Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, the former seat of the regions maharajas. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empires capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables, and a stone chariot. Dandeli is a town in the western Indian state of Karnataka. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, with its trails and dense forests, is home to animals including black panthers, monkeys, and elephants, as well as many bird species. A temple stands at the entrance to the limestone Kavala Caves, known for its stalagmite formations. West of the caves, Anshi National Park encompasses the Kali Tiger Reserve.
Karnataka Is Referred to as “One State Many Worlds”
Best Places to Visit in Karnataka
Bengaluru: The ISKCON Temple in Bengaluru is one of the prime attractions of the city. It signifies the Dravidian temple architecture. The Mysore Wodeyars’s Bengaluru Palace is another delight. Quite similar to Windsor Castle, the Bengaluru Palace reveals the exquisite details of the architectural marvel. Tourists also love to have a motorboat ride in Ulsoor Lake. The Tipu Sultan Fort and Summer Palace is another distinct place to watch. The Imposing white structure of Jama Masjid is a dynamic attraction as well.
Badami: Also known as Vatapi, it was lauded as the royal capital of the Badami Chalukyas. The structural and rock-cut temples of Badami are known for their finesse and intricate design. Sculptures, inscriptions, forts, and cave temples are the landmarks in Badami. The seventh-century Malegatti Shivalaya is one of the most sought after shivalayas in the region.
Bandipur National Park: This national park was established in 1974. Initially it used to be the private hunting reserve for the Maharajas of the Kingdom of Mysore. It is known for preserving the endangered wildlife species such as tigers, Indian elephants, gaurs, four-horned antelopes and Indian rock pythons.
Chikmagalur: The Veera Narayana Temple is one of the most prominent temples of Belavadi, a place with a lot of historic temples. The lush green coffee plantations of the town make it an even more tempting hotspot to explore. It is fondly also called the ‘Coffee land of Karnataka.’
Gokarna: It is known for the jagged cliffs, epiphanic sunsets, undiscovered coves, open beaches, and quaint temples. The sun sand sleepy beaches of this little town are added attractions.
Coorg: Located in the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Coorg is known for its ethnic warrior people and its coffee plantations. Backpackers simply love to explore the beauty of Coorg while trekking over mountains to watch the beautiful sunrise. It is a completely different slice of paradise on earth.
The celebrated festivals of Karnataka are Pattadakkal Dance Festival (January), Makar Sankranti (January), Hoysala Mahotsava (March), Ugadi (March), Dussehra (September-October), and Karaga. (first month of the Hindu Calendar).
Known for being one of the oldest cuisines in India, the main delicacies include Vangi Bath, Idli-vada Sambar, Saaru, Ragi rotti, Bisi bele bath and Udupi Cuisine. The sweet dishes in Mysore include Dharwad pedha , Obbattu, , Mysore Pak and Sajjige.
The metal handicraft known as Bidriware had originated in Karnataka. It is crafted into hookahs, boxes, and ornamental bowls. Slippery chiffons carved rosewood, and crepe is the sought-after products in Karnataka.
Air: The Bengaluru Airport is well connected all over India. One can also explore Karnataka by reaching the Bajpe airport at Mangalore.
Rail: Bengaluru is well connected to the railheads all across the country.
Road: It is easy to travel to the cities of Karnataka through the interstate bus services from Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh.
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