Top Places to Visit in Karnataka

Karnataka is a state in south-western region of India. Originally, it was known as State of Mysore but was renamed Karnataka in the year 1973. The word 'Karnataka' is derived from the Kannada words 'Karu' and 'Nadu' which means 'Elevated Land.

Bangalore is the largest city, and also the capital of this state. Karnataka is surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Laccadive sea, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Karnataka is a land with diverse geography as well as culture. When it comes to nature, the most dense Western ghats apparently is in Karnataka.

Kannada is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. The best time to visit Karnataka is between November and April. The weather is fine pleasant days.

Bangalore

Bangalore Palace Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka in south India. It is also known as Silicon Valley of India. It has grown into the fifth largest metropolis of India. Bangalore is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state which known for its pleasant climate and green surroundings. The city is famous for its beautiful parks, avenues, heritage centers, forts and palaces. Added advantage of this destination is the many interesting places around it that make a perfect getaway for everyone.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Bangalore Fort, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Vidhana Soudha, Ulsoor Lake, Visvesvaraya Museum, ISKCON temple complex, Someshwara Temple, Lalbagh Botanical Garden and Cubbon Park.

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Hampi

Hampi Stone Chariot Vittala Temple Hampi is located in Karnataka state of India. It's about 350 kilometers north of Bangalore, the state capital. Monuments of Hampi are a collection of heritage sites includes group of temples, places and other monuments on the banks of the river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. It was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as the cultural heritage site. Spread over an area more than 25 square kilometers, it is well worth the visit, a great place to spend a few days wandering around and discovering the rich, vibrant history. Every rock in Hampi has a story to say and the best way to explore Hampi comes from being on a bicycle or by walking around.

Hampi's attractions are scattered over a large area, some of the major one are Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple, Royal Enclosure, Hemakuta Hill Temples, Riverside Ruins, Krishna Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha, Queen’s bath, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Pattabhirama Temple and Hazara Rama Temple.

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Mysore

Mysore Palace Mysore is the city in the state of Karnataka, India which is located at a distance of about 140 km from Bangalore. It is one of the major tourist destinations due to its rich cultural heritage and historic importance. The temples, magnificent palaces, colorful festivals and luxuriant gardens are the major Mysore tourist attractions that are frequently visited by the tourists. Mysore Palace is the most important palace in the city, which is also regarded as the most visited monument in India.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Mysore are Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Philomena’s Church, Shivanasamudra Falls, Melukote, Jayalakshmi Vilas, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahali Lake.

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Bijapur

Gol-Gumbaz Bijapur is a historic fort city which is located in state Karnataka about 530 kms to the north-west of Bangalore. Most of the monuments that stand today were built during the rule of the Adil Shah Dynasty. The foundation of city were laid during the Chalukyan dynasty between the 10th and 11th centuries. They called it Vijayapura or the 'City of Victory' from which comes its present name Bijapur. Bijapur is famous for having the largest dome in the world i. e. the Gol Gumbaz. The best time to visit the city is between October and March, which is the winter season for the city.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Bijapur are Gol-Gumbaz, Ibrahim Rauza, Mallike-e Maidan, Jumma Masjid, Bara Kamaan, Gajanan Temple, Taj Bawdi, Methar Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Jala Manzil, Upli Buruj, Shivagiri and Siddeshwar Temple.

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Coorg

Abbey Falls Coorg is located in the south-west part of Karnataka bordering Kerala. This is regarded as a perfect holiday destination near Bangalore and one of the best destinations for nature lover in India. Being a hill station, with its undiluted landscapes, colourful scenery, lovely waterfalls and rich in flora and fauna, it has much to offer visitors to see and admire here. The nearest railway station is Mysore, some 100 kms away and nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport about 160 kms away.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Coorg are Abbey falls, Brahmagiri Peak, Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp, Iruppu Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Raja’s Seat, Tadiandamol Trek and Mallalli Falls.

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Gokarna

Mahabaleshwar Shiva Temple Gokarna, is a very touristic small temple town located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Gokarna is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is known as Mahabhaleshwara and the Om Beach. Gokarna is situated on the coast of Karwar and at the confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Agnashini. Gokarna means Cow's Ear. It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow here.

Massive numbers of devotees visit the town for the purposes of offering prayers and worship to Lord Shiva. At the time of Mahashivratri festival. The town is decorated for four days and the temple deity is taken out on a procession. Other tourist destinations are several wonderful beaches including the Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and Om Beach are the five main seaside attractions here.

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Badami

Badami Caves Badami is a small town located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, is known for its rock-cut temples built in 5th and 8th century AD. Badami is a site of historical importance as well as the grand archaeological remains of the glorious Chalukya Empire from the 5th to the 8th century AD. The ancient town of Badami had been the capital of the great Chalukyan Empire. During the reign of the Chalukyas, four rock-cut cave temples were constructed. Three are dedicated to Hindu gods and fourth temple is dedicated to Jain Tirthankars. The ideal time to visit Badami is between the months of September and February.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Badami are Badami cave Temples, Bhutanatha Group Of Temples, Mallikarjuna Group Of Temples, Badami Fort and Malegitti Shivalaya.

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Mangalore

Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara temple Being a historically important place, Mangalore is a famous tourist attraction. It is a port city in the coastal region of Karnataka State in India which is around 295 kms from the state Capital Bangalore. The diverse culture, pristine beaches, history and heritage of the city are a major draw for tourists from all over the country and the world. Tall coconut trees and lush green surroundings offer a soothing holiday experience.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Mangalore are Mangaladevi Temple, Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Panambur Beach, Surathkal Beach, Pilikula Nisargadhama and St. Aloysius Church.

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Hubli-Dharwad

Chandramouleshwara Temple Hubli and Dharwad are two different cities, unified by single Municipal Corporation. Both cities are separated by 20 kms and belong to Dharwad district in Karnataka, India. Hubli is a historic city and its origins can be dated back to the period of the Chalukyas. The city of Hubli is located at a distance of around 430 kms from Bangalore. It has picturesque sites and monuments that an ideal holiday destination should have for its tourists.

The most famous tourist attractions in Hubli-Dharwad are Banashankari Temple, Chandramouleshwara Temple, Nrupatunga Hill, Navagraha Teertha, Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden, Siddharoodha Math, Unkal Lake etc. October to February is the most suitable season to visit Hubli.

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Gulbarga

Gulbarga Fort Gulbarga also known as Kalaburagi is located in the north east part of Karnataka which is around 623 kms north from the state Capital Bangalore. It is the city of cultural heritage and history which is visited for its heritage monuments. Gulbarga's main attraction is the Gulbarga Fort built by Bahamanis over 600 years ago. There are sveral other mosques and temples in and around the town. The annual Urs festival, held at the tomb of Khwaja Bande Nawaz is an important festival of Gulbarga. The best time to visit Gulbarga is between October and March (Urs Festival in November).

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Gulbarga are Gulbarga Fort, Sharan Basaveshwara Temple, Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz and Koranti Hanuman Temple.

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