Places to Visit in Karnataka

Karnataka tourist destinations are the cells that constitute the whole body of Karnataka tourism.

1. Mysore

Mysore, Karnataka is a city of royal palaces, silk saris and sandalwood. Mysore, Karnataka is the second largest city in Karnataka, and forms the basis of Karnataka tourism.

Mysore, situated about 150 kilometers from the city of Bangalore was the former capital of Karnataka. In fact, India's richest silk saris are woven in Mysore of Karnataka.

History of Karnataka says that Mysore had been the capital of Wodeyars which later went on to the hands of Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan. Karnataka is also known for its ten day long celebration of Dasara. Dasara is the most important festival of Mysore.

Goddess Chamundeshwari vanquished the demon after a 10 day fight. In fact, the Dasara festival is the celebration of this victory of good over evil.

2. Shravanbelagola

Shravanbelagola serves as one of the most frenzied and sought-after hubs for the bulk of people who are followers of Jainism. The magniloquent knoll designated as Vindhyagiri constitute one of the two hillocks located in the majestic city of Shravanbelagola that is sited at a spot which is approximately 158 kilometers away from Bangalore.

The star attraction at the Shravanbelagola is the 59 feet and 8 inches tall monolithic statuette belonging to Sri Gomatheswara who was the much celebrated successor of 'Adinath'.

Sri Gomatheswara came into its illustrious macrocosm in 978 to 993 AD during the reign of Ganga King Rajmalla's minister, Chundaraya.

3. Hampi

Hampi is a site where the mythological Kishkindha was stationed. It is said that Hampi, Karnataka was formed by the Vijaynagar kings between 1336-1565.

Some of the important locations worth seeing in Hampi, Karnataka are:

  • Virupaksha Temple - The temple forms a major site in Karnataka tourism; the mandapams and the painted ceilings are worth seeing. The temple, which remains opens from 8 am to 6:30 pm everyday, has a 9 storey gopuram and the temple is still in use by the local devotees.

  • Archaeological Museum - The Museum is situated at the southern part of the ruins of Kamalapuram. The museum remains open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday, except on Fridays.

4. Srirangapatnam

Srirangapatnam is the biggest of the three islands encircled by the tributaries of river Cauvery. Srirangapatnam is located about 15 kilometers from the city of Mysore on the Mysore-Bangalore highway. Srirangapatnam in Karnataka was formerly the capital of the Tipu Sultan, the Nizam of Mysore.

Srirangapatnam is now a renowned tourists spot in the Karnataka state. The places worth visiting in Srirangapatnam of Karnataka are Jumma Masjid, Ranganathaswami's temple, Rampart, Daria Daulat, the Dungeon and the museum.

Another attraction of Srirangapatnam at Karnataka is the Daria Daulat Bagh. It is the summer palace of Tipu Sultan built in the year 1784.

5. Sringeri

Sringeri is a small scenic town located at the foothills of the Western Ghat mountains. It has the famous Sarada Peetham, the first of the Advaita study centers created by the sage Adi Shankaracharya.

It also has many other centers of great religious significance to the Hindus. The ancient town derives its name from the nearby Risshasringa hill, named after the famed sage of the epic times. Located at the height of 672 meters from sea level.

Adi Sankacharya decided this place to be a veritable haven of peace on earth and decided to establish Goddess Sarada, the goddess of learning at this very place. That gave birth to the Saradamba temple and the adjacent Sarada Peetham, the seat of learning. Sringeri of Karnataka still continues in the tradition of the Krishna Yajur Veda.

6. Udupi

Considered to be one of the seven Muktistala pilgrimage sites in Karnataka.

The famous eight Sanyasi Mutts at Udupi in Karnataka are located in the following places:

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Palimar dedicated to Sri Rama

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Sode dedicated to Bhu Varaaha

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Admar dedicated to Kaliyamardana Krishna

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Krishnapura dedicated to Kaliyamardana Krishna

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Kaniyur dedicated to Narasimha

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Puthige dedicated to Vitthala

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Pejawar dedicated to Vitthala

  • Sanyasi Mutts in Sirur dedicated to Vitthala

Udupi is known for the Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna) and as the native place of the Vaishnava saint Shri Madhvacharya, who founded the (dvaita) sect of Vaishnava Hinduism and the Udupi Krishna Mutt (in the 13th century).

7. Devarayanadurga

Devarayanadurga is located about 65 kilometers from Bangalore on Tumkur road in the state of Karnataka in India. Devarayanadurga in Karnataka is well-connected to other parts of the state by a network of well built roads.

The hill station is encircled by forests and doted with numerous temples.
Devarayanadurga is a picturesque town with three elevations and seven gates that will lead you to the top of the hill.

Devarayanadurga in Karnataka has a number of springs namely Dhanus-tirtha, Ane-done, Rama-tirtha, Mangali and Jaya-tirtha. The famous Lakshmi-Narasimha Swamy Temple is situated in the lower elevation of the hill station.

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