The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is one of the cleanest cities in India. The city boasts of the majestic Mysore palace which entrances the visitors with royal beauty. Constructed in grey granite and pink marble, the palace has beautiful arch, pillars, sculptures and many other highlights to display. Another popular attraction of the city is Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery that exhibits fascinating works of the Indian artists. Jayalakshmivilas Mansion and St. Philomena’s Church are other worthwhile attractions. The city also accommodates many captivating gardens, the most popular one being Brindavan Garden known for its musical fountain.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Located about 16 km from Mysore on the banks of River Kaveri, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a perfect place for the bird-watchers. The sanctuary is a part of a biome that makes it a wonderful place for the nature explorers. You may come across some of the most attractive bird species that include painted stork, lesser whistling duck, Asian Openbill stork and black-headed ibis. Crocodiles, flying fox, mongoose and other mammals too reside at this park. It is a memorable experience to explore the flora and fauna of the park on a boat ride.
A small town in Karnataka, Hassan is no small in stature as it flaunts two of the most popular temples built using Hoysala architectural style. The marvelous Chennakesava Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has many impressive architectural wonders to its credit. Another one is Hoysaleswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and equally enthralling in terms of architectural excellence.
Constructed way back in the 10th century, the Gomateshwara Statue is a treat to watch. The 60-feet statue is dedicated to Bahubali, one of the Jain Arihantas. Located over a hill at Sravanabelagola, the monolithic structure is visited by thousands of pilgrims. It is extremely thrilling to have views of the surroundings from the hilltop.
The spectacular city of Hampi is known for the ruins of Vijayanagar Empire. The exciting walking tours of these ruins offer the experience of a lifetime. Virupaksha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the prime attractions and features highlights like ante chambers, pillared halls, courtyards and numerous shrines. Krishna Temple Complex, Hazara Rama Temple Complex and Vithala Temple Complex are other worthwhile attractions.
The caves at Badami
Badami, the ancient capital of Chalukya rulers, is best known for its mesmerizing cave temples. These caves are located near a big water pond called Agasythya Tank. Exploring these exciting cave temples on foot is no less than an adventure tour. There are cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and those with Jain sculptures. Fun-filled hill climbing is a great activity at this place.
Coorg and the hills
Untainted natural sceneries and quaint villages define the majestic hill station Coorg, also known as Kodagu. The tourists feel blessed while enjoying the breathtaking views of the valleys from the spot called Raja’s Seat. Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is another wonderful attraction, known for being the home to tigers, elephants, bison, deer and a variety of birds. Some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the region include Mallalli Falls, Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls. Other points of interest include Madikeri Fort, Bagamandala Temple and Dubare elephant camp. Riding elephants and indulging in various activities with them is another great adventure at the camp.
Beaches, Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda
Like other states of South India, Karnataka is known for offering relaxing activities like yoga and ayurvedic treatments. There are many tranquil beaches in the state where the tourists can participate in meditation and adventure activities. Someshwar Beach, Panambur Beach and Suratkal Beach of the city of Mangalore are worth spending time at. The nearby coastal town of Udupi accommodates some of the best Hindu temples. Gokarna is another town in the region and is popular for its OM beach and half-moon beach. Snorkeling, banana boating and many other adventure sports can be enjoyed at Karwar. Each of these places offer venues for getting ayurvedic massage.
Karnataka is a well-known state for housing many wildlife parks and sanctuaries. Apart from enjoying the adventure tours, you can also find the details about Karnataka wildlife tours to explore huge variety of wild animals and birds.