Top 5 Must Visit Cities in Karnataka

Tripiwiki : 18 Jul 2024
Karnataka has been ranked as fourth most popular destination for tourism among states of India with highest number of national protected monuments. It is home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India. Karnataka is know for it's rich ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. Hampi, Mysore, Jog Falls, Agumbe are few of the top sites to visit.

Following are the Top 5 Must Visit Cities in Karnataka

Bangalore (1 out of 5 places to visit in Bengaluru)

Known as Garden city, Silicon city, Bangalore is the Capital City of Karnataka, India. Bangalore is one of India's most progressive and developed cities. Due to the large number of technology companies established in the city, it is often referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India. The bustling cosmopolitan city with an all-year-round pleasant climate has many cafes, shopping malls and restaurants for a luxurious and upscale lifestyle. The city also has some wonderful tourist hotspots like the Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Bannerghatta National Park, Innovative Film City, Cubbon Park, Nandi Hills. Many Hill stations around Bangalore offers adventure activities like trekking and rock climbing to the adventure seeker. The historic city of Mysore is nearby Bangalore . Bangalore is located at approx 170km from Mysuru, 351km from Mangaluru, 334km from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 570km from Hyderabad, 840km from Pune, 573km from Goa.



Coorg, Kodagu, Kodagu (2 out of 5 places to visit in Kodagu)

Coorg also know as Kodagu is an administrative district in Karnataka, India is called as the "Scotland of India". Madikeri is the heartland of Coorg region. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, and breathtaking views made coorg an one of the must visit tourist destination in Karantaka, India. Talacauvery, Raja Seat, Abbey Falls , Tadiandamol Hill Station and Dubare Forest are some of the best places to visit in Coorg. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamole, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri. Elephant rides at Dubare Elephant camp and white water rafting in Upper Barapole River are other interesting things to do in Madikeri. Nagarhole National Park is also one of the places to visit in the region. Madikeri is located at approx 268km from Bengaluru, 118km from Mysore, 138km from Mangalore, 448km from Goa, 363km from Kochi, 586km from Chennai, 246km from Ooty.

Gokarna, Mahabaleshwar Temple Gokarna, Uttara Kannada (3 out of 5 places to visit in Uttara Kannada)

Gokarna is one of the major tourist attraction, located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. Gokarna is know for historic Mahabaleshwar Temple and Many beaches surrounding it. This temple attracts major tourists across the country because of legends and history associated with it. The temple also finds mentions in the Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. There is a beach facing the temple. Other than temples, Gokarna is know for it's scenic beaches, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Full Moon Beach and Kudle beach are the popular once. Om beach derives its name from its shape, Its shape is like Om in Hindi so called as Om beach. Very nice and clean beach with less crowd. One can do trekking from there and view amazing sunrise and sunset. It has steps leading down to the beach. Some water sports/ adventure are available like banana boat, kayaking and so on. Every year thousands of tourists visit Gokarna for pilgrim as well as to soak themselves on these beaches. Gokarn is located at approx 177km from Udupi, 231km from Mangalore, 488km from Bengaluru, 133km form Goa, 645km from Kochi, 208km from Belgaum.



Hampi (4 out of 5 places to visit in Bellary)

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Hosapete in Bellary district of Karnataka, India. It was the Capital city of Hindu Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century which was the last great Hindu kingdom in South India. It includes "forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures and others". The City was built on the bank of river Tungabhadra. The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins. But the ruins are yet still stand tall, looks stunning and gives the glimpse of the richness and culture of the great Hindu Empire. Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state. Hampi, also known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra, is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River. Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Queen’s Bath, Stone chariot at Vitthala temple, Elephant stable, Lotus Mahal are some of the must visit attractions in hampi. One can enjoy the specacular views of the ruins of Hampi from top the of Hemakuta and Matanga hills near by along with sunset and sunrise. Hampi is located at approx 12km from Hosapete, 61km from Bellary, 164km from Hubli, 342km from Bengaluru, 327km from Goa, 371km from Hyderabad, 534km from Pune, 563km from Chennai.



Mysore (5 out of 5 places to visit in Mysore)

Mysore is a beautiful historic city located near Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Mysore was the previous capital city in the state of Karnataka, India. Historic city of Mysore is famed for its magnificent palaces and is also known as the Palace City of India . there are seven palaces including the great Mysore palace located at the center of the City. Mysore offers a variety of attractions like palaces , temples, gardens, dams, waterfalls, forts, museums, zoo etc. All this is accompanied by the serenity of nature, making Mysore a dream destination of every travel enthusiasts. Mysore is also know as Cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore is located at approx 142km from Bengaluru, 256km from Mangalore, 480km from Chennai, 655km from Goa.

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