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Karnataka: Serene Beaches, Perfect Weather, Alluring Hills and Many More!

Karnataka: Serene Beaches

Dr Himanshu Talwar

Pleased to share my experience of visiting the state of Karnataka. From beautiful landscapes to rich cultural heritage, serene beaches and scrumptious food, Karnataka is indeed the perfect travel destination! Karnataka is a state in southwest India located along the Arabian Sea. People are so nice and hospitable and state is all neat and clean. Sincerely appreciate the efforts made by the government and especially the residents who does care about the environment they live in and trying their best to conserve the rich heritage and maintain the legacy of the state.

Here’s a list of some must visit places in Karnataka:

  • To begin with, state’s Capital, The Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru, is known for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and the plentiful lakes here. The city is renowned for its street food, creative cafes, coffee roasters and pubs spotting every corner of the city, serving both locals cuisines and delicacies from around the world. A pleasant stroll through the beautiful Cubbon Park or picnicking in the botanical gardens of Lalbagh, shopping in well-known Commercial Market or getting portraits painted by artisans in Church Street, one has a lot to do in Bangalore. There is a huge variety of beautifully adorned parks in the city that are ideal for going on a morning stroll or a jog which is why Bangalore is also famously called India’s ‘Garden City’.
  • Located amidst Karnataka’s mesmerizing mountains with misty landscape, Coorg, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. Officially also known as Kodagu, Coorg is a popular coffee producing hill station. It is popular for its beautiful green hills and gushing streams. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people particularly the local clan specializing in martial arts, the Kodavas.  It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery where spice and coffee plantations add beauty its landscape. Madikeri is the region’s centre point which also acts as the gateway to other beautiful towns like Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Gonikoppal, Pollibetta, and Somwarpet where homestays offer the best experience for tourists seeking a getaway from their mundane schedules.
  • With its pristine beaches and breath-taking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a popular retreat for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Situated on the coast of Karwar, every year Gokarna welcomes tourists from around the world seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Palm clad beaches like Kudle Beach and Om Beach are quite popular outstation beaches. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace. Full of coconut and palm trees, the ocean and crystal-clear sands, Gokarna is a ‘one of a kind’ place in the country.
  • The City of Palaces, Mysore, presently known as Mysuru, is one of the most important places in the country regarding ancient reigns. It exemplarily showcases the history of its royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, the highlight of the town is the majestic Mysore Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a must-visit. A mesmerizing example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, a structure that is intricately detailed where every room presents elaborate architecture, exquisite paintings, vivid colours and tinted glass windows. Another popular attraction in Mysore is the Ashtanga School of Yoga which welcomes visitors from around the world to participate in authentic Mysore originated style of yoga.
  • Surrounding the Agastya Lake, Badami is an archaeological site situated in a valley of rugged red sandstone. Its beautifully crafted sandstone cave temples, fortresses and carvings makes it a must visit location. Badami is home to a numerous Dravidian architectural structure which have instances of both South and North Indian styles of architecture. Situated in the Bagalkot district in Karnataka, Badami is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that constitute Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal and is the finest example of traditional temple architecture in India. There are three Hindu Temples and one Jain Temple in Badami Caves. Rock climbing is a popular activity here for people looking for some adventure.

Karnataka with its pleasant maritime climate welcomes tourists throughout the year. Offering a glimpse of all things beautiful, Karnataka is a great destination for the perfect holiday. Be it the domestic or international travellers, I highly recommend the state to be a part of the itinerary of everyone. Will surely share more insightful information about various other must visit destinations of the state.

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