Karnataka in South India has a lot to offer in terms of variety although it has always been overlooked in favour of places in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa. Those who visit Karnataka will have no dearth of places to suit their tastes. There is a good mix of nature, beaches , Heritage, history and adventure.
From The Marvelous Mysore To The Breathtaking Hampi- Explore KarnatakaFebruary 25, 2015 695 0 0
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka is also called as Silicon Valley of India. It is popular among young professionals because of its diverse cosmopolitan vibrant culture. It is also known for most popular buildings such as Vidhana Soudha, High Court and some really popular gardens such Lalbagh and Cubbon Park.
Best time: It can be visited at any time of the year.
However, should you wish to see a blossoms galore, make it a point to visit between Aug 10 – Aug 20 and Jan 20 – Jan30, when there is a massive Flower Show organised at Lalbagh for the Independence Day & Republic Day Celebrations. The theme is different for each year, and so are the murals done entirely out of flowers/ ornamental plants.
Mysore has been one of the princely cultural capitals of Karnataka for nearly six centuries. It has some of the most famous temples, mosques, palaces, forts and old churches. The Mysore Palace with its stately grandeur is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Some other popular places include Brindavan Gardens, a botanical garden and the famous KRS Dam (Krishna Raja Sagara dam) constructed by the famous Engineer Sir M Vishveshvariah . The Mysore zoo is also another attraction hosting around 1500 animals.
The Mysore Dussehra celebrations are popular across the world for its majestic and pompous display of religion, culture, recreation, and entertainment for all ages. Although Dussehra is predominantly a Hindu festival, there is something in there for every one irrespective of their religion, social status, gender bias, and the age to enjoy.
Best time: Mysore can be visited during most part of the year. But if you do visit during Oct, you can be a part of the Mysore Dussehra celebrations that lasts for 10-15 days. The lighting at the palace, Grand Exhibition, Elephant procession are a sight to behold.
Belur and Halebidu
Belur was the capital of Hoysala Empire and Halebidu is only 16 kms away from this place. Both of these places are located in the Hassan district. Both places have some of the finest architecture built by the Hoysala dynasty. Chennakeshava Temple is one of the famous attractions alongside the Kappe Chennigaraya Temple at Belur. The Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebidu is astounding for its sculptural details. The temple complex in Halebidu comprises of two Hindu temples and a Jain Basadi.
Best time: Between October – February
Hampi was the former capital of Vijayanagara Empire located in northern Karnataka. It is home to the famous Virupaksha Temple and also several monuments and forts, cities dating back to the Vijayanagara empire.
Hampi Utsava, also known as “Nada Habba” has been celebrated from the times of Vijayanagara Empire showcasing some of the best talents in religious and cultural arena.
Some of the hindu temples are still sources of worship such as Achutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy, Hazara Rama Temple Complex, Hemakuta Group of Temples, Krishna Temple Complex , Virupaksha temple ,Saasive Kalu Ganesha Temple and Vittala Temple Ccomplex.
The Vittala temple complex hosts the most famous stone chariot and is also a symbol of Karnataka tourism. It also hosts the famous musical pillars which is currently cordoned off from public access in order to avoid further damage to the pillars.
Best times: Oct – March.
Hampi is open to public during anytime of the year but because of its hot and dry conditions it isn’t advisable to go there during the Summer (March- June) and wet conditions between (July-August). If you do visit Hampi please do carry lot of water with you at all times. The long walks alongside fort walls is going to tire you soon, and you are unlikely to find a water-source atop the fort
Gokarna is a small temple town located in the Northern part of Karnataka. It is famous for its untouched, unspoilt sand beaches. It is famous as one of the seven pilgrimage centers of Hindus, as its history merges with mythology. It is said that Ravana laid down one of the Jyotirlinga’s of Shiva here at Gokarna.
Best time: October – March
The weather is pleasant between October to March but the summer months of April and May are very hot hence best avoided.
Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal
Located in the northern Karnataka, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakalu are famous for its temples built by the Chalukyas. The Cave temples of Badami have got a unique place in the history of architecture. Pattadakalu was the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty of Karnataka in southern India has a good collection of temples relating to that era. Aihole, has some of the temples that was also commissioned to experiment with different styles such as the Dravidian and the Nagara style by the Chalukya kings.
Best times: The visit is best enjoyed between September to February
Although, these places can be visited during the other times, it is advisable to avoid during Summers due to its scorching heat.