Karnataka mind map. Capital city - Bengaluru / Bangalore. Emblem - Gandaberunda, the Royal insignia of erstwhile Mysuru Kingdom. State Language -. See the map view of the most popular tourist places to visit in Karnataka. Both nature and human efforts have combined to make Karnataka a Tourist. Paradise. Its long sea from Siddapura (35 kms) as well as Yellapur in Uttara Kannada. The Chaya. Bhagavathi Temple, Kollur. A Sketch Map of Fort, Koppal.

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The Government of Karnataka had set up a Tourism Vision group in Oct will guide preservation of the tourism asset and the unique character of the place. Being a hub of the Indian IT industry, you might expect only tall corporate buildings in the state but, quite contrary to it, Karnataka is one of the most beautiful. Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India, has been ranked as the third most popular state in .. Tourist attractions of this region are Hooli Panchalingeshwara temple, Renuka (Yallamma) Archived from the original (PDF) on

Karnataka is popularly known for its strong Hindu culture mainly because of the history of rulers. It is a combination of sweet and spice and everything nice.

Karnataka is known for its homely feeling… Experience Heritage Did you know that two famous heritage sites in Karnataka are considered part of the Seven Wonders of India? Shravanabelagola on the other hand which is about kms from Bangalore and is the other heritage site, famously known for… Art Forms The art of story-telling comes from passion and creativity.

Yaskhagana is a classic folk play that falls under the theatrical art forms of coastal Karnataka. There are totally 12 art forms of which Yakshagana is undisputedly the poster-child of the art forms Experience Tranquility Fall in love with some of the most breath taking and transcendent locations of nature and experience true tranquility that you have most longed for.

When it comes to adventure and exploring inches of Karnataka, there are so many places you will find as you keep visit each place. Surrounded by hill stations, cities and… Experience The Wild Karnataka is widely known mainly for the famous Bandipur National Park but did you know there are totally 27 various Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks spread across the state?

Main deity Lord Anantha Padmanabha is facing towards the west. Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is situated in the heart of the village. Kukke Subrahmanya temple is dedicated to lord Subrahmanya, who had manifested with Vasuki. Omkareshwara Temple is located very near to the heart of the Madikeri. Madikeri is situated in the beautiful Kodagu district in the Western Ghats. Mangaladevi Temple is located at Bolara in the city of Mangalore, Karnataka state.

The Mangaladevi temple is situated just about 3km from southwest of Mangalore city centre. Male Mahadeshwara Hills , a sacred place for Hindus is located around km from Mysore. It is situated in the eastern parts of Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district.

Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temple is one of the important and sacred temples of Shakti worship. Melkote popular center of pilgrimage center and has two different temples. Melkote is one of the holy places of Karnataka. Moodbidri Thousand pillar temple is a large granite temple built in A.

The main entrance of the thousand pillar temple, which faces the east, opens onto a wonderful 15 meter tall monolithic pillar called Mahastamba in front of the doorway. Murudeshwar is a picturesque place, and it is situated between Honnavara and Bhatkal. Bounded by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats, makes Murudeshwar as a favorite picnic spot. Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple is one of the ancient temples of Karnataka.

Nellitheertha Cave Temple is one of the sacred places in Dakshina Kannada district.

Inside, one can find a beautiful lake and a Shiva Linga. Padubidri is located in coastal district, Udupi on National Highway Padubidri is also known as Padubidre or Paddedra in Tulu language.

Pajaka is birthplace of Dwaita philosopher Madhwacharya. The Kunjaragiri Durga temple is also a charming place to visit. There is also a Parashurama temple nearby. Polali , an important seat of Shakti worship is located at a distance of 30 km from Mangalore and situated about yards from the Phalguni River Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

This is an ancient temple of said to be constructed in 12th Century. Sahasralinga is a pilgrim place located at a distance of 17 km from Sirsi in Uttara kannada district. Saundatti Yellamma Temple is located in Belgaum district at a distance of 70 km from its district headquarters. Shankaranarayana The uniqueness of Shankaranarayana is that this is one of the rare temples where we can see the confluence of Shankara Lord Shiva and Narayana Lord Vishnu.

Sharavu Maha Ganapathi Kshetra is one of famous ancient temples located in the heart of Mangalore city. This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha. Shraravanabelagola is one of the important Jain pilgrim centers in Karnataka. Shravanabelagola is popular for its scenic beauty as well as for its religious sanctity. Somanathapura Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest master pieces of Hoysala Architecture is located at Somanathapura. Sirsi Marikamba Temple is main attraction and it is one of the important seats of shakti worship in Karnataka.

Sirsi Marikamba temple is temple famous for its Kavi art.

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Southadka is a pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. Sringeri is a picturesque town and pilgrim centre located in the heart of the Malnad with rich vegetation and pleasant climate. Talakad was a capital of the Gangas from to AD. Then, it was the capital for several dynasties that ruled over Karnataka. Ulavi is a famous pilgrimage center for Veerashaivas. Udupi Krishna Temple is the first among the seven places of pilgrimage.

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The famous Krishna temple in Udupi, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna, which is richly decorated with jewels. Virupaksha Temple s the most important center of pilgrimage in Hampi moreover is considered one of the most sacred over the centuries. Karnataka Beaches Gokarna is famous for its beautiful virgin beaches and breathtaking landscapes.

Karwar is a good starting point for the journey to discover the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar is one of the perfect holiday destinations. Kaup Beach is one of the famous beaches of Karnataka where tourists enjoy the beauty of the environment. Kurumgad Beach is a tortoise shaped Island and is located about 4 km away from Karwar.

Malpe is a located about 5 km to the west of Udupi. An important port and fishing harbor along the Karnataka coast. Marawanthe is a beach located at a distance of 12 km from Kundapur town of Udupi district. Marawanthe beach is one of the must visit tourist spots of Karnataka.

Murudeshwar beach is a popular picnic spot, having beautiful blue waters of the sea and the majestic mountains.

Panambur beach is located at a distance of 13 Km from Mangalore on the north of the National Highway. Someshwar beach is well known for the large rocks called "Rudra Shile".

Mary's Island is a collection of small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi district. Government of Karnataka and tourism department has failed in tapping this potential, whereas Goa has left Karnataka much behind in beach tourism.

There is an urgent need to do something in this direction to allow beach tourism on the same model of Goa in the months of September to may. South Karnataka is a unique combination of spectacular vesara style Hoysala architecture, colossal Jain monuments, colonial buildings and palaces of the Kingdom of Mysore , impregnable fort at Chitradurga and densely forested wildlife sanctuaries that offer some of the best eco-tourism available in the country.

Belur , Halebidu in Hassan District , Somnathpura in Mysore District , Belavadi , Kalasa and Amrithapura in Chikmagalur District , Balligavi in Shimoga District offer some of the best of Hoysala architecture dating from the 11th to 13th centuries, while Shravanabelagola in Hassan district and Kambadahalli in Mandya District have well known 10th-century Jain monuments. Scenic forests and the high density of wild animals of this region are a popular attraction for those interested in the wilder side of life.

The river Kaveri flows east from Kodagu District and along its way one finds important tourist destinations like Shivanasamudra and nearby Sivasamudram Falls ,. Srirangapattana and Melkote etc. Mysuru , the cultural capital of the state is home to palaces, colonial buildings and cultural activities including Carnatic music , theatre.

Bengaluru the capital is a cosmopolitan city with parks, pubs, restaurants, shopping and fast-paced technology-rich lifestyle. The Forts in Karnataka are belongs to various dynasties, some of them are more than thousand years old.

The Hill stations in Karnataka are generally unexplored and more pristine than better known ones in South India. Karnataka in all has 21 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 National parks.

Interior dry areas have their own unique wildlife. Two subclusters of natural areas occurring in the list are entirely in the Karnataka region covering several wildlife sanctuaries and some reserve forests. As such, the Western Ghats that run south-north through the Karnataka is considered as one among the twenty-five bio-diversity hotspots of the world.


The state is home to the largest concentration of Asian Elephants along Kabini River in Nagarahole and Bandipur parks. These two parks also hold among the most viable population of the highly endangered Indian Tiger. Ranebennur Blackbuck sanctuary in Haveri district is home to one of the largest populations of blackbuck anywhere in India.

The Doraji wildlife sanctuary and areas in Karnataka like Bellary district , Chitradurga are strongholds of the sloth bear. Karnataka is home to more than species of birds. Some well known caves in Karnataka are Yana caves and Kavala caves and Syntheri rocks in Uttara Kannada district , Sugriva's cave in Hampi holds similarity to the descriptions of 'Kishkinda' in the epic Ramayana , hundreds of caves in Basava Kalyana in Bidar District. Karnataka has a number of waterfalls.

Jog Falls of Sagara Taluk is one of the highest waterfalls in Asia. The districts of the Western Ghats and the southern districts have popular eco tourism locations. Karnataka boasts of the highest elephant Gaur bison and tiger population greater than , and respectively in India. Its forests hold some of the largest remaining populations of the endangered tiger and leopard. Eco-tourism is a very popular activity in the state.

Karnataka leads other states in eco-tourism. Private safari providers have sprung up in several places along the western ghats. Farmers and fishermen were allowed to run beach cottages and beach shacks by govt.

The presence of Nilgiris , Western Ghats, rocky regions, waterfalls and lots of lakes and rivers make it an attractive destination. Besides this Sawandurga, Manchinbele Feverpitch basecamp , Bheemeshwari Antharagange are also famous for rappelling, river crossing, caving and kayaking.

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There have been more than places for trekking in Karnataka and many of them are organised by Government of Karnataka or government approved local vendors.

Seasonal surfing is available in Gokarna and Kaup. Bisle Ghat which is stretch of Western ghats from Kerala to Gujarat is also famous for treckking and adventurous activities. Farmers son Adventurous sports camp near Palya Town on the way to Sakleshpur Bisle ghat is also a must place to be visited by any foreign tourists. Karnataka tourism started promoting Motorcycle tourism and tied up with Wicked Ride a Bengaluru-based motorcycle rental company to promote adventure and motorcycle tourism as a policy, they are working to set up camping sites across the state to provide safe and clean camping sites for backpackers and motorcyclists to explore the state.

In the last couple of years Karnataka has emerged as a hot spot for health care tourism in India attracting health tourists from all over the world. Karnataka has highest number of approved health systems and alternative therapies. Hospitals in Karnataka treat around 8, and more health tourists every year. Initially train was introduced exclusively for Karnataka, but recently it is expanded to whole south India. Karnataka Tourism is responsible for the sustainable development of tourism in Karnataka along with marketing of the destination worldwide.

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Karnataka's destination branding and marketing is done by India's leading tourism marketing organisation, Stark Communications. Ancient Lakshmeshwar. Mahadeva Temple Itagi. Forts Gajendragad. Parasgad Fort. Monuments Lakshmeshwar. Saundatti Fort, North Karnataka.

Someshwara temple at Lakshmeshwara, North Karnataka. Jumma Masjid at Lakshmeshwara, North Karnataka. Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur , has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia. Keshava temple CE , Somanathapura. Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple Halasi , North Karnataka. Dodda Basappa Temple at Dambal , a unique pointed, uninterrupted stellate star-shaped , 7-tiered dravida plan, 12th century. Trikuteshwara Temple complex at Gadag. Jain temple at Lakkundi in Gadag district, Karnataka.

Badami Cave Temples. Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha , North Karnataka. Mysore Palace at Mysore is one of the most visited monuments in India. Shiva Statue on Murudeshwara hill. One of the tallest statues of Hindu deity Shiva. The Gomateswara monolith at Shravanabelagola , one of the foremost centres of Jain pilgrimage.

Vishnu image in Cave temple No. Sala fighting the tiger, the symbol of Hoysala Empire in Belur, Karnataka. The Lal Bagh Glass House , famous for its flower shows, is now a heritage monument.

Nari motte or Tiger hill, Brahmagiri , Karnataka. Navilateertha , near Saundatti , North Karnataka. Jog Falls in Shimoga District is one of the highest waterfalls in Asia. Gokak Falls Ghataprabha river: Asia's first hydro-electricity power generation unit setup in s. Haveri region Tourism map, North Karnataka.

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