Top Tourist Places in Karnataka this Festive Season

26 October  |  Listicles

Of the many joys that surround Diwali, one is the long weekend that one may avail of if it is close to a Friday or a Monday. More and more Bangaloreans are now heading to the many resorts and scenic locations near the city, ideal for people wanting to get out and get some fresh air and greenery far from the smoke and noise of Diwali crackers. If you are looking for a short vacation this Diwali, here are some destinations to pick from:

  1. Hampi

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Among the important places to visit in Karnataka, just 360 kms from Bangalore is the ancient capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river near Hospet town in Karnataka. Hampi can be reached by road or an overnight train or bus journey from Bangalore. It has many structures of historical and aesthetic importance and is a backpacker’s and pilgrim’s paradise.

  • Vittala Temple Complex: the most well-known among the ruins of Hampi with the symbol of Karnataka Tourism, the iconic stone chariot, and the famous musical pillars.
  • BadaviLinga the largest Linga image in Hampi,
  • Hazara Rama Temple Complex: One of the historical places in Karnataka, the ruined temple complex is well known for elaborate frescoes
  • Krishna Temple Complex: an ASI-protected monument, built during the reign of king Krishnadevaraya with a Pushkarani.
  • Virupaksha or Pampavathi temple in the Hampi Bazaar which predates the founding of the Vijayanagaraempire.
  1. Coorg

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260 kilometres from Bangalore city, Coorg, is a district of Karnataka. Famous for trekking, waterfalls and homestays on scenic coffee estates, it is a popular destination among trekkers, tourists and weekend visitors. It has historic places like the Namdroling Monstery, Talacauvery and Madikeri Fort. Trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts enjoy visits to the Nagarhole National Park and waterfalls, while adventure seekers can participate in white water rafting. With some of the best resorts for families, Coorg is a popular holiday destination.

  1. Gokarna

Gokarna which is 520 kms away from Bangalore can be reached by road,or by a train or bus ride. It is a seaside village near Goa and its main attractions are the pristine beaches and temples ideal for tourists who want a lazy weekend.

  1. Mysore

One of the best tourist destinations in Karnataka, Mysore is famous for its Dussera celebrations. Diwali is also celebrated with great fervor, andhotels, the palace and homes around the cityare attractively lit and decorated.

  1. Masinagudi

Masinagudiis a popular camping and trekking destination on the outskirts of the lush greenery of the Mudumalai National Park. Masinagudi resortsare ideal base camps for guided treks, safaris, camping in tents and photography. Masinagudi is just 100 kilometres away from Mysore and homestays in Masinagudi as well as rustic resorts in Masinagudi are popular for short weekend trips.

  1. Kabini

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Those interested in a one day trip in Karnataka can head toKabini. It is located at a distance of 60 kilometres from Mysore and the many resorts in Kabiniare a popular destination among wildlife enthusiasts. Kabini river resorts are well connected to Mysore by road and weekend visitors from Bangalore and Mysore can drive down for picnicking and wildlife watching.|Celebrate Diwali with a difference this year with a quick trip to one of the many destinations which await the eager traveller in Karnataka. Check into a Discovery Village resort to sample the local flavours of Diwali this year.

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