Karnataka is a state in the western coast of India, facing the Arabian Sea to the west and bordered by Maharashtra to the north, Goa to the west, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to the south and Andhra Pradesh to the east.
Most attractive tourist spots in Karnataka
Bengaluru is the state capital of Karnataka. It is also the hub of Information Technology in India. At the same time, it is called the ‘Garden City’ for the manicured gardens all over the city. There are a number of tourist attractions in and around the city such as Bengaluru Palace and Fort, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, etc.
Mangalore, the second-largest city in Karnataka, is also a famous tourist spot.
Mysore is well-known as the ‘City of Palaces’. It is a marvellous reflection of the cultural heritage and traditional splendour of India’s history. The influence of the royal Dravidian style of architecture is prominent in the Palaces and the old buildings around the city. Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Folk Lore Museum and Brindavan Gardens are the favourite spots of the tourists. Chamundi Hills and the Chamundeswari Temple are also famous as pilgrimage destinations.
Sravanbelagola is considered to be the famous religious as well as a tourist destination. It houses Asia’s tallest monolithic statue of Gomateshwara — measuring 17.38 metres high. It is a prime Jain pilgrimage.
Srirangapatna is an egg-shaped island surrounded by the river Kaveri and has a cultural and religious relevance since ages. Legends reveal that Lord Buddha visited and stayed near this island. It was also the capital of Tipu Sultan, the famous king of Mysore. Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna is also very famous.
Hampi was once the mighty capital of the Vijaynagar Empire, and it is now listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Ruins of palaces, forts, temples and other ancient monuments make the town of Hampi a perfect tourist spot in Karnataka.
Aihole was once the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty. It is surrounded by some hundred temples and is known as the cradle of Indian temple architecture.
Chikmagalur is a picturesque destination with lofty peaks, racing rivers, sparkling streams and cascades. This place has everything for everyone — adventure seekers, pilgrims, research enthusiasts. The popular waterfalls are Bebbe, Kalhatagiri, Sirimane and Shanti. The Methods and Bhadra forests are popular among tourists. Horanadu, Kalasa, Balehonnur and Sringeri are famous pilgrim destinations.
Bandipur is nestled in the foothills of the Nilgiris. Bandipur National Park is home to tigers, elephants, gaurs, leopards, chital, sambar and a variety of birds. It is one of the best wildlife reserves in India. Tourists admire and enjoy the beauty of this place as the climate here supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Waynad Sanctuary and the Madhumalai Sanctuary are nearby Bandipur and open for tourists. Gypsy rides are a must-try for the adventures.