6 Top Places To Visit In Karnataka

Karnataka is a South Indian state bordering the Arabian Sea. It is located in the South Western part of the country. This state has rich culture and diverse landscape. Many rules of varying culture and religion ruled this place in the past and thus, you can find various architectural marvels of varying styles. This state is known for its heritage, natural resources, culture and other entertainment elements. Here are the top six places you ought to visit in Karnataka.

1. Bangalore

Bangalore is also called as the Silicon Valley of India. It is a major IT hub in the country. There are a lot of natural sites, historic spots, palaces and temples in this city. This city is also called as the garden city. When it comes to parks, there are many parks in the city. The top ones are Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park and JP park. Top attractions are Bangalore fort, Palace of Tippu Sultan, Bangalore palace, Mayo hall, government museum, aerospace museum, Gandhi Bhavan, Dodda Alada Mara, Thottikallu, Nandhi Hills, Bannerghatta park, Butterfly park and many others.

Bangalore palace

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There are a lot of lakes in this city like Ulsoor lake, Hebbal lake, Bellandur Lake and many others. Many lakes will have water related activities during peak tourist season. In the religious front; there are several temples like ISKCON temples, Ranganathaswamy temple of 16th century, 16th century Halasuru Someshwara Temple, 17th century Kote Jalakantheshwara temple and many others. St. Mary’s Basilica is the oldest church in the city.

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Skandagiri is a small trekking spot which is about 75 km away from Bangalore. Savandurga is a famous waterfalls which is 60 km away from Bangalore and Muthyalamaduvu is a picnic spot which is 40 km away from Bangalore main city.

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2. Mysore

Mysore was the capital of the state for the past six centuries. It was ruled by Sultans and various other kings in the past. This place is the centre for various forms of arts and crafts. It is an important tourist destination too. This place is also called as the Palace City of the country. As the name indicates, there are a lot of palaces in the city like the Mysore Palace of royal family, Lalitha Mahal, Jaganmohan Palace of 19th century and Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. The top gardens in the city are Brindavan gardens, Happy Man park, Butterfly Park and others.

Mysore Palace

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Other top attractions in this city are sand sculpture museum, rail museum, wax museum, Chamundi Hills, St. Philomena Church, Mysore Zoo, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary and others. Shivansamudra falls is the second largest waterfalls in the country and is located a little away from Mysore.

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3. Mangalore

Mangalore is a small city between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. It is an important part of the city even during the ancient times. This place has mesmerizing beaches, hills and other attractions. Top attractions in this city are Kadri Manhunath temple, Tannirbhavi beach, Sultan Battery beach, Panambur beach, Pilikula Nisargadhama picnic spot, St. Aloysius Church and many others. Do not forget to taste Udupi cuisine while you are in Mangalore.

Mangalore

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4. Hampi

Hampi is not a very big city. It is a little away from the hustles of the city. You might not even find a lot of tourist attractions here. But, it is important to visit this city for its ruins. It is an important historic spot in the city. The temple ruins of Vijayaraja Dynasty on the banks of Tungabhadra River are important attractions. You can also find many architectural marvels of ancient India here. These temples are considered to be a very important cultural element. A temple in Hampi is the oldest temple in the world that is still functioning from the day of inauguration without any break. Only a very few temples stand as whole, today. This visit would take a whole day as you explore and enjoy the ruins and temples.

Hampi rath

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5. Coorg

Coorg is a hill station in Karnataka. It is an agricultural spot too. You can find coffee plantation, rice plantation and various types of flora here. You can also find a few Buddhist monasteries. The top attractions in this city are the Abbey waterfalls, Nagarhole trekking spot, Dubare elephant camp, Tibetan monastery, Raja seat garden and others. The top activity to perform in Coorg is an early morning walk amidst coffee plantation. If you visit during the right season, you can witness coffee being harvested and processed.

Coorg

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6. Hubli Dharwad

Hubli and Dharwad are twin cities which are considered as commercial centres of the state. It is growing very fast and is also called as small Mumbai. There are a lot of industries growing in this area. On the other hand, you can find a lot of tourist attractions like monuments, temples and others.900 years old Chandramouleshwara temple, Banashankari temple of 13th century, picnic spot at Nrupatunga Hill, Jain temple Navagraha Teertha, Indira Gandhi Glass House garden, Lake Unkal and many others are important tourist destinations.

Chandramouleshwara temple, Karnataka

Karnataka is a tourist magnet in the country. It has diverse elements starting from hill station to beaches. No matter how old you are; you would certainly enjoy Karnataka.

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