Karnataka

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Introduction

In India, Karnataka is the eight largest state. It is divided into South Karnataka, North Karnataka, Coastal Karnataka and the Hill Stations. The Bayaluseeme or the plains is divided into southern and northern regions while the Western Ghats are encompassed by Karavali or Malenadu – the hilly or coastal region.

Around 3600 monuments are centrally protected here. Thousands of other monuments are to receive protection in future. As far as tourism is concerned, it is India’s most popular state. Tourists are sure to enjoy the beautiful beaches, dense forests and hill ranges, modern cities, ancient temples and sculptures with intricate carvings. Konkani, Tulu, Kodava and other languages are spoken in Karnataka besides the official language, Kannada. The natives also speak Hindi and invariably English.

 

Best Time To Visit

Karnataka enjoys all the four seasons of the year including, summer, monsoons, winter and post monsoon. During the winter months January to February and during the post monsoon season which is from October to December, the weather is very pleasant and a nice time to visit Karnataka.

 

How To Reach

By Road

Reaching Karnataka is never a problem. Major state and cities are connected well by road with the road transport made available by the KSRTC – Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and the Government of Karnataka. The other two corporations that run road transport to other destinations and remote areas in Karnataka are NWKRTC and NEKRTC.

By Rail

The wide railway network in Karnataka connects it to other parts of the country. The railway network in the state is good making it easy to commute inside Karnataka. Popular places in the state and Goa are connected well by the ‘The Golden Chariot’ train which is has been introduced recently.

By Air

Karnataka is well connected to other parts of India and the globe with the 6 airports located at Bijapur, Bangalore, Belgaum, Hampi, Hubli and Mysore. International flights to and fro Karnataka are available from the HAL airport in Bangalore and the Mangalore International airport.

 

Availability Of Hotels And Restaurants

The commercial sector is rising in Karnataka as it is an important destination for tourists. The IT industry is flourishing in Bangalore making Karnataka a favoured destination for travelers on business especially. Some of the best hotels are located in Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore and Coorg. Whether it is business cum leisure hotels, budget hotels, semi deluxe and deluxe hotels, five star, four star, three star and two star hotels, apartments, condos, villas, luxury hotels etc all are available in Karnataka for curious leisure travelers and business travelers.

Many of the hotels are situated at landmark leisure and business destinations in Karnataka. Amenities in a full range are provided at the hotels which include minibar, centrally air conditioned rooms, coffee / tea maker, wifi, direct dial telephone, television, iron and iron board, hair dryer, electronic safe, high speed internet, conference facilities, valet parking, foreign exchange, 24 hour coffee shop cum restaurant, laundry, non smoking zones, doctor on call, wakeup call etc. At the hotels and restaurants multi cuisine delicacies are offered including international food and Karnataka cuisine from different parts of the state.

 

Best Places, Locations, Monuments Etc

Mercara is called ‘The Scotland of India’ The other major hill stations like Kudremukh and Chikmagalur offer picturesque views. For the religious minded, there are pilgrimage centers including Dharmasthala, Kollur Mookambika temple, Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple, Kukke Subramanya, Udupi Krishna Temple, Sringeri Sarada Temple and many more. A prominent destination to enjoy a beach holiday is Mangalore.

At Dandeli, Nagarhole and Bandipur are located the popular wild game sanctuaries. The Ranganathittu Bird’s Sanctuary is another attraction. At Shravanabelagola is Gommateshwara’s monolithic stature, and at Maravanthe, Karwar, Malpe and Ullal are the popular beach resorts. Mercara, Kemmannagundi and Nandi Hills are hill stations worth visiting.

At Bijapur is the whispering gallery of Gol Gumbaz. Waterfalls like Jog falls can be seen at Lushington, Unchelli, Magod and Shiva Samudram. There are lots of places with religious and historic significance in Karnataka. For art lovers, visiting the Pattadakal, Badami and Aihole temples is a must. Great achievements in architecture can be witnessed at the Somanathapura, Belur and Halebedu temples.

In all its vitality and richness, Indian sculpture can be seen at Hampi located in Bellary district. The exquisiteness and artistic skill profusion can bewilder any tourist. Architecture and art has been enriched with the contribution of Christians and Muslims during the past ages. Remarkable contributions have been made by them at Gulbarga, the Khwaja Bandenawaz Darga and the Summer Palace – Daria Daulat Bagh. Karnataka’s repertoire of culture has been enhanced by Christians and well appointed by churches at Bijapur, Mysore, Bangalore and Mangalore.

As part of adventure and eco tourism, jungle treks, scuba diving and river rafting activities are also conducted. Those interested in trekking and rock climbing can visit Ramanagaram, Savandurga, Shivgiri and Anthargange. Joyous fishing activities are enjoyed at Doddamakali, Galibore, and Bheemeshwari Cauvery fishing sites. At the Dubare Camp, tourists can spend a great time with elephants. A toll free number can be accessed all through the day and round the year, to get tourist information on this region.

A huge number of cultural marvels that speak a thousand tales of a bygone era, can be seen at Sravanabelagoa, Mysore, Halebid, Badami, Belur and Hampi. Temples in Bijapur at Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami have importance significance to art lovers. Besides this great achievements in architecture can be seen at the Somanathapura, Belur and Halebedu temples.

Coracle river rafting, boating and other water based activities can be enjoyed at Sangama, Honnemardhu, Shivanasamudra and Shivgange. The famous Bandipur Tiger reserve, Nagarhole and Kabini that is famous for wild elephants is worth visiting. The wilderness and wildlife at the Bhadra, BR Hills and Dandeli wildlife sanctuary can delight almost any traveler. The exotic flora and fauna, modern engineering marvels, glorious traditions and the scenic beauty of this abounding and enchanting land is enjoyed by thousands of tourists every year. The government of Karnataka hosts new plans each time giving topmost priority to the tourism industry.