Karnataka, a state that brings to you an exotic cocktail of magnificent monuments, refreshing beaches, beautiful gardens and parks, cool waterfalls, rich culture and lip smacking cuisine. It is a wonderful destination that seamlessly builds a wonderful amalgamation of the old world charm with the urban city life. The state comes with a strong history with the Wodeyars’ Empire having a significant impact on it. With Bangalore as its state capital and Mysore as the cultural capital, Karnataka finds its name in one of the most visited states in India.
While a major chunk of the tourist clan gets going to the northern hilly region, Karnataka even after being in South manages to attract a lot of crowd due to its unique climatic conditions in certain parts. The hilly and plateau areas experience cooler conditions as compared to the region of the plains. Goibibo brings to you some of the best tourist places in Karnataka, which you must visit this summer season:
1. Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park)
An absolutely ravishing view of natural flora and fauna is what you’d find at this sanctuary. Situated in the districts of Kodagu and Mysore, Nagarhole is spread over an area of 258 sq km. Apart from being a tiger reserve, it is a great place to watch the elephants in their natural habitat. The best time to visit this wildlife sanctuary is during the summers in the months of April and May.
A pilgrimage town located in the Uttar Kannada district, Gokarna attracts a major crowd of Hindu devotees. It is a place known for its artistic outlook and numerous temples with its main deity as Lord Shiva. Mahabaleshwar Temple is a major attraction of this location. Besides this, there are a lot of beaches such as Gokarna Beach, Half Moon beach, Kudle Beach, Om Peach and Paradise Beach that witness a lot of foreign travellers as well. Undoubtedly, Gokarna is one of the best tourist places in Karnataka.
The district of Chikmagalaur finds a number of attractive hill stations to its credit such as Kemmanagundi, Kudremukh, Sringeri. Kemmanagundi is a serene hill station that has some wonderful gardens and soothing waterfalls. During the rule of the Wodeyars, it used to be their summer retreat. Don’t miss out on the beautiful view of the sunset that can be seen from Raj Bhavan, Kemmanagundi. Some waterfalls to look out for in and around Kemmanagundi include:
- Hebbe Falls
- Shanti Falls
Bheemeshwari is possibly the best place for a nature lover. Alongside the sacred River Cauvery of southern India, it is the best spot for fishing enthusiasts. The Cauvery Fishing and Nature Camp offers a number of avenues for trekking, rafting and observing nature. Best time to spot fishes is during early mornings.
A paradise comprising lush paddy field and a number of tea, coffee and spice plantations, Coorg is your ultimate destination to unwind and soothe your nerves. Madikeri Fort is an absolute delight for the history buffs and photography fanatics. Adventure and sports lovers can enjoy trekking and golfing activities. It is just 250 km from Bangalore.
Apart from these, Nandi Hills also happens to be one of the summer holiday destinations in Karnataka. Being a great tourist destination, this state has a number of hotels to its credit. Browse through our travel portal to get information on hotels in Karnataka.
So, are you ready to explore Karnataka?