Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka Tourism


About Karnataka

Karnataka

Karnataka is one of the four southern states of India. Bordered by the Arabian Sea on the west, it is surrounded by Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The state has three main regions: the coastal plains abutting the sea; the Western Ghats running parallel to the coastline; and the inland plains of the Deccan Plateau. One of the most industrialised states in India, Karnataka also produces 90% of India's gold, almost 60% of its coffee and a significant amount of raw silk and sandalwood products.

 

Bangalore (now called Bengaluru) in southeast Karnataka is the capital as well as the biggest city. Bangalore has more than 50% of software companies in the country based in it and is called the Silicon Valley of India. It is also famous for its pubs and gardens and has a pleasant climate through the year. South of Bangalore is the city of Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar kings. The festival of Dussehra, with caparisoned-elephant processions being its main attraction, is celebrated in October-November.

 

At Hampi in central Karnataka, are the ruins of the capital of one of South India's largest historical empires the Vijaynagar Empire (14th-16th century); the 16th-cenury Vittala Temple is a World Heritage site. The towns of Belur and Halebid are in the south, famous for their 12th-century temples built by the Hoysala dynasty. Sravanbelgola is also in south Karnataka and is host to probably the world's tallest monolithic statue a 17-m high image of a Jain deity built in the 10th century. The village of Badami in the north is famous for its ancient cave temples built between the 6th and 8th centuries.

 

Madikeri is the main town of the hilly tracts of southwestern Karnataka called the Kodagu (Coorg) region. The area has a number of spice and coffee plantations and is good for trekking. Popular spots here are the Jog Falls and Kudremukh. Further south are the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.

 

The western coastline of the state along the Arabian Sea has a number of beach towns including Mangalore, Karwar, Gokarna, Malpe and Marwanthe.

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Naga Ritheish reddy
  • Naga Ritheish reddy
  • Lives in Kadapa
  • 1 Review

"Travel to the land of temples"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 2, 2014
Starting from my aunt's house in Davanagere, I visited many places like Udipi, Dharma Sthala and Murudeswar. Udipi is the place of lord Krishna. The food items there were saltless. Then in Dharma Sthala, I did pooja to lord Shiva. It was really a very nice place. Then I visited Murudeswar. There also I did pooja to lord Shiva.. then I enjoyed playing in beach with my fellow beings. There I saw a huge statue of lord Shiva which was extremely attractive. Then we returned home. Really that was a beautiful experience. This is all about my holiday trip.
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Bhuvaneshwari  Venkatesan
  • Bhuvaneshwari Venkatesan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Experience serenity at GAlibore Fishing Camp"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 23, 2014
If it is serenity and quick get-away options in Karnatake you seek head to Galibore fishing camp which is just 100 Km from Bangalore (On Kanakapura Road).

Getting There: Take the Banshankari route and head to Kanakapura. There are sign boards only closer to the resort so use your Google maps on your phone to guide you.
The last 10 km is quite bumpy and requires skilful driving on uneven mud and pathway of stones. Since the resort is located in a jungle the natural habitat is kept untouched.

Activities to look forward to:
The camp initially allowed angling of fishes where one could angle large fence but the government has banned fishing since 2011. Nevertheless the camp offers whole lot of fun activities like Coracle rides, rafting (during season), trekking and nature walk.

Overview of the camp:
There are 15 cottages which is spacious with comfortable beds and very clean bathrooms. There are solar panels hence there is power supply throughout the day.
A quick look around the place we saw inviting hammocks around the place, swings not attached to metal but was attached to tall strong trees and when you swung and looked up at the sky you saw the sun sneaking through the wide branches of the deciduous forest. For sport enthusiasts there are badminton rackets, volley ball and cycles available.
In the morning one can opt for a mountain hike where you can see a beautiful view of the forest and experience strong wind. The other option is a Nature Walk where you can try and spot birds like owl, KingFisher, Wild Pegeons

Don't miss:
endangered giant squirrel which is seen only that area, river rafting which is a fun activity
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Hari Prasath
  • Hari Prasath
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 9 Reviews

"Clean and relaxing place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jul 20, 2014
First day we visited Mysore and saw the most beautiful palaces and temples and took lot of photos. I request you not to buy any herbal or medical products. All are duplicates. The next day, we went to Coorg, a beautiful tourist part of Karnataka. Unforgettable climate and the most attractive place. It is not possible to roam there without warm clothes. We spent two days in Coorg. On the fourth day, we took rest for a while and returned back to Chennai.
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Vaibhav
  • Vaibhav
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 8 Reviews

"Too good a place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jun 10, 2014
My experience of this trip is too good. I really had a good time. The sea food here is too good. You can try various types of sea food and spend a good time too. The place is clean and tidy.
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Gita Madhu
  • Gita Madhu
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 13 Reviews

"Road Trip - Pune to Belgaum, Kumta, Shimoga and back!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2013
These regions are lush with green agricultural fields, the long and excellent highways whiz past hills where wind farms amaze the eyes. The road winds through ghats, hedged with dense forests through which one can catch a glimpse of far away waterfalls. Be it work or leisure, visits to historical sites or serious research interests, Karnataka is sure to offer something of worth to any traveller. While there is no dearth of tourist spots, we can only boast of having visited the Jog Falls as we were there on work. Our work involved visiting Pre-degree colleges and most of these were historical buildings, some even dating as far back as 1949. For the religious minded Hindu, Karnataka has many a temple ancient or modern. A pious region, it also has many beautiful mosques and churches.
Amusingly we could not find local food at the humble hotels at which we made our brief stops but we sampled quite a few local dishes at the science camps for pre-degree students which we were visiting: simple wholesome food, neither too rich nor too spicy and sure to be liked by one and all from the world over. I did get to sample a couple of things I have never had before: banana puris called buns and a poha like dish made with puffed rice.
Our work involved attending the science camps mentioned above and interviewing the youngsters there as well as eminent scientists from the region. The camps used cultural displays like Yakshagana to drive home the value of using science to combat superstition. Some of the interactions with scientists were conducted during walks in nature amidst greenery and on ancient volcanic rocks. It was good that we had carried some insect repellent as mosquitoes and other pests infested some of the hotels we stayed at. I sorely regretted forgetting a roll of toilet paper as our travels did not take us to places with drier toilets -there is a habit of splashing toilets with endless water as an attempt to keep them clean. A good camera is totally a must to capture the unforgettable beauty of this State.
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Pravash Bhattacharya
  • Pravash Bhattacharya
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Take Some Time Off"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2013
Just thought of getting off our normal mundane journey routine and try some kind of disorganized way of traveling. Just made sure that it was not any holiday vacation time. Took Kokan railways to Bangalore, the scenery is absolutely breath taking. Stayed at Ramakrishna a veg place very reasonable, good decent place. The food too is out of the world even though we were all non vegetarians. Went by road to Coorg and stayed in rented house middle of coffee plantations.
All along we just used to walk in to any eatery place and let me tell you no one disappointed us. Came back to Bangalore and went to Mangalore by volvo bus again a very picturesque way. Stayed at Taj which was very cozy and reasonable. Took a flight back to Mumbai from Mangalore. Was a very relaxed but mind-boggling experience.
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Vinay Chandra
  • Vinay Chandra
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Good place to spend weekends"

  • Posted Dec 22, 2012
The city bangalore really nice place to spend enjoy our trip,and the place mysore which is near to bangalore is really good place to spend who ever looking for pleasant and healthy trip

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: the city also nice place for shopping and get refreshments,We went to hyderabadi restaurant to have lunch also good place for tasty food,only the bad thing made us wait for 01hr to get chair.

Activities & things to do: long driving

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: since the city occupied long corner to travel any place better take call taxi instead auto.Also in terms of security and value for money better than auto
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Karthik Kulkarni
  • Karthik Kulkarni
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Kodachadri,Heaven on earth, Karnataka"

  • Posted Aug 3, 2011
Kodachadri is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka. Its around 400kms from Bangalore. Its a trekking paradise.There are many trekking trails that leads you to the Kodachadri guest hose from the base village Nittur.Cost at the guest house is affordable and good service available.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is available on the top.Kodachadri guest house is the best place to stay also.U can visit Hidlumane falls and Arishina gundi falls which are nearby from the village Nittur.U can trek to Kodachadri top via those falls too..

Activities & things to do: Trekking,Visiting Falls.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: U can travel till Shimoga by train. From there one must alight bus to Nittur.Which is the base village of Kodachadri hills.From here u can visit to top by jeep also.For adventurers there are trekking trails available to reach the top.Its around 18 kms from Nittur via jeep route.
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Vagabond
  • Vagabond
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Coorg is over-rated Hill Station."

  • Posted Dec 28, 2009
Coorg is a nice place for those who stay within few hundred miles..but if you are travelling 1000km especially for this destination, I dont think it's all that worth. reasons are mentioned below briefly
1. We went there in month of Dec and did not experience any cold there..imagine we are from Mumbai and even Pune is cooler for us. Madikeri was just pleasant and not very cold like any other Hill station. All our warm clothes remained in bags. Only after sun-set if you are outside your children will need sweater! I think people from Bangalore will find it warmer!!
2. There is hardly anything to see in Madikeri..as a tourist. Except for Abbey's fall all other spots are just mediocre. Thalcauvery, Lord Shiva temple are only significant for religious sentimental reasons.
3. Kushalnagar is actually hot during day and you need a fan inside the room. There are a couple of good places to see around here but as said above not worth travelling from Mumbai.
4. The road from Kushalnagar to Madikeri is a nightmare. Please avoid travelling in night. It's dug up all the way for construction. Better defer you travel by 6 months by then the roads will be done hopefully.
5. We found lot of tourists from Mumbai there..but I think it is all due to the hype Club Mahindra has created for this destination. Instead Mumbai guys can go to Mahabaleshwar which is cooler, better and nearer.
6. I do not know why the hotels and home-stays in Coorg are priced so high. You will not find any decent accommodation for less than 2000 bucks. The homestay people ask for min 2500 and service could be a problem. I will suggest you book Hotel Hill Town, it is very good budget hotel, less than 1000 bucks, good service and good food.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You can shop Coffee, but take care the packings are very bad, the beans might spill during transport. I was not very much impressed by the taste of honey.
For sight seeing, they have musical fountain at raja Seat, if there is no power failure!
Thal Cauvery, Omkareshwar are sacred places.
Dubare forest..we had to return due to long traffic jam!!!
Abbeys fall is cool!! There are Coffee plantations but unlike Ooty you do not have factory visits, vendors brewing fresh coffee for you!!
They have one place called 'Fort' please don't waste your time, there is nothing.
Dams are closed for tourists!!

We had food at various places..
Hill Town was good and reasonable.
Crystal court tests your patience..allot 90 min for a meal if you walk-in
East End is so crowded you can't walk in and if at all you do, you need to wait for an hour.
Club Mahindra is 400 bucks plus taxes!
You can shop spices, dry fruits etc. but there is not much difference. Coorg Green is a good shop, they say..it is opp. KSRTC bus stop.

Activities & things to do: We did not go for trekking due to kids, but you can try that if you opt for home-stay.
Otherwise it is good season for flowers..very beautiful flowers you will see all around Madikeri. Take picutres!!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Kushalnagar to Madikeri road is under construction. Avoid travelling in night. Divide your stay as 1 night at Madikeri and 1 at Kushal Nagar. 1 day is enough for sight seeing. Madikeri takes less time than Kushalnagar. The latter has Dubare, Nisargdham and Golden temple, which take longer. Stay can be extended depending upon your preference..Madikri is comparatively cooler.
All roads in Coorg beyond Kushalnagar are bad! So don't expect smooth drives!!
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  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Coorg - Madikeri & around"

  • Posted May 15, 2009
Visit Madikeri/Mercara, Coorg district and enjoy good weather and hospitality. It is 120 KM from Mysore which is well connected by train, bus and air. Visit famous tourist places leisurely.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: I stayed in Hotel Chitra , School road, Madikeri, even advanced booking through phone can be done. Rooms are neat , comparatively cheap, good reception and helping staff. Traditional food is available at Krishna Bhavan,downstairs. It is centrally situated.
Vist Talakaveri, take a bath there - religious and exhilarating too. (40 Km) Then go to Bogamandala while coming from there where Kaveri meets Sujothsna and kannige and the depth is just 5-6 feet and swim to your heart with children. They would love. Visit Omkareshwarananda temple and take rest in hotel. In the evening visit Raja's seat and if lucky, you can see the sun set. The flowers are wonderful, so also the musical fountain.
You can also go for Dubare forest (start at 9 a.m.). You can go for boating, see bathing of elephants, rafting and also go for elephant safari.
Visit Tibetan temple and on the way or on return see Harangi dam (no water at present). Go to Abbey falls, not much water and height.
Well, you can buy Coorg coffee at Rs.90 per half a kilo (very nice and tasty as I am using it now in Chennai after my return) and also Coorg Honey. In the market, they are more expensive.

Activities & things to do: Enjoy the climate. Take safari in Dubare forest. Buy coffee powder and honey.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Go from Mysore and it is 120 kms. They charge at least Rs.2000/ in Tata Indica from Mysore station. Bargain . We, eight of us got a Chevrolet Tavera for Rs. 1750/ from B.S.Transport, Mysore.
The local cars charge Rs. 8 per k.m.
If you have strength and energy, one can visit Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Udupi, Augumbe,Sringeri, Horanad, Belur, Halabedu, Hasan, Ramanathapura (nice place to swim in the river) and Mysore.
But it is better to go from Mangalore to these places in the reverse order and finally take rest in Madikeri and then to Mysore and back home. All the best.
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