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Top 30 places to visit in Karnataka

Tripiwiki : 03 Dec 2020
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 30 places to visit in Karnataka

Abbey Falls (1 out of 30 places to visit in Coorg)

Abbey Falls is one of the amazing waterfall from Western Ghats, located in Coorg(Kodagu) district of Karnataka, India. in Karnataka. This waterfalls is one of the must visit places for coorg travelers. Water falling from height of 70 feet provides a spectacular scene for the tourists. There is an hanging bridge across the gorge from which an exceptional view of this waterfall is a sight to remember. A trek through the greenery can leave you with a refreshed mind. Abbey falls is located at approx 5km from Madikeri, 51km from Tala Kaveri, 166km from Chikmagalur, 272km from Bengaluru, 122km from Mysore, 143km from Mangalore, 368km from Kochi.

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Agumbe

Agumbe (2 out of 30 places to visit in Shimoga)

Agumbe is a scenic small village located near Thirthahalli in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. This hill station is part of the amazing Western Ghats mountain range and it is know for the heavy rainfall, sunset point and trekking. It is also know as "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India as the Agumbe ghat is covered with mist almost all the time. Agumbe is near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe ghat road gives a breathtaking experience and is know for it's number of hair pin curves. The reserve forests around Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri and Thirthahalli are collectively referred to as the Agumbe Rainforest. During rains, Agumbe and the surrounding region come alive with several waterfalls namely Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Jogigundi Falls and Koodlu Theertha Falls are some of the popular ones. Agumbe is located at approx 32km from Thirthahalli, 93km from Shivamogga, 61km from Udupi, 98km from Mangalore, 112km from Chikmagalur, 208km from Coorg, 348km from Bengaluru, 324km from Goa.

Agumbe Rain Forest trek (3 out of 30 places to visit in Shimoga)

Agumbe is a scenic small village located near Thirthahalli in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. This hill station is part of the amazing Western Ghats mountain range and it is know for the heavy rainfall, sunset point and trekking. It is also know as "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India as the Agumbe ghat is covered with mist almost all the time. Agumbe is near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe ghat road gives a breathtaking experience and is know for it's number of hair pin curves. The reserve forests around Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri and Thirthahalli are collectively referred to as the Agumbe Rainforest. During rains, Agumbe and the surrounding region come alive with several waterfalls namely Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Jogigundi Falls and Koodlu Theertha Falls are some of the popular ones. Agumbe is located at approx 32km from Thirthahalli, 93km from Shivamogga, 61km from Udupi, 98km from Mangalore, 112km from Chikmagalur, 208km from Coorg, 348km from Bengaluru, 324km from Goa.

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Aihole

Aihole (4 out of 30 places to visit in Bagalakote)

Aihole a capital city of early Chalukyan dynasty is one of the most popular tourist destination in north Karnataka, located on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalakote district of Karnataka, India. City is know for it's magnificent rock architecture, there are more than 125 temples in various styles. Most of these temples are from 6th & 8th centuries and some even earlier. Many temples and caves of historical importance can be found at Aihole. The temples carry rich architectural sculpture on pillars and ceilings, especially depictions of such major gods as Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. Some of the famous temples include the Gowda Temple, Suryanarayana Temple and the Durga Temple. The Ravana Phadi Cave is one of the oldest rock-cut cave temples. Aihole is located at approx 140km from Hubli, 139km from World Heritage Site Hampi, 446km from capital city Bengaluru, 271km from Goa, 425km from Pune, 384km from Hyderabad.

Aihole Fort (5 out of 30 places to visit in Bagalakote)

Alekan Falls (6 out of 30 places to visit in Dakshina Kannada)

Almatti Dam (7 out of 30 places to visit in Bijapur)

The Almatti Dam is a hydroelectric project on the Krishna River in North Karnataka, India which was completed in July 2005. The target annual electric output of the dam is 560 MU (or GWh).H1 The Almatti Dam is the main reservoir of the Upper Krishna Irrigation Project; the 290 MW power station is located on the right side of the Almatti Dam. The facility uses vertical kaplan turbines: five 55MW generators and one 15MW generator. Water is released in to the Narayanpur reservoir after using for power generation to serve the downstream irrigation needs. Two separate facilities namely, Almatti 1 Powerhouse and Almatti II Powerhouse each separated by distance do provide power generation capabilities. During the initial stages of the project, estimated costs were projected as Rs.14.70 billion, but following the transfer of project's management to the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), the estimated cost was reduced by over fifty percent to Rs. 6.74 billion. The KPCL eventually completed the project at an even lower cost of Rs. 5.20 billion.[citation needed] The entire dam was finished in less than forty months, with construction ending in July 2005. The dam is located on the edge of Bijapur and Bagalkot districts. Geographically, it is located in the Bijapur district, but large areas of Bagalkot district have also been submerged due to filling of the reservoir. The dam holds a gross water storage capacity of 123.08 TMC at 519 meters MSL.

Anthargange (8 out of 30 places to visit in Kolar)

Antara Gange is a mountain located in Kolar district of Karnataka,India. This place, situated on the Shathashrunga mountain range is know as Kashi of South. Sri Kashi Vishweshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is the major attraction in this destination. There is a pond in this temple, which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). Antar Gange caves located nearby are also one of the major attraction for the tourists. Steep and narrow path behind the temple lead to top of the mountain where you can located the Antar Gange caves. The mountain consists of granite rocks and lot of caves around. The caves are 3-4 km from the temple. There are seven villages on this mountain. Antara Gange is one of the best place for trekking and adventure lovers. Antara Gange is located at approx 5km from Kolar, 67km from Bengaluru, 208km from Mysore, 275km from Chennai, 580km from Hyderabad.

Apsarakonda Falls (9 out of 30 places to visit in Uttara Kannada)

Apsarkonda is an Beautiful waterfall near Honnavar, in the district of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India. Close to the Apsarakonda beach, this beautiful waterfalls flows through the cliffs down to paddy fields and joins the see. This falls is not very deep and around 10m height, making it the best spot to enjoy with family. Places is well maintained also has a beautiful garden with many sunset and beach view points. Apsarakonda is located at approx 7km from Honnavar, 58km from Gokarn, 98km from Karwar, 182km form Goa, 78km from Jog Falls, 178km from Mangalore, 470km from Bengaluru.

Arishina Gundi Falls (10 out of 30 places to visit in Udupi)

This falls are deep inside the forests near Kodachadri hills. which can only be reached by trekking for more than 2 KM. The road can be reached by hiring Jeep from Kollur Temple. The trekking starts after 8 Kms drive through thick forest. There are signs showing way to the waterfalls on trek route. Entry permission can be obtained at the check post while entering into the forest. It is advisable to visit during the mid summer (From Dec to Feb) when water is calm

Baba Budangiri (11 out of 30 places to visit in Chikmagalur)

Baba Budangiri is a one of the beautiful mountain in the Baba Budan range of the Western Ghats, located in the Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka, India, Baba Budangiri is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. It is famous for the Dattatreya Peeta ‑ a Hindu temple and a Muslim dargah both in the same underground cave. The main peaks in this range are the Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the Baba Budangiri range. With a height of 6317 ft, it is the fourth highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. These peaks naturally form in the shape of a crescent moon and makes an idyllic landscape for the photographers and nature lovers in Chikmagalur. There is a trekking trail between Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. Trekkers can enjoy scenic beauty like plain, lush green, forests and rolling hills. Another prominent attraction of Baba Budangiri is the famous Manikyadhara Falls and the wild Kurinji flower blooms which happens every 12 years at this mountain. Baba Budangiri is located at approx 33km from Chikmagalur, 276km from Bengaluru, 115km from Shivamogga, 217km from Mysore, 184km from Mangalore, 438km from Goa.

Badami Cave Temples, Vataapi Badami, Bagalkot  (12 out of 30 places to visit in Bagalkot )

Badami is historic town know for cave temples, located in Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. Badami was the capital of the early Chalukya dynasty. the Rock Cut Cave Temples are the main tourist attraction in Badami. Carved out of massive stone cliff, the cave temples are the best example of Chalukya architecture style.. Three among the four cave temples are dedicated to deities of Hinduism and one temple is dedicated to Jainism. Important feature of Badami Caves and their surroundings is ancient inscriptions in Kannada writing and in Kannada and Sanskrit languages. Agastya Theertha, a serene lake is a must-see spot in Badami. The Government of India has declared Badami as one of the heritage cities in India. Badami is located at approx 105km from Hubli Airport, 141km from world heritage site Hampi, 449km from Bengaluru, 241km from Goa, 425km from Hyderabad, 449km from Pune.

Bananthimari Betta (13 out of 30 places to visit in Ramanagara)

Is an hillock Located at a distance of 3 kms from Kanakapura near Bangalore. The hillock is around 2090 feet in height. surrounded by lush green fields with patches of flower. Best time to visit Bananthimari Betta is during October to March when the weather is pleasant.

Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Safari, Chamarajanagar (14 out of 30 places to visit in Chamarajanagar)

Bandipur National Park is beautiful forest area and a tiger reserve located near Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, India. Bandipur National Park along with Mudumalai National Park, Wayanad National Park and Nagarhole National Park forms the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. The park covers 874 square km. This reserve is the largest protected area in South India and the region with highest number of wild elephants in South Asia. The park is located on the Mysore – Ooty highways. Apart from being home to the Asiatic elephant, Bandipur also has a sizable number of tigers. Bandipur national park is recommended for the recognition as a heritage site. As the place is near to Mysore, Bengalore and Ooty it one of the major tourist attraction in the region and one of the must visit place in Karnataka, India. Bandipur National Park is located at approx 20km from Gundlupet, 73km from Mysore, 219km from Bengaluru, 41km from Ooty, 380km from Kochi, 557km from Chennai, 125km from Coimbatore, 319km from Mangalore, 194km from Madikeri.

Bangalore (15 out of 30 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.

Bangalore Palace (16 out of 30 places to visit in Bengaluru)

Bangalore Palace is beautiful landmark palace located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The palace was built in the year 1887 by King Chamaraja Wadiyar and is today open to the public. It was the summer residence of Maharajas of Mysore. The palace features mainly wooden interiors and is surrounded by gardens. It is one of the most visited site in bangalore along with Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha and malls. Bangalore is the state capital of Karnataka, locate at approx 349km from Chennai, 572km from Hyderabad, 532km from Kochi, 837km from Pune.

Bangalore Palace and Grounds (17 out of 30 places to visit in Bengaluru)

Bangalore Palace is beautiful landmark palace located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The sprawling grounds surrounding the palace used to be used for holding public events including music concerts. Many international artists have performed in the grounds. The palace was built in the year 1887 by King Chamaraja Wadiyar and is today open to the public. It was the summer residence of Maharajas of Mysore. Fun World is an amusement park situated in palace grounds. It has various joy rides, water park and snow room. The palace features mainly wooden interiors and is surrounded by gardens. It is one of the most visited site in bangalore along with Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha and malls. Bangalore is the state capital of Karnataka, locate at approx 349km from Chennai, 572km from Hyderabad, 532km from Kochi, 837km from Pune.

Bannerghatta National Park, Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bengaluru (18 out of 30 places to visit in Bengaluru)

Bannerghatta National Park is a weekend gateway for bengalureans, located at 22km from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, India. This park is an haven for Nature lovers and photographers. The park consists of butterfly park, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park. The park offers safari excursions managed and supported by the Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation (KSTDC). One can spot leopards, jackal, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, India gazelle, spotted deer, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard and cobras during the safari. One of the best place to visit in Bangalore is Bannergatta national Park and zoo. Even horror house was good out side the park. The park is part of a wildlife corridor for elephants which connects the BR Hills and the Sathyamangalam forest. Bannerghatta National Park is located at approx 22km from Bangalore, 136km from Mysore, 344km from Chennai, 315km from Ooty, 372km from Mangalore.

Bara Kaman (19 out of 30 places to visit in Bijapur)

Barkana Falls (20 out of 30 places to visit in Shimoga)

This beautiful waterfall is located in Agumbe. is at a height of 850 ft. is among the ten highest waterfalls in India. It is one among the ‘must see spots’ in the district for people who visit Agumbe. is formed by Seetha River, 7 km from Agumbe, Shimoga District. The best time to visit this fall is late August or winter. Travelers can see wonderful perspectives of the Western Ghats and slope slants from the Barkana View Point situated near to the falls.

Basava Sagara Dam, Narayanpur Dam, Bijapur (21 out of 30 places to visit in Bijapur)

Basava Sagar Dam, previously known as Narayanpur Dam, is a dam constructed across the Krishna River at Siddapur Village in Muddebihal Taluk, Bijapur District, Karnataka, India. The reservoir that it impounds is known as Basava Sagar, and has a total storage capacity of 37.965 tmcft (1.075 km³), with 30.5 tmcft (0.85 km³) live storage. The full reservoir level is 492.25 m MSL and the minimum draw down level is 481.6 m MSL. It was a single purpose project meant only for irrigation, but downstream electrical generation and drinking water considerations enter into its management. The dam is 29 meters high and over 1 kilometres long, and has 30 gates for water release.22 Spillway Gates are present in the Dam It took Rs. 50.48 crore to complete.

Belkal Theertha Falls (22 out of 30 places to visit in Udupi)

Benne Hole Falls (23 out of 30 places to visit in Uttara Kannada)

Benne Hole Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls. the river Aghanashini, which flows through the dense forests of the Devimane Ghats Water falls from about 200 feet. It's almost 25 km from Sirsi, near to Kasge. You have to go by walk almost 2km. You can also enjoy small trekking distance

Bettada Byraveshwara Temple Sakleshpur (24 out of 30 places to visit in Hassan)

Bettada Byraveshwara temple an ancient temple located on pandavara gudda hill near Mekanagadde in Sakleshpura taluk of Hassan district, Karnataka. Temple is nestled in beautiful western ghats and offers panoramic view of calm landscape makes this place one of the scenic places to visit in Hassan.

This ancient remote temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and the place is near to Munjrabad fort and Hanbal falls. After the temple one can go on the same road for 1km and trek/climb a small hill to reach the view point which offers beutiful panoramic view of the western ghats which makes it one of the best trekking places to visit in Hassan, Sakleshpur.

Best time to visit is October to January, one can visit in rainy season also to witness the evergreen hills covered with mist all around.

Bettada Byraveshwara temple is located at 29km from Sakleshpur, 70km from Hassan, 58km from Chikmagalur, 251km from Bengaluru.

Bhadra Dam (25 out of 30 places to visit in Shimoga)

The Bhadra Dam, which has created the Bhadra Reservoir, is located on the Bhadra River a tributary of Tungabhadra River. Bhadra dam is located in the border of Bhadravathi and Tarikere, in the western part of Karnataka in India. The benefits derived from the reservoir storage are irrigation with gross irrigation potential of 162,818 hectares (402,330 acres), hydro power generation of 39.2 MW (three powerhouses, located on the right and left bank main canals), drinking water supply and industrial use. The dam commissioned in 1965 is a composite earth cum masonry structure of 59.13 metres (194.0 ft) height with length of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) at the crest level, which submerges a land area of 11,250.88 hectares (27,801.5 acres).

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikmagalur (26 out of 30 places to visit in Chikmagalur)

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a tiger reserve located in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state, India. Bhadra is popularly known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is surrounded by the scenic hills and steep slopes of the Mullayanagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Bababudangiri hills. The wildlife sanctuary is called so after the Bhadra River which flows through the lush forests. The reserve consists of two main areas, Muthodi and Lakkavalli. Sanctuary is best for jeep safari, water sports in River Bhadra, trekking, island camping, rock climbing and bird watching. Bhadra reservoir is also in the edge of the Sanctuary. Muthodi is located at approx 32km from Chikmagalur, 276km from Bengaluru.

Bharachukki Falls, Shivanasamudra Falls, Chamarajanagar (27 out of 30 places to visit in Chamarajanagar)

Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, are the twin falls on the Kaveri river near Bangalore in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, India. These are of the most popular weekend destinations for Bangaloreans. One can view Gaganachukki only from a specially-erected viewpoint. Bharachukki is more popular amongst tourists as it is more accessible. Bharachukki, along with its cousin Gaganachukki, attracts lots of tourist inflow. Calm, serene and scenic ambiance makes you fall in love with the place instantly. Bharachukki Falls is located at approx 120km from Mysuru, 97km from Mandya, 134km from Bengaluru. 471km from Chennai, 407km from Puducherry.

Bheemana Eri Gudda (28 out of 30 places to visit in Uttara Kannada )

A Must Visit Sunset View Point In Sirsi. 30 kms from Sirsi, Uttara Kannada district. Vast expanses of unspoilt/untouched greenery, hill after hill as if they are waves. Less than 1km walk to summit, easy walk. There is no facility available. No tea, not even water. Even it's difficult to find one to ask the route

Bidar Fort (29 out of 30 places to visit in Bidar)

Bidar Fort is situated in Bidar city of the northern plateau of Karnataka, India. The fort, the city and the district are all affixed with the name Bidar. Sultan Alla-Ud Din Bahman of the Bahmanid Dynasty shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1427 and built his fort along with a number of Islamic monuments. There are over 30 monuments inside Bidar fort.

Bijapur Fort (30 out of 30 places to visit in Bijapur)

The Bijapur Fort is located in the Bijapur city in Bijapur District of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bijapur fort has a plethora of historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of Adil Shahi dynasty. The Adil Shahi Sultans who ruled for nearly 200 years in Bijapur had expended their utmost authority, almost exclusively, on architecture and the allied arts, each Sultan endeavored to excel his predecessor in the number, size, or splendor of his building projects. As a result, the buildings seen in and around Bijapur Fort and the town have been rightly called as the Agra of South India.


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