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


Sample the lifestyle of the rich and the famous while sipping on champagne and savouring coastal food at some of the most luxurious hotels in Karnataka. Here are Tripoto's top picks.

If you're looking to witness the magic of Karnataka without burning a hole in your pocket, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will come in handy while booking your next stay

If you believe Karnataka is an expensive place for a vacation, Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels will definitely change your mind.

Backpacking through Karnataka's varied terrain just got easier. From Murudeshwar to Coorg, here's Tripoto's guide of the most interesting hostels with characterful dorms, great crowd and delicious food in the state. 

Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the local culture of a place. It is lodging with a personal touch that makes your holiday all the more special. Feel at home in Karnataka with our top homestay picks.

The land of sandalwood and coffee has steadily been growing as one of the top destinations in India for travellers from around the world. There is nowhere in India quite like it. Here are Tripoto's hand-picked list of places to visit that you absolutely cannot miss in Karnataka.

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Where Religion Meets Serenity: Gokarna, Karnataka

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Banavasi - The first capital of ancient Karnataka

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Solo Trip to Karnataka, India

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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 fac...
Kudle Beach
South Gokarna, Gokarna 581326
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Virupaksha Temple
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Jog Falls
Sharavathi River, Sagar taluk,30 km from Debbe Falls, Shimoga
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Half Moon Beach
near Om Beach, Gokarna 581326
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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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