|Tourism in Karnataka
By virtue of having historical forts, monuments, and temples among the geographical diversity, Karnataka is pretty popular for its tourism. The state has many nationally and state protected monuments. The major tourist’s attractions in the state are historical palaces, temples, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, beaches, natural landscapes and many more.
Important Tourists’ attractions of Southern Karnataka
Important Tourists’ Attractions of Northern Karnataka
- Bengaluru: Formerly popular as Bangalore, it is the capital of Karnataka.
- Halebidu: This pretty fascinating that narrates the epics of Ramyana, Mahabartha, and Bhagavata.
- Ramanathapur: There are many temples including Rameshwara, Aghastheshwara, Subramanya, and Pattabi Rama etc.
- Belur: It has popular Hoysala temple complex.
- Aralaguppe: It is popular temple; interestingly, the ceiling of temple portrays dancing Shiva sculpture along with musical accompanists and eight Dikpalas.
- Arasikere: Here one can see series of temples. However, it is also popular for coconut gardens.
- Madhugiri: Popular for its huge historical hill fort.
- Sira: This place has popular Jumma Masjid, Gopalakrishna temple and many more.
- Melukote: There are many popular temples in Melukote that fascinate people.
- Somnathpur: Known for its Hoysala temple architecture.
- Yediyur: Along with the temples, this place is also popular for its paintings.
- Madikeri / Mercara: It is popular for its landscapes, coffee plantations and forests. Because of this, it is also known as ‘Scotland of India.’
- Jog Falls: This is the highest water fall of India.
- Srirangapattana: It is located about the distance of 14 km from Mysore and popular for its scenic location.
- Mekedatu: Located in a beautiful landscape, Mekedatu is popular as picnic spot.
- Devarayanadurga: Popular as hill station of the state.
World Heritage Sites
Hampi: It is one of the most popular tourists’ attractions located in Bellary District. It is about 29-feet-tall monolithic Narasimha, installed by Krishnadevaraya in 1529.
Group of 8th century CE monuments, Pattadakal: Pattadakal abodes different unique historical temples. Surprisingly, these monuments architected beautifully in south Indian Dravidian style, North Indian Nagara style and the last Papanatha temple is amalgam of the two styles. Some popular temples are Sangameshwara, Mallikarjuna, and Virupaksha Temple.
Important Historical Sites
Important Forts of Karnataka
- Aihole: It has series of more than hundred temples. Most of these temples are constructed during the period of 6th to 12th century. In addition, there are also Jain and Vedic rock-cut shrines.
- Badami: Badami is popular for its four caves and temple here are dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
- Basavakalyana: Located in Bidar Disctrict, it is popular for Archaeological Museum.
- Basavana Bagewadi
- Buddhist temples
- Shakti Stal
Major Attractions of Coastal Karnataka
- Bidar Fort
- Gulbarga Fort
- Basavakalyan Fort
- Gajendragad Fort
- Nargund fort
- Savadatti Fort
- Bellary Fort
- Sandur Fort
Major Hills of Karnataka
- Gokarna: Popular as pilgrimage centre.
- Udupi: Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is popular religious place.
- Karkala: Popular as Jain centre.
- Dharmastala: Located in the scenic landscape in the vicinity of forested hill, it is popular pilgrim centre.
- Kollur: This pilgrimage center is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Bhatkal: This religious place is popular for its architecture and sculpture.
- Murudeshwar: Surprisingly, this religious site has 123 feet high idol of Lord Shiva.
Major Beaches of Karnataka
- Agumbe: Largely known for its scenic landscapes.
- Bheemeshwari: It is located on the bank of Kaveri river.
- Kemmangundi: This is the hill station located at Tarikere taluk in Chikmagalur District.
- Kodachadri: It is the highest peak of Shimoga district and popular for the sunrise and sunset.
- Kundadri Hill: It is located in Shimoga District and popular for the monolithic rock formation.
- Nandi Hills: It is located in Chikkaballapur District and popular for the ancient temple.
- Baba Budan Range: It is located in the Dattagiri Hill Range/Baba Budan Range of the Western Ghats.
- Gokarna Beach
- Malpe Beach
- Karwar Beach
- Someshwar Beach
- Surathkal Beach
- Kurumgad Beach
- Marawanthe Beach
- Tannirbavi Beach
- Kaup Beach
- Panambur Beach
- Murudeshwar Beach
- Ullal Beach
Important National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka
- St. Mary's Island: There are series of small islands in the Arabian Sea; these days becoming pretty popular for tourism.
- Bandipur National Park: Popular NP in Mysore district.
- Nagarhole National Park: It is in Mysore and Kodagu district.
- Bannerghatta National Park: Located in Bangalore district.
- Dandeli &Anshi National Park: It is in Uttara Kannada district.
- Kudremukh National Park: It is in Dakshina Kannada and Chickmagalur district.
- Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary: It is in Mandya district.
- Gudavi and Mandegadde Bird Sanctuaries: It is in Shimoga district.
- Magadi Bird Sanctuary: It is in Gadag District.
- Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary: It is in Uttara Kannada district.
- Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: It is in Kodagu district.
- Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: It is in Kodagu district.
- Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary: It is in Haveri district.
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