Karnataka is rich with scenic beauty. This is the eighth largest state in India both in area and population. Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka and is famous as IT hub housing many small and large IT companies. People who are keenly interested in activities like river rafting, rock climbing, trekking, and paragliding will find tremendous opportunities to indulge their adventurous side when they travel to Karnataka.
Karnataka has rightly been named the 'Cradle of stone architecture' - it has a profusion of monuments, including the temples of Badami and Aihole, domes and minarets of Bijapur, the World Heritage Center at Pattadakal. Apart from being a major producer of coffee, sandalwood, spices, and betel nut, the state is also known for its silk weaving industry.
Places to visit in Karnataka
The state capital is also known as the 'City of Gardens'. Bangalore is home to many well-known multinational software companies thus known as the 'Silicon Valley of India'. Many reputed scientific institutions are available here. Bangalore has many places of tourist interest such as Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bull temple, Bangalore Palace etc.Bijapur's Gol Gumbaz:
This tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah, built in 1659, has the second largest dome in the world. The city has historic architecture (Islamic) and was also the capital of Adil Shahi Dynasty.Brindaban Gardens:
These are exquisite ornamental gardens at Krishnarajasagar Dam 19 km from Mysore; the main attraction is the 'dancing musical fountains'.Golden Palms Spa:
It is an ideal recreational paradise offering aqua therapy, ayurvedic, cosmetic surgery, fitness programs, and other kinds of treatments for a complete fitness tour.Jog falls:
Formed by the river Sharavati, the grandeur of the 253m high falls is best appreciated by a tour during and after the monsoon.Udupi:
It is an open Square surrounded by temples. It is also world famous for its delicious cuisine and Udupi restaurants.Mysore :
The cultural heart of Karnataka, A city of natural beauty, royal aura and quaint charm it never fails to charm its visitors. Mysore is called the city of palaces.Belur:
Famous for its exquisite temples and sculptures, it presents the finest arts and architectures of the Hoysala period and so rightly called the Dakshina Varanasi.World Heritage Sites:
Hampi and Pattadakal are famous for their temple ruins. Another world famous travel attraction of Karnataka is the rock cut Badami caves that were built in the 6th century.Nature's Bliss Hill Stations and Wildlife:
Karnataka has many humongous jungles that have been the homes of the many wilds since times unknown. The waterfalls inside the jungles, especially Jog fall is the highest waterfall in Asia. Wildlife Destinations in Karnataka are Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary. The hill stations Coorg is one of the most beautiful and exotic hill stations of south India. Lush green vegetation, Steep hills, hanging valleys and deep gorges with countless streams make Coorg a wonderful place to visit.Beaches in Karnataka:
Due to the ownership the 320 kms long coastline of the Arabian Sea, Karnataka tourism promotes beach tours for all those who want a splash of the pristine waters of Karnataka. Enjoy a vacation on the Karwar beach where one can enjoy diving and snorkeling. The Malpe beach is another important beach in Karnataka.