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Yojaka beach with surfing option

Yojaka beach with surfing option  Video Review

Tannirubhavi Beach

Vic Channaraj
30th Dec 17

Beautiful beach

Beautiful beach  Video Review

Ravindranath Tagore Beach

Sonu Narayan
3rd Oct 17

Awesome view of the Falls

Awesome view of the Falls  Video Review

Abbi Falls

Rahul Shankar
14th Aug 17

Nice hangout spot with a view

Nice hangout spot with a view  Video Review

Raja's Seat

Rahul Shankar
14th Aug 17

Must visit place in Coorg

Must visit place in Coorg  Video Review

Raja's Seat

Gaurav Verma
12th Aug 17

Awesome place to visit

Awesome place to visit  Video Review


Thejasvi Bhat
2nd May 17

Admire the Magnificent Carvings of the Temple

Admire the Magnificent Carvings of the Temple  Video Review

Chennakeshava Temple

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

A must thing to do in Chikmagalur!

A must thing to do in Chikmagalur!  Video Review

Hebbe Falls

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

U need luck!

U need luck!  Video Review

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17


Adventuresome!  Video Review


Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

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Reasons to go to Karnataka

1Mattur: Sanskrit is the way of life
Mattur: Sanskrit is the way of life

If you want to relive the Vedic age, this is the place you should visit. Mattur in Karnataka is known as the Sanskrit village of India. It is the language that is spoken by most people in the village. From ordinary shopkeepers and agricultural labourers to children, everyone! All the houses in Mattur have some message or proverb in Sanskrit near the entrance. Staying here is a unique experience that removes you from today's modern, fast-paced world to the world that once used to be. 

Must-visit places are: Rama Mandir, Shivalaya, Someshwara Temple and Lakshmikeshava Temple.

How to reach: 6 hours from Bangalore and 308.0 km via Bangalore-Shimoga road, you can take either a KSRTC bus or hire a car and drive down. 


Read more at 5 Culture-Rich Destinations for the Luxurious Traveller!

2Idli - Karnataka
Idli - Karnataka

‘Idli was known in India by as early as 700 CE. The process of steaming was influenced from Indonesia subsequently between 800-1200 CE, giving rise to the modern-day Idli. This famous south Indian delicacy has attracted a lot of controversy. There is a serious contention between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as to who can lay claim to the invention of Idli. The earliest story of Idli occurs in the Kannada writing ‘Vaddaradhane’ in 970 A.D., where it features as one of the eighteen items served to a Brahmachari who visits the home of a lady. HolidayIQ Traveller Megha says, “Bangalore has a variety of options when it comes to food. Another place is the CTR. If you are a idli lover, then this is a place that you should never miss. Try the butter masala dosa and idlis here.”


Read more at Places Where 8 Of India's Most Iconic Dishes Were Supposedly Born

3Incident, NIT Karnataka
Incident, NIT Karnataka

Incident is the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka. The fest is a five-day-long event during the even semester of the NITK Calendar held in the month of March. The fest was started by the students of the college led by Umar Teekay during the 1980s, and has been continued and amplified every year since. The fest brings together students from different colleges all over India and is composed of several competitive events as well as pro-shows by big artists including Sunidhi Chauhan, Salim Suleiman and Javed Ali.

About Bangalore, HolidayIQ Traveller Arun Ganesan from Chennai shares, “Good native Karnataka food at Hallimane (home type food I suppose). North is comparatively hot than south Karnataka. Don't forget to buy doodh peda from Dharwad. Enjoy the greenery in Gangavati - Sindhanur belt. Try benne dosa (butter dosa) in Davangere. Overall good visit, nice food and scenic places.”


Read more at Top 10 Of The Wackiest, Craziest And Loudest College Festivals In India

4A Village That Believes In Conserving Nature - Kokrebellur
A Village That Believes In Conserving Nature - Kokrebellur

This small village in Karnataka is light years ahead of their urban peers when it comes to conservation of nature. While most villagers consider birds a nuisance, the villagers of Kokrebellur consider these birds to be their companions. They have even created a special clinic for wounded birds.

Read more at A Village Where Everyone Is A Millionaire! 10 Interesting Villages Every Indian Will Be Proud Of

5The Village That Curbed Open Defecation By Saying Good Morning - Bekkinakeri
The Village That Curbed Open Defecation By Saying Good Morning - Bekkinakeri

Bekkinakeri is a village in Belgaum district in the southern state of Karnataka. The villagers have found an innovative way to curb the practise of open defecation in the village. The elders which comprise of local gram panchayat members and anganwadi "courtyard shelter" teachers hang around open spaces used for open defecation from 5.30 am to 8 am and say “good morning” to the people heading there, they also share the benefits of toilets to these people.


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Aishwarya Nayak

Aishwarya Nayak4.6/5

5 reviews

Karnataka for Mangoes!

"Karnataka has varieties of Mangoes. Region wise, Bangalore and rural Mysore grow Badam, Raspuri and Mallika. Mangalore grows some rare mango called Mundappa round in size, sweet and juicy. Totapuri you can eat raw, available plenty in Karnataka. Appemidi is a famous pickle dish in Karnataka one must try in summer. Hubli for Belgaum Badam"

Chaitri sanadhya

Chaitri sanadhya

1 review

Kerela, where mornings are spent admist a sea of tea gardens and enchanted clouds.

My overall experience of visiting South India was beyond amazing. I was just awestruck seeing such greenery, rich culture & gorgeous beauty of India. It's a heaven for landscape photography so carry your all equipments. Every spot is picturesque so be photogenic & try clicking pictures with colourful outfits for such places. So that your photos would be more alluring & they will compliment with the background of nature. Taking road trips, long drives, tasting local delicacies, staying at most remote homestays in the nature's lap & street shopping from vendors along the way, visiting lesser known & off beat places gives you the real feel of travelling to South India Beaches, pine forests, waterfalls, green valleys, clouds, mountains .. South India has everything Apart from all these things, every place has an individual magic which cannot be described in words.

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Recommended Duration in Karnataka

Number of days to spend in Karnataka as recommended by our travellers.

3 days


Karnataka Overview

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.

Photos of Karnataka

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Ambuj sinha

Water Rides and waterfalls are just awesome.
Karnataka, Karnataka

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Ambuj sinha

Water Rides and waterfalls are just awesome.
Karnataka, Karnataka

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Ambuj sinha

Water Rides and waterfalls are just awesome.
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