The southwestern state of India, Karnataka, having its coastlines facing the Arabian Sea is famous for its lavish palaces and medieval era temples. A visit inside this state will carry you through the lavish palaces of Mysore that Maharaja’s were seated. Not to forget, that you would be carried back to the medieval era of the Vijayanagara Empire in the city of Hampi. If you are a nature lover or an art lover, you are sure to find spots to visit in this state. Here are few places to visit in Karnataka.
Places To Visit in Karnataka
1. Bangalore In Karnataka
There is not a person in India who has not heard about this city, Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka that cradles the tech hub, nicknamed as The Silicon Valley of India, with its huge shopping malls spiced up with nightlife. It is considered as India’s fastest growing cosmopolitan city and the best place to visit in Karnataka. I experienced a very good weather and walking through the city I couldn’t resist the beautiful gardens like the Lal Bagh Botanical gardens and the natural lakes.
If you are in the city during the month of August –October doesn’t miss out the Hogenakkal falls. I would suggest not missing out this famous Karnataka destination.
2. Belur In Karnataka
Being an ardent art lover carried me, about 220 km from Bangalore to this small town on the Yagachi River situated in Hassan district. Hampi famous for temples that took hundreds of years to build and is one of the historical places in Karnataka.
The famous temples are Chennakesava Temple, the Kedareshwara temple, where you would be carried back to Ramayana and Mahabharata era and the Hoysaleswara temple are the best sightseeing in Karnataka.
3. Mysore In Karnataka
The pompous celebrations of the Dusshera festival during which the famous Mysore Palace, known as “City of Palaces” is lit with thousands of lights considered one among the list of places to visit in Karnataka.
While in city, don’t miss
The Chamundeshwari temple,
The Jagan Mohan Palace,
Sri Bhairava Temple,
Melody Wax Museum,
Krishna Raja Sagara dam.
4. Coorg And Madikeri In Karnataka
The next place in my list was nature’s guarded resort, the Coorg (considered as Kashmir of the South’) or Kodagu, sandwiched between Kerala and Karnataka, a worthwhile sight-seeing in Karnataka.
Having many unspoiled Hills, a home to the largest area of coffee plantations, the lush Green Valleys can be viewed from the town of Madikeri, a trekking place in Karnataka.
The ride through the serpentine roads took me to Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Kushalnagar, Talacauvery, Iruppu falls.
The other places that could be on your list are
The Namdroling Monastery,
Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple,
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Known to have coffee plantations, coffee could be tried out when you visit this place.
5. Hampi In Karnataka
If you are interested in History, then don’t leave out this place from your wish list of tourist places in Karnataka. Hampi, considered a UNESCO world heritage site, was the capital of Vijayanagar Empire and is a historical place in Karnataka. This has ruins of the temples, palaces and buildings and few among them are famous Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Ill Temple, and Achyutaraya temple.
The Sasivekalu Ganesha, Kadalekalu Ganesha, and Bellary fort are a sight worth seeing.
You could consider the Badami Cave temples, Karkala Gomateshwara, Cubbon Park, Mysore Zoo, Abbey falls, Mullayanagiri, Moodabidri, and the Vidhana Soudha. Though there are many other places in Karnataka, these are the must-see places in the State of Karnataka.