Submerged chapels and surfing lessons, there is something new at every turn here.
Situated in the South India, Karnataka is surrounded by Maharashtra and Goa in the north, Andhra Pradesh on the east and Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the south. With its urban cool, glittering palaces, national parks, ancient ruins, beaches, yoga centers and quirky hangouts, this state has been winning hearts of tourists from all over the world.
A beautiful introduction to South India, Karnataka offers something unique and fun to all types of tourists. Whether it is an opportunity to go surfing in the Arabian Sea or witnessing the regal splendour of forts at Mysore or taking in the wonders of the Bandipur National Park, there is something here for everyone. Start your journey at Bengaluru, which is the nerve center of the state and famous for its craft beer and restaurant scenes. From here, head out and you will come in contact with the green rolling hills of Kodagu, dotted with coffee and spice plantations. That’s not all. Karnataka is also a delight for wildlife lovers as it boasts of jungle teeming with various animals, including Asia’s biggest population of elephants.
If all this sounds too mainstream, fret not because Karnataka has you something for even the most nitty-picky tourists. Head to the counter-cultural enclave of tranquil Hampi, complete with hammocks, psychedelic sunsets and boulder-strewn ruins. There is also the blissfully laid back and undiscovered coastline of Gokarna, with empty sands and beautiful coves. Trust us, this is one state that will remain with you, long after you have departed.
Cities to explore in Karnataka
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