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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Arun Ganesan

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"Good travel with scenic places and nice homely food"

  • 6/7
  • Posted May 7, 2015
Good native Karnataka food at Hallimane (home type food I suppose). North is comparatively hot than south Karnataka. Don't forget to buy dhood peda from Dharwad. Enjoy the greenery in Gangavati - Sindhanur belt. Try benne dosa (butter dosa) in Davengiri. Overall good visit, nice food and scenic places.
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Anish Shah

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"Combination of historical, cultural & wild part of India"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
What was the most critical or energizing piece of your vacation?

The entire occasion was a highlight, it truly was. Our 3 night stay at the Aakriti homestay with Jay, Reema and Arundhini was truly critical. Such a flawless inviting family, their neighbourliness and warmth is awesome, we truly felt like individuals from the crew. The family are instructed, open individuals who truly made us feel greatly welcome. Reema' cooking is completely flavourful she utilizes all provincially sourced crisp fixings, she makes her own bread, chutneys, jams, and on and on she does it, and it is all inconceivable. Consistently we ate the most astounding nourishment in a flawless family climate. We had great organization, exuberant intriguing exchanges each night around the supper table. This homestay encounter truly permitted us some understanding into ordinary life which would regularly be exceptionally troublesome for us to experience. We adapted such a great amount about Indian society, their religion, we attempted to get a comprehension of their complex otherworldly culture, Jay, Reema and Arundhini never tired of noting our unlimited inquiries. The homestay is arranged in The Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu a lovely zone, the tea ranches are shocking such an unwinding spot and we saw a Malabar squirrel.

The houseboat excursion was likewise a highlight, astonishing and unwinding, it was splendid to simply watch the world pass by, seeing life on the stream banks. The staggering view, the neighbourly local people, the kids waving as we cruised by. The superb water craft team, the sublime naturally arranged nourishment by the cook this merits an uncommon notice it was amazing. I don't know how he figured out how to set up a six course dinner on only two gas rings. Purchasing new fish and tiger prawns from the anglers for our night dinner it was downright extravagance. The stunning bird life and viewing the sun set over the conduits with a decent chilly Kingfisher brewskie.

The ayurvedic back rub at the legacy inn Serenity was astounding one of the best back rubs I have ever had.

What tips would you give different voyagers booking this occasion?

Tell Rajat precisely what you need to do and see, trust him he will pull out all the stops to suit your wishes. Bring binoculars there are such a variety of excellent flying creatures to see. Bring pens with you, that was the most obvious thing the neighbourhood youngsters requested. Local people are warm and well disposed, in the towns when shopping, the businesspeople do attempt and bait you into their shops. In the event that you would prefer not to, simply be firm and amicable they truly don't bother you, they are pleasant and abandon you to go on your way. Run with a feeling of enterprise, keep a receptive outlook and simply drench up the experience.

Did you feel that your vacation profited neighbourhood individuals, diminished ecological effects or upheld protection?

Yes, doubtlessly, we utilized a nearby visit organization and the facilities which we stayed in were by regional standards claimed and utilized neighbourhood individuals. We ate in neighbourhood eateries purchased sustenance and blessings in nearby shops, we utilized neighbourhood aides and drivers. Rajat and his family are extremely cognizant about maintainability and green issues they reuse and are replanting the nearby woodland trees all alone land. They are really energetic about what they do.

At last, how might you rate your vacation general?

Exceptional. We contacted this administrator through Responsible Travel. We booked a 14 day tailor made occasion with them in light of the fact that we needed an occasion composed by individuals with nearby learning. We needed a more remarkable occasion encounter, a knowledge into India, its kin and society and we were not disillusioned. From the first contact with Amar, we encountered an extremely proficient, individual administration, we couldn't have longed for a superior travel counsellor. Amar helped and exhorted us, refining our agenda and watching the expenses. He included fascinating spots and social exercises all with great aides. The aide who went hand in hand with us on the voyage through Cochin was amazing. The tender loving care in the association of our vacation was faultless. The lodgings which were chosen were great. Sheltered, clean transport was given, our driver Amar (I trust I have spelt it accurately) was great; he was patient, quiet, continually grinning, delicate and aware individual. He was an expert driver constantly dependable, we felt safe and absolutely agreeable with him amid the entire excursion. His English was not immaculate yet we all overseen incredibly all through the trek. The entire agenda was impeccable, very much adjusted in the middle of free and composed exercises. The individuals who make up this administrator are truly committed and loaded with enthusiasm for what they do. A great occasion with an extremely well run organization. I would exceedingly suggest booking with them, you won't be frustrated. We had a life-changing occasion.
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"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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"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

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"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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"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

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  • Lives in Pune
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"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

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"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

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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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"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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