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Each of our states in India have something different, something unique to offer tourists. Whether it be in what nature has to offer or what history has bestowed. Karnataka as a state, stands tall in what it has to offer tourists. So when you think of visiting Karnataka you are spoilt for choice and it becomes difficult to figure out where to go and what to cover. In this handy guide the author has put together places that stand out as must visit locations. This will help you work out your Karnataka itinerary with some or many of the places listed as part of your trip. Team RetyrSmart
The must visit places in Karnataka
Top places to visit in Karnataka
The capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from the year 1336 to 1565, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even though all that is left of the city is ruins of the palaces, temples and royal buildings, the beauty of these ruins speaks volumes of the grandeur of the structures that once existed. It is believed that when the empire was at its peak, rubies and diamonds were sold in the streets of Hampi and gold and silver were used as currency. Legend has it the Hindu deity Shiva was married to Parvati in the Virupaksha Temple at Hampi.
A small town set on the banks of the Yagachi River in the Hassan district of Karnataka, Belur is most famous for its temples. It is believed that some of the temples took over a hundred years to be completed. The most famous temple complex in the city is the Chennakesava Temple. Built in light green soapstone that allowed the temples to be as minutely detailed as possible, the temples are as close to perfection as possible. Ivory and sandalwood were used for the sculptures within the temples. Pushkarni, the stepwell is another wondrous sight.
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Located at 3500 feet above sea level, Coorg is known as the Kashmir of the South. Surrounded by the flourishing greenery of the Western Ghats, the city is a great weekend getaway from the state capital of Bangalore. Famous for the coffee and tea plantations, the smell of coffee will lift your spirits instantly. From the Raja’s seat, you can see the whole of Coorg and the view is splendid, to say the least.
Asia’s fastest-growing cosmopolitan city, Bangalore is Karnataka’s administrative capital. Known as the Silicon Valley of India, the city is home to some of the biggest IT companies and tech start-ups. Blessed with amazing weather, gardens, parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls and some of the best restaurants and pubs, the city is one of the best places to visit. The rule of the Vijayanagara Empire brought about the construction of a mud fort which was considered the groundwork of the city of Bangalore.
Literally translated, Kudremukh means ‘Horse’s mouth’ in Kannada. The place is named thus because the peak of the hill resembles a horse’s mouth. Rich in minerals, the beautiful landscapes and scenery is what pulls tourists to the city. A favorite among trekkers, the trails through dense forests and tropical riverbeds through varying levels of difficulty attracts those trekkers who seek an adrenaline rush. The Bhadra, Nethravati and Tunga rivers originate from this region. The best time to visit Kudremukh is between October and February.
The town of Badami stands surrounded by two hills Vatapi and Ilava, facing the Agastya Lake and was once the capital of the Chalukyas.
Known for its rock-cut temples, the caves in the town are said to have been built in the 5th and 8th century AD. While the Chalukyas reigned over the city, four cave temples were built. Three of these were dedicated to Hindu deities and the fourth to Jain Tirthankars. Rock climbing, trekking and cave explorations are among the other adventure activities the town is famous for.
A holy city with a cluster of ten temples, Pattadakal is known as the ‘City of Crown Rubies’. With architecture at its peak during the 7th and 8th century AD, the Chalukya dynasty created some of the most beautiful temples in this city. The inscriptions in the temples indicate that the city was an important centre under the Rashtrakutas and the Kalyana Chalukyas. There are also two inscriptions that tell us that even though King Vikramaditya II defeated the Pallavas, he deeply appreciated their art forms.
Known as the city of palaces, Mysore is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka. According to the legend, the city was known to be ruled by a demon named Mahishasura. The demon was later defeated by the Goddess Chamundeshwari and the city was brought back to its original glory. The Mysore Palace is one of the most visited places in the city and it is difficult to not be in awe of its stunning architecture. Its annual Dussehra festivities are one to look forward to as the palace gets lit up with hundreds and thousands of lights.
Getting its name from the Hindu deity Shiva, the town is known for having the world’s second-largest statue of the deity. With the Murudeshwar Temple built on the Kanduka Giri hill, the landmass of the town juts out of the mainland to form a small peninsula 2 km away from the temple. A popular pilgrimage destination, it is said that this was the place where Ganesha tricked Ravana into giving up the Atma-linga or the Soul of Shiva that would have granted him immortality.
Founded by the Chalukyas in the 11th century, some of Bijapur’s most beautiful architecture is what pulls a large number of tourists to the city. Known for its forts, gardens and mosques, the rule of the Adil Shahi Sultans brought about a series of architectural marvels, some of which are still in amazing condition. Gol Gumbaz which has one of the largest domes in the world and Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque of the region are a must-visit during a tour of the city. The city has more than 50 mosques, 20 mausoleums and several palaces that you cannot miss.
Best known for its Om beach, which is shaped like the Hindu symbol for Om, the beach town is popular not just amongst young travellers but also the spiritually-inclined who visit the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple of Lord Shiva. The town comes alive during Mahashivratri when the town is decorated and the temple hosts a major festival.