Karnataka is a beautiful land of culture, art and a wide landscape. It extends from Belgaum in the north all the way to Bangalore down the south. It is a land with a rich cultural heritage. It is famous for its serene beaches, tasty food and amazing monuments and historical artifacts. The native language of Karnataka is Kannada, but you find people right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, who’ve made Karnataka their home. You find people from all the religions here as well. This Southern state of India is surrounded by different states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh , Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra. It is also surrounded by the Arabian sea. It ranks second in housing famous monuments in India. It is also famous for its hill stations and beautiful palaces. Bangalore is its capital situated towards the south. There are a lot of tourist attractions in Karnataka that you shouldn’t miss at any cost. There are a lot of palaces, waterfalls, dams , temples, mosques and churches which are a sight to behold. I have curated a few of the most beautiful and amazing places, which you should know about.
1. Mysore palace:- It is the major attraction of the Mysore City, which is also called the
city of palaces. The detailed carvings on it’s pillars and the beautiful hand sculpting is a delight to everyone’s eyes. Only mobile photography is allowed inside the palace, one cannot use their cameras. The best time to visit the palace is during the Dasara festivals, the palace is completely decked up with enticing lights. The best part about it is the rich customs and traditions followed during these times. Do not forget the Jamboo savari, it is a treat to watch.
2. Jog falls:- It is a waterfall on the Sharavathi river ,located in the western ghats of Uttara Kannada district. It is the second highest waterfall in India. It is a major attraction for the tourists. The best time to visit Jog falls is during the monsoons, it creates a beautiful sight with rainbows appearing every now and then. The water falls down directly without streaming into the rocks. August-December is the time when there is, best flow . There is a dam nearby associated with it called the Linganamakki dam.
3. Bandipur National Park:- It is a tiger reserve located in the state of Karnataka. It has the second highest tiger population in India. It was used by the Maharaja’s of Mysore as their private hunting reserve. Later after independence it went on to become Bandipur National Park. Adjacent to it is the Nagarhole National Park. There are about 150,000 cattles in this reserve, so diseases might be transmitted from the cattles to the wildlife. These diseases are feared to destroy the flora and fauna of the reserve. There is a national highway passing through the reserve, this has killed a lot of animals in the reserve. Night traffic is banned to save these animals.
These are just few places which one must not miss to see in their lifetime, but there are a lot more wonderful places this beautiful state possesses and takes pride of it.