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Karnataka

Karnataka has an enthralling history. This state lying in the southern part of India has been under the rule of several dynasties that have shaped its history. It has been invaded by a number of rulers at different points of time in history. Due to the influence of various rulers and dynasties Karnataka became enriched with their distinctive culture and values.

Forts and Palaces

Forts and palaces are the highlights in the state and attract visitors from all over the world. Amba Vilas and Jagmohan are among the many palaces in Mysore which is known as the city of palaces. Bangalore Palace and Daria Daulat are well visited. Nalknad Palace in Coorg is also worth visiting. Among the forts Bidar and Chitradurga are not to be missed which gives you an insight into the bygone era of intrigues, succession and failures of kingdoms.

Heritage

With an ancient history and melting pot of various dynasties having ruled here, Karnataka has a rich heritage. In the north Badami, Paddadakal and Aihole considered as “cradle of Indian architecture” to the fascinating ruins of Hampi. The Deccan monuments in Bidar, Gulbarga and Bijapur rival the grand monuments of the Mughals in North India. Belur and Halebid built by the Hoysalas are architectural marvels bringing life into the sculptures, followed by Somnathpur. Various other heritage hot spots in the state makes it a must see destination.

Temples

India is a land of temples and Karnataka has many of them, some of the well known temples like Dhramasthala, Kukke Subramanya, Horanadu Annapoorneshwari, Sringeri Sharada Peetham are located amidst the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats while Mahabaleshwar at Gokarna, Murdeshwar and Krishna temple at Udupi are along the coast. Among others Sangameshwara at Kudala Sangama, Tala Cauvery in Coorg and Cheluva Narayana Swamy at Melkote are centers of spirituality.

Beaches

With a cost line of 320 kms Karnataka is mushroomed with beautiful palm fringed beaches along the western sea board of India. Be it for water sports, exploring around or just relaxing there are beaches to cater to your needs. Om and Kudle in Gokarna near Goa takes you back in time when the world was a much more peaceful place. Some of the other well known beaches are Paradise, Ullal, Maravanthe and Murdeshwar. The uniqueness of these beaches is that they are not as crowded and commercialized as some of the other famous beaches in the country.

Hill Stations

The hill stations which are part of the Western Ghats are rich in flora and fauna blessed with scenic waterfalls, thick green forests and meadows that will take you to the lap of nature. Apart from the popular ones like Coorg and Chickmagalur, there are Kudremukh, Kemmangundi, Agumbe and Horanadu which are not as much frequented by tourists and are great places for those looking for solitude. These are year round destinations with each season bringing out its charm and great locations for adventure activities.

Wildlife

The state has a fantastic bio-diversity and it’s no wonder that there are five national parks, eighteen wildlife sanctuaries and nine bird sanctuaries. Having a high density of wildlife population, including tigers, sightings are always considered good. The most famous national parks are Nagarhole and Bandipur; other wildlife sanctuaries worth visiting are Dandeli, Bhadra, Cauvery and Kudremukh. These parks are open throughout the year unless due to unavoidable situations like forest fire or epidemic.

 Experiences

As the saying goes “Karnataka has everything except snow”. Having a heady mix of diverse geographical and cultural highlights that will delight your entire clan there are wide range of activities and experiences waiting to be discovered and we will help you find the hidden gem, be it one of the delightful walks, trekking up the mountains, soaring like a bird, white water rafting, participate in a local wedding or simply soaking in the culture.

New Age

Visit to a destination is not just about history and culture; it is also about new age developments. Karnataka being among one of the most progressive states in India has a lot to offer, be it in the information technology, bio-technology, manufacturing or education and we facilitate your interest in having firsthand knowledge of these modern marvels.

Home Stays

Home stays are just not an alternate mode of accommodation to hotels and resorts but is a cultural and culinary experience and there a number of beautiful home stays in Coorg, Chickmagalur and Shimoga in some of the most amazing locations. Whether it’s a heritage home of more than 100 years or a modern structure, staying in one of them during your visit would leave a lasting impression and make you want to come back yet again. We help you find the right one.

Cuisine

The famous “Masala Dosa” which was ranked number 4 on the list of “10 foods to try before you die” compiled by The Huffington Post, traces its origin to Udupi cuisine and “Pandi Curry” (pork) is a specialty of Coorg. The state has a wide variety to offer and changes as you travel across; it is broadly divided into – North, South, Coastal, Udupi, Malenadu and Coorg cuisines. Each of these is different and includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that reflect the influences from neighboring regions and local communities. While dishes in the north are vegetarian, in the south it is non vegetarian. The coastal areas are for sea food while Coorg is more of meat dishes. Karnataka cuisine is brimming with variety and local ingredients assume different forms to stimulate the palate.