Karnataka- The Silicon Valley of India

Karnataka is a prosperous, compelling state loaded with a winning blend of urban cool, glittering palaces, national parks, ancient ruins, beaches, yoga centres and legendary hang-outs. Amongst the illustrious places in Karnataka, the most known are already in the brain of tourists in India! Considering the voidness of other scenic places, we’ve considered of filling in undiscovered places in General.

Karwar, lying at a distance of 20 kilometers from Goa, Karwar the headquarters of Uttara Kannada lies in the state of Karnataka in India.   This city is surrounded by the Western Ghats, Arabian Sea, Kali River and a Harbour on the east, west, north, and south respectively. Being one of the greenest cities in the country, this place is popular for eco-tourism. Most of the people living here are engaged in fishing and agriculture and being a port town this is a popular tourist destination.  The Sadashivgad Fort built in 1698 is situated on a hill that’s 200 feet tall. Built by Raja Sonde the fort was ruled by the Portuguese, the Marathas and later by the British. This historic fort attracts tourists from around the globe.  The Shejjeshwar Temple known for its brilliant architecture is another spot worth seeing in Karwar. Pilgrims and tourists flood in for the Mahashivratri celebrations held in this temple.

Don’t miss out

  • Kurumgad Island
  • Devbagh Beach
  • Majali Beach
  • Sadashivgadh Hill Fort

 

 

Chikmagalur Chikmagalur district is situated in the south-western part of the state. Covered with mountainous forests, steep peaks, sky-high waterfalls and coffee plantations are a overwhelming sight to nature lovers and adventure seekers. Chikmagalur is connected to other parts of the state through roads. National Highway 173 (India) passes through the town connecting it with the state capital Bangalore, located 250 kilometres away.

Don’t miss out

  • Kudremukh
  • Hebbe Falls
  • Sringeri Sharada Peetham
  • Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur

 

 

Dandeli If you are one of those adventure seekers who always look out for an amazing wildlife experience like Safaris, bird watching, trekking, camping and to enjoy water sports. Then Dandeli is the place. Dandeli is a City in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India, in the Western Ghats region. Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing and many more water adventures offered by the mighty Kali River attracts a huge number of adventure seekers throughout the year.

Don’t miss out

  • Kali River
  • Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Molangi Falls
  • Kavala Caves
  • Mini Tibet

 

 

Sakleshpur or Sakleshapura is a hill station town and headquarters of Sakleshpur taluk in Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town lies in the Malnad region on the hills of the biodiversity hotspot, the Western Ghats. It has a temperate climate surrounded with lofty green hills full of coffee, cardamom, pepper and areca plantation. The town lies on the National Highway 75 (NH 75) which connects the port city of Mangalore (128 km), with the capital city Bangalore (224 km) of Karnataka state. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.

Don’t miss out

  • Hemavathi Dam
  • Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala
  • Mandalpatti
  • Mallalli Falls
  • Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala
  • Mangalore to Bangalore Dream Route

 

 

Tumkur, situated in the foothills of Devarayadurga Hill, the district of Tumkur lies in the state of Karnataka in India. Tumkur is one of the Industrial cities and is at a distance of 70 kilometers from Bangalore the IT hub of India. Tumkur received the status of a City Corporation in August 2010. Though not popular as a tourist destination this city is known for several monuments, temples, and places of scenic beauty. Devarayana Durga, a popular hill station, surrounded by lush green forests, is a fine spot for lovers of nature.

Don’t miss out

  • Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
  • Devarayanadurga
  • Kalleshwara Temple
  • Basadi Betta Mandaragiri
  • Pavagada Fort

 

 

Manipal, emplaced in the state of Karnataka and 7 km away from the city of Udupi , Manipal is universally famous as the University town that offers an enchanting view of the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. The pristine beauty and pleasant weather make it one of the most beautiful and bewitching places to visit in the state. Set in the rocky vicinity on the Malabar Coast of the southwest India, the city is a progressive industrial, educational and commercial centre.

 

Don’t miss out

  • The Hanging Bridge
  • Karkala
  • Turtle Bay
  • Heritage Village
  • Malpe
  • Kaup Beach

 

 

Sirsi, a town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Sirsi is a mountain town which is surrounded by lush green forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls. Sirsi has an average elevation of 1936 feet, and is situated in the heart of the Western Ghats.
River Aghanashini takes birth from a place near Sirsi called “Donihalla” and flows towards the Arabian Sea in the West. The river also creates many waterfalls along its path.

Arecanut is the main crop grown in the villages that surround the Sirsi town, making it one of the major trading centers for Arecanut. The Arecanut grown here and surrounded place are transported all over India, and also exported abroad. The region is also popular for many other spices like cardamom, pepper, betel leaves and vanilla.

Don’t miss out

  • Banavasi
  • Yana
  • Sahasralinga
  • Banavasi Temple

 

 

Dharmasthala, Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, the land of righteousness and piety, is one of south India’s most renowned religious landmarks with a history as old as 800 years. Manjunatheshwara, the chief deity of the spiritual abode, has taken the form of a shivalinga and made immaculate, the temple town of Dharmasthala since and forever. Lord Manjunatheshwara, is being worshipped in a very unusual yet exceptionally inordinate manner in Shree kshetra dharmasthala, as this Shaiva temple is beseeched by Vaishnava priests and administered by Jain descendants. “Dharmasthala”, the abode of dharma, is the quintessence of humanity and faith. As the name suggests, the word dharma in its truest sense means righteousness, it is the embodiment of the world’s most divine emotions in spite of one’s cast, creed or religion.

Don’t miss out

  • Namgyalma Stupa
  • Norbulingka Institute
  • John Church
  • Indru Nag Temple
  • Kareri Lake

 

 

Shimoga is a true nature’s gift, spread with waterfalls, enchanting natural scenery of hills, dense forests, flora & fauna, forts, swaying palms and abundant paddy fields make for picturesque locales. Shimoga district situated more or less in the mid-south-western part of Karnataka. The western part of Shimoga district includes tropical forests and beautiful hilly areas and the eastern less dense but has several lakes and river valley. Vast paddy fields and several waterfalls enrich the landscape in and around this city. This city has done remarkably well in terms of industrial growth. Thriving industries of this city include Pearlite Industries, Malnad Alloys, and Perfect Alloys. Shimoga also delights visitors with plenty of visiting worthy places such as Shivappa Nayaka’s Palace, Gajanur Dam, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Harakere Shiva Statue and Koodli. Travelers can also visit Sakkare Bayalu, an elephant training camp lying 2 km away from Gajanur Dam.

Don’t miss out

  • Kodachadri
  • Sharavati River
  • Kundari
  • Dabbe Falls
  • Agumbe

 

 

Karkala, is a peaceful town located at a distance of 35 km from Udupi and 20 km from Moodbidri. The name Karkala has been derived from the Kannada word karikallu, meaning black stone.
Karkala is considered as a town of historical importance and a famous pilgrim centre for Jains. There are about 18 Jain temples (basadis) found here. Few Jain temples built here are Chaturmukha Thirthankara Basadi, Hiriyangaddi Neminatha Basadi and Anekere Padmavathi Basadi.

Don’t miss out

  • Attur Church
  • Chaturmukha Basadi
  • Statue of Bahubali
  • Anekere Lake
  • Ramasamudra Lake

 

 

Madikeri also known as Mercara is a beautiful hill station and capital of Kodagu region of Karnataka State. Madikeri lies on the Karnataka State Highway 88 that runs from Mysore to Mangalore. The road in passes through scenic rice fields and coffee estates. Activities include boat rides, rafting and the Cauvery. Crossing the river to take you to the camp is quite adventurous. The largest Tibetan Settlement in Southern India and monastery locally called “Golden Temple”, in Bylakuppe, near Kushal Nagar.

Don’t miss out:

  • Abbey Falls
  • Dubbare Elephant camp
  • Kushal Nagar: Madikeri Fort
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Talakaveri (Tala Kaveri

 

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