The major places of interest in the state of Karnataka

Karnataka houses a large number of forts, mansions, historic edifices, mandirs, churches and mosques that are symbols of outstanding resourcefulness of various ethnicity and customs. The state bears testimony to a rich ethnic legacy. Tourists come here to view tourist draws like the Jog Falls, Bengaluru (Garden City), seashores in Malpe and Karwar, the architectural wonders of Bijapur and Belur, as well as Mysore. There are many shopping destinations where you can buy sandalwood and exquisite handicrafts. The most famous tourist attractions in the state of Karnataka are as follows:


Bangalore, the biggest city and capital of Karnataka, is known in different names such as Silicon Valley of India and Manhattan of India. Set up in the beginning of the 16th century, the place is frequently dubbed as the Garden City because it houses a large number of picturesque parks and verdant lawns. The city was founded by Kempe Gowda and it grew during the reign of Tipu Sultan. The Bangalore Palace is a top attraction of this city. It was constructed in Tudor architectural pattern and it resembles the Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England. The sculpture and portraits of this castle are worth watching. In addition, Bangalore is good for sightseeing since there are parks, gardens, mansions, museums, memorials, and places of worship in this city. Major attractions include Bull (Nandi) Temple, Lal Bagh, Bannerghatta National Park, National Gallery of Modern Art, Vidhana Soudha, and Cubbon Park.


Belur is situated in the Hassan district. It is famous for the Belur temple, also known as the Chennakeshava Temple, a magnificent hallmark of Hoysala architecture. You can also visit Halebid or Halebidu from here, lying at a distance of just 16 km. It is famous for the Hoysaleshwara Temple and served as the capital of the Hoysala Kingdom in the 12th century.


Mysore is located at a distance of 140 km from Bengaluru. Previously known as Mahishur, it is the 2nd biggest city of the state. Mysore is famous for showcasing a blend of grandeur and majestic background. Mysore served as the capital of the Wodeyar monarchs and is admired all over the world for its traditional appeal. The city houses many tourist draws including historic mansions, waterfalls, theme parks, museums, places of worship and broad roads. It is dubbed as the City of Palaces since it is home to many palaces and castles which were constructed in Dravidian style. Don’t miss Chamundi Hills, a prime tourist draw in the area.


Badami served as the capital for the Chalukya rulers. Badami is famous for housing many places of worship that were constructed in 6th century AD. Some of them are stone-carved and the others are structural in nature. Visit the Badami Fort, Badami Caves as well as the Sculpture Gallery.


This place is regarded as the birthplace of the architecture which is normally used for building Hindu places of worship. Aihole houses around 125 mandirs and they can be categorized into 22 classes. They are spread throughout the hamlet.

Nagarhole National Park:

Nagarhole National Park is situated in Southern Karnataka, comprising parts of the Mysore district and Kodagu district. Also named as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it forms a section of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It features dense jungle, rivers, waterfalls, and varied fauna including Indian bison, elephants, tiger, rock python, mongoose, leopard, cormorants, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, sambar, gaur, crocodile, otter, and fish eagles.


Hampi is home to the world famous remains of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Hampi has found its place in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The kingdom extended from the Deccan Plateau to the extreme end of the Cape. Hukka and Bukka were two brothers and chieftains who established this kingdom in the mid 14th century. The kingdom is famed for its affluence and power. The regime is also known for its benefaction for architecture and fine art. Visit the Monolithic Ganeshas, Virupaksha Temple, Monolithic Narasimha, Krishna Mandir, Vittala Mandir, Queen’s Bath, Hazara Rama Mandir, Achyuta Raya Temple, Elephant stables, as well as Kodandarama Temple.

Bandipur National Park:

Bandipur National Park is situated near the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains. It was formed as a result of expanding the Venugopal Wildlife Sanctuary. The park lies beside the Moyer River and it served as the hunting ground of the kings of Mysore. Rare varieties of wildlife including the elephant, tiger, leopard, wild ox, sambar, chital, and trees including rosewood, teak, mathi, sandal and bamboo are found here aplenty. Rare species of avifauna are also there. The park ranks among the 15 tiger reserves in India.

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