Being a native of Karnataka, I have visited most of the stunning places in Karnataka and wish to travel the length and breadth of the state
"A confluence of the old world and the new"
1. Bengaluru: From earning sobriquets like "the Pensioner's Paradise" and the "Garden city" to earning itself the name of "The silicon valley of India", Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, has come a long way. An amalgamation of modernity and the old world charm, Bengaluru is also the numero uno city in the country in terms of having the most number of software companies in India. Bengaluru is home to the Vidhana Soudha, an engineering marvel which is also the citadel of the government offices of the entire state.The Lalbah botanical garden is known to be home to some rare tropical and sub tropical plants. Also located in the center of the city is the Cubbon Park, where the old as well as the young alike spend quality time. While museums, churches, temples and planetariums abound in the city, the city is also known for its riveting night life with its pubs, discotheques and nightclubs.
2. SHIVAMOGGA: Nestled in the Malnad region which is also called the Gateway of Malnad, this city is surrounded by the Sahayadri hills. Known for its dense forests that always seem to be engulfed by the clouds, Shivamogga caters to the tastes of the adventurers, trekkers, pilgrims and the wildlife enthusiasts alike.Not very far from Shivamogga is Agumbe, a town known for the beauty of the golden sunset in the twilight hours. Definitely, one of the most beautiful places to be visited in India!!
3. COORG: Also known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is known for its vast and expansive coffee estates, a Buddhist monastery and its lip smacking cuisines. Talacauvery, considered to be the birthplace of the river Cauvery, is worshiped and revered by all those visiting this place. The renowned Golden Temple constructed in the Buddhist monastery regales the tourists with its exquisite carvings and paintings. Also very popular is the Raja's seat, the place where the royal Kodava family would come to view the hills from the the top.
"Adventures of the hills"
4. CHIKKAMAGLUR: Literally meaning the youngest daughter's village, this city of hills is situated about 250 kms from Bengaluru. Chikkamaglur beckons the adventurous and the nature lovers . It has a natural boundary of the western ghats in the west. The Kemmangudi hills and the Mullaynagiri hills both make for some gorgeous picturesque scenes. Kudremukha, with its verdant forests and grassy slopes makes it the trekker's ultimate delight.
5. JOG FALLS: Also known as the Gersoppa falls, the Jog falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The river Sharavati cascades down the hills from a height of 253 meters and has a total of four drops which are named as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. One can view these falls from two angles as these falls are centrally located between the districts of Uttar Kannada and Shivmoga and both the district administrations have constructed separate viewpoints for people to see. The best time to visit is during the monsoons when water from the Linganamakki dam is released and one can see the river Sharavati in its full glory.
"Regale of the royal"
6 .MYSORE: Basically known for the palace of the Royal family of the Wodeyars who once ruled it, and the festival of Dussera which attracts tourists from all over the world, Mysore is also the cleanest city in Karnataka and ranks fifth throughout the country as amongst the cleanest cities. Mysore is also known for the scintillating Brindavan gardens, an expansive area of flowers, botanical plants and water fountains. Brindavan gardens are specially a treat to watch in the evenings when the entire place is illuminated and the water fountains dance to the music that is played. The royal Mysore palace is built in Indo-saracenic style and regales those visiting it with its grandeur. The Mysore zoo, the Bandipur National park and the Chamundi hills are the other places of interest in the city.
" When nature beckons"
7. DANDELI: A natural habitat for a plethora of species of flora and fauna, Dandeli is located in the western ghats in the Uttara Kannada district. It is also the second largest wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Karnataka. The sprightly river Kalli that flows across provides for a good scope for river rafting. Dandeli is also home to a large number of mammals. The trekking trails of Dandeli makes it a great adventure spot to visit.
"Azure waters and the sky above"
8. MANGALORE: This coastal city makes for some great viewing as it is home to some of the most beautiful churches, temples and some of the most pristine beaches. Mangalore is sheltered by the verdant western ghats and the blue azure waters of the Arabian sea in the east. Mangalore is also an epicurean's delight for its "coconut water soaked" non vegetarian cuisines. The Ullal beach, the Suratkal beach and the Tannirbavi beach beckons the beach buffs.
"The splendid ruins of an era"
9. BADAMI, AIHOLE AND PATTADKAL: These three towns are archaeological marvels in the sense that they are home to some century old temples and forts. Badami has several temples dating back to the Chalukyan period along with some Jain temples. There is also a buddist cave with exquisite carvings and inscriptions. Pattadkal lies about 20 kms east to the city of Badami. The Virupaksha temple and the Mallikarjuna temple are the famed temples in Pattadkal. Aihole is famous for the 22 temples which are further divided into 22 groups
"Sunshine is the best medicine"
10. GOKARNA: Literally meaning a cow's ear, this temple town derives its name from the ear shaped confluence of the two rivers Aghanashini and Gangavati. Famous for its Mahabaleshwar temple where devotees throng from across the country, Gokarna beckons the beach buffs with its congregation of five beaches, viz the OM beach, the PARADISE beach, the Kudle beach and the half moon beach,and the Gokarna beach..
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