|Best Time To Visit
||September to February
The southern state of Karnataka is surrounded by Andhra Pradesh in the east, Maharashtra in the north and Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south. The state is filled with uncountable attractions that make the tourist undertake Karnataka tourism again and again. The rich heritage of Karnataka still stands in all its glory through attractions like world heritage site of Hampi or the grand Mysore Palace. Karnataka is also home to Jog Falls, the highest waterfalls in India.
Karnataka takes pride in its diverse flora and fauna, which makes it a nature tourist's paradise. The state's long and colorful history, and the many forts, temples, mosques, and churches make Karnataka a great tourist destination to explore.
Garden city Bangalore, also called 'The Silicon Valley', is the capital city of Karnataka and among the fastest developing cities in India. Karnataka is divided into many other cities out of which Mysore is the most important and also the cultural capital of the state.
Karnataka Travel - History
Karnataka's history takes us back to pre-historic times. And that time can be experienced by witnessing the pre historic drawings that are found inside Bhimbetka Caves. The earliest find of the Stone Age period in India was an hand axe at Lingasugur in Raichur district. Chandra gupta Maurya, the great Indian emperor abdicated his throne to embrace Jainism at Shravanabelagola. In 1956, the Kannada-speaking areas were grouped with the princely state of Mysore to form a single entity which we know today by the name of Karnataka. Karnataka has come under the rule of many great dynasties like the Chalukyas, the Hoysalas and the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Karnataka Travel - Bangalore, The Capital City
Bangalore, the capital that is known by many names -- the Garden City of India, India's Manhattan and Silicon Valley. Bangalore is the favorite destination when compared to all other metropolitan cities because of its salubrious climate throughout the year. Rich in Sandalwood, Rosewood and Silk, it has a lot to offer when you are out on shopping in the city so don't finish you r trip with just a day or two of sight seeing to monumental attraction of the city. Founded by the local Chieftain Kempe Gowda in sixteenth century, Bangalore came into its own after it was converted into the summer capital of Mysore by Tipu Sultan. The Wodeyars also contributed in the city's beautification. Bangalore, is undoubtedly the trump card of Karnataka tourism.
Karnataka Travel - Culture
Karnataka possesses a rich cultural heritage. The folk theatre has an ancient and rich tradition, the two principal forms being Yakshagana and the puppet theatre. 'Yakshagana' is akin to Kathakali of Kerala in the choice of its elaborate costumes and vigorous dancing. 'Bhootada Kunita' (Dance of the Divine Cult), 'Nagamandala' and the demon dance are some quaint rituals prevalent only in Dakshina Kannada coastal area.
Sravanabelagola, near Mysore, has a giant 1,000-yr-old stone statue of Bahubali, the Jain saint. Huge monolithic Jain statues are peculiar to the Kannada culture. It is the also the world's tallest monolithic statue in the world which you can see on your Karnataka tourism.
Karnataka Travel - Handicrafts
Karnataka is famous for its unique and aesthetic craftsmanship in sandalwood and rosewood. Eye-catching items of furniture, in-lay work, coffee tables, wall hangings etc. are some of the must purchase items on your Karnataka tourism. Rich silks, wooden toys, leather puppets, Bidriware and other artefacts make ideal mementos.
Karnataka Travel - Climate
Best time for Karnataka tourism is from September to February.
Karnataka Travel - Cities
, the capital city of Karnataka is also referred as 'The Garden City' for its refreshing beauty and greenery. Main attractions of the city are the Fort and Palace of Tipu Sultan, Lal Bagh, Gangadhareshware temple and Vidhana Soudha.
is a beautiful green paradise flanked by meandering rivers alongside. Apart from that, the lofty coconut trees, exotic beaches, majestic temples and churches make the city an ideal place for holiday makers.
, also known as temple city of India, is dotted with several sightseeing attractions such as magnificent palaces, temples and gardens. Some popular heritage sites are Mysore Palace, St. Philomena's Church and The Jaganmohan Palace.
, situated in the central part of the Karnataka, is popular for its ramparts belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu Kingdom. The place is now listed in world heritage site. Explore it on your Karnataka tourism vacation.
Karnataka Travel - Monuments
, situated in Bijapur was built in 1656 and is an absolute epitome of architectural wonder. The dome is the second largest in the world, measuring 124 feet in diameter.
The Mysore Palace
, built in Indo-Saracenic style houses many exquisite carvings and work of art from all over the world. The three storeyed building has a series of square towers with arches covered by domes. The Palace displays the souvenirs, paintings, jewelery, royal costumes and many other belongings of Wodeyars.
The stunning architecture of the formidable Bidar Fort speaks of glorious bygone splendor. Main gateway was originally built by Bahamani Sultan Ahmad Shah Wali 1429 A.D. Further it was renovated by Barid Shahi Sultans. The fort is beautifully built, overlooking the Manjira River Valley.
The amazing structure of Gulbarga Fort was erected by Raja Gulchand. The fort houses 15 towers and 26 guns. The ruins of this fort poses an imposing mosque within its territory, which resembles to the great mosque of Cordova in Spain.
Karnataka Travel - BeachesMalpe Beach
- A close neighbour to one of the most popular towns of Karnataka, Udupi, Malpe beach offers a perfect platform for fishing enthusiasts. The formidable black rocks rising their heads all around the sandy dais fills the on- lookers with awe and surprise.
Reasonably chaste and not much explored, Maravanthe
is a beach destination situated at about 50 kms from Udupi. Maravanthe is a ideal destination for different water sports, specially swimming. Murudeshwar
is yet another popular beach visited by tourists on their Karnataka tourism.Karnataka Travel - Temples
The caved temples of Badami
that speaks a ton about the Chalukyan style of architecture. The four renowned cave temples are engraved out of sandstone on the cliff of hills and accommodates a shrine, pillars and even an open porch. These magnificent piece of architecture are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva.
This Somnathpur village flaunts the Somnathpur Temple
, grand Kesava Temple, that dates back to 1268 AD. It is a terrific monument established by the Hoysala rulers.
Karnataka Travel -Wildlife
Bandipur National Park
dates back to the year 1931 when the Maharaja of Mysore created it over an area of 90 sq km. It is a proud possession of the Southern state of Karnataka and a Tiger Resereve.
Nagarhole National Park
was established in the year 1955 and is covering a land mass of 247 sq mile. Nagarhole National Park houses some snake streams. Apart from these reptiles, various other animals like tiger, elephant, leopard, Indian bisons, myriad kinds of deers and more than 250 species of birds are the inhabitants of this park.
Karnataka Travel - Luxury in Golden Chariot
Golden Chariot is another name for luxury in Karnataka. The luxury train offers a journey that weaves culture & natural heritage together with luxury and opulence. Travellers, for a week, lead a royal life on train and explore the rich cultural legacy as well as natural heritage. Apart from the luxury cabins, the train is also equipped with Conference Coach, Gym Coach, two restaurants and one bar. The route covered by the train
is as follows:
Bangalore – Srirangapatnam – Mysore – Kabini – Shravanabelagola – Belur – Halebid – Hampi – Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Goa.Karnataka Travel - Tourism Offices
Karnataka Travel – Hotels
- Director, Dept of Tourism, 1st Floor, F Bk, Cauvery Bhavan, K.G.Road Bangalore - 9
- KSTDC, 104/1, Kasturba Road, Bangalore -1
- Tourism Information Counter, Railway Station, Bangalore
- Tourism Information Counter, Airport, Bangalore, Karnataka
- Manager,Tourist Cottages, Belur, Karnataka
- Tourist Cottages, Dept of Tourism, Halebid, Karnataka
Hotels in Karnataka offer comfortable accommodation options for tourists. Be it luxury vacation or business motive, hotels in Karnataka offer wide range of service. Check out more about Hotels in Bangalore
, Hotels in Mysore
, Hotels in Badami
Karnataka Travel – How to Reach
: Bangalore International Airport is well connected to major destinations in the world and also to important cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
: Bangalore Railway Station is the most important station in Karnataka and is served by the southern and Southeastern railways. An overnight train connects Bangalore to Chennai.
: Karnatak is well connected to other parts of the country by road. National Highway – 4, 7, 9, 13, 17, 48, 63, 67, 206, 207, 212 and 218 connect various parts of Karnataka to Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu .