Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife.
Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot.
South India’s most alive city is Bangalore. A melting point of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the hoi polloi is charmingly mixed here. Nearly every one speaks English, even if it’s only a smattering, and everyone is aware of the privilege they’re bestowed with. Yes, every resident of Bangalore, regardless of where they’re from, takes immense pride in their address. Malls, parks, pubs, theatre, cafes, art galleries, palaces – at any given point, Bangalore is buzzing and alive with activity. Pleasant weather, pleasant people, pleasant hangouts. And for its people, being ‘Bangalored’ has a rather affectionate tone to it.
Attraction – Vidhana Soudha, Attara Kacheri, Lalbagh Gardens, Cubbon Park, Visveswaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Ulsoor Lake, Bull Temple, Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall.
Belgaum is one of Karnataka’s oldest and largest cities. The romance of having a valourous queen, who fought to the finish against the British, still holds the people of Belgaum in its sway.
A cornerstone of arts, culture, learning and industry, the city is all about location, location, location.
Not only is it blessed with scenic natural environs, it also enjoys its own individual culture – essential Kannada culture spiced with Maharastrian and Goan influences.
Considered as the state’s second capital, Belgaum also has many touristy stops like the Belgaum fort, the Kittur Chennama Fort, Gokak Falls, the Doodh Sagar Falls, the gothic-styled St. Mary’s Church and the Kapileshwar Temple. Do be sure to taste the famous Belgaum Kunda, a sweet delicacy and the renowned Gokak toys and pottery.
Bellary has seen a long line of rulers – the Mauryas, the Satavahanas, the Pallavas, the Kadambas, the Badami Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Kalyani Chalukyans, the Southern Kalachuryas, the Sevuna Yadavas, the Hoysalas, and the Cholas including in more recent times, the heads of the state. So it comes as no surprise that Bellary, despite being a progressive industrial district, still has the airs and graces of a forgotten time. The Bellary Fort, as a sort of reconfirmation that time does stand still in these parts, likewise stands sentinel upon the Ballari Gudda as it has stood for centuries.
Hubli comes from ‘Hubbali’ which means flowering creeper, and from literature to industry, much has blossomed forth from this city. Hubli shares much of its spotlight with Dharward, its twin city. An upcoming industrial centre, Hubli enjoys the benefits of having been strategically located. Positioned exactly in between the Deccan Plateau and the forested hills of the Malenadu region, Hubli’s ideal locale is further whetted by Dharwad’s clout as a seat of learning.
Utsav Rock Garden is a contemporary sculpture garden consisting of indoor and outdoor sculpture museum where you can find the sculpture depicting the old rural life and folk culture of Karnataka. A unique picnic spot which delights common people, educated and intellectuals.
Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state.
Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments. In Hampi at every turn there is a surprise. Every monument hides more than what they reveal.
As an open museum, Hampi has numerous popular locations visitors throng.
Karwar is a city in Uttara Kannada ( formerly North Canara or North Kanara ) district of Karnataka state, India. Karwar is the district headquarters of the Uttara Kannada district. It houses the INS Kadamba (Sea Bird project), the naval base of Indian navy. It’s a good getaway for a weekend or a great introduction to the state of Karnataka if coming from the north.
There are many beaches on the shore of Arabian sea in and around Karwar. Some of these beaches have water sports activities. Also a trip to nearby Yana rocks can be scintillating. The Anshi National Park also called Anshi tiger reserve is at distance of 51 km. The Sadashivgad Fort is a small while away.
Mysore is yet to, and perhaps will never, get over its past. The streets in Mysore are old and a good part of history can be traced by following their winding paths. The city that gets its name from Mahishasura, the troublemaker demon who was slain by the Goddess Chamundeshwari: whose temple atop the Chamundi Hill watches all over the city has played host to the reign of a long line of Wadiyars, Tipu Sultan and the British Raj.
Attractions – The Mysore Palace, Jagan Mohan Palace, Lalith Mahal Palace, Silver Jubilee Clock Tower, Wallington House, Wax Museum etc.
Mangalore was a major seaport and ship-building centre in Hyder Ali’s time. Today it is a business and commercial centre and Karnataka’s major port for the export of coffee, spices and cashew. The Someshwar Temple overlooking a rocky promontory, the ancient 10th century Mangala Devi Temple dedicated to the Goddess Mangala Devi, and the 11th century Kadri Manjunatha Temple with its exquisite bronze images of Lokeshwara co-exist with splendid churches and mosques. Among the more remarkable mosques are the Jumma Masjid in Bunder, built centuries ago by the Arabs, and the Idgah Mosque at Lighthouse Hill whose construction is attributed to Tipu Sultan at the end of the 18th century.
Approximately 60km from Mangalore is the Vaishnavite pilgrimage town of Udupi. This was the sanctum of Madhwacharya, the great Sanskrit philosopher. It is as much renowned for its chefs, cuisine, and restaurants, as it is for its Krishna Temple and various maths. Don’t forget to receive your blessing from Lord Krishna at the Kanakana Kindi – a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa, a saint-minstrel. The colourful Paryaya Festival, when officiating priests hand over their responsibilities to other pontiffs, beckons thousands of devotees from all over the country every alternate year.