Tourist places in Karnataka where people spend holidays

tourist places in karnataka

About Karnataka

The historical heritage and tourist places in Karnataka are very rich.

The state of Karnataka is also very rich.

However, It shows a glimpse of art and culture and is a very important center of tourism.

According to statistics consequently, the number of tourists visiting Karnataka is increasing day by day.

 Hence, Kannada is the most spoken language in the state of Karnataka and the state language here.

Food and Beverages 

As we have said that it is a South Indian state, so South Indian cuisine is abundant in its cuisine. 

Perfer Vegetarian and as well as non-vegetarian dishes . 

Curd and rice are abundant in the food here. 

The cuisine here is famous not only in the country but around the world.

Climate of Karnataka 

The weather of Karnataka is normal, there is neither too much heat nor too much cold.

Moreover, The temperature ranges are from 10 ℃ to 40 ℃.

So, October to January is the best time for tourism.

How to reach Karnataka 

The state of Karnataka is very strong in terms of traffic.

Roadways, railways, and airways facilities are available to reach here.

By Road

Connect with 15 national state routes.

Apart from this, there is a good network of roads everywhere in the state, which can be easily reached in every part of the state.

The state transport corporation buses run here, which connect the cities of the entire state.

 By Rail track

The state of Karnataka has a large railway network spanning a length of 3089 km.

As a result Railway facilities are available to reach here from almost every part of the country.

 By Airways

There are 2 domestic and 2 international airports in the state of Karnataka. With the help of which you can easily reach the state of Karnataka not only from the country but also from abroad.

Major tourist destinations of Karnataka state 

The state of Karnataka is a very large state, as well as several sightseeing places.

A unique confluence of natural, religious, and historical sites can be seen here.

This is the reason why it is not possible that you can visit all the places in one trip.

So, whenever you make a program to visit Karnataka, make sure that which place you want to visit.

We have brought here a list of some famous tourist destinations of Karnataka for you.

Let’s know about the major tourist places of Karnataka –

  • Coorg Hill Station 
  • Mysore Palace
  • Gol Gumbaz
  • Dariya Daulat Bagh
  • Jog falls
  • Magod Falls
  • Hoysaleshwara Temple
  • Cave Temple at Badami
  • Bandipur National Park
  • Bangalore
  • Hampi
  • Shivanasamudra water falls
  • Gokarna
  • Belur
  • Dandeli
  • Udupi
  • Nandi hills
  • Chitradurga fort
  • Bijapur
  • Chikmagalur
  • Sakleshpur
  • Kabini
  • Mangalore
  • Murudeshwara
  • Bheemeshwari
  • Ramanagara
  • Hassan
  • Belgaum
  • Kudremukh
  • Karwar
  • Chamarajanagar
  • Dakshina Kannada
  • Bidar
  • Hospet
  • Yana
  • Nagarhole
  • Badami
  • Ankola
  • Tumkur
  • Sirsi
  • Agumbe
  • BR hills
  • Bannerghatta national park
  • Skandagiri
  • Savandurga
  • Anthargange
  • Madhugiri
  • Talakadu
  • Srirangapatna
  • Makalidurga
  • Shravanabelagola
  • Hale-bid
  • Pattadakal

Coorg Hill Station:

Coorg Hill Station

 Karnataka’s famous tourist destination is the Coorg.

Furthermore, This district is 900 meters to 1715 meters above sea level.

The Coorg is famous as the “Kashmir of Karnataka”, as well as “the Scotland of India”.

Coorg is full of natural beauty and has a unique site of temples, parks, and waterfalls.

 Bhagmandala, Tibetan Golden Temple, Omkareshwar Temple, and Talakaveri are famous religious sites

Among the natural sites here, the Chilwara Fallai Harangi Dam is mainly popular among tourists.

Water adventure trekking and golf can be enjoyed here.

At this hill station, you can enjoy adventures like trekking, golfing, angling, and river rafting. 

The main tourist places of Coorg Hill Station 

Abbey waterfall called Coorg Kashmir 

Abbey waterfall called Coorg Kashmir 

Abbey waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Coorg.

The beautiful land around this waterfall and the view mainly attract tourists.

This waterfall of Coorg is 8 km from Madikeri.

Amidst Coffee plantations, and pepper vines which also has a beautiful bridge.

This bridge of Abe waterfall was “Jessie Falls” (on British official name).

Famous Talakaveri site of Coorg 

Famous Talakaveri site of Coorg 

This famous Talakaveri site of Coorg is 44 km from Madikeri.

This major place is 1276 m near Bhagmandala on the Brahmagiri mountain.

 Kaveri Maa was descended from the sage Agastya,

due to which a Talakaveri Kundika is also situated here

where tourists also come and take bath.

Also, some temples are located here where people bow their heads with reverence and enjoy this wonderful place.

The famous Shiva temple here where the ancient Shivalinga is believed to have descended as well as dedicated to Lord Vinayaka and Agasthyeshwar.

Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery of Coorg

Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery of Coorg

This beautiful place called the Golden Temple of Coorg is 4.5 km from Kushalnagar And 34 km from Madikeri.

Lugsoom Samdupling and Dickey Larson of Bylakupa has founded a monastery in 1969.

The huge complex of this magnificent temple occupies 40-foot high magnificent gold idols of Lord Padmasambhava, Shakyamuni, and Amitamay.

 Colorful artwork and murals were designed on the walls of the monastery.

Also, the entrance of the temple is carved with gold artwork.

Pictures related to the stories of tales of Tibetan and demons are on the walls of the temple.

This grand and wonderful monastery is also considered to be the largest center of Tibetan education.

Famous Park Raja’s Seat of Coorg

Famous Park Raja's Seat of Coorg

‘Raja’s Seat’ or Raja’s throne, this prominent place of Coorg is located in Madikeri.

 It is believed that the kings of Coorg used this place for the enjoyment and recreation of their gardens.

This place is a beautiful garden with beautiful pictures and scenes, as well as this place, is also very suitable for your photoshoot.

There is also a toy train running throughout the park, for the panoramic views here.

you can also enjoy your favorite snacks on this toy train.

The entry fee for visiting this park is only 5 rupees.

Barapola River, the main place of river rafting in Coorg

Barapola River, the main place of river rafting in Coorg

This river originates from Kithu Kakathu and joins the Arabian Sea, originating from the Brahmagiri hills.

This place is so famous for rafting.

Tadiandamol Hill of Coorg 

Tadiandamol Hill of Coorg 

The Tadiandamol hill is 5735 feet high therefore it is one of the highest peaks of the Coorg.

The atmosphere here and the amazing greenery, fauna, views make your inner mind so excited that you experience a new world.

Also, a 200-year-old Nalaknad Palace of trails is allowed near it.

It is also a unique experience to see this building due to its antiquity.

Apart from this, you can also do trekking, camping, etc. here.

Coorg’s famous Iruppu Falls 

Coorg's famous Iruppu Falls 

The Iruppu Falls of Coorg is located near Wayanad on the Kerala border.

This waterfall is one of the major sightseeing places of the Coorg due to its beauty.

This waterfall is also called Laxman Pratap Waterfall.

It is believed that this waterfall from the river Lakshman called the tributary of the Kaveri river falls down the hills with the Tejaprava.

Also, a temple is situated near this waterfall.

Therefore, not only nature lovers but devotees also like to come here.

 

Famous Honnamana Kere Lake of Coorg

Famous Honnamana Kere Lake of Coorg

The most famous and largest natural lake of Coorg is Honaman Kere Lake which is 7 or 8 km from Somvarmeet village in Coorg.

This lake and its atmosphere give a calm feeling in your mind.

The lake is said to have been named after the goddess Hanamana, who sacrificed herself for the lives of the people here.

There are also coffee and spice gardens near the lake.

Here you feel a distinct attachment to this place due to the beautiful view of this lake amidst the beautiful hills surrounding it.

Omkareshwar Temple of Coorg 

Omkareshwar Temple of Coorg

The Omkareshwar Temple located in Madikeri, Coorg is a major scenic spot here.

 Lingarajendra II has built this temple in 1820.

The sanctity of this temple and the architecture here attract more tourists.

As soon as you enter the entrance of this temple, you will find a copper plate where you will find the complete history of this temple written.

The four corners of this temple are surrounded by four large bastions which are amazing.

Also, a Shivalinga is installed at the temple entrance.

Apart from this, amazing architecture was done on the walls of the temple which is a mixture of Gothic and Islamic styles.

Also, the main attraction of this temple is that it is right in front of this temple which is full of much beautiful fish.

The ancient and prominent Madikeri fort of Coorg 

The ancient and prominent Madikeri fort of Coorg 

The main Madikeri fort of Coorg is located in Madikeri.

It is also known as the city of Muduraja.

This fort is a symbol of the heritage and culture of the town.

The structure and the atmosphere of this fort attract tourists.

Till 1834, this fort was called Mercara but after the end of British rule, the Government of Mysore changed its name to Madikeri Fort.

Madikeri, a city of cardamom, black pepper, honey, and a lovely aroma of flowers, is the headquarters of Coorg district in Karnataka. 

The height of which is 1525 meters above sea level.

It is a very attractive tourist destination. 

It is beautiful to state that Madikeri is also called “Scotland of the South “due to its beauty and natural beauty. 

Its misty hills, cool winds, green forests, coffee plantations, and beautiful views of nature make Madikeri an all-time tourist destination. 

 In short, the climate of Madikeri, the slopes of the forest, the quaint village, the colorful scenery, the captivating fragrance, the tranquil environment, the rivers, the animals, birds, the dense forest, and the pearl of the water from the springs give a feeling of heaven.

Major Somwarpet site of Coorg

Major Somwarpet site of Coorg

Somwarpetti is said to be the most attractive and most scenic spot in Coorg.

This place is a very beautiful, quiet environment, a beautiful climate, animals, birds, and plants can attract you immensely.

Doddamalthe village is 6 km far away from the Somvarapeti, Where you can see blends of spice crops and coffee gardens.

 Nilakandi Falls, one of the beautiful waterfalls of Coorg 

Nilakandi waterfall is located in the remote village of Kabdinkadu from 7 km from Kakkaba in Coorg and 48 km from Madikeri.

This waterfall is also known as Honey Valley.

Also, it is so beautiful and so arduous that travelers come here every year to see this waterfall.

This waterfall falls from a height of about 50 feet below the tropical dense forests of the town.

The greenery surrounding the waterfall and the atmosphere here is enough to control your mind and brain.

There is also a resort named Honey Valley near this waterfall.

In this resort, you can see many large crops such as black pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, etc. Along with this, you also get an arrangement to stay here.

Famous Wildlife Sanctuary of Coorg 

This famous wildlife sanctuary of Coorg is one of the world’s largest bird sanctuaries.

This sanctuary is one of the 21 famous sanctuaries where rare and endangered species are preserved. The number of species is about 21.

About 70 parts of this sanctuary are covered with dense forests. Being surrounded by tropical forests, you also have many hills and valleys nearby. In which 

Coorg’s famous pilgrimage site Bhagamandala 

The Bhagamandal Coorg is a major scenic spot that is 38 km from Madikeri.

Also, this place is a Triveni because there is a congregation of three rivers together here.

This place is more prominent due to the combination of the Cauvery river, Kanika river, and Sujyoti river.

There is also a legend associated with this trilogy Triveni that Kaveri, the Kaveri sage, was given as a blessing by Lord Brahma and he was given a boon that he could take the form of a river for the salvation of the earth whenever he wanted.

Due to the sanctity and beauty of this place, it is so famous among tourists that it is a common thing for people to come here in large quantities.

Best place for adventure in Coorg Brahmagiri trek 

This place, known as the Paradise of the Coorg, is located in Brahmagiri, Wayanad.

These hills are so beautiful and stunning that here you will enjoy seeing such scenes and scenes which you have never seen before.

The Brahmagiri hills are located at an elevation of about 5276 feet above the foothills.

Due to the dense forest around, you can also enjoy camping and trekking here.

Away from the pollution of urban life, the clean and serene climate here captivates you.

Also, there is a temple of Lord Vishnu nearby, which is also called Thirumeli Temple.

 Mallalli Falls, Coorg’s tourist destination 

Mallalli waterfall with white milky color is 26 km from Somwarpeti in Coorg.

This waterfall originates from the Kumaradhara river which flows about 1000 feet high.

Being surrounded by beautiful Pushpagiri hills, this place seems to be very delightful.

The beautiful and wonderful view of this place can give you an avenue. 

How to reach Coorg

Coorg district is at a distance of 118 km from the Mysore railway station.

It has Mangalore International Airport from where domestic and international flights are available.

Resort near Coorg

IBNI SPRINGS

Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort

Gowri Nivas

Hill high homestay


Mysore Palace

Majesty Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV, the Maharaja Rajarshi has built the Mysore Palace.

The Mysore Palace is the most attractive historical palace after the Taj Mahal.

In the same vein, It is said about the Mysore Palace that this natural heritage has been destroyed due to natural calamities.

Mysore is a major city in the South Indian state of Karnataka.

140 km from Bangalore, Mysore has always invited tourists and guests with its magnificent palaces, beautiful gardens, and rich cultural heritage.

The city is famous for its silk and enchanting sandalwood and fragrant incense centers.

Today, Mysore has become a major tourist destination due to its convenient size and good weather, apart from the emphasis on maintaining and promoting the city rather than removing its heritage.

The Mysore Palace, once inhabited by Wodeyar, is the largest palace of its kind in India and is one of the most magnificent palaces.

It was designed by the British consultant architect Henry Irwin of the state of Madras.

The palace was built in 1912 by the 24th king of Wodeyar in place of the old wooden palace, which was demolished in the year 1897.

The palace has now been converted into a museum, which houses memorabilia, photographs, jewelry, royal costumes, and other items, which once belonged to the Wodeyar rulers.

It is said that the largest collection of gold jewelry is displayed in the palace.

The golden elephant of the royal elephant, the Durbar Hall, and the Kalyan Mandap are the main attractions here.

The entrance to the palace passes through a beautiful gallery that houses Indian and European sculptures and decorative objects.

The Elephant Gate is halfway across, which is the main entrance to the center of the palace.

The entrance is decorated with floral designs and has a double-headed eagle bearing the royal symbol of Mysore.

To the north of this entrance is the Royal Elephant Hauz displayed which is made up of 84 kilograms of 24-carat gold.

The walls leading to the Kalyan Mandapa are adorned with beautiful oil paintings depicting the royal procession of the Mysore Dussehra festival.

The hall itself is magnificent and is decorated with huge chandeliers and multicolored glass designs designed in the shape of peacocks.

The palace’s historic Durbar Hall has high ceilings and sculpted pillars that are coated with gold. There is also a treasure house of rare paintings made by some eminent artists.

The hall, which is atop the stairs, gives a panoramic view of the Chamundi hill, which is above the city and has a temple dedicated to Chamundeswari Devi, the patron goddess of the royal family.

The palace looks even more magnificent and beautiful on family evenings and festivals when it is illuminated with thousands of bulbs.

How to reach Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace is located at a distance of 1.4 km from Mysore Bus Station.

Distance from Mysore Railway Station to Mysore Palace 1.4 km.

Resort near Mysore palace

Roopa Hotel

Maurya Palace Hotel

Hotel Sandesh The Prince


Gol Gumbaz

It is a mausoleum, that of Muhammad Adilshah, the seventh ruler of the Adilshahi dynasty.

It is the second-largest dome in the world.

This dome is 18337 square feet with a height of 175 feet.

The construction of this round dome located in Bijapur city of Karnataka state started in 1626 AD, which was completed in 1656.

History of Gol Gumbaz

It took almost twenty years to build this dome.

The area of ​​this dome is about 18337 square feet.

Its height is about 175 feet.

This dome is so large that the entire Bijapur city is visible from above it.

This dome is slightly smaller than the dome of St. Peter-Girje, the Pantheon of Rome.

After the death of Adil Shah’s father Ibrahim, Muhammad Adil Shah got the idea that he should get a wonderful building constructed.

Such a building as there is no other building in the entire Deccan.

The Persian Vastushastra Yakut of Dabul was then selected for this task.

The construction work of this dome started in 1626 AD and was completed in 1656.

Adil Shah died at the end of the dome work and was buried at this place.

This dome is hollow from the inside, it has no support.

Features of Gol Gumbaz

There are four minarets connected to the four corners of the building.

Each tower is of seven floors and has a bastion above.

Large windows have been made in the buildings.

The sunlight reaches Dallano through these windows.

Eight doors are leading from the roof to the dome.

The doors are made of teak wood.

It has a cube area of ​​156 feet of arms for its structure.

This huge dome with diameter is made on the outside.

It also has a gallery that is 11 feet wide in which the sound resonates seven times when heard and is heard clearly from one side to the other, hence it is also called bol-a-dome.

There is also a square platform surrounded by stairs inside the mausoleum.

The tomb remains in the middle of this platform.

These belong to the kings, their two wives, daughters, and residents.

The largest balcony of this building was called Hamsa.

Earlier, there used to be a mosque and a passage in this dome which used to go towards the royal palace.

Today, the palace is no more, but the round dome and the mosque remain.

How to reach Gol Gumbaz

This dome is located just 900 meters from Bijapur railway station, which can be easily reached earlier.


Dariya Daulat Bagh

The palace is located in the city of Srirangapatna in the state of Karnataka.

This palace was built by Tipu Sultan in 1784 AD. This palace is built in the middle of the garden.

Dariya Bagh Bagh, completed in 1784, is famous as the ‘Summer Palace’ of Tipu Sultan.

In the middle of the 18th century, when Tipu Sultan’s father Hyder seized power from the Wadiyar Empire, it was from this place that Tipu Sultan ruled Mysore for some time.

It has situated in a beautiful garden about 14 km from Mysore.

Indian and Arabic architecture has been used to make this palace of rectangular shape.

In the palace, frescoes of the battles fought by Tipu Sultan against the British can be seen.

The walls, pillars, and all other empty places here are painted in beautiful Mysore style.

This palace has conferred the status of national Monument’ in 1959.

How to reach Dariya  Daulat Bagh

From Bangalore, Dariya Daulat Bagh is 125 km and From Srirangapatna bus stop  Dariya Daulat Bagh is almost 0.5 km, and the railway station is 2.6 km.


Jog Falls

This fall is located on the Sharavati River on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra state.

 jog fall becomes an important tourist destination in both the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

This fall is the second largest fall in India, with water falling from a height of 253 feet.

It is also called Jarspa Falls. It is 104 km from Shimoga, Karnataka.

Jog Falls, known as Asia’s highest waterfall, is the main tourist destination and center of attraction in Karnataka.

It is 29 km from Honavar, situated near the mouth of the river in the Arabian Sea.

It falls into a deep ditch from a height of 253 meters and is divided into four streams, called ‘Raja’ or horseshoe, ‘Rorar’, ‘Rocket’ and ‘Rani’ or ‘La Dame Blanche’.

This waterfall is a major center of attraction for the people and it can be seen from the bungalows on both sides of the river.

A huge hydroelectric project has been set up at Jog downstream.

How to reach jog falls

Direct buses are available from Bangalore, Mangalore, Shimoga to jog falls


Magod Falls

This waterfall is located in the North Kannada district of Karnataka.

Its natural beauty is awesome.

It has a sunset point known as Jenukallu Guddu.

Visiting here at sunset gives peace to the mind.

How to reach  Magod Fall

This fall is 93 kilometers from Gokarna.


Hoysaleshwara Temple

This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located at a place called Halebidu in the state of Karnataka. T

King Vishnuvardhana built this temple in the 12th century

 How to reach Hoysaleshwara Temple

The temple is located at a distance of 16 km from Vellore.


Cave Temple at Badami

The temple is located in Badami, a part of Bagalkot district in the northern part of the state of Karnataka.

The Badami cave temple has four Hindu, one Jain, and one Buddhist cave temple.

The temple is believed to belong to the 6th century.

The caves of this temple were built of mountain rock and Badami sandstone. 

It is one of the major historical sites.

How  to reach Badami Cave Temple

This temple is 45.9 km from Bagalkot railway station.


Bandipur National Park

This national park is located in the Bandipur district of the state of Karnataka.

Spread over an area of ​​800 square kilometers, it is an ideal place for nature and adventure lovers.

This national park was established in 1973 as a tiger reserve.

How to reach Bandipur National Park

It is located at a distance of 77 km from the famous city of Cashew, Karnataka, where bus trains are available.


Bangalore

Bangalore, popularly known as IT Hub, is a major city and tourism hub in South India. 

This fascinating city is known as the third-largest city in the state of India and the fifth-largest metropolis. 

This city, established in 1537, is on a different stage of success today.

Today Bangalore is also called the new generation city of India. 

It is worth noting that this city is called the capital of information technology ie IT of India. 

There are many well-known companies related to software and computers where the youth of the country are working in good positions. 

If the figures are to be believed, today more than 51% of the people in Bangalore have settled from different parts of India. 

 The weather is very pleasant, believe that the person who comes here becomes crazy about this season.

 The special thing is that the weather here is pleasant throughout the year, the rains that ever happened in Bengaluru have become everyone’s favorite.  

Road trip from Bangalore to the Scottish Coorg of India Beautiful Bangalore

Garden of the city, in Bangalore, you can see many huge green trees, etc. while wandering in Bangalore. 

Such as Kabban Park where there are dozens of trees and plants on almost 100 acres, in this plantation, there are such species of plants that you may not have seen anywhere.

The biggest idol of Lord Shiva and Pawanaputra Hanuman 

Perfect-themed restaurants have started trending in many cities of India in the last few years, you can see the plethora of theme restaurants in Bangalore.

The special thing is that in these restaurants, you can enjoy good and delicious food as well as live music and other activities.

How to reach Bangalore

The regular flight is available from important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, etc.

States buses, Volvo, AC buses are connected to other states


Hampi

Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and set on the banks of the Tungabhadra River.

This ancient glorious city is now in ruins. 

Hampi is also included in the list of world Heritage Sites’ by UNESCO. 

The Hampi is widespread in dunes of spherical rocks.

 More than five hundred monuments are there between the valleys and dunes. 

History of Hampi

Hampi is an ancient city.

According to historians Hampi is also mentioned in the Ramayana and it was known as Kishkindha

From the 13th to 16th century the city served as the capital of the Vijayanagara kings. 

Every turn of Hampi is awesome.

Each monument is more secretive than it reveals 

There is a huge line of tourists here as it is an open museum.

 In the first century, Hampi was a Buddhist workplace around it. 

According to Nuttur and Udegolan, during the 3rd century the minor rock inscriptions of Emperor Ashoka, this empire was part of the Ashoka Empire.

After that Hampi became the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire which was one of the largest kingdoms of Hindus. Established in 1336 AD by Harihar and Bukka.

Between 1509 and 1529 AD Krishnadeva Raya ruled in Hampi and expanded his empire. Most of the monuments of Hampi were built by Krishnadeva Raya. 

The states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh came under the Vijayanagara Empire and the vast army of this empire protected it from other states.

City of temples 

Hampi is a city of temples come from Pampa.

Pampa is the ancient name of the Tungabhadra River.

According to mythology text, Ramayana Hampi is the capital of the monkey kingdom Kishkindha which is why there are many monkeys here.

Even today, God is worshiped in some temples in Hampi.

Vittala Swamy temple 

Vitthalaswamy’s temple is one of the highest temples in Hampi.

It is a symbol of the glory of Vijayanagar and the climax of Kalavabhava.

The etching of the Kalyanamandap of the temple is so subtle and dense that it is made on sight.

The inner part of the temple is 55 ft long and in the center of it, there is a high altar.

The chariot of the Vitthal god is cut out of only a single stone.

The lower part of the temple is engraved all over.

Virupaksha temple 

Virupaksha Temple or Pampapati Temple is Established in the lower part of the Hemkuta hills.

Gouda was built by Krishnadeva Raya in 1509 at the time of his consecration.

This huge temple is dedicated to  Lord Vishnu with many small temples inside it which are even older than the Virupaksha temple.

There is a huge stone Nandi in the east and on the south side, there is a huge statue of Lord Ganesha.

In the temple, there is a statue of Narasimha holding the body of half lion and half a man.

Rath (Hampi ratha)

 Its pillared walls and stone chariots are the main attraction of the temple.

They are also known as musical pillars as the music comes out of them when they are patted on with love.

The temple has been carved in stone, which is in the shape of a chariot and the chariot is one of the wonderful pieces of architecture.

It is known that its wheels used to rotate but to protect them.

Lakshmi Narasimha temple

Hampi Lakshmi Narasimha Temple or Ugra Narasimha Temple is made of large rocks and it is the tallest statue of Hampi.

It is about 6.7 meters high.

Narasimha is seated on the rest.

In fact, there is a tiny picture of Lakshmi on one knee of the idol, but it was faded away during the invasion of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Hazara Rama Temple

It is a ruins temple.

This temple has its own features for digging and inscriptions of more than 1000 videos and the ancient story of Ramayana.

Queen’s Bath

Queen’s bathroom in Hampi is enclosed from all four sides.

This 15-square-meter bath has a gallery, verandah, and Rajasthani balcony.

Eventually, in this bath, aromatic cold water comes from a small lake, which was connected to the bath through an underground drain.

This bathroom is surrounded and open from the top.

Lotus Temple

Kamal Mahal is adjacent to Hazara Ram Temple.

This monument is a mixed form of Indo-Islamic style.

It is said that females of royal families living around the Queen’s palace used to come here for entertainment.

The arches of the monument are very attractive.

Raghunath Swamy temple

The Malayavanta Raghunathaswamy Temple is constructed 3 kilometers below the ground in ancient Indian style.

Its walls have a strange appearance and artworks of fish and sea creatures made this temple unique.

House of Victory

The House of Victory was the seat of Vijayanagara.

It was built in honor of Krishnadevaraya who defeated the kings of Odisha in battle.

He used to sit on the huge throne of the House of Victory and watch the nine-day Deshara festival from that seat.

Elephant House

Hampi’s elephant house adjoins the Jinan region.

It is a gumbadan building that was used for state elephants.

Each of its chambers could hold eleven elephants simultaneously.

It is a fine example of Hindu-Muslim construction art.


Shivanasamudra

Shivanasamudra located 138 km from Bangalore and 77.5 km from Mysore, is a famous waterfall in the state of Karnataka, which is counted among the selected tourist destinations in the state. 

The name of this waterfall literally means ‘Sea of ​​Shiva’. 

It is one of the most popular waterfalls in the vicinity of Bangalore, where tourists come on weekends to have fun and unwind during the week. 

It is a fragmented waterfall, from which several streams of water travel their way to the ground together. 

This beautiful waterfall receives water from the river Kaveri which divides Sivanasamudra into Gaganachukki and  Bharachukki.

Shivanasamudra Falls can be visited to fulfill many purposes. 

It is a huge and wonderful waterfall, especially an ideal destination for nature lovers. 

The width of this waterfall is 305 meters and the height is 98 meters. 

It is a fragmented waterfall, where waterfalls simultaneously through various rocky channels. The sound of the falling water of this waterfall can be heard from a long distance. 

This waterfall looks very attractive with a hilly backdrop, you can also see spectacular views of sunrise and sunset here. 

The currents of this waterfall from afar appear like milk. The white color of the water looks quite beautiful with a green atmosphere. 

The weather of Karnataka remains favorable throughout the year as compared to the rest of the states of South India.

The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is counted among the famous temples here, where devotees visit from local as well as from far-flung places every day for darshan.

the ideal time to visit

The most ideal time to visit Sivanasamudra is during the monsoon, during which the Kaveri River receives more water than normal, and consequently, the velocity of Sivanasamudra Falls increases.   

How to reach Sivanasamudra

 The waterfall is located 138 km from Bangalore, where you can reach it easily with the help of all three modes of transport.

 The nearest airports here are Mysore and Bangalore Airport, for the rail route you can resort to Mysore railway station. You can reach here by direct road from Mysore or Bangalore. 


Belur

Belur is a historical place in the Hassan district of Karnataka state.

It is 22 miles from Shravanabelagola. In the medieval period, Hoysala was the capital of the state.

Belur is 16 miles southwest of the Bangalore-Harihar Pune line’s Vayanavar station.

The Magachi river which rises from the Baba Budan hill touches Belur.

It is 10 miles from Helvid via a motor bus.

This place is the hub of motor buses. 

The famous temple of Chennakeshava

The temple of Chennakeshava is also located in Belur

 King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty has built this temple in 1117 AD.

This temple, which is among the best temples in India in terms of architecture and sculpture, was looted many times by the Muslims, but the Hindu monarchs repeatedly renovated it.

The temple is about 178 ft long and 156 ft wide. 

Many types of sculptures like elephants, mythological creatures, garlands, women, etc. are engraved in them.

The temple is in the shape of a constellation.

The entrance is facing east. A quadrangle pavilion comes on entering from the main gate.

That pavilion is open.

Kappa Chenning Rai Temple

In addition to the Chennakeshava temple in Belur, there is also the temple of Kappay Chenning Rai, which is located to the south of this temple.

It was built by the queen of Vishnuvardhana.

It has 5 statues. Lord Ganesh, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Lakshmi Narayan, Lakshmi Sridhar, and  Goddess Durga.

Apart from this, an idol is Sri Venugopal.

The temple is situated on a platform enclosed by a high wall.

The sculpture here is amazing.

Such beautiful sculptures are difficult to find elsewhere.

The entire temple is an excellent symbol of mastery of the art. 

There are many more temples in the vicinity of this temple.

There is a temple of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Shiva, in which the Shivalinga is more than 7 ft high. 

How to reach

Mangalore Airport is 174 km from Belur. The nearest railway station is Hassan, which is about 24 km from Belur. It has trains to Dharwad, Kannur, Bangalore, Mysore, Shimoga and Arsikere.

Regular buses from Bangalore, Chikkamagaluru, Halebid, Kadur, Hassan, Mangalore, and Mysore to Belur.


Dandeli

Dandeli is a small town located in the North Kannada district of Karnataka.

Surrounded by the dense deciduous forests of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is known as the adventure game of South India.

This shantytown is noted as an educational and industrial center in the state and is known for paper production and several paper mills (West Coast Paper Mills) that cover the entire land of Dandeli.

It is also a major tourist destination as it is one of the famous white water rafting places in India.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

 It is the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka.

It was declared a tiger reserve in 2007.

The tributaries of the Kali River, the Kaneri River, and the Nagajhari River pass through the dense deciduous forests of the

The sanctuary is a natural habitat for more than 300 species of birds as well as many creeping creatures and diverse wild species of amphibians and cheetahs, leopards, black leopards, elephants, gaur, barasingha, bears, wills, wild ricks, wolves, and langurs.

Kayaking, canoeing, water rafting in Dandeli, and night rafting and canoeing on the Kali River as well as offer adventure sports activities such as cycling and mountain biking.

The place also allows tourists to see crocodiles, take a nature stroll, trekking, bird watching, and angling trips.

Some Tourist Places in Dandeli This place is known for its famous historical places and religious sites such as Ulavi Temple, Sky Point, Soupa Hydropower Dam, Kavala Caves, and Synthari Stones.

Dandeli is situated on the banks of the Kali River at an average elevation of 1551 feet above sea level against the backdrop of the Western Ghats.

 How to reach Dandeli

125 km from Goa, Dandeli is well connected by road from Dharwad, Hubli, and Belgaum.


Udupi

Udupi, located 65 km from Mangalore, is a famous temple town and the headquarters of the Udupi district in the state of Karnataka.

It is also the source of Udupi cuisine which is famous all over the world.

Udupi is one of the most famous tourist destinations for pilgrimage importance and beautiful beaches.

The city derives its name from Oedipu.

According to local legend, 27 stars of Hindu astrology were married to Moon and soon the moon lost its luster.

As Lord Shiva is the last resort for all, the moon and stars created and worshiped a Shiva linga. Udu means God and Pa means stars in Sanskrit.

Udupi is a land of breathtaking beauty, situated between the Western Ghats and the mountains of the Arabian Sea.

Sri Krishna temple

Udupi is famous for the Sri Krishna temple.

The Udupi Krishna Math was founded in the 13th century by the great philosopher Madhavacharya.

The temple attracts pilgrims from all over India and is also a center for dvaita darshan.

The temple has an attractive idol of Lord Krishna which is rich in jewels.

Famous Hindu saints like Chaitanya, Purandaradas, and Kanakadas visited this temple to have darshan of Lord Krishna.

Another attraction of the Sri Krishna temple is a small window through which Lord Krishna has appeared to his devotee Kanakadasa.

There is also another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, over 1000 years old, located near Bellur.

It is also famous for its amazing beaches including Malpe Beach, Cap Beach, and St Mary’s Island. Being a part of Tulu Nadu, Tulu is the main language spoken in this region.

Holi, Ramanavami, Rathasaptami, Krishna Janmashtami, Dushera, and Diwali are other festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

 

 

How to reach Udupi

Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 62 km from Udupi. The Udupi railway station is well connected by trains to cities such as Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kochi, Bikaner, Madgaon, Mumbai, Tirunelveli, New Delhi, and Goa.


Nandi Hills

It is located in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state which is counted among the most beautiful hill stations in India. 

Nandi Fort situated on the mountains is a very ancient fort built by Tipu Sultan.

This is also known for its natural beauty and activities like trekking. 

 British used to celebrate and roam a great holiday here

Located at an altitude of about 4800 feet above sea level, this mountainous area attracts a lot of tourists.

Tourists enjoy paragliding and trekking along with its greenery and beautiful views here. 

The attractions of Nandi Hills include three rivers Pennar River, Ponnayar River, and Palar River.

It is very famous for trekking, cycling, and paragliding.

There are many temples in Nandi Hills out of which Sri Bhog Narasimha, Sri Ugra, and Sri Yog Narasimha Temple are the most famous.

Some amazing crafts and antique creations can be purchased from the surrounding markets and shops in Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills is named after a bull.

 Due to its beautiful architecture, it attracts tourists further.

 

Yoga Nandeshwar Temple

Yoga Nandeshwar Temple is a very beautiful temple situated on the hills of Nandi Hill.

Its natural beauty and its serene environment attract tourists.

This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Bholenath represents an example of marvelous architecture.

In this temple, the gatekeepers stand at the main gate to protect the temple.

Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

Bhoga Nandishwara Temple is a very attractive and historical temple situated at the base of the hills of Nandi Hill.

This temple was built by Bana Rani Ratnabali in the 9th century.

 Bhoga Nandishwar Temple or Nandi Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

In addition to Lord Bholenath, an idol of the Chola emperor Rajendra is also installed in this temple.

There are also three other temples in this temple complex that attract tourists a lot due to their supernatural fabric.

Now, this temple is preserved as a national monument by ASI.

Tipu Sultan Fort

It is the most historic and attractive place on Nandi Hill.

Tipu Sultan’s father Hyder Ali Khan started the construction of this fort but it was completed by Tipu Sultan.

This palace was built by Tipu Sultan to stay during the summer days.

The palace was named Tashuq-e-Jannat by Tipu Sultan which means “envy of heaven”.

There will be a lot to see in this fort for tourists.

The magnificent carvings of the fort easily fascinate everyone.

Brahmashram Cave

Brahmashram Cave is one of the famous and popular tourist destinations of Nandi Hill.

Tourists like to visit this cave due to the beautiful greenery and serene environment in Brahmashram.

In this magnificent mountain cave, cold is experienced even in very hot summer.

It is said that the sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa meditated in this cave and he stayed in this cave for a few days.

Channapura Falls

Channapura Falls is one of the major scenic spots of Nandi Hill, which is a very spectacular waterfall.

Tourists get a lot of pleasure in seeing this waterfall located in the hills of Nandi Hill through trekking.

Enjoying this popular waterfall during the monsoon will be a different experience in itself.

How to reach Nandi Hills

Tourists can choose any of the flights, trains, and buses to visit Nandi Hill at their convenience.

Kempegowda International Airport is located in Bangalore.

The distance of this airport from Nandi Hills is about 62 kilometers.

You can easily reach Nandi Hill via bus from here.

If you have chosen the rail route the nearest railway station to Nandi Hill is Chikkaballapur.

Which is about 9 kilometers from Nandi Hill. From here you can reach Nandi Hill via a cab or bus.


Chitradurga Fort 

It is located in the Chitradurga district in the state of Karnataka, India. 

Chitradurga Fort is also known as “Chittaldurg” which means painting fort which is situated on a hill valley.

 Its construction is done with huge stones.

The valleys, river, and Chinmuladri range make this fort more attractive.

This fort is also a favorite place for shooting various Kannada films. 

This fort, situated on the banks of the Vedavati River, has 7 huge walls which are also associated with the epic mythology of Mahabharata. 

Many temples are also installed in the fort, which is considered to be a symbol of its architecture.

History of Chitradurga Fort 

The history of Chitradurga Fort dates back to 1500 to 1800 AD. 

When this magnificent fort was built by many royalty rulers. 

It is told by historians that Hyder Ali invaded Chitradurga Fort thrice during Madkar Nayak’s time, out of which in the last invasion of 1779, Hyder Ali succeeded and he again ruled Chitradurga continuously for 200 years and this fort was Made even bigger.

After this, the British army fought Chitradurga by fighting with the son of Tipu Sultan and had completely acquired his dominion over it.

 There are 18 temples in the Chitradurga Fort, some of which are as follows- Gopala Krishna, Vananamma, Lord Hanuman, Nandi, Subarai, Falconers, and Siddeshwara.

At the bottom of the Chitradurga Fort is a very amazing temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and along with this the oldest temple of Chitradurga is Hidimbeshwar Temple. 

Many Islamic kings have also built mosques in Chitradurga Fort during their reign.

Interesting facts

Thimappa Nayaka was the first ruler of this dynasty.

The bodies of Onake Obavwa are still seen in the Chitradurga fort.

The area of ​​Chitradurga Fort is spread over 1500 acres.

The height of Chitradurga fort is 976 meters.

Chitradurga Fort was ruled by several rulers from the Chalukyas to the Hoysala and Vijayanagara kings.

The Chitradurga Fort is associated with the Mahabharata.

Chitradurga fort has seven very amazing walls.

Resort near Chitradurga fort

Hotel Ravi Mayur International

Vashishata Deluxe Lodge

Veda Comforts Hotel

Aishwarya Fort Hotel

Naveen Regency Hotel

How to reach Chitradurga Fort

The nearest airport to Chitradurga is Bangalore International Airport, which is located at a distance of about 197 km from Chitradurga.

The nearest railway station of Chitradurga is Chikjur Junction. 

Chitradurga is situated on the Bangalore-Pune National Highway and you can make your journey through KSRTC buses plying on this route. 


Bijapur

Bijapur, Karnataka is an ancient city in the state, also known as Vijaypur. 

The city is quite famous for its historical and cultural significance, where you can see many structures associated with the past, including palaces, fortresses, temples, mosques, huge entrances, etc.

 Many important aspects related to the past of South India can be understood through this city. 

History of Bijapur

The history of this heritage site with five rivers and different cultures is several hundred years old, it is believed to have been inhabited by the Chalukyas of Kalyani during the 10th to 11th centuries.

 At that time it was known as Vijaypur, that is, the city of victory.

 After the ancient city of Chalukya, the Yadavas passed through the hands of the Delhi Sultanate under the Sultan of Bahmani. 

During this time the city became known as Bijapur.

 After Bahmani, many more powerful empires have ruled here. 

The Bijapur Fort, Durg, and other structures together form the history of the city of Bijapur, which was built during the 10th-11th centuries. 

Yusuf Adil Shah, the son of Murad II, is said to have joined the Bidar Court of the Sultanate under Sultan Muhammad III in 1481.

He was bought as a slave by Mahmud Gawan.

But later, due to his courage and loyalty, he was appointed Governor of Bijapur.

He built this fort in his time.

Apart from Bijapur Fort, you can also see other beautiful ancient structures here. 

You can see the beautiful Jamia Mosque here, also known as Jumma Masjid. 

This ancient structure was built in 1565, but it was not completely built.

You can see Ibrahim Rauja Tomb here, also known as Ali Rauza. 

It is the mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his queen Taj Sultana. 

Apart from this, you can also see structures like Mehtar Mahal, Malik-e-Maidan, Gagan Mahal, Saat Manzil, Asar Mahal, Taj Bawdi, Gol Gumbaz, Sangeet Nari Mahal, etc.

How to reach Bijapur

The nearest airport is Belgaum Airport, for the rail route you can resort to Bijapur railway station and by road, Bijapur is well connected to the big cities of the state by better roadways. 


Chikmagalur 

Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is a district and a spectacular tourist place in the state of Karnataka, India. 

It is a place known as ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’.

Chikmagalur tourist destination is located in the foothills of the Mulayanagiri Hills of Karnataka.

The height of this tourist destination is estimated to be 3400 feet. This place is the source of rivers like Tungabhadra.

Chikmagalur is home to lush green mountains, picturesque trekking trails, attractive waterfalls, and mysterious temples.

Chikmagalur is a place full of various tourist spots that invite tourists to visit its courtyard based on its natural beauty. 

The number of tourists visiting Chikmagalur is very high every year. 

Mullayanagiri, the historical place of Chikmagalur

It is located at an altitude of 1930 meters above sea level. 

This is located in the Baba Budan hill of the Western Ghats. 

This place serves as the highest peak between the Nilgiri Range and the Himalayan Hills. 

For nature lovers and adventurous people, there are many activities like mountain biking and road biking which attract tourists a lot.

Chikmagalur Kudremukh National Park 

Chikmagalur Kudremukh National Park is an attractive tourist destination situated in the middle of the mountains. 

In the year 1987, it was given the status of National Park. 

Its area is spread over an area of ​​about 600 km square.

Kudremukh National Park is one of the most conserved national parks in the state of Karnataka.

Many animals including tigers, leopards, and wild dogs can be seen here.

Baba Budan Hill, the famous tourist destination of Chikmagalur

Baba Budan Hill, the famous place of Chikmagalur, is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka state, India. 

The place is famous for Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalander, a Sufi saint. 

It is known as a place of pilgrimage for people of Hindu and Muslim religions. 

This famous place of attraction is also known as Dattagiri Hill Range.

River Rafting for Adventure Ride in Chikmagalur

To have fun in Chikmagalur, Bhadra River is located at a distance of 45 km from here. 

Some of the ghats are famous for tourists doing adventure activities like Sakleshpur, Kudremukh, and Charamadi, etc. 

The Bhadra River passes through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in the western region.

 Chikmagalur Kemmanagundi 

Kemmangundi is one of the prominent places to visit in Chikmagalur. 

This beautiful hill is a great tourist place for nature lovers and tourists for doing adventurous activities. 

The beautiful gardens in the Kemmangundi hill are known as the Mulayanagiri (the highest peak in Karnataka), the extensive views of the Kemmangundi or KR hills, and a hill station that thrills the tourists.

Chikmagalur Attractions Jhari Waterfall

Chikmagalur’s famous Jhari Jharna, also known as “Buttermilk Falls”.

These waterfalls are one of the best tourist destinations in the district. 

Situated in a vast thick forest, there are copy gardens around this place.

The scenic spot of Chikmagalur Inam Dattatreya Peeth

The famous landmark of Chikmagalur is Inam Dattatreya Peetha situated on the Budan Giri Hills. 

Followers of Hindu and Muslim religions alike visit this religious site. 

It is believed that this cave was the shelter of Guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayat Mir Khaldar.

A three-day festival is celebrated as Urs in the third month according to the Islamic calendar.

Chikmagalur Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in Chikmagalur is located at a distance of about 38 km from Chikmagalur. 

This tourist place covers an area of ​​490 square kilometers and is a pleasant experience to visit this place is equipped with beautiful hills as well as snow-capped peaks.

Tanning brown forest, huge trees, beautiful flora add more to its beauty. 

The river Bhadra passes through the sanctuary.

Hirekole Lake Tourist Places in Chikmagalur

Hirekole Lake is a man-made lake in the vicinity of Chikmagalur. 

This tourist destination of Chikmagalur is at an interval of 10 km from Chikmagalur and 50 km from Kemmangundi. 

It is very pleasant to see the highest peak of the state of Karnataka at this place.

A public welfare purpose behind the construction of this lake was to supply water to the entire village and to supply water for irrigation.

Chikmagalur Historic Place Belvadi

Belwadi is a famous place in the religious places of Chikmagalur. 

Belavadi is a small beautiful village situated at a distance of about 29 km from the city of Chikmagalur. 

The spectacular Veer Narayan temple of Belwadi village further enhances the fame of this place.

This place is also of historical importance in many ways.

Coffee Plantation in Chikkamagalur

Coffee plantations are a great activity to do in Chikmagalur. 

The attractive aroma of coffee beans enchants you. 

It is a pleasant experience to behold this place equipped with lush green plantations. 

The owners of the estates make arrangements for the tourists who come here.

Religious places of Chikmagalur Sharadamba Temple

The famous scenic Sharadamba temple of Chikmagalur is dedicated to Goddess Sharda. 

This temple is built in the modern Dravidian style of architecture. 

Tourists come from far and wide to visit the Goddess and take advantage of the Goddess’s visit to this holy place.

Shringeri Sharada Peetham, the famous place of Chikmagalur

The Sringeri Sharda Peetham of Chikmagalur is situated on the banks of the Tung River. 

In this temple, Sharadhamba Devi is worshiped as the main deity. 

Shankaracharya initially installed the sandalwood idol here.

Manikya Dhara Waterfall in Chikmagalur

Manikya Dhara Waterfalls is a major tourist destination of Chikmagalur situated in the vicinity of Baba Budan Giri Hills. 

Tourists like to come here with their family and spend time on this beautiful heritage of nature. 

This place has spectacular trekking, beautiful forests, barhamasi waterfalls, beautiful greenery, and a beautiful environment that attracts tourists.

Resort near Chikmagalur

  • Coffee Valley Homestay
  • The serai
  • The Gateway Hotel Chikmagalur
  • Megur Homestay
  • The hidden valley

How to reach Chikmagalur

Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur.

The distance from Chikmagalur to Mangalore Airport is about 157 kilometers.

This airport is very well connected to other Indian cities besides Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai. Bangalore is also the nearest airport.

 Kadur railway station is 40 km from Chikmagalur. This station is closest to the city and you can take a bus or taxi from here.

This tourist destination is very well connected to the cities of Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, and Hassan, etc. via road. Buses ply regularly from all these cities. 


Sakleshpur 

Sakleshpur is a small beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats which provides refreshment. 

The city is at an altitude of 949 meters and is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Bangalore-Mysore highway.

 Sakleshpur, part of the Hassan district, is a major producer of coffee and cardamom in India. 

History of Sakleshpur 

Sakleshpur was in the hands of the Mysore rulers. 

Before them, it was ruled by the Hoysala and Chola rulers. 

The city got its name during the reign of the Hoysala rulers. 

According to a legend, the Hoysala rulers found a fragmented Shivalinga when they came to this small town, they immediately named it Sakleshpur.

 However, according to some locals, the city got its name because it was very rich in agricultural production. 

A variety of creatures are found in Sakleshpur and trekking is the most popular sport for tourists.

Trekking at Bisley Reserve Forest and Kumar Parvat can be beneficial as these places provide a glimpse of the entire city. 

 How to reach Sakleshpur 

To reach here, you have to catch a train to Hassan, 35 km away. The nearest airport from here is Mangalore.


Kabini

Tourists heading for Kabini should travel to the Kabini River that should be planned as a result of the junction of the Mananthavadya River and Panamaram River in the Wayanad district of Kerala. 

The Kabini River, otherwise known as Kabani or Kapila, is known for maintaining the ecosystem of the Kabini Forest Reserve, which is spread over an area of ​​about 55 acres. 

This river later joins the Kaveri River on Tirumkudalu Narasipura. 

History of Kabini

Tourists can visit the Kabini Dam which was built in 1974 on this river.

The Kabini Dam is 2284 ft (696 m) long and 190 ft (58 m) high. 

It is located in the proximity of the village of Bechanahalli and is easily accessible from Heggadadevana Kota. 

While on a trip to the Kabini River, tourists are advised to take a stroll to the nearby Nagarhole National Park which is known as the favorite place of Asian elephants.

How to reach Kabini

Mysore airport is nearer to Kabini and then go to Kabini by road.

Kabini does not have its own station. so you have to take a train to either Mysore or Bangalore, and subsequently reach Kabini via road.


Mangalore

Mangalore, Karnataka is one of the cleanest cities in India, being an important commercial center and also known for a relaxing holiday. 

Apart from urbanization, Mangalore is also famous for its natural treasures. 

The beaches here serve to thrill the tourists to a large extent.

History of Mangalore

 Looking at the history, it is known that the city has been under the control of several South Dynasties (Kadamba, Rashtrakuta, Chalukya, Vijayanagara Empire) as well as Portuguese and British, so it was influenced by different cultures.

 Mangalore is also mentioned in the writings of Arab philosopher and traveler Ibn Battuta during the 14th century. Therefore historically, this city is very important. 

it was ruled by Jain, Hindu kings, Portuguese and Tipu Sultan, etc. for years and in 1799 it came under the British. 

The city remained part of the Madras Presidency until India’s independence (1947). 

After this, in 1956 the city was included in the Mysore state (present-day Karnataka).

Panambur Beach

 It is an attractive weekend getaway from the surrounding cities. Panambur Beach is located at a distance of about 13 km from the main city of Mangalore.

 It is a quiet place different from the rest of the crowded beaches of Karnataka, although during peak times one can see the gathering of tourists here.

Surathkal Beach

Apart from Panambur, you can also plan for Surathkal beach to enjoy the sea climate. 

This beach is located at a distance of 12 km from the main city. Surathkal is counted among the most special tourist destinations of Mangalore.

 Walking barefoot on the soft sand here really makes for a relaxing experience. 

The place is also known for its lighthouse, which offers spectacular views of the ocean and the countryside. 

The time of morning and evening is very special here. Tourists like to see sunrise and sunset views here. 

Pilikula Biological Park

Apart from the beaches, you can enjoy the thrill of Pilikula Biological Park, located at a distance of 15 km from Mangalore. 

This place is also known as the most favorite picnic spot in the city.

 Located in the beautiful village of Vamanjur, Pilikula is nothing less than a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. 

Many wild animals can be easily seen here. You can also see various reptiles and species of snakes along with tigers, leopards, bears here. 

Pelicula is also a beautiful botanical garden where you can also see different species of flora. There is also a zoo and a golf course on campus.

Gokarnanatheshwara Temple 

 Gokarnanatheshwara Temple is a newly constructed temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

This huge temple is known for its attractive architecture, which is influenced by some South Dravidian styles. 

The feet-tall golden-colored gopuram is worth seeing, which serves to make the temple grand. Gopuram is decorated with beautiful shapes.

 In the temple, you can see some excellent works of rock carving and sculpture.

Mangaladevi Temple 

Mangalore was known as Mangalapur. 

The city got its name from Mangaladevi. A temple dedicated to Mata Mangala Devi is also located here. 

The temple was founded by the king of the Ahepa dynasty during the 19th century

Accommodation near Mangalore

Goldfinch Hotel

Gateway Hotel Mangalore

 Ayush International

 Prestige Hotel

Poonja International

The Ocean Pearl

Lalit International

saffron

Moti Mahal

Hotel Srinivas

How to reach Mangalore

Mangalore has an airport at Bajpai, which is only 18 km from the city center. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights to Mangalore from Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) connects buses to Mangalore from Mysore, Bangalore, Goa, and Mumbai. Private buses also run at competitive rates.

Mangalore is connected to the Indian railway network through Bangalore, connecting it to most South Indian cities.

Private bus services are available in Mangalore. Cabs or auto rickshaws can be used to move around the city.

Murudeshwara 

The Murudeshwara Temple is located on Kanduka Hill in the state of Karnataka, India, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

 The idol of Lord Shiva located in the Murudeshwar temple is considered to be the second-largest Shiva statue in the world.

 The main deity worshiped in the temple is Sri Mridya Linga, which is considered to be part of the original Atma Linga (Lord Shankar). 

Pilgrims come from far and wide to see the huge and magnificent statue of Lord Shiva.

The Murudeshwar Temple is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. 

History

The history of the Murudeshwar Temple dates back to the Ramayana period. 

It is said that when Ravana was on his way to Lanka after worshiping Lord Shiva with self-immolation, he had to keep the self-immolation on the way and on the way, as a result, the Shiva Linga was established at the same place. 

After Ravan failed to make every effort to lift the Shiva Linga, he moved to his city by establishing the Shivalinga at the same place. 

The cloth that was covered with the Atmalinga flew off and landed in Mrideshwar, which is currently known as Murudeshwar. 

The Murudeshwar Temple Height is 123 fit and at the same time, the huge statue of Lord Shiva offers an enchanting view. 

The main gate of the Murudeshwar temple is known as Gopura. 

The entire surface of the Murudeshwar temple has been carved intricately and elaborately. 

During the visit to Murudeshwar Temple, you will find many attractive and natural places to visit here, which will make your trip beautiful. Attracted gardens, temples, beaches (seashore), and historical forts in Murudeshwar will be attractive to you.

Statue Park Murudeshwar

It is a major attraction of Murudeshwar, which is among the prominent places to visit around Murudeshwar. 

Statue Park has a statue of Lord Shiva about 15 meters high, which remains the center of tourist attraction.

The park is known for its beautiful environment, natural greenery, and beautiful flowers. 

Also, in the beautiful pond in Murthyeshwar Murthywar Park, a pool of ducks and waterfalls are worth seeing.

Murudeshwar Fort 

Murudeshwar Fort is a major attraction among the places worth seeing around the Murudeshwar Temple. 

The history of Murudeshwar Fort is related to the kings associated with the Vijayanagara Empire. It is believed that after Tipu Sultan, no one had renovated Murudeshwar Fort.

Bhatkal Beach Murudeshwar

Bhatkal beach is a major tourist destination in the vicinity of the Murudeshwar temple.

Which invites tourists to come and have fun on its beautiful velvety sands. 

Bhatkal Beach is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea and is surrounded by attracted coconut trees.

Netrani Island Murudeshwar 

Tourists visiting the island of Netrani during the visit of Murudeshwar tourist place are very happy. Netrani Island is also known as ‘Pigeon Island’ which is located on the coastline in Murudeshwar, Karnataka. If we look at Netrani Island from a height, it looks like a heart.

In the calm waters of the Arabian Sea, tourists can enjoy scuba diving, boat Bihar, and catch and watch different types of fish.

Jamia Masjid Murudeshwar 

Tourists come in large numbers to see the famous Jamia Mosque of Murudeshwar. 

The Jamia Masjid is located in Bhatkal and is considered to be one of the oldest mosques here. The structure of the three-story Jamia Masjid features Persian inscriptions.

Murudeshwar Beach 

Murudeshwar beach thrills tourists very much. 

Tourists visiting Murudeshwar Temple never forget to turn to Murudeshwar Beach. 

On Murudeshwar beach you can be a part of the water sport and this beach is also known as a great picnic destination for tourists. 

Boat rides near the Murudeshwar temple are popular among tourists. 

The attractions of Murudeshwar beach include attractive hills, lush green trees, beautiful coconut trees, flying seagulls, kingfisher birds, etc.

Hotels near Murudeshwar Temple 

Shree Vinayaka Residency

RNS Guest House

Hotel Kola Paradise

Central Lodge 

How to reach Murudeshwar temple

The closest airport to Murudeshwar is Mangalore International Airport, which is about 159 kilometers. From Mangalore Airport, you will easily reach Murudeshwar Temple with the help of local means here.

Murudeshwar Junction is the main railway station here. Which are well connected to major railway stations of the country. Murudeswar temple is located about 3 kilometers from Murudeshwar railway station.

Murudeshwar temple is well connected to all the cities around it by road. You will easily reach Murudeswar temple with the help of a bus, taxi, or your personal means.

Bhimeshwari 

Bhimeshwari 100 km from Bangalore. 

Nestled between Meekadatu and Sivanasamudra Falls, this enchanting place attracts tourists for a variety of reasons. 

A paradise for risk takers makes Bhimeshwari a favorite place for fishing enthusiasts. 

Especially a game fish, due to the abundance of Mahasir, there are many opportunities to catch fish in the river Kaveri.

Bhimeshwari has several natural camps through which you can see many animals living here like deer, jackal, leopard, bear, boar, crocodile, and a large number of birds living here. 

Being surrounded by lush green forests and amidst steep valleys, this place is excellent for trekking.

Doddamakali, a secluded place for bird watching, where rafting and fishing offer many opportunities. Doddamakali is 7 Km from Bhimeshwari. You are 16 km from Bhimeshwari. 

Galibor is 16 Km from Bhimeshwari which is a great place for fishing. 

There is also an elephant camp near the Kaveri fish camp. 

With the help of the Cauvery river and forest signs.

The Kaveri River, which flows faster than the streams of Kaveri, is another attraction in Bhimeshwari. 

Often people go swimming and ride Harigol at the cool places here.

How to Reach Bhimeshwari

State transport and private buses are available from Bangalore to Bhimeshwari. Passengers can take the bus service of KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation). Once reaching Bhimeshwari, travelers can hire taxis to see the nearby places. 

Bangalore Har is the nearest railway station from Bhimeshwari.

The royal railway station of Bangalore is a major railhead that is connected to major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Delhi.

The nearest airport for domestic and foreign tourists is Air Bangalore. It is 100 km from Bhimeshwari. 

Ramanagaram

Ramanagaram, also known as the Silk City (silk city), is about 50 km southwest of Bangalore. 

This place is also the headquarters of Ramnagar district. 

Like other parts of Karnataka, the kings of Ganga, Chola, Hoysalas, and Mysore reigned here, but during the 1970s, the film ‘Sholay’ was shot at this place and the place gained fame. 

The mountainous region of Ramnagar is surrounded by seven large mountains Sivaramgiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri and Yetirajagiri, Revanna Siddheshwar, Sidilakallu, and Jal Sideshwara. 

Due to the good silk crop in this city, it is often called the Silk City. 

The world-famous Mysore silk saris are woven using Ramanagaram silk. 

Nature lovers will be happy to come here because these mountains are home to endangered creatures, yellow-necked bulbul, and long-billed vulture. 

How to reach Ramanagaram 

Ramanagaram can be reached very easily by road as the city is located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. Tourists can reach here through these two cities.

Roadways Ramanagaram is easily accessible by state transport bus or private bus and these buses are easily available from Bangalore and Mysore. 

The nearest station to Ramanagaram is Bangalore railway station which is about 48 km from the destination. 

Railway stations of various cities and towns of India are connected to the Bangalore railway station.

Bangalore International Airport by Air is the nearest airport to Ramanagaram which serves both domestic and international tourists. This airport is about 65 km from Ramanagaram. 

Bakeshwar Temple

Bakeshwar Temple is located in a small town called Koravangala, 10 km from the city center. 

It is the most beautiful temple built during the Hoysala dynasty period. 

This temple was built in the 12th century by Baki, who was an officer of the Hoysala army and built this temple in honor of his king.

Two other temples are also located here which are believed to have been built by Baki’s brothers.

There are beautiful designs on the walls and pillars of the temples.

Today, this temple comes under the Archaeological Survey of India and there is a crowd of history lovers.

Adorned with greenery, the natural beauty is maintained in this temple.

Chennakeshava Temple 

The Chennakeshava Temple, located in the city of Belur, 35 km from Hassan, is also very beautiful and popular.

Its name is also included in the most popular temples in the Hassan district.

This temple was built by King Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala in the 12th century.

However, the Eras Temple took as long as 103 years to be built.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many inscriptions of ancient times are written in it. Because of this, the temple holds different importance among Hindu devotees.

This temple is situated on the banks of the Sagachi River and the weather here is also very pleasant. The architecture of this temple is also amazing. Its texture, paintings, sculptures, and inscriptions all describe the period of the Hoysala dynasty.

All the tourists visiting Hassan definitely come to see this temple.

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple 

One of the other outstanding architecture of history is the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple which is located in Javagal, a small village 40 km from Hassan.

This temple was built in the 13th century.

Like other temples, this temple belongs to the Hoysala era.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

It has three statues of similar size installed.

One can be mesmerized by seeing the architecture and architecture of this temple.

Every year thousands of devotees and history lovers come to visit here.

 

Halebidu

One of the most popular temples of Halebidu is the Kedareshwar Temple.

Hassel was the capital of the Hoysala dynasty during the 12th century after Hassan.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Three idols are also installed in this temple.

Many of the paintings on its walls and pillars are very unique.

The Kedareshwar temple surrounded by the garden is very beautiful to see.

 

Belgaum

Belgaum, located in the northern part of the Western Ghats at a distance of 506 km from Bangalore.

It is counted among the few special cities in Karnataka, which are historically, culturally, and naturally significant.

If we throw light on the history,  Belgaum was inhabited by the Ratt Dynasty during the 12th century.

There are many ancient heritage sites associated with the past, which are now considered an important part of Belgaum tourism, which is visited by tourists from all over the world.

The original name of this city is ‘Venugram’, meaning the bamboo village.

Belgaum has passed through the hands of several powerful dynasties, including the Yadav Dynasty, the Khilji, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Bahmani Sultan, the Adil Shah dynasty, etc.

It is an ideal place for tourism, where you can visit many fantastic sites.

Fort of Belgaum

Belgaum Fort is counted among the main tourist attractions here.

According to the past, this fort was built in 1204 AD by the kings of the Ratt dynasty.

The temples of Maa Durga and Ganapati are also built inside this ancient fort.

The architecture of the fort is a beautiful depiction of Chalukya, Deccan, and Do-Saracenic art.

The incredible lotus shape on the mouthpiece attracts the attention of tourists.

There are many Hindu and Jain temples and mosques inside the fort area.

This fort is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm.

Gokak Falls

Belgaum, you can enjoy a tour of the natural sites here.

Gokak Falls is counted among the popular tourist destinations, where visitors like to visit a lot.

It is a huge waterfall, where the waterfalls from a height of 171 feet, completing a rocky journey.

The sound of this waterfall can be heard from far away.

There is also a hanging bridge from where you can see the amazing views of this waterfall.

You can come here for a great experience.

Fort of Yellur

One of the tourist attractions of Belgaum, you can also plan a visit to Rajhanshgarh Yellur Fort.

Archaeological surveys have revealed that many powerful kingdoms have ruled this fort, including Marathas, Peshwas, Haussala, and Bahamani.

This fort is built on the hill so a thrilling experience of trekking can also be taken here.

From the fort, you can enjoy the surrounding natural scenery.

There is also a sweet water well and an ancient Shiva temple on this hill.

History lovers and adventure lovers can come here.

Kamla Basti

In Belgaum’s series of tourist attractions, you can see the historical structure called Kamala Basti located here.

It is an ancient religious site, constructed in the Chalukya style.

There is a statue of Lord Neminath made of black stone.

Along with religiosity, this temple is also very famous for architecture.

If you are a time lover, then you must come here.

Jamboti Hills

Apart from the above-mentioned sites, you can plan a trip to Jamboti Hills and Jamboti Falls here.

It is an ideal place for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

This hill station on the outskirts of Belgaum attracts trekkers a lot.

From here, the river Mandvi rises.

This river serves to give life to this site.

Apart from the lovers of nature lovers and adventure, this place is also very important for the photographer, if you are fond of photography, then you can capture beautiful scenes here with your camera. 

Kudremukh 

Kudremukh is a mountain range located in Karnataka. It is 95 km from Chikmagalur. Located in the southwest at a distance of. 

The Arabian Sea can be seen from Kudremukh at an elevation of 6,312 feet above sea level. Kudremukh in Kannada means ‘horse’s mouth’.

The area of ​​Kudremukh, rich in natural wealth, is covered with many caves.

Geological discoveries have shown that this mountain is rich in iron ore deposits.

Kudremukh has many caves and trekking routes, making it a center of tourist attraction.

Kudremukh is the most famous hill station located in Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka, bordering Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.

With a picturesque view of the mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous among tourists for its biodiversity and natural beauty.

With grasslands and dense forests, the place is a biodiversity hotspot.

At an elevation of 1894 meters above sea level, Kudremukh peak is a paradise for trekkers and neutrals, with its hilly trails and a vast variety.

Along with this, Varah mountain is another part of UNESCO’s heritage site, another mountain range located at an altitude of 1458 meters above sea level.

 History of Kudremukh 

Not much is known about the history of Kudremukh, but after his return to India in 1916, the British government declared Kudremakh a reserved forest to prevent deforestation.

In 1987, the Karnataka government declared these reserved forests as national parks.

 The area of ​​Kudremukh is a popular hill station for the people. 

It is a favorite hill station for tourists due to its many interesting destinations. 

Kudremukh also features a variety of trekking trails with its varied landscapes. 

For tracking here, you have to get permission from the forest department. 

Most of the tracks at Kudremukh begin at Lobo Place. 

It is inside the forest of Kudremukh hill. 

Actually, the place was owned by a man named Simon Lobo, who has been around for a long time. 

 Kudremukh offers the beauty of the Western Ghats as well as various treks to the lush green hills of the Western Ghats. 

The most famous and scenic trek of Kudremukh is the Kudremukh peak. 

The trek takes you through the wildlife sanctuary of Kudremukh where you will see wild animals like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, deer.

The trek begins with a short stop at Mullodi. 

From the beauty of the Western Ghats, the various streams, waterfalls, and fragrant coffee plantations you can find in one place. 

The most important scenic spot along with the Kudremukh peak is the Hanuman Gundi waterfall, which takes you to the highest peak. 

Situated amidst the hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, Hanuman Gundi is a beautiful water spring of Gir Kudremukh.

Hospet

Hospet, located in the Bellary district of Karnataka, is a beautiful tourist destination of the state, which is known for its historical and natural significance. 

Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in South India, this site is very close to Hampi. Hence most of the tourists like to visit Hospet as well as the ancient structures of Hampi. 

 Hospet is considered very special for those who are interested in history and art culture. 

Lotus Palace 

Hospet excursion from the ancient structures.

In the ruins of Hampi, you can see the Lotus Palace.

This is a special place where the queens of the Vijayanagara Empire and the women of the royal houses lived. 

This palace was also called Kamal Mahal and Chitrangani Mahal. 

The architecture of this palace is worth seeing, its structure is built in the shape of some lotus flowers.

you can see a unique blend of Indian and Islamic architecture. 

There are four galleries in this museum, where the antiques are kept in series.

Antiques made of weapons and metals have also been preserved here. 

 Tungabhadra Dam 

The Tungabhadra Dam built here attracts tourists from far and wide. 

The city of Hospet is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. 

This dam is counted among the most important dam in Karnataka, which is used for various purposes. 

The water from the dam is used for the production of electricity as well as agricultural irrigation. 

The construction of this dam started during British rule, and it was fully completed in 1953 after independence.

 Tungabhadra Dam Dam is a spectacular tourist destination with its unique geographical structure, where tourists come to spend memorable time with their family and friends. 

Yana 

It is an ideal destination for pilgrims, trekkers, and nature-lovers alike. 

A 16km trek through the cool and breezy hills brings you to the foot of the mountain where the rock formations begin. 

At the top, a stunning sight awaits you: the awesome Bhairaveshwara and Jaganmohini shikharas (or peaks).

 A cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies below these shikharas.

A popular legend associated with Yana holds that Bhasmasura, an evil demon, performed penance to Lord Shiva and obtained the power of reducing to ashes anybody on whose head he placed his hand. 

An ungrateful Bhasmasura, however, soon decided to test the boon on his benefactor. 

To escape from him, Lord Shiva came to earth and hid in Yana. 

Lord Vishnu taking the form of a beautiful woman Mohini, challenged the demon to dance and made him touch his own head and thereby reducing him to ashes.

Yana rocks are an adventure seeker’s ultimate destination. Yana in Uttara Kannada district attracts trekkers and climbers from all over the world.

 It attracts hikers because of its two massive rock formations, known as Bhairaveshwara hill and Mohini hill (90 meters) in height.

Bhairaveshwara hill

At the bottom of Bhairaveshwara hill, a Shiva temple, believed to be self emerged exists. Water drips on the Shiva Linga from the top of rocks.

The probability of bird spotting is very high at Yana rocks and nearby areas

Trek to visit Vibhooti waterfalls will be an excellent adventure activity in Yana (9.7 km by trek from Yana, longer road access available but 70 km by road)

The names of the majestic rocks at Yana are linked to an interesting section in Hindu mythology.

A demon named Bhasmasura manages to get a unique gift that anything on which he keeps his palm burns into ashes (bhasma).

With this unique skill, Bhasmasura wreaks havoc and attempts to try his skill on the very person who granted the gift, Lord Shiva.

Fearing his life, Lord Shiva seeks help from Lord Vishnu, who takes the shape of a beautiful woman named Mohini and appears in front of Bhasmasura.

Trying to win over Mohini, Bhasmasura accepts her challenge to dance with her and perform the same steps as she does.

As the dance progresses, Mohini keeps her hand over her head. Bhasmasura performs the same act and burns it into ashes.

How to reach Yana

Kumta is the nearest railway station to Yana from KSR, Bengaluru Station. You can hop on to Karwar Express which is usually scheduled for 5:30 AM from the departing destination. 

There is bus connectivity such as KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) and private buses as well up to Kumta from Bengaluru.

The closest city to Yana, Sirsi, is about 30 km and takes about 1 hour to reach the destination.

The next closest town to Yana is Hubli-Dharwad, which is about 104 km give or take, and takes close to 3 hours of travel by road.

The closest airport to Kumta is Dabolim Airport

Nagarhole

Tourists must visit Nagarhole National Park on a visit to Nagarhole city as it is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. 

This national park, known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is considered one of the best wildlife reserves in the country. 

Established in the year 1955, it offers spectacular views of spectacular waterfalls, beautiful valleys, and thin streams. 

Nagarhole National Park is home to various species of flora and fauna and is known for a respectable tiger-hunting ratio. 

When visiting the national park, tourists can see dull bears, elephants, leopards, four-horned deer, wild boars, lizards, Indian wild bulls, macaques, flying foxes, and tigers among other animals. 

The population of reptiles also includes mention of python, cobra, karait, crocodile, and viper. 

Tourists who are interested in ornithology can see various species of birds in Nagarhole National Park.

Badami

Badami is located in the northern part of Karnataka, which is known for its great history and architecture.

There are many ancient temples, forts, and historical places to see in Badami.

It is equally famous for its rock-cut cave temples, which are carved on red sandstone hills.

There are also many fairs and festivals celebrated every year, which is a must-see at least once.

Let us tell you about some of the places located here which are the main attraction among the tourists.

Durg Temple

It is a beautiful temple located in Aihole, a small village in Badami, Karnataka.

This temple has idols of Gods and Goddesses.

It is one of the earliest examples of Hindu temple design.

This temple has been constructed keeping in mind the figures of Shiva wearing lion-faced Narasimha and tiger skins, which look very beautiful in view.

Agastya Lake

Agastya Lake is a huge water body located just below the cave temples.

Unlike other lakes, it is considered a sacred lake, as its water cures many diseases.

It is named after the sage Agastya.

According to mythology, this lake is known to destroy all sins.

This fascinating lake is surrounded by residents, where they use this water and conserve it for the future.

If you see the surroundings, you will be stunned by the magnificent panoramic views of the hills.

Badami Fort

This place is nothing but a famous archaeological site of Badami. Situated under a rock, the Badami Fort is situated in front of the Badami Caves.

It offers a spectacular view of the city of Badami and its structures.

Additionally, the fort is operated by large granaries, a large underground chamber, temples, a strategically placed Watchtower, and various other attractions.

Thus, it has emerged as an exciting tourist destination in Badami.

Therefore, if you are going to Badami then do not forget to see this historic important fort. 

Tumkur

Tumkur, located 70 km from Bangalore, is a beautiful city in Karnataka, known for its historical and cultural significance.

On the strength of its scenic attractions, it works to attract tourists from India and abroad.

The city is also considered a spectacular weekend getaway from Bangalore.

With its pleasant weather, the urban and rural surroundings are very much liked by the tourists.

Apart from all this the city also has its own separate history, the known history of Tumkur begins with the Ganga family here, who used to rule this area.

Apart from this, the southern kingdoms of this ancient city Puck Rashtrakuta, Chola, Vijayanagar, Wadiyar, and Chalukya of Mysore also ruled.

Kaleshwar Temple

Tumkur city is also an important city culturally, you can start the tour here from the famous Kaleshwar temple.

It is an ancient temple, built during the 9th century under the Nolamba Empire.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, whose architecture is worth seeing.

There are many beautiful pillars in the temple complex, which greatly affect the devotees and tourists.

The interior of the temple is decorated in a very attractive way, where many idols of deities are also built.

Tourists can also see the Bhagavan Shiva built on the roof in the dance posture.

You can also enjoy some exciting sightseeing at Siddhara Beta Tumkur.

Located near the Madhugiri Hills, Siddhara Betta is a famous tourist place, which can be visited in many ways.

Situated at a distance of about 50 km from the main city of Tumkur.

This place is surrounded by mountains, caves, and religious places.

This place is considered to be quite special for exciting activities like trekking.

Along with tourists, a large number of pilgrims also arrive here.

There is a temple of Lord Shiva in a cave here, where you can see.

Since this place is surrounded by hills and forests, you can also enjoy bird watching here.

Pavagadh Fort

Apart from all these places, you can enjoy a tour of the Pavagadh Fort in the historical places here. It is located in the north-eastern part of the district.

The fort here was one of the famous forts during the Vijayanagara period.

Pavagadh was once part of the Mysore Empire.

This is the historical site where a battle was fought between Tipu Sultan and the British. You can come here for a better understanding of history.

Apart from this fort in Pavagadh, you can also visit many other sites.

Goravanhalli Mahalakshmi Temple

Goravanhalli Mahalakshmi temple in the religious places of Tumkur.

The temple is located in Koratagere taluka of the district.

This temple is about 30 km from the city of Tumkur and is located 80 km from Bangalore.

It is believed that the idol of Shri Mahalakshmi is revealed here.

There is special worship of the Goddess every Friday.

Food is also arranged for the devotees who come here.

You can come here for a spiritual experience.

Devarayanadurga

Apart from the above-mentioned sites, you can also enjoy a visit to the famous hill station Devaryanadurga here.

Situated at an altitude of 3940 feet, this hill station is very popular among tourists, on weekends, tourists from Bangalore and nearby cities come here to spend a relaxed time.

The Yog Narasimha and Bhoga Narasimha temples are situated on the hilltop here.

During the Buddha Purnima, the famous car festival is organized here, which attracts tourists from far and wide to participate.

The festival is held during March and April.

Siri

Sirimane waterfalls are located at a distance of 20 km from the city.

Karnataka is far waterfalls on the Western Ghats.

Although the Sirimane waterfall is considered to be the smallest, the most beautiful waterfall of the region.

This place is at the perfect time monsoon period when rainwater flows through this place

Agumbe 

Agumbe is in the Tirthahalli taluk of Shimoga district.

Kuvempu, the great poet of Kannada, is from this place.

It is also known as the Malnad region.

This procession is famous for its greenery and waterfalls.

It is the only place in South India where the rainfall is highest.

Many types of animals can be seen in the dense forests of Agumbe.

There are many types of herbs and vegetation in its lap.

Therefore, the Government of India has established the “Agumbe Rain Forest Research Station” here.

The population here is less than 500.

Here people make their living from areca nut plantations or things produced from the forest.

This region is famous for its beauty as well as trekking.

The venomous snake “King Cobra” is found here.

Tourist places in and around Agumbe Agumbe has many waterfalls to see, such as Barkana waterfall, Kunchikal waterfall, Onank Abi waterfall, Jogigundi waterfall, and Kodalu Tirtha waterfall.

How to reach Agumbe

Udupi railway station is the nearest railway station to Agumbe.

“Yatri Ghar” and “Inspiration Bungalow” are available here for the passengers.

BR Hills 

BR Hills or Bilgiri Rangana Hills is a mountain range located on the eastern border of the Western Ghats.

Situated at the meeting point of the Eastern and Western Ghats, this chain gives rise to a wide ecosystem.

Bilagiri Rangana Hills is named after the Rangaswamy Temple, situated on the top of a white mountain, which is located in the southeastern border of Karnataka touching Tamil Nadu in Chamarajanagar district.

Bilagiri Rangaswamy Temple is located on the top of the hill, so BR Hills is a pilgrimage place.

The temple is situated on the top of the white hill, so the name of this peak also got Billy Giri, and the adorable installed in this temple is called Biligiri Ranga.

It is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha Here he is shown standing in a unique posture and also with his companions.

The festival held in the temple in April attracts millions of tourists.

Tourists and local tribes, appearing together in the temple of God during this time, offer the ideal of meeting the cultural differences between them and the visitors are enraged.

BR Hilla Wildlife Sanctuary

Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or  BRT Wildlife Sanctuary (or BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary) is spread over an area of ​​about 539 sq km.

Situated at an altitude of 5091 feet, this natural reserve is situated on a hill connecting the Western and Eastern Ghats.

Many varieties are found here, ranging from dry and deciduous flora to evergreen vegetation.

The diversity of plant life proves to be a great support for the large number of animals found here.

The boundaries of this wildlife sanctuary are connected with the Sathyamangalam Wildlife

Sanctuary is located in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu. Here gaur, bear, chital, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, elephant, and four-horned antelope are found in the forests.

Banaragatta National Park

 Banaragatta National Park is located here for nature lovers, this place is no less than a paradise.

The area of the park is over  ​​104 square kilometers and is home to many species of animals, birds, and plants.

Explode in the weekend at Wonderla Water Park.

It was established in 1971 and since then it is also home to tigers, lions, and crocodiles.

The flora of various species is also a specialty of this garden, which includes Chandan, Jalari, Alubukhara, Tamarind, and Chujjulu.

snake park

The major attraction of Banaragatta National Park is the snake park.

This park consists of ten protected forests of several categories, which are supervised by the Bangalore Forest Department.

In this park, tourists can also see the first butterfly park in the country which is spread over a wide area of ​​about 7.5 acres.

The park was established in 2006 by the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences, and Ashoka Trust (ATREE) for research in the field of ecology and environment.

The park has a museum, butterfly conservatory, and a visual audio room. Home to approximately 20 species of butterfly, the butterfly garden is surrounded by polycarbonate roofs that create tropical, humid, and artificial climates.

Tourists can visit these places to enjoy a show of sound and light.

Tourists can also enjoy jungle safaris to see wild animals in this park.

The safari is managed by KSTDC, which is also a reserve fund Helps.

The tiger reserve of the park has been recognized by the Forest Department of India.

Tourists are advised to see the animals from afar while walking in the park.

Nature lovers can also visit this park on foot.

How to reach

Now how to enjoy a jungle safari at night in Bangalore by Bangalore Air.

The nearest airport is Kepegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, which is about 70 km from here.

By Train

The nearest major railway station or Bangalore is the City Junction, which is about 28 km from here. The station provides connectivity to all the major towns and cities of the state as well as all over the country.

By Road

The best way to reach the National Park Banaragatta is by road. The place is well connected by roads and there are regular buses which run from Bengaluru to the amusement park.

Skanda Giri

Skanda Giri, popularly known as Kalavar Durga, is a hill fort dating back to the time of Tipu Sultan, the famous ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.

This ancient structure stands at a height of 1350 meters on the Nandi Hill boundaries in Chikballapur, Karnataka. Visitors can see the ruins of Tipu Sultan’s fort from Skanda Giri.

The fort was built by a local king, who, according to a legend, successfully survived Tipu Sultan for several days.

There are two caves in Skanda Giri, which can also be seen with a peek while visiting the fort.

Both are yet to be traced properly, but locals say that one of them leads the fort.

Locals also believe that there are 6 ‘samadhis’ or mausoleums in the cave.

Also, locals believe that the caves are inhabited by pythons, who ate the goats that had strayed into the caves. 

Savandurga

Savandurga is famous for its two hills, temples, and scenic beauty.

Being 33 km away from Bangalore, one can reach here from any corner of India.

Mountains and Fort Savandurga are famous for their two mountains, “Kariguda” and “Biliguda”.

Both these mountains are 1226 meters high from the Deccan plateau.

Kariguda means Kali Pahadi and Biliguda means White Pahadi.

It is very tiring to climb the hills made of huge rocks, granite, and laterite, but with curiosity, it will prove to be quite thrilling.

There is an old fort atop this hill.

Tourist places around Savandurga If you are not interested in “rock climbing” or “trekking”, you can visit the Veerabhadreshwar Swamy Temple and Narasimha Swamy Temple located here.

The temple is situated at the foot of the hill.

Antarganga

The Antarganga caves, located on the hill of Anthar Ganj in the Kolar district of Karnataka, are known for their volcanic rocks.

It has taken many years for these small big rocks to take the form of a cave.

These caves keep travelers busy exploring and are ideal destinations for adventurers.

Some of the caves here are so small and narrow that travelers have to lie down.

Apart from caves, tourists coming here can also visit many old temples which have special importance in terms of religion.

Anthargange is located 70 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, so if you are planning a day trip, then definitely go here.

For those who have a sense of adventure, climbing rock and hill trekking can be a great experience.

The caves here are worth exploring. Roping and high rope climbing are also other options for adventurers.

Madhugiri

Madhugiri is a beautiful city in the Tumkur district of Karnataka state in South India.

The city is mainly known for its famous hill called Madhugiri mountain.

The height of this single mountain is about 3,930 feet, which is the second-largest monolith in Asia.

A historical fort is also built on the steep slopes of this mountain.

Peanuts, ragi and mangoes, coconut pomegranate, etc. are more cultivated in Madhugiri.

This is a special place in natural terms.

There are several sightseeing places around it, which you can easily visit.

Madhugiri Fort

Madhugiri Nagar is most famous for its historical fort.

Situated on the steep slopes of the hill, Madhugiri Fort is a classic example of a mixture of architecture and rocks.

This fort was built in 1678 by King Heera Gowda of the Ganga dynasty.

This fort is considered very special for the historical tour of Karnataka.

Evidence related to history suggests that Raja Gaur once ruled this region.

However, this fort is now in ruins due to improper maintenance.

This fort, which was deserted for years, is used for trekking.

As it is situated at an altitude, the travelers proceed through this fort.

There is also a temple of Gopalakrishna at the top of the hill.

Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve

After visiting the Madhugiri Mountains and Forts, you can visit the nearby Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve.

Located at a distance of 25 km from Madhugiri, this reserve is spread over an area of ​​3.23 sq km.

Enriched with flora and fauna, this place offers a full chance to enjoy the natural sight.

Blackbuck is the main attraction here. Apart from this, you can also see various bird species and reptile species here.

This reserve also serves as a haven for many mammals.

Here you can see wild cats, rabbits, Indian gray mongoose, wolves, and many other animals.

If you are a nature lover then this place will be the best option for you.

 Chandrayana Durga

Chandrayana Durga place is located at a distance of about 10 km on the way to Madhugiri.

It is a historical place, one of the nine forts inside which a temple and semi-ruined structures are present.

Evidence related to history suggests that many battles were fought to get this fort.

However, this fort currently lies in the form of deserted ruins.

Now this place is known for trekking.

Travelers from far and wide enjoy trekking here as well as trekking in Mudhagiri.

This place is considered very special for an adventure like trekking.

Siddhara son

Siddhara son is counted among the most visited places near Madhugiri.

Surrounded by rocky mountains, temples, and caves, this place is located at a distance of about 100 km from Tumkur in Bangalore.

This destination is considered to be the most special for tracking.

Travelers along with pilgrims continue to visit here.

Devotees come here to see Lord Shiva seated inside the cave.

The hill here is surrounded by thick forests where you can see various bird species.

The species of yellow-necked bulbul is most special to see here.

Siddaganga Math

Apart from the above-mentioned places, you can plan a trip to Siddaganga Math.

Siddaganga Math is counted among the popular pilgrimage sites near Madhugiri.

There are 6 temples installed here. This Siddhalingesh, situated on a hill

Talakadu

Whenever it comes to seeing the desert, only Rajasthan remains in the mind.

Although not the entire Rajasthan desert, sand and desert can be seen in Jaisalmer

It is said to have occurred during the rule of the Wodeyars due to a natural disaster, but local stories and myths say otherwise.

Also, a story is popular among people that Talakadu was buried within the sand due to the curse of Queen Alamelu.

History

Once in the city of Talakadu, there were five popular Shiva temples, that were ruled by Ganga and then by Chola.

The city was ruled by the Vijayanagara king after the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana drove the Chola out of Talakadu and was then taken over by the Wodeyars of Mysore.

Cursed is Talakadu, when the king of Mysore marches with an army against Talakadu to lay his hands on the jewels of Alamelu, he throws the jewel in the river Kaveri and drowns himself.

The legend says that before he died, he gave a curse that Talakadu should be turned into sand.

The city was buried under sand in the 16th century.

Famous among tourists, Talcadu is very famous among tourists for its beautiful temples.

The city is known for its five temples, namely Vaidyanathaishwara, Pataleshwar, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, and Mallikarjuna Temple.

All these temples are buried inside the sand every year, but now efforts are on to keep them open continuously.

Srirangapatna Fort

Srirangapatna Fort is a historical fort located in the historical capital Srirangapatnam of the South Indian state of Karnataka.

Built by Timanna Nayaka in 1454, the fort came to prominence during the rule of Tipu Sultan.

To meet the growing need for saving against the invaders the French architects modified the fort.

The Kaveri River encircles the fort from one side.

The Kaveri River protects the fort in the west and north direction.

During the British occupation, the fort had Lal Mahal and Tipu’s Palace, which were demolished in 1799.

There are seven outlets and two boxes.

Colonel Bailey’s dungeon, Dariya Daulat Bagh, Tipu Sultan’s dome, Zuma Masjid (Masjid-e-Ala), Obelisk monument near the tomb and the walls of the fort, the place where Tipu’s body was found, Narsingh Temple, Sri Ranganath at Sri Statue of Kantirava.

The Shyami Temple and Thomas Inman’s dungeon are maintained as protected monuments under the Bangalore Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India.

History

Timmana Nayak, a ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire has built this in 1454 AD.

when the Vijayanagara rulers were defeated by the Wodeyars the fort was in the hands of the empire until 1495.

Later the fort was changing between Arcot, the Peshwas, and the Nawab of the Marathas.

The Wodeyars shifted their capital from Mysore to Srirangapatna and established the fort.

The region and the fort underwent progressive changes during the rule of Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar from 1673 to 1704 but did not affect the latter three rulers.

During the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar (1734–66), the kingdom became a strong military power and came under the control of military general Hyder Ali.

Hyder Ali had to send the Marathas for Rs 32 lakh during 1757 to invade the fort, but he came back strongly to regain it.

In 1782, Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan took over the reins of the fort and built fortifications.

 British forces attacked tipu several times.

 letters to Napoleon were sent an agreement was signed with the french.

After several unsuccessful attempts, British forces attacked undercover on 4 May 1799 under the command of Colonel Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington.

 

Makalidurg

It is a dream to track at Makalidurg, near Bengaluru. 

Climbing the monolithic hill is not as easy as you are thinking. 

Although this track is only 8 km, on it, you will have to go through rocky paths, which is quite difficult. 

The trekking track starts from the railway track only after descending from the Makaldurg railway station.

 After reaching the base camp, you can relax in the temple of Lord Krishna. 

Here you can also see a glimpse of rural life. 

History of Makalidurg Fort 

Centuries ago,  training was given to the army of the Vijayanagara regime. 

Earlier this fort was in the possession of Shivaji’s father then ruled by the founder of Bangalore city, Kempegowda. 

The fort also has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a Nandi temple on the hilltop. 

 4 parts of the Tracking trails are there. 

The track starts with a railway track.

 After this, come to the floor of the Krishna temple and stop.

 The third place in the middle part of the climb is surrounded by stones and trees. 

Climbing here is not difficult but you should still be careful.

 The last place is the fort which is quite beautiful. 

The view from the peak of the mountain is quite beautiful. 

One can also see caves with some forts and temples here. 

When you come down, you will feel like the sun is coming down with you. 

Skandagiri Track You can also do night trekking at this place.

 This place looks even more beautiful at night. 

This place remains very hot in the summer season, so it is better that you start your trekking as early as in the morning.  

Shravanabelagola Temple 

Shravanabelagola Temple is a famous Jain shrine located in Mysore, Karnataka state. 

The main attraction in Shravanabelagola is the Gomateshwar Pillar. 

Among the Jain Tirthankaras, Bahubali was the first Tirthankara to attain salvation.

History of Shravanabelagola 

Shravanabelagola is situated on the foothills of Kund hill. 

This place is situated in the middle of the Chandrabet and Indrabet hills.

 In ancient times this place was a great center of Jainism. 

According to Jain traditions, the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta spent the last day at Shravanabelagola in Mysore, abandoning his kingdom.

Gomateshwara Statue 

 More than 1000 years old Gomateshwara statue located here.

It is a stone statue of 58.8 feet high on Mount Indragiri. 

Jains believe that Bahubali Gomateshwar was the first to attain salvation.

 Every 12 years, devotees gather here for the Mahamastakabhisheka. 

 Saffron, ghee, milk, curd, gold coins, and many other items are given for the idol Abhishek

Halebid

 Halebid, travelers must ‘visit’ the Hoysaleshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

The construction of this temple was started in the 12th century but due to the arrival of the Delhi Sultanate, the construction of this temple was stopped.

Tourists visiting this historic site can see beautifully carved statues and exquisite stone house decorations on the platform of the structure. 

The Hoysaleshwara Temple is a star-shaped monument, with two temples that look alike, with different sanctuaries and mandapams located adjacent to each other. 

Another highlight of the temple is the Garuda pillar and the inscription of the epic hero holding the knife while cutting his head in honor of Kuruv Laksham, the bodyguard of Veer Ballal II.

  Dancing girls, birds, and animals, carvings of various deities were designed on the walls of the temple.

The lower figure of the temple has 2,000 elephants each standing in a separate stance with horses, mythological animals, and riders with floral motifs.

Gatekeepers are present at the southern and western entrances

 A hill, where the palace was located, the idol of Nandi, the chariot of Lord Shiva are other popular attractions located in the vicinity of the temple. 

Both of them are connected to the temple through a passage.

Pattadakal 

Pattadakal is a very famous pilgrimage site in Karnataka. 

Although it is very beautiful in itself, something that makes it special is the temple located here.

 The Lord Shiva temple is situated in the temple.

This is what makes it different from the rest of the pilgrimage sites and interesting for tourists. 

Virupaksha Temple 

According to the epigraphy, Rani Lok Mahadevi (originally named Lokeshwar), built this temple after the successful military campaigns of King Vikramaditya 2 against the Pallava (4th-9th century CE). 

In this temple, devotees will see ancient idols of fiery Narasimha, Nataraja, Ravananugraha, and Lingodbhava. 

The temple is quite attractive as intricate carvings have been done within it.

Apart from this, the Vitthal temple is located near this. 

This temple is also an ancient temple where tourists and devotees keep visiting. 

Mallikarjuna Temple 

  In the 17th century, Mallikarjuna Temple was built

Rani Lok Mahadevi, wife of King Vikramaditya 2 built this temple.

 The structure of this temple is also quite similar to the Virupaksha temple. 

This beautiful temple is a sightseeing place for tourists visiting Pattadakal. 

Nearby you can see the Gauri temple.

Sangameshwara Temple

 The Sangameshwara Temple was earlier known as the Vijayawada Temple. 

 King Chalukya, Vijayaditya, and Satyashraya have built this temple.

The thing that makes this temple attractive is that it is one of the oldest temples in India and the oldest temple in its state. 

Chandrasekhar Temple 

Chandrashekhar Temple is a small temple on the east side. 

The temple has a garbhagriha consisting of a Shivlinga and a closed hall. 

The finely carved mural pillars add to the beauty of the temple. 

a large amount of devotees comes to this temple.

The specialty of this temple is that it does not have a high triangular shape. Its roof is flat.

 Papanatha Temple 

Papanatha Temple is located in the south, just half a kilometer away from Virupaksha Temple. 

The temple is so tall from the inside that it has pavilions. 

The temple has 16 pillars in one mandapa and 4 pillars in the other. 

 Shiva Nataraja is decorated in the middle part of the roof.

Lord Vishnu is decorated in the rest area.

 Jain Narayana Temple 

Rashtrakuta King Krishna 2 has built Jain Narayana Temple in the 19th century. 

It is a three-storied temple, the lower floor of which is still in a slightly better shape. 

This temple also has a square shape. 

This temple is a center of attraction not only for the people of Jainism but also for tourists of every religion visiting here. 

Kashi Vishwanath Temple 

 Kashi Vishwanath Temple is another small temple among the big temples of Pattadakal.

The sanctum of the Kashi Vishwanath temple is also square in shape.  

Jambu Lingeshwar Temple 

 Tourists and devotees liked this ancient temple of Pattadakal. 

The square-shaped garbhagriha starts from the temple gap and runs to the mandapa of the temple. 

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