Karnataka, in the South West of India is a prominent tourism hub, attracting tourists from across the world. Karnataka tourism has seen a boost owing to its capital, Bangalore emerging as the IT centre of the country. The flourish in tourism has triggered the mushrooming of resorts and home-stays across the state facilitating a better travel experience.
Karnataka is geographically divided into the coastal region or 'Karavali', the hilly region or 'Malenadu' which encompasses the Western Ghats and the plains or 'Bayaluseeme' Balayluseeme is further classified into the northern and southern regions.
Karnataka basically has four seasons in a year, Summer, Monsoon, Post-Monsoon and Winter. Post-monsoon from October-December and Winter from January to February are the most pleasant time to visit.
Kannada is the official language of the state. Tulu, Kodava and Konkani are other native languages spoken. The national language Hindi is also spoken by the natives. With a lot of migration from other states of the country owing to the development in the IT sector, the state now has immigrants speaking Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu etc. Not to mention that invariably English is widely spoken in the state.
Tourism in Karnataka
Karnataka tourism has a lot to offer in the 30 districts of the state. The state throws a wide range of locations and spots for the one struck by wanderlust whether he is an adventurer, an explorer or the one who is simply smitten by unraveling scenic surprises.
The undulating wonders, creating valleys of pastures green in Coorg, has earned the name, 'The Scotland of India'. This hill station is an important part of Karnataka tourism. Chikmagalur, the coffee land of Karnataka, Kemmanagundi with its cascading waterfalls and lush greenery, Kudremukh, also in Chikmagalur district with its picturesque views are some of the major hill stations.
Mangalore opens into a vast expanse of coastal area, one of the most prominent beach holiday destinations of Karnataka tourism. Surrounding it are major pilgrimage centres of the state like Kollur Mookambika Temple, Udupi Krishna Temple, Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple, Sringeri Sarada Temple, Kukke Subramanya, Dharmasthala etc.
Places of historical interest are innumerable in the state and is an important and inviting aspect of Karnataka tourism. Places in Karnataka like Mysore, Badami, Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Sravanabelagoa etc boast sculptural marvels which speaks a thousand tales of the begone era.
For those with the spirit of adventure, there are a lot of places in Karnataka scattered with a wide range of adventure activities. Cauvery fishing camp-Bheemeshwari, Galibore & Doddamakali offer a joyous fishing experience. Savandurga, Anthargange, Shivgiri, Ramanagaram etc are frequented for Rock Climbing and trekking. Honnemardhu, Shivgange, Shivanasamudra, Sangama etc entertain with boating, river rafting, Coracle Rides and other water activities.
Wildlife also attracts travellers to places in Karnataka like Bandipur-a famous tiger reserve, Kabini and Nagarhole infested with elephants while BR Hills, Dandeli and Bhadra wildlife sanctuary delights one with its wildlife and wilderness.
Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore etc are major cities in the state while a lot others are emerging to become. Bangalore is a truly metropolitan city with its diverse culture, IT companies, Malls etc with the others are catching up with it.
Below are the places in Karnataka categorised according to different holiday needs.