Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India has been ranked as the fifth most popular state in the country for tourism. It is home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India, the largest number after Uttar Pradesh.The State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums protects an additional 752 monuments and another 25,000 monuments are yet to receive protection. Tourism centres around the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. Broadly, tourism in Karnataka can be divided into four geographical regions: North Karnataka, the Hill Stations, Coastal Karnataka and South Karnataka. here we list out the top tourist attracyions in Karnatakafor you .
Mysore is a tourism hot spot within the state of Karnataka and also acts as a base for other tourist places in the vicinity of the city. The city receives the maximum number of tourists during the period of the Dasara festival when festivities take place for a period of 10 days. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is the center of the Dasara festivities.
Mysore is a wonderful place to live in, for its pleasant climate throughout the year. There are multiple tourist attractions in the city, and every year the city witnesses over a million tourists visiting the city on a holiday tour. Brindavan Gardens are one of the beautifully laid and maintained gardens of India. Reports reveal that over two million tourists hit the spot every year. The idea of laying out a garden developed only after the construction of the Krishnarajasagara dam started. The garden was commissioned to increase the site’s beauty. The dam is built across the river Kaveri and Brindavan Gardens lines the dam. It took five years from 1927 to complete this Garden. And since then it has never showed a decrease in the visitor numbers every year.
Chamundi hills are the first thing that comes into the minds of foreign tourists after visiting the Mysore Palace. Chamundi hills are very famous among the tourists and are visited both as a religious and tourist spot. The hill ranges up to a height of 1000 meters. Chamundi hill is also famous for holding the historically famous temple, the Chamundi Temple.It is an interesting belief among the people on why and when the temple was built. In ancient days the ruler of this region Mahishasura was a demon and tortured his subjects brutally. As the days rolled on, the people just needed someone to rescue them from his cruelty.
Mysore Zoo is one of the best places that are visited around the year by all the age categories. Wildlife has been a strong factor for the nation to boast about. The Indian tigers are popular and are becoming a rare species now. Preserving the wildlife is the major service provided at zoo. And the most important factor is that Zoo also displays most of the animals belonging to the wild.It not only showcases animals but also has briefings about the name, scientific names and the significant features of the species which educates people visiting zoo.
St. Philomena's Church is one of the major tourist attractions and also a religious center. Like all the other churches holy masses and special masses happen round the year. But the significance of the church is that, it is one of the oldest churches of India which was established 250 years back. The church is one of the major sites that can be visited during a tour to Mysore.St. Philomena's Church is dedicated to the Roman catholic martyr Philomena. There are numerous churches around the world which is dedicated to her. Centuries back, Philomena was the princess of a small Greek state. Her parents offered prayers to Lord Jesus on having no kids and promised to convert to Christianity.
Mysore is a wonderful place to spend time on a vacation. It has many tourists attraction that pull in tourist round the year. The city is also momentous in displaying the wealth of the Mysore city, holding some of the great edifices with significant history portraying glorious past. The City Palace and the Jaganmohan Palace are popular among the tourists. The Jaganmohan Place would not have come into existence if they old dwelling place of the Royal family was burnt down to ashes. The Royal family needed an alternate residence until a new Palace was built after the fire accident. The result of which is the Jaganmohan Palace. It served as the residence of the Royals for fifteen years starting 1897.
Mysore is known to be the “City of Palaces”. Mysore Palace is one of the exotic palaces that the nation has and its poplar for its illuminated view during special occasions. It lies in the heart of the city near the city bus stand and accounts for the major tourist attractions of the city. It is a promising edifice in tourism that magnetizes millions of people in and around India to visit it.The architecture style involved in building the three-storied palace is majorly Indo-Saracenic and a mixture of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic. Lush green gardens are well laid out around the palace, with the marble dooms and the five towers each of that raising 145 feet high. The front elevation is beautified with 7 arches that include the huge center arch which is supported by gigantic pillars.
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