Karnataka, the southern state of India; surrounded by some of India’s renowned states namely Maharashtra, Arabian Sea, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The land is blessed with numbers of fascinating tourist attractions and natural beauty. Tourist across the world roll out to Karnataka, availing Karnataka tour package so as to watch the breathtaking view of its hill stations, heritage sites, temples, beaches, amazing wildlife and to know its vibrant cultural values, deeply. When you plan to go for a tour to South India, always take in your consideration to give a glance to Karnataka’s major tour destinations so as to make your tour worth remarkable.
Following are some of well-known tourist destinations of Karnataka:
Bangalore/Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the prime hub of IT industry. Footfall of many youth from apart can be seen towards this city, arrives to build their career in the field of IT. The city has a salubrious climate that makes it a pleasurable holiday destination. Bangalore is dotted with numerous fascinating gardens, palaces and temples which you can visit during your tour to Bangalore. Some of them are Bangalore Palace, Tipu’s Palace, Lal Bagh Botanical garden, ISKON temple and Someshwara Temple. 65 feet tall Shiva statue, which is believed to be the place of tranquility, is the major spiritual destination of Bangalore.
Visit the state secretariat Vidhana Soudha, known for the wonderful blend of traditional Dravidian with the modern style architecture; and Cubbon Park, which enables you to indulge its various attractions like Rose garden, doll museum, children’s playground and a wonderful aquarium. Don’t miss to visit Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve National Park; this is the habitat of white tigers, lions and mammals.
This is one another important city of Karnataka, also referred to as “Chota Bombay”. The city is the hub of commercial activities and it shares much of its spotlight with Dharward, therefore, people know the city by the name Twin City. The land has a significant historical value and most of the parts are dotted with beautiful temples, but among them Chandramouleshwara Temple becomes the center of attraction. The temple is situated adjacent to Unakal Lake and Unakal circle which was built during the period of Chlukyas. Some other popular tourist destinations in Hubli are Tapovan, Indira Gandhi glass house garden and the most beautiful Gayatri Tapobhoomi temple. Experience boat riding in Unakal Lake and watch the sunrise and sunset view sitting on the bank of the lake for an enthralling experience.
A deep excursion of this twin city with India’s best travel agent will take you to most beautiful and the highest hill station of the city, Nrupatunga Hill that will keep you away from the heat and dust of the bustling city.
Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka is best known for Mysore Palace. This is one of the largest palaces in the country where you can see a blend of Indo-Saracenic, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic style of architecture. Mysore zoo is another tourist place of interest, which is the home of diverse species of birds, reptiles and mammals. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is the paradise for bird watchers where adventure enthusiasts can find some new species of birds. Melukote Temple is an important religious place of Mysore, which is mostly visited during Vairamundi festival. Mysore tour package also include sightseeing of Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery, Chamundeshwari Temple, St. Philomena’s Church and Kabini River those cannot be missed during Mysore Tours.
Rajiv Gandhi National Park is one another finest attractions of the state; situated in Kodagu and Mysore district. Jeep safari and elephant safari are the unique mode of transportation of the park that enables you to easy drive towards the wildlife.
Hampi is a ruined town of Vijayanagara, but the attractions of the town magnetize thousands of devotees and tourist every year. The area is dotted with a variety of historical monuments, temples and palaces. The architectural views of Humpi’s monuments are truly spellbinding. Some must visit religious sites of Humpi are Hazara Rama Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and Monkey Temple; and historical sites are Monolith Bull, Mahanavmi Dibba and Old Palace.
Badami once was the ancient capital of Chalukya rulers; situated in Bagalkot district. The town is specially known for its surprising caves temples, fortresses and its great carvings. Badami caves are comprised four caves and all are carved out with soft Badami sandstone on a hill cliff of late 6th to 7th centuries. Out of the four cave temples, one is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one is dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras and the rest of the two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Some other religious shrines of Badami are Bhuthanatha temples, Yellamma, Mallikarjuna and Dattatreya. Badami Fort, which is situated on the rock cut cave temples, is one another attractions of the town.
Coorg is the most enchanting hill station and is a perfect tour destination too. The misty hills, evergreen forests, greenery valleys, spellbinding waterfalls of Coorg will definitely lure one’s eyes. Cauvery, the prime river of South India has originates from this place. A big tourist attraction of the region is Abbey Falls, located at a distance of 10 km from Madikeri. Adventure seekers can find a large range of thrilling activities at Coorg such as trekking, rock climbing, fishing and river rafting. Religious people will never disappoint taking a tour to Coorg, they can also visit some religious shrines like Bylakuppe and Igguthappa Temple.
Magalore is a beautiful city; located in close proximity to the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. One can say that an ideal picnic spot. Tour to Mangalore let you explore some beautiful beaches like Tannirbavi beach and Surathkal beach which are surrounded by beautiful lighthouse. The breathtaking sunset view sitting on the coast of the beach is worth watching. Kaup beach is one another attraction of Mangalore and it is considered the photographer’s heaven.
Tour package from Erco Travels also include sightseeing of Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, a place of great religious importance; Mangaladevi temple from which the city has derived its name; and Someshwara Temple of Ullal. Ullal beach also offers to indulge in various sports activities like jet-skking, kayaking and swimming. Dolphin watching is one another entertaining entity of the beach.
The city has a rich historical background and natural splendors. The city once was a part of Chalukya Empire and was known as Venugrama. The 12th century’s Old Stone Fort is the prime attraction of the Belgaum; built by the king Ratta. Trip to Belgaum will take you some holy shrines of the city like Maruti temple, Kapileshwar temple and Mahadeva temple. The city will never disappoint the natural lovers; they can visit the most enchanting Gokak Falls, Varapoha Falls and Godachinmalki Falls; and parks like Sambhaji Udyan, Nath Pai Park and Shivaji Udyan.
Visiting Bellary will be an ideal deal during your South India Tour. The city offers quite a lot of attractions to the tourists. Some of Bellary’s prime attractions are Bellary Fort situated on the top of Ballari Gudda or Fort Hill which was built during Vijayanagara times; the world heritage site Hampi; and Narihalla Dam whose adjoining areas are used for rock climbing, trekking and boating as well.
Attractions that should not be missed out:
Also referred as beach city, has some fabulous beach sites namely Malpe beach, Kapu beach and St Mary’s Island. Maravanthe beach is a beautiful site of Udupi where adventurous activities like water skking, parasailing, scuba diving and wind surfing are best practiced.
The city has a lot of historical marvels these are dotted in all parts of Bijapur. There are several world famous tourist attractions such as Gol Gumbaz, the largest domes in the world; Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque of Bijapur; and Ibrahim Rauza, an architectural wonder.