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Karnataka is the eighth largest state of India and is situated on the western edge of the Deccan plateau in south India. Karnataka's great architectural heritage is matched by its great natural beauty: the costline running from Managaore to Karawar, the foaming awters at Jog Falls, The nationalpark and sancturies at Bandipur and Nagarhole and the green tapestry of wooded valleys and Paddy feilds in Coorg, and great heritage & cultural centres like Aihole, Badami, Pattadakal, Bijapur, Hampi, Vijaynagar, Belur and Halebidand gardens of the capital city Bangalore and Mysore
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Karnataka Travel Guide

Karnataka displays a remarkable contrast with the rapid growth of the IT industry at one end and vast expanses of rural farming at the other. Apart from being a major producer of coffee, sandalwood, spices, and betelnut, the state is also known for its silk weaving industry.

Places to visit in Karnataka

Vidhana Saudha, Bangalore TravelsBangalore

Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures and is one of the most cosmopolitain and modern cities of India. Also known as the Garden city and Silicon Valley of India has well - laid out parks, gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India and is the main center of India's software industry. It has other major industries also like aircraft, electronics, and machine tools and home to many well-known multinational software companies. The 'Nehru Planetarium' is a popular attraction which gives lectures and shows on a regular basis.

Bangalore's history begaun in 1537 when a local chieftan called Kempegowda received land from his overlord, the Vijaynagar emperor. Kempegowda's Bangalore was enlarged and developed by two muslims Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. Founded by KEMPE GOWDA more than 400 years ago, Bangalore is special in every respect - a Salubrious Climate, Beautiful parks, Avenues, Old and New Buildings, Museum, Theatre, above all theCultured People - a standing testimony for Secular INDIA.

Important toursit attraction in Mysore

Vidhana Soudha

One of the most prominent landmarks of the city, is a magnificent granite structure housing both the Legislative Chambers of the State Government. This building is standing tribute to the Indian Temple architecture and the Pride of Bangalore.


The exotic gardens, laid out by Hyder Ali in 1760, span an area of 240 acres in the heart of Bangalore, is amongst India’s most beautiful otanical parks. This holds the key to major contribution in maintaining the City’s healthy environment for generations.

Palace of Tipu Sultan

Palace of the "Tiger of Mysore" - TIPU SULTAN is one of the most remarkable Islamic buildings in the city, this two storeyed ornate wooden palace has been converted into a museum and is a mine of information about the glorious period of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

Bull Temple

The Bull Temple is famous for the myth it carries and an awesome monolithic deity of Nandi, the celestial bull, carved out in the typical Dravidian style of architecture. The sheer size of the monumental structure measuring 4.57 metres in height and 6.10 metres in length, is breathtakingly real.


Museum, Bangalore TravelsMuseum is a tribute to the person who saw and appreciated the creativity in nature, Sir M. Vishveshwaraiah, one of the architects of modern India. It contains diverse information on the contribution of science and technology to human welfare and industrial development.

Ulsoor Lake

This lake being one of the eight lakes built by Kempe Gowda around then Bangalore is spread over an area of 1.5 Dotted with picturesque tiny islands, it provides a welcome break from busy sightseeing and shopping. One can take boat rides or just watch the cool ripples of the exotic lake

Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium

A Government of Karnataka undertaking is set up for the benefit of Art Lovers, is a shopper’s paradise, this emporium houses exquisite handicraft items in rosewood, sandalwood, wood-inlay, lacquerware and bidriware.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest airport is Bangalore,
Rail: Bangalore has a railway station and is well connected by rail with major cities like Bombay, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and many more.
Road: Bangalore is connected by road to all the important cities of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and Andraha Pardesh.

When to visit

The climate in Bangalore is salubrious throughout the year.

The cultural heart of Karnataka, Mysore is situated about 140 km from the capital city of Bangalore. A city of natural beauty, royal aura and quaint charm it never fails to charm its visitors. The mysore of legends takes its name from fmous demon called Mahishasure, a great warrior who ruled as tyrant until he was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari.

The Mysore seat of history was the capital of several imperial dynsties and later of the princely state of Mysore, the seat of the Wodeyar Maharajas. Mysore is known for its Palaces, gardens and oriental opulence. The beautiful Mysore Palace is a masterpiece meticulously planned and designed by the English architect Henry Irwin and is the home of the famous Wodeyars rulers. The palace provides you an enduring and spectacular view when illuminated with 97,000 electric bulbs shimmering against an inky black night. A priceless national treasure and the pride of a kingdom. The Dussera Festival of Mysore is very famous its held here evry year around October for ten days and nine nights the townremains agog with much festivity music, colour and illumination.

Important toursit attraction in Mysore
Maharaja Palace (Royal Palace), Jagmohan Palace, Sri Jayachamarajendra Zoo,Sri Chamarajaendra Art Galllery, Brindavan Gardens is located on the KRS Dam, about 15 km from Mysore, Chamundi Hills, Sandalwood Factory, Silk Factory, Srirangapatnam Tipu Sultan's former capital, Srirangapatnam is a picturesque island in the Cauvery River 16 kms from Mysore on Banagaore Road, its is noted for Ranganath temple.

How to Reach There
Airport: The nearest airport is Bangalore, about 139 km.
Rail: Mysore has a railway station and is well connected by rail with major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and many more.
Road: Mysore is connected by road to all the important cities of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

When to visit

The climate in Mysore is salubrious throughout the year.


Hassan, Karnataka Travel GuideLocated in the heart of Malnad and about 195 km from the capital city of Bangalore, Hassan is a picturesque, quite and peaceful town. The city acts as an entry point to famous archeological sites Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelgola, all situated in its close vicinity. ISRO's Satellite Tracking System Centre is also located in Hassan.

Some of the other popular attractions in Hassan are Hasanamba Shrine, a temple with an anthill representing the deity Hasanamba. It opens only once in a year for a week in October, and a fair 'Jatra' is held on this occasion. District Museum of Hassan has some of the finest sculptures, paintings, weapons, and coins. Not to be missed occasion in Hassan is the festival of Mahamastakabhisheka when the giant statue of Bahubali is anointed with coconut oil, yogurt, ghee, bananas, dates, almonds, poppy seeds, milk, saffron and sandalwood after every 12 years.

But the importance of Hassan as a tourist spot is only because its proximity to famous archeological sites of Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelgola. Shravanabelagola is a famous Jain pilgrimage center and is famous for a giant monolithic statue of Gomateshwara carved out of granite in 981 AD.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest airport from Hassan is Bangalore about 195 km. You can catch flights for major destinations in India like Delhi, Calcutta, and Mumbai from here.
Rail: Hassan has a railway station about 2 km from main town. It is well connected to Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore by regular trains.
Road: Hassan is well connected with Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore by road.

When to visit

The climate in Hassan is pleasant through out the year.


Belur is about 38 kms from Hassan and about 220 km from capital city Bangalore and situated on the banks of the river Yagachi, It was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire. What the Parthenon is to Greece and the Pyramids to egypt, the Hoysala temples at Belur are to the South India

In 1116 king Bittiga repudiated Jainsim and returned the Hoysalas to the Hindu fold renaming himself Vishnuvardhana. In the same year he defeted the mighty chols and, to celebrate this victory, ordered a temple erected at Belur, The main temple Chenna keshava Temple took 103 years to build and is a classic example of Hoyasala style. It rises, like a rococo wedding cake in the stone from a star shaped plinth one of the hallmarks of Hoysala building design and bracket figures or 'Madanikas' representing the masterpieces of craftsmanship, the temple and its. These temples have become rich repositories of ancient Hindu Culture, The pillars of the temple Belur Temple, Karnataka Travel Guideare richly carved and you can spend hours studying the minute carvings on the exterior. The inside of the temple is masterfully carved with figures of deities, animals and sensuous dancers and no space had been left blank.

Other tourist attractions..

Situated on the west of the Chenna Kesava Temple is Veeranarayana temple. This temple houses the shrines of Kappe Chenniga, Andal, Saumya Nayaki, and other deities.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest airport from Belur is Bangalore about 220 km. You can catch flights for major destinations in India like Delhi, Calcutta, and Mumbai from here.
Rail: Nearest Rail head is Hassan about 38 km. It is well connected to Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore by regular trains.
Road: Belur is well connected with Hassan, Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore by road

When to visit
The climate in Belur is pleasantly beautiful through out the year with April being the hottest and December the coolest


Halebid temples and Palaces were once part of the last Hoysala Kingdom in the 12th and 13th centuries is located 16 Km from belur. On a clear day you can have a glimpse of the giant Gomateshwara statue at Sravanabelgola looming in the distance. . It was also known as Dwarasamudra-gateway to the sea - indicating the numerous water bodies that must have been there at the time.

Hoysaleswara Temple, the main attaction here was built in 1152 AD It is dikutachala temple, meaning it has two shrines on the same platfrom, They both are deicated to shiva. The secnd temple in Halebid is Shantaleswra temple The two temples took some 100 build and are still incomplete. the interior of the temple is filled with detailed friezes and sculptures depicting scenes narrated in Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Two massive Monolithic bulls are also carved inside the temple.

Other palaces to see

Kedareswara Temple with star-shaped pillars and carved ceilings built by Veerballa II and his younger queen Abhnava Ketala Devi in 1219 AD the temple was never compeleted. Also Basadi Halli, a group of Jain temples, famous for their highly polished Blackstone pillars and carved ceilings.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest airport from Halebid is Bangalore about 226 km. You can catch flights for major destinations in India like Delhi, Calcutta, and Mumbai from here.
Rail: Nearest Rail head is Hassan about 32 km. It is well connected to Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore by regular trains.
Road: Halebid is well connected with Hassan, Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore by road.

When to visit

Though the climate in Halebid is pleasant through out the year you can avoid May to mid-June, as it's relatively hot period.


Hampi kniown as the lost empire is located on three sides by natural rock ramparts and on the north by the Tungabhadra River at the heart of Karnataka and is 13 km from Hospet. The capital of famous Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar Empire during 14th century to middle of 16th century. is the world Heritage site now has most beautiful and wonderful of all the ruins in India. The stark beauty of the rock formations that dominaytes the landscape defy descriptions. Mountain of rocks stacked up in gravity defying balancing about to roll down onto town. Hampi is regarded as one of the important historical cities of India.

Virupakasha Temple, Karnataka Travel GuideThe crumbling ruins of temples, the broken dance of nymph, the impassive resistance of fortifications, worn sculptures od demons, gods, soldiers, elephant, snakes......... A bewildring kaleidoscope of the images inflames your imagination. Every silent ruin you enter you feel the excitement of an explorer on the verge of discovery. ruins in Hampi are stretched over an area of about 33 km and the surviving structures are sufficient to describe the glorious past of the famous Vijayanagar Empire. The area here is completely barren surrounded by huge boulders; all balanced on a rocky and undulating terrain.

This erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar Empire boasts of some exquisite examples of temple architecture of that period. The Virupaksha Temple, Achutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama Temple and the Vithala Temple are worth visiting here. Queen's bath, monolithic Ganesha, Ugra Narasimha, the watch towers are some of the other relics worth visiting in Hampi representing the history and culture of the Great Vijaynagar Empire.

Virupaksha Temple

The main attraction in these ruins is the famous Virupaksha temple dedicated to Shiva also known as Virupaksha or Pampapathi. The columns are carved with figures of animals. This temple is functional even today and the street leading to the temple is used to organize chariot ceremonies held every year in February.

Vithala Temple

This beautiful peace of architecture is situated on southern banks of the Tungabhadra River, and is a great example of Vijayanagar art. The main pavilion consists of 56 pillars elaborately carved producing different musical notes when stuck by an object. In its quadrangle stands a magnificent stone chariot, perfectly proportioned with an engineering technology so superb that the stone wheels can rotate.

Hazara Rama Temple

Located in the royal center of the town. Hazara Rama Temple, ornate with intricate carvings depicts scenes from the Ramayana. The walls of the temple are carved both on the exterior and the interior with stories from the epics, dancers and troops. On the walls of the sanctum are two rare depictions of Vishnu as the Buddha. Other important tourist attractions are Tungabhadra Dam, Mahanavami Dibba or the royal seat, a platform used by the kings to view the Dassehra festivities. The Lotus Mahal, a graceful two-storey palace is a photographer's delight and is an attractive synthesis of Hindu and Islamic architecture.

How To Reach There

To visit Hampi, reaching Hospet can be the best option as it provides all the basic facilities to tourists.
Airport: The nearest airports is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hampi are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Rail: Hospet about 13 km is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur.
Road: Buses are available from Hampi and regularly ply between Hampi and Bangalore and many other destinations. It is well connected

When to visit

Best seasons to visit Hampi are the monsoon and winter.


Hospet is famous site of the great Vijayanagar kingdom situated about 13 km from Hampi and about 350 km from Bangalore, Hospet is known as the gateway to Hampi. Hospet is popular for the famous Tungabhadra Dam located on the River Tungabhadra. Travel Hospet, the city that entices its tourists with its bounteous nature. The significance of Hospet lies in its propinquity to the World Heritage Site of Hampi.

Hospet Heritage, Karnataka Travel GuideMajor Tourist attractions near Hospet are The hill and fort town of Chitradurga is often referred to as Kallina Kote or the Place of Stones. The bold rocky hills and picturesque valleys with huge towering boulders offer nature at its best at Chitradurga. The Palegars, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan built the famous fort of Chitradurga. The fort lies enclosed in series of seven walls and is known for its military architecture. There are as many as nineteen gateways to the fort. There are several ancient temples inside the fort. You may visit the Sampige Siddeshwara temple, the cave shrine of Hidimbeshwara, Ekanathamma, Phalguneshwara, Gopalakrishan, Anjaneya, Subbaraya et al. at the hilltop of Chitradurga. Of these the Hidimbeshwara is the oldest. The largest temple in the town happens to be dedicated to Goddess Uchchangtamma who was the patron goddess of the Paleyagars. The temple has a two-storied building and boasts of a unique swing arch and tall lamp-pillar. Thirty-five kilometers from Chitradurga is Nayakana Hatti. The major tourist attractions at Nayakana Hatti are the temple and tomb of saint Tippe Rudraswamy.

The other major attraction near Hospet is the Tungabhadra Dam built on the Tungabhadra River. Just around the dam is a very beautiful garden developed in Japanese style.

How to Reach There
Airport: The nearest airport is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hospet are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Rail: Hospet Railway Station is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur.
Road: Buses are available from Hospet and regularly ply between here and Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka

When to visit

Best season to visit Hospet is September to February.

Bijapur ancient muslim capital siuated 575 kms from capital city of Bangalore. The one time capital of of the Adil shahi Kings is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, Palaces, fortifications watchtowers and strong gateways.

Bijapur's greatest attractions are architectural, specially, Islamic architecture, Minarets, domes and echoing burial chambers all conjure up images of Arabain nights.The grace of monuments, in this city is in complete contrast to the sculptural extravaganza of the Chalukyan and Hoysala temple further south. The two main attractions of this town are the Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Roza.

Places of Interest

Gol Gumbaz : It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah (1626-56), his two wives, his mistress, one of his daughters and a grandson. Built in 1659, it’s four walls enclose a majestic hall 1704 sq. m in area, buttressed by octagonal seven storey towers at each of the corners. This basis structure is capped by an enormous dome said to the world’s second largest after St. Peter’s, Vatican city. The diameter of the dome is 38m. Around the base of the dome at the top of the hall is a three meter wide gallery known as the “whispering gallery” since the acoustics here are such that any sound made is repeated 10 times over.

Ibrahim Roza :
This beautiful structure was constructed at the height of Bijapur’s prosperity by Ibrahim Adil Shah II (1580-1626) for his queen. The emphasis here is on elegance and delicacy and its 24m high minarets are said to have inspired those of Taj Mahal. It is one of the few monuments in Bijapur with substantial stone filigree and other sculpturally decorative work.


Badami Heritage, Karnataka Travel GuideBadami is located in the Bijapur District of Karnataka, at the southern most point of the Deccan Trap. in a round AD 55o the Chalukyas shifted their capital from Aihole to Badami remaining ther until they were ousted by Pallva king a century later Badami is picturesquely nestles amongst hills which enclsoe the healing watres of Bhuthanatha Lake and famous for its cave temples carved out from soft sandstone hills, Badami is popularly regarded as the 'cradle of Temple Architecture'.

Several temples cluster on the shores and in the natural gorge that leads into the city. while these deserve a visit, it is the gigantic carvings on the walls of the four cave temples that made Badami famous

The Cave 1 Although this cave contains an image of four armed Vishnu, the deity who dominates is Shiva. Attended by his servent the dwarf Ganas, he is shown in many forms: as Natraja, The lord of the cosmic dance; as Ardhanareshwar, a half man, half woman aspect as Bhuthanatha, the God of Souls; and as lingam protected by hooded Cobra.

Cave 2 : Two stone doorskeeprs guard the entrance to this cave dedicated to Vishnu. The huge sculptures portray him in some of his incarnations, including Krishna.The temples are full of beautiful sculptures of animals like varaha (boar).

Cave 3: Here the theme of Vishnu's incarnations continues. There are also some very beautiful though faded, frescos.

Cave 4: This cave is honours Jain deitis. the meditative figure in the shrine is Mahavir, the founder of jainism and enormous large carving figure of Jain saint, Parshwanatha. The Archaeological Museum is another tourist attraction, which houses some outstanding sculptures of the by gone era including the remarkable Lajja-Gauri images of fertility cult.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest airport is Belgaum about 150 km. Other important airport near Badami is Bangalore about 500 km, the place is well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Rail: Nearest rail-head is Hubli about 130 km and the place is well connected by rail line to Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Road: Buses are available from Badami and regularly ply between Badami to Belgaum, Hubli, Bijapur and many other destinations

When to visit

Best season to visit Badami is September to February.


Aihole is famous as the 'Cradle Of Indian Architecture'.originally named Aryapura, and located about 40 Kms fto the north west of Badami, was a university town that patronised art culture and education. It had been the first ancient capital of Chalukyas, who reigned in the fifth century. Aihole, a picturesque village nestling on the banks of the Malaprabha river is home to more than 125 temples. the original inhabitants built more than 50 temples inside thier fort walss and another 50 outside before moving on to Badami. Each intricately carved and rich in detail, scattered all around the village. These temples were built between the 6th -11th centuries and some of them even earlier. Aihole is is architeturaly important beacuase its temples are prototypes for both North and South Indian style. Important Durga Temple situated in the heart of Aihole near the Fort wall laid out like a Buddhist temple but with unique semicicular apse containing high releif carvings of Hindu deities: the all powerfull goddess Aihole Architecture, Karnataka Travel Guidechamundi devi is overcomeing a buffalo demon, whilst the bold eyes of Narasimha, the half lion god. The interior of this temple is full of fascinating Carvings. Not to be missed spots here include the two-tiered Buddhist Temple, the Jain Meghuti Temple and the Museum behind the Durga Temple.

The other important temple in Aihole are Lad khan Temple, which is perhaps the oldest temple in the region dating back to 5th century. Hutchimalli Temple has a splendid sculpture of Lord Vishnu sitting atop a giant cobra, the Uma Maheswari Temple with a beautifully carved Brahma seated on a lotus and Ravalphadi Caves that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

How to Reach There
Airport: The nearest airport is Belgaum about 160 km. Other important airport near Aihole is Bangalore about 480 km and the place is well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Begalkot and Hubli about 130 km and the place is well connected by rail line to Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Road: Aihole is connected by road to Pattadakkal about17 km, Badami about41 km

When to visit
Best season to visit Badami is September to February.


Pattadakkal situated on the banks of the Malaprabha river and 30 kms from Badami was the last capital of the Chalukyans and place where the Chalukyas crowned their kings. Pattadakkal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for it comprises some of the best of Chalukyan arts and architectures. The town has about a dozen temples representing the finest examples of the Chalukyan architecture.

The Chalukyas have left a scattering of fine temples, all built with the local pink sandstone are include Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Galganatha Temple, Papanatha Temple, Jambulinga Temple and the Jain Temple among many others.

The Virupaksha temple, is a huge stone stucture with sculptures depicting scenes from both the Ramayana and Mahabharata built in south Indian style is the most beautiful of all temples in Pattadakkal. It has a large gateway depicted with numerous inscriptions, describing the victory and conquest of Kanchi by Vikramaditya II, the great Chalukyan king.
The other attraction here is the famous Jain Temple, built in Dravidian style and situated in the close vicinity of Virupaksha Temple (500 mts.). The Rashtrakutas who defeated and succeeded the Chalukyas in the 8th century built this architecture, which possesses some very beautiful sculptures inside.
You can also enjoy the annual The Pattadakkal Dance Festival organized by the Karnataka government.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest airport is Belgaum about 160 km. Other important airport near Aihole is Bangalore about 480 km and the place is well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Badami about 30 km and Hubli about 130 km and the place is well connected by rail line to Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Road: Pattadakkal is well connected by road to Badami about 30 km.

When to visit

Best season to visit Badami is September to February.

Mangalore, Beaches in Mangalore
Mangalore picturesquely located between Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Mangalore is lying on the backwaters formed by the confluence of the Netravathi and Gurpura rivers. A benevolent and powerful goddess called mangala devi has given her name to Managalore goddess of fortune in whose name a temple was built here in the 9th century by King Kundavarma. Mangalore is India’s 9th largest important port, this coastal town has emerged as a major commercial center exporting coffee, cashew nuts and fishes. Decorative tiles from Mangalore are Mangalore Beaches, Karnataka Travel Guideused all over India and famous for bidis, cigarettes rolled from single tobacco leaf, is a cottage industry.

Mangalore is famous for its beautiful, exotic, lustrous and virgin beaches and rightly so known as the ' entry point to Beach Country'. The famous beaches here include Ullal Beach attracting tourists all through the year. Another important beach here is Karwar Beach with gentle waves and picturesque blue water of the Arabian Sea it can be a perfect holiday destination providing fascinating experience for all the beach lovers.

The other attractions here include not to be missed Yakshagana performance, a unique and elaborate form of dance in south India .The kambala an annual buffalo race is yet another exciting event. In another performance known as Talamaddlay a local deity Sharbeshwara Maha Ganapathi is worshipped in an elaborate festival that marks Ganesh Chaturthi every year.

Your trip to Mangalore will be incomplete without a visit to the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius College Chapel, Sultan Battery, Light House Hill Garden, Mangala Devi Temple and the Jumma Masjid.

How to Reach There

Airport: The airport at Bajpe is nearest, about16 km from the city. Major airways services have been flying here.
Railway: Mangalore has a railway junction connected to Bangalore and Mumbai.
Roads: The place is well connected with neighboring areas by roadways.

When to visit

Best season to visit Badami is September to February.

Coorg is one of the most beautiful and exotic hill stations of south India. It is located at an altitude of about 1100 m above the sea level and at a distance of about 120 km from Mysore and 195 km from the capital city Bangalore. Coorg or Kodagu, as the people of this little district in Karnataka call their land, is a different facet of India: unsullied, beautiful, green, and exciting with the lovely blue Sahyadari Mountains, dense forested valleys, gurgling mountain streams and waterfalls. It is the land of coffee bushes resplendent with red berries, cardamom fields covered with white and purple blossoms, old silver oak trees laden with huge hives, and of a sturdy handsome people called the Coorgis who charm by their hospitality and cuisine, their intriguing customs and the reverence with which they worship their river, the Cauvery. The birthplace of Cauvery River and home of thickly coffee-covered hills, cardamom fields covered with white and purple blossoms, the exotic smells of sandalwood tress and green pepper, all this make the region a perfect holiday destination. The region as a whole appears like a natural paradise.

In the morning the hills here provide you some heart rendering views. A pleasant misty climate, a clear blue sky, morning mist rolling down from hill slopes, melodic and heart touching songs of mynas give enchanting experiences of nature. Coorg is a region of scattered villages and hamlets, with a few townships standing out. Postcard pretty with their red-tiled cottages and purple flowering shrubs, the Kodagu towns have an old-world charm about them. Madikeri is a little hill station and the headquarters of this beautiful district. The city houses the historic Madikeri Fort, the Omkareshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and some beautiful viewpoints such as Raja's Seat. Around Madikeri, there are many recreational and pilgrimages such as Abbey and Irupu Falls.

Elephant, Nagarhole National ParkHowever, there are other places nearby too which should not be missed on a trip to Coorg. Talcauvery is the place where the River Cauvery originates. Nagarhole National Park is one of the better-managed Indian wildlife sanctuaries. You can spot hundreds and hundreds of elephants moving in herds in the Kabini region.Coorg being the major producer of coffee and oranges in India, it is but imperative that main centre of research in the production of coffee and oranges, the Horticulture Research Centre is located in this district. Harangi, situated 36 km from Madikeri, is a popular picnic spot famous for its treehouses.

Another place worth visiting here is the Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Siva. It is a blend of architectural features of Islamic and Gothic style. A gilded ball with a weather clock over the dome of the temple adds to the attraction of the temple.

The Coorg region also posses some of the beautiful and heart throbbing waterfall sights. Abbi Falls and Irpu falls are famous tourist spots in and around Coorg. The region as a whole never fails to enchant your senses and soul.

How to Reach There

Airport: The nearest Airport to Coorg is at Mangalore at a distance of about 130 km. The Bangalore airport is about 200 km from here.
Rail: The nearest Railway Station to Coorg is Mysore, about 120 km.
Road: Coorg is well connected by roads with major cities like Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore.

When to visit
Best season to visit Coorg is from November to April. It rains heavily during July-August and the Cauvery gets flooded. Avoid a Coorg tour during monsoons.

Jog falls
Formed by the river Sharavati, the grandeur of the 253m high falls is best appreciated by a tour during and after the monsoon.


Udipi is one of the south India's most important Hindu centres and the seat of Dwaita, system of Hindu philosophyits delicious cuisine and Udupi restaurants.


This center of the Indian textile industry is situated 420 kms from Bangalore. It is also a major junction for Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa.

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