The first on the list has to be the capital of Karnataka, Bangalore. With its old-English architecture and cosmopolitan vibe, this city is a blend of traditional and modern. The India’s Silicon Valley is booming with life, replete with vibrant nightlife, rich biodiversity, museums and art galleries, shopping streets and malls, amusement parks, gardens, temples, cafes and restaurants.
Kabini is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Located on the banks of its namesake river, this serene spot is home to one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the state – the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a diverse ecosystem of beautiful and rare creatures.
Mangalore – ‘The Rome of the East’
The name ‘Rome of the East’ is befitting to Mangalore with regard to the historical architecture similarities. Surrounded by Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Mangalore is one of the most tranquil spots, complete with striking historical architecture, pristine beaches, rich wildlife, rolling hills and coconut palms, and its delicious cuisine is worth making note of.
Coorg, otherwise known as Kodagu is nicknamed the ‘Scotland of India’ because of the climatic and landscape similarities, i.e. comfortable and pleasant weather, hilly terrain and copious greenery. Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this hill station is famous for its coffee and spices.
Mysore is a southern treasure, known for its royalty and opulence. The major attraction is the three-storey imposing Mysuru Palace, complete with sprawling halls, shrines, pavilions, gardens and several courtyards.
If you love history and architecture, you’ll love Hampi. Set on the banks of Tungabhadra River, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, replete with ancient ruins reminiscent of the majestic Vijayanagara Kingdom that dates back more than 500 years.
Brimming with lush coffee plantations, misty hills, heritage spots, scenic waterfalls and adventure activities, Chikmagalur makes for a perfect escape. It is home to Karnataka’s two biggest mountain ranges – the Mullayanagiri and the Kudremukh, and every year hordes of trekkers flock to this spot to scale these mountain ranges.
Bandipur National Park
Undeniably one of the most popular places to visit in Karnataka is the Bandipur National Park that is teeming with a stunning range of flora and fauna. Nature lovers can spot over 200 species of birds and butterflies, in addition to the four-horned antelopes, Indian elephants, sloth bears, tigers, gaurs, dholes; and several other creatures, like Indian giant squirrels and gray langurs.