Top 5 Must See Attractions in Karnataka

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By John Wick

Karnataka was founded on 1 November 1956 and is situated in the south-western region of India and was originally known as the Principal State of Mysore. Karnataka is known for its magnificent, yet unpopulated beaches and rich culture, next to the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea. Kannada is the main language here and it can often be very helpful to pick up some local words while traveling. There are many places to visit on your trip to Karnataka and the state is famously rich in the country’s cultural and architectural heritage.

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Bangalore is known for its nickname as the silicone-valley of India, as the capital of Karnataka and the third most populous city in India, because it is a major IT hub in India. Today, the city is known as “The City of Guards” by the name of the Kannada. However, various translations of this word are available. The town is famous for its various attractions, both modern and historic. There are definite places for visits in the form of various temples, palaces, lakes, and fortresses.


For almost six centuries, this was the capital of the Prince’s State of Mysore with famous rulers like Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali. The City is also known for its diverse temples, palaces, fortresses, and ancient churches as the cultural capital of Karnataka. The city is known as the birthplace of different Indian arts and craft styles. Mysore is an important Indian tourist destination and everyone who wishes to experience the rich culture of this historical city should visit it.


Located between the West Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Mangalore is the eighth cleanest town in India. The town was important due to the rule of old kingdoms such as Mauryas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, etc. however during the reign of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali its golden days were of prime importance. The main source of tension was Mangalore between Tipu Sultan and the UK. The city’s beaches and hills and its rich culture are well-known for their many temples and monuments of ancient times.

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Hampi is a world heritage site and one of the most important historical sites worldwide, located within the ruins of Vijaynagar. The capital of the former kingdom of Vijaynagar, it was constructed near the river banks of the Tungabhadra. The town has some of the most splendorous buildings and sites showing the Vijaynagar rulers’ architectural splendor. It is a great place to visit, with its various temples heavily attended by pilgrims and tourists.


Coorg is also known as “Kodagu” and is located on the western slopes of the Ghats. It is situated on a hill in a green environment and is famous for its lovely climate. It is also a major agricultural city and is known for its coffee and paddy fields in Karnataka. The city of Coorg is also known for its natural richness and various flora and fauna species. Coorg has several Buddhist convents to visit. A huge number of tourists come to this city at different festivals.


Established by the Chaloukyas from the 10th to 11th centuries AD, Bijapur finally reigned in the Sultanate of Delhi with the Hyderabad Nizam. Bijapur’s diverse monuments and forts are known here. Various temples were built in the ancient Deccan kingdoms but in the Adilshahi dynasty, the city saw its best days, which has obviously influenced Muslim culture. The different monuments in the city are brilliantly carved and are one of the best places to visit.

Thus, we have seen in detail, the key attractions of Karnataka. You should try to visit these places during your visit to Karnataka.