Karnataka Tours

Karnataka is situated in south western region of India. It is the largest city of Bengaluru and seventh largest Indian state with an area of 191,976 square kilometers. The west of Karnataka is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea. It has Goa to its North West and Maharashtra to the north.

Telangana is to its North east and Andhra Pradesh to its east. Karnataka has Tamil Nadu to the south east and Kerala to the south west. Kannada is the official language of the state and is widely spoken by its people. Karnataka is adorned with vibrant colors, cultures, flavors, landscapes and heart throbbing beauty.

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Karnataka is a state of out-and-out diversity along with the wide variety of sandalwood, silk and spices. When you visit Karnataka, you can find heritage sites, nature, beaches and wildlife - all in one place. Karnataka is mostly renowned for the heritage destinations and National Parks. Karnataka also has beautiful hill stations, amazing waterfalls, temples and other pilgrimage spots. There is a 320 km long coastline consisting of several less crowded beaches.

The months between October and April is the most appropriate time to visit Karnataka. During the summer the humidity is quite high in Karnataka therefore it is better to avoid the western coast from April to June. However, the hill areas are colder. For Wildlife safari or Mysore Dussera, winter is considered as the best time. Antargange or Jog falls can be the heaven for trekkers at the time of Monsoons.

Some of the top places to visit in Karnataka are:

  • Coorg: Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort, Mallalli Falls, Bhagmandala, Chettali, Chiklihole Dam.
  • Mysore: Mysore Fort, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Kukkarahalli Lake, Vasanta Mahal Palace, Chunchi Falls, B R Hills.
  • Hampi: Achyutharaya Temple, Royal Enclosure, Stepped Tank, King's Balance, Queen's Bath, Vira Harihara Palace.
  • Bangalore: Skandagiri, Avani, Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Someshswara Temple, The Govt. Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery
  • Gokarna: Mahabaleshwara Temple, Maha Ganapathi Temple, Venkatramana Temple, Om beach, Gokarna beach.
  • Bandipur National Park: Ooty, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Jeep safari, Elephant rides, Gopalaswamy Betta.

Karnataka is well-connected to the rest part of the country and the whole world by different means so that visitors from different places can come here easily.

  • By air:Karnataka has 6 airports among which 2 offer international flights to connect different places through air network.
  • By train:Along with the interstate rail network Karnataka has wide rail network connecting the state to rest of India.
  • By road: With Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation you can to and fro various cities and states.
    Karnataka is very popular for sandalwood products, silk clothes and different spices. So, if you are visiting Karnataka do not miss to buy Sandalwood oils, Sandalwood sculptures, Metal lamps, Perfumes, Wood Carvings and Inlay works. There are large number of arresting shopping malls and shopping arcades around the cities of Karnataka where you can buy beautiful silk clothes and special spices in a reasonable price.

    Karnataka is widely known for the festivals such as –
    • Ganesha Chaturthi: It is one of the important festivals dedicated to Lord Ganesha and followed by shodashopachara, Uttar Puja and Visarjan.
    • Hampi Festival: Dance of Kannadigas, fireworks, Folk song concerts, Elephant marths known as Jumbo Savari are the main attraction of this festival.
    • Karaga: It is one of the oldest festivals where folk dance is performed dedicated to Draupadi.
    • Kambala festival: This traditional buffalo race festival which is celebrated to please the god by farming communities.

    Yes, Karnataka is actually safe for solo female travellers. But it is always better to be careful and safe.

    • Do not trust any random person and never leave your belongings here and there.
    • Always keep in touch and carry a list of emergency contact numbers.
    • Keep all the important documents and cash in your handbag.

    Karnataka is considered as the land of diversity. This place is full of culture and heritage along with natural beauty. Here are some special attractions that Karnataka is all about

    • Silk and Sandalwood: Mysore is the center place of Sandalwood products and Mysore silks which are uniquely made of pure silk and golden zari.
    • Channapatna Toys: Channapatna toys are traditionally made of ivory woods and named after the city Channapatna.
    • Mangalorean dishes: Mangalorean cuisine is a combination of Konkani, Kannada and Tulu dishes that must be alluring for the food lovers.
    • Yakshagana: It is a traditional art form of Karnataka performed during the Monsoons in a form of Dance Drama.

    Bangalore is considered as the biggest city of Karnataka. It also the capital city of the state, therefore the center of all political and economical activities along with 8.5 million population. Bangalore is also called the Silicon Valley of India and widely recognized for its heritage and culture.

    Karnataka is largely known for its pilgrimages. Some of the most famous temples include

    • Mookambika Temple: It is located at Kollur and goddesses Parvati is worshipped here.
    • Shrikishna Temple: Udupi Shrikishna Temple is popular for the unique idol of Lord Krishna having its back to the entrance.
    • Mahabaleshwara Temple: This temple in Gokarna is renowned as Dakshinakashi where Lord Shiva is worshipped with great belief.

    Karnataka has a great historical background therefore the whole state is surrounded by different historical places.

    • Hampi: Mostly famous for the remaining of Vijaynagar empire, beautiful temples and monuments.
    • Gol Gumbaz: It is located in Bijapur and popular as the mausoleum of Md. Adil Shah.
    • Halebid: This place has a glorious past and famous for significant Hoysala architecture.
    • Aihole: This place is carrying the memories of Chalukya dynasty and mostly known as temple complex of Karnataka.

    If you are a foodie, Karnataka won't disappoint you. The taste of the food is somehow influence by the neighbour states- Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Still Karnataka has its own special cuisine. The staple food of Karnataka is rice but you can find dishes like Korri Gassi, Mysore Pak, Coorg Pandi Curry, Rava fry etc. Also don't miss to taste Mysore Masala Dosa, Udupi Sambar, Mango Chutney and Haalbai.

    Every year Karnataka gets a heavy rainfall. So, if you are planning to visit Karnataka in July you must choose your destination wisely. Here is a list of places that you can visit and enjoy during Monsoons

    • You must visit the Kabini Jungle in July to experience experience the amazing wildlife including birds, reptiles and black panther.
    • Jog waterfall has a unique look at the time of Monsoons that you must visit.
    • Kudremukh Grassland is a shola grassland that becomes more beautiful in Monsoons.
    • The beauty of Shivanshamudram falls increases more when it rains in the month of July.