Places You Should Visit In Karnataka
1. Bangalore – The Ultimate Tourist Destination In Karnataka
Bangalore, a colorful city of culture and people, is one of the most popular tourist destinations to explore in Karnataka. The IT hub of the world offers a international ambience and people from different parts of country to come and settle here for work. Many people get their career done here.
It also has enjoyable and comfortable weather round the year and so it is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka in summer. Full of nature, wildlife, ruins, architectural wonders, museums, and gardens. Bangalore is a treat for tourists and travelers.
Attractive tourist destinations: Bangalore also offers many interesting tourist destinations within the city to chill out a weekend or a mid-week holiday. Key attractions are Bangalore Palace, Butterfly Park of Bannerghatta Biological Park, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Lalbagh Glass Place, Wonder La Amusement Park, ISKCON temple, and Aerospace Museum.
Nearest Railway Station: The capital of Karnataka has its own junction named, Bangalore City Railway Station.
Nearest Airport: As Bangalore is a big city it has its own international airport with the name Bengaluru International Airport.
2. Coorg – Get Hypnotised With The Aroma Of Arabica Coffee Beans
A charming but and not so popular hill station and Coorg is also called as ‘Scotland of India’. Its unreal beauty and makes it one of the most interesting tourist places in Karnataka. Endowed with coffee parks full of aroma, luxuriant greenery dotting the mountains, and stunning waterfalls plunging down the misty mountains, Coorg charms every one of its tourist.
Attractions : Thrilling treks along the winding trails of the coffee & spice plantations, visit elephant camp, coracle rides in the river, wildlife sanctuaries, monasteries, and local Madikeri market – all together contribute to make the vacation fascinating and exhilarating.
Popular tourist destination: Monastery, the second biggest Tibetan settlement in India. Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls and Bylakuppe are the most loved ones. Dubare Elephant Camp and Nagarhole National Park come in close seconds. For adventure addict person and nature lovers. Trek up to Brahmagiri Peak Chettalli, and a thrilling coracle ride in the nearby river are the draws.
PS: Dont forget to pick some the best coffees, spices, and vanilla stick from Madikeri Bazaar.
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore Railway Station is 106 km from Coorg. Mangalore Station and Hassan Station are also in nearest proximity.
Closest Airport: Bangalore Airport is 260 km from Coorg, you can also access the glorious hill-station from Mangalore Airport which is 135 km away.
3. Jog Falls – Where A Heartfelt ‘Wow’ Is The First Reaction
Amongst the most famous places in Karnataka, Jog Falls locally known as Gerusoppa falls. Gersoppa Falls, and Jogada Gundi are the second highest waterfalls in the country. Formed by Sharavathi River cascading from an altitude of 253 m (830 ft), the waterfalls are divided into four segments namely Raja, Rocket, Rani, and Roarer. They offer one of the most charming and breathtakingly beautiful places to see in Karnataka.
The State Tourism Department has constructed steps – around 1,500 in number – from the viewpoint till the hill bottom. It is here at the bottom that the alluring beauty of the waterfalls can be seen closely. For their beauty and enchanting sound of gushing water, Jog Falls are one of the best places to visit in Karnataka in summer.
Popular tourist destinations: Linganamakki Dam across Sharavathi River, Tunga Anicut Dam, and Thavare Koppa Lion & Tiger Reserve are the tourist destinations nearby.
Nearest Railway Station: To reach Jog Falls via train, you need to get down at Sagar Station which is 28 km away.
Nearest Airport: Hubli Airport is the closest airport at a distance of 133 km.
4. Shimoga – The Luxuriant Foliage Describes It All
Shimoga, the cultural capital of Karnataka. It is a colourful place enriched with fertile land, beautiful waterfalls, and lush green forests making it one of the best tourist places in karnataka. Its verdant greenery and tranquil ambience make it one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. River Tungabhadra, River Sharavathi, River Varada, and River Kumadvathi have carved out picturesque river valleys here. The place is historically famous as Kadambas, Gangas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, and Vijayanagar Kings reigned this region.
Popular tourist destinations: Shivappa Nayaka Summer Palace, Kote Seeta-Rama Temple, Sacred Heart Cathedral, and Tyavarekoppa Lion Safari are the major attractions. Sakrebyle Elephant Camp is also very famous here where you can experience bathing and attend professional training sessions of elephants.
Nearest Railway Station: The city has its own railway station named Shimoga Nagar Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Shimoga Domestic Airport is 1o minutes’ drive from the city and is fairly connected with Mumbai and Delhi. The nearest international airport is at Mangalore International Airport which is 195 km from the city.
5. Mangalore – The Sun-Kissed Serenity Amidst City Hustle
Mangalore is one of the serene tourist spots in Karnataka, impeccable for short weekend trip to break the monotony of urban chores. The town is located at the estuarine junction formed by River Netravati and River Gurupura on the Arabian Sea Coast.
Once in Mangalore, strolling and sunbathing at the beaches, trying spicy, scrumptious seafood, viewing sunrises & sunsets, and visiting the shipyard just cannot be missed. Mangalore is one of the ideal places to visit in Karnataka for 2 days break.
Popular tourist destinations: Tannirbhavi Beach, Panambur Beach, Someshwara Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangaladevi Temple, Kadri Manjunath Temple, and Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park are the major attractions. Don’t miss the unlittered and serene beaches to add the complete effect to your trip.
Nearest Railway Station: Mangalore Railway Station is within the city.
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport is a mere 15 minutes from the main city.
6. Karwar – Offbeat And Off-The-Wall
Karwar is an offbeat beach destination located near Karnataka-Goa border. The town is one of the upcoming, not-so-popular yet, places to visit in coastal Karnataka. It is ideal for those who desire to have a secluded holiday away from any bustling cat-race of the city. Sun-kissed beaches, charming temples, and majestic forts are the major tourist pullers.
The town is locally popular as ‘Kone’ by the southern villagers, which refers to the corner of the region around the River Kali. Karwar has an exhilarating splendor to it. The surrounding green hills, which are a part of the Western Ghats, enhance the beauty quotient of the place.
Popular tourist destinations: Stroll at the Majali Beach, take a boat ride up to Kurumgad Island, and explore the historical remnants of Sadashivgad Fort. Do not miss the famous Durga Devi and Nagnath Temple.
Nearest Railway Station: Karwar has its own railway station by the name of Karwar Railway Station.
Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport Goa is around 2 hours’ drive from Karwar.
7. Gokarna – Serene Shoreline & Interesting Nightlife
Travelers looking for complete solace and solemn pleasure should surely visit Gokarna at least once. This low-key, laid-back, and less-commercialised beach destination has won over millions of travelers and backpackers, and is one of the most famous places in Karnataka.
Gokarna is also an important Hindu pilgrim hub with many age-old temples in its confines. Chilling out on the pristine beaches, enjoying the exciting water sports, riding on the thrilling catamaran ride has made it a fascinating tourist retreat.
Popular tourist destinations: Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapati Temple, and Om Beach are the major crowd-pullers. Relax and enjoy the thrilling water sports like banana boat ride, snorkelling, and parasailing in the shimmering blue water of Gokarna.
Nearest Railway Station: Gokarna Railway Station is nearest to the town and is well-connected with Marmagao Rail Link.
Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport in Goa is 140 km away from the town.
8. Bandipur National Park – Holidaying In The Lap Of Nature
When holidaying means greenery and winding trails, when birds chirping and calls of the wild animals are melodies to the ears, when the beauty and charm of Bandipur National Park leave you awestruck, it means you have had a successful day in your vacation.
The famous tiger reserve and bird sanctuary is an idyllic retreat for the nature lovers and bird watchers. The number of ardent nature lovers flocking to Bandipur National Park has made it one of the ideal places to visit in Karnataka for a day-picnic. Once a private hunting ground for Maharajas of Mysore, the national park is a habitat to rich varieties of flora and fauna like wild elephants, spotted deer, gaurs, and antelopes.
Popular tourist destinations: Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, Anjaneyar Temple, and Biligirirangan Hills are the major tourist attractions along with wildlife safari at Bandipur National Park are the hits here.
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore City Railway Station is the closest rail link, located 80 km from the National Park.
Nearest Airport: Bengaluru International Airport is 220 km from the forest region.