Top Destinations In Karnataka That Will Charm A Traveller

10 Best Tourist Destinations In Karnataka

Karnataka is a state located in the southern part of India. This destination is very rich in terms of scenic beauty and has many historical monuments. Temples, Forts, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls are a treat to watch for the tourists. Karnataka has many wonderful kinds of places that will surely make a traveller fall in love with them.

Karnataka was a well-known trade centre in ancient times. Kannada is the official spoken language of the state. This state offers a pleasant climate and has a rich natural beauty.

 So, let’s explore wonderful destinations of Karnataka.

Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Karnataka
Bengaluru, Karnataka

Bengaluru is also referred to as Bangalore and is famously known as “The Garden City Of India”. Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and is mostly known for its IT Hub. It is the centre of India’s high-tech industry and is also famous for parks and nightlife. In terms of delicacies, Bangalore is mostly famous for the mouth-watering Masala Dosas.

It is one of the best metropolitan destinations in Karnataka that you must not forget to visit. Krishnarajendra Market is an old-fashioned market, where people can buy fruits and flowers from the local vendors.

Places to visit 

  • Bangalore palace
  • Lalbagh botanical garden
  • Cubbon Park
  • Bannerghatta Biological Park
  • Summer palace of Tipu Sultan

Best time to visit 

October to February

October to February is considered as the best time to visit Bangalore. The weather in this period is cool and pleasant.

Mysore

Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore is one of the royal foundations in India. Mysore is famous for its royal heritage and magnificent buildings and monuments. And hence, if you are looking to explore royal destinations in Karnataka, then Mysore will surely intrigue you.

Apart from royal palaces and other monuments, Mysore is famous for silk sarees. It really will be an amazing experience for ladies to do shopping in Mysore Market. There are also various types of artistic Handicrafts made of sandalwood and rosewood that are found in the Market. In terms of food, the famous sweet “Mysore Pak” is very mouth-watering because of its amazing taste and flavour.  Moreover, the Devaraja Market is a must-visit market while touring Mysore.

Places to visit

  • Mysore palace
  • Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple
  • Mysore Zoo
  • Brindavan gardens
  • Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Museum
  • Karanji Lake

Best time to visit

Mysore has a tropical climate, so monsoon and winters are the best seasons to visit the beautiful city.

Hampi

Hampi India
Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hence is one of the top destinations in Karnataka to visit. Furthermore, located in east-central Karnataka, Hampi is an ancient city. In the 14th Century, it was the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire. The city was well flourished, prosperous and grand during that era.

Many temples and markets are proof of the prosperity and flourishing of the city. Tourists visiting Hampi get amazed after observing the beautiful construction of the ancient temples and sculptures.

Places to visit

  • Matanga hill
  • Hemakuta Hill Temple
  • Vijaya Vitthala Temple
  • Hampi Bazaar street
  • Virupaksha Temple

Best time to visit 

October to February

The best time to visit Hampi is from October to February as the weather is pleasant.

Madikeri

Madikeri, Karnataka
Madikeri, Karnataka

Madikeri located in Madikeri taluka is one of the best hill station destinations in Karnataka. it was known as Muddu Raja Keri, named after the Haleri King Mudduraja. From 1834, during British rule, it was referred to as Mercara. Later the Government of Mysore renamed it to Madikeri, which became its final name. Madikeri is a hill station that attracts many tourists, for its natural beauty and lush greenery.

Places to visit

  • Raja’s seat
  • Madikeri Fort
  • Abbey Falls Madikeri
  • Omkareshwara Temple
  • Raja’s Tomb

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Madikeri is monsoon, in the months of July to September

Considering the winters, December to February is the best time to visit Madikeri, because of its cool and pleasant weather.

Mangalore

Mangalore City
Mangalore, Karnataka

The Mangalore city is often known as the Gateway to Karnataka. The city lies between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and hills of the Western Ghats. The city is covered with numerous golden-sand beaches. Many ancient temples are also found in Mangalore, which is the prime site for worshipping. 

Places to visit

  • Panambur beach
  • Thannirbhavi beach
  • Mangaladevi temple
  • Gokarnanatheshwara Temple
  • Kadri Park
  • Tagore Park
  • Manjusha car museum
  • Sultan Battery
  • Saavira Kambada Basadi
  • Pilikula Park

Best time to visit

September to April is considered the best months to visit Mangalore, as the weather is quite cool and pleasant.  

The humidity is minimal in Mangalore, which makes the weather quite cool and tourists can visit the beaches.

Coorg

Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is the ideal tourist destination in Karnataka. Coorg is one of the most popular hill stations in India, encircled by rambling greenery and beautiful mountains. The natural beauty of this hill station is a pleasure to watch. It is also known as “Scotland of South India.” 

Tourists visiting Coorg get an awesome experience of watching coffee plantations, rich flora & fauna, lush green forests, and other natural beauties. For its natural beauty, Coorg is one of the best destinations in Karnataka for nature photography.

Places to visit

  • Coffee Plantations
  • Beautiful lush forests

Best time to visit

Coorg has a beautiful pleasant climate, so tourists can visit this hill station throughout the year.

Still, it can be visited in the month of October to May to have a more delightful experience.  

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur is a beautiful district located in western Karnataka. Chikmagalur is often known as “Land of the younger daughter.” Chikmagalur is visited by numerous tourists to see coffee plantations and enjoy a pleasant climate. The Bababudan Giri Ranges is the prime spot of attraction in Chikmagalur.

The scenery and beautiful greenery of this place attracts a lot of tourists. Nature lovers visit this place quite often.

Places to visit

  • Mullayanagiri
  • Bababudan Giri
  • Kalhatti falls
  • Agumbe (Cherrapunji of South India)
  • Bhadra wildlife sanctuary
  • Manikyadhara falls
  • Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

Best time to visit

September to March is the best time considered to visit Chikmagalur.

The weather during these months is much beautiful and pleasant, tourists get a joyful experience.

Kabini

 Kabini, Karnataka
Kabini, Karnataka

Kabini comprises of rich flora and fauna. It was once a private hunting area for Britishers. Nature lovers and people looking for a perfect relaxing vacation must visit this place. The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is covered with lush greenery and beautiful waterfalls.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited wildlife places in Karnataka. This place is a home for many animals and birds. People who are tired of the hustle and bustle in the city and want to hang out in nature, visit this place.

Places to visit

  • Jungle Safari
  • Elephant Safari
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Nature walks and campfire 
  • Kabini Dam

Best time to visit

Kabini is a beautiful destination that can be visited at any time of the year. However, Kabini receives heavy rainfall during monsoon, so it is advisable not to visit Kabini during monsoons.

Kabini Safari charges are Rs 400 per adult and Rs 200 per child(below 12 years). The duration of the safari is approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours.

Badami

Badami, Karnataka
Badami, Karnataka

Badami is located in the Bagalkot district of Northern Karnataka. Previously, Badami was known as Vatapi. This place has historical importance, the Badami Chalukyas had made this place as their capital between 540 A.D. and 757 A.D.

Badami is famous mainly for its cave temples carved beautifully. There are four cave temples, out of which three are dedicated to Hindu deities and one is to Jainism.

Places to visit

  • Badami cave temples
  • Bhutanatha group of temples
  • Agasthya Lake
  • Banashankari Amma temple
  • Badami Fort
  • Upper Shivalaya temple

Best time to visit

July to March is preferred as the best time to visit Badami.

Badami has mild winters, so preferable to visit during winters as well.

 Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park

Bandipur, Karnataka
Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park

Located in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger. This reserve was once a private hunting site for the Maharaja of Mysore Kingdom. The Park consists of dry deciduous forest. 

The National Park has a rich collection of flora and fauna. Indian Elephants, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, dholes, etc. can be spotted by the tourists.

Places to visit

Bandipur Tiger Reserve & National Park itself is the best place to visit. Tourists can spot many animals in the Park, thus making the trip memorable.

Best time to visit

Bandipur National Park is often visited in the winter season, during the months of October to March.