Karnataka is a charming and pleasing state, located in South India. Dotted with bounties of quaint beaches, serene hill stations, grand temples and wonderful specimens of heritage, Karnataka is a popular tourist destination, which is most frequently visited by large number of tourists and devotees from all over the world.
The Mysore Palace, the Gomateshwar statue, ruins of Hampi, hill station of Chikmaglur are among the most prominent tourism landmarks of Karnataka. A typical organized Karnataka tours offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the wonderful destinations in the state. The state of Karnataka gives various tour options such as religious tours, beach tours, heritage tours and adventure tours among others.
Being a prominent pilgrim destination, Karnataka is home to some of the most sacred temples and religious places that can't be missed from the itinerary of Karnataka tours. Banavasi, Mudabidri, Dharmasthala, Murudeshwar and Shravanabelagola are the significant pilgrim centers in the state. Religious tours of Karnataka offer you a golden opportunity to explore the holy temples including Vithala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Cave Temples in Badami, Channakeshava Temple, Chamundi Hill Temple, Biligiri Rangana Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, etc.
The state of Karnataka also houses many historical monuments, forts, wonderful museums and archaeological sites. The ruins of Hampi, mausoleum of Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, sculptures of Belur and Halebid, hills of Kodau, Gomateshwar statue in Shravanbelgola are some of the popular sites that can be explored during the heritage tours of Karnataka. The museums in Karnataka represent the glorious history of the state. Some of the popular museums in Karnataka are Karnataka Government Museum and Venktappa Art Gallery, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Rail Museum, and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.
Karnataka is a favourite destination for the adventure seekers. There are numerous sites in the state, ideal for enjoying the aero sports, water sports and trekking. Adventure tourism in Karnataka offers an exciting opportunity to experience a thrill in scuba diving, kayaking, trekking, rock climbing, river rafting, angling and parasailing. Some of the popular sites for enjoying adventure sports are Shimoga, Chikmaglur, Hassan, the peaks like Tadiyendamol, Kodachari and Kudremukh, Ramnagaram, Karwar Beach and Gokarna Beach.
A visit to the beaches is a very interesting part of the schedule of Karnataka tours. With about 320 km long coastline, Karnataka has several magnificent and inviting beaches. They are popular for serene and pleasant environment. Some of the popular beach destinations in Karnataka are Devbagh beach, Karwar beach, Marawanthe beach, Murudeshwar beach, Bhatkal beach, Kurumgad beach, Malpe beach, and Gokarna beaches, etc.
Karnataka can be called as a paradise for nature-lovers. It is well-known for beautiful hill stations. Some of the popular hill stations of Karnataka are Nandi Hills, Kermana Gundi, Madikeri, Biligiri Hills, Kudremukh, Chikmagalur and Gangamoola. They are the excellent places to spend the week-ends in calm, pollution-free environment.
Shopping in Karnataka is an interesting and pleasant experience. It offers a wide array of choice for the tourists such as sandalwood sculptures, sandalwood oil, perfumes, wood carvings, incense sticks, Mysore paintings, Mysore silks, Bijapur sarees, Bijapur handlooms, Bijapur jewellery, Lambani jewelry, stone carvings, metal ware and bidriware. These items are available in numerous dazzling shopping malls and shopping arcades, established in various cities of Karnataka.
Karnataka is also identified as a gourmet's delight with its wide array of traditional and modern delicacies. Here you can enjoy typical South Indian food including rice, sambar, rasam, kosambari, palya, papads, idlis, dosas, chutney, buttermilk and pickles. Some of the most popular restaurants that are ideal for wonderful eating out in Karnataka are Alampur Bar and Restaurant, Amaravathi Restaurant, Aromas of China, Banjara The Restaurant, Canopy Restaurant, Chinese Room, Cinnamon, Club Cabana, Crescent Avenue, Hotel Chandrika, Hypnos, Mainland China, Treat Restaurant, Xiang Shan, Kabab Studio, etc. Karnataka is definitely a beautiful state worth a visit.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11