Karnataka is a land known for many popular tourist attractions. It is famous for world heritage sites, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries, temples and beaches. Some well known tourist places in Karnataka are mentioned below:-
This place is known across the world for its Chalukyan temples which date back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Pattadakal has nine Hindu temples which stand out because of their exquisite architecture, design and sculpture. These temples display a perfect combination of North and South Indian architectural styles. It is one of the best examples of the Dravidian style of architecture.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is one of the most popular tourist places in Karnataka. It is well known for housing more than 500 monuments of the Vijayanagar Empire. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire which lasted from A.D 1336 to A.D 1565. The Royal Enclosure was the seat of the kings.
It is a fortified area. It is home to the ruins of many historical structures. For instance, the Mahanavami Platform is the place from where kings used to view the annual parade of their military power. The area is also home to many underground temples, aquatic structures and palaces. The other major tourist attractions here include Stone Chariot, Lakshmi Narasimha, Pushkarini Tank, Vittala Temple and Mustard Ganesh.
Coorg is also popular among tourists for its peaceful environment and natural beauty. It is located on the western ghats of Karnataka and is home to beautiful mountain ranges, spice and tea plantations and alluringly beautiful valleys.
The mountain ranges here have a number of trekking trails which attracts many adventurers. While trekking, you will get the opportunity to view beautiful landscapes, captivatingly beautiful waterfalls and numerous types of flora and fauna.
Mysore is known as the ‘City of Palaces’. It is home to many historic monuments and palaces. The city is also a major centre for silk production, rosewood carvings and sandalwood products. It was once the capital of the Mysore kingdom. The perfect combination of scenic beauty and culture draws tourists from different parts of the world every year.
The major palaces of the city include Mysore Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery and Srirangapatnam Fort and Obelisk. The major religious sites here include Nimishambha temple, Chamundeswari temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, Jama Masjid and St. Philomena’s Church. The best time to visit Mysore is during the Dusshera festival which is celebrated with great pomp and splendor.
Also known as Bengaluru, it is the capital of Karnataka and is a major industrial hub. The city is home to many beautiful gardens, malls, natural lakes, parks and architectural wonders. Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Bangalore include Ulsoor Lake, Lal Bagh Park, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha and Tipu Sultan Palace. Lal Bagh is spread over 240 acres. This botanical garden was built in 18th century by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. This beautiful garden is home to some of rare species of flora and fauna.
It also houses a lake and a glasshouse. The flower shows organized here are very popular.