Abode to the Western Ghats (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Karnataka is one of the best holiday destinations to traverse this monsoon. The monsoon season in Karnataka predominates from May-September and is best travelled in June i.e. if you fancy the unusual showers, verdant picturesque views, and imposing roads. Moreover, Karnataka transforms into an emerald land during monsoon, as the hill stations along the Western Ghats turn hazy during a conventional rainfall with streams reaching the peak of their powers before descending over hillsides as dazzling waterfalls.
The monsoon season is an ideal time to visit Karnataka as it offers refreshing, cooler conditions and verdurous habitat; enhancing its natural bounties and further justifying why it is truly called 'one state with many worlds'.
We bring you the six reasons why you must visit Karnataka this monsoon. Have a look!
1. Karnataka Is Rich In Biodiversity
The greenery in Karnataka accounts from the fact that it is adjoined along with one of the last surviving ghats and lowland rainforests. Karnataka is home to several rare species of animals, birds and medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Diospyros, Listsaea, Eugenia, Hoiligarna, and Ficus among others. The Western Ghats form parts of the largest adjacent forest stretches in India. It is worth noting that Karnataka is called Serpent capital, especially for being a natural habitat for King Cobra.
2. Karnataka Is Home To Several Rivers And Waterfalls
Due to the heavy precipitation, Karnataka is full of beautiful rivulets and breathtaking cascades like the Jog Falls, Shivanasamudra, Abbey Falls, Gokak Falls, Shivaganga Falls, Kudla Theertha Falls, Mekedattu, Shivaganga Falls and Onake Abbi Falls, just to name a few. Other famous waterfalls here include Barkana Falls (10th highest in India) and Jogigundi Falls which are both exceptional picnic spots for locals and tourists alike.
3. Karnataka Is A Trekker's Delight
Several trekking trails are located in and around Karnataka like the Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri (near Chikamagalur), Kavala Caves in Dandeli, Nandi Hills, Shivaganga Hills and Skandagiri in Bangalore, Hidlumane Falls, Kodachadri in Murdeshwar and Kudlu Theertha Falls or Nishani Gudda in Agumbe, to name a few. Moreover, there is a spot named Sunset Point in Agumbe, which is an arcade erected to observe a beautiful sunset with picturesque views of the neighbouring countryside. There are also ruins and historical temples dating back to the Hoysala and Chalukya Empires here which draw the attention of many a history buff.
4. Karnataka Served As The Setting For Monsoon Tv Series - Malgudi Days
You may remember the famous Malgudi Days on TV when you were growing up. Well, Agumbe in Karnataka served as the backdrop for the popular fictional town, Malgudi which was based on the eponymous novel by R K Narayan. The Big House or Doddamane, where the fictional character Swamy lived, has stood in Agumbe for over a century now.
5. Karnataka Boasts India's First Sole Permanent Rainforest Research Station In Agumbe
The Agumbe Rainforest complex includes reserve forests around Shankaranarayana, Kundapur, Sringeri Hosanagara, and Thirthahalli. The complex is home to India's single permanent rainforest research station outfitted with India's first automated weather station. The station solely monitors changes in rain forests. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station has initiated the world's first radio-telemetry project on the serpent, King Cobra.
6. Monsoon Reveals The True Side Of Karnataka's Historical Monuments And Ruins
From the red sandstone sculpted caves of Badami to the concrete temple complex at Male Mahadeshwara Hills in Chamarajanagar, architecture in Karnataka is not something that can easily be overlooked. Embarking on temple journeys with an expert local guide or well-written guide book is certainly the most reliable way to make the most of the experience with holidays to Gol Gumbaz and the hidden Ibrahim Rauza in Bijapur summoning additional acumen as to the celebrated role of Islam in Karnataka.
Karnataka makes for a refreshing monsoon holiday destination for travellers and tourists.