Karnataka is an Indian state located in the Southern part of the country. This state has beaches, hills and even cities that rub its shoulders with some of the most developed ones in the world. Whether you’re looking for wildlife or a peaceful time by the seacoast, Karnataka will not disappoint you. Even a walk down the historic lanes sounds possible as you amble through the places like Hampi, Badami or Mysore. So, with so much to see here, this list will be your guiding light in deciding the definite places to visit in Karnataka without which your trip will be incomplete.
The Silicon Valley of India as it is also known as, Bangalore will greet you with its rich heritage merging with modernity. This is the capital city of Karnataka and one of the top metropolitan cities of the country, which also means you can expect the best in class accommodation, an ease of connectivity as it is home to a busy international airport too and of course many sightseeing options whether you’re traveling with kids, spouse or solo.
Hampi is a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must visit place for anyone wishing to take a peek into the chapters of history. The former capital of Vijayanagara Kingdom, the remnants here have legends to narrate and the artistry showcased through its carving and rock-cut sculptures will leave you mesmerized.
The royal escape in Karnataka cannot be completed without a visit to Mysore. Known for its massive and regal Mysore Palace, this city will transfer you back in the royal era. Even today the palace serves as a resident to the Wodeyar dynasty.
An escape to the lap of nature, Coorg or Kodagu is where you will stumble upon random waterfalls. The mist-laden vista pleases the senses, making you wish for an extended stay. You have plenty of options when it comes to accommodation too, and since it is a popular weekend getaway from Bangalore you can expect frequent and easy bus connectivity as well.
Kabini is located in the periphery of not just one but 3 forested regions, namely – Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Bandipur Forest, and Nagarhole National Park. This place allows you to witness the best of wilderness and thanks to the stunning resorts, you are not even compromising on luxury to do so. When here, you can go on a safari and expect to spot Indian elephants, leopards and tigers.
An ideal beach getaway in Karnataka, Mangalore is bestowed with mesmerizing landscape. This is where the estuary is formed by River Netravati and River Gurupura on the Arabian Sea Coast. If you are a foodie, you will fall in love with the local seafood delicacies prepared with love. Other than the beaches, Mangalore has temples and gardens which need to be in your list during your visit.
Known as the quieter sibling of Goa, Gokarna was primarily a pilgrimage spot until foreign travelers started coming here in search of peace. The beaches of Gokarna are picturesque and also serves as a peaceful locale for meditation and Yoga. If you are someone looking for a peaceful time at the beach, this is the place for you.
Bandipur National Park
The pride of Karnataka Tourism, Bandipur National Park will leave you in utter awe with the richness of wildlife and nature. This is a famous tiger reserve and bird sanctuary where you can look forward to a memorable time. Other than wildlife, Bandipur National Park also has temples that have legends to narrate.
A famed weekend getaway for the people living in Bangalore, Nandi Hill has lakes, forts and temples that can cast a spell. Of course, the scenic backdrop is a major pull, but what adds cherry to the top are the resorts offering best in class amenities.