If your idea of a holiday consists of a place which has the right mixture of culture, sandy beaches, jungles, religious places, and historical places, then there is no better place than Karnataka to spend your next vacation. Karnataka comprises many less frequented tourist spots and hence will allow you to spend some quality time with your family without worrying much about the tourist rush. Let us discuss some of the most famous tourist attractions in Karnataka
Once the capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is one of the top tourist places in Karnataka today. Splendid architecture and magnanimous temples don the landscape of this small town today. More than 500 monuments are scattered over a landscape covering 10 miles in Hampi with each monument having a story of its own to tell.
Lying in the Deccan plateau, the Chitradurga Fort is a hidden gem. The Nayaks built the fort between the 15th and 18th century which was later expanded by Haider Ali. The largest fort of Karnataka is built on a rocky landscape and on viewing the fort you can identify that the fort's main purpose was the military fortification of the area. Go on an adventure in the Chitradurga fort, as it consists of four invisible passages, many secret entrances, and around 2000 watchtowers and 18 temples. You can easily spend an entire day here.
One of the most famous tourist places in Karnataka, the beaches of Gokarna town are a feast for the eyes. Spend a call vacation hearing to the rustling waves of the Arabian Sea crashing against the golden sand beaches of Gokarna. You can choose to visit the Mahabaleshwara Swamy temple in Gokarna, another famous landmark for which Gokarna is known all over India. It is believed in Hindu mythology that this is the same temple where Ravana did Puja of the Atmalinga given to him by lord Mahadev himself.
The Mysore palace is an important structure in Mysore which is the third-largest city of Karnataka. You can also choose to spend your time visiting the zoo which is considered to be one of the best in India or shop for some original quality sandalwood in the local market. Mysore is also famous for Ashtanga yoga, in case you are in the mood to stretch your body to its limits.
One of the best hill stations in India, the landscape of Coorg is dotted with spice plantations and coffee plantations. Feel the aroma of freshly ground black coffee and spices such as black pepper, cumin, oregano, sage leaves, basil leaves, garlic and rosemary when you spend your holiday in Coorg.
Lush green mountains protect the hill station of Coorg like a mother protects her child. A holiday stays in Coorg will certainly prove to be an invigorating experience. Coorg easily cuts through being one of the best tourist places in Karnataka. Apart from the places mentioned above, Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park, Chikmagalur, Belur, Shravanabelagola, Bangalore, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal and Jog falls are other notable places worth exploring in Karnataka.