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- Aihole was once capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty. Aihole is a historical town situated on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district.
- Badami, one of the many historic towns in Karnataka is located at the northern part of the State.
- Banavasi is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Karnataka state. Banavasi is one of the oldest towns in the Karnataka.
- Barkur is located towards 16 kms north of Udupi.
- Belur and Halebid: The temples of Belur and Halebid are best known for their south Indian architecture.
- Halasi, a popular heritage site of Karnataka is located at a distance of 14 Km from Khanapur and 25 Km from Kittur.
- Hampi or "The City of Ruins" is an ancient village situated approximately 353 km away from Bangalore. Hampi has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage centre.
- Lakkundi is a place of antiquarian interest, with more than 50 ancient temples scattered throughout the village.
- Pattadakal is well-known for the group of the 8th century monuments.The monuments at Pattadakal are listed in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
- Somnathpur is one of the finest examples of Stone architecture. The main attraction of Somnathpur is temple dedicated to Lord Channakeshava.
- Srirangapatna takes its name from the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, one of the main attractions of the town.
- Ambalapady is famous for 400 year old temples of Lord Janardhana and Goddess Mahakali.
- Anegudde is one of the popular Vinayaka temples in Udupi district which attracts large number of pilgrims.
- Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari temple is located at a distance of 30 km north of Mangalore. It is situated on the banks of River Shambavi in Bappanadu village of Mulki.
- Belavadi is a national heritage site and one of the important attractions in Karnataka tourism. The temple here is built in Hoysala architecture.
- Devarayanadurga is surrounded by forests and several temples including the Yoganarasimha temple and Bhoganarasimha temple are located at the hilltop. Devarayanadurga is also famous for 'Namada Chilume'.
- Dharmasthala, a sacred place, as its name indicates, is a place of the Truth, Faith, Communal harmony and spiritual experience in the Holy Land. Here, everyone enjoyes the generous hospitality, irrespective of caste, creed or class whatsoever.
- Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage centre as well as an important tourist destination. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Mahabaleshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
- Guddattu Jaladhivasa Maha Ganapathi Temple is located about 15 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. Guddattu Jaladhivasa Maha Ganapathi Temple is very ancient temple and no body knows when it came to existence.
- Hattiangadi is a village located at a distance of 14 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. The ancient temple at Hattiangadi is dedicated to Lord Ganesh popularly known as Siddi Vinayaka.
- Horanadu is a place of enchanting natural landscape, ancient temple of the goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed the Adi - Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari.
- Idagunji: The main attraction of Idagunji is the temple dedicated to Lord Ganapati. The temple at Idagunji attracts more than 1 million devotees per year. Idagunji is about 14 km southeast of Honnavar.
- ISKCON temple at Bangalore is dedicated to lord Krishna. The ISKCON temple is situated on a seven-acre hillock, which is also referred as the 'Hare Krishna Hill'.
- Kadiyali Mahishamardhini Temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. The temple is one of the oldest temples in Udupi district.
- Kadri Manjunatha Temple is one of famous and ancient temples located on Kadri hills in Mangalore city.
- Kalasa is a small town located on the banks of Bhadra River in Mudigere taluk of Chickmagalur district in Karnataka. The Temple town, Kalasa is home to the Sri Kalaseshwara Temple.
- Kamalashile is surrounded by beautiful mountains and evergreen forests with the river Kubja flowing by the side of it. Kamalashile is famous for its ancient Brahmi Durgaparameshwari temple.
- Karinjeshwara Temple is situated at a place called Karinja of Kavalamudur village in Bantwal taluk.
- Kateel is a temple town located at a distance of 29 km from Mangalore city in Dakshina Kannada district. This sacred place is surrounded by panoramic scenes and attractive greeneries.
- Kodyadka Annapoorneshwari temple is situated in Puttige village of Mangalore Taluk. It is located at a distance of 35 km from Mangalore.
- Kollur Mookambika Temple, an important seat of Shakti worship is located 40 km from Kundapur Town and about 140 kilometers from Mangalore.
- Koodalasangama is at the confluence of the Krishna River and the Malaprabha River in very enchanting surroundings.
- Koteshwara is a village located at a distance of 4 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. Koteshwara is a place of religious importance.
- Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple located just 3 km from heart of Mangalore city. The beautiful temple at Kudroli id dedicated to Lord Gokarnanatheshwara.
- Kudupu Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple is well-known for serpent worship. Main deity Lord Anantha Padmanabha is facing towards the west.
- Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is situated in the heart of the village. Kukke Subrahmanya temple is dedicated to lord Subrahmanya, who had manifested with Vasuki.
- Omkareshwara Temple is located very near to the heart of the Madikeri. Madikeri is situated in the beautiful Kodagu district in the Western Ghats.
- Mangaladevi Templeis located at Bolara in the city of Mangalore, Karnataka state. The Mangaladevi temple is situated just about 3km from southwest of Mangalore city centre.
- Male Mahadeshwara Hills, a sacred place for Hindus is located around 140 km from Mysore. It is situated in the eastern parts of Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district.
- Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temple is one of the important and sacred temples of Shakti worship.
- Melkote popular center of pilgrimage center and has two different temples. Melkote is one of the holy places of Karnataka.
- Moodbidri Thousand pillar temple is a large granite temple built in 1430 A.D. The main entrance of the thousand pillar temple, which faces the east, opens onto a wonderful 15 meter tall monolithic pillar called Mahastamba in front of the doorway.
- Murudeshwar is a picturesque place, and it is situated between Honnavara and Bhatkal. Bounded by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats, makes Murudeshwar as a favorite picnic spot.
- Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple is one of the ancient temples of Karnataka. Lord Nanjundeswara also referred to as Lord Srikanteswara, Vishakanta, Nanjunda.
- Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple is located at a distance of 28 km from Mangalore in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.
- Nellitheertha Cave Temple is one of the sacred places in Dakshina Kannada district. Inside, one can find a beautiful lake and a Shiva Linga.
- Padubidri is located in coastal district, Udupi on National Highway 17. Padubidri is also known as Padubidre or Paddedra in Tulu language.
- Pajaka is birthplace of Dwaita philosopher Madhwacharya. The Kunjaragiri Durga temple is also a charming place to visit. There is also a Parashurama temple nearby.
- Polali, an important seat of Shakti worship is located at a distance of 30 km from Mangalore and situated about 200 yards from the Phalguni River
- Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This is an ancient temple of said to be constructed in 12th Century.
- Sahasralinga is a pilgrim place located at a distance of 17 km from Sirsi in Uttara kannada district.
- Saundatti Yellamma Temple is located in Belgaum district at a distance of 70 km from its district headquarters.
- Savadatti Yellamma Temple or also known as Savadatti Renuka Yellamma Temple is popular temple in Savadatti, Belgaum district.
- Shankaranarayana The uniqueness of Shankaranarayana is that this is one of the rare temples where we can see the confluence of Shankara (Lord Shiva) and Narayana (Lord Vishnu).
- Sharavu Maha Ganapathi Kshetra is one of famous ancient temples located in the heart of Mangalore city.
- Shishileshwara Temple is situated on the banks of Kapila River in Shishila village of Belthangady Taluk. This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha.
- Shraravanabelagola is one of the important Jain pilgrim centers in Karnataka. Shravanabelagola is popular for its scenic beauty as well as for its religious sanctity.
- Somanathapura Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest master pieces of Hoysala Architecture is located at Somanathapura. This temple was constructed in 1268 by Soma, a Dandanayaka under Hoysala king Narasimha III, during the Hoysala Empire was ruling South India.
- Sirsi Marikamba Temple is main attraction and it is one of the important seats of shakti worship in Karnataka. Sirsi Marikamba temple is temple famous for its Kavi art.
- Southadka is a pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.
- Sringeri is a picturesque town and pilgrim centre located in the heart of the Malnad with rich vegetation and pleasant climate.
- Talakad was a capital of the Gangas from 350 to 999 AD. Then, it was the capital for several dynasties that ruled over Karnataka.
- Ulavi Channabasaveshwara Temple is located in a picturesque location of Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada (North Kanara) district. Ulavi is a famous pilgrimage center for Veerashaivas.
- Udupi Krishna Temple is the first among the seven places of pilgrimage. The famous Krishna temple in Udupi, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna, which is richly decorated with jewels.
- Virupaksha Temple s the most important center of pilgrimage in Hampi moreover is considered one of the most sacred over the centuries.
- Temples in South Canara List of Temples in Dakshina Kannada District.
- Gokarna is famous for its beautiful virgin beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
- Karwar is a good starting point for the journey to discover the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar is one of the perfect holiday destinations.
- Kaup Beach is one of the famous beaches of Karnataka where tourists enjoy the beauty of the environment.
- Kurumgad Beach is a tortoise shaped Island and is located about 4 km away from Karwar.
- Malpe is a located about 5 km to the west of Udupi. An important port and fishing harbor along the Karnataka coast.
- Marawanthe is a beach located at a distance of 12 km from Kundapur town of Udupi district. Marawanthe beach is one of the must visit tourist spots of Karnataka.
- Murudeshwar beach is a popular picnic spot, having beautiful blue waters of the sea and the majestic mountains.
- Panambur beach is located at a distance of 13 Km from Mangalore on the north of the National Highway.
- Someshwar beach is well known for the large rocks called "Rudra Shile".
- St. Mary's Island is a collection of small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi district.
- Surathkal Beach is known for its clean surrounding, and its light house located on a huge black rock.
- Tannirbavi Beach is one of the best beaches of Dakshina Kannada. One can enjoy the sunset view here.
- Ullal Beach is popular and best beach offering a perfect holiday destination for those looking for a tranquil holiday.
Adventure and Hills
- Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats in Karnataka. Agumbe is famous for spectacular sunset and many visitors come here to watch it.
- Bheemeshwari is located at a distance of 100 km south of Bangalore. Bheemeshwari is situated on the banks of the River Kaveri.
- Galibore is calm and scenic place where fish are found in large quantity. Galibore is very popular fishing camp and commercial fishermen visit the camp during the season.
- Kabini River Lodge is located at Karapur near Nagarhole National Park is about 210 km South West of Bangalore. Kabini River Lodge is the perfect destination for the nature lovers.
- Kemmangundi is a hill station is located at Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. This picturesque hill station is situated at a height of 1434 meters above sea level.
- Kodachadri is the highest peak of Shimoga district in Karnataka state. Kodachadri is famous for its wonderful sunrise and sunset.
- Kundadri Hill is a huge monolithic rock formation with various outgrowths and is about 3200 feet above sea level. Kundadri is situated in Teerthahalli taluk of Shimoga district.
- Nandi Hills is located at a distance of 60 km north of Bangalore in Chikkaballapur district. Nandi Hills is also known as Nandidurg. Nandi Hills gets its name from an ancient temple Nandi located on the hill.
- Dandeli is located at a distance of 115 km from Karwar. Dandeli is situated on the banks of River Kali with the Western Ghats. Tourism is gaining importance since white water rafting is done on the river Kali.
- Yana is located at a distance of 25 km from Kumta, a coastal town and 40 km from Sirsi. Yana is located in the lush evergreen forests of the Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada district.
- Baba Budan Range is a mountain in the Dattagiri Hill Range or Baba Budan Range of the Western Ghats of India.
Nature and Wildlife
- National Parks in Karnataka
- Sanctuaries in Karnataka
- Anshi National Park is spread about 340 sq km and adjoins the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. Best season to visit Anshi National Park is between November and June.
- Attiveri Bird Sanctuary located near Mundgod in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka is home to 79 species of birds including migratory birds from 22 countries.
- Bandipur National Park is one of India's most famous sanctuaries, and is an important element of the project Tiger reserve.
- Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of 22 km south of Bangalore. This 25,000 acre zoological park was established in 1971 and is one of the major tourist destinations of Bangalore.
- Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 38 km northwest of Chikmagalur town. The southern part of the Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary is rich in birds, butterflies and reptiles.
- Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu in South India.
- Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary attracts nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.
- Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary has become one of the important tourist destinations of Karnataka and attracts many local and foreign tourists.
- Dubare Elephant Camp is mainly an elephant-capturing and training camp of the Forest Department. Nearly 150 elephants are trained in various camps.
- Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is one of the 5 famous bird sanctuaries of Karnataka. According to the survey done in 1993, it is told that 191 varieties of birds are found at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary.
- Kaveri Nisargadhama is a beautiful island formed by river Kaveri and it is located 2 km off the State Highway from Kushalanagar.
- Kokkrebellur is located at a distance of 40 km from Mandya. Kokkrebellur, literally means the village of storks in kannada language.
- Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty, located in midst of mountains and is known for all kinds of flora and fauna spread over an area of 600.32 sq km and is 1,894.3 m above sea level.
- Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is one of the few bird sanctuaries in the Malnad region which is spread about 1.14 acres and surrounded by dense forest. This picnic spot houses some of the spectacular migratory birds.
- Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is spread around 247 sq. km. This sanctuary is sharing its north-western boundary with Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Nagarahole National Park includes Forest, little streams, attractive waterfalls and valleys. This park is located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park. Kabini dam divides this park from Bandipur National Park.
- Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Ranganathittu attained the status of a bird sanctuary in 1940.
Waterfalls in Karnataka
- Abbey Falls is located at a distance of 10 km from Madikeri town in Kodagu (or Coorg) district. This is a favorite spot for tourists.
- Alekan Falls is about 18 km from Charmadi in Charmadi ghats. Alekan falls is situated on the way to Kottigehara from Charmadi. This place is just next to the road before 4 km from Kottigehara.
- Chunchanakatte Falls: The uniqueness of this place is that the sound of the waterfalls can be heard all over except inside the sanctum sanctorum of the centuries old temple.
- Gokak Falls is located at a distance of 6 km from Gokak on the Ghataprabha River in the Belgaum district.
- Hebbe Falls is surrounded by dense forests and coffee plantations, Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 168 meters in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe.
- Iruppu Falls: The roaring waters of the Iruppu falls and the picturesque surroundings make it a favorite picnic spot.
- Jogfalls is the most exciting spectacle in the western region of Karnataka. In the midst of scenic beauty jogfalls attracts the tourist much.
- Kalhatti Falls is also known as Kalahasti Falls, here water gushes at a height of 122 meters amidst charming natural setting.
- Lalguli Falls Here, Kali River creates a grand spectacle by falling from a height of about 250 ft in a series of picturesque rapids of the set at different heights from 61 m to 91 m.
- Magod Falls, beautiful waterfalls of River Bedti is located at a distance of 17 km from Yellapur in Uttara Kannada district.
- Sathodi falls: Here, Several unknown streams meet near a place called Kallaramane Ghat and fall from a height of about 15 m to create a picturesque picnic spot.
- Shivaganga falls: is one of the unique waterfalls in the Western Ghats on the border of three taluks Sirsi, Yellapur and Ankola of Uttara Kannada district.
- Sirimane Waterfalls: is located at a distance of 5 km from Kigga near Sringeri in Chikmagalur district.
- Shivasamudram falls: is the second biggest waterfall in India and the sixteenth largest in the world. Shivanasamudra Falls was formerly known as the Kaveri Falls.
- Unchalli falls, which is also called Lushington Falls is a waterfall created by a 116 meter drop in Aghanashini River is place in the thickets of the Sahyadri hills of the Western Ghats.
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