Karnataka

                                                                                                                                        Karnataka

 Karnataka has been ranked as fourth most popular destination for tourism among states of India.It has the highest number of national protected monuments in India, at 507.

Kannada dynasties like Kadambas, Western Gangas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagaras and the Kingdom of Mysore ruled from what is today Karnataka. They built great monuments to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. These monuments are preserved at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Mahakuta, Hampi, Lakshmeshwar, Sudi, Hooli, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Dambal, Lakkundi, Gadag, Hangal, Halasi, Galaganatha, Chaudayyadanapura, Banavasi, Belur, Halebidu, Sringeri, Shravanabelagola, Sannati, Nanjangud, Mysore, Nandi Hills, Kolar, Mudabidri, Gokarna, Bagali, Kuruvatti and many more. Important/famous Islamic monuments are present at Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur and other part of the state. Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur, has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia. Karnataka has two World history sites, at Hampi and Pattadakal.Bellary one of the historical place, we can see the forts which were built by the great Tipu Sultan for protection.

Karnataka state has (more than two, but not a lot of) palaces such as Bangalore Palace, Mysore Palace (also known as Ambavilas Palace), Tipu Sultan‘s Summer Palace, Nalknad Palace, Rajendra Vilas, Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Big house, Lalitha Mahal, Rajendra Vilas, Cheluvamba Big house, Shivappa Nayaka Palace and Daria Daulat Bagh. Karnataka is famous for Jog falls of Shimoga District is second highest waterfalls in Asia. Karnataka has many beaches at Karwar, Gokarna, Murdeshwara, Surathkal. Karnataka is a rock climbers paradise. Yana in Uttara Kannada, Fort in Chitradurga, Ramnagara near Bengaluru district, Shivagange in Tumkur district and tekal in Kolar district are a rock climbers heaven.Utsav Rock Garden in Shiggaon, Uttar Kannada.

Hill stations in Karnataka are usually unexplored and more unspoiled than better known ones in South India. Major Hill stations in the state are Agumbe and Kodachadri in Shimoga District; Baba Budangiri, Kemmangundi, Kudremukh in Chikkamagaluru District; Biligiriranga Hills in Chamarajanagar District and Kodagu district (also known as Coorg). Other hilly town and areas are Mullayanagiri, Pushpagiri(or Kumara Parvatha), Nandi Hills, Chikkaballapur district, Kundadri, Tadiandamol, Talakaveri, Male Mahadeshwara Hills, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Ambaragudda, Antara Gange, Savandurga, Kurinja, Yedakumeri, Siddara Betta, Bananthimari Betta, Skandagiri, Devarayanadurga and Madhugiri.

Wildlife Safe places & National Parks Karnataka has (more than two, but not a lot of) wildlife safe places and national parks such as, Dandeli Wildlife Safe place, Dandeli; Ghataprabha Bird Safe place; Daroji Laziness Bear Safe place; Peacock safe place in Bankapura; Ranebennur blackbuck safe place, Haveri district; Deva Raya Wildlife Safe place, near Hampi; Attiveri Bird Safe place, near Hubli-Dharwad, Uttara Kannada; Anshi National Park, Uttara Kannada; Magadi Bird Safe place, Shirahatti; Bhimgad Wildlife Safe place; Adichunchanagiri Wildlife Safe place; Arabithittu Wildlife Safe place Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Safe place; Bhadra Wildlife Safe place; Brahmagiri Wildlife Safe place; Cauvery Wildlife Safe place; Melukote Temple Wildlife Safe place , in Mandya district; Mookambika Wildlife Safe place; Nugu Wildlife Safe place; Pushpagiri Wildlife Safe place; Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Safe place; Shettihalli Wildlife Safe place; Someshwara Wildlife Safe place; Talakaveri Wildlife Safe place; Gudavi Bird Safe place; Mandagadde Bird Safe place; Kaggaladu Heronry; Kokkare Bellur; Bankapura Peacock Safe place and Bonal Bird Safe place.

Hampi

Known as the former capital of very old Vijayanagara Kingdom, Hampi is a village, located on the banks of River Thungabhadra. It is one of the UNESCO world history sites in India. The village is dotted with 500 monuments that include temples, water-based structures, palaces, etc., and is known for its beautiful (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.) of the 14th century. The area is also famous for the once-a-year Vijayanagar special celebration (with fun events) called ‘Hampi Utsav’, organized by the Government of India in November.

hampi

Mysore

This is located at the base of Chamundi Hills and is one of the best travel destinations in the state of Karnataka that cover beautiful palaces, royal buildings, museums, waterfalls and wildlife. The following are the tourist attractions in the city: Lingambudhi lake; Shivasamudra falls; Brindavan gardens; Chamundi Temple.Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka and the second largest city in the state is a famous tourist destination in South India known for its beautiful and rich-looking and royal mood/quality. The old world charm of Mysore city along with its well-manicured gardens, history big houses and shady avenues leaves an everlasting memory in the minds of its visitors. According to a nationwide exercise conduted by the Union City-based Development Authority in the year 2010, Mysore was declared the ‘second cleanest cityin India and first in Karnataka.The (nice) smell of (shoe held on with straps)wood, rose and other nice smells (or perfumes) that stays around in the atmosphere of Mysore has earned Mysore the title of being the (shoe held on with straps)wood City. The city is also known as the ‘Ivory cityand the ‘City of Palacesamong the public. Mysore, often termed as the ‘City of Yoga‘, is one of the most visited Yoga centres in India. The Astanga Yoga programs offered from Mysore attract lots of yoenthusiasts from within India as well as in other countries.

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Jog Falls
Also known as Gerosoppa fall, Jog fall is located on the borders of Shimoga and North Kanara, and is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. It is also the tallest untiered waterfall in the country. Surrounded by beautiful evergreen forests, River Sharavathi steeply drops from a height of 829 feet in four clear/separate waterfalls known as Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.

jog-falls

Bylakuppe
This area is the largest Tibetan settlement in Southern India, which is located near Kodagu district in Karnataka. The area is known for its famous Tibetan (places where religious people live by themselves) Namdroling and Sera, and provides you with peace and calmness and peace, and amazing beautiful (wide views of nature scenes/wide areas of beautiful land).

Bylekuppe

Shravanabelagola
Shravanabelagola is a Jain holy trip destination, located in Hassan district of Karnataka, and it is wedged between Vidhyagiri and Chandragiri hills. This holy place is known for its 57-feet tall beautiful Gommateshwara Bahubai (imaginary Lord of Love) statue. There are also many very old monuments in and around the town.

Shravanabelagola

Gol Gumbaz
Also known as the rose dome, Gol Gumbaz is an important monument of Indo-Islamic (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.). It has a huge dome, built by Mohammed Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, in 1656. It is the second largest dome in the world, next to St. Peter’s Huge church, Rome. The four (tall, thin towers of mosques) in the monument serve as the staircases that would lead you to the top dome.

gol-gumbaz

Coorg
This is a (related to managing and running a company or organization) district in Karnataka, which is also known as ‘Kodagu’ in local language. It is the top hill station in the state, known for its coffee and brave warriors, and is surrounded by misty hills, beautiful teakwood and (shoe held on with straps)wood forests, and tea and coffee (large farms with crops). It is also known as ‘the Scotland of India’ and is an ideal place for traveling, river rafting, etc. Must visit places in this area include Talakaveri, Irruppu falls and Church falls.

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Gokarna
Gokarna is known for its Mahabaleswara temple, which houses Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a lingam. It is one of the famous Hindu holy trip centres in India. The place also has temples and natural beaches which attract tourists across the Globe.

gokarna

Chikmagalur
This town is located in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range and is dotted with many holy spots, mountain ranges, valleys, waterfalls and wildlife safe places. This is the area where coffee was first helped grow in India, and it has the highest peak, Mullayanagiri, in Karnataka.

Chikmagalur

Pattadakal and Badami
Pattadakal, place for Chalukyas (crowning a king or queen), There are ten temples including a Jain safe place surrounded by many small shrines and plinths in joining together of different Indian architectural styles (Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and Dravida Vimana). Four temples were built in Chalukya Dravidian style, four in Nagara style of Northern India and the Papanatha temple in mixed style. Nine Shiva temples and one Jaina basadi, located along the northern course of the River, which is considered as very lucky according to Holy Holy written works.
Badami is famous for rock cut and other (related to what holds something together and makes it strong) temples. It is located in a (narrow valley where a river usually flows) at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone (rock sticking up from the ground) that surrounds Agastya lake.

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Halebeedu and Belur
Halebidu was the 12th century capital of the Hoysalas. The Hoysaleswara temple was built during this time by Ketamala and attributed to Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala ruler. It makes permanent Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara, named after the temple builder Vishnuvardhana Hoysala and his wife, Queen Shantala. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning attractive Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.

Halebeedu-Belur

Karwar
Karwar lies on the west coast of Southern India at the mouth of the Kali river. Its (the study of (or the location of) mountains, rivers, hills, etc.) creates a natural harbour with protection against bad rainstorm weather.

karwar

Agumbe
Agumbe is sometimes called “The Cherrapunji of the South”. Agumbe is related to rainforest conservation efforts, (paperwork that proves or supports something) of medicinal plants, tourism (traveling and photography), power generation through (related to generating electricity by damming rivers)s and promotion of (company made up of people working from their homes).

agumbe