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Things to do in Karnataka

Karnataka is the hub of the multinational companies and is a renowned metro city of India. Hence apart from this the state is jeweled with phenomenal natural surroundings, hills, mountains, beaches, temples, etc. therefore checkout the things to do in Karnataka and plan your vacation this time to south India. The exuberant and exotic tourist?s places to visit in Karnataka are just awesome and awe- inspiring.

Bangalore Palace, Karnataka.

Bangalore Palace
  • Location : Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052, India..
  • How to reach : The place can be reached by any metro, by road, taxi or bus..
  • Timing : 10 AM - 6 PM, Mon to Sat.
  • Visit duration : About 2-3 hours.
  • Best time to visit : October to February..
  • Accomodations : Luxuries to budget hotels are available..
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Bangalore Palace is one of the tourist destination in Bangalore. Its construction began way back to 1865 although the duration for building the palace was 2 years. It was the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore in the Wodeyar Dynasty. The popular and breathtaking Tudor and Scottish Gothic style of architecture can be noticed here. The rich fine crafts interior of the palace is overwhelming. The open courtyard of the palace is jeweled with graceful and beautiful gardens. The Drabar hall is the exquisite sight to view at.
The audio guide is the innovative thing present here which tells you about the palace’s ancient history. And this audio is in Hindi, English, Italian, Kannada, French, Spanish, German, and Spanish. And the venue is also utilizes for series of events, where the famous artists have performed.
It is also known for its beautiful water park, joy rides and snow room. Paintings, fortified towers, wood carvings, gothic glass windows elegant furniture, fortified towers are the lucrative aspect of the palace which provides the princely charm.

Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka.

Bannerghatta National Park
  • Location : Bannerghatta Rd, Bannerughatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083..
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- 40 km, nearest railway station- 23 km, private taxi & local bus 22km from Bangalore city..
  • Timing : 9.30 am to 5.00 pm & Grand Safari: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
  • Visit duration : 5 to 6 hours. Closed on Tuesdays..
  • Best time to visit : November to June..
  • Accomodations : A number of hotels and resorts are available near the park..
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Bannerghatta National Park is located 22 km away from the Bangalore city and is home for large variety of species of flowers and animals. This park was established in the year 1971 and is spread over an area of 104.27 square km. This park has India’s first butterfly park. There are many other attractions in the park like Zoo, Snake Park, Children’s Park, an Aquarium, Museum, Crocodile Farm and Prehistoric Animal’s Park. Within the wondrous wildlife, jungle safari activity, boating is also available for the tourists to enjoy.
This is one of the best place for the nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and photographers. The huge collection of wildlife in the park includes Leopards, Elephants, Asiatic lion, Cobras, Monitor lizards, Royal Bengal tiger, Sloth bear, Porcupine, Wild boar, Jackal and many more species. Many trees like tamarind, bamboo, neem, sandalwood, eucalyptus and many other varieties can also be found here.

Brindavan Gardens, Karnataka.

Brindavan Gardens
  • Location : KRS Dam Road, Mandya, Karnataka 571607..
  • How to reach : By air- nearest airport is new Bangalore international airport 143 km, by train Mysore railway station, 18 km, by bus- Karnataka state tourism bus and private buses, 24km. Private taxi and cab the distance is round about 24 km..
  • Timing : 6.30 am to 8.00 pm Daily, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm music fountain show.
  • Visit duration : 3 to 4 hours..
  • Best time to visit : October to March..
  • Accomodations : Many 5 star to budget hotels are available for the tourists..
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Beautifully landscaped and spread across 60 acres, Brindavan Gardens was completed in 1932 and has become one of the most favorite tourist spot in Mysore. The garden has three terrace and features many attractions. The finely designed grounds are adorned by the beautiful water fountains and the gardens include stunning ficus trees and flowering plants like marigolds, roses, celosia and bougainvilleas.
Brindavan Grden’s largest area is like heaven for nature lovers and professional horticulturists. One can easily find different breeds of wide variety of flowers, fruits and other plants in the large garden.
One of the most popular and attractive feature of the Brindavan Garden is the work of topiary. The fascinating trimmed shrubs in the shape of animals provide the best picture background for the tourists. Visitors love walking under the shades of pergolas where the passageways are covered by lovely creeper plants. The garden has four main areas- the Main gate, South Brindavan, North Brindavan and the Children’s garden.

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One of the main attraction of the Brindavan Garden for the tourists is the musical fountain with a choreographed play of water synchronized with mesmerizing tunes of songs. This show is conducted at night where it’s displayed in the full glory. There are many other fountains in the garden, named the umbrella fountain, the inverted basket fountain and the pyramid fountain.

Gokarna Beach, Karnataka.

Gokarna Beach
  • Location : Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India.
  • How to reach : located of the center of city, one can reach the destination by bus, taxi or by reaching to the Kamakya Metro Station.
  • Timing : Full Day
  • Visit duration : 3 to 4 hours..
  • Best time to visit : October to March..
  • Accomodations : Luxury to budget hotels is available..
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Located at the northern part of Karnataka, this is one of the most cherished holiday spot of the state. The name of the city Gokarna splits itself into halves and i.e. go and karna which means cow’s ear And there is a belief that the Gokarna name is dedicated to the two rivers convergence Aganashini and Gangavali, which forms the implication of the cow’s ear.
A perfect visiting spot is the Gokarna beach for the scenic natural beauty lover, located at the coast of Karwar, is a beautiful destination which primarily attracts the tourist’s because of its rocky mountains that are adjacent to the beach. The exotic sea food besides the beach must be tasted which are prepared from the freshly available fishes.
The dusky sunset and morning sunrise can be viewed by escaping the chaos of the cities. Thus a relaxation and peace from the hustle and bustle of busy city can be attained here, spending a day or two around the beach is a great idea for the nature lover. Surrounded with the palm trees and coconut trees this destination has still not been the hit the tourist’s spots. Hence one can experience lesser crowd, and cleanliness across the beaches. One of the oldest city that boasts’ of having the ancient civilization.

Innovative Film City, Karnataka.

Innovative Film City
  • Location : 24 & 26, Kiadb Estates,birmangla cross, Bidali, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109..
  • How to reach : Approximately 40kms away from Bangalore and one can reach here through personal vehicles or cabs. Or they can follow by train by landing at Bidadi Railway Station..
  • Timing : Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.
  • Visit duration : N/A.
  • Best time to visit : October - February..
  • Accomodations : Luxuries to budget hotels are available..
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Innovative Film city recently developed in 2008 located on the way to Bangalore from Mysore in Bidadi, is an creatively designed theme park which is an amusement for the kids and adults both. A full day dozes entertainment infused with of fun, thrill and excitement it is one of the most cherished tourist’s destination spot of Bangalore.
The exciting things that are must to do here are Roller Skates, 3D Studio Tour, Petting Zoo e Aqua Kingdom, Haunted Mansion, Cartoon City, Mining Section, 3D Studio Tour, Funplex within 4D - Theatre, innovative Talkies and innovative Wannado City. The appealing rides and games are the interesting part here with the fantastic cuisines to enjoy here. With the dishes of all kinds there lot more to experience and have adventure here.

ISKCON Temple, Karnataka.

ISKCON Temple
  • Location : Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010.
  • How to reach : Through the metro station one can reach to Sandal Soap Factory station (Green Line) or bus can be taken for Mahalakshmi Layout Entrance.
  • Timing : Monday to Sunday, 4:30 AM to at 9:30 PM.
  • Visit duration : 1 - 2 hours, however, it may be 3 - 4 hours during festivals..
  • Best time to visit : October to February..
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available..
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Visit the pious ISKON temple located in prominent location of the city, a modernized sculpture which is a perfect tourist destination for the devotees. The fine art and religious aura of the temple mesmerizes one. The free Prasadm is offered to the visitors and the chanting of the lord Krishna’s bhajans and kirtans throughout the day is the satisfying and heavenly feeling for the devotees.
The prevalence of shops inside the temple’s premises have the religious books and other devotional and spiritual products. One can check out the aarti timings if they wish to see. There are no entry charges for the temple’s entrance but the provision of donation facility is there.
The spacious interior of the temple the serene and pious environment of the temple takes the breadth away. The propagator of the temple is Madhu Pandit Dasa. The highlighting aspect to the temple is a gold plated flag which weighs 56 ft high and a gold plated kalash shikara that is 28 ft high. The fine craft and beautifully decked up idols of the Radha and Krishna is the main attraction of the temple. Describing the life sketch of the Krishna through the scriptures is an awe-inspiring sight to view. There are no dress codes to the temple but graceful and modest dressing must be preferred.

Jog Falls, Karnataka.

Jog Falls
  • Location : Siddapur, Uttara Kannada and Sagara, 577435..
  • How to reach : Nearest airport is the Hubli which is 133 km away from Jog Falls, the fall is connect form the bus service which can be availed from Sagar and Siddapur..
  • Timing : 7.30 am - 9.30pm.
  • Visit duration : 2 to 3 hours..
  • Best time to visit : June to September.
  • Accomodations : Luxury to budget hotels is available.
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Karnataka, as a state offers plenty of natural and scenic beauty from mountains to beaches and falls. Thus for the one who aspires to find connection with the natural beauty, The waters from the Sharavati River can be noticed from the Jog falls and the peak season time to visit the Jog falls is the monsoon whereas the huge 253 meters fall is the another grasping fact. It is known to be one of the highest waterfalls in India. And the Jog is distinct by the four falls, namely Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. These falls form the enormous collection of water altogether.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Karnataka.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden
  • Location : Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004..
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Bangalore airport, nearest railway station- Bangalore junction and go by private & state owned buses ..
  • Timing : 8.00 am to 6.00 pm everyday.
  • Visit duration : 3 to 4 hours..
  • Best time to visit : Throughout year..
  • Accomodations : Luxuries to budget hotels are available near the garden..
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Lalbagh botanical garden is situated at the heart of the Bangalore city and is spread over 240 acres of land. The botanical garden derived its name from two words, “Lal” means red, and “Bagh” means garden. It is called red because of its huge area occupied with aromatic red roses.
A ruler of old Mysore named Hyder Ali built a private garden in an area of 40 acres in 1760. Later it was developed by his son Tipu Sultan. The garden was given the status of state owned botanical garden in 1856.

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Lalbagh Botanical Garden is the prime most attraction for the tourists in Bangalore. The artistically planned garden has irrigation and watering system in such a way that it reaches every pond, pool, lawns, fountain and flowerbeds.
Every flower and plant is labeled with necessary details for easy identification of the tourists.
The garden is famous for its glass house designed after London’s crystal Place. Two big annual flower shows are held on Republic day and Independence Day of India. These shows attract tourists from all over the world. The beautiful garden is home to over 1000 species of tropical plants and has India’s largest collection.

Mysore Palace, Karnataka.

Mysore Palace
  • Location : Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001..
  • How to reach : Closest airport- new Bangalore International Airport- 170 km, Nearest railway station: Mysore Railway, private cab & taxi services..
  • Timing : All day from 10:00 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Visit duration : 7.00 pm to 7. 40 pm weekdays (except on Sundays, state holidays & national holidays)..
  • Best time to visit : October to march..
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available..
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The Mysore palace has four main entrances. Main entrance is called Jaya Maarthaanda which is in east side, Jayarama is in north, Balarama in south and Varaha in west although general public entry is from the Varaha gate.
Photography inside the Mysore Main Palace is strictly prohibited. But the audio kit facility for Indians and foreign tourists are available at the entrance.

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka.

Nagarhole National Park
  • Location : Mysore - Madikeri Rd, Hunsur, Karnataka 571201..
  • How to reach : Nearest airport is Mandakalli Airport which is 98 km. Nearest bus stop is koto bus stand which is around 30 km from th park. Nearest railway station is Mysore Railway Station, 96 km..
  • Timing : 6.00 am - 9.00am & 1.00pm - 5.00pm.
  • Visit duration : 3 to 4 hours..
  • Best time to visit : November to February..
  • Accomodations : Luxury to budget hotels is available..
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Nagarhole National Park Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is one of the best destination to encounter at Karnataka. The wildlife centuries consisting the different species of animal are the major attraction while the small streams, hills, waterfalls, and valleys across the forest is exotic.
It is said that it was the private ground used for hunting by the Maharaja of Mysore. And later the government of Karnataka declared the forest as the wildlife century in 1988. It is also the constituents of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve.

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Inside the national park you get the facility of boat riding in the river of Kabini. And can see round about 250 species in forest from the wild animals to reptiles to mammals. There is an arrangement of the safari in the mornings and evenings. And these safaris are available at the two entry points and they are Dammankatte gate near Kabini and Kutta. And the safari can be experienced by the minimal costing and fare of rupees 300 for Indians, and rupees 1200 for the foreigners.

Nandi Temple, Karnataka.

Nandi Temple
  • Location : Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004..
  • How to reach : Located of the center of city, one can reach the destination through bus, taxi or by reaching to the Kamakya Metro Station..
  • Timing : Located of the center of city, one can reach the destination through bus, taxi or by reaching to the Kamakya Metro Station.
  • Visit duration : 3 to 4 hours..
  • Best time to visit : October - February..
  • Accomodations : Luxuries to budget hotels are available..
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One of the famous temples of Bangalore which is popularly known as Nandi Temple of Bangalore is one of the oldest temple of the city which is dedicated to Nandi (the bull) who was the vahana (mount) of Lord Shiva. One must go this destination if they are the lord Shiva’s devotee, where they can fetch blessings of the God’s favorite disciple which has got huge relevance in the Hindu mythology.
And there is an amusing history attached to it which states the river Vrishabhavati originated from the feet of Nandi at this place. And the fact that the bull was carved out of the single granite block, 6.5 meters long and 4.5 meters high is another the dimension to it. Its inspired from Dravidian architectural pattern and the pillars of the temple was structured by Kempe Gowda.
The Prasad offered here are the Nandi’s favorite snacks groundnut, and the festivals like Kadalekai Parsihe is celebrated here to mark the holy resemblance of the bull. And there are no entry fees to enter the temple.

Raja's Seat, Karnataka.

Raja's Seat
  • Location : Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201..
  • How to reach : it is 1 km away from Madikeri bus stand and can be reached by auto, taxi, etc..
  • Timing : 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM,
  • Visit duration : 1 to 2 hours..
  • Best time to visit : October to May.
  • Accomodations : Luxury to budget hotels is available..
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Raja’s Seat is located at Coorg, which is in the Western Ghats and surrounded by the greenery and exotic climate. Known for its superb natural surroundings, the presence of lush greenery and beautiful sunset and sunrise the place is the spell binding beauty.
The dense green surrounding is the best escape from the busiest metro cities of India and is the fabulous visiting spot. The place that receives one of the highest rainfalls in India, is said to be the Scotland of India.

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The must visit tourists spot Raja’s seat which has a glorifying sight. Indulge in the captivating serene beauty of the place. And have a great time enjoying the peaceful delight of the attraction.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Karnataka.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
  • Location : Tippu Sultan Palace Rd, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018.
  • How to reach : The nearest airport is Bengaluru International airport, which is 39km away from the fort.
    The nearest railway station is Kempe Gowda Railway Station, which is at a distance of 3.4km from the fort.
    The nearest bus stop is Kempe Gowda Bus Station which is about 2.7 km away. .
  • Timing : Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Visit duration : 1-2 hours .
  • Best time to visit : October to March.
  • Accomodations : There is no shortage of suitable hotels to stay here..
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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic architecture in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It used to be the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore. Managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, the palace is situated at the center of the Old Bangalore near Kalasipalyam bus stand. The ground floor of the palace has been converted into a museum, displaying achievements of Tipu Sultan and his administration. The museum has portraits of people and places of that time, a replica of Tipus Tiger, crown and clothes of Tipu Sultan, and many other things. The area in front of Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is managed by the Horticulture Department, Government of Karnataka as a garden and lawn.

Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka.

Vidhana Soudha
  • Location : Ambedkar Bheedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001.
  • How to reach : Vidhana Soudha is located around 34.8 kilometres from the Bangalore Airportand The Bangalore Railway Station is only 5 km away..
  • Timing : 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Closed on weekends and public holidays)
  • Visit duration : 1-2 hours.
  • Best time to visit : October to February.
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available..
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Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka in Bangalore. Conceptualized and constructed by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the edifice incorporates elements of Mysore Neo-Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian architectural styles. Spread across 60 acres, the building has four floors and one floor below ground level. Situated on Dr. Ambedkar Road, Seshadripuram, it is a must-visit place during the tour to Bengaluru.

Vittala Temple, Karnataka.

Vittala Temple
  • Location : Hampi, Karnataka 583239, India..
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Hubli airport 166 km, Hospet Railway station 15 km, buses & private taxi are available..
  • Timing : Everyday 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.
  • Visit duration : 1 to 2 hours..
  • Best time to visit : October to March.
  • Accomodations : Luxury to budget hotels is available..
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Vittala temple is an ancient iconic monument well connected from Hampi bus stand (9 km) and Kamalapura bus stand (5.5 km) in southern Karnataka. The temple is situated on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra river and is famous for musical pillars and stone chariot. This temple is the prime visit for the visitors who come to Hampi for a trip.

Walk in Coffee Plantation, Karnataka.

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