a warm welcome to Karnataka

‘ ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ವಾಗತ ‘

Karnataka, a Southern state of India is famous for its famous tourist places, like heritage, religious, wildlife, hill stations, beaches, adventure and much more. Karnataka is the 8th largest state in India. This state has been ranked as the third most popular state in the country for tourism. Karnataka is also famous for spices, sandalwood, silks, coffee, Information technology. Some the best and famous tourist places are listed below. Check out each place and add into to your itinerary.

Tourist places in Karnataka

vidhana soudha

Bangalore or Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka. Because of its high elevation, Bangalore has got a more moderate climate throughout the year. There are a large number of information technology companies located in the city, hence Bangalore is also called as the Silicon Valley of India.

Places to visit :
Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore palace

Best places to stay :
New Crescent Citadel
The Royale Senate Race Course
Le Meridien Bangalore
ITC Gardenia, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Pura Vida – Boutique Pool Retreat


Mangaluru, The Port city is also known as Mangalore. This place is famous for its spicy seafood and beaches. Mangaluru is a hub for all type of commercial, Industrial, hospital and education because of its good connectivity to all the major cities. 

Places to visit :
Panambur beach, Taneerbavi beach, Pilikula nisargadhama, Manasa waterpark, Gokarnatheswara temple, Kadri Shri Manjunatha temple

raja seat

Mysore or Mysuru is the cultural center and palace city of Karnataka. This is one of the most visited tourist places in India. You can explore the untouched beauty of nature in Mysore. This is one of the best places for nature, heritage, wildlife and adventure lovers

Places to visit :
Mysore palace, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi hills, Brindavan gardens, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Somanathapura, Srirangapatana, Shivanasamudra waterfalls,

Indian elephant

Coorg – The Scotland of India
Coorg is also known as Kodagu. Coorg is famous for the spices and the coffee plantations. Don’t be in a hurry when you visit Coorg because there are lots of places for you to escape from your daily life. There are lots lush greenery, waterfalls, forest, wildlife, river rafting and much more.

Places to visit :
Namdroling Monastery, Nagarahole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp, Kaveri Nisargadhama, Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Abbey Falls, Irruppu Falls, Mallali Falls, Rajas’ Seat, Tadiandamol

ethina bhuja

Chikmagalur is a hill station in Western Ghats, Karnataka. Chikmagalur has got a lot of attractions for the trekkers and nature lovers. With plenty of waterfalls and hill stations, this place is a great escape from the noise of city and concrete structures.

Places to visit :
Mullayanagiri, Kemmanna gundi, Baba Budanagiri, Manikyadhara falls,  Jhari falls, Hebbe falls, Kudremukh, Sringeri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary


Shivamogga is nicknamed as “Gateway of Malnad”, because it is the gateway to the hilly region of the Western Ghats. With major rivers flowing through this place, Shivamogga has got abundant paddy fields. There are lots of naturally beautiful places to visit as well as man-made structures with mouth-watering cuisines,

Places to visit :
Jog Falls, Kodachadri, Agumbe, Vanake-Abbey Falls, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari.


Hampi is a very ancient ruined city of Vijayanagar Empire. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once the richest place. This is a must visit place who love historical and heritage places.


Udupi is called the temple city with lots of Hindu temples and Sri Krishna Mutt is the famous amongst all. Udupi is a very silent tourist place sandwiched between the Arabian sea and the Western Ghats. Udupi is also considered as one of the oldest religious educational centers.

Places to visit :
Sri Krishna Temple, Malpe beach, St Mary’s island, Planetorium & Heritage village in Manipal, Kudumari Falls, Kapu beach and lighthouse, Lord Bahubali (Gomateshwara), Murudeshwara


Chitradurga is famous for forts built by the ancient rulers. You can see huge towering boulders, massive rock hills with scenic valleys all over Chitradurga. The special attractions of this place are, rainwater-harvesting structures with large storage of water and interconnected which were planned and built in 1280 AD.

Places to visit :
Chitradurga Fort , Chitradurga caves, Vani Vilas Sagar Dam, Ankali Mutt


Badami, located in the North Karnataka, was once the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty. This place is famous for cave temples built by Jains and Buddhists, built in the 6th century. The Badami caves complex is part of a UNESCO-World Heritage Site . You can see the silent imprints all around the place which the history has left behind. This Place is best for a historic and nature lovers.

Places to visit :
Badami cave, Badami temple. Badami Fort, Aihole, Agasthya lake

stone carving

Hassan situated at 935m from sea level is a cool place with pleasant weather throughout the year. Hassan is covered with different monuments and temples which were built by the Hoysala Empire. By looking at the art, culture and the inscriptions on these monuments you can easily guess how good was the administration and economics of Hoysala Empire. All these you can witness in Belur and Halebeedu.

Places to visit :
Belur & Halebeedu , Shravanabelagola, Gorur Dam


Dandeli, when anyone thinks of this place, first thing comes to the mind is whitewater river rafting and jungle safari. Along with its natural beauty and sceneries, one can also try and enjoy various other adventurous options like river rafting, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, trekking & mountain biking. Dandeli is a hub for adventures in Karnataka.

Places to visit :
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, River Rafting, Kavala Caves, Shiroli Peak Moulangi Eco Park.


Bijapur, one of the popular heritage city is located in North Karnataka. Gol Gumbaz is the Famous heritage structure with the largest dome. This is an ancient city established in the 10th century. Bijapur is one of the richest places in terms of history & tradition.

Places to visit :
Bijapur Fort , Gol Gumbaz, Jami Masjid, Bijapur Fort, Bara Kaman, Almatti Dam.