Top Destinations In Karnataka

1Aihole

Famous as the "Cradle of Indian architecture", Aihole has over a hundred temples scattered around the village. karnataka india, karnataka city guide, karnataka india cities, karnataka in south india, karnataka tour, karnataka in india, karnataka state guide Wherever one looks, it's temples theat meet the eyes. Intricately carved, rich in detail, quiet and peaceful.Mute witnesses of a bygone era.

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2Badami

The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami (also known as Vatapi), is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a Ravine between two rocky hills. karnataka india, karnataka city guide, karnataka india cities, karnataka in south india, karnataka tour, karnataka in india, karnataka state guide Rock-cut cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions, sculptures that seem to come alive under your eyes… Badami has to be seen to be believed.

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3Bagalkot

Bagalkot, earlier, a part of Bijapur district, was craved out as a separate district in 1997. This area is home to some of the finest examples of temple architecture in the world.

4Bangalore

An air-conditioned city, a garden city, the Silicon Valley of India, the fastest developing city in the world, these are some of the attributes used to describe this beautiful city which has a lot to offer you.

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5Belgaum

The District Headquarters, Belgaum is a picture of contrasts. karnataka india, karnataka city guide, karnataka india cities, karnataka in south india, karnataka tour, karnataka in india, karnataka state guide On one side is the old town area where the cotton and silk weavers still create magic with their fingers. And on the other the modern, bustling, tree lined Cantonment built by the British.

6Bellary

District head quarters and industrial town. Known for black stone Chalukyan temple dedicated to Kalleswari. It is 10 Kms, North West of Kottur.

7Belur

Belur is known as the Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Banaras. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala Kind Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A.D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.

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8Bidar

In the northern-most part of Karnataka lies Bidar - a tiny district steeped in history. The fort, the cannons, palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to the one-time capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties, truly memorable.

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9Bijapur

Think of Bijapur and the first thing that comes to mind is the Gol Gumbaz - the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah.

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10Chikmagalur

Its exquisite step into the rich earth and let the grass your feet, dew drops wash your toes,and your heart goes, Ah! you are in heavenly Chikmagalur.

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11Chitradurga

District head quarters. Famous for its historic fort. It is place where the heroine Obawa fought against Hyder Ali. It was ruled by a local cheiftian Madhakari Nayaka.

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12Coorg

Not really too far from the bustle of metropolitan cities, Kodagu or Coorg as it is better known, has maintained its serene picturesque beauty over the centuries. Homesick always, the British called this land Scotland of India.

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13Gulbarga

A Hindu city before the Muhammadan conquest, Gulbarga is unique synthesis of two cultures. When Bhaman Shah ascended the throne of Daulatabad, it was this City that he chose as his capital.

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14Hampi

"Vijayanagara" is such that the pupil of they eye has never seen a place like it.." so eulogized Abdul Razaq, a Muslim envoy who visited Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, in 1443.

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15Hassan

District head quarters. Set amidst picturesque surroundings. Hassan is called "Poor Man's Ooty". Ooty is a popular Holiday hill station in India. It hosts the Master Control Facility of India's space programme.

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16Helebid

Halebid is 15 km from Belur. This place was known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of Hoysalas. Halebid has several strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines.

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17Kolar

Once the capital of Ganga Kings. It has two ancient temples - Kolaramma and Someshwara. Kolar is the haunt of rock climbers.

18Mandya

Capital of Tippu Sultan, it is situated on an Island of River Cauvery. It houses Tipu's Tomb, Summer Palaces and the Ranganatha Swamy Temple.

19Mysore

Mysore is more than palaces, parks and temples … the exotic fragrance of Mysore Jasmine… the melodious strains of the Veena… the rich aroma of filter coffee… traditional carvings on fragrant sandalwood, rosewood and ivory … the rustle of rich silks.

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20Pattadakal

Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river, Pattadakal a World Heritage Centre has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture.

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21Shimoga

It is about 16 kms to the North-West of Thirthahally Town. The river Sharavathi takes its birth here and it is considered holy. A Shivalinga is installed at the spot.

More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.

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