Karnataka

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Karnataka is situated in the south western region of India. It is one of the most prosperous states in India. Karnataka has made tremendous progress in the fields of education, industry, agriculture, literature and tourism. Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka. Bengaluru is known as the Silicon Valley of Asia due to its flourishing Information Technology industry.

Karnataka, formerly Mysore, State, southwestern India. Area: 74,051 sq. mi (191,791 sq. km). Population: (2011) 61,130,704. Capital: Bangalore. Lying on the Arabian Sea, it is bordered by the states of Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Much of its territory is situated on the Karnataka Plateau, in the southern plateau region of the Indian subcontinent and in the hill region of the Western Ghats. The area was ruled by a series of Hindu dynasties before coming under British control in 1831. Mysore returned to native rule in 1881 as a princely state. Its name was changed to Karnataka (“Lofty Land”) in 1973. The majority of the population is engaged in agriculture. Rice and sugarcane are cultivated on the coastal plain, and coffee and tea are grown in the hill region. Dravidian languages, especially Kannada, are spoken by most of the population.

Bagalkot: Bagalkote is a city situated in the northern part of the Indian state of Karnataka. Geographically, it is located at the co-ordinates 16.18°N 75.7°E , and Situated along the banks of the River Ghataprabha, it lies at an average elevation of 533 meters above sea level. It is the head-quarters of bagalkote district.

Famous Places In bagalkot: Badami cave, Aihole, Pattadakal, Mahakuta, Kudalasangama, Almatti Dam.

Badami cave: The Badami cave temples are located in the town of Badami in the north-central part of Karnataka, India. The temples are about 88 miles (142 km) east of Belgavi (IATA Code: IXT), and 87 miles (140 km) northwest of Hampi. The Malaprabha River is 3 miles (4.8 km) away. The cave temples are 14 miles (23 km) from the UNESCO world heritage site Pattadakal and 22 miles (35 km) from Aihole – another site with over a hundred ancient and early medieval era Hindu, Jain and Buddhist monuments.

Aihole: Aihole has been a part of Hindu mythologies. It has a natural axe-shaped rock on the Malaprabha river bank north of the village, and a rock in the river show a footprint. Parashurama, the sixth Vishnu avatar, is stated in these legends to have washed his axe here after killing abusive Kshatriyas who were exploiting their military powers, giving the land its red color. A 19th-century local tradition believed that rock footprints in the river were those of Parashurama. A place near the Meguti hillocks show evidence of human settlement in prehistoric period. Aihole has historical significance and has been called a cradle of Hindu rock architecture.

Pattadakal: The Pattadakal monuments are located in the Indian state of Karnataka, about 165 kilometres (103 mi) southeast of Belgaum, 265 kilometres (165 mi) northeast from Goa, 14 miles (23 km) from Badami, via Karanataka state highway SH14, and about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Aihole, set midst sandstone mountains and Malprabha river valley. In total, there are over 150 Hindu, Jain and Buddhist monuments, and archaeological discoveries, dating from the 4th to 10th century CE, in addition to pre-historic dolmens and cave paintings that are preserved at the Pattadakal-Badami-Aihole site.

Mahakuta: The Mahakuta group of temples is located in Mahakuta, a village in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka state, India. It is an important place of worship for Hindus and the location of a well-known Shaiva monastery. The temples are dated to the 6th or 7th century CE and were constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty of Badami.

Kudalasangama: Kudalasangama (also written as Kudala Sangama) in India is an important center of pilgrimage for Lingayats. It is located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the Almatti Dam in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. The Krishna and Malaprabha River rivers merge here and flow east towards Srisaila (another pilgrim center) Andhra Pradesh. The Aikya Mantapa or the holy Samādhi of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat sect of Hindu religion along with Linga, which is believed to be self-born (Swayambhu), is here. The Kudala Sangama Development Board[2] takes care of the maintenance and development.

Almatti Dam: The Almatti Dam is a hydroelectric project on the Krishna River in North Karnataka, India which was completed in July 2005. The target annual electric output of the dam is 560 MU (or GWh).

The Almatti Dam is the main reservoir of the Upper Krishna Irrigation Project; the 290 MW power station is located on the right side of the Almatti Dam. The facility uses vertical kaplan turbines: five 55MW generators and one 15MW generator. Water is released in to the Narayanpur reservoir after using for power generation to serve the downstream irrigation needs. Two separate facilities namely, Almatti 1 Powerhouse and Almatti II Powerhouse each separated by distance do provide power generation capabilities.

Aihole: Home to over 125 beautiful Chalukyan temples and monuments, Aihole is a historical site in Bagalkot, Karnataka. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is surrounded by marvellous sandstone hills and villages on the banks of the Malaprabha River. It was formerly the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty with over 100 Hindu and Jain temples dating back to around 6th to 12th century. Today, Aihole is a prominent centre for temple architecture and intricate stonework.

Famous Places in Aihole: Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, Ravanaphadi Cave Temples, Archaeological Museum, Huchimalli Temple, Huchappayyagudi Temple, Gowda temple, Chakra Gudi, Meganagudi group, Kontigudi Temple, Jyothirlinga Temple, Galaganatha group, Suryanarayana Temple, Ambigera Gudi group, Triyambakeshvara group of temples, Chikkigudi group, Rachi gudi, Yeniar shrines, Jainagudis group, Badigera gudi, Halabasappana gudi.

Durga Temple: Aihole is called the cradle of temples in Karnataka and rightfully so, and the Durga Temple of Aihole is a beautiful and interesting slice of it. The ancient Dravidian structure can be traced back to the 7th-8th century during the rule of the Chalukyan kings in South India. Like every other monarch, this dynasty too built a good lot of temples and Durga Temple is among the most graceful as well as unique ones. The presence of pillars leading up to the sanctum and the apsidal corridor along the circumference of the core of the shrine give the majestic temple a true artistic divinity.

Lad Khan Temple: One of the temples that have stood here for the longest of times, the Lad Khan Temple is one of the oldest in Aihole. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is named after a Muslim Prince who resided here for a while. With the arts and sciences of constructing temples, not as evolved during the time this temple was built, as they were later, the Chalukyas built the temple in a Panchayat Hall style.

Ravanaphadi Cave Temples: This is one of the oldest rock cut cave temples in Aihole, having its origin in as early as the 6th century. A Shiva Linga is situated inside this temple and is endowed with various carvings of Lord Shiva.

Archaeological Museum: An Archaeological Survey of India run museum is located inside the Durga temple complex. Originally built as a sculpture shed, the setup evolved into a well laid out museum in the year 1987. Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faiths and concepts take shape of stone sculptures can also be found at the museum. You can also find inscriptions, antiques and a number of other fascinating exhibits over here. The museum is located 21 km west of Hunagunda taluk and is only 200 m away from the Aihole Bus stand.

Huchimalli Temple: Built in the 7th century, this temple has shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is located to the north of the village of Aihole. One of the most notable features of this temple is its steep water well and its intricate carvings of Karttikeya and his attendants. The temple also depicts Brahma, Garuda, and Surya along with carvings of the goddesses Ganga and Yamuna.

Huchappayyagudi Temple: Dating back to the 8th century, this temple is located on the way to the Malapranha River. The interiors of the temple are replete with multiple intricate carvings, including a beautifully carved image of Nataraja on the ceiling. Notably, the entire temple is carved out of one monolith and is a testament to the skill of the Chalukya masons. The temple is dedicated to the Nataraja avatar of Shiva and the insides of the temple show even more depictions of Shiva.

Gowda temple: A 12th century temple, built in a style similar to that of Lad Khan Temple with elements borrowed from the Kalyana Chalukya style, is a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati.

Chakra Gudi: Chakra Gudi is a 9th century temple and houses a rekhanagara style tower amongst few other elements and is located very close to the main Aihole Bus stand. This is a temple dedicated to Shiva and the temple is known for its intricate depictions of Garuda and two snakes.

Meganagudi group: Housing the only dated structure in the entire cluster of ancient temples that the village houses, this group, hence marks an early presence of the Dravidian style of architecture. The landmark of time that this group of temples houses is a structure called the Meguti Jain Temple and has its origin traced back to the 634 AD. Find in these temples a Jain Figure, a natural cavern and a small cave as well as instances of Bharavi and Kalidasa in their inscriptions.

Kontigudi Temple: The Kontigudi group of temples consist of four separate temples, built in the 7th century with a few additions in later years. These temples are located in the middle of the Bazaar of Aihole.

Jyothirlinga Temples: Situated at the south-west of the Ravanaphadi Caves, this group of temples dates back to the 8th century to 10th century. One finds Kadambanagara towers in some of these while inscriptions from the Kalyana Chalukya period in some.

Galaganatha group: On the banks of River Mahaprabha lies the Galaganatha group of temples, which houses 38 shrines, most of which are lost to ruins. However, one can visit the Galaganatha Temple, which has retained much of its structure and holds a shrine of Lord Shiva. Most of theses temples have their origins traced back to the 8th century while one structure here dates back to the 10th century.

Suryanarayana Temple: Featuring a 2 feet tall statue of Surya along with Usha and Sandhya, this temple dates back to the 7th or 8th century.

Ambigera Gudi group: Dating back to the 10th century and in much proximity to the Aihole Fort are the Ambigera Gudi group of temples. Located a stone’s throw away from the Aihole bus stand is a group of three temples that comprise the Ambigera Gudi temple group. The complex was built in the 10th century and is open until 6 PM every day.

Triyambakeshvara group of temple: Find an idol of Nataraja in these temples dating back to the 11the century.

Chikkigudi group: In close proximity to the Ambigera Gudi Group of temples, is the Chikkigudi group of temples. These temples stand out from its surroundings, given its sheer size. They are believed to have been built during the 7th century and are located in Ambigeragudi, close to Bagalkot. In a similar style of the temples built around the area, the Chikkigudi temples were also built with a large courtyard, a mandapa and individual shrines located within it.

Rachi gudi: This is an 11th century Shiva temple, with external walls carrying impressions and depictions of Vishnu, Nataraja, and Ganapathi.

Yeniar shrines: On the banks of River Malaprabha, is this group of 8 temples dating back to the 12th century.

Jainagudis group: Dating back to the 11th Century, the structure built in Kalyana Chalukya style of architecture houses a number of shrines and a Parshvanatha idol.

Charanthimatha group: An instance of the Kalyani Chalukya style of architecture, this group of temple dates back to sometime in the middle of the 11th and the 12th centuries. The central structure here is said to be the Trikutachala Temple, housing three shrines. These three temples are connected by a hallway. The temples are named after they fell during the rule of a Charantinatha ruler.

Badigera gudi: The 9th century Badigera Gudi temple was originally built as a Surya temple and one finds a rekhanagara tower, watching over the structure. The temple is dedicated to the sun god and is located in the Bagalkot and is best visited during the months of October to March.

Halabasappana gudi: One of the most striking and iconic landmarks in Aihole, Halabasappana Gudi was once a thriving temple but all that remains of it now are desolate ruins and yet it is still a popular tourist attraction. Inscribed at the door that opens to the temple hall is a carving of Yamuna and Ganga, amongst many other etchings made into the stone walls of the temple itself.

Belagavi: Belagavi ( earlier known as “Venugrama” or the “Bamboo Village”) is one of the oldest, strong, prominent and well cultured historical place nestling high in the Western Ghats. The old town area with cotton and silk weavers stands gloriously besides the modern, bustling, tree-lined British Cantonment. Step out of the forts and you have a wide choice of temples and churches to visit. Belagavi has an enviable heritage and offers much to be discovered. It lies in the zone of cultural transition between Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa with a known antiquity clearly traceable up to 2nd Century A.D. Due to its proximity with the states of Maharashtra and Goa, Belagavi has acquired the cultural flavour of these states and blended it with the local Kannada culture to create a rich heritage, which is unique in its manifestation.

Famous Places in Belagavi: Belgaum Fort, Kapileshwar Temple, Gokak Falls, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Kamal Basti, Fort Lake, Rakaskop Dam, Military Mahadev Temple, Godchinamalaki Falls, Vajrapoha Falls, Yellur Fort.

Belgaum Fort: The Belgaum Fort is a popular tourist attraction located in Belgaum. The state of Karnataka recently honoured it as the ‘state heritage monument’. It served as an impenetrable barricade against the violent attacks of the enemies. Mahatma Gandhi was also imprisoned here during the Freedom Movement of India. The Belgaum Fort has an adjoining lake, called the Fort Lake on which is a Floating Cafeteria. It is well maintained, and there are pedal boats as well as motorboats available for tourists.

Kapileshwar Temple: Kapileshwar Temple is a holy shrine in Belgaum City, dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as the southern Kashi. The temple is located beside the Shahpur Flyover which connects the central city of Belgaum to Shahpur. It is believed that the visit and darshan of the 12 Jyotirlinga scattered all over India will remain incomplete unless started from Kapileshwar Temple. The Shivalinga here is said to have self-incarnated, and the inscriptions in Kamal Basti have references to the temple and say that the temple might have been opened in 1000 AD. In a similar way as in Kashi, devotees are allowed access to the Shivalinga up close. There is a rare cluster of Banyan, Peepal and Ficus trees in the Compound of the Temple. The temple is open for devotees from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day. Kapileshwar Temple is visited by a massive wave of devotees during the Mahashivaratri.

Gokak Falls: Gokak Falls is known for its beautifully turbulent waters gushing over the rocks and down to a fall of 52 metres (170 feet). This humongous waterfall has a 170 meter long, hanging rope suspension bridge built over it that which allow visitors to walk right above the fall and feel the wind pushed by the river. The falls are located 60 km from Belgaum city.

Ramakrishna Mission Ashram: Located in the Belgaum Fort compound, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is a calm and quiet place serving as a retreat to its visitors from the bustle of Belgaum. The building where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days when he visited Belgaum in 1892 was handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission for Spiritual and Social purposes. The ashram was built in 2001, right after the renovation of the existing was completed.

Kamal Basti: Kamal Basadi’ also known as Kamal Basti is a 10th century Jain Temple built under the reign of Ralta Dynasty. The temple was built earlier in 1204 AD by Bichirja, a minister of Kartavirya IV. Two hundred years ago, the idol of lord Neminath was found in the jungle. The temple was built inside the Belgaum fort, along with Chikki Basti, which in the present time remains as a ruin. The name Kamal Basti is derived from the appearance of the temple as a lotus with 72 petals. Each petal consists of the name of the 24 Tirthankaras, for each period, carved on them. Today the monument has become a monumental structure, representing the chalukya style of architecture.

Fort Lake: The Fort Lake, also known as Kote Kere is one of the picnic spots of Belgaum City. Fort Lake is situated right in front of the Durga Temple entrance of the Belgaum Fort, welcoming tourists to the city. The Fort Lake has lush greenery surrounding it with walkways along its boundary with a regular crowd taking strolls.

Rakaskop Dam: Rakaskop Dam across the Markandeya River is a dam located on the outskirts of Belgaum city at a distance of about 16 km from the centre of the city known for its lush green environment that provides water to the complete city of Belgaum. The Dam is mostly visited by couples who wish to spend a peaceful time together and families alike. Rakaskop has turned out to be a famous picnic spot not only among the people of Belgaum and surrounding places but also among travellers who visit Belgaum once in a while. The village received its name due to a legend that says a Demon (Rakkasa) resided in a cave in the vicinity of the village. Accordingly, there is a cave on the hill with a Laterite figure in the shape of a sitting human figure.

Military Mahadev Temple: Located on the Camp Road in Belgaum in Karnataka, Military Mahadev Temple is one of the prime attractions in the city that has been built and maintained by the Indian Army. Founded in 1955 by Lieutenant General S.M. Shrinagesh, General Officer, and Commander-in-Chief Southern Command, the temple is situated in the heart of a lush green park. In addition to that, there is also a play area for the kids.

Godchinamalaki Falls: Located at a distance of 15 km from Gokak in the Belgaum district of Karnataka, Godchinamalaki Falls is a gorgeous waterfall based on the river Markandeya. Falling down a deep green valley, the entire spot reverberates with the tinkling gurgle of cascading water. Also known as Markandeya Falls, the waterfall actually recedes in two separate steps- the first one falls down from a height of 25 m and after a brief recess, the second one falls down at 20 m. The spectacle is a pure visual delight. Although swimming is not possible here but you can stand underneath the cold waters for a brief moment. But make sure you are careful of the slippery rocks.

Vajrapoha Falls: Nestled in the cosy hamlet of Jamboti near Belgaum in Karnataka, Vajrapoha Falls is a gorgeous cascade of shimmering water that falls down a rocky cliff creating a delightful spectacle. Falling down a height of 660 feet, the source of the waterfall in River Mandovi. Besides it is hidden from view and you will be required to follow the route through the woods to reach here. Vajrapoha Waterfalls is also the origin of several streams, the water from which serves for irrigation and drinking purposes in the adjoining villages and fields.

Yellur Fort: Perched at the top of a hill, Yellur Fort (also known as Rajhansgad Yellur Fort) is an ancient fort that has been ruled by several kings including the Marathas, Peshwas, Hoysalas, and Bahamanis etc. Besides the stunning views of the valley below, glossy carpeted meadows and verdant paddy fields, the fortress also has a Shiva Temple and a rustic well enclosed within the walls. While local vehicles can take you to the top, you can enjoy a short trek to reach the top.

Bengaluru: Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is India’s third-largest city. Bangalore is loved for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and the many lakes here. Bangalore is renowned for its eateries, street food corners, quirky cafes, coffee roasters and pubs dotting every corner of the city, serving cuisines from all over the world. Brunches, buffets, burgers, rooftop cafes, late-night eats – Bangalore has it all.

Famous Places in Bengaluru: Lal Bagh, Church Street, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore palace, Cubbon Park, ISKCON Temple Bangalore, Nandi Hills, Wonderla Amusement Park, Innovative Film City, Tipu Sultan Palace, National Gallery of Modern Art, Commercial Street, Art of Living International Centre, Lumbini Gardens, Vidhana Soudha, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Ulsoor Lake, Shiva Temple, UB City Mall, MG Road, St. Mary’s Basilica, Chunchi Falls, Fun World Amusement Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, Go-karting, Muthyala Maduvu, Bangalore Aquarium, Bull Temple, Sankey Tank, Devanahalli Fort, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Snow City, Big Banyan Tree, Indian Music Experience, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Siddara Betta, Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, Avalabetta, Manchanabele Dam, Skandagiri, Bananthimari Betta, Doddamakali, Devarayanadurga, Kanakapura.

Lalbagh: Lalbagh botanical garden is home to numerous birds and wildlife and has a lake. It is popular for flower shows conducted here during Republic Day and Independence Day week. There is also a bonsai garden, topiary garden, lotus garden and rose garden inside.

Church Street: About 750 m long, Church Street in Bangalore is one of the busiest and most beloved streets, named after St. Mark’s Cathedral. It is lined with gift shops, music shops, bookstores, restaurants and cafes, some of them being the oldest in the city, all selling a wide variety of products and tasty treats. There are days when artists set up shop out on the streets and sell their work that includes paintings, photo frames, posters and handmade items. There are arcades for children and adults to play at and tattoo parlours too.

Bangalore palace: The majestic Bangalore palace is a royal palace known for its architecture with beautiful carvings both inside and outside. It is owned by the Mysore Royal family. The sprawling grounds around the palace are ideal for a picnic.

Bannerghatta National Park: Located 22 km away, the Bannerghatta National Park is a sanctuary for a large variety of flora and fauna. The main attractions here are an aquarium, a zoo, a Children’s park, Crocodile Farm, Snake Park and a Prehistoric Animals’ Park. It is also popular for hiking and trekking.

Cubbon Park: Cubbon Park is the most famous attraction in Bangalore. In addition to being a natural sightseeing destination, Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park Museum, Bangalore Aquarium and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park are also situated here.

ISKCON Temple: ISKCON Bangalore is one of the largest Krishna Hindu temples in the world. The cultural complex accommodating dedicated deities of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahlada Narasimha.

Nandi Hills: Nandi Hills is a scenic hill station situated close to Bangalore, serving as one of the most popular destinations for trekking of Karnataka and escaping the busy city life of Bangalore.

Wonderla Amusement Park: Wonderla is said to be the best amusement park in the city (and also one of the best in the country), and attracts all those looking for a rush of adrenaline. While it is most famous for the high-thrill dry rides, it also features some relaxed, fun rides, hence providing something for every visitor.

Innovative Film City: Innovative Film City is an Indian movie theme park, popular for a day trip. It houses amusement park rides, museums, adventure sports among other things.

Tipu Sultan Palace: Tipu Sultan Palace was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. It is now converted into a museum and is famous for its Indo-Islamic architecture consisting of ornamental frescoes, magnificent arches, protruding balconies and brilliant motifs. It is located inside the Bangalore Fort.

National Gallery of Modern Art: National Gallery of Modern Art is a two-storeyed museum based in a colonial-style residential building. It showcases the cultural ethos of India from periods as early as the 18th century. There is also a huge auditorium, a charming cafeteria, and a reference library here.

Commercial Street: Commercial Street is the oldest and busiest shopping place in Bangalore. It is famous for clothes, jewellery, electronics, footwear and local food joints.

Art of Living International Centre: Located 21 kms southwest of Bangalore on Kanakpura Road atop Panchagiri Hills, Art of Living Centre is the headquarter of the spiritual, cultural organization Art of Living Foundation, established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Constructed in 1986, the ashram focuses at creating a stress-free society through its multitudinous programmes which include yoga, meditation, Ayurveda treatments etc. The magnanimous campus housing several mini gardens, tiny water lake and abundance of trees is popularly called the “Bangalore Ashram” and draws over 1.2 million people from across the world annually. The centre is considered a retreat from the stress and din of the city and provides the much needed therapy and solace from city blues.

Lumbini Gardens: Lumbini Gardens is a public park on the banks of Nagawara Lake in Bangalore. It is dedicated to Lord Budhha. The main attractions here are a kid’s park, boating club, fountain, walking path and food stalls.

Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka. Popularly known as the ‘Taj Mahal of South India’, it is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. It is illuminated on Sunday and public holidays.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a popular attraction in Bangalore. The Sky Theatre is its main attraction which imitates the way the sky looks to us. There is also a mirror dome show, a science park, and a special programme conducted here first Sunday evening of every month.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum: Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum houses machines and artefacts related to science and technology. There are also interesting shows and the “Science for Kids” centre here. It is a fun place to visit with kids.

Ulsoor Lake: One of the largest lakes in Bangalore, the Ulsoor Lake is sprawled over an area of 50 hectares. Ulsoor lake was built by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, who was Bangalore’s commissioner at that time. Sit back or walk in the periphery of the park or click a few shots of the endemic birds that call this destination their home. One of the most popular activities in Ulsoor Lake is boating.Ulsoor Lake is also an important venue for the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi, sometime during August and September every year.

Shiva Temple: The Shiva Temple of Bangalore is considered one of the most beautiful Shiva temples in India. It is landmarked by a huge white monolith of Lord Shiva in a an artificial pool of water and Himalayas all around.

UB City Mall: Located in the CBD (Central Business District) in Bangalore, this luxury mall is the one-stop destination for all your high-end brand needs. Assimilation of four towers as a whole, it is spread over a mind-boggling area of 13 acres. The place takes care of all your exclusive needs, whether it is shopping at some high-end store, ultra-fine dining, or even taking a Spa after a long day of work, this place has it all.

MG Road: MG Road is one of the most popular shopping and entertainment hubs in Bangalore. It runs from Trinity Circle to Anil Kumble Circle. Items such as traditional handicrafts, silk, sarees and cutlery and bone china are available here. MG Road is also popular for pubs and nightclubs.

St. Mary’s Basilica: St. Mary’s Basilica is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities it holds during the St. Mary’s Feast, in September each year.

Chunchi Falls: Chunchi Falls is a 50-ft high waterfall fed by the river Arkavati. It is a popular day trip from Bangalore, perfect for a family picnic. There is a watchtower on the way to falls offering a stunning view. Swimming is prohibited in the falls.

HAL Aerospace Museum: HAL Aerospace Museum is India’s first aerospace museum. It houses a display of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibits of Indian aviation history.

Go-karting: Go-karting is the most breathtaking activities available at many places in Bangalore, which can be enjoyed with family and friends.

Muthyala Maduvu: Muthyala Maduvu, popularly known as Pearl Valley, is a picnic spot and day trip from Bangalore. The main attraction here is a waterfall. It is also popular for trekking.

Bangalore Aquarium: Located in Cubbon Park, the Bangalore Aquarium is the most famous and largest aquarium in Bangalore and the second-largest in India. It offers on display a variety of ornamental and exotic cultivable fishes including Siamese Fighters, Catla, Freshwater Prawns, Goldfish, Red Tail Shark and many others.

Bull Temple: The Bull Temple, also known as Nandi Temple, is one of the oldest temples in the city of Bengaluru. The temple is popularly called as ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi’ by the locals and is the biggest temple dedicated to Nandi in the world. Nandi, the bull, is the mount or ‘vahana’ of Lord Shiva and the guardian deity of Lord Shiva’s abode, Kailashagiri; according to Hindu traditions. This temple is every Shiva devotee’s must-visit destination because Nandi holds great importance to Lord Shiva.

Sankey Tank: Sankey Tank is a manmade lake, spread across an area of 37.5 acres near Vyalikaval, Malleshwaram and Sadashivanagar. The Maurya Sankey Boat Club offers guests a wide variety of boat rides, for example, rowboats, pedal boats and motorboats.

Devanahalli Fort: Known for its historical significance and archaeological brilliance, Devanahalli Fort is located 35 kms north of the city of Bangalore. Lately in ruins, the fort once was the birthplace and residence of the great warrior Tipu Sultan.

Maha Bodhi Society Temple: Maha Bodhi Society Temple is a recent addition to the temples of Bengaluru, this one houses a library and a bookshop with a sprawling collection of texts on Buddhism and is constantly the hub of a number of spiritual retreats and lectures. The place conducts teachings on Dharma and meditation retreat on specific days of the month. You can go there and meditate for as long as you want. The temple is located right opposite Freedom Park.

Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple: Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God- Hanuman. It also houses a Shivalinga and beautiful shrines of Ram, Sita and Lakshman.

Venkatappa Art Gallery: Located in the premises of Karnataka Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery situated on Kasturba Road, Cubbon Park flaunts over 600 paintings. Named after the most famous artist of Bangalore city – K. Venkatappa, the gallery houses resplendent works of the namesake painter and other renowned artists as well.

Halasuru Someshwara Temple: Located in the suburbs of Halasuru (Ulsoor) in Bangalore, Halasuru Someshwara Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Built in around the 12th and the 13th centuries by the Hoysalas, the temple is now managed and maintained by the Endowment Department of the Karnataka government.

Snow City: Snow City is a unique, one of a kind amusement located in JC Nagar in Bangalore. Covered in artificial snow and generously sprinkled with snow animal sculptures, toys and igloos, the theme park is a popular destination for the city folks especially the kids. Besides, the park also has a plethora of swings and slide for the children and a gorgeous snow castle.

Big Banyan Tree: The Big Banyan Tree or locally called as the Dodda Alada Mara is a 400 year old banyan tree in the village of Kethohalli near Bangalore. Sprawling over a vast 3 acres of land, the tree is one of the largest of its kind.

Indian Music Experience: Spread across 50,000 square feet, the Indian Music Experience in Bengaluru is the first interactive music museum of the nation that is most innovatively disrupting the conventional notion of museums among visitors. The Museum exhibits everything about Indian music under a single roof, right from classical to folk, regional and Bollywood.

Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain: Created in 1995 by B. N. A. Technology Consulting Limited, Hong Kong, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain is probably the most technically advanced and one of the biggest artificially created fountains in India. Located on T. Chowdaiah Road, the enthralling fountain has been based on multimedia technology, MIDI interfaces and hardware architecture.

Siddara Betta: Siddara Betta is a popular tourist attraction in the Tumkur district of Karnataka immersed in rocky boulders, temples and caves with an elevation of 1700 feet. The hillock is popular amongst trekkers and spiritual seekers alike, with one of the main attractions of the hill being the Lord Shiva temple enclosed in a cave that sees a fair number of devotees throughout the year.

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta: Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is almost 16 kilometres from the town of Kanakapura is a great trekking destination for a day trek. It is one of the highest hills in the neighbouring area and also houses a temple devoted to Lord Rangaswamy that is constructed under a large white granite monolith.

Avalabetta: Avalabetta often called as “Nandi Hills without the crowd” is a perfect place to relish the same scenic beauty as the Nandi Hills but without the commotion. Standing on the top of the hill, you can witness the magical view of lush green trees and variegated rocky terrain which is spread out profusely.

Manchanabele Dam: Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. It is replete with cool and clear water and is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset.

Skandagiri: If you thought that trekking is an activity only to be done in the morning, you are certainly wrong. Skandagiri, a hilltown near Bangalore, gives you the opportunity to trek and explore the hills in the night while the moon is casting its light. Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga or Kalavara Betta is at an elevation of 1450 meters surrounded by the Nandi Hills. The hill has a ruined fort on the way which makes the night trek even more interesting by adding the element of horror. And the best part is that you can spend the night at the hilltop under the star. Not to forget the bonfire that is especially lit for the trekkers to sit around and enjoy the warmth.

Bananthimari Betta: Located at a distance of 3 kms from the town of Kanakapura near Bangalore, Bananthimari Betta is a twin hillock surrounded by lush green fields with patches of flowers and rocky surface in turns. The beautiful valley in between is laden with an emerald velvetine grass cover and through it flows the most quaint and beautiful stream ever.

Doddamakali: Situated at a distance of about 132 kms from the city of Bangalore on 6 kms from Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Doddamakali is a living example of pristine rustic charm and idyllic sylvan setting. The place makes for an ideal weekend getaway away from the hustle bustle and chaos of the city amidst natural surroundings and euphoric atmosphere.

Devarayanadurga: Devarayanadurga or DD Hills which translates to “the fort of God” is a tranquil hill station located near Tumkur district in the state of Karnataka. Situated at an elevation of 4000 ft., Devarayanadurga is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore to live among the trees and visit the beautifully crafted temples.

Kanakapura: In the state of Karnataka a beautiful city is nestled amongst trees and rivers which is great for a weekend getaway. Kanakapura is rich in heritage and culture. This place is a hidden gem bountiful in greenery and waterfalls. A few days in this wonderful and picturesque place will leave you rejuvenate.

Bidar: Bidar city is known for its Bidri handicraft products, and its rich history. Bidar is also considered one of the holiest place for Sikh pilgrimage. Unlike other places in the region, Bidar is the coldest and wettest place in north Karnataka.

Famous Places in Bidar: Narasimha Cave Temple, Bidar Fort, Bahamani Tombs, Papnash Shiva Temple, Rangin Mahal, Chaubara, Solah Khamba Mosque, Mohamad Gawan Madrasa, Chaukhandi Hazrat Khalil Ullah, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib.

Narasimha Cave Temple: A famous cave temple popularly referred to as Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple is dedicated to self manifested deity of Narasimha Dev. To worship the deity of the temple, devotees have to pass through the cave which comprise of a continuously flowing stream of water.

Bidar Fort: A perfect place for history buffs, Bidar Fort is an exemplary symbol of the Bahmani Dynasty built by Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahman. Constructed in Persian architectural style, the fort complex houses an old city comprising of plethora of monuments including Rangin Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takhat Mahal etc.

Bahamani Tombs: A cluster of 12 tombs located in Ashtoor are what is known as Bahamani Tombs. The tombs comprise of large mausoleums adorned with lofty domes, arches and niches.

Papnash Shiva Temple: Papnash Shiva Temple is one of the most popular temples of the city. It is believed that Lord Ram while returning from Lanka installed a Shivalingam in this temple.

Rangin Mahal: Located inside the Bidar Fort complex, Rangin Mahal is an architectural wonder that is one of the best preserved monuments till date. A perfect epitome of craftsmanship of mid-16th century, the palace is situated near Gumbad Gate.

Chaubara: Situated in the heart of the city, Chaubara is a 22m high old cylindrical tower. One can witness the spell-binding views of the whole plateau from the top of the tower, the building serving as a watchtower.

Solah Khamba Mosque: Displaying the relics of the past, Solah Khamba Mosque is a popular structure also known as Zanana Masjid. Constructed between the years 1423 and 1424 by Qubil Sultani, the name of the mosque is derived from 16 pillars erected in front of the complex.

Mohamad Gawan Madrasa: Located in the old part of the city Bidar, Mohamad Gawan Madrasa is actually the remains of a building that was once the theological college. Established in year 1472 by Gawan, an exile from Persia and a scholar of Bahmai court, the madrasa apart from the place of imparting knowledge is also a specimen of great artwork.

Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah: Located at a distance of 4km from Bidar, Chaukhandi is a tomb created in the honor of Hazrat Khalil Ullah, the spiritual advisor of Mughal emperor Ahmad Shah.

Chamarajanagar: Chamarajanagar is the southernmost district in the state of Karnataka India. It was carved out of the original larger mysore district in the year 1997. Chamarajanagar town is the headquarters of this district.

Famous Places in Chamarajanagar: Barchukki Falls, Gopalaswamy Temple, BR Hills, MM Hills.

Barchukki Falls: South – 3 km to the east the dargah is a bar duck in the Kollegal taluk. It is here that the east of the Kaveri floods suddenly fall into the rocky valley. Beautiful settings around the fall of the water.

Gopalaswamy Temple: Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a hill (betta in Kannada) located in the Gundlupete Taluk, Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka, at a height of 1450m India and is extensively wooded. It is also the highest peak in the Bandipura National Park. It lies in the core area of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wild life including elephants. Dense fog predominates and covers the hills round the year and thus gets the prefix Himavad (in the language of Karnataka) and the temple of Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) gives the full name of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta.

BR Hills: The Biligirirangana Hills commonly called BR Hills is a hill range situated in south-eastern karnataka, at its border with Tamil nadu (Erode District) in south India. The area is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or simply BRT Wildlife Sanctuary.

MM Hills: Male Mahadeshwara Betta is a pilgrim town located in the hanur taluk of chamarajanagar district of southern karnataka. It is situated at about 150 km from mysore and about 210 km from bengalore. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a very popular Shaiva pilgrim centre and one of the most powerful shiva temples. It draws lakhs of pilgrims from the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The area of the present temple surroundings is 155.57 acres (0.6296 km2). In addition, the temple has lands at Talabetta, Haleyuru and Indiganatha villages. Amidst dense forest, the temple attracts not only the pilgrims but also nature lovers. The height of the hill is about 3000 feet above sea level.

Chikballapur: Chikkaballapura is the district headquarters of the newly created Chikkaballapura district in the state of Karnataka, India. Located within 3 km of Muddenahalli (the birthplace of eminent engineer and statesman Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya) and its nearby town, Kanivenarayanapura.

Famous Places in Chikballapur: Vivekanand Falls, Ranganatha Swamy temple, Kaivara, Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli, Bhoganandeeshwara Temple, Trekking, Chintamani.

Vivekanand Falls: Located at a distance of approximately 12 km from the Chikballapur, one has to go through the Kethenahalli and walk the remaining 1km distance since it is impossible to take vehicles there. However, the falls dry up during summers.

Ranganatha Swamy temple: The Ranganatha Swamy temple or Rangasthala as it is known is situated 5km down Chikballapur towards the Gauribidanur village. This is a beautifully designed temple with a brilliantly carved stone statue of Vishnu and there are scriptures written in original Vijaynagar way on a black stone.

Kaivara: A part of the epic Mahabharata, this place is known to be the temporary home for the Pandavas when they lived in exile. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers is said to have killed the asura (demon) Bakasura.

Nandi Hills: Nandi Hills is located about 10 km south of Chikballapur off the state highway 74. It takes about 7 km more to reach the top of the hill from the base.

Muddenahalli: Muddenahalli is the home town of Sri M.Visveswaraya(Sir.MokshaGondam Visveswaraya), the architect of modern Karnataka. Located just a few Kilometres from Nandi Hills, the house of this genius is converted to a museum is a must visit.

Bhoganandeeshwara Temple: Constructed around 806 A.D. by Rathnavalli of Bana Dynasty in the Dravidian style, this temple is known for its ancient Architecture. This temple is located in the Nandi Village and is a good place for the history and architecture enthusiasts.

Trekking: Chikballapur offers many sites for trekking, located 15 km away there are 6 hills including the Nandi Hills. The other hills are Nandi Giri, Chandra Giri, Indra Giri, Brahma Giri, Kalavara hill, and Hema Giri.

Chintamani: This is a town named after a Maratha Chieftain Chintamani Rao, famous for its gold, silver and incense trade. It also draws thousands of pilgrims to one of the oldest dargahs in Karnataka, the Murugmulla Dargah of Fakhi Shah Wali about 8 km from Chintamani.

Chikmagalur: Lying on the foot hills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is a small, distinctive and beautiful city, famous for its coffee plantations. The city was earlier known as the Kadur district and post-independence was renamed Chikkamagaluru district. Currently, Chikmagalur is one of Karnataka’s most preferred holiday destinations. By means of railways and roadways, the city is connected to all the prominent cities of the state. The peaceful atmosphere of this city is portrayed in the temples of all religions displaying the diversified uniqueness in the town. At present, the town is a primary midpoint of education, trade and commerce.

Famous Places in chikmagalur: Baba Budangiri, Mullayanagiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kudremukh National Park, Rafting in Bhadra River, Coffee Plantations, Hebbe Falls, Bhadra dam, Coffee Museum, Kalhatti Falls, Hirekolale Lake, Z Point, Jhari Waterfalls, Kemmanagundi, Manikyadhara Falls, Belavadi, Inam Dattatreya Peetha, Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Ballalarayana Durga, Ghatikallu.

Baba Budangiri: Baba Budangiri is a mountain range renowned for its shrine to the Sufi Saint, Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar. It is also a popular trekking spot from Chikmagalur. The 9km trek starts from Sarpadhari and takes 5 hours to complete. The rare Neel Kurinji flowers also bloom here once in 12 years.

Mullayanagiri: Mullayanagiri is the highest peak of Karnataka known for its peaceful ambience and nature’s raw beauty. Part of the Baba Budangiri Ranges, it is a famous trekking point from Chikmagalur. Mountain biking is also available here.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Covering a vast area of over 490 sq. kms, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the districts of Shimoga and Chikmagalur, 38 km west of the Chikmagalur town in Karnataka. Surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats on all sides, the view of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary looks like a scene right out of a movie.

Kudremukh National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kudremukh National Park is famous for bird watching and trekking. It houses around 200 species of birds. A permit is needed from the forest ranger to trek to Kudremukh Peak.

Rafting in Bhadra River: Located in Karnataka, Chikmaglur is a haven for adventure-seekers. It is situated 45 kms from Bhadra River which is equidistant from well-known hill stations and wildlife regions in the Western Ghats such as Sakleshpur, Kudremukh, Charamadi Ghats.

Coffee Plantations: Taking a tour of the resplendent coffee plantations is one of the most essential things to do in Chikmagalur. Aside from reveling in the fresh aromatic smell of coffee beans and relaxing amidst the verdant green plantations, the estates owners arrange frequent tours where you can learn about the history of coffee and other details.

Hebbe Falls: Hebbe Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the Chikmagalur. The water here is believed to have medicinal properties. The area around the waterfall has dense forest and plenty of coffee plantations.

Bhadra dam: The Bhadra dam is constructed on the river Bhadra, which is a tributary of the River Tungabhadra. The dam is surrounded by lush greenery is popular for kayaking and boating.

Coffee Museum: Located in Chikmagalur, the Coffee Museum is a unique repertoire of the coffee business, right from growing to the brewing of the beans.

Kalhatti Falls: Kalahatti Falls is the perfect combination for anyone seeking spirituality and serenity in a single location. Also known as the Kalahasti Falls, the Kalahatti Falls are situated in Chikmagalur. They are at a distance of 10 kilometres from the Kemmangundi hill station. The location has the infamous Veerabradeshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Hirekolale Lake: Situated amidst the huge mountain ranges covered in green with the lake in the backdrop, a drive to the Hirekolale Lake is worth it for experiencing a perfect picture postcard setting. The beauty of the lake enhances when visited during sunset as the saffron colour of the sunrays gets reflected onto the lake thereby making the spot appear magical.

Z Point: Nestled in Kemmangundi and offering exquisite views of the Western Ghats, Z Point is a vantage point that can be reached after undertaking a trek of 3kms. This trekking trail begins from Kemmanagundi Raj Bhavan and into the thick forest from which you will come across Shanti Waterfalls.

Jhari Waterfalls: Jhari Waterfalls also known as the Buttermilk Falls is situated near Attigundi at a distance of 12 km from Baba Budangiri. This waterfall is a perfect place which provides a serene environment to its visitors. Nestled in a harmonious environment, it is worth visiting.

Kemmanagundi: Kemmanagundi is one of the most popular hill stations and retreats in the area. The highest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri, too is found here. Natural beauty take all shapes and forms here from streams, waterfalls, springs, forests to gardens.

Manikyadhara Falls: Endearingly known as Nellikayi Theertha, Manikyadhara Falls is one of the most enchanting and gorgeous waterfalls located on the Bababudan Road near Chikmagalur in Karnataka. Nestled in the heart of the Shola Forest, the perennial cascading waterfalls with sparkling clean water is not only a remarkable visual delight but is also the halting point of the various treks undertaken at the Baba Budangiri hills. Falling down a height of 30 feet, the waterfall offers stunning views of the mist covered green mountains in the backdrop and of the narrow valley down below.

Belavadi: Being a national heritage site and one of the prime attractions in Karnataka, Belavadi is just 29 km from Chikmagalur. It is a scenic village surrounded by a lush landscape that makes it a perfect place for one to relax. The village of Belavadi is believed to have a lot of historical significance due to the presence of the Veer Narayana temple which was constructed by the Hoysalas and for the legend of Belavadi Mallamma who was a fearless warrior and queen who fought against Shivaji, the Maratha King thereby winning his admiration in the 17th century.

Inam Dattatreya Peetha: Located in a cave on the Baba Budan Giri Hills, what makes this holy site interesting is that it is visited by both Hindus and Muslims alike. The cave is believed to have provided shelter to Guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Another highlight of visiting the site is the journey there. Visitors can either trek up the hills or take a 2-wheeler or a car to reach the cave.

Sringeri Sharada Peetham: Nestled amongst the backdrop of the exquisite Malnad Hills on the banks of River Tunga and established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Sringeri Sharada Peetham is named after the great Rishi Rishyashringa.

Ballalarayana Durga Fort: Ballalarayana Durga is a hill fort in Chikmagalur that is situated in the village of Bettabalige between the towns of Kottegehara and Kalasa. Boasting of rich history and cultural significant, the vantage point is perched at a height of 1509 metres and offers some of the best panoramic vistas and picturesque views in the region. Cosily tucked up in the Western Ghats, it can only be reached through a trek amidst the dense forests. Although the hill fort is currently in ruins with only periphery walls, a few arches and a basement, it is a major tourist destination, a popular picnic spot in addition to being an ideal campsite.

Ghatikallu: The name ‘Ghatikallu’ refers to a peak that offers panoramic views of the valley. A two-hour drive from Chikmagalur takes one to Ghatikallu, a gem in the crown of the Western Ghats. Surrounded by lush green valleys and acres of coffee and areca nut plantations, this place in Chikmagalur district has everything that a nature lover could ever wish for: streams, waterfalls, hills, thick forests and above all, its resounding quietude. Travellers come all the way here seeking the bliss of camping, star-gazing, trekking and river walks.

Chitradurga: Chitradurga is one of the 30 districts of Karnataka and a place with historical significance which is located to the North West 200 kms away from Bengaluru. It includes taluks like Chitradurga, Molkalmur, Holalkere, Hiriyuru, Challakere and Hosadurga. Chitradurga is very distinctive with its curious myths, human dwellings dating back to Stone age, enriched with the sites of ancient, historical, cultural and religious significance has been a place with a civilization of thousands of years and an amalgamation of antiquity and modernisation.

Famous Places in Chitradurga: Fort of Chitradurga, Vani Vilasa Sagara.

Fort of Chitradurga: The fort of Chitradurga is the first and foremost monument that ponders in to the mind of the tourists by the very mentioning of the name of this district. This strong fortress with 7 concentric ramparts is classified as “Giridurga” i.e. a Hill fort. This hill fort possessing seven pinnacles is named as “Chinmuladri”. which has seven ranges that surround a central hill called as ‘tuppada kola’, which has Hidimbeshwara hill and the Shivalaya hill to its east and Northeast directions respectively and to the Western side is the Kahalebatheri hill and the Lal-batheri and Nallikayisiddappa hills are situated in the southern side. The Jandabatheri and the Bhimanabatheri are to the north of this hill.

Vani Vilasa Sagara: Vani Vilasa Sagara dam is one of the tourist place of the district. Before Independence Mysore Maharaja’s built dam for Vedavathi River near a place called “Marikanive”. It is locted at a distance of 20km from Hiriyur and at a distace of 60km from Chitradurga. It looks like Indian Map from one side of the Dam.

Dakshina Kannada: Dakshina Kannada is located in the southern and coastal part of Karnataka. District head quarter is Mangaluru (347 km from Bengaluru) and it is spread across 5 Taluks – Mangaluru, Puttur, Belthangadi, Bantwal and Sulya.

Famous Places in Dakshina Kannada: Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala.

Kukke Subrahmanya: Nestled between hills, this pilgrim center, 104 Kms. from Mangaluru is famous for the temple of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya. The epics narrate how the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under God Subrahmanya, in the caves. Here God Subrahmanya is worshipped as a snake, which is the god’s divine power.This place is famous for serpent rituals and is dedicated to the serpent ritual like ‘Sarpa Samskara’

Dharmasthala: Situated 75 Kms. East of Mangaluru, set in sylvan surroundings on the lower slopes of the Western Ghats, this well known pilgrimage center is an interesting amalgam of faiths. The Manjunatha Temple is a prominent Shaivaite Center, that has Madhwa Vaishnavaite priests and is administered by a hereditary Jain family, the Heggades. The Jain influence can be seen in the 39 ft. statue of Bahubali, erected in 1980 on the hill near the temple. Opposite the temple is the Manjusha Museum which houses a wide rage of objects, including ancient scripts on palm leaves, silver jewellery and religious statuary.

Davangere: Davanagere district carved out of the erstwhile three districts namely Chitradurga, Shimoga and Bellary derives its name from DEVANAGARI. Davanagere is one of THIRTY districts of Karnataka state. With creation of the new district on 15th August 1997 with Davanagere as its headquarters the district was given the name of the headquarters town called Davanagere.

Famous Places in Davangere: Kunduvada Kere, Bagali, Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Karanji Mantapa, Bathi Gudda, Sulekere, Anekonda, Eshwara Temple, Betur, Comprehensive Water Supply Tank,

Kunduvada Kere: Kunduvada Kere is a popular destination of the city which serves as a major picnic spot. Located near the Kundvada Village on NH-4 Bypass road, the place is best known for its mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset.

Bagali: Bagali, famous for an ancient Kalleshwara Temple of 9th century is situated in the proximity to Harpanahalli. Showcasing the Chalukyan period architectural style, the temple complex houses carved statue of Lord Ugra Narasimha.

Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple: Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is believed to be established around 800 years ago, the estimated time of origin of Shamanur Village.

Karanji Mantapa: Karanji Mantapa is another historic place in the city that offers its tourists the antiquity of its glorious past. Featuring a tank of Santhebennur adorned with beautiful stone carved chariot in its middle, the place is almost 36 km from the city.

Bathi Gudda: Located about 5km from Davanagere, this place is a sight of beauty and tranquility. It is a mountainous peak offering a spell binding sight of Harihar and the cities of Davanagere.

Sulekere: Also referred to as Soole Kere or Shanthi Sagara, this place is a famous tourist attraction and a main source of water supply. The pond, said to be created during 12th century by Princess Shanthi is a second largest pond in Asia.

Anekonda: Anekonda is a place for the history lovers as the place once served as the place where the elephants of the army were tied up. As per the story goes, it was when Betur was the capital.

Eshwara Temple: Another temple of great historic significance, Eshwara Temple is an example of amusing Hoysala style of architecture. Created with the help of mud and plaster, today the temple comprises of only two cells while the south cell collapsed in the past.

Betur: Betur is an ancient site with an essence of old world where one can witness the relics of Chalukyan style of architecture. Situated 6km from Davanagere on Davanagere-Jaglur road, it is believed that during the medieval period capital of Tribhuvana Malla Pandya was present at the exactly same site.

Comprehensive Water Supply Tank: A main source of water storage during summers, the Comprehensive Water Supply Tank is situated near the T.V. station in the main city. Once served as the site implementing of primary stage of water supply scheme in 1917, today the tank with a area of 38 acres and capacity of 45 gallons caters to the daily need of water supply of the whole city.

Dharwad: Dharwad, also known as Dharwar, is a city located in the north western part of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of the Dharwad district of Karnataka and forms a contiguous urban area with the city of Hubballi. It was merged with Hubballi in 1962 to form the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad.

Famous Places in Dharwad: Chandramouleshwara Temple, Shambulingeshwara Temple Kundgol, Tamboor Basavanna Temple Kalaghatagi, Shri Amruteshwara Temple, Sadhankeri Park Dharwad, Tapovana Dharwad.

Chandramouleshwara Temple: Chandramouleshwara Temple at Unkal, the Chalukya architectural monument located in the suburbs of Hubbali, it is one of the good example of the Chalukya Architecture. Chandramouleshwara the exquisite 900 year old temple, It is not less than marvel when compared any popular tourist destination like the famous Chennakeshava Temple of Belur.
Details of Temple: Unlike other Shiva temples in the North Karnataka region, the Chandramouleshwara Temple has four doors in as many directions besides two big Shivalingas. The temple has sculpted walls and pillars of black granite stones.

Shambulingeshwara Temple Kundgol: The ancient Shambulingeswara and Brahma temples are here. The important ancient temples like Rameshwara, Basavanna, Kalmeshwara and Siddalingeshwara are found in “Vadolli” which is 8 km from Kundagol. In the core of the Rameswara temple a huge star shaped statue of ‘Shivalinga’ has been installed.

Tamboor Basavanna Temple Kalaghatagi: Tamboor is an important center of pilgrimage for people of the Lingayat faith. The Temple of Basavanna, one of the most revered saints of the Lingayat faith lies here. In the 12th century, the Chalukya and Ganga dynasties ruled there. The Tamboor jathre or congregations attracts pilgrims from all over Karnataka as one of the major community or ‘panchamsali lingayaths’ are large number devoted here visiting regularly. Tamboor (Tambur) Basavanna temple is situated 11 km from Kalghatgi, at the end of Devikoppa Forest.Tamboor is located at Western Ghats. Thick forests here hold tigers, chital, elephant, sarang, cobra, and other wildlife.

Shri Amruteshwara Temple: Shri Amruteshwara Temple, Annigeri (Navalgund): The Amruteshwara Temple at Annigeri was built in the Dharwad District in 1050 CE with dravida articulation, and was the first temple made of soapstone. The large and black stone Amruteshwar Temple is in the Kalyani Chalukyas style. The temple has a roof supported by 76 pillars and carvings of mythological figures on its walls. The Amruteshwara Temple was to be the prototype for later, more articulated structures such as the Mahadeva Temple (Itagi) at Itagi.

Sadhankeri Park Dharwad: Sadhanakeri is a park honouring the great Kannada poet
Dr. Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre. There is even a lovely Kannada song ’ Baro Sadhanakerige”. This place is in Dharwad, may be a half hour drive from Hubli. It is very well maintained, a big beautiful park, the lawns, statues etc, and in the centre there is a lake where you can go boating.

Tapovana Dharwad: Tapovana’ stands as a meditational and yoga centre. It is 5 km. away from the town towards Haliyala Road, Dharwad founded by internationally famed Kumara Swamiji in the year 1965. This centre is a spiritual of shore for the aspirants.

Gadag: Gadag is a city in Karnataka state in India.It is the administrative headquarters of Gadag District. Gadag and its sister city Betageri have a combined city administration. Gadag immediately brings to mind the name of Narayanappa, popularly known as Kumaravyasa, the author of Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari.

Famous Places in Gadag: Gadag Zoo, Lakkundi, Kappat Gudda Mundaragi, Trikuteshwar Temple Gadag, Veeranarayaswamy Temple.

Gadag Zoo: It was established in the year 1972 and also known as Binkadakatti Zoo. Home to various types of species, Gadag Zoo also shelters rescued wild animals to be nurtured and rehabilitate. The Zoo is also a center for research studies on the habitats and other fields relating to wild animals. Overall, the Zoo summarizes a retreat to the wild animals in Nature.

Lakkundi: Lakkundi is paradise of temples. Lakkundi is located at a distance of 11 km South-East of Gadag in Gadag district. As per the inscriptions, Lakkundi is also called as ‘Lokki Gundi’ in the inscription; which was a prominent city a thousand years back.

Kappat Gudda Mundaragi: Kappat Gudda is located in southern part of the Gadag. The top of Kappat Gudda is 750 meters above the sea level.

 Trikuteshwar Temple Gadag: The Trikuteshwara Temple is a beautiful Shiva Temple in Gadag town, Gadag district in North Karnataka. Gadag is famous for its ancient temples mostly constructed during the Kalyani Chalukya period. Gadag has other famous temples like the Veera Narayana temple and the dilapidated but still attractive Someshwara temple.

Veeranarayaswamy Temple: Veeranarayana is a Hindu temple known to have been built around c.1117 by the Hoysala empire King Vishnuvardhana after his conversion to the Hinduism. Gadag city is the administrative headquarters of Gadag district in the state of Karnataka, India. The primary deity in temple is the Hindu god Narayana (also known as Vishnu). The Veeranarayana temple is a protected monument under the Karnataka state division of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Hassan: Hassan District is one of the 30 districts of Karnataka state located in the south-western part of Karnataka in India. The district has had an eventful and rich history. In the past, it reached the height of its glory during the rule of the Hoysalas who had their capital at Dwarasamudra, the modern Halebeed in Belur Taluk. The district, noted for its enchanting natural scenic beauty is also a veritable treasure-house of Hoysala architecture and sculpture, the best specimens of which are at Belur and Halebeed. Shravanabelagola, in Channarayapatna taluk, which is studded with Jain moduments, is a renowned centre of pilgrimage for the jains.

Famous Places in Hassan: Hoysala Temples at Mosale, Shettyhalli Church, Bhagwan Bahubali Statue, Gorur Dam, Kadareswara Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Shri Ranganatha temple, Ishvara Temple, Ramanathpur Temple, Maharaja Park, Koravangala Temple, Kabbaligere Hill, Bisle Ghat, Lakshmi Devi Temple, Hasanamba Temple, Hemavathi Reservoir, Bhoga Narsimha Temple, Jain Matt, Parvathamma Betta, Kappe Chennigaraya Temple, Allalanatha Temple, Hulikere Pond.

Hoysala Temples at Mosale: Nageshwara and Channakeshava, the twin temples built at edge of the Mosale village depicts the Hoysala style of architecture. These structures are famous for its intricately designed architecture and scriptures.

Shettyhalli Church: Shettyhalli submerged church as it is called was built on the banks of the River Hemavathi in the 18th century. The church is submerged in water for most parts of the year and is a site to watch.

Bhagwan Bahubali Statue: Built in 983 AD, Bhagwan Bahubali Statue or Gommateshwara is a 17 metre tall free standing monoliths statue of the Jain deity, Bahubali. It is located on Vindhyagiri Hills. The location is also a perfect place to get a panoramic view of the surroundings. The statue was awarded the title of one of the seven wonders of India in 2005.

Gorur Dam: Gorur dam forms the Hemavathi reservoir built in the 1900s across the Hemavathi River. The dam is named after a famous Kanada literature personality called Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar.

Kadareswara Temple: Kadareswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by Veer Ballala II, a Hoysala King and Ketaladevi, his Queen around 1220 A. D. The stunning structure has traditional Hoysala style architecture in soapstone and has enchantingly intricate carvings, relief work and sculptures depicting the legends of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is a stunning 13th-century shrine temple built by Bommanna Dandanayaka who served as a commander in the Hoysala Dynasty. The bas-relief and sculpture work on the temple increase its architectural beauty and are a treat to the tourists. The temple is a built with soapstone and is another good example of the rich culture of the dynasty.

Shri Ranganatha temple: Shri Ranganatha temple is built on the Mavinakerre hill along the way from Hassan. It consists of a Hanuman statue and as a contemporary architecture. The drive is pleasing surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Ishvara Temple: Ishvara Temple, Arasikere is an 11th century Lord Shiva Temple built by the Hoysala Kings. It is famous for its rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture. The single shrine temple, its complex craftsmanship and the intricacies of the carvings are not found in other Hoysala structures, thus making it a famous attraction in the region.

Ramanathpur Temple: Ramanathpur Temple, a pilgrim spot is situated 50km from Hassan on the banks of the river Cauvery. There are many other temples in the vicinity within walking distance of each other. Owing to this, the place is called as Dakshina Kailasa meaning the ‘Kashi of the South’.

Maharaja Park: Maharaja Park is a peaceful park in the town equipped with a children’s play area, spacious walkways lined by tall trees and lush green lawns. It is a popular picnic spot in the town and is often visited by locals and tourists as well.

Koravangala Temple: Koravangala Temple, also called the Bucesvara Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by Buchiraja to celebrate the coronation of Veer Ballala II of the Hoysala Dynasty in the 12th century. This temple also was built according to the Hoysala architecture and adorns stunning carvings on the soapstone structure.

Kabbaligere Hill: Kabbaligere Hill is a scenic location near Kabbaligere Village. Many prefer going on long drives or for photography, nature walks or trekking on the hill. It a perfect tranquil escape for the locals.

Bisle Ghat: Bisle Ghat or Bisle Forest Reserve is a famous sanctuary in the Western Ghats housing a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bisle Betta is a viewpoint to get a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges. Bisle Ghat at the other end forest reserve acts as a natural corridor that links the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Lakshmi Devi Temple: Lakshmi Devi Temple is an ancient 12th century temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It was built by the Hoysala Dynasty and has the traditional Hoysala architecture in soapstone. The grand temple adorns beautiful sculpture, inscriptions and bas-relief work but has a unique feature, the Chatuskuta, wherein one can find four shrines and a tower.

Hasanamba Temple: Hasanamba Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti whose idol is actually an anthill. The temple opens for devotees only for two weeks during Diwali. The devotees often offer raw rice and light a lamp when the temple is closed. Many have claimed that the rice never gets rotten and the lamp always burns until it is opened in the succeeding year.

Hemavathi Reservoir: Hemvathy Reservoir is the formed by Hemvathy Dam constructed on River Hemvathy. With a catchment area of 2,800 square kilometres, the reservoir is an important source of drinking water and water for irrigation purposes for the region. The beautiful surroundings also make the location a preferred picnic spot.

Bhoga Narsimha Temple: Bhoga Narsimha Temple is a simple yet impressive temple located on the foothills of Devarayanadurga which is a famous trekking destination in the town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Devotees offer food items to the deity and donate food to other devotees.

Jain Matt: Jain Matt is an important Jain pilgrimage located on a hill and needs climbing about 700 steps. The monastery has 19th century stone and metal idols. The Monastery head, Charukeerti Bhattarakha Swamy meets devotees almost every day. Followers throng in large numbers to seek blessings from the monastery head every day.

Parvathamma Betta: Parvathamma Betta is famous amidst trekker. The uneven and rough terrain of the attraction is deemed apt by many adventure seekers. The attraction also has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. The top of the attraction is frequently visited to get a fabulous view of the surroundings.

Kappe Chennigaraya Temple: Kappe Chennigaraya Temple is a majestic 12th century temple built by Queen Shantala Devi. It is a part of the Chanakeshava Temple complex and is located next to a pond. The stone architecture has splendid carvings and bas-relief work which adds to the aesthetic appeal of the temple complex.

Allalanatha Temple: Allalanatha Temple is a dedicated to Lord Channajesava. The temple has an 18 foot tall idol of the presiding deity made of black stone. Several religious poojas and Abhishekas are also performed at the temple.

Hulikere Pond: Hulikere Pond is a stunning work of architecture built by the Hoysala Kings. The pond is surrounded by lush greenery and has descending steps made of the stone to reach the water. The beautiful structure is lined by several shrines which are believed to represent the constellations.

Haveri: Haveri district is exactly in the center of Karnataka with equal distance from Bidar in the far north to Kollegal in the far south. It is also known as the gateway district to the northern districts of Karnataka. The District has an area of 4823 Sq. kms and has a population of 15, 97,668 of which 77.75% lives in rural area as per 2011 census.

Famous Places in Haveri: Siddhesvara temple, Tarakeshwara Temple, Galageshwara Temple.

Siddhesvara temple: The temple is located within the city limits and is walk able distance from Bus Stand.

Tarakeshwara Temple: The name of the temple is derived from the Tarakeshwara form of Lord Shiva. Even though the credit of construction of this temple goes to the Kadambas, it was the Kalyani Chalukyas that made significant changes to make it into the form we see today.

Galageshwara Temple: Galageshwara Temple also knowns as Galaganatha Temple and is located in a small village named Galaganath, which was earlier known as Palluni. It was constructed during the rule of Chalukyas. It is a breathtaking Shiva Temple with sculptures and intricate carvings.

Kalaburagi: Kalaburagi district is on of the three districts that were transferred from Hyderabad State to Karnataka state at the time of re-organization of the state in 1956. The district is one among the 30 districts of Karnataka State. It is located in the Northern part of the state and lies between 76°.04′ and 77°.42 east longitude, and 17°.12′ and 17°.46′ north latitude, covering an area of 10,951 km². It is bounded on the west by Bijapur district of Karnataka and Sholapur district of Maharashtra, on the west by RangaReddy and Medak district of Telegana State, on the north by Bidar district and Osmanabad district of Maharashtra and on the south by Yadgir district of Karnataka.

Famous Places in Kalaburagi: Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Buddha Vihar, Gulbarga Fort, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Chandrampalli Dam, Jama Masjid, Haft Gumbaz, Koranti Hanuman Temple,

Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah: To witness a unique confluence of religious diversity, visit the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah. This is the tomb of the famous Sufi mystic Khwaja Bande Nawaz. Home to a vast library composed of more than ten thousand books of Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages, this mausoleum is one of the most visited sites of Gulbarga. The Persian, Indo-Saracenic and Arabic influences on the building are evident from the dome and towers that surround the tomb. Even today, the Darga stands as a testament to the unity of various religions of the region. People believe that all wishes come true to earnest devotees who step foot in the mausoleum, regardless of religion.

Buddha Vihar: Nestled amidst arrant tranquillity and serenity, Buddha Vihar is the place to be if you are someone who enjoys peace. Situated within the Gulbarga University, the monument is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage center constructed in the conventional Buddhist styles of India.

Gulbarga Fort: Arguably the most popular tourist attraction at Gulbarga, this fort was built in the twelfth century by the Kakatiya king Raja Gulchand. This granite monument imposes a stunning façade which exhibits a beautiful blend of Persian and Indian architecture. Renovated by the Bahmani rulers two hundred years later, the Fort was expanded to strike a formidable barrier to invaders.

Sharana Basaveshwara Temple: Sharana Basaveshwara Temple also known as Sabhamandapa is located in Gulbarga. It is a sacred place dedicated to Saint Basaveshwara, who is identified as a teacher, philosopher, and enlightened being who made several significant contributions to society, under the wing of Hinduism. Built-in the twelfth century by the Lingayat saint Sharana Basaveshwara, this temple is a marvel of Hindu stone carvings.

Chandrampalli Dam: The Chandrampalli dam is located in Karnataka, in the district of Gulbarga. It is one of the primary dams constructed on the bed of river Bhima (during 1973). The dam is surrounded by the thick covers of Gottam Gotta forest. There is an island located on the Dam which has attracted various tourists and visitors. The Dam is about 28.65 meters high and 926 meters long. The pleasant weather of the town is accompanied by the beautiful scape of the two mountains that are connected through the Dam. The region has emerged as an ideal location for trekking and camping.

Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid is a 14th-century mosque in the Gulbarga City of Karnataka. It is a part of the Gulbarga Fort complex which marks the establishment of the Bahmani Kingdom in the Deccan. The mosque is considered one of the first to be built in South India. Jama Masjid Gulbarga along with the Spanish Mosque of Hyderabad (built inside Paigah Palace) are the two only Indian mosques that reflect the essence of Spanish architecture. They both have interior similar to the Great Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba, Spain.

Haft Gumbaz: Also called ‘Saat Gumbaz’, this is a series of seven tombs of Bahmani military leaders built side-by-side in Gulbarga. While the actual tombs are out-of-bounds to visitors, you can visit the outer structure. The tombs are laid out in a neat, structured way, with sprawling gardens. The aura is calm and peaceful. Haft Gumbaz is perfect for a relaxing evening as you contemplate life and enjoy the Persian-style monuments.

Koranti Hanuman Temple: This temple is the newest addition to the tourist attractions of Gulbarga. Less than a hundred years old, the significance of this temple lies in the massive statue of the Hindu God Hanuman at the entrance. The large idol of Hanuman is kneeling as two royal elephants flank the statue. Locally called ‘Guarantee’ Hanuman, this deity is believed to grant all wishes. Ram Navami festivities are held with great pomp and joy here.

Kodagu: Kodagu (Coorg), the thickly wooded grandeur on the Western Ghats, is the most beautiful hill station of Karnataka. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometers (1,584 sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. As of 2001, the population was 548,561, 13.74% of which resided in the district’s urban centers, making it the least populous of the 30 districts in Karnataka. Kodagu is well known in the world for coffee and its “brave warriors”. Madikeri is the headquarters of Kodagu. Kodagu is home to the native speakers of Kodava language.

Famous Places in Kodagu: Abbey Falls, Talakaveri, Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, River Rafting, Honnamana Kere Lake, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Gaddige Raja’s tomb, Namdroling Monastery, Omkareshwara temple, Dubare Elephant camp, Tadiandamol Peak, Iruppu Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Somwarpet, Nilakandi Falls, Pushpagiri  wildlife, Bhagamandala, Brahmagiri Trek, Mallalli Falls, Kutta.

Abbey Falls: Abbey Falls, also known as Abbi Falls, is located around 10 kilometres away from the town of Madikeri and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in and around Coorg. The water cascade coming down from the cliff from a height of 70 feet provides a spectacular scene to behold.

Talakaveri: Talakaveri is the source of the river Kaveri, located on the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala. Kodavas erected a tank which is now considered as its origin. It is believed that the river originates as a spring feeding a tank or a Kundike and then flows underground to re-emerge as Kaveri some distance away. The place has a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kaveriamma is located next to the tank and bathing in it on special occasions is considered holy.

Raja’s Seat: Raja’s Seat is a garden built on an elevated ground overseeing the valleys that lie to the west, making it a popular viewpoint to watch sunrise and sunset. Dotted with flowering plants and skillfully designed artificial fountains, the garden was a favourite venue to rejuvenate for the Kings of Kodagu, and they loved watching the sunsets sitting here as they spent some memorable time with their Queens. The garden here is a preferred picnic spot for the locals.

Madikeri Fort: Built in the 17th century by Muddu Raja using mud, the structure was rebuilt by Tipu Sultan in granite.

River Rafting: Barapole River is a famous white river rafting destination in Coorg. The white frothy river with speedy waters and rapids, flowing through beautiful landscapes, makes for an ideal river rafting experience. White water rafting is organized in Upper Barapole in Kithu-Kakkatu River which is a strong catchment area for the monsoons, thus providing some of the most challenging stretches of rapids. The Barapole River surges through dense forests and offers rafting participants a breathtaking view of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Honnamana Kere Lake: Known to be the biggest lake in Coorg, Honnamana Kere Lake has spiritual as well as historical significance. The lake is surrounded by hills, coffee plantations and man-made caves. Named after Goddess Honnamana, adjacent to this lake is a temple dedicated to the goddess.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: The Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary covers 181 square km and has got its name from the Brahmagiri Park, which is the highest peak with a height of 1608 m. The primary vegetation of the sanctuary includes evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, shoal forest patches in grasslands and bamboos. The sanctuary was established in the year 1974 and is surrounded by plantations of coffee and cardamom.

Gaddige Raja’s tomb: Built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this beautiful structure of Gaddige Raja’s tomb is the mortal remains of the Kodavad Royalty. These tombs date back to 1820.

Namdroling Monastery: Namdroling Monastery, situated at a distance of 34 km from the Coorg, is the largest teaching centre of the school of Tibetan Buddhism known as Nyingmapa. Popularly known as the ‘Golden Temple’, the Namdroling Monastery holds some excellent examples of Tibetan architecture and artwork, as seen with the elaborately decorated temple tower and ornate outer walls, intricately adorned with beautiful murals.

Omkareshwara temple: Depicting both Islamic and Gothic architecture, Omkareshwara temple was built in 1820 by Lingarajendra as a dedication to Lord Shiva.

Dubare Elephant camp: Once a training site for elephants of the famous Dasara procession in Mysore, the Dubare Elephant camp offers a unique adventure to visitors by allowing them the experience of living in coexistence with the trained elephants on-site.

Tadiandamol Peak: Tadiandamol is the highest mountain peak in Coorg, at an elevation of 1748m. Most tourists interested in trekking are drawn to this place as the journey is difficult, but the view from the top, unparalleled.

Iruppu Falls: Iruppu Falls is a fresh water cascade located in the Brahmagiri Mountain Range, in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. These are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, a name derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls. A major tourist attraction, it attracts a large number of tourists because of their mesmerizing natural beauty.

Nagarhole National Park: With its diversity of flora and fauna, the Nagarhole National Park is one of the best known wildlife reserves in India. It houses not just multiple species of plants and shrubbery but also mammals, reptiles, crawlers and rare birds.

Somwarpet: Somwarpet, a town in the north east of the Coorg district, has several tourist attractions, the main being Beelur Golf Club along with the Mallalli Falls and the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nilakandi Falls: The Nilakandi Falls are located the midst of the dense tropical forests of Coorg. It is a picturesque and serene waterfall that lends trekkers a wonderful waterfall experience. Honey Valley is a private resort in which this beautiful waterfall is located.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Pushpagiri is one of the 21 wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and home to many rare and endangered species of birds. The Kumara Parvat peak lies here. This National Park is also a proposed World Heritage site. Mandalapatti Peak and Mallalli Falls, one of the most popular attractions in Coorg, are located in the sanctuary.

Bhagamandala: Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage site situated in the scenic foothills of Talacauvery, at a distance of only 39 kms from Madikeri. A bath in the holy waters of the Bhagamandala is not only sacred but also a very spiritually uplifting and cleansing experience.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Taking individuals deep inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, the Brahmagiri trek is a delight with its myriad offerings. The route traverses lush forests, green grasslands and countless small streams and rivers.

Kolar: Kolar The Golden city of India, is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of Kolar District and is known for production of Milk, which recently surpassed Denmark, and gold mining. Kolar is popularly known as the land of silk, milk, Mango,(National fruit of India) and gold.

Famous Places in Kolar: Someshwara Temple, Kotilingeshwara temple, Kolar Gold Fields, Anthargange.

Someshwara Temple: The Someshwara Temple in Kolar is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ornate, 14th-century temple of national importance. The Dravidian style architecture is observed here especially through the tall, detailed brick and stucco structure that is placed over the entrance to the temple. This is known to be a richer, more detailed version of the Someswar temple in Bengaluru. The temple is carefully, exquisitely carved and is embellished with decorative mouldings of important symbols and animals.

Kotilingeshwara temple: The Kotilingeshwara temple is located in Kolar district, Karnataka. It is famous for hosting one of the largest Shiva lingams in the world, standing 108ft tall. A 35ft tall Nandi (Bull), Shiva’s Vahana (Vehicle), has also been showcased here. It has become a centre for Shiva bhakti and worship. There are around five lakh shivalingas placed at this temple. The Kotilingeshwara Temple has an on-site rest house, marriage hall, meditation hall and exhibition centre.

Kolar Gold Fields: The Kolar Gold Fields, better known as KGF, are located in Kolar District, Karnataka. this region gained fame for being one of the most prominent gold mines in India and is believed to be the second deepest gold mines in the world. A town deeply influenced by colonial culture, the pleasant worth and British-style bungalows have earned it the name of ‘Little England’. Now, the mines are defunct and non-operational. It is not possible to visit the underground mines but one can visit the many British bungalows in this region.

Anthargange: Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore. The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.

Koppal: Koppal, a newborn district of Karnataka state, carved out of Raichur District. It is situated between 15* 09′ 00″ to 16* 03′ 30″ North Latitude and 75* 47′ 30″ to 76* 48′ 10″ East Longitude. It consists of four talukas Koppal, Gangavathi, Kushtagi, and Yelburga and newly formed three talukas (19.01.2018) Kanakagiri, Karatagi and (18.01.2018) Kukanoor. Koppal district is surrounded by Raichur district in the east, Gadag district in the West, Bagalkot district in the north, Bellary district in the south. Koppal District headquarters is closest to the world heritage Hampi. Koppal district is an administrative district in the state of Karnataka in India. In the past Koppal was referred to as ‘Kopana Nagara’. Hampi, a World heritage center, covers some areas of Koppal District. It is situated approximately 38 km away. Anegundi is also a famous travel destination.
Mysore: Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Today, Mysore is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Its grand and imposing palaces, majestic temples, gardens leave an ever-lasting impression on the visitor.

Famous Places in Mysore: Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Somanathapura Temple, Chamundeshwari Temple, Shuka Vana, Jaganmohan Palace, Bonsai Garden, Karanji Lake, St. Philomena’s Church, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, GRS Fantasy Park, Edmuri Falls, Talakadu, Folklore Museum, Trinesvaraswamy Temple, Nanjangud, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Kunti Betta, Masinagudi, Chunchanakatte Falls,  Balmuri Falls.

Mysore Palace: The former residence of the royal family of Mysore, the Mysore Palace is an extremely breath-taking example of the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture. It was built in the year 1912 for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty, and is till date one of the biggest palaces in the country. It’s one of the most popular and well known tourist attractions in India.

Brindavan Gardens: Built across the Kaveri River, these beautiful gardens were constructed by Krishnaraja Wodeyar. These gardens spread over 60 acres of land and were modeled after the Shalimar gardens of Kashmir. The beauty of these gardens multiplies in the evenings when the fountains light up in various colors.

Mysore Zoo: Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, also known as the Mysore Zoo is one of the best zoological gardens in India. Along with being home to various species of birds, mammals and reptiles, this zoo also engages in captive breeding of exotic and endangered species. The world’s first caesarian section delivery performed on an elephant in Mysore zoo gave it global fame and recognition.

Somanathapura Temple: The village is named after Somnath, the commander of the Hoysala army who founded this place. It has a perfect natural setting for a family picnic. Also, the Somnathpur temple is a classic example of the stone carvings in Hoysala architecture.

Chamundeshwari Temple: Built atop the Chamundi Hills, this temple dates back to the 12th century. The idol of the main deity is made of gold. Also featured in this temple is a intricately engraved seven storey Gopuram and a silver plated entrance.

Shuka Vana: Home to over 2000 birds, the Shuka Vana in Mysore currently holds the record for most bird species in an aviary in the Guinness Book of World Records. This unique park, commonly known as Parrot Park, is a part of the Avadhoota Datta Peetham in the Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashram, and also serves as a rehabilitation centre for abused, injured and abandoned birds.

Jaganmohan Palace: Jaganmohan Palace held an important position in the administrative and legislative affairs of Mysore for a long period. From hosting the early convocations of the Mysore University to holding the first session of the Legislative Council of Mysore, this facade has seen it all. Finally, in 1915, the palace was deemed fit to be an art gallery and is a safe house for as many as 2000 paintings which pertain to various art forms such as Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan.

Bonsai Garden: The Bonsai Garden of Mysore is home to over a 100 different varieties of Bonsai trees spread across a vast estate of about 4 acres. It is a part of the Avadoota Datta Peetham of the Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashrama.

Rail Museum: The Mysore Rail Museum is the second of its kind in India, right after the National Railways Museum of Delhi. The museum depicts the journey and development of the Indian railways through an opulent collection of photographs and various other exhibits, housing a plethora of information and insight into the intricacies of the railway engine.

Karanji Lake: Karanji Lake, also known as the fountain lake, is a popular picnic spot. Visitors are allowed to bring packed food, and there is a coffee shop as well. It is a beautiful place to explore the different species of birds as the lake exhibits as many as 147 species including herons, Asian open bill storks, cormorant, grey pelican, etc.

St. Philomena’s Church: Recognized as the second tallest church of Asia, St. Philomena’s Church was constructed to pay tribute to the Catholic Saint and martyr of Roman Catholic Church, Saint Philomena. It is one of the most important historical sites in Mysore and is frequently visited by tourists from all over the country.

GRS Fantasy Park: GRS Fantasy Park is a theme based amusement park and one of the favorites among the locals of Mysore. It offers some really amusing rides and activities making it a perfect spot for friends and families to hangout.

Edmuri Falls: Located on the Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Marg, 3 km from Mysore city, Edmuri Falls (also known as Yedmuri Falls) is a quaint waterfall that comes in pair with the adjoining Balmuri Falls. Originating from the River Cauvery, the waterfall is generated when it comes in contact with a 6 feet rocky steep slope on the path of the river. In the view of the lush green backdrop of the hills and the sparkling water in sight, the waterfall is a pure visual delight.

Talakadu: Nestled on the banks of River Cauvery, Talakadu is town known for its sand dunes. With a rich past and heritage, the town is also quite famous among the devotees who come here for a special worship.

Folklore Museum: A part of the Mysore University, the museum is home to one of the most elaborate collections of folk art, products and articles. Visit the museum to witness one of the most sprawling depictions of the state’s folk art.

Trinesvaraswamy Temple: This ancient temple is located outside the Mysore Fort, the main deity being Trinesvara i.e. the three eyed Shiva. The gopura of this temple was destroyed in the 18th century, but the beauty of the Dravidian architecture is still on display here.

Nanjangud: Mysore is a temple town located on the banks of Kabini river. The temple is built in the Dravidian style. It houses three main deities, Lord Nanjundeshwara, Goddess Parvathi and Lord Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi.