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Karnataka Tourism


Bordered by Arabian Sea on the west, Andhra Pradesh on the east, Tamilnadu on the south and Maharashtra on the north, with Goa on the northwest and Kerala on the southwest, the State of Karnataka is topographically well connected. With the Western and Eastern Ghats, Deccan Plateau and the Sea Coast, Karnataka nurtures a blend of dales, hills, valleys and waters.


Climate in Karnataka

The climate in Karnataka is largely salubrious year round. With three distinct seasons ranging from hot and dry - February to May, rain and sunshine - June to October and cool clime - November to January, Karnataka spells of tropical climate. The North and Northeast regions experience a much lower temperature during night time. A tropical rain forest climate with temperatures averaging 28 degrees C is seen in the southern areas.


Karnataka tourist information

The city of Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. The languages spoken here are Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava and Hindi. English is also widely spoken. Regions bordering near the neighboring states speak other languages like Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The popular religions in Karnataka are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism.


The state boasts of glorious monuments and towns, which stand testimony to the historical lineage. Karnataka also reveals a mixture of glorious culture and heritage, rich, diverse and ancient. The Karnataka of today is progressive, sophisticated and industrialized. World renowned educational institutions; talented human resource, unmatched variety and vibrancy characterize this knowledge capital of India.


Travel to Karnataka

Connected with some of the leading airport cities in the world, there are national and international flights operating from Bangalore to various parts of the globe. Well networked by trains, Karnataka is connected by the Indian Railways to almost any/every part of the country. Some of the major stations in Karnataka are Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Bellary, Mangalore, Tumkur, Harihar, Dharwad, Gulbarga and Bijapur.


Kempegowda bus stand serves interstate travel round the clock. Buses ply all over Karnataka and other states from here. Interstate bus services connect Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Pondicherry and Goa. Along with Government transport corporations, private bus operators are also found. Buses are connected to major Indian cities by the National Highways (NH) - NH4, NH7, and NH 48. Dial-a-taxi service is also available. Some taxi operators who can be contacted are:


Tourist spots in Karnataka

Ancient sculptured temples, scenic forests and beaches, popular eco-tourism locations of Western Ghats, cave temples of Badami, ruins of Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi, rock cut temples of Hoysalas are some of the prominent spots in Karnataka.


India's tallest water falls - the Jog falls, the astonishing 'Kodagu' Coorg, and the thickly-forested hills located on the slopes of the Western Ghats - the coffee bowl of India, add immense charm to this State.


Badami, the capital of the early Chalukyas, famous for its cave temples, the historical glory of the Hampi ruins, still upholding the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Kingdom can be seen. The monolith structures, statues and monuments exhibit the rich cultural heritage of this State.


Hassan boasts of exquisitely crafted sculptures and architectural marvels, remnants of medieval era. The beautiful murals add magnificence to the era of Hoysalas who ruled between the 11th and 13th century.


Mangalore port's old world charm with its palm fringed beaches and well manicured gardens, outstanding temples and salubrious climate add true value to the tourist's money.


The district of Dandeli is charming amidst the backdrop of the Western Ghats. The wild life sanctuary here is a major tourist attraction. The natural beauty is inviting and a large number of hotels in the vicinity lure the tourists to this place.


Karnataka shopping

Think Karnataka and sandalwood crafts and carvings appear in our mind's eye. Mysore silks, metalware products, bidriare, lacquerware and more - there is enough for the avid shopper. The temple of Udipi is known for metalware with mythological figures cast in metal. And not to forget the exotic paintings like Kinnala which are famous with the locals, leaf work laid in unadulterated gold, and other delights.


For those who are ready to splurge, Mysore paintings mesmerize with their bright vegetable dye colors and lustrous golden leaves. Expensive sandalwood carvings, finely wrought deities and decorative pieces also steal the show. Luxuriant Mysore silk sarees woven in traditional colours and real golden threads and brocade, these sarees enchant one and all.

Karnataka Tourism
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Pattadakal Pattadakal - Ceremonial site of the early Western Chalukyan kings

Bandipur National Park Bandipur National Park - Paradise for wildlife.

Bannerghatta National Park Bannerghatta National Park - Animals in their natural habitat.

Jog Falls Jog Falls - highest waterfalls in India

Qutb Shahi Tombs Qutb Shahi Tombs - Persian and Indian architectural style

Fort St Angelo Kannur Fort St Angelo Kannur - 500 year old European built Fort

Bekal Fort Bekal Fort - Old Fort near Kasargod

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - Jagaru Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary - Sharavathi Valley

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary - Sanctuary near Kannur

Coorg, Medikeri, Mercara Coorg - The Scotland of the East

Kudremukh Kudremukh - Face of a Horse overlooking the Arabian Sea

Santa Cruz Basilica Cochin Santa Cruz Basilica Cochin - 500 year old Basilica near the Arabian sea

Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours - Tallest Church in Asia and the biggest Church in India

St. Andrews Basilica Allepey St. Andrews Basilica Allepey - Fair skinned Father of Miracles

Basilica of Our Lady of Vallarpadam Basilica of Our Lady of Vallarpadam - Basilica in an Island

Velankanni Basilica Velankanni Basilica - Lady of Health Shrine near the Bay of Bengal

Our Lady of Ports Cathedral Ernakulam Our Lady of Ports Cathedral Ernakulam - Cochin boasts of 4 Basilicas

St. George Basilica Angamaly St. George Basilica Angamaly - Basilica for a Roman Soldier who slayed Dragons

St. Mary  Queen of Peace Basilica Trivandrum St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica Trivandrum - Syrian Malankara Church

Holy Redeemer Basilica Trichi Holy Redeemer Basilica Trichi - Mother of Perpetual Help

Poondi Madha Basilica Poondi Madha Basilica - Lady of Lourdes

St. Mary's Basilica Bangalore St. Mary's Basilica Bangalore - Miraculous statue of Our Lady

Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Tuticorin Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Tuticorin - Miraculous Statue of our Lady of Snow

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Puducherry Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Eglise De Sacre Coeur

Santhome Basilica Santhome Basilica - Houses the relic of St.Thomas

Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption - St.Mary's Church

Divine Retreat Center Chalakudy Divine Retreat Center Chalakudy - Potta Ashram

Church of Our Lady of Angels Church of Our Lady of Angels - 400 year old Church

Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Pallippuram Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Pallippuram - 500 year old Basilica

St.Lawrence Basilica in Attur St.Lawrence Basilica in Attur - Miracles in Attur

Maria Bambina Church, Kangeyam Maria Bambina Church - Marian Devotion

Infant Jesus Shrine Infant Jesus Shrine - Roman Catholic Shrine in India

Chikmagalur Trekking Chikmagalur Trekking - Heady mix of Coffee and Waterfalls

Kodachadri Hills Kodachadri Hills - Mountain Peak in Shimoga

Kabini Resort Kabini Resort - Forest retreat a few hours from Bangalore and Mysore.

Kemmanagundi Kemmanagundi - Undulating meadows, gurgling brooks, rolling mist

Hampi Hampi - Evokes visions of poetry in stone

Mangalore Mangalore - A triangular city with a summit to the South.

Mysore Palace Mysore Palace - City basking in the glory of past Kings

Hyderabad Travel Hyderabad Travel - City of Nizams

Vishakapatnam Vishakapatnam - Serene lakes, Cool beaches

Golconda Fort Golconda Fort - Military Architecture

Charminar Charminar - Qutb Shahi Dynasty

Kodaikanal, Kodaikanal Tour, Kodaikanal Hotel Kodaikanal - South India's better known hill stations

Kerala Tourism, Kerala Tour,Kerala Kerala Tourism - God's own Country

Alappuzha, Alleppey, Alleppey Boat races, Alappuzha Backwaters Alappuzha - Palm fringed canals, lazy lagoons and water locked towns.

Kumarakom Backwaters Kumarakom Backwaters - Idllyic relaxed backwater setting

Mattanchery Palace Mattanchery Palace - Palace in Kochi

Munnar Munnar - Emerald green tea estates.

Silent Valley Silent Valley - Sairandhrivanam, meaning forest in the valley.

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary Wayanad wildlife sanctuary - Holiday Resorts, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation centers and more.

Poovar Island Poovar Island - Holiday in Poovar

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary - Highest peak in Karnataka

Cochin Travel Cochin Travel - Gateway to God's own Country

Belur Hoysala Temples Belur Hoysala Temples - Poetry in Stone

Chola Temples Chola Temples - Revisit the past glory of the mighty Cholas

Madurai Meenakshi Temple Madurai Meenakshi Temple - One of the Biggest temples

Tirupati temple Tirupati temple - Lord of the 7 Hills

Rameshwaram Temple Rameshwaram Temple - Sethu Yathra

Swamimalai Temple Swamimalai Temple - The Son who taught his Father

Guruvayur Temple Guruvayur Temple - Bhuloka Vaikunta

Sabarimala Temple Sabarimala Temple - Makara Jyothi

Padmanabha swamy Temple Padmanabha swamy Temple - Ananthasayanam

Thiruvannamalai temple Thiruvannamalai temple - Padal PetraSthalam

Saradamba Temple Sringeri Saradamba Temple Sringeri - Sringeri Temples

Ranganatha Swami Temple Ranganatha Swami Temple - Largest Temple in the World

Udupi Krishna Temple Udupi Krishna Temple - Kanakanakindi

Vaitheeswaran Koil Vaitheeswaran Koil - Prime center for naadi shastra

Sripuram Golden Temple Sripuram Golden Temple - Temple of Gold

Srikalahasti Temple Srikalahasti Temple - Kailas of the South

Kanchipuram Temple Kanchipuram Temple - Ancient Pallava built Temple

Palani Temple Palani Temple - Temple dedicated to Tamil God

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple Thiruchendur Murugan Temple - Part of the 6 Abodes of Murugan


Karnataka Tourism