Indian Wild Dog, Travancore Flying, Brown Palm Civet, Wild Pig, Indian Giant Squirrel, Stripe-necked mongoose, Sambar, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Indian Muntjac, and mouse deer. Primates are also easily found here, their species include common langur, lion-tailed macaque, and bonnet macaque.

    The sanctuary has a rich diversity of birds which include threatened species like black and orange flycatcher, grey breasted laughing thrush and Nilgiri Flycatcher. There are also birds like a Nilgiri wood pigeon, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey Headed Bulbul, blue winged parakeet, small sunbird and the white-bellied blue flycatcher.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 1300 for Indians and INR 1800 for foreigners.

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    Named after Talakaveri, the origin of the Cauvery River which lies on the eastern edge of the sanctuary, this place was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1987. Talakaveri wildlife sanctuary is spread over 105.01 square kilometres and is covered with tropical evergreen forests. One can also find coffee and cardamom plantations here.

    Location: Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between November and April

    Flora and fauna: Dipterocarpus indicus, Hopea parviflora, Dysoxylum malabaricum, Pallaquim ellipticum, Mesua ferrea and Artocarpus lakoocha are some of the plant and tree species found here.

    Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is home to mammals like Elephant, Tiger, Jackal, Gaur, Wild pig, Sloth bear, Lion-tailed Macaque, Leopard, Leopard cat, Wild dog, Nilgiri Marten, Common Palm Civet, Brown Palm Civet, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Clawless otter, Common Mongoose, Brown Mongoose, Striped-Necked Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose and Porcupine.

    Safari timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: The safari cost here are subject to change.



    One of the most important and the largest Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, this place covers the 6 isles of crocodile infested backwaters of the river Kaveri. Named after the famous Hindu God Sri Ranganatha Swamy, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this sanctuary is spread over an area of 40 acres with Kaveri River flowing through it.

    Lovca: 16 kilometres from Mysore and 3 kilometres from Srirangapatna

    Best time to visit: between June and November

    Flora and fauna: Riverine reed beds cover the island banks, while the islands themselves are covered in broadleaf forests, with dominant species of the Arjun tree, bamboo groves, and Eucalyptus and acacia trees. The sanctuary also houses numerous small mammals, including bonnet macaque, smooth coated otter, colonies of flying fox and common small mammals like common palm civet and Indian grey mongoose and the monitor lizard.

    The sanctuary is home around 170 species of birds that include birds like Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher. Besides the avifauna; the reserve attracts migratory birds from distant places like Australia, Siberia and even North America.

    Safari timngs: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 300 for Indian nationals and INR 1000 for foreigners.

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Om Beach

Brace yourself for a scenic getaway with a trip to Om Beach when you are in Gokarna. One of the most picturesque attractions in Gokarna, Om Beach is known for its serene landscape. Om Beach is a wonderful respite for adventure junkies who love to exult in the thrill of various water activities.

One of the most splendid features of this beach is that it is shaped like the symbol ‘Om’ and attracts scores of crowds who wish to relax and unwind. Although the beach is unparalleled in natural ch beauty among sightseeing places in Gokarna, it is relatively less crowded and charms the visitors with its rejuvenating ambience. It is also the starting point of the Gokarna Beach trek.

For those who are fond of photography and loves to indulge in laid-back strolls, Om Beach is one place that will go down the memory lanes forever.

Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
October to March is the most preferred time to visit Om Beach.

The most popular activities at Om Beach are banana boat rides, dolphin spotting, fishing, bumper boat ride, jet skiing and beachside trekking.

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


Kudle Beach

Shaped like a perfect ‘C’, Kudle Beach is one of the most beautiful Gokarna tourist places that you’l ever come across. Flanked by coconut trees, Kudle Beach is a wonderful retreat for the lovers of peace and quiet.

The sheer beauty and simplicity of the beach is a breathtaking surprise and people visit this beach to enjoy the serene surroundings. Kudle Beach is most famous for offering a spectacular sunset and sunrise in Gokarna.

Attracting scores of tourists, mostly foreigners and backpackers, Kudle Beach is a beach haven to enjoy a leisurely stroll or indulge in some enterprising ventures like swimming, surfing and beach trekking in Gokarna.

There are also many beach shacks and makeshift bamboo huts where people can spend the night on the beach and appreciate the wonder of glistening waters in the light of the moon.

Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Best Time to visit:
November to February is the best time to visit Kudle Beach.

It is advisable to visit the beach from 4 am to 6:30 pm.

Trekking, yoga, surfing etc.

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


Half Moon Beach

Listed as one of the most attractive sightseeing places in Gokarna, Half Moon Beach boasts of beautiful surroundings. The beach derives its name based on its shape like a half moon.

Half Moon Beach is known for its clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters. Mostly famous for foreign travellers and backpackers, Half Moon Beach is a great place to relax and unwind.

Half Moon Beach can be visited by a hike from Om Beach which is a thrilling enterprise. Away from all the crowds, this beach is a wonderful destination to indulge in some fun activities as well as indulge in enjoying some mouth-watering food available at the beach shacks nearby.

This beach is an idyllic escape from the noise of the city or enjoys some classic beach activities like sunbathing or swimming.

Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

Best Time to visit:
The ideal time to pay a visit to the Half Moon Beach is between October and March

Tourists can visit here any time from 6 am to 6 pm.

Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins

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


Paradise Beach

Also renowned as the Full Moon Beach, Paradise Beach is a great spot to relax away from all the civilization in the realm of nature. It a splendid place for those interested in camping and relaxing seeing the blue waves of the ocean crash against the rocks on the white sands. Swimming is one of the most surreal activities which you can indulge in after taking due precautions of safety from the strong currents of the ocean.

One can reach this beach after a small hiking adventure from the Half Moon Beach in Gokarna. It can also be reached via a motor boat. This beach was once a popular hotspot for trading weed and many foreigners flocked here. However, now all the commercial activities are prohibited here. There are also not much of water sports, but tourists can bask in the serene surroundings and relax and unwind at Paradise Beach.

Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
Paradise Beach is best to visit from the month of October to March for tourists.

 The beach can be visited from the time of sunrise to sunset every day.

Camping, swimming,

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


Namaste Café

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

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

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

Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

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

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

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

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


Gokarna Beach

Gokarna beach is amongst the popular places to visit in Gokarna for many reasons. It is the main beach that is located close to Mahabaleshwar Temple and frequented by the tourists who visit here.

It is considered holy to take a dip in the waters by the Gokarna Beach before visiting the temple complex and worship Lord Shiva. This beautiful beach is a must visit for nature lovers and offers a scenic retreat for all the tourists in Gokarna. It also boasts of stunning beach stays where people can spend some quality time with nature in Gokarna.

The most amazing time to visit the beach is during the festival of Shivratri when it is the most resplendent. Though there aren’t many shacks or cafes here but this beach is one of the most crowded places in Gokarna at times.

However, tourists can always visit Gokarna Beach during the time of sunrise to enjoy a laid-back stroll with a beautiful scenery in front of the eyes.

Gokarna Beach Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
October to March is the best time to visit Gokarna Beach.

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


Mirjan Fort

Mirjan Fort is a majestic masterpiece of architecture that one can find standing gloriously on the banks of Aghanashini river. The fort has many historical events associated with it which makes it a delight for history buffs in Gokarna.

It is believed to be built under the patronage of Queen Chennabharadevi, famously known as pepper queen of India in the 16th century. This fort which was once an important centre the spice trade was later captured by the British who used it for their armoury.

It is encompassed by a mesmerising landscape and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. This magnificent fort in Mirjan speaks of the great history of the region and housed some intriguing artefacts like Chinese Porcelain, clay tablets with Islamic inscriptions and gold coins attributed to Portuguese Viceroy Conde De Sarzedas that were excavated by ASI in 2001.

Mirjan Fort, talluk, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
The fort can be visited throughout the year by tourists. However, the monsoon months are preferred to witness the breathtaking greenery around the fort.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm are the visiting hours at Mirjan Fort

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


Koti Tirtha

One of the most sacred places to visit in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is a popular man-made tank that holds great reverence among the locals and tourists.

This tank is encompassed by beautiful temples all around and used for ritual bathing and immersing idols. As per one popular legend in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is believed to be the origin of a thousand springs.

Koti Tirtha is situated close to the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and attracts pilgrims who visit the temple to perform rituals and pay respect to the ancestors.

This sacred pond is used by devotees to take a bath and offers a quaint spiritual ambience for all those who seek a religious rendezvous.

Koti Teertha, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
It can be visited throughout the year.

The timings to visit here are from 12:00 am to 12:00 pm

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


Nirvana Beach

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

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

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

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

Nirvana Beach, Kumta, Karnataka

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

Swimming, picnicking etc.

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


Bhadrakali Temple

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

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

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

Sri Bhadrakali Temple, Main Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka

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

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

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


Mahabaleshwara Temple

Showcasing the brilliance of the classic Dravidian architecture, Mahabaleshwara Temple is one of the must visit Gokarna tourist places. The 4th century temple in Gokarna is most famous for its Shiva Linga known as Atma Linga that is worshipped here and also known as Dakshin Kashi, often being paralleled to the Shiva Temple at Varanasi.

This major temple in Gokarna has a 1500-year-old deity that is carved stone of Lord Shiva. If you’re seeking a spiritual retreat, Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna will refresh your soul and offer a peaceful retreat with the Almighty.

According to one popular legend, it is believed that the deity of the temple will bestow immense blessings to devotees to those who just get a glimpse of it. For fans of art and culture too, Mahabaleshwara Temple is a beautiful masterpiece for the tourists to appreciate.

Koti Teertha Road, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit:
The temple can be visited anytime throughout the year.

It is open from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and then from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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


Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The entry price is Rs 20

 Opens from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.


Cubbon Park

This green belt region is spread over 300 acres land housing 6000 trees of different families contributing to the rich flora of the region.  

Within the campus of the park, there are some interesting points like Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park etc. 

It is like a second home to nature lovers and morning joggers. If you wish to cover the entire park but not foot then hop on a toy train and tour around in the most fun away. Cubbon Park is one of the Banglore tourist places where you can just sit idly beneath the green foliage and unwind watching the magical hours in the sky.  

 Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Best Time to Visit:
 Early morning.

 Free entry.

6 am to 6 pm on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

Average time required to visit the place: 
2 to 3 hours or half a day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: 
Approximately 3.5 km

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Brigade Road

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

Price: There is no entry fee for the market.

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 km

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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM

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Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km.

The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season.

INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

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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