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Karnataka...land of fragrance !!!!!!!!!!

Explore Karnataka≈

Bangalore
Mysore/Bandipur
Hassan
⇒ Coorg
⇒ Chikmagalur
Hospet
⇒ Hampi
⇒ Badami
⇒ Udupi

 Travel to Karnataka is a land of fragrance - fragrance of enchanting perfume of sandal and agarbathis, the aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans, the head fragrance of the Mysore Malligi and thousands of roses blossoming. The Kannada-speaking state of Karnataka formerly known as Mysore, has a finely balanced mix of natural attractions and superb historic architecture. Karnataka offers you a lot in terms of tourist attractions such as landscaped gardens, the world famous Jog falls, the Mysore Palace, the stone temples located in Belur, the beaches in Malpe and Karwar and a lot more. Enjoy the fairs and festivals of Karnataka that celebrate life in all its infinite variety. Most of them are exclusive to the state and reverberate with colour and gaiety. Every hamlet and village, every town and city has its own calendar of events to be celebrated.

 Mother tongue of the great land is (kasturi) Kannada, its ancient literature and scholars and poets made Karnataka as the distinct state of India. Exploration moves beyond Mauryan empaire, the glory of kannada land has many golden age.

Karnataka boasts of strong industrial background foraying into global IT services, major producer of coffee, sandalwood, silk and incensed sticks. The Land blessed with holy rivers Cauveri, Sharavathi, Thungbadra & Ghataprabha, and covered by great Western Ghats and Arabian Sea and spread over the deccan plateau situated in the southern part of India made lovely land to live with.

Andhra Pradesh is towards the east, the Arabian Sea to the west, Maharashtra and Goa to the north and northwest and Kerala & Tamilnadu to the South.

Languages spoken :: Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Hindi, English

Best Time to visit :: September to February

Explore Karnataka :: Historic. Majestic. With an austere beauty all its own. Brave its harsh climate and forbidding landscape you’ll discover a land of many surprises. Musical pillars, Stone dancers, Elephant stables, Monuments, Temples, Mosques and forts.

Take a large measure of action. Stir in some history. Add a dash of old-world charm. Garnish with palaces, exquisite temples, monuments.


BANGALORE

The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore is located in the south-east of the State. Blessed with a salubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and beyond. Bangalore offers something for everyone-music and dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals, conferences and more.

Essentials :: Getting Here Bangalore is well connected by air, rail and road to all the major cities such as Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Calcutta and to most other important cities and towns. There are regular train services from Madras (4 trains per day), Mysore (7 trains per day), Calcutta (weekly twice), New Delhi (1 service daily). Bangalore Airport is used for both domestic and international flights.

Places to visit in Bangalore ⇒ Tipus Sultan’s Palace – a fine specimen of military architecture of the 18th century with a two storeyed ornate structure built entirely in wood, Bull temple at Basavangudi, Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.


MYSORE

Mysore is a southern city in the state of Karnataka, India. Closely located to the state capital Bangalore, it is the second largest city of the state. Famous about Mysore is Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Mysore Pak, Dasara, Chamundi Hills, and Mysore Silk Sarees. It is 150 kms away from capital city Bangalore. It owing to a rich history of art and culture that dates back to centuries, Mysore is also known as the 'Cultural Capital of Karnataka'. The Wodeyar dynasty and Tippu Sultan have been the most celebrated rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. It was under the reign of the Wodeyars, that Mysore developed as a well planned city.

Mysore's ambassador to the world, the iconic Mysore Palace – Amba Vilas, along with Jaganmohan Palace, Lalith Mahal Palace and more such beautiful palatial mansions, have given Mysore the name – 'The City of Palaces'. Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, St. Philomena's Church, Krishnarajasagar Dam and Brindavan Gardens, Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, Bandipur and Nagarhole wildlife sanctuaries are just some of the other major tourist attractions in and around Mysore.

Places to visit in Mysore ::

MYSORE PALACE - AMBA VILAS ⇒ The Mysore palace (Amba Vilas) known as one of the grandest palaces in the country, the Mysore palace makes its mark in not only the city map but also the world scale. The richness in the palace, the display of gold, silver, ivory and sandalwood articles tells about the opulence the kings were used to. The paintings inside show both the subtlety and the grandness involved in the art, including the one on the ceilings. The work that has gone into making the inside of the palace is more than words can express. (The Mysore palace is open for a visit from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM every day - On all Sundays and Public Holidays from : 7pm-8pm)

CHAMUNDI HILLS ⇒ Chamundi Hills is close to the palace city of Mysore. Its average elevation is 1,000 meters. A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills. As per mythology, the tyrant king ruled Mysore and it was this iconic battle which brought peace to the city and hence atop the hill, there is a temple dedicated to the goddess. (Darshan Timings: 7:30am to 2:00pm, 3:30pm to 6:00pm, 7:30pm to 9:00pm)

BRINDAVAN GARDENS ⇒ Brindavan Gardens is a show garden that has a beautiful botanical park, full of exciting fountains, as well as boat rides beneath the dam. Diwans of Mysore planned and built the gardens in connection with the construction of the dam. Display items include a musical fountain. (Timings : All Week Days: 6.00 am to 8.00 pm, Music Fountain Show : All Week Days: 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays : 6.30pm to 8.30pm)

MYSORE ZOO ⇒ Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India. Located very close to the Palace of Mysore, the zoo is home to a wide range of wild species. (Visiting hours: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm | Tuesday holiday.)

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK ⇒ Bandipur National Park is located in Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka. Gifted with a comfortable climate and varied geographical features, this wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka has a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, making it an absolute heaven for wildlife in India. It also happens to be one of the few reserves where you could avail the elephant safari in India.

The diverse habitats consisting of open dry deciduous forests, scrub forest and tropical mixed deciduous forests support an enormous diversity of animal life. Some of the major draws of this reserve include elephant, tiger, chital and grey langur.

(Distance: Mysore - 80kms | Gundlupet - 20kms | Bangalore - 220kms | Ooty - 60kms)


HASSAN (From Mysore 120 kms) –

Hassan in Karnataka is one of the most beautiful tourist places which are well known for its sculptures to the architectural wonders of Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola.

The two most important tourist attractions in Hassan are Belur and Halebid. Belur is located at a distance of 38 kilometers from Hassan. Belur is famous for its temples that were built during the Hoysala period. The beautiful temples of Belur has intricately carved walls to the intricate designs which are quite fascinating for the tourists.


COORG (From Mysore 130 kms) –

Coorg is very beautiful and enchanting hill station in Karnataka in South India. It is located at 1100 m above the sea level. Its distance from Bangalore is 195 km and from Mysore is 120 km. Coorg Tour are very accomplishing as Coorg has hanging valleys, deep gorges and sloppy hills and abundance of vegetation. Coorg presents picturesque beauty studded with traditional dark tiled cottages and scintillating flowers. It looks like a mini paradise.

Some of the prominent places of interest in Coorg in Karnataka include the peak at Tadevendamol, Abbey Falls, Raja's Seat, Nagarhole National Park, Bagamandala, and Omkareshwara Temple besides others. Also among the Tourist attractions in Coorg Karnataka are the sprawling spice estates of pepper and cardamom that are abundantly grown here.


CHICKMAGALUR (From Mysore – 180 kms approx.) - Chickmagalur enjoys salubrious climate and has venerated monuments and temples all round the region.  Situated in a fertile valley surrounded by lush coffee growing hills, the town with its bracing climate and scenic splendour is worth visiting.  This town is a perfect base for visiting belur and Halebid temples.  Places of interest are the Fort, Ishwara temple, St.Joseph’s Cathedral and Kondandarama Temple.


HOSPET (From Chickmagalur 255 kms) - Hospet is wonderful place to visit and enjoy the peaceful holidays in Karnataka. Hospet is a wondrous lying in close proximity to Hampi in Karnataka. Hospet lies at a distance of 350 km from Bangalore. Hospet is the gateway to Hampi. Major Tourist attractions in Hospet are Chitradurga or Kallina Kote, Chitradurga Fort and many others. This fort was built by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. There are seven walls encircling the fort and nineteen gateways marking the entry and exit to visitors. 


HAMPI (From Hospet 14 kms) - Hampi, the World Heritage Center, is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins of Karnataka.

Hampi Attractions ⇒ Virupaksha Temple, Purandaradasa Mantapa, Palace of Vira Harihara, Achyutraya Temple, Virupaksha Bazaar, Vijaya Vittala Temple, Lotus Palace, Talarigatta Gate, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Mahanavami Dibba, Narasimha Temple, Hampi Museum, Vijayanagar, Vithala Temple Complex, Matanga Hilland many more.


BADAMI (From Hampi 146 kms) – Located in a valley of rugged red sandstone, surrounding the Agastya Lake, Badami is an archaeological delight owing to its beautifully crafted sandstone cave temples, fortresses and carvings. Badami continues to enjoy a unique place, being the home to a number of examples of Dravidian architecture which sustains and enhances instances of both south and north Indian style of architecture.

Badami Attractions ::

Cave Temples ⇒ The Cave Temples of Badami consist of four separate temples each having intricate carvings and depictions.

Badami Fort ⇒ This fort was built by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Perched on top of a cliff, this fort is accompanied by two Shivalaya compelexes built in the 5th century.

Banashankari Temple / Bhuthanatha Temples / Agastya Lake


UDUPI

Udupi is an important pilgrimage spot in Karnataka. A Tour To Udupi Karnataka is quite popular among the Hidnu pilgrims of South India. Udupi is 381 km from Bangalore and 60 km from Mangalore and is famous for the 12th century saint Madhava who was born here and later built 8 sanyasi mutts in this place and made his birth place a pilgrim site.  Udupi is also known as Shiva belli or Shivali. According to a legend, sage Parasurama crowned his disciple Ramabhoja as the king at this place, to recover the land from the sea.

The most attractive and also religiously significant part of this temple is a small window which is called Kanakana Kindi'. It is believed that Krishna became visible before his devotee Kanakadasa, a saint minstrel of low cast there. In Udupi there is a Balakrishna temple which has an image of Krishna. There is a myth related to this temple. It is believed that architect of swarga, Viswakarma built this temple.

 

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