Karnataka is a tapestry of colors, cultures, flavors, landscapes, timelessness and heart stopping beauty. A place where vibrant worlds seamlessly meld into one another every few hundred kilometers. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white watered freefall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether, and cities where time rushes a relentless rush to keep up with the world; cities that sometimes escape into the deep quiet of thick forests and sometimes, stretches their arms wide open to embrace the sea. Host to some of India's largest and most powerful dynasties, the state has across the centuries, carried a legacy of art and culture as its geography making it, by all means, a 191,791 square kilometer trail of whimsy.
Best Time of Visit:
- Best time to visit Karnataka is between November and April.
Min Days Required: 6 Days
Places of Interest:
- Bangalore – Wonderla, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore Palace, Male Mahadeshwara Hills,Cubbon Park
- Hampi – Hampi Bazaar, Matanga Hill, Daroji Bear Sanctuary
- Chikmagalur – Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri, Kudremukh, Hebbe Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Santuary
- Bandipur – Bandipur National Park
- Shravanabelagola – Vindhyagiri, Chandragiri, Odegal Basti
- The winter season from January to February
- The summer season from March to May
- The monsoon season from May to September
- The post-monsoon season from October to December.
The post-monsoon (period of retreating) and winter seasons are generally pleasant over the entire state. The months April and May are hot, very dry and generally uncomfortable. Weather tends to be oppressive during June due to high humidity and temperature. The next three months (July, August and September) are somewhat comfortable due to reduced day temperature although the humidity's continue to be very high.
Things to carry:
- If you are planning a trip to Karnataka during the summer months, do remember to carry along sunglasses and sunscreen lotions for protection from an unrelenting sun. Cotton apparels in light fabrics would be your best bet to beat the oppressive heat.
- If you plan to travel in winters, carry along some light woolens and pullovers, as most regions of Karnataka do not experience severe cold.
- While visiting the pilgrimages, one needs to dress properly lest one hurts religious sentiments.
- The adventure buffs out to spend an exciting time in the hills need to bring along trekking gear and other accessories.
How to get there:
- The Bangalore Airport is the main airport in Karnataka. It is very well connected to the rest of India. ??
- The Bajpe airport at Mangalore does not get any international flights but is connected to Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
- There are several entry points from all of these states, and interstate buses run by the government as well as privately operated coach services are a dime a dozen.
- It is also possible to hire a cab or rent a car at big cities in the neighboring states.
- Take National Highway 4 or 13 from Maharashtra depending on whether your destination is Belgaum or Bijapur. Highway 7 will bring you to Bangalore from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. If you’re traveling from Kerala, you’ll be on NH 17.
- If you’re traveling to Karnataka by train, you’ll probably find it easiest to get a connection to Bangalore. The city is connected to all parts of the country by rail.
- Mysore and Mangalore also receive some traffic from outside Karnataka but the permutations and combinations are far fewer