The best places to visit in Karnataka

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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!

1The 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!

2Coastal Karnataka

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!

3 Savanadurga

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.

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Skandagiri

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.

5Mekedaatu

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.

6 Lepakshi 

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.

7Horseley Hills

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.

8Nagarhole 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.

9Manjarabad Fort

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.

10Talakona Waterfalls

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

11Kaginahare Hills

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.

12Abbey Falls

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.

13Kakkabe Hills

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.

14Lakkidi Hills

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.

15Horanadu

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.

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