Adorned with forests, beaches, waterfalls, coffee plantations, and lakes, Karnataka is a sight to behold. Apart from that, the ancient ruins of the past peak interest of every history lover. This southeastern state of India will soothe your soul with its beauty and serenity. So, plan a tour and lose yourself in the mystical places of Karnataka on your next visit.

Explore these places of Karnataka to relish the true beauty of the state on your next visit:

1. Bangalore

The silicon valley of India, Bangalore, is a well-known IT hub with some of the prime IT corporations in the world. Besides, the pleasant weather, beautiful nature, and delicious food lure crowds around the world.

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Places to Visit in Bangalore:

  • Lalbagh Botanical Garden
  • Bengaluru Palace 
  • Bannerghatta Zoo
  • Cubbon Park
  • ISKCON Temple Bangalore
  • Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace & more.

Best Time to Visit: October to February.

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2. Mysore

Boasting a rich heritage, the city of Palaces, Mysore, is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. If you are fond of the arts, you will like the architecture of the beautiful palaces and majestic temples.

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Places to Visit in Mysore:

  • Mysore Palace
  • Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Sri Chamundeshwari Tayi Gudi
  • St. Philomena’s Cathedral & more.

Best Time to Visit: October to February.

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3. Hampi

Harboring the ancient ruins of temples, rocks, and boulders formation, Hampi tells the story of the unlearned past. The city also became a part of UNESCO site in 1986. Explore this fascinating landscape on your next visit.

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Places to Visit in Hampi:

  • Sree Virupaksha Temple
  • Shree Vijaya Vitthala Gudi
  • Saasivekaalu Ganesha
  • Lakshmi Narasimha
  • Lotus Mahal & more.

Best Time to Visit: November to February.

4. Chikmagalur

Encircled by tea plantations, gushing waterfalls, and wildlife sanctuaries, this hill station of Karnataka, Chikmagalur, looks stunning. Moreover, the city has something for people of all ages. Away from the locality, this place allows you to be close to nature.

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Places to Visit in Chikmagalur:

  • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mahatma Gandhi Park
  • Mullayanagiri Peak
  • Hebbe Waterfalls & more.

Best Time to Visit: September to May.

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5. Mangalore

The coastal city of Karnataka, Mangalore, is famous for its sun-kissed beaches, age-old temples, and lush green gardens. Ruled by a myriad of dynasties and empires since ancient times, the city has ruins here and there. If you want some space, you can give this place a go.

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Places to Visit in Mangalore:

  • Panamburu Beach
  • Mahatobhaara Sri Mangaladevi Temple
  • Kadri Shree Manjunatha Swamy Gudi
  • Sultan Bathery
  • Tannirbhavi Beach & more.

Best Time to Visit: October to February.

6. Coorg

Nestled at the edge of Western Ghats, Coorg is the smallest district of Karnataka. Nonetheless, the vast coffee plantations, steep hills, streams, rich flora & fauna, and lush forests have earned the name Scotland of India. Enjoy the stunning views and countless adventure sports on your visit to the city.

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Places to Visit in Coorg:

  • Madikeri Fort
  • Abbey Falls
  • Raja’s Tomb
  • Government Museum, & more.

Best Time to Visit: September to June.

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7. Gokarna

Lying on the western coast of India, this small town of Karnataka, Gokarna, is popular for its exclusive beaches. The laid-back vibe of the city is perfect for a refreshing break. Take a dip into the Arabian Sea, or walk on the pristine sand beaches.

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Places to Visit in Gokarna:

  • Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple
  • Om Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Gokarna Main Beach
  • Kudle Beach & more.

Best Time to Visit: October to February.

8. Dandeli

If you love adventure Dandeli is the place for you. Try kayaking, Zorbing, Jungle safari, Canoeing, and River crossing to your heart’s extent. Aside from that, the city is embellished with mountains, rivers, caves, and lush terrains.

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Places to Visit in Dandeli:

  • Syntheri Rock 
  • Sykes Point 
  • Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary 
  • Anshi National Park 
  • Kavala Caves & more.

Best Time to Visit: October to May.

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9. Udupi

If you are a devotee of Lord Krishna, plan a short trip to Udupi. According to legend, the name Udupi comes from two words, Udu & Pa, which means stars and Lord. Explore the sites and savor Udupi cuisine.

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Places to Visit in Udupi:

  • Kapu Beach 
  • Sri Krishna Temple 
  • Anegudde Vinayaka Temple 
  • Kodi Beach 
  • Mattu Beach & more.

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

10. Bandipur

Renowned as an exceptional tiger reserve, Bandipur is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. The national park has several animals, including the Indian elephant, gaur, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, mugger crocodile, rock python, and more. Book a safari or ride on an elephant to explore the area.

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Places to Visit in Bandipur:

  • Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
  • Himavad Gopalaswamy
  • Malai Mahadeshwara Temple
  • Muthanga Wildlife Safari & more.

Best Time to Visit: July to September.

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