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. The state is absolutely divine! It’s got pristine beaches, stunning temples, flowing rivers and the dense thick forests of the Western Ghats. You can have glimpses into the wonderful times of the amazing Vijayanagara and Chalukya Empires through the eyes Hampi and Badami. But then, most of these places have already been covered in this thread.
Kodachadri – Shivamogga
Well, take jeep or walk, you won’t regret either (though I suggest a trek coz jeeps can get a little expensive!). This place can blow your mind. It’s a breath of fresh air that you badly needed! I can never emphasize enough the beauty and magnificence of the Western Ghats!
The Linganmakki Dam and Sharavati Backwaters
This place became one huge man made lake thanks to the Lingamakki dam. You could paddle around a bit or enjoy a ferry ride across the lake in the company of buses and trucks. This is a ridiculously beautiful place!
Do you what coastal Karnataka is famous for? Well, not just the pristine beaches of Malpe, Kaup or Gokarna. Coastal food, local festivals and colour are all things you should truly experience. Check out the beeches of Maravante and Turtle bay, enjoy parasailing, relish fresh sea-food. If you’re a vegetarian, well, there’s Udupi too that falls in this region!
Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi road. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli reservoir and on towards Manchanabele dam.
Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is an ancient mountain fortress located approximately 70 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is off Bellary Road ( NH 7 Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway), and overlooks Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli, and Kanivenarayanapura. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 meters.
Skandagiri is a great place for trekking.
Mekedatu is a location along Kaveri in Kanakapura Taluk. Sangama is the place where Arkavati merges with Kaveri. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, the river Kaveri flows through a deep gorge so narrow that one would think that a goat can leap across it (‘Mekedatu’ means ‘goat’s leap’ in Kannada). It is about 100 km from Bangalore via Kanakapura. At Mekedaatu, the Kaveri runs through a deep, narrow ravine of hard granite rock. The river, which is more than 150 meters wide at the confluence (at Sangama) flows through the hardly 10-meter-wide gorge at Mekedatu.
Lepakshi is a small village located in the Anantapur District, in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is 15 km east of Hindupur and about 120 km north of Bangalore. Lepakshi is historically and archaeologically significant with three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra. These shrines were built during Vijayanagara Kings’ period. One of the attractions in Lepakshi is a huge Nandi bull made of a single granite stone. The place is also known for mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings. Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can also be seen on its walls. Legend has it that the Naga of the Nagalinga was carved out of a single stone by sculptors while they waited for their mothers to prepare lunch.
Horsley Hills is a beautiful and scenic hill station in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 4,100 feet, Horsley Hills is about 144 kilometres from Tirupati and offers a wonderful escape. The road leading to the town is extremely scenic and panoramic, with Mahogany, Jacaranda, Sandalwood, Gulmohar and Eucalyptus trees lining the road in the form of a dense and verdant forest.The town is a paradise for adventure sports lovers, as they can experience the thrills of zorbing, rappelling, rock climbing and trekking. Horsley Hills is the perfect destination to commune with nature and lose oneself to the untouched natural beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed on this town.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India. This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants.
MANJARABAD FORT is located just outside of Sakleshpura on National Highway 48. The fort is reputed to have been constructed by Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location as it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpura from the coast. It is also believed that he had constructed a tunnel from this fort to another fort in Srirangapattana near Mysore.
The Talakona waterfall is in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Chittoor District of Andhra pradesh in India. With a 270 feet (82 m)-fall, Talakona is the highest waterfall in the Andhra pradesh state. Talakona is also known for the Lord Siddheswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall. The waters of Talakona are enriched with herbs and people believe that it has healing properties. A long and treacherous trekking route leads to the top of the hill, which can be reached by multiple path
KAGINAHARE RANGE is located in hongadhalla a beautiful village in the heart of the western ghats dense forest of western ghats hugs hongadhalla and makes it a rich place in bio diversity. The ruins of a small fort built by Tippu sultan who ruled over the south Indian state of Mysore coupled with beautiful range of western ghats could be found here, milky white clouds hug the green hills and makes the place a heaven on earth.
Abbey Falls is in Kodagu, in the Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is located 8 km from the Madikeri and around 260 km from Bangalore. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. Flow is much higher during the monsoon season. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls. There is a Kali Mata temple on one side of the bridge.
Kakkabe is a picturesque little village in Karnataka’s Western Ghats & is the largest producer of sweetest honey in South-east Asia. Kakkabe is a beautiful hill station lying under the silhouette of Thadiyendamol peak, in the midst of densely populated rain forest and coffee plantations. Kakkabe is noted for its natural scenic beauty. On a clear day, one can even view the distant Arabian sea from Thadiyendamol, the tallest peak in the region. An uneven mountain terrain interlinked with thriving coffee and cardamom plantations, sprinkled hamlets and paddy cultivation lands. The place shot to the fame for cool nice weather, undulated green thriving hills and beautiful scenery around.
Lakkidi is the gateway of Wayanad district of Kerala state, south India. It gets the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above mean sea level, atop Thamarassery ghat pass. Vythiri is the nearest town, just 5 km from Lakkidi. Chain tree, Pookot Lake, Sight seeing point on ghat road and number of tourist resorts are within 5 km from Lakkidi. It is about 58 km northeast of Kozhikode district.
Hornadu is a Hindu holy town located in Chickmagalur district, Karnataka, India. The deity at the Annapoorneshwari Temple at Hornadu is Annapurneshwari. The main deity of the goddess was put in place by Adi Shankaracharya; the new deity of goddess Annapurneshwari was consecrated in the temple in 1973. Hornadu lies amidst beautiful Malnad at a distance of 330 KM from Bengaluru. Distance from Sringeri is 75 Kilometers.