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Karnataka

KARNATAKA

KARNATAKA WEATHER

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    AREA

    191,791 km2

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    POPULATION

    6 crores approx

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    MAJOR FESTIVALS

    Holi, Diwali, Eid, Makar Sankranti / Lohri, Navratri, Dussehra

    Bangalore Ganesh Utsava, Bangalore Karaga, Bheemana Amavasya, Dakkebali, Dasara elephants, Gowri Habba, Hulivesha, Japan Habba, Kanakadasa Jayanthi, Karaga (festival), Kodava Hockey Festival, Madikeri Dasara, Mahamastakabhisheka, Mailara Jaatre, Mysore Dasara, Panchalinga Darshana, Theppothsava, Ugadi, Vasanta Habba, Bangalore Literature Festival, Mysuru Literature Festival, Bengaluru Poetry Fetsival, Mangaluru Literature Festival, Bangalore International Film Festival‎

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    NATIONAL PARK

    Kali Tiger Reserve, Dandeli, Mundigekere Bird Sanctuary, Sirsi, Karian Shola National Park, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, Kudremukh National Park, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park , Nagarhole National Park

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    UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

    Group of Monuments at Hampi, Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Western Ghats, Monuments and forts of the Deccan Sultanate, Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala, Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town

CITIES OF KARNATAKA

HAMPI

Once the capital and power center of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 14th century, Hampi is one of the major tourist attractions in South India. The descriptions of Portuguese, European and Persian have mentioned Hampi as an opulent city with immense wealth. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi still holds the ruins of the temples of a bygone era which reflect astonishing Dravidian architecture including royal monuments, public buildings, temples, palaces, pavilions, congregational halls, tanks etc. These ruins have left visitors in surprise for long. This temple town is said to be the world’s second-largest city in its primordial times.

PLACE TO VISIT

Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill, Monkey Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, Elephant Stables, Lotus Mahal, Tungabhadra River, Stepped Tank, Riverside Ruins, Archaeological Museum, Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Queen’s Bath
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Vijaya Vitthala Temple

AIHOLE

If legends are to be believed, Lord Pararshuram came at Malaprabha River after taking revenge for his father’s death and washed off the hands and axe smeared in blood due to which the river turned red. A woman saw all this and shouted in Kannada, ‘Ayyo Hole’ (Oh No Blood!). Thus, the place was named Aihole. Known for its groups of monuments built during the 4th to 12th century, this spiritual land houses around 100 temples of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religion. Once the capital of the Chalukya dynasty, Aihole narrates the story of South India’s brilliant architecture style, also regarded as ‘the cradle of Hindu rock architecture’.

PLACE TO VISIT

Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, Ravana Phadi Cave Temple, Jyotirlinga, Meguti Jain Temple, Galaganatha Group of Temples, Huchappayyagudi Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple Complex
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Durg Temple Aihole

PATTADAKAL

Beauty in ruins, this temple town treasures numerous archaeological sites and is an example of the excellent skills and craftsmanship of the Badami Chalukyan dynasty who constructed the temples during the 7th-8th-century which are in ruin forms at present. The out of this world architecture style of these temples is an amalgamation of Nagara (North Indian) and Dravidian (South Indian) styles. The Temple of Virupaksha is said to be the chef-d'oeuvre, was constructed by Queen Lakomahadevi in the 8th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987), this small town amazes the tourists from far-off regions all through the year.

PLACE TO VISIT

Virupaksha Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Jain Temple, Sangameshwara Temple, Papanatha Temple, Galaganatha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Jambulingeshwara Temple, Museum of The Plains & Sculpture Gallery
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Papanatha Temple

CHIKMAGALUR

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and you will feel the strong aroma of fresh coffee. You are in Chikmagalur. The coffee land of Karnataka (the largest coffee producer in India), Chikmagalur enjoys the serenity of Western Ghats being located at a height of around 3,580ft on the foothills of Mullayanagiri Peak. A perfect place full of green nature filled with the fragrance of coffee, this land offers every reason to run-away from routine life and come here in the lap of nature. Wonderful sightseeing points, zigzag trekking trails and green land; everything soothes the heart, eyes and soul of a person.

PLACE TO VISIT

Mullayanagiri, Hebbe Falls, Jhari Waterfalls, Sringeri Mutt, Z Point, Baba Budangiri, Hirekolale Lake, Kudremukh National Park, Kudremukh Peak, Sri Veeranarayana Temple, Rafting in Bhadra River, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmanagundi, Belavadi, Inam Dattatreya Peetha, Coffee Plantation, Coffee Museum, Ballalarayana Durga
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Mullayanagiri

BELUR

The capital city of the Hoysala Dynasty during the 11th century, Belur has been standing majestically close to the Yagachi River. Velapura, as it was known earlier, this city flourished as the main site of Hoysala’s architectural masterpieces in the form of temples. The enthralling sculpture works specially Chennakeshava Temple, captivate everyone. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, devotees have been worshipping here for around 900 years. The temple has a hanging Gravity Pillar which is 43 feet in height; baseless and foundationless stands on a stone platform. These temples and other relics chronicle the artistic excellence and the development of ancient Hindu culture.

PLACE TO VISIT

Chennakesava Temple, Pathaleshwara Temple, Belur Golf Course, Yagachi Water Adventure Sports Center, Shravanabelagola Temple, Kedareshwara Temple, Jain Temples, Archaeological Museum, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
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Belur Temple

BADAMI

An abode of cave temples, Badami was once the capital city of Chalukya Emperors from 540AD to 757AD. Formerly Vatapi, this temple city enjoyed its days of royal glory however now only the relics of Dravidian architecture can be found there. Its miraculous rock-cut cave temples, highlighting a wonderful mixture of North and South Indian architecture, with extraordinary artistic work makes this place one of the most prominent places of tourism, specially visited by history and archeology enthusiasts. The temples belong to Hindu and Jain deities. The first temple belongs to Nataraja. The next two cave temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. One temple is dedicated to Jain founder Lord Mahavira.

PLACE TO VISIT

Cave temples, Agastya Lake, Badami Fort, Bhutanatha Temples, Archaeological Museum, Banashankari Temple, Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple, Mahakuta Temples, Mallikarjuna Temple, Lower and Upper Shivalaya
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Badami Caves

MYSORE

The City of Palaces, Mysore breaths with rich historical and cultural significance. Among the most happening cities of South India, Mysore is based at the foothills of Chamundi Hills. The city served as the capital of the powerful Mysore Kingdom for six centuries from 1399 to 1956. The traditional bazaars with shops of incense and spice stalls make a perfect place for memorable shopping. The city still sparkles with its ancient royal heritage which is found in the form of majestic buildings and monuments built during the heydays including Mysore Palace, among the most grandiose forts in the country.

PLACE TO VISIT

Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Shuka Vana, Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Somnathpur Temple, Namdroling Monastery, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, Devaraja Market, Venugopala Swamy Temple, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, St Philomena’s Church, Karanji Lake, Rail Museum, Trinesvaraswamy Temple
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Mysore Palace

MANGALORE

Situated around the picturesque Western Ghats & the vast Arabian Sea, Mangalore is a port city that was once a well-known port used for spice trade internationally during the 6th century. Now, this place has grown as a commercial and educational center. Coconut palms grown around the backwaters, temples with mesmerizing architecture, beaches with serene elegance, Mangalore has preserved the essence of nature, away from its routine hustle-bustle. Mangalore serves as the main entrance to Karnataka’s hidden treasures including Konkan Coast. Named after the Goddess Mangaladevi, Mangalore has been ruled over by Portuguese, Tipu Sultan, British etc.

PLACE TO VISIT

Panambur Beach, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Ullal Beach, Mangalore Beach, Bajaj Museum, Sultan Battery, Mangaladevi Temple, Someshwara Beach, New Mangalore Port, St Aloysius Chapel, Sultan Battery, Pilikula Park and Golf Course, Milagres Church
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Manglore Beach

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