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Karnatka

Karnatka

Karnataka, the “Lofty land” is bounded by Andhra Pradesh in the east, Maharashtra in the north and Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south. A long coastline hedged by miles and miles of tall, waving, palmgroves frames this pretty land. The majority of the Karnataka state lies on the Deccan Plateau. Bangalore is the state capital.

Cities of Karnatka

Bustling with life, the cities of Karnataka represent a strange mix of modernism and antiquity. While on one hand Bangalore, better known as the Silicon Valley of India is the hub of world famous software giants, on the other hand is Coorg, which is inhabited by tribals. But underneath the regional diversity, lies the true beauty of the state.

BANGALORE

Bangalore is fast emerging as one of the most industrialized cities in India, keeping pace with the latest trends and fashion. Bangalore is renowned, not only for its own beauty and technological advances, but also for its easy access to the marvels of the land around it. These intriguing sites of Bangalore include gardens, universities, temples and ancient ruins. The city of Bangalore also is a gateway to Southern India. Bangalore is well connected to other major cities. Today it has almost become the fastest growing city in Asia. The bazaars and shopping malls of Bangalore offer a fine selection of silks, sandal wood souvenirs, handicrafts.

banglore

HAMPI

Bukka. The Vijayanagar Empire came to be celebrated for its might and wealth and as a show piece of imperial magnificence. Vijayanagara is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it… ” So eulogized Abdul Razaq, a Muslim envoy who visited Hampi. The city was sacked pillaged and burnt in 1565 AD, after the combined attack of armies of Muslim Sultanates of the Deccan defeated the Vijayanagar Military Commander and the King fled the Capital. Rocky hills and the mighty Tungabhadra River, which flows through this rugged landscape, dominate the terrain.

hampi

HASSAN

The picturesque town of Hassan is located in the heart of Malnad. Having a very pleasant climate throughout the year, Hassan 194 kms from Bangalore is the entry point for Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola. Sravanabelagola is a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17 m high monolith of lord Bahubali standing tall. Belur was once the capital of the Hoysala kings. The Chennakeshava temple took 103 years to complete and is filled with intricate carvings and sculptures. No space is left blank in this finest example of Hoysala architecture. In Belur Veeranarayana temple is also worth visiting.

hassan

MANGALORE

357 kms west of Bangalore is the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada – Mangalore. With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre. Mangalore could be your entry point to Beach Country – with its virgin and unexplored beaches. It has several famous pilgrim centres. It is a cosmopolitan city, leader in more than one way in banking, private entrepreneurship and in general awareness amongst people. While in Mangalore try and see a Yakshagana performance – an elaborate dance form unique to Karnataka. The Kambala (buffalo race) is another exciting event.

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MYSORE

Located 770m above sea level and 140 Kms from Bangalore, Mysore, the imperial city, was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. Also known as the city of Palaces, Mysore has never failed to mesmerise the tourists with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. Mysore is certainly a charming, old-fashioned and undaunting town dominated by the spectacular Maharaja’s Palace, around which the boulevards of the city radiate. Nearby is the city centre with the colourful and frenetic Devaraja Market is inviting a stroll. Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore State.

mysore

Pilgrimages in Karnatka

Temples, symbolizing the religious fervour of the people of Karnataka are strewn all over the place. Living examples of the Hoysala architecture, the temples speak of the glory of the ruling dynasty.

BADAMI CAVE TEMPLE

The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, Badami is famous for its cave temples – all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Badami is an interesting place to visit in Karnataka what with its artificial lake, ancient temples, Museum and Hindu and Jain caves carved in the Sandstone hills. The largest and most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Also a must are the Bhutanath temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples.

Badami-Cave-Temple

SOMNATHPUR TEMPLE

There is a stillness and everlastingness about the past, it changes not and has a touch of eternity,” wrote Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in his “Discovery of India.” These words somehow hold true when one arrives at Somnathpur, a tiny village on the banks of the Kaveri, 140 kms, south-west of Bangalore. Here in this everlasting rural stillness, like a milestone to eternity, stood one of the last and the grandest of Hoysala monuments – the Kesava Temple built 740 years ago. By the year 1268 A.D., the year in which the Kesava temple at Somnathpur was built, the Hoysala rule had completed 260 years.

somnathpur-temple

HASSAN

The picturesque town of Hassan is located in the heart of Malnad. Having a very pleasant climate throughout the year, Hassan 194 kms from Bangalore is the entry point for Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola. Sravanabelagola is a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17 m high monolith of lord Bahubali standing tall. Belur was once the capital of the Hoysala kings. The Chennakeshava temple took 103 years to complete and is filled with intricate carvings and sculptures. No space is left blank in this finest example of Hoysala architecture. In Belur Veeranarayana temple is also worth visiting.

hassan

BULL TEMPLE

Bull Temple is situated in the capital city of Bangalore. The main attraction of the temple is the 4.57-m high and 6.10-m long image of Nandi – the Lord Shiva’s bull. This remarkable bull temple is carved out of rock was constructed by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. Originally the color of bull Nandi was gray which has now turned black due to the continuos applying of coconut oil by the devotees on the holy bull deity. The charm of the temple is its carving, the statue of the bull has been carved out of a single granite rock. The sculpture attracts thousands of devotees from far and wide areas.

bull-temple

MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE AT KOLLUR NEAR MANGALORE

Mookambika Temple is located in Kollur town near Mangalore. This famous temple is dedicated to the deity Mookambika (Devi). In front of the image of the Goddess Mookambika their is a Jyotirlingam which is of great antiquity. Special features of the lingam – a golden line divides this lingam into two unequal parts and is visible only in the light of reflected sunlight pointed at the lingam. The right portion of this lingam is said to represent Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva – and the larger left part represents the Godess Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Adi Sankara the great religious leader had installed the metal image of the Goddess behind the lingam.

mookambika-temple

Beaches in Karnatka

Karnataka Beach Tours – Travel to Karnataka . You will get so many novel experiences being in this southern Indian state which you could never have imagined in your life. It is a place where the Mother Nature showers its love without any limitation or hesitation. Not only this, in this idyllic state you will get an opportunity to see diverse things at the same time. Religious monuments, heritage sites, cultural places, wildlife sanctuaries and beaches; all form an exquisite experience. There are many beaches in Karnataka.

KARWAR BEACH

This is an ideal retreat for spending holidays in fun. Palm fringed beach line, white sand, gentle waves and tranquil corners of alleys make it a perfect place for vacationing. On this beach you can chance upon the thrills of the sea, sea and sun.

karwar-beach

MALPE BEACH

This virgin beach is a famous picnic spot of Karnataka. Its calm beauty and peaceful vicinity attracts thousands of vacationers every year. On this beach you can very well try your hands at boat ride. Not only this, from Malpe you can easily reach the beautiful St. Mary’s Island which is again a popular destination for vacationers.

malpe-beach

MARAVANTHE BEACH

this beach is an ideal location for water sports and holidaying. It is a novel seaside town of Karnataka. This beach witnesses the excluisve presence of West Coast Highway along with the Arabian Sea on the one corner and Sauparnika River fighting with lush mountains in the backdrop on the other corner.

maravanthe-beach

BHATKAL BEACH

This beach is encircled with shining sea and idyllic hills, this beautiful and pristine beach sports excellent carvings and statues. This beach also holds importance in mythology. It is believed that this place had been purified by a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara thrown by Ravana.

bhatkal-beach

Monuments in Karnatka

Bustling with life, the cities of Karnataka represent a strange mix of modernism and antiquity. While on one hand Bangalore, better known as the Silicon Valley of India is the hub of world famous software giants, on the other hand is Coorg, which is inhabited by tribals. But underneath the regional diversity, lies the true beauty of the state.

MYSORE PALACE

Mysore Palace or the Maharajah’s Palace located in the heart of the city at Mirza Road is the most attractive monument in Mysore. Designed in Indo-Saracenic style by the well-known British architect , Henry Irwin, it is an eclectic synthesis of architectural styles. Mysore palace is one of India’s most dramatic national monuments. Today it is a museum housing treasures from across the world reflecting the rich and colorful history of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore. It is also known as Amba Vilas. The three storeyed building, 245 feet in length and 156 in breadth has a series of square towers with arches covered by domes.

mysore

GOL GUMBAZ

There is a stillness and everlastingness about the past, it changes not and has a touch of eternity,” wrote Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in his “Discovery of India.” These words somehow hold true when one arrives at Somnathpur, a tiny village on the banks of the Kaveri, 140 kms, south-west of Bangalore. Here in this everlasting rural stillness, like a milestone to eternity, stood one of the last and the grandest of Hoysala monuments – the Kesava Temple built 740 years ago. By the year 1268 A.D., the year in which the Kesava temple at Somnathpur was built, the Hoysala rule had completed 260 years.

gol-gumbaz

BANGALORE PALACE

Bangalore Palace was inspired by the Windsor Castle and was built in 1887 AD by Chamaraja Wodeyar in Tudor-style. It is said that the construction cost of this exquisite palace was just over Rs 1 lakh. The land cost Rs 10 lakh. The huge 45,000 sq. feet mansion on which the palace stands was originally owned by Reverend Garret. Chamaraja Wodeyar, during a visit to England, was inspired by the Windsor Castle in London, and along similar lines he built this palace in Tudor style. The Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. It is right in the heart of the city. This 120 year old monument is a popular tourist attraction.

banglore-palace

SRIANGAPATHA FORT

History is mystery. Many might say this. But the fact remains that it is history only which has given birth to the glorious present. And today the enigmatic charm of this is prevalent in the form of popular monuments which speak about past. Srirangapatna Fort is one of such kinds where history relives. The ramparts of the Srirangapatna Fort are a live example of those historic battles which were fought over here. Within the historic Srirangapatna Fort you will find a Mosque and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is huge temple. It has an impressive gopuram and fort like walls.

sriangapatha-fort

DARIA DAULAT BAGH

Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu Sultan was constructed in the year 1784 and is an extant reminder of Tipu’s love for the verdant environs and open space. Daria Daulat Bagh was his summer palace where the exhausted Tipu sought repose after his physically and mentally draining confrontations with the British. Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu Sultan with graceful proportions and arabesque work in rich colors is a fine example of Saracenic architecture. Teak wood is used in its construction and the structure stands on a raised platform that is about 1.5 meters high.

daria-daulat-bagh

Wildlife in Karnatka

Bustling with life, the cities of Karnataka represent a strange mix of modernism and antiquity. While on one hand Bangalore, better known as the Silicon Valley of India is the hub of world famous software giants, on the other hand is Coorg, which is inhabited by tribals. But underneath the regional diversity, lies the true beauty of the state. The wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka are provides secured asylum to a widely varying animal species, birds and endangered animals. Nature enthusiasts and animal lovers will have a great time at the wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka.

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

In Karnataka, the two attractive wildlife parks of Nagarhole and Bandipur, though separate entities, are part of a larger contiguous wildlife reserve that includes the Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wynad Reserve in Kerala. Both the parks are easily accessible from Mysore. A dam on the Kabini and its picturesque reservoir separate the two parks. In the dense moist deciduous forests of this area the upper canopy reaches heights of 30m and valuable hardwoods like teak and rosewood are also to be found here. The 874.20 sq. km. Bandipur National Park, which is also a Tiger Reserve.

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NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

Nagarahole (check spelling please) is derived from the combination of two Kannada words-‘nagar’ meaning snake and ‘hole’ meaning streams and true to its name a number of streams snake through its rich tropical forests. Once an exclusive hunting preserve of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore, the terrain of this Park is gently undulating with lush green vegetation, swamps and numerous water resources, rendering it an ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Nagarahole is situated in the picturesque districts of Kodagu and Mysore in southern Karnataka. The Nagarahole National Park was first set up in 1955.

kistwarnationalpark

DANDELI WILD LIFE SANCTUARY

Dandeli Wild Life Sanctuary , the largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka.This sanctuary is unexplored treasure trove of wildlife and rich flora all around. The Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is connected to Mahaveer Sanctuary in Goa. This sanctuary is over an area of 834.16 sq km. The rivers which give this place a unique look are Kali,Kaneri and Nagajhari. Along with the trekking trails, swaying trees in gentle winds create perfect atmosphere for a refreshing holidays. Watch a variety of birds while cruising on the river like the hornbills, darters, egrets. : Go on a trekking tour to Syntheri Rocks , which is giant granite structure 35km from the sanctuary.

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GUDVI BIRD SANCTUARY

Gudvi Bird Sanctuary is in Sorab Taluk in Shimoga district of Karnataka .It is a small sanctuary only 0.74 sq Km in area. The sleepy village of Sorab Taluk reverberates with the sweet chirping of the birds in the month of June. The picturesque Gudvi Lake with trees all along its banks is a beautiful sight in itself. It is a small seasonal lake and is filled with water mostly in the rainy season. All round the lake you will find moist deciduous forest,of which many of the trees have been cut down. Come the month of June the branches of the trees in the Gudvi Bird sanctuary are painted with different hues as birds of colorful plumages descend on their branches.

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Hill Stations in Karnatka

Karnataka a charming land of Southern India has rich history and culture. It is that kaleidoscopic state which not only features diverse places of interest but also takes people by surprise by its hospitality and warmth. This enriched heritage site in Southern India is an enigmatically pleasing state. On your travel to Karnataka you will also witness the same. However, there are many things to relish in this mesmerizing state. There are many beautiful hill stations in Karnataka. All the hill stations acquaint you with different experiences.

NANDI HILLS

Nandi Hills in Karnataka is popular as the summer resort. It is believed that this summer resort was the favorite summer hideaway of Tipu Sultan. In this hill you will see elegant bungalows and gardens built by British. This hill is gradually gaining popularity amongst Bangalore natives.

nandi-hill

KERMANA GUNDI

This summer resort is named after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Kermana Gundi is also called K.R. Hills. This idyllic hill station is situated in the Tarikere Taluk of Chikmaglur district. Located on the Baba- Budan range, this hamlet is an ideal escape from the dins of urban cities.

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KUDREMUKH

This sequestered virgin hill station untouched of hustle and bustle of urban life, offers serene views of nature. In this hill station you can bask in natural beauty comprising of Sylvan green forests, mighty rivers, grassy slopes, luxuriant cascades and rare orchids. Besides, this beautiful hill station rich in iron ore is an ideal place for trekking as well.

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CHIKMAGALUR

Chikmagalur deriving its name from the headquarters town of Chikmagalur literally meaning younger daughter’s town, this hill station features popular attractions such as the Kondadarama Temple, the Jamia Mosque and the new St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

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