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"One State Many Worlds" as depicted by Karnataka tourism makes true sense when you get to know about the astonishing places this state offers. Karnataka is a land of unparalleled natural beauty which is marked by lush green hills and forests, gurgling waterfalls, ancient ruins at Hampi, picturesque beaches of Gokarna and is home to the famous wildlife parks like Mudumalai National Park and Nagarhole National Park. Karnataka capital Bengaluru made it to the top IT cities in India & best known for its exciting shopping and glittering nightlife. This state has absolutely unique things to offer to each and every one. Have a look at the top charts in Karnataka to pick your favorites.

19 Best Places to Visit in Karnataka:

  • Coorg
  • Bangalore
  • Gokarna
  • Hampi
  • Mysore
  • Chikmagalur
  • Bandipur National Park
  • Dandeli
  • Udupi
  • Shivanasamudra Waterfalls
  • Jog Falls
  • Sakleshpur
  • Madikeri
  • Shimoga
  • Kanakapura
  • Murudeshwar 
  • Badami
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Chitradurga Fort

Coorg is a spectacular land with breathtaking visuals and gorgeous greenery. Known for producing coffee, it is a land with beautiful culture and charming people. The places that you must visit while visiting Coorg are Abbey Falls, Mallalli Falls, Harangi Dam, Honnamana Kere Lake, Kotebetta Peak, Chiklihole Reservoir, Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu, etc. Pack your bags to experience blissfulness. 


Also called the 'Silicon Valley' of India, Karnataka offers you a luxurious, modern, and contemporary lifestyle. The food, the people, the culture is also great here. Must visit places of Bangalore includes Lalbagh (botanical garden), ISKCON (Hindu Temple), Wonderla, Phoenix Marketcity, Commercial street, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Cubbon Park, etc. 


Every state of India has its own pilgrimage sites. Gokarna is that, for Karnataka. It is also famous for its beaches apart from the peaceful temples. The most important and popular destination here is the Mahabaleshwar temple however, other popular places include Gokarna beach, Om beach, Half moon beach, Koti tirtha, Bhadrakali temple, Maha Ganpati Temple, Paradise beach, Yana caves, etc. 


Located in the northeastern region of Karnataka, Hampi is majorly a historical site. It will take you back to the early times where we all started. Declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO there are many ancient sculptures, monuments, and temples around. The architecture of these places is unbelievable and makes everyone wonder how people in early times did it without any technology. You should definitely visit Vijaya Vittala temple, Elephant Stables, L...

If you are a hill station person then Chikmagalur is the right place for you. A place surrounded by all kinds of nature, Chikmagalur is calm and really peaceful. You can go to the Hebbe falls, Kallathigiri falls, Bhadra dam, Hanumana Gundi falls, Madu gundi falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, the lush green hills of Kyathanamakki, etc.


Everything about Mysore is very special. Also called the Cultural Capital of Karnataka, Mysore attracts people of all kinds. From sculptures to heritage sites, to clothes and food, every single thing about this place is great. Must visit in Mysore include the massive Brindavan gardens, Talakadu, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden, St. Philomena's Cathedral, Folk-Lore Museum, Lalitha Mahal, etc. 


Dandeli is the adventurous town of Karnataka that offers great places for hiking and other fun activities. Surrounded by fascinating greenery and wildlife, it will make you rejoice. The best places to visit here are the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, then Kavala caves, Shiroli peak, great Supa dam, Sykes point, Sathodi falls, Kali river, etc. You can also go for activities like Kayaking, Jacuzzi bath, white water rafting, trekking, coracle ride, elephant safari...

Bandipur National Park is a major tiger reserve park located in the southernmost region of Karnataka. Along with other mammals like golden jackal, sambar, gray langur, wild boar, Indian leopard, etc, this place is also rich in its flora and fauna. You will find sandalwood to rosewood to Kadam, bamboo, satinwood, and whatnot. There are reptiles and butterflies to increase your thrill and wonder. 


If you want to go to a place that has delicious cuisine and all kinds of places Udupi is the best option as it offers various dishes like Avalakki Upkaari, Kosambari, Holiges, Ghorikai Uppakari, Bissi Bele Bhath, Murukku, etc. Apart from this, it also has gardens, sea, hills, museums, temples, beaches, planetariums. The best places to visit here are Shri Krishna Darshini temple, St. Mary's Island, Kodi Beach, Kaup Beach, Daria Bahadurgad fort, Kallianpur, Ba...

Located in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka state Shivanasamudra waterfall is a blissfully heavenly place with a great climate. If you visit around the rainy season, you might even bless your eyes by seeing beautiful rainbows around the falls. What makes the visit more fun is the fact that there are good places nearby too. There are great architectural temples around and you can also go for some water sport or wa...

Jog falls is beautifully situated in the Shimoga district on the Sharavati river. It is a tremendous waterfall and a major tourist attraction mostly visited in the monsoons. The view is absolutely amazing and the weather is just perfect. Visitors also opt for a long walk nearby and if you are lucky, you may see the view of the waterfall with a blissful rainbow.


Sakleshpur is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka situated in the Hassan district. The climate is generally good here throughout the year. The great surroundings of nature like waterfalls, lakes, forests, etc make it even more worth visiting. The best places to visit here are the Manjarabad Fort, Agni Gudda Hill, Sakleshwara temple, Hadlu waterfall, Bisle View Point, Green Route Trek etc. 


Madikeri has a massive set of places to visit from Abbey falls to Madikeri fort, Namdroling Monastery, Coffee plantations, Talacauvery, you will find great places here. There are a lot of trekking and camping spots which makes it a perfect place for nature lovers and enthusiasts. And if you are into wildlife and bird watching, then just go for it. Madikeri will give you an experience for a lifetime. 


Shimoga city of Karnataka is famous for its museum, bird sanctuary, and cathedral. It is also a well-known place among shopaholic people. You can get varieties of handicraft products, sarees, wooden showpieces, and toys, etc. The best places to visit in Shimoga are the Bhadra river, Kodachadri, Kudajadri hills, Keladi, Kundadri, Sakrebailu elephant camp, etc. It is a good place for adventures like trekking, river raf...

Kanakapura is a city with highly dense forests, greenery, and good weather. It was earlier known as Kankanhalli. There are various temples, waterfalls, rivers, and parks which will make your vacation more fun. Must visit in Kanakapura include nature adventure camp, Guhantara resort, Mekedatu, Chunchi falls, discovery village, urban valley resort, Kanakapura park, pyramid valley, Arkavati, Janapada Loka, and Kabbaladu...

Murudeshwar is a popular place in Karnataka that is well known for the world's second-largest Shiva statue. People visit this place to have an experience of The Murdeshwar Temple, the statue of Lord Shiva, the Shikhara of Murdeshwar Temple, the statue of Nandi at Murdeshwar Temple, Murdeshwar beach, Mirjan fort, Idagunji temple, Eco beach, Yana, etc. These visits will help you in having fun as well as a spiritual experience. 


Badami is a popular destination for the rock-cut structural temples present in it. There is a beautiful Agastya lake, many amazing caves which have Bahubali, Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma carvings, also there is a great mosque, Northern fort temple, Aihole, Bhutanatha temple, Akka-Tangi falls, Mallikarjuna temple, lower and upper Shivalaya, Ravana pahad, Banashankari Amma temple, Pattadakal etc. All of these are top tourist destinations in Badami and very fun places...

Nagarhole national park is a highly rich forest area and has great wildlife. It is located in the Mysore and Kodagu district of the state. You'll be able to see a tiger, leopard, wild dog, sambar, deer, sloth bear, hyena, elephants, etc. With these species, there are also many types of flora and fauna in it. From silver oak trees to sandalwood, rosewood to Kadam, and cotton tree, you'll find a lot of other trees as well. There are many places of attraction n...

Chitradurga Fort is located in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. It is an ancient fort with amazing architecture that holds a rich past. There are several temples, gateways, reservoirs, warehouses, etc. The best part about this fort is its location. It's not situated between the city or a crowded place, rather it is surrounded by lush green hills. And the constant breezy weather makes it more pleasant. 


# Best Places to Visit in Karnataka


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