Karnataka Tourism & Travel Guide

Formerly known as Mysore, Karnataka is a heady mix of the intoxicating scents of sandalwood, freshly roasted coffee beans and a lingering salty sea breeze.This Deccan state is cloaked with a dense deciduous forest cover of the Western Ghats, and fed by the southwest monsoons. It also ranks as one of the world’s top eight biodiversity hotspots. The sun-doused state’s major attractions are the three sacred rivers of Kaveri, Tungabhadra and Krishna, draining east to the Bay of Bengal. Travel to Karnataka to delve into the history behind the rows of Gothic towns that are crowded with domed mausoleums and minarets embodying stories of the region’s Muslim heritage. One of the most sought after places to visit in Karnataka, is the ghost city of Vijayanagar, in Hampi, whose lost temples and ramshackle palaces are thronged with tourists and backpackers all-year round. Then, take a train down to Mysore, where tourists flock to, for the heady incense markets and the regal architectural remains of the British Raj. Head to Coorg for its evergreen hills, coffee plantations and spice gardens and then to Bangalore for a glimpse into India’s buzzing cyberhub. Also, don’t forget to try Karnataka’s brand of dosa, bisibele bhaat and idli needs to be devoured every single day of your trip. Wash it all down with several cups of some delicious local filter coffee.
Best time to visit

Peak Season is from November to February constitutes the winter season in Karnataka. The days are pleasant, and the evenings cool, making it perfect to venture out into the cities and hill-stations for sightseeing.


For Budget Travellers: INR 700 - 1200 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3500 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 8000 and upwards


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Om Beach
Out of the four pristine beaches here, the Om Beach is also named as the Gokarna Beach. The name 'Om' comes from the fact that the beach makes a perfect symbol of 'Om' here. It is a beautiful place but not fit for swimming as the slope is steep and thus the waves are a bit fierce. You can enjoy a picnic here or walk along the beach admiring the beautiful sceneries filled with greenery. There is also a hill nearby on top of which the famous Om Beach Resort is situated. From on top of this hill you can get clear panoramic views of the whole town.
Kudle Beach
South Gokarna, Gokarna 581326
This is one of the four main beaches of the beach town of Gokarna. Not very far away from Bangalore, this place is thus an awesome weekend getaway. The shape of the beach is a perfect 'C' and ne side are coconut trees while on the other there are rocky outcrops. The slope of the sea is high and thus the waves are wild and high too. This makes it a perfect beach for surfing but not very safe for swimming. This is also a very cheerful place with a lot of people but still a certain peacefulness remains. The crowd is mostly of foreigners with a very few Indians and thus you can be assured about decency of people. There are not many accomodation options around this beach but the variety of food here will leave you with no complains for sure.
Virupaksha Temple
One of the oldest and largest in the city of ruins, this temple was built in the 7th century and is still in use. The temple is on the southern banks of the River Tungabhadra and has a very simple design and architecture. Over so many years and the changing rule of so many kings, a number of additions and expansions had been made in the form of pillars and small rooms. The temple is one of the gems of this ruined place and was built of simple brick and mortar. The life size idols of Lord Shiva is attractive and overall this place is an important site of pilgrimage for Shaivites. The present temple is also almost in ruins but still in use.
Jog Falls
Sharavathi River, Sagar taluk,30 km from Debbe Falls, Shimoga
This picturesque waterfall is over the Sharavathi Roiver in the Shimpga District. This fall originates from the meeting point of four cascades known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. The waterfall is locally also known as the Gersuppo Falls or the Jogada Gundi. The best part about these falls is that the water does not touch the rocks when it flows down and because of this the Jog Falls has been rated as the tallest un- tiered waterfall of the country. There are also a number of points from where the view of the lush greenery everywhere is visible. The best out of all is the Watkins Point. Other than this, you can also do some adventurous hiking downslope and take a plunge into the cool waters of the fall. The Swarnavati Riverbank and the Sharavathi Valley are also breathtaking. The nearby attractions include the Dabbe Waterfalls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and the Tiger Reserve.
Half Moon Beach
near Om Beach, Gokarna 581326
Another one of the four beautiful beaches of the beach town of Gokarna, this is quite a popular one. The name is derived from the fact that this beach is of the shape of a semi- circle or a half moon. The terrain here is smooth and is thus a perfect place for swimming and diving. You can either enjoy these water activities or simply laze along the beach by taking a stroll. Picnic is a common activity enjoyed here. There are no holiday resorts around this beach and the only eatery or restaurant on the beach side is the 'Shantie's'.

Best Time to Visit Karnataka

Peak Season: November to February constitutes the winter season in Karnataka. The days are pleasant, and the evenings cool, making it perfect to venture out into the cities and hill-stations for sightseeing.

Shoulder Season: June to September is the monsoon season in Karnataka. The state receives abundant rainfall, creating a significant drop in the temperatures.

Off-season: March to May is the period when the tourists start thinning out as summers are extreme during these months with temperatures going as high as 46 degrees celsius. Because of the low tourist population, the hotel and flight rates reach hit an all time low.


Budget for Karnataka

For Budget Travellers: INR 700 - 1200 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 150 - 600
  • Food in local tiffin-houses and street eateries: INR 50 - 300
  • Public Transport in local trains and buses: INR 10 - 100
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 200

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3500 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 900 - 1500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 400 - 1000
  • Local transport in auto-rickshaws, and local taxis: INR 250 - 400
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 10 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 8000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 5500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 1000 and upwards

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