Tour Activities - Exotic Karnataka
Few places leave a mark on our memories such as this stunning South Indian state of Karnataka.This land of Dravidians is a confluence of art, culture, nature and architecture.Defined by awe inspiring hills, ancient temples,laid back beaches, royal palaces and sprawling coffee plantations Karnataka is no less than a travel fiesta for the travellers.
While the bustling IT hubs of Bangalore keep up its progressive, modern outlook, its rich past is reflected through its ancient temples and heritage sites spread all over the state.
“The Kingly city”, the pride of Karnataka
To every visitor the city of Mysore speaks through its palatial buildings and lively bazaars which unfold the story of its regal past. Start with the grand Mysore Palace, one of the most opulent palaces in India.
Stroll through the palace interiors to treat your eyes with its lavish decor comprising of vibrant paintings, artistically carved wooden doors and an impressive collection of sculptures and royal armoury.
Apart from the palace, make your way to explore the centuries old Devaraja Market famous for Mysore silk and exquisite spices.Enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Mysore, standing atop a 1062 m high Chamundi hill and visit the Sri Chamundeswari Temple at its summit.
The so called “City of Ruins”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel back in time of the mighty Kings and majestic architecture at Hampi. Once the richest kingdom in the world under the VIjayanagara Kings, it still poses its old glory in the cluster of ruins lying amidst its rocky terrain.
Every temples and palaces of Hampi stand witness to the mighty Vijayanagara rule and each has a different tale to tell altogether. The Virupaksha Temple, the Vittala Temple and the Hampi Bazaar are the prime attractions of this ancient city.
A truly enchanting hill station hailed as the “Scotland of India”
If lush green mountains and hot cup of fresh brew coffee are your thing, watch out for the tranquil hills of Coorg. Long stretch of Coffee plantations, misty mountains and the cool, serene atmosphere make it a fabulous spot for a great holiday.Trekking and bird watching are some of the most recommended activities here.
The high altitude peaks of Pushpagiri & Tadiyendammol are always welcoming to entertain travellers in its wilderness. Head to the nearby Abbey falls if you do not mind getting wet.Amble along the peaceful Namdroling monastery and the Tibetan markets spread along 1000 hectares of sugarcane fields.
Exotic beaches, rich wildlife and much more to experience in Karnataka
The serene seaside clubbed with rocky terrain makes Gokarna an ultimate beach destination. It has grabbed attention from International travellers looking for a quiet sunbath or a hedonistic Ayurvedic massage. Indulge yourselves in water sports or practise Yoga postures on the beaches of Gokarna.
Unlike the party atmosphere in Goa, Gokarna offers a completely tranquil ambiance. The Om Beach, the Paradise Beach and the Kuddle Beach are the ones to look out for.
Temples possessing rich heritage and culture, an awe inspiring architecture
The twin towns of Belur-Halebid has two most important temples all of humanity have to see, Chennakesava Temple in Belur and Hoysaleshwara in Halebid can easily get into the list of 10 beautiful temples of the world. The shades of deep black, laser-cut carvings and chloritic schist have given life to exquisite carvings like Lord Shiva, Mandanikas, and beautiful female figures. The free-standing Narasimha Pillar and detailed Mohini carving are must-see in Chennakesava temple. The star-shaped architectural delight, Hoysaleshwara Temple is even more delicately carved. The best stays are in Hassan of Karnataka and are closer to the twin wonders. It is simple, Belur-Halebid is a Heaven of Living Statues and Timeless Carvings.
Enjoy the beauty of Nilgiri Biosphere, the gleaming Kabini river and tigers moving around, a lifetime experience !
One of the ecologically balanced National Parks in India is Nagarhole National Park. The density of herbivorous animals and Asiatic elephants here is amongst the largest in Asia. After Madhya Pradesh, it is in Karnataka the density of tigers are the highest. Occupying the royal terra of Kodagu and Mysore, Nagarhole means “Serpentine Rivulets” - ‘Naga’ is Snake and ‘Hole’ is streams or small rivers. The erstwhile royal hunting grounds of the Wodeyar Dynasty rose to the status of a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1988. Nagarhole became the 37th Tiger Reserve in India in 1999 and has a chance to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site soon.
Get mesmerised with the beauty of Gardens in the Silicon Valley of South India!
Your gateway to Karnataka, the metro city of Bangalore is often referred as the “Silicon Valley of India” owing the name to its ever increasing growth in the IT sector.
The Tipu Sultan Palace, the Vidhan Soudha, Lal Bagh and the Bannerghatta National Park are major attractions in its list.
It also boasts of the World’s largest ISKCON temple, the Radhe Krishnachandra Temple.
The 6th century rock cut caves and temples await you with bundles of stories told and retold!
Once the celebrated capital of the Mighty Chalukya Kings, Badami is yet another treat for the history fanatics. The Chalukyan rule during the period of 6th to 8th century AD saw some of the finest architectural marvels of the country.
They left their architectural legacy in the form of various magnificent temples and the most notable ones are the rock-cut cave temples at Badami.