Famous Tourist Places in Karnataka
Karnataka is located at the southern part of India that is resourceful with all kind of tourist places including temples, wild life sanctuaries, waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, valleys, hill resorts, beaches etc. The state has been ranked as the third most popular state in the country for tourism in 2014. Karnataka is geographical divided into four, North Karnataka, the Hill Stations, Coastal Karnataka and South Karnataka. Kannada is the official language of the state. Tulu, Kodava and Konkani are other native languages spoken.
Recently Karnataka Government has introduced a train, The Golden Chariot which connects popular tourist destinations in the state and Goa. Here is some of the list of famous tourist places in Karnataka.
1. Bangalore Palace
Bangalore palace was built in the year of 1878 by the British Guardians of Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar X’s accumulated personal funds. The entire place was purchased from Rev. Garrett in 1873 AD. The palace is located in the heart of the city, Near Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar. Entry time is 10 AM to 5.30 PM and entry fees for Indians is INR 230 and for foreigners INR 460.
The Palace can be reached by any means of transport. From Bangalore International Airport, should take an hour, via Bellary Road covering around 30 kilometers to reach palace. Bangalore City Railway station is just 4 kilometers away and the journey would take around 20 minutes with regular traffic. Also there are so many bus routes are present in this area. The area is commonly referred to as Palace Grounds.
2. Lal Bagh
Lal Bagh is a botanical garden that is commissioned by the Hyder Ali in 1760 and then developed by Tipu Sultan. The 240-acre park has over 1000 species of flora and a Glass House. The park is known for its annual flower show during the week of Republic day and Independence Day, to educate people about the variety of flora and develop public interest in plant conservation and cultivation. The garden is surrounded by one of the towers constructed by the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France.
This botanical garden is located near BMTC Office, Lalbagh Road, Wilson Garden. The entry time is 6 AM to 7 PM and the entry fees is Rs. 20/- per person for visitors above 12 years of age. For taking camera inside need to pay an extra fee of Rs. 50/-. There is no entry fee for 6 AM to 9 AM in morning and 6 PM to 7 PM for evening walks. It will take an hour to reach from Bangalore International Airport to lalbagh. 7 minutes to travel from Bangalore Railway Station to Lalbagh Park. Approximate driving distance between Bangalore Railway Station and Lalbagh Park is 6 kms or 3.7 miles or 3.2 nautical miles.
3. Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta national park also called Bannerghatta Biological Park is situated at a distance of 22kms south of the Bangalore City. This Park is a home for a large variety of flora and fauna. Spread over a massive area of around 104.27 sq. km, this national park was established in the year 1971 and in 1974 it was announced as a national park. Another attraction of Bannerghatta Biological Park is Butterfly Park. It is the India’s first butterfly park and occupies 7.5 acres that houses a butterfly conservatory, a museum, and an audiovisual room.
Entry fees for Zoo, Butterfly Park and Grand Safari (Through normal bus) should be paid separately. Also there is an extra charge for special trips only to safari. School or College Children’s will get 50% Concession for Zoo Entry on Adult Rate. It takes 34 minutes to travel from Bannerghatta National Park to Bangalore Airport and 48 minutes to travel from Bangalore City Railway Station. Entry time is 9:30 AM to 5 PM except for Tuesday. Bannerghatta national park is located in Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta Circle, Bannerghatta, Near Shiva Temple,
4. Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. The hills are nestled near the town of Nandi. In traditional belief, the hills are the origin of the Arkavathy River. Nandi Hills is located in Kolar District, Karnataka in the region called Chikkaballapur. It is located close to the Bangalore International Airport. Also the hills are located about 20 km from the National Highway (NH-7) just after Devanahalli Town.
Interesting places to visit in Nandi Hills are Tipu’s Drop, Amruth Sarovar, Tippus Summer Palace and Fort, Nandi Temple, etc. Also travelers can do Paragliding and Cycling/Biking. Entry fee to Nandi Hills is Rs.5/- per person. The hills will be open for visitors from 6 AM To 10 PM. Government buses are available from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur and Nandigrama. It takes 2 hours from Bangalore and one hour from Chikkaballapur to reach Nandi Hills.
5. Abbey falls
Abbey Falls is an attractive location to visit near Madikeri, in the southern state of Karnataka that is located 122 km from Mysore, 144 km from Mangalore and 268 km from Bangalore. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in and around Coorg. Travelers can do tracking in this place. Best time to visit the falls is during the months of July to October because Flow is much higher during the monsoon season. Water level will decreases a lot during other seasons. The falls will be open for travelers from 9 AM – 5 PM all days of the week and the entry fee is Rs. 15/- per person.
6. Mandalpatti View point
Mandalpatti, is a hilltop, situated at an altitude of around 4050 feet and 18 km from the town of Madikeri in Karnataka. The viewpoint has a quiet, secluded and full of lush, glorious wilderness that is suited for trucking. Travelers can reach this hill top via two ways, by driving 20 Km from Abbi falls junction or Via Makkanduru, driving 35 km.The entry times to the falls is from 6 AM – 6 PM.
Travelers are not allowed to drive for the last 3 Km because of the restriction put by the Mandalpatti forest department. So, from there onward either you can walk yourself up the hill or you can take a Jeep to reach the Mandalpatti top (there will be jeeps available from there). Vehicle Parking fee is Rupees 20 near the checkpoint and fee for entering the viewpoint is rupees 25 per person. The nearest railway station is Kasaragod, Kannur, Hassan, Kanhangad, and Thalassery. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport at Mangaluru.
7. Golden Temple
Golden Temple or Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world that is located in the Bylakuppe, part of the Mysuru district of the state of Karnataka. The monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas, a junior high school named Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling, a religious college and hospital. The temple is located at a driving distance of 19.5 km from Dubare Elephant Camp, 34 km from Madikeri, 4.5 km from Kushalnagar and 7 km from Cauvery Nisargadhama.
The temple will be open from 7 AM to 8PM daily and there is no entrance fee is required. Best time to visit the temple is during the festival of Tibetan New year (Losar) which usually occurs in the month of February or March. Closest airport to Bylakuppe is Mangalore international airport.
8. Iruppu Falls
Irupu Falls is a fresh water cascade located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole. The fall is also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls, the Lakshmana Tirtha River. It is believed that Iruppu waterfall possesses magical powers and they remove one’s sins the power to cleanse sins and purify one’s soul.
According to the legends associated with Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the river Lakshmana Tirtha for his brother Rama during the searching of sitha. Rameshwara Temple located nearby the Iruppu waterfalls. Thousands of devotees are visiting around the year especially on the Shivaratri day.
The best time to visit the fall is during the monsoons, when the fall is at full capacity and is a breathtaking sight. It will be open from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM every day of the week. Nearest airport is Bangalore and railway station is Mysore. Through road falls can be reached by the highway from Gonikoppal to Nagarahole National Park off the Kutta Road after Srimangala.
Kemmangundi is one of the beautiful hill station located in the Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district that is at a distance of 62 km from Chikmagalur, 41 km from Kadur, 121 km from Hassan, 68 km from Shimoga, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysore and 246 km from Bangalore. Kemmangundi is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station because it was established as the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
Famous places to visit around Kemmangundi are Kalhatti Falls, Hebbe Falls, Z Point, Rajendra hill, Mullayanagiri, Shiva Temple, Rock Garden, Shanti Falls. Entry is free and the best time to visit is September to June. Nearest railway station are Birur Junction (32 Kms) or Shimoga Town Railway Station. Mangalore Airport (219 Kms) is the nearest airport.
10. Rafting in Bhadra River
River Rafting at Bhadra River is considered as one of the best and scenic white water rafting sections of south India. It is located in Chikmaglur, 280 km from Bangalore on the banks or River Bhadra with an amazing countryside location. Rafting is open during June to October, when the water level of the river is very good. 8 km, 16 km, 22km and 40 km rafting in river Bhadra close to Kalasa are available. The 40 km rafting is possible only when water in the river is high. The rapids span out over a distance of 8 km and the rafting activity takes 1.5 hours to complete.
Total cost of doing rafting in Bhadra River is Rs. 2000/- inclusive of food and transportation. Nearest airport is Mangalore and railway station is Hubli.
11. Sultan Battery
Sultan Battery is a place located in Boloor, 4 km from the centre of Mangalore city. It is famous for its Watch Tower which was constructed in the era of the emperor Tipu Sultan. Sultan Battery was built of black stones and constructed to obstruct war ships from entering the river which was the major route for English invasion but was then retrieved from English by Tipu Sultan. At the top of the watch tower, one can get a panoramic view of Arabian Sea which leaves the nature lovers in boundless joy.
Mangalore Airport is located 13 Km from Sultan battery and it would take around 30 minutes to reach watch tower. Traveling time from Mangalore railway station to sultan battery is 20 minutes and covering around 8 Km.
12. Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace or the Mysore Maharaja Palace is one of the largest palaces in the country which is also known as Amba Vilas Palace, was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja’s of the Mysore state. The palace is located at the heart of Mysore city is one of the most visited monuments in India. Mysore Palace was built in the year 1912 for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty. There are 12 Hindu temples in the palace built in various times from 14th century till 1953. These include Someshvara Temple and Lakshmiramana among others.
Entry charge for the show is Rs. 40/- for adults, Rs. 25 for children between 7 to 12 years of age and Rs. 200 for foreign nationals. Mysore Palace is open all days of the week from 10 AM to 05.30 PM. The best time to visit the palace is around the time of Dussehra. The palace is lit every Sunday and on all public holidays. It takes 2 minutes to travel from Mysore Railway Station to Mysore Palace and the driving distance is 2 kms. 12 minutes to travel from Mysore Airport to Mysore Palace and the driving distance is 10 kms.
13. Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Garden is located near KRS Dam Road at a distance of 19 kms from Mysore City Center that is built across the river Cauvery and below Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. The dam was built by Sir M. Vishweshwariah in 1924 whereas the Brindavan Gardens were built by Sir Mirza Ismail.
The Garden is open to the Public from 6.30 A.M. to 9.00 P.M. Many Government and private buses ply often from Mysore City to K.RS. K.S.R.T.C. buses also ply from Bangalore to K.R.S. and Mysore. Entry fee for adults is Rs. 15/- and children’s is Rs.5/- per person. Entry time at Brindavan Garden is 6:30 AM to 9 PM. The best time to visit Brindavan Garden is between Octobers to February. It takes 2 hours, 46 minutes to travel from Brindavan Gardens to Mysore Railway Station and 2 hours, 57 minutes to travel from Brindavan Gardens to Mysore Airport.
14. Murudeshwara Temple
Murudeshwara Temple is a temple located in Murdeshwar, a town located in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. Murdeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. The temple is Famous for the world’s second tallest Shiva statue. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea and Western Ghats. Gopuram at the entry of the temple complex is a twenty storied that is around 237.5 feet tall and is called as Raja Gopuram which was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist Mr R N Shetty.
Murudeshwar is located around 70 km south of Gokarna and 180 km north of Mangalore. Murudeshwar is 1 km off NH17 and Murudeshwar Railway Station is on the Konkan Rail. Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport which is 160 km away from Murudeshwar. Best time to visit the temple is November to February. Maha Shivaratri during February is the important festival celebrated with much devotion and religious rituals.
15. Queen’s Bath
Queen’s Bath is an ancient royal spot that is used as the private bathing chamber of Vijayanagara kings and queens, Constructed during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. Although it is called as Queen’s bath, the pool was in all probability used by both, kings and queens. The Queen’s Bath is a rectangular building constructed in the centre of the structure. Its structure has an area of 30 square meters and the pond has an area of 15 square meters and a depth of 1.8 meters. The balconies are decorated with windows and supported by lotus bud tipped brackets.
A small garden is made in front for the queen’s bath for local picnics groups. The architecture of the structure is Indo-Saracenic in style. Tourists can visit the place on all days from 8 AM to 5:30 PM and the visiting period is of 40 minutes. The Queen’s Bath is located near the Royal Enclosure, one of the most famous ruin sites in Hampi. Nearest airport is Bellary airport and the nearest railway station is in the city of Hosapete (Hospet). Buses, private cars, cabs or other vehicles will be available from other towns and cities in Karnataka to reach Hampi.
16. Panambur Beach
Panambur Beach is on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is located at a distance of 10 km from Mangalore city. It is the most popular and most visited beaches in Mangalore that is known for its safety and well-maintenance. jet ski rides, boating, dolphin viewing and food stalls are the other attractions in the beach. The best season to visit Panambur is between October and February. This is the only privately managed beach in the country which is voted as India’s cleanest beach by NDTV.
Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport that is 12 km away from the beach. Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction are the nearest railway stations, at a distance of 14 km and 15 km respectively. Taxis can be availed from the airport and the railway stations for the beach.