Karnataka Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

The history of Karnataka goes back to the days of Emperor Ashoka, once nurtured great dynasties – the Kadambas, the Hoysalas, the Chalukyas and the Vijaynagar Emperor. All have left their imprint in the magnificent stonework and the ruins of great cities founded on this plateau of lush tropical jungle, beautiful garden cities and ornate buildings.

It is the eighth state in India. It was formerly known as Mysore but on 1 November, 1973 the name Mysore was changed to Karnataka. The state comprises the former Princely state by Mysore & some districts of the erstwhile state of Bombay in the north and Madras in the south. It is a land of scenic beauty splendor and great human endeavor. Its rulers were great builders both of empires and monuments. They founded great temples, splendid, stupas, Palaces, Lofty minarets and magnificent mausoleums.

It is a land of religious harmony, mutual tolerance and vast inter-religious cultural heritage. Some of the finest monuments of Jain, Shiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Muslim faiths are found here. It was here at stavanbelgola that India’s first great emperor Chandra Gupta Maurya Retired after renouncing the world & embraced Jainism in search of truth and salvation. Karnataka consist of the parts of peninsular plateau, Western Ghats and flow eastwards across the plateau. In the sharp contrast with simplicity of the countryside are the grand palaces, beautiful gardens and spectacular festival like Dussehra, Befitting this Princely state. Today, this industrially developed state is also famous for its Sandalwood, Rosewood, and Silk & Handicrafts.

When to visit: October to April

Airports: Bangalore, Belgaum, Mangalore, Bellary, Hubli, and Mysore.

Places of Interest

Aivalli (Aihole): Ancient Capital, Temples, Sculpture, Caves.

Badami: Ancient Capital, Temples, Sculpture, Fort, Caves.

Bandipur: Once a staid cantonment city, now a Fun city with Restaurants, night clubs and cinemas a plenty. But still a garden city, Museums, Handicrafts, Palaces, Temples, Aquarium, Fort, Lake, Horse-racing.

Bannerghatta National Park: Wildlife Sanctuary near Bangalore, Season – September to June.

Chamrajnagar: Picnic spot.

Ramohalli: Picnic spot, Giant Banyan tree.

Belgaum: Fort.

Ghataprabha: Wildlife Sanctuary, Season- October to January, Dam-site picnic spot.

Gokak: Waterfalls.

Bhadravati: Industrial centre.

Bidar: Ancient Muslim Capital, Forts, Mosques.

Bijapur: Ancient Muslim Capital, Muslim Culture and Architecture, Gol Gumbaz, Mausoleum, Mosques and Towers.

Channapatna: Handicrafts.

Chikmagalur: Coffee plantations, Forests, Hill station.

Baba Budan: Hindu and Muslim pilgrim centre.

Kemmanugudi: Hill station.

Chitradurga: Fort, Temples.

Dandeli: Wildlife Sanctuary, Season – November to May.

Mundgod: Waterfalls nearby.

Dharmastala: Hindu pilgrim centre.

Dharwar: University town.

Gokaran: Hindu pilgrim centre, Temples, Beach.

Gulbarga: Fort, Mosques, Temples.

Halebidu: Ancient Hoysala Sculpture and Architecture, Temples.

Hampi: Vijaynagar capital, 14 sq. kms of Ruins of Temples, Palaces, Forts.

Jog Falls: Waterfalls, Spa.

Karwar: Beaches, Fishing, Picnic spot.

Kolar: Kolar Gold Mines can be visited October to February.

Madikeri: Hill station, Fort, Palaces, Plantations.

Mangalore: Temples, Port and Beaches

Panambul: Beaches, Port.

Suratakal: Beaches.

Ullal: Beaches.

Mudabidri: Jain Temples, Nandi sculpture.

Krisnarajasagara: Brindavan Gardens at Dam-site, Picnic spot, Special lighting.

Ranganathittu Sanctuary: Bird Sanctuary, Season – June to October.

Shrirangapattana: Tippu Sultan’s island Capital, Palaces, Forts, Frescoes, Mosques.

Nagarahole: National Wildlife Park, Season- October to April.

Nandi Hills: Health resort and pilgrim centre.

Nanjangud: Temples.

Patadkal: Temples, Sculpture.

Raichur: Fort.

Shravanabelagola: Jain pilgrim centre.

Tungabhadra: Dam-site holiday place.

Udupi: Hindu pilgrim centre, Temples, Cuisine.

Malpe: Beach.

Manipal: Health resort.

Maravanthe: Beach, Surfing.

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