Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot.
Karnataka is land known for its silks, spices and sandalwood, Karnataka adds up as an experience to remember for a lifetime. Tourism in Karnataka stands out with its diverse offerings that include wildlife & national parks, monuments & heritage sites, beaches and pilgrimage sites. Yet another notable point is that tourist attractions in Karnataka are located at geographically extreme ends which interestingly makes silicon capital Bengaluru, the focal point of tour itineraries and travel packages in Karnataka.
The second largest city Mysore with its Raj era influence is another major tourist attraction in Karnataka. Scattered all around are plantations and jungles teeming with diverse wildlife that include Asia’s largest population of elephants. A further ahead, Hassan is renowned for several historical monuments built by Hoyasala kings. They built extensively and exquisitely and several standing as well as dilapidated temples and structures located in Belur, Halebidu and remarkably at Sravanabelagola stand testimony to that period of Hoyasala cultural dominance and artistic flair.
Kodagu (Coorg) in the Western Ghats is the most popular and picturesque hill station of Karnataka which also happens to be a renowned romantic holiday destinations popular for honeymoon in South India. Gokarna located close to Goa border is an important pilgrimage site as well as an offbeat beach destination with balmy beaches and tranquil surroundings. Swaswara Resort located in Gokarna is plush property renowned for rejuvenating yoga and spa therapies. However when it talk about attractions and tourist places in Karnataka, Hampi undisputedly emerges as the state’s tourism highlight with the Stone Chariot at the site used as state’s tourism departments logo. This sprawling ghost town of Vijayanagara Empire is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there:
Visitors from around the world come to Karnataka to experience its cultural heritage and abundant wildlife. If you are planning a trip to Karnataka, how to get there from major cities in India and from around the world is imperative to know. Here’s how to reach Karnataka by air, rail and road network.
With 6 airports, Karnataka is well connected to the other parts of India and rest of the world through the air network. It has airports in Bangalore, Mangalore, Hampi, Hubli, Belgaum, Bijapur and Mysore (not operational). The Mangalore international airport and the HAL airport in Bangalore are the two airports that offer international flights to and fro Karnataka.
Karnataka is also well connected to other parts of the country through a wide rail network. Besides, the state of Karnataka also has an interstate rail network to make commuting easy within Karnataka.
Owned by the Government of Karnataka, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), connects the state to other major cities and states. Besides, NEKRTC and NWKRTC are the two other road transport corporation in Karnataka, making commuting more easier by making remote areas and other places more accessible through the road network.