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Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka Tourism
Posted: February 14, 2020 at 12:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Traffic Stats (Visitors):

Karnataka stands amongst the top 10 tourist destinations in India and had recorded a total number of 119.9 million domestic tourist visits in the year 2015.

Annual Foreigners visit (per year):

As per the statistics Karnataka received 0.64 million foreign tourists in 2015.

Cities to Visit

Some of the must-visit cities of Karnataka are:

Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli, Belgaum, and Madikeri 

Places to See

The top must-visit places in Karnataka are

  1. Lal Bagh Botanical Garden and Bangalore Palace in Bangalore
  1. Coorg – Located amongst hills and vast plantations this is a must-visit place for all nature lovers. Known for its misty landscapes and vast coffee plantations Coorg is one of the most alluring hills in all of India.
  1. Hampi – A UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient temples, forts, palaces and other monuments.
  1. Badami- Famous for its ancient rock cut monuments and stone temples.
  1. Pattadakkal – Famous for its temples and other world heritage sites depicting a fusion architectural style
  1. Bijapur- a town with a rich historical heritage, Bijapur is a great place for history buffs.
  1. Murudeshwar- Known for its huge Shiva temple, this is a religious place which also serves is popular for the scuba diving destination Netrani..
  1. Gokarna and Karwar Beach – Famed for its pristine beaches on one side and mountain on the other Gokarna and Karwar is also famous for its seafood cuisine, temples and festivals.
  1. Mysore – Mysore boasts of a rich and regal heritage and is a significant center of art and culture.
  1. Jog Falls – The highest waterfall of India, this is a major tourist attraction in Karnataka.
  1. Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks – these are two major wildlife protected area in Karnataka, known for several species of India’s endangered wildlife and scenic beauty.
  1. Udupi – This is a famous temple town and also a great place for food lovers.
  1. Chikmagalur – This is one of the most scenic hill stations in Karnataka and also among the most famous tourist places in Karnataka state.
  1. Dandeli- One of the most known adventure destinations in Karnataka this place also has a gorgeous natural backdrop, wildlife and dense forest cover. 
  1. Nandi Hills – Serene beauty, majestic forts, ancient temples, and lakes make it a picture-perfect destination. 
  1. Belur and Halebidu – Known for its ancient temple architecture. The Chennakeshava temple and Hoysaleswara temple are a must visit here. 

Major Cities Of Karnataka

Karnataka is opulent and diverse tourism destination. With more than 300 tourist attractions, Karnataka lures its visitors with fabulous cities, heritage, pilgrimage, adventure, pristine beaches, waterfalls and rivers. 

Some of the best places to visit in Karnataka are its cities. Let’s first find out about some of the must visit cities of Karnataka. 

  1. Bangalore

The capital of Karnataka and the 3rd most populated city in India and is also known by as the silicon valley of India. This city is now known by its Kannada name ‘Bengaluru’ which factually means ‘The City of Guards’. There are various tourist attractions in Bangalore along with an exciting night life. This city has various temples, palaces, lakes, parks, forts and shopping malls to visit.

  1. Mysore

Mysore is the most culturally rich city of Karnataka. This town was the capital of the princely State of Mysore for almost six centuries and was ruled by famed rulers like Sultan and Hyder Ali. Mysore is known for its extravagant palaces, forts, ancient temples and old churches. Mysore is also the birth place for various ancient art and craft styles that is well-known all over India. Mysore is also famed for yoga and Ayurveda and is must visit place for all who want to experience the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka.

  1. Mangalore

Mangalore located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats is a lovely city and is also one of the cleanest cities in India. This city was an important commercial hub since ancient times and is famous for rich culture imbibed within various temples and monuments of the old days. Mangalore also offers amazing beaches and hills making it a must visit place for all travelers. 

Important Cities 

  • Bijapur – Known for its Islamic era architecture this city is a cultural hub with numerous mosques, mausoleums, forts and palaces. 
  • Madekeri – The biggest town in Coorg , this is one of the most picturesque hill towns in Karnataka. 
  • Belgaum – An ancient with natural beauty and loads of history. Belgaum is also an important commercial and industrial hub of Karnataka. 
  • Chikmagalur – A picturesque little town carved on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, known for its scenic beauty and coffee plantations.
  • Gulbarga – A city with various temples and rich heritage

Themes of the State

 Hill Stations in Karnataka

Karnataka is blessed with beautiful hill stations dotted with waterfalls, green hills and rolling plantations. Some of the best hill stations in Karnataka are –

Coorg, Nandi Hills, Chikmagalur, Biligiri Hills, Kemmanagundi, Agumbe

Shopping Places in Karnataka

Shopping in Karnataka is an amazing experience. Karnataka has much to offer to its tourists. With its art, craft, famed silks, sandalwood and rosewood carvings and exquisite handicrafts, Karnataka is simply a shoppers paradise. Cities like Bangalore and Mysore also have dazzling shopping arcades and malls.

Phoenix Marketcity (Bengaluru), Commercial Street (Bengaluru), The Forum Koramangala Mall (Bengaluru), Devaraja Market (Mysuru), City Center Mall (Mangalore)

Best romantic places in Karnataka

Coorg, Gokarna Beach, Maravanthe Beach, Kabini

Best Beaches in Karnataka

Gokarna Beach, Karwar Beach, Kudle Beach, Malpe Beach, Maravanthe Beach

Religious tourist places in Karnataka

Murudeshwar, Dharmashtala, Shravanabelagola, Srirangapatna, Sringeri, Udupi, Kotilingeshwara, Talacauvery.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka

Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

 Best Time to Visit Karnataka

Summers in Karnataka’s central and northern part can be really harsh and hot. Beaches too get hot and humid in the summer months.  The most recommended time to visit Karnataka is between the months of November and April, when the days remain pleasant.


SeasonsMonths Temperature
SummersApril – June24°C-36°C
Post-MonsoonOctober- December21°C-28°c
WintersJanuary – March21°C-32°C

Fairs and Festivals in Karnataka

  • January – Hampi Festival, Pattadakal Dance Festival, Pongal, Makara Shankranti, Banashankari Fair
  • February – Shivratri, Mahamastakabhisheka, Kambala Buffalo Race
  • March – Holi, Ugadi, Vairamudi festival
  • April – Karaga
  • August – Ganesh Chaturthi
  • September – Bangalore International Arts Festival
  • October – Mysore Dushera, Tula Sankramana, Music and Beer Festival
  • November- December- Huthri, Kadalekayi Parishe, Kannada Rajyotsava, Godachi Fair

Culture, Tradition Dress of Karnataka

Karnataka has an age old culture of theatre and dance known as Rangabhoomi.

The traditional dress for women in Karnataka is Saree. Women all over the state wear woven cotton and silk sarees. Ilakal Sarees and Mysore silk are quite famous here. The draping style varies depending on the area. Davani is the traditional costume for young women and girls. The traditional wear for men is Dhoti known as Panche. Men wore the dhoti and wear a shirt.

Food & Habits

Karnataka Cuisine

The cuisine of Karnataka comprises of a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The most famed dishes and cuisines are from Udupi, Mangalore, Kodagu, North and South Karnataka.

Here are some of the most famed dished from Karnataka that every foodie must try- 

Jola roti, Thallipeet, Idli-vada Sambar, Bisi bele bath, Vangi Bath, Ragi mudde (Raagi ball) Akki rotti, Benne dosa, Koli saaru (chicken curry), Maamsa Saaru (Mutton Curry) and various pork dishes from Coastal Karnataka

The Udupi district of Karnataka is known for its dosas. Some of the most famed dishes are- Plain and Rave Idli, Mysore Masala Dosa , Neer Dosa and Maddur Vade. 

Districts and languages of Karnataka 

There are four administrative divisions of Karnataka are:

  • Bangalore Division
  • Belgaum Division
  • Kalaburagi Division
  • Mysore Division

The 30 districts of Karnataka state are divided under the four administrative divisions.

The districts of Karnataka state are:

  1. Bagalkote
  2. Bengaluru Rural
  3. Bengaluru Urban
  4. Belagavi
  5. Ballari
  6. Bidar
  7. Vijayapura
  8. Chamrajanagar
  9. Chikkaballapura
  10. Chikkamagaluru
  11. Chitradurga
  12. Dakshina Kannada
  13. Davanagere
  14. Dharwad
  15. Gadag
  16. Kalaburgi
  17. Hassan
  18. Haveri
  19. Kodagu
  20. Kolar
  21. Koppal
  22. Mandya
  23. Mysuru
  24. Raichur
  25. Ramanagara
  26. Shivamogga
  27. Tumakuru
  28. Udupi
  29. Uttar Kannada
  30. Yadgir 

Main Languages of Karnataka: 

Kannada is the official language of Karnataka and is spoken as a native language by approximately 70% of the population. The major linguistic minority groups in the State comprise the speakers of Urdu (9.72%), Telugu (8.34%), Marathi (3.95%), Tamil (3.82%), Malayalam (1.69%), Tulu (3.38%) and Hindi (1.87%).

English is also widely spoken in Karnataka owing to spread of education. 

Points of Statements 

Top 10 places to visit in Karnataka 

  1. Bangalore
  2. Mysore
  3. Hampi
  4. Badami
  5. Belur
  6. Coorg
  7. Bandipur National Park
  8. Gokarna
  9. Mangalore
  10. Udupi