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Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka is rich in heritage, culture, traditions and history! Karnataka Tourisms has something in store for everybody, a complete tourist destination!

About Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka is located in the southwestern region of India. It is a rich state, rich in culture & heritage as well as the diversity of its landscape. Larger than life palaces fascinate you as much as the beaches & hill stations, all of which are an intrinsic part of Karnataka tourism places. It attracts sightseeing lovers as much as adventure enthusiasts. It also boasts a glorious past which is evident in its forts, palaces and ancient towns, one example of which is the illustrious Vijayanagara Empire. But Karnataka’s fascination also extends to its hill stations which are major tourist attractions like Chikmagalur, quiet relaxed beaches and temples like Virupaksha and Vitthala, that stand as a testimony to the architectural perfection achieved in the past. This is why a holiday in Karnataka is a getaway to complete delight, rife with adventures, sightseeing and entertainment!.

Bear witness to its glorious past!

Karnataka is a place of million stories that are told through its forts, palaces, and ancient towns. They bear testimony to its glorious past. A past shaped by powerful dynasties, kings and empires. A heritage tour of Karnataka consists of visiting its famous palaces like the Mysore Palace, Bangalore Palace and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. There are forts like Gulbarg, Raichur, Mirjan & Bidar. Each of these forts has played a key role in its history & are architectural splendours as well. And then there’s Hampi, the shining jewel of the Vijayanagara Empire. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring its temples, streets and bazaars is like going back in time. Other famous heritage sites are Badami, Pattakadal and Aihole.

Spot tigers, elephants, sloth bears, birds & other wildlife!

Karnataka tourism also boasts a rich wildlife. Spot Royal Bengal Tigers, elephants, sloth bears, leopards, or reptiles and birds during your wildlife safari. It has some of the most famous national parks, bird sanctuaries and wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the famous national parks & wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka are Bandipur, Nagarhole, Someshwara, Bhimgad & Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary. Spot birds of all shapes, colours and sizes at bird sanctuaries like Bonal, Attiveri, Bonal and Hornbills of Dandeli.

Lovely hill stations tucked in the Western Ghats!

You can escape to the hill stations during your holidays in Karnataka for a change. The Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, run through Karnataka. These ghats contain the most beautiful hill stations in India. You come across trekking trails, waterfalls, coffee plantations, temples and wildlife. One of the hill stations, Chikmagalur, was the first place in India where coffee was introduced. Agumbe is famous for being the site where “Malgudi Days”, a popular TV serial, was shot. Other popular hill stations in Karnataka are Madikeri, Chikkamagaluru, Kodachadri, Nandi Hills and Kogadu.

Best Time to Visit Karnataka

Summer Season in Karnataka

Summer Season in Karnataka

Summers in Karnataka last from March to May. Temperature ranges between 35°C to 38°C.

Monsoon Season in Karnataka

Monsoon Season in Karnataka

Monsoon arrives in May and lasts till October. Temperature ranges between 32°C to 28°C.

Winter Season in Karnataka

Winter Season in Karnataka

Winters in Karnataka start from November and last till February. The temperature ranges between 21°C to 25°C. The weather during this time is extremely pleasant.

Best Places to Visit in Karnataka

Hampi, Karnataka


Hampi is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka for its grand, spectacular and historic. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are temples, elephant stables and other attractions.

Bengaluru, Karnataka


Benagluru, the capital of Karnataka, is counted among the best places to visit for showing the modern side of Karnataka. It is dotted with multiplexes, hangouts and a vibrant nightlife.

Coorg, Karnataka


It is one of the best hill stations not just in Karnataka but also in South India. It’s famous for its wildlife sanctuaries. There is a national park called Nagarhole.

Mysore, Karnataka


Mysore is famous for once being the capital of Tipu Sultan. What makes it count among the best tourist places are Mysore Palace, Devaraja Market, Jahan Mohan Palace and Crawford Hall.

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is one of the best places in Karnataka to spot its rich wildlife. Spot various animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant and a wide variety of bird species.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Karnataka

Hampi, Karnataka


Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once the capital of the powerful and glorious Vijayanagara Empire. There are elephant stables, chariots & two fabulous temples.

Gokarna Beach, Karnataka

Gokarna Beach

Visit the Gokarna Beach to enjoy banana boat rides, dolphin spotting and fishing. The views of the sunset really win your heart. The beach is shaped like the Hindu religious symbol - OM.

Jog Falls, Karnataka

Jog Falls

Jog Falls bring you face to face with the intensity of nature. The waterfall is 253 meters high, and is the 2nd highest plunge waterfall in Asia. Monsoons are the best time to visit it.

Mulliyana Giri, Karnataka

Mulliyana Giri

Mulliyana Giri is the highest peak in the Western Ghats, which stretch from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu. It is avidly sought after by trekkers. The entire trek will take you 4 hours & consists of 4 kilometers.

St. Mary’s Island, Karnataka

St. Mary’s Island

St. Mary’s Island is famous for its unique salt rock formations. The beach here is made of shells, not of sand. To reach the island, you will have to swim for almost 5 minutes.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

This one is especially for bird lovers looking to enjoy birding. Some of the birds which you can spot are white headed crane, brahminy kite and black headed crane.

Gangadeshwara Temple, Karnataka

Gangadeshwara Temple

A visual spectacle awaits you at Gangadeshwara Temple during Makar Sankranti. On this day, a ray of light flashes through the horns of the stone bull and falls directly on the deity inside the cave!

Sada Waterfall, Karnataka

Sada Waterfall

Sada Waterfall is an offbeat waterfall located in deep forests of Western Ghats in Begalvi . It falls from a height of 200 meters. Trekking here is quite famous.

Murudeshwara, Karnataka


Visit the temple town of Murudeshwara to see the Chalukya & Kadamba sculptures. Its main attraction is a statue of Lord Shiva.

Top Things to Do in Karnataka

Heritage, Karnataka


Karnataka is a treasure trove of heritage and grandeur. The popular heritage sites are Hampi, Aihole, Badami, Halebeedu and Chandravalli.

Cuisine, Karnataka


Try out the tangy, spicy, sweet cuisines of Karnataka. Some of the famous dishes in Karnataka are Patrode, Mangalore Fish Curry, Maddur Vada, Mysore Pak, Guliyappa and filter coffee.

Religious Sites, Karnataka

Religious Sites

There are spectacular temples like Virupaksha and Vitthala. You come across mosques which are equally impressive. There are Jain temples, churches and gurudwaras too.

Adventure, Karnataka


There are opportunities in Karnataka for trekking white water rafting, scuba diving, mountain biking and micro flight flying.

Hill Stations, Karnataka

Hill Stations

Karnataka is extremely rich in wildlife. There are famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks like Someshwara, Bhimgad, Daroji Sloth Bear, Kudremukh and Nagarhole.

Beaches, Karnataka


The beaches of Karnataka are quiet and calm. They are ideal for those who just want to enjoy the views, listen to the sounds of the waves and just enjoy the ambiance.

Museums, Karnataka


Observe the rare manuscripts, artefacts, sculptures and other antiques at the famous museums in Karnataka. Some of them are Folklore Museum, Manipal Museum of Anatomy and Pathology and Mysore Rail Museum.

Festivals, Karnataka


Attend the famous festivals in Karnataka like Deepavali, Dussehra, Gowri Habba, Kaveri Sankaramana, Mysuru Dasara, Hampi Utsav and Chalukya Utsav.

How to Reach Karnataka?

By Train

By Train

The major railway station in Karnataka is Bangalore Railway Station. It runs trains to all the major cities of India.

By Air

By Air

There are two airports that operate flights to and from Karnataka. One is the Bengaluru International Airport and the other is the Mangalore International Airport. Bangalore Airport is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

By Road

By Road

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates government transport in Karnataka. The National Highway runs for almost 3,973 kilometers. Smaller towns are connected by state highways.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is the best time to visit Karnataka for holidays?

The best time to visit Karnataka is during the winter season, from November to February. March is also a good time, since the weather is pleasant. It can get quite hot and humid during the summers.

Q. What is the nearest domestic & International airport for Karnataka?

The nearest domestic airport is Mangalore Airport, located about 156 kilometers from Coorg. The nearest international airport is Bangalore International Airport, located about 35.4 kilometers.

Q. Is Karnataka safe for solo female travellers?

Yes, Karnataka is safe for solo female travellers.

Q. What is Karnataka famous for?

Karnataka is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wildlife, hill stations, Jog Waterfalls, Mysore Palace, dishes like Mysore Pak and Filter Coffee and umpteen opportunities for adventure.

Q. How many minimum days are required for a Karnataka tour?

It takes a minimum of 5 days for a proper tour of Karnataka.

Q. What are the major festivals of Karnataka tourism?

The major festivals of Karnataka tourism are Deepavali, Gombe Habba, Gowri Habba, Karnataka Rajyothsava Day, Hampi Festival, Karaga, Pattadakal Dance Festival, Kambala Festival and Ugadi.

Q. What are the top destinations for family holidays in Karnataka?

The top destinations for family holidays in Karnataka are Hampi, Gokarna, Coorg, Bijapur, Nandi Hills, Mysore and Shrirangapatna.

Q. What are the best destinations for a honeymoon tour in Karnataka?

The best destinations for a honeymoon tour in Karnataka are Coorg, Mangalore, Kabini, Gokarna, Kudremukh, Badami and Halebeedu.

Q. What are the top must visit pilgrimage sites in Karnataka?

The top must visit pilgrimage sites in Karnataka are Shravanabelagola, Murudeshwar, Gokarna, Srirangapatna, Virupaksha and Vitthala Temples.

Q. What is the best time to visit National parks & wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka?

Summers is a good time to visit the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka. The animals visit the water hotels with a greater frequency during this time. You can enjoy sightseeing during the winters too, when the weather is cool and pleasant.

Why Choose TMI for Karnataka?

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    An experienced Karnataka tour operator, with a team of an experienced travel enthusiast ensure to give our clients well - designed Karnataka tour packages

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    We are certified by major tour and travel associations in India and world like IATA, IATO, TAAI, IMF & MOT (Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India).

  • Happy Customers

    Happy Customers

    TMI has received numerous accolades from its happy customers for its excellent services and best Karnataka holidays.

  • Local Offices

    Local Offices

    We have local office in Karnataka for our customers to find assistance anytime and anywhere.

Karnataka Essential Information

Where to Stay in Karnataka?

There are a variety of staying options that are available in Karnataka. These range from heritage hotels and beach hotels to resorts. The accommodation options range from luxury to mid sized to budget, depending on your preferences. Wildlife resorts are also another option that you can consider. You can feel the excitement of staying close to nature and all the action.

Major Activities for Tourists in Karnataka

Karnataka is a complete destination. That is because it has everything, from wildlife, adventure, heritage, beaches to religious sites. Some of the most visited heritage sites in India like Hampi, are located in Karnataka. There are tranquil beaches where you can simply sit, relax and enjoy the nearby surroundings. Adventure enthusiasts will find a lot to do here. There are opportunities for trekking, water rafting, rock climbing and mountain biking. You could visit the several museums to explore rare artefacts, artworks and antiques. Karnataka is also home to several hill stations whose natural richness will win your heart. During your vacation in Karnataka, you should definitely try out its cuisines. You will find the filter coffee almost everywhere you go. Karnataka is large, both by its size and tourism opportunities it offers.

A few tips before visiting Karnataka

  • Carry your identity proof with you at all times.
  • Leave your footwear outside before entering the temples.
  • Wear appropriate clothing while visiting religious places.
  • Nudity is not permitted on the beaches, waterfalls or any public areas.
  • If you plan on visiting Karnataka during the summers, carry plenty of sunscreen lotion.

Karnataka Travel Information at a Glance

About Karnataka

Karnataka Tourism Packages

  • Bengaluru Tour Packages
  • Mysore Tour Packages
  • Mangalore Tour Packages
  • Madikeri Tour Packages
  • Chikmagalur Tour Packages
  • Hubli - Dharwad Tour Packages

Karnataka Holidays by Interest

  • Karnataka Honeymoon Packages
  • Karnataka Family Packages
  • Karnataka Golden Triangle Packages
  • Karnataka Religious Packages
  • Karnataka Heritage Packages
  • Karnataka Wildlife Packages

Top Things to Do in Karnataka

  • Wildlife Safari
  • White Water Rafting
  • Skydiving
  • Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Aquatic Parasailing