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Hill Stations in Karnataka : Coorg, Agumbe, Kemmangundi, Kundadri, Kodachadri, B R Hills, Nandi Hills, Chikmagalur

Waterfalls In Karnataka : Jog Falls, Unchalli Falls, Magod Falls, Hebbe Falls, Shivanasamudra Falls, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Kalhatti Falls, Lalguli Falls, Sathodi Falls, Gokak Falls

Karnataka's wildlife & National Parks : Bandipur National Park, Rajiv Gandhi National Park, B R Hills Sanctuary, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Kokkrebellur Pelicanry, Kaggaladu Heronry, Bannerghatta National Park, Anshi National Park, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Kudremukh National Park, Chamarajnagar, Dubare Elephant Camp

Beaches: Karwar, Kurumgad, Gokarna, Marawanthe, St. Mary's Island, Murudeshwar, Malpe, Kaup, Mangalore

Adventure Tourism : White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Angling, Aerosports, YANA, Bird Watching

Heritage Places: Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, Lakkundi, Kittur Chennamma Fort, Chitradurga Fort, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Mysore Palace, Srirangapatna, Somnathpur, Belur, Halebeedu, Bangalore Palace, Tipu's Fort and Palace, Bellary Fort, Adi Chunchanagiri, Ikkeri, Keladi

Art centres and Museums : Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Nrityagram Dance Village, Ninasam, Keladi Museum, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Folklore Museum, Janapada Loka, Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village, Shashwati, Sculpture Gallery - BADAMI, Archaeological Museum - HAMPI, Manjusha Museum - DHARMASTHALA, MRangayana Museum - Mysore,

Art Forms : Yakshagana, Togalu Bombeaata, Bhootha Aradhane, Nagamandala, Classical Dances, Krishna Parijatha, Kunitha, Shree Ramaseva Mandali

Divine Places In Karnataka : Gokarna, Udupi, Mookambika Temple, Dharmasthala, Murudeshwar, Iskcon Temple (International Society For Krishna Consciousness), Shravanabelagola, Mudabidri, Venur, Karkala, Sringeri, Inam Dattatreya Peetha, Talacauvery , Banavasi, Khwaja Bande Nawaz Durgah-Gulbarga, Sharanabasaveshwara Shrine, Basavakalyan, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib-Bidar, Banashankari, Koodalasangama, Yellamma Temple, Siddhaganga, Shivaganga, Devarayanadurga, Nanjangud, Melkote, Talakad,

Festivals of Karnataka : Dasara, Hampi Festival (Vijaya Utsav), Tula Sankramana, Vairamudi Festival, Kambala (Buffalo Race), Karaga, Kadalekayi Parishe, Huthri, Banashankari Fair, Maha Mastakabhisheka - Shravanabelagola,

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Karnataka : A many state has totally 27 districts bestowed with many places of tourist interests. It is famous for its aesthaetic craftsman in sandalwood and rosewood. Karnataka's folk theatre has an ancient and rich tradition. In the literary field several eminent authors have won the prestigious jnanapith award, Karnataka was ruled by kingdoms like Mayura, Kadambas, Chalukyas, the Hoysalas and the mighty Vijayanagar empire. During their times many temples were built, each a marvel. The architecture is renowned

Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka. It is popularly known as city of gardens. There are two worth seeing gardens in the city. Cubbon Park which was laid out by lord cubbon under the rule of British is a heaven for natural lovers, joggers and cyclers. Nearby are the red Gothic structures of the state central library and the high court. The cubbon park is an ideal place for children were we can find a toy train, few amusementsand Bal-Bhavan, a mini theatre. The Government museum, Vishveswariah Industriestrial and Technological museum and an aquariumare also situated in the complex.

Lalbagh gardens is one of India's most beautiful botanical gardens. It was laid out by Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan in the 18th century. The Glass House, flower clock,mini zoo, Japanese garden are some of the key attractions of the garden.

In the city Market area Tippu's Fort, Lord Sri Venkata- Ramayana Swamy temple are to be seen by tourists. Thiswas originally a mud brick structure and was rebuilt by Hyder. Now it is a wooden structure. A rose garden is laid out in front of the palace.

Vidhana Soudha,an imposing edifice built entirely of granite is just opposite to the high court. This building was built in1955 by sri K.Hanumantaiah,then chief minister of larnataka. It houses the Legislative chambers of the state government. Banquet Hall, the impressive ceilings are the key attractons. It is the city's best known landmark. There are statues of Ambedkar, Nehru, Hanumantaiah around the building. Nearby is the Nehru Planetarium.

Among the temples to be seen in Bangalore, Bull Temple, Iskon Temple, Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple, Anjaneya Temple of Mahalakshmi Puram are must for tourists. The awesome monolithic deity in the Big Bull Temple measures 4.47 metres in height. It isan excellent temple of Dravidian architecture. Sri Gavi Gangadhareswara temple is unique as a ray of sunlight filters through the horns of the stone built and reaches the deity only on Makara Sankranthi day. The tourists can enjoy the Ulsoor Lake which is centrally locked over a space of 1.5Kms. This is a picnic spot dotted with picturesque tiny islands. One can enjoy boat ride or swim in the pool nearby.

Places around Bangalore

Shivganga (60 Kms)- There are two main shrines on a hill, Gangadhareswara and Honnadevi.

Mekedatu (90 Kms)- Also known as Goats leap. It is a deep gorge through which river Arkavathi flows.

Muthyalamaduvu (40Kms)- A beautiful picnic spot with a cascading water falls which is 300 ft high.

Bannerghatta (20Kms)- This place has a temple in addition to a National park and a Lion Safari.

Dodda Aladamara (Big Banyan tree)- The tree is situated in Ramohalli and is said to be 400 years old, spreading over 3 acres. This is a picnic spot (20 Kms from Bangalore).

Hesaraghatta (25 Kms)- This place has an artificial lake, a dairy project. Boating facility available.

Ghati Subramanya (52 Kms)- Pilgrimage centre.A famous temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya may be seen there.

Mysore : This is 138 Kms from Bangalore and is called the city of palace. It was the capital oftheWodeyarKings.TheMaharaja'spalace,thejaganmohanpalace, Museum,St.philomena's church,Zoo are the exciting spots.Chamundi Hills has a twelth centiry temple. There is a massive stone Nandi on the way to the hill.

Nanjangud: 16 Km from Mysore is a pilgrim centreWhere we find find the Lord Srikanteswara Temple. Gopalaswamy Betta,Biligiri Ranga ,Bandipur WildLifeSanctuary, Somanathapur with its famous Hoysala temple of Lord Chennakeshava, Talakadu, a historic town with Ishwara temples are some of the Important places of tourist interest.

Srirangapatna: About 18 Kms from Mysore is situated on an island of river cauvery. It houses Tippu's tomb,Dariadaulat palace museum and Ranganathaswamy temple. Nearby is Ranganatha Thippu, a bird sanctuary which draws birds from as far off as Siberia and Australia.

Melukote: In Madhya district it is a pilgrim centre. It is about 145 Kms from Bangalore. Here the hill top temple of Narayana known to be Cheluvanarayana was made famous by Ramanujacharya. Shivasamudram (122 Km from Bangalore) has famous falls Gaganachukki and Bharachukki and a power station.

Nandi Hills: About 60 Kms from Bangalore, Nandi Hills in Kolar district is a hill station. This was popular with the British and favourite weekend spot for Bangaloreans, Especially in summer. Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple is worth seeing.

Belur-Halebeedu-Sravanbelagola: These three places of tourist interest are situated in Hassan district.Belur is 22 Kms from Bangalore and 38 Kms from Hassan .17 kms east of Belur is Halebeedu. Sravanabelagola, a jain pilgrim centre is 57 Kms from Hassan and 150 Kms from Bangalore. Belur is famous for its Chennakeshava Temple, a best example Of Hoysala architecture built in 12th century. There are two temples at Halebeedu - Hoysaleshwara belagola through has number of Jain temples worth seeing, is particularly famous for the world's tallest monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali carved on a Hill. The statue is 57 ft high.Ramanathpur in Hassan district is one of more pilgrim centre.

Bijapur: 579 Kms from Bangalore, Bijapur is well known for its Gol Gumbaz. The second largest dome to the world. The other items of tourist interest are Ibrahim Roja, Jumma Masjid and Malike's Maiden. 160 Kms from Bijapur is pattadakal, a world heritage centre. It houses ten major temples of chalukya era. The largest of them is of Virupaksha. Aihole 178 Kms from bijapur is called the cradle of Indian architecture. There are many Hindhu , Buddhist and jain temples. Badami, a historic town,132 Kms from Bijapur houses lot of cave temples. Nataraja idol here has 18 arms.

Gadag: 415 Kms from Bangalore. Gadag is district head quarters has three important temples. The Veer-Narayan temple is one of them. This place is associated with Kumaravyasa, Kannada poet who wrote Mahabharatha in an epic form. Lakkundi 61 Kms from Dharawad has in numerable temples of chalukyan architecture.

Hampi: 78 Kms from Bellary and 350 Kms from Bangalore is the eastwhile capital of the Vijaya Nagar Kingdom. Virupaksha, Vijaya Vittala Temple, Stone Chariot, Ugra Narashima Idol, Lotus Mahal, Elephants stable are all worth seeing. This is a world heritage centre.Kannada University here works in a newly created beautiful building called 'Vidyaranya'.

Gokaran 447 Kms from Bangalore, Gokarna is a pilgrimage centre which houses Mahabaleshwara Temple, famous for Atmalinga of Lord Shiva.

Udupi - Dharmasthala Udipi, district headquaters 380 kms from Bangalore, a coastal town famous for its Krishna temple. A pilgrimage centre for Hindus. About 80 kms from here is kollur which houses the temple of Goddess Mookambika; the idol has been installed by Adi Shankara. Malpe. 6 kms from Udipi is an ideal picnic spot with its virgin beach. Dharmasthala, 350 kms from Bangalore in South Canara distic is a pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Jains. All pilgrimage are fed at the temple. Lord Manjunatha Swamy Temple, Bhubali staue, newly carved and crected , Manjusha Museum are worth seeing.

Wild Life Sanctuaries

Bhadra wild life sanctuary, Dandeli wild life Sanctuary and Nagrahole Wild Life Sanctuary are some of the important wild life sanctuary in this state. Nagarahole is situated in south Coorge and is famous for wild life. Thadiyendamol hill station is famous for trekking. Talacauvery, birth place of river cauvery is famous pilgrim centre. Jog Falls 100 kms from Shimoga, the district HQ and 380 kms from Bangalore is Jog falls. Here the mighty river Sharavathy spreads into four streams and cascades as the Raja. Rani, Rocket and Roarer. This is a picturesque picnic spot.

Sringeri This place is situated in Chikmagalur district and it is a pilgrim centre. Adi shankaracharya founded a mutt here. Vidyashankar temple , Sharada temple, tunga river are the key attractions. K.R. hills or Kemmannagudi is a hill resort in this district.

Chitradurga District HQ, 200 kms from Bangalore. Famous for its Historic fort. It issaid to be the place where heroine Obavva fought against Hyder Ali to safeguard the local chieftain Madakari Nayaka.

Bidar A historic town, once the capital town of Bhamani dynastry Sikh pilgrm centre. Nanaka Jhara , Fort, Narasimha Jharani, Madarasa are the worth aeeing places. Bidar is 710 kms Bangalore.

Bande Nawaz Gulbarga, about 580 kms from Bangalore is the place where one can find unique synthesis of two cultures. Here important tourist attraction is khwaja Band Nawaz tomb, sharana Basaveshwara temple , the fort with 15 towers and 26 cannons are the other placer to be seen. Gokak Falls (Belgaum district, Jalasangwi and Basavakalyan in Bidar district, Itagi for it Mahadeva temple, Shaktingar near Raichur which houses Richur Thermal power station, Hutti Gold mines in Lingasugar taluk, Kolar Gpld Fields , Kudala Sangama - Pilgrim centres are some of the other tourist places of intrest.

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