Karnataka is the state that is the perfect fusion of urban and countryside beauty. While it has cities that can put any metro city to shame, it also has serene and tiny villages whose scenic beauty is to die for. Karnataka has always served as a great tourist destination. It is not a place you can cover in a week or a few days, such huge is its area and the charm. But if you are planning to visit Karnataka, we have come up with places you should definitely not miss.
1.Lal Bagh Gardens
This is a botanical garden that was started way back when Tipu Sultan ruled. You will find plenty of botanical gardens in Karnataka, but out of all of them, this is the most magnificent one that will leave you in awe. This has a glasshouse that was built in 1889 and it is still used for the annual flower shows. Did you know Lalbagh houses the largest collection of tropical plants that you will ever find in India? Birds like parakeets, Pond Heron, Kingfisher, Spotted Pelican, Indian Cormorant are very common here. Visiting hours are from 6 am to 7 pm daily. It opens so early in the morning because it allows joggers in the park.
2. Kudremukh National Park
This is located in the Chikmaglur district of Karnataka in the Kuduremukha mountain range, which is the second-highest peak in Karnataka. Wondering what’s so special about this? Well, this is a UNESCO World Heritage site. If that was not enough, this national park offers a lot of wildlife adventure activities for adventure junkies and travelers. It has plenty of rivers flowing across it, as a result of which, the flora and fauna of this place are amazing. It is also a paradise for bird watchers, as it is home to many rare birds. You can also trek here from 6 am to 5 pm, according to the forest rules. The easiest way to get here is from Mangalore Airport, which is situated 99 km away.
If you are going to Karnataka, there is no way you can miss Coorg. It is situated 265 km from Bangalore and is one of the most exotic hill stations in the country. Coorg is known as the Scotland of India and very rightly so. Another thing that Coorg is famous for is its coffee plantations. Not just that, Coorg is the home to lots of natural resources. Spices that are grown are Coorg is something to look out for. The best places to visit around Coorg are Abbey Falls, Talalcauvery, Dubare, etc. If you are buying a Coorg package, be sure to include these in it. Madikeri is the headquarter of Coorg and it is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Kannur, and Mysore via road.
Of late Hampi has been gaining a lot of popularity in the tourist and traveler community. When you will finally visit this place, you will know why. 340 km from Bangalore, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site too. UNESCO describes Hampi as an austere and grand site that has more than 1,600 remains of the last kingdom ever, including forts, temples, shrines, memorial structures, etc. It is a village that is renowned for its art and architecture, as it sits quietly among the ruins of Vijayanagara of ancient India. You should not miss this place if you are visiting Karnataka. In fact, Hampi is very famous among solo travelers, which include women too. It is absolutely safe, making it a very famous tourist attraction in entire south India.
5. Shivanasamudra Falls
This waterfall is nothing short of magic. Situated at just 130 km from Bangalore, this waterfall on the Kaveri River is special because it has several parallel streams of water running down. the best time to visit is during the monsoons when the waterfall is at its absolute best. That makes it an absolute beauty that you won’t be able to get over. You can make a day trip from Bangalore and come back after soaking in the beauty of this waterfall.
Karnataka is a magical land in the true sense of the word. Just 5 places do not do justice to the mystic beauty of this state, but it’s a great start. Raise your hands if you love Karnataka as much as we do.