10 Reasons Why Karnataka Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Replete with culture, history, art and cuisines, the broad canvas of Karnataka stretches from ancient temples to the modern thriving Silicon Valley to the mouth-watering Neerdosas. This amalgamation truly makes Karnataka a state like none other! No wonder, the state is a paradise for avid travellers, adventure enthusiasts and art connoisseurs!

Hampi

Located along the banks of Tungabhadra River, this UNESCO world heritage site is a perfect blend of art and architecture. It was the capital city of Vijayanagar Empire in 1500 AD and makes a perfect destination for travellers from around the globe as it offers not only ancient ruins, temples and breathtaking heritage sites.

 

Mysuru

The city is a myriad of ornate palaces, diverse cultures, aromatic fragrances, delicious cuisines and ancient heritage co-existing with modern living. Mysuru has existed since the rule of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka and is the second largest city in Karnataka.

The city is a pilgrimage for the spiritual souls as the mythical story of Goddess Chamundi slaying the demon Mahishasura eons ago, belongs to Mysuru.

The must-see sights for visitors include Chamundi Hill, Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, KaranjeeKere; while savoring the world-famous delicacy, Mysore Pak.

 

Shivanasamudra

Situated on the banks of river Cauvery, this tiny island town forms the boundary of the Chamarajanagar District. It is in Shivanasamudra, where the river Kaveri cascades down through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau in two picturesque waterfalls, namely Gaganachukki and Bharachukki.

 

Biligiri Hills (BR Hills)

The enchanting hill station is among the most popular tourist destination near Mysuru!

Its various attractions include Biligiriranganatha Swamy temple and the lush Biligirirangan Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to rich biodiversity and makes a perfect gateway for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

 

Coorg/Madikeri

Known as the ‘coffee bowl of India’, this spellbinding district is situated on the slopes of Western Ghats. Coorg evokes aromatic scents wafting through the clouds!

It’s a mesmerizing place with misty hills, lush teakwood and sandalwood forests, sweeping gardens of tea and coffee plantation. Further, small scattered hamlets bring out the old-world charm; which Coorg is famed for.

The capital city of Coorg, Madikeri delights senses with resplendent coffee plantations, vast green meadows, hilly terrain, gorgeous cascading waterfalls and cool fresh breeze. Referred to as the‘Scotland of India’is a magical place to go on finding oneself face-to-face with stunning natural beauty all around.

While in Madikeri, don’t miss out on trekking to Bramhagiri Hills, visiting Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Golden Temple Monastery, among other places.

 

Jog falls

Also known as Gerusoppa Falls, it is India’s second highest plunge waterfall.  Formed by the Sharavathi River, Jog Falls is an untiered waterfall, which drops directly, without streaming on the rocks. During the Monsoon season, the falls become more gushing and create spectacular sights with rainbows.

 

Bijapur

An important commercial center of Karnataka, Bijapur was known as Vijaypura (City of Victory) in earlier times. Replete with architectural structures and monuments, it takes visitors on a trip down the lane of glorious ancient past. Bijapur is also home to Gol Gumbaj and Ibrahim Rauza.The district is also famous for its rich wildlife and luscious forest cover.

 

Badami

Formerly known as Vatapi, Badami was founded by the Chalukyas. The town is a major tourist destination because of its mesmerizing landscapes, rock cut cave temples andsplendid sunset views at Bhoothnath Temple.

Badami is definitely a photographer’s delight as its broad canvas includes exquisite architecture, ancient ruins and natural beauty.

 

Nandi Hills

This hill fortress near Bengaluru is a perfect summer retreat as well as weekend getaway. Also known as Nandidurg, it features stone carvings, magnificent pillars and detailed paintings on walls and ceilings. Surrounded by heart-melting natural views, a road trip to this serene place completely refreshes the mind and spirit.

 

Gokarna

Hailed as the land of blue seas, golden sands and palm trees, the natural beauty of Gokarna satiates tourists with its pristine beaches and mesmerizing landscapes. Literally meaning ‘cow’s ear’, Gokarna is known as one of the seven significant Hindu pilgrimage centres. Its main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is also known as Mahabaleshwara. Hence, the town is a favourite for those seeking a spiritual connection.

The scenic drive to Gokarna, with mountainous Western Ghats on one side and Arabian Sea on the other, fascinates travellers. The serene beaches namely, Gokarna main beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Paradise Beach, Belekan beach provide perfect destination for adventure sports lovers to enjoy water sports activities such as surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing and jet skiing.

So head on to the glorious Gokarna and bask in a holiday experience like none other before!!

So next time you have Karnataka on your mind, do check out KSTDC (Karnataka State tourism department Corporation) and know the incredible places you can visit in the bounteous State of India and also enjoy our hospitality!!