Karnataka – The Land of Offbeat Destinations

Nestled in the south-western region of India, The state of Karnataka, is truly blessed with a glorious history and cultural diversity. Unique, both environmentally and culturally, Karnataka is an incredible blend of marvelous Architecture, soothing nature, and urban as well as traditional lifestyle. Karnataka is home to scenic landscapes, ancient temples, rich cultural heritage, coffee and tea estates, and wildlife.
The state of Karnataka is divided into four distinct regions—the coastal plain, the Western Ghats, the Karnataka Plateau, and the black-soil tract. Hence Karnataka offers a variety of places to visit and explore to all kinds of travelers. Be it ancient historical monuments, palaces, ancient temples, hill stations, beaches, or wildlife, Karnataka has it all.

What is the ideal tour duration to visit Karnataka?

8 Nights – 9 Days is an ideal duration for a Karnataka visit. You can visit all the important places in Karnataka in 8-9 days.

What is the ideal season to visit Karnataka?

The state of Karnataka is located in the Deccan plateau. As Karnataka is divided into four distinct regions, Karnataka’s climate varies depending on its geographical region. While the coastal plains are hot, the Western Ghats have cooler temperatures. The ideal season to visit hill stations like Coorg and Ooty is from March to June. For the rest of Karnataka, the winter season, i.e. November to March is an ideal duration.

What is the name of the nearest airport to Karnataka?

• Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore
• Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore
• Belagavi Airport, Belagavi
• Hubballi Airport, Hubballi- Dharwad
• Kalaburagi Airport, Kalaburagi
• Bidar Airport, Bidar
• Jindal Vijaynagar Airport, Ballari
• Mysore Airport, Mysore

What are the names of the states sharing borders with Karnataka?

The State of Karnataka borders Goa and Maharashtra to the north; Telangana to the east; Tamil Nadu to the southeast; Kerala to the south; and the Arabian Sea to the west.

Karnataka is famous for which activities and monuments?

• Ancient Architecture
• Palaces
• Temples
• Hill stations
• Waterfalls
• Backwaters
• Wildlife

What things to buy when you are in Karnataka?

Mysore silk
Mysore sandalwood
Sandalwood oil, Sculptures
Wooden toys

What are all experiences to enjoy when you are in Karnataka?

• Marvellous temples and ancient architecture
• Coffee plantations
• River Rafting
• Coracle rides
• Kayaking
• Wildlife Centuries

What all things to carry while traveling to Karnataka?

• Medical kit (Including the Band-Aids, Medicines for a headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup, vomiting/dizziness, enough supply of any special medicine that you require.)
• Sunscreen lotion
• Light cotton clothes for the days
• Sweaters, hoodies, or jackets for nights
• Torch with extra cells
• Insect repellent
• Caps
• Umbrellas
• Shoes
• Sunglasses
• Sanitizer
• Water Bottle
• Snacks
• Phone Charger
• Adapter
• Power Bank
• Spacious bags
• Enough Cash
• Tissue papers
• Mouth Fresheners
• Flight tickets
• Detailed Itinerary.

What are some ‘must-visit famous tourist destinations in Karnataka?

Bangalore: The Capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore is one of the cosmopolitan cities of India. The pleasant weather throughout the year makes this city a major tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over India. Bannerghatta Park, Lalbag Garden, Aerospace Museum, Tipu Sultan Palace, Karnataka VidhanaSoudha are some of the key attractions in Bangalore.

Coorg: Coorg, fondly, known as “Scotland of India”, is one of the spectacular holiday destinations in Karnataka. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Coorg is a bliss for all nature lovers. Owing to its vibrant nature, lush green hills, deep forests, and coffee plantations, Coorg is one of the famous honeymoon destinations in India. On top of that, one can enjoy various adventurous activities and sports options such as rafting, trekking, kayaking, camping, microlight flying, and canoeing, etc. when in Coorg. So if you are looking to indulge in some thrilling adventurous sports then Karnataka (Coorg) package is sure to have it all.

• Ooty (Tamil Nadu): Known as the “Queen of the hills”, Ooty is a picturesque destination in Tamil Nadu, It is included in most of the Karnataka travel itineraries. Ooty houses numerous coffee and tea gardens, waterfalls, lush greenery, and colonial architecture. The ride in the Ooty toy train makes a visit more refreshing and memorable.

Mysore: Known as the “Cultural Capital of Karnataka”, Mysore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Karnataka. From witnessing the marvelous Architecture and imperial interior of Mysore palace to visiting Chamundeshwari Temple, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Mysore offers a unique experience that would make Mysore’s visit an unforgettable vacation. To relish the Mysore cuisine is one of the top things to do in Mysore. Hence indulge in some lip-smacking delicacies when in Mysore.

Chikmagalur: Chikmagalur, set in the backdrop of mesmerizing Mullayangiri ranges is one of the popular destinations in Karnataka. Known as the “Coffee land of Karnataka” Chikmagalur energizes you with its aroma. Surrounded by lush greenery, Chikmagalur has an abundance of waterfalls and coffee and tea estates. Live a homestay with private waterfalls and experience the serenity and tranquillity nature offers.

Agumbe: Visit Agumbe, a beautiful town, situated in the Shimoga District of Karnataka. Known for its numerous waterfalls, pristine nature, rich biodiversity, Agumbe is counted among the best tourist places in Karnataka. The other pleasantry Agumbe offers is the numerous relaxing homestays that greet you with their warm hospitality. Visit the Famous Dodda Mane homestay when in Agumbe. It is a 150-year-old house where two episodes of the famous television serial “Malgudi Days” were shot. Besides, explore numerous trekking trails and enjoy the photography walks in the lush green forests of Agumbe.

Udupi: Located in the coastal part of Karnataka, Udupi attracts tourists from all over India. Famous for its “Udupi Cuisine”, a town offers lip-smacking South Indian Food with the special Udupi flavor. Besides this, the townhouses have beautiful ancient temples, serene beaches, and lush green forests. Malpe Beach, St. Mary’s Island are some of the famous beaches in and around Udupi.

Hampi: Known as “The City of Ruins”, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hampi is home to captivating ancient monuments, mesmerizing temples, and enchanting ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire. Hampi is truly a delight for all its spectators.

Bandipur National park: Explore and witness the wildlife of Karnataka in Bandipur National Park, located in Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. It is one of the biggest Tiger reserves in India. The park also harbors Indian Elephants, spotted deer, gaurs(bison), antelopes, and numerous other native species.

Jog Falls: The highest waterfall in Karnataka, Jog falls is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka. Jog falls offer a splendid site to its spectators especially in the months of Monsoon.

Shravanabelogola: Shravanabelgola, a town located in Hassan district of Karnataka is a famous Jain pilgrimage site. The town is especially significant for the 10th century-old 57-foot monolithic statue of Bahubali(Gommateshvera) and other notable Mauryan architecture and monuments. The Bahubali Mahamastakabhishka ceremony carried out every 12 years attracts thousands of priests and pilgrims from all over the world.

What are some important things to keep in mind while traveling to Karnataka?

• Avoid alcohol and smoking.
• Protect yourself from the cold and the sun (Carry a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion).
• The guest is advised to appoint licensed guides for sightseeing who owns a valid ID card.
• The tour confirmation voucher in printed format is necessary for check-ins at the hotels.
• The entry tickets and activity charges at sightseeing places will have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.
• The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at restaurants of hotel of stay. The en-route meals have to be avail by a guest on his/her own arrangement and expenses.
• There are many hotels along the way, most of which cater well to vegetarian travelers.
• Once the package is booked & confirmed no refund will be entertained.
• The guests are advised to maintain the schedule given for the sightseeing/transfers.
• We reserve the right to make changes or omit any place of a visit if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road conditions, etc.
• The guests are advised to inform if the guests are senior citizens or have health-related issues (like arthritis, heart problems, etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements. Some itineraries will not be suitable for them.
• The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing.
• We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. In case due to an inevitable situation, if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability.

What are some ‘not-to-do’ things while traveling to Karnataka?

• Do not carry unwanted baggage.
• Avoid Smoking and drinking.
• Do not swim in rivers or lakes.
• Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy distance when in and around the city.
• Do not point at people.
• Avoid wandering alone at night.
• Stay away from drugs.

What are the local languages of Karnataka?

• Kannada
• Hindi
• English

What all documents are required while traveling to Karnataka?

· Indians: Four passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license.
· Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

Capture some mesmerizing views when in and around Karnataka and take beautiful memories along back home. With the carefully crafted Karnataka Tourism packages by Goparyatak, tourists cannot only enjoy a relaxing vacation but also take delight in its tourist attractions, delicious food, and shopping.

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