Places to visit in Karnataka

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A pristine land clad in sheer serenity, Sakleshpur is a hill station that lies in the lap of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Filled with abundant coffee, tea, and spice plantations; Sakleshpur gives you an experience of a lifetime amidst all the blissful aromas. It boasts many historical monuments and temples that make it the perfect destination for all the art and architecture lovers. Hushed away from the eyes of the travellers, this place is a heaven on Earth that you must definitely visit. Apart from getting a glimpse of nature, you can also use this time to feel at peace with your loved ones. Right from the waterfalls to the viewpoints, Sakleshpur is a place that you ought to visit to experience the best of Karnataka during winters!

 

Location

It is located in the Western Ghats that stretch from Kerala to Gujarat. This is in the southern part of the Ghats in the state of Karnataka.

Address: Sakleshpur, Malenadu, Hassan, Karnataka 573134

Hours: It is open 24/7

 

Timings

The monsoons are the best time to visit this place. However, there would be a lot of rains, and hence it is advised to visit during the winters when the weather would be pleasant to experience the place.

 

Places to visit in Sakleshpur

 

Name of the place

Distance from city centre

Approximate cost 

Manjarabad Fort

5-6 km approximately

INR 5-10 for Indians and INR 100-110 for foreigners

Sakaleswara Temple

3-4 km approximately

No entry fee

Bisle ViewPoint

28-29 km approximately

No entry fee

 

Manjarabad Fort: Built by the famous Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan, the Manjarabad Fort is an important historical construction that you need to visit at any cost. It is made in the shape of a star and was built to set up a protective area. 

Sakaleswara Temple: Dating back to more than 600 years, the Sakaleswara temple is a dedication to Lord Shiva. This temple was built by the Hoysala Dynasty and is one of the most historic places to visit in Sakleshpur.

Bisle View Point: The Bisle viewpoint offers stunning views of the lush rainforests in Sakleshpur. It is believed to be the most glorifying viewpoint that gives a mesmerising look of the stunning flora and fauna of Sakleshpur.

 

Highlights

  • Facilitates bird watching in and around the areas of Sakleshpur that are known for the most diverse flora and fauna
  • Perfect place to go for a small trek and enjoy the glimpses of nature
  • It also has some gorgeous waterfalls that are sure to attract your attention
  • It features Manjarabad Fort that is constructed by the historic Tippu Sultan; this fort is shaped in the form of a star.
  • The Kukke Subrahmanya Temple in Sakleshpur is believed to be the abode of Lord Subramanyeshwara.
  • It boasts the second highest peak in Karnataka which is named as Jenukal Gudda which means Honey-stone mountain.

 

Recommended for

This fantastic hill station is recommended for everyone who wants to escape from the scorching heats of Southern India. The temperatures of this place are always maintained at a moderate level and are the best to enjoy a relaxed and laid-back vacation.

 

How to get to Sakleshpur

By Air: There are direct flights from Bangalore to Sakleshpur. Each flight’s duration is about 1 hour, and you can also pre-book cabs to reach your destinations in Sakleshpur. Apart from Bangalore, the Mangalore airport is the closest to Sakleshpur.

By Rail: It takes 3 hours to travel on the train from Bangalore to Sakleshpur. There are regular trains that run from the city to Sakleshpur.

By Road: You can either opt for a bus ride or a car ride from Bangalore to Sakleshpur. There are regular bus services from Bangalore to Sakleshpur that would help you reach the destination. Apart from buses, you can also hire a cab or can drive a rented car on your own.

Nevertheless, the ideal way to reach Sakleshpur is by road to experience the lush greenery and the fantastic roads that fall along the way. If you want to reach quickly, then flights are the best options.

 

About Sakleshpur

Located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, Sakleshpur is a quaint yet decent hill station in the Southern part of India. This beautiful town is a perfect destination to disconnect from the city and reconnect with nature. Home to various kinds of vegetations, Sakleshpur boasts a wide range of lush green plantations that are a treat to watch. This area receives a significant amount of rainfall owing to its temperate climate. Due to these favourable conditions, there is ample scope for exotic plantations like tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper. Hence, undoubtedly, this region stands at the production of about one-third of the cardamom plantation in India. 

Primarily located in the Western Ghats that stretch from Kerala to Gujarat, this southern part of the range is home for the Bisle reserve forest and the places around Sakleshpur are listed to the most indifferent spots concerning flora and fauna throughout the world. People in the area of Sakleshpur believe that a broken Shivalinga was found in the town which was called as Sakaleshwara. Based on this Shivalinga, they built a temple at the entrance of the city which was named as Sakaleshapura, which eventually turned out to be Sakleshpur.

Sakaleshpur is most famous among the tourists for trekking and various picnic spots that attract people from across the world. Apart from this, there are many mountains and various religious and historical sites that are a perfect place to experience true art and culture of the country.

 

Interesting facts about Sakleshpur

  • It is known to be the home for one of the Shivlingas in the country.
  • One of the most stunning spots to view the lush green rainforests.
  • The south-west monsoons hit this place at the earliest, giving them abundant and quick monsoon every year.
  • Wide variation in flora and fauna in the city
  • Attracts a lot of people within the country and abroad due to its solitude and perfect weather that helps you relax.

Chikmagalur is a quaint hill station situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range in Karnataka. Translated as ‘the land of younger daughter’, it is said to have been given as a dowry to the youngest daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakharayapattana.The hill is popular for its mountain ranges, green and verdant environment, favourable climate, coffee plantations, trekking and cascading waterfalls.

 

Location

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Highlights

  1. Chikmagalur is a beautiful location with miles of spectacular lush green views accompanied by the whiff of rich aroma of coffee from the coffee plantations.
  2. A sheer adventure, the hiking expedition at Mullayanagiri is characterized by beautiful nature and exotic flora with plenty of breathtaking views
  3. The Chikmagalur Golf club is a well maintained golf club which can be accessed with a guest pass and is a must visit for golf enthusiasts.
  4. The kemmanagundi, home to Mullayanagiri is a spectacular hill with sheer unparalleled beauty comprising of rich dense forests, majestic waterfalls and breathtaking nature trails.
  5. The Kudremukh trek is another adventurous trek at Chikmagalur. The second highest peak in Karnataka, it is a challenging experience of a 9.5km long trek.
  6. Kalhatti Falls which is an absolute delight for nature lovers. It is a beautiful scenery of water cascading from 400 feet surrounded by the lush greenery.
  7. The village of Belavadi for it’s scenic beauty and historical significance. A village adorned with luxuriant emerald carpet of grassland, it consists of the Veer Narayana temple constructed by Hoysolas and historical attribute of the legendary warrior Belavadi Mallamma.

 

Recommended For

A perfect escape for nature and coffee lovers.

 

How to get to Chikmagalur

Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport 113 km away. From there a bus, taxi or car can be taken to Chikmagalur.

Train: The nearest station is located in Kadur 40 km away. From here a taxi can be hired to Chikmagalur

Road: There are regular bus services from Bangalore, Mangalore and Hubli. You can also arrive by car from Bangalore via Hassan or take a cab from Banaglore.

 

Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

1.Mullayanagiri

Mullayanagiri is the highest peak at 2,000 metres above sea level between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris and a major tourist attraction. It’s a favourite with trekkers as it has amazing challenging and scenic trails of lush grasslands making it a memorable trek.  A moderately challenging trek, it starts from Sarpadhari to Mullayanagiri and is 3 km long path with a 60-degree steep ascent with marvelous views of pristine verdant greenery, small streams and caves. Apart from trekking, it is also apt for mountain biking due to its perfect track.  The stunning hills are located 12 km from Chikmagalur and offer a mesmerizing panoramic view of the city. On top of the peak, there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The best time to trek here is during the spring season as summers get too hot and during monsoons it is not advisable due to the risk factors involved.

2.Baba Budangiri

This is a prominent mountain range in Chikmagalur due to the shrine that was built for Sufi saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar. The shrine is visited by both Hindus and Muslims. Also, there are three exquisite caves with three siddhas buried here, making it a point of annual festival in the caves. The region has a spectacular scenery making it the most frequented attraction by tourists.

3.Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls is an enchanting luscious waterfall surrounded by dense green forests and vegetation. The waterfall torrents from a height of 550 feet and splits into two streams forming Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). To reach the fall, one has to undertake an 8km arduous trek from Kemmangundi. The sight of cascading water from the heights is an absolute riveting sight to behold.

4.Hirekolale Lake

Hirekolale Lake is a stunning man made lake 10 kms from Chikmagalur. The highlight of the lake is the sight of it during sunset as it shimmers in the vivid hues of saffron shade reflected by the radiance of the setting sun giving it an almost magical appearance. One of the popular attractions, it warrants a visit for it’s spectacular beauty.

5.Coffee Museum

Known for its coffee plantations, Chikmagalur has a dedicated coffee museum where the process of plucking the beans to drying and powdering is displayed for visitors to understand the process. The museum has a gallery with pictures and exhibits, a video presentation on the story of coffee and a laboratory demonstrating the grinding of coffee beans.

 

Interesting Facts About Chikmagalur

  1. Chikamagalur is also known as the ‘coffee land of Karnataka’
  2. Baba Budangiri is also known as Chandra Drona Parvatha, Datta Peeta.
  3. Many homestays offer a walking tour of the private coffee plantations
  4. Chikmagalur is famous for its two types of coffee varieties that are grown here – Arabica and Robusta

Dandeli is a fascinating and adventurous city situated on the Western Ghats in Uttarakhand popular for its lush dense deciduous forests, deep valleys, wildlife sanctuaries, bird watching, water sports, river side fishing, trekking on hilly terrains, mountain biking, night camps and scenic beauty. It is a mélange of astounding nature and exhilarating adventure that allures vacationers, making it a top tourist destination.

The best season to visit Dandeli is between October to May when the climate is pleasant for the water and other activities and also to spot the animals. Monsoons is best avoided due to heavy rainfalls making it unsuitable to enjoy the spots.

Location

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Some of the prime attractions are:

1.Kavala Caves - The exotic limestone Kavala caves is visited by tourists and especially by devotees of Lord Shiva to see an incredible creation of shivlinga formed by the volcanic activities. The cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites and to visit the inner sanctum one has to descend down 375 steps and carry a torch as the cave is pitch dark.

Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily.

2.Shiroli Peak – The highest peak in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, it offers a glorious view of the Western ghat’s Sahyadri range, picturesque sunset and is a good route for trekking as well. An ideal spot for nature and adventure seekers.

3.River Kali – River Kali offers a myriad of water activities, attracting majority of the adventure enthusiasts to Dandeli. Mercurial in nature, it caters to the excitement for both amateurs and professionals. White water rafting in Kali river is an enthralling experience of rafting through grade 2, 3 and 4 rapids over a 9 kilometer run under the supervision of an expert. Besides rafting, kayaking and canoeing are other activities that one can indulge in. Coracle boat riding, a saucer-shaped ‘boat’ made of bamboo and tanned buffalo hide is a beguiling experience to watch crocodiles in the water, and hornbills hovering in the sky. Moonlight boating is another activity for nature lovers to ride at night with night vision binoculars to see the nocturnal animals in the surrounding jungle which is home to deers and boars amongst others.

4.Kayaking - Kayaking activities are conducted in the Supa reservoir, which is a man-made reservoir that spreads over a huge area surrounded by teak plantations. There are small islets in between where one can camp in absolute privacy since the entire area is uninhabited.

5.Canyoning-  Canyoning is a variant form of rappelling conducted in the Sathkonda Canyon near Dandeli. A challenging activity, it is the current rage and an adrenaline pumping experience of rappelling down steep rocks under the gushing waterfall (safety harness attached) using a combination of jumping, abseiling and natural water slides.

6.Rappelling -  Climb the steepest rocky cliffs of Sahyadri mountains and careen down suspended on a rope. A thrilling activity conducted under the supervision of an expert, it is a must.

7.Wildlife Sanctuary – In an area of 834.16 sq km, it is second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was declared as one in 1956. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offers a plethora of excitement for nature lovers and adventurers:

8.Flora - The entire forest area is covered with thick vegetation punctuated with bamboo and teak plants.

9.Fauna- Visitors are likely to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Malabar giant squirrels, barking deers, elephants, bisons, black panthers, Indian pangolin, Indian jackal, etc.

10.Birds – A haven for bird watchers, it is a thrill to see pied hornbills, bar winged flycatcher shrikes, crested serpent eagle, pompadour green pigeons, kingfisher, woodpecker, cuckoo, blue headed ground thrush, yellow browed bulbuls and many more.

11.Jungle Safari and Trekking – Explore the vast sanctuary in an open jeep safari, trekking on foot or mountain biking and feel the rush of spotting the wildlife amidst the lush green forest.

12.Camping – Indulge in overnight and outdoor camping for a different experience. Sync with nature as you camp at the banks of river Kali under the stars and with a spectacular view of the resident birds hovering in the sky.

 

Highlights

  • Dandeli is an ideal destination for engaging in myriad of water sports such as white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, coracle boat riding etc.
  • Bathe in the river Kali’s rapid’s that provide an effect of a natural Jacuzzi bath.
  • The Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers as it’s a residence for diverse range of bird species especially the Malabar Pied Hornbill.
  • It offers an exciting opportunity to sync in with nature by camping amidst the luxurious verdant forests and wildlife.
  • The Syntheri Rocks close to the Ulavi temple is a must visit site to witness a massive structure of imposing rocks made of granite. A sheer breathtaking sight to behold.
  • The Shivaji fort 22km away from Dandeli warrants a visit. Built by Chhatrapati Shivaji, it boasts of ingenious warring techniques and strategies implemented by the warriors to win wars and protect the fort.
  • Skyes point – 23 km from Dandeli, is famous for the spellbinding views of river Kali and lush green topography during the mesmerizing sunset.

 

 

Recommended For

An ideal retreat for an exciting adventure packed holiday amidst lush evergreen nature.

 

How to get to Dandeli

Flight: The nearest airport is Belgaum Airport, Karnataka about a distance of 90 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Dandeli.

Train: The closest station is Alnaver railway station at a distance of 35 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Dandeli

Road: Dandeli is well connected to major cities of India and several private and state buses ply to to the city. Private car and taxi can also be hired.

 

Interesting Facts About Dandeli.

A local legend states that the city is named after Dandelappa, a local deity, a servant of the Mirashi landlords, who lost his life because of his loyalty. An alternative legend states that a king named Dandakanayaka passed through the forests and named them after himself, and the city is believed to stand on the place where Dandakaranya stood when he named the area.

 

When you are in Karnataka, you cannot miss the opportunity to witness the wildest of animals roaming majestically in their territories. Nestled between the idyllic Western Ghats, the Bandipur National Park is one of the better managed wildlife parks in the country. It is home to several indigenous species of the mountains and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Some of the wild animals you can get to see up, close and personal include gaurs, chital, mouse deer, wild dogs, four-horned antelopes, sloth bear, Malabar giant squirrels, jackals and more. Bandipur National Park is also home to commendable number of tigers. The park also offers accommodation amidst the locale for a more adventurous stay amongst the animals.

 

Location:               

Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar District, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126

Known for:

Housing significant number of tigers and indigenous species of Western Ghats. It also houses a 14th century temple of Himavad Gopalaswamy.

How to Reach:

Bandipur can be easily reached from Bengaluru and Mysore. From there you can either rent a cab, take the train or bus depending on your convenience and budget. If you are taking the train, Mysore is the closest railway station and takes around one hour and 30 minutes to teach the reserve park. KSRTC operates buses to Bandipur from Mysore and takes just 2 hours and 30 minutes with tickets approximately costing Rs. 100. Cabs can take you from Mysore and will charge you approximately Rs. 2,500.

Approximate Cost:

The entry to Bandipur National Park costs approximately Rs. 300, which includes entrance fees and safari charges. If you are taking a camera, you have to pay an additional Rs. 200 (approximately) at the counter.

Operating hours:

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Any Precautions:

 Being a wildlife region, it is best to listen to the instructions the safari guide and have a peaceful trip. Do not wear dark clothing and never throw plastic inside the reserve. You are in their territory as a guest. If possible, turn off the flash and try to capture the place and animals with natural light.

Type: 

Animal Sanctuary

For those who come to Karnataka, or especially Benguluru, their trips are never complete without a visit to the gorgeous Nandi Hills. Located at a convenient distance of approximately 65 kilometers from Bengaluru, the Nandi Hills is a place every Karnataka tourism guide will recommend you. Known for its picturesque setting and stunning views, the hill stands overseeing the city, offering a chance for tourists to soar up the clouds. It has an elevation o approximately 1,500 meters and can give you shivers when you reach the top. The views, the small parks and the restaurants on top make it a perfect place for family and friends get together.

 

Known for:

Its unparalleled views of sunrise. Visitor start from their places as early as 2:00 AM in the morning to see the sun peacefully rising from the horizons sipping a cup of coffee. Your profile pictures for the next six months can be from Nandi Hills.

How to Reach:

Though there are direct buses from Bengaluru to Nandi Hills and frequently, you cannot witness the sunrise from the mountains. For best views and shivers, rent a two wheeler or a self-drive vehicle from your place and reach within a couple of hours. You can rent two wheelers starting from approximately Rs. 500 and self-drive vehicle depending on their pricing. Cabs from Bengaluru will cost you approximately Rs. 2,500 for one way and can increase depending on the size of the car.

Approximate Cost

The cost to enter Nandi Hills is approximately Rs. 5. If you are taking a vehicle, parking charges do apply.

Operating Hours

6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Any Precautions

Carry sweaters or pullovers when you are going there to witness the sunrise. It gets really cold out there in the mornings. After 8:00 AM, when the sun comes out, the temperatures become normal. But to survive the temporary frost, carry heavy clothing. Also, start early if you want to avoid the crowd in the morning. The place is really crowded during the weekends.

Type

Landmark

Grand, majestic and out of the world are the three words that best describe this amazing architecture and palace belonging to the Wadiyar dynasty. During Dusherra, the gorgeousness of the palace multiplies manifold and leaves you in awe of the intricate architecture, carvings, paintings and just the finesse of workmanship. It is one of the best things to do in Karnataka and if you are visiting Mysore, you cannot leave back without coming to the Mysore Palace. The best part about the palace is its innumerable measures for tourists.

There are battery operated vehicles that take tourists around the palace, free wheel chair facilities, restrooms, Braille guide, and other conveniences that allow visitors to understand and cherish the palace better. If you want to get to know how the royals lived and about their everyday life, Mysore Palace is the place you need to head to.

 

Known for

Marvelous architecture, illumination during the festival and a source of information of the heritage of Karnataka

How to Reach

Located at a prime location in Mysore, you can reach the palace via buses and local autos or cabs. It takes less than 10 minutes from the city center to reach the palace and can cost you approximately Rs. 100 if you are taking an auto or a cab. If you are taking a bus, the price can be approximately Rs. 15 per person.

Approximate Cost

Approximately Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 30 for kids. You can book your tickets online from the official website of the palace.

Opening Hours:

10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Any Precautions:

Since it is really crowded on all days, the only thing you need to be careful about is your belongings. Also take care of your kids and do not leave them alone. Visitors are not allowed inside the palace during the festival. The place is well illuminated in the evenings and there are light and sound shows happening every day. Stay back and enjoy.

Type: 

Monument

In the scenic region of Shimoga, rests a magnificent waterfalls that will take your breath away. The second largest drop in India, the Jog Falls will leave you marveling at nature’s myriad ways of expressing beauty. One of the major attractions in Karnataka, the falls are also world renowned and rank 13th in the waterfall database of the world. Also known as the Gerosappa Falls, Jog falls unfold into a mind blowing phenomenon during the monsoons.

 

Known for:

Being the second largest waterfall in India after Nohkalikai falls in Meghalaya. The drop measures approximately 250 meters.

How to Reach:

Shimoga is the major railway station and the bus terminal that connects the falls with other major cities in Karnataka. The Jog falls are located at around 100 kilometers from Shimoga. You can reach the place by bus or hire a taxi. While buses take around 3 to 4 hours to reach the place, cabs can take you within two hours. The prices can be approximately Rs. 150 to 2,500 for buses and taxis respectively.

Approximate Cost:

NA

Operating Hours:

6 AM to 8 PM

Any Precautions:

Being a waterfall, you need to be extra cautious when you are there. Carry enough water and snacks and wear shoes to prevent leeches from seeping in. Carry a camera as the trail to the falls is magnificent. Try to avoid the falls during the monsoons.

Type:

Waterfall

Why you should attend this:

Mysore hosts the festival in all its grandeur and lasts for 10 long days. The entire city is illuminated and you can see the festivities and happiness from wherever you are. Dance, music bands, and street processions mark the festival that is followed by indigenous food preparations and local delicacies. No matter which day you are in during Dusshera, head to Mysore and catch the festivity in its unbiased form.

 

Who should attend:

If you are someone who is excited by well-lit architectural marvels and enjoy being around happening streets and positivity, you should definitely visit Mysore during this festival. It happens in the month of October. 

Why you should attend

An indigenous festival is very similar to Jallikattu, its counterpart in Tamil Nadu. The festival is more of a sport where buffaloes are raced by men in a track to honor the God Kadri Manjunatheshwara. This is done to seek his blessings before the harvest season and is a two-day festival. It is celebrated majorly by farmers and is a delight to see them in action and adventure sports.

 

Who should attend?

If you have been fascinated by adventure sports with buffaloes in Spain and other European countries, you will love this sport in our very own country. It happens during March.

Why you should attend:

Ugadi marks the beginning of new things and events in Karnataka. The term Uge literally translates to new and adi refers to beginnings and hence the name. Being an auspicious time, this is the festival where families buy new clothes, new items and wish for all good things and prosperity to one and all. The event is marked by meeting friends and relatives and spreading happiness and joy followed by wholesome meals. Houses are lit up and streets become flamboyant in the festivity.

 

Who should attend:

If you are into cultural studies and festivities or happen to be in Karnataka during March, head to any of the cities in Karnataka to see how the locals celebrate the birth of their new year. If you are an explorer into diverse cultures and traditions, you will love Karnataka at this time. 

Gokarna has for long been a haven for hippies and travelers from around the world. With the very famous Om beach – a beach in the shape of the Sanskrit letter OM, paradise island and other beaches, Gokarna is the perfect weekened getaway and probably the best alternate to Goa. Buzzing with tourists, there are a number of water sports you can take part in. From parasailing and jet skiing to banana boats and more, the activities are tailored to meet the adventurer in you.

 

Location

Gokarna

For

Families, honeymoon couples and groups of friends

Difficulty Level

Easy to moderate

Approximate Cost

Approximately Rs. 500 onwards for jet skiing per person, approximately Rs. 1000 per person for parasailing and approximately Rs. 300 for banana boat. The prices can go up or down during peak seasons.

Why you should do it?

The clear waters of the Arabian Sea, the tranquility of Gokarna and the clear weather during the summers make the place a perfect spot for water sports. The rides are safe and offer extreme thrills. This is the best place for adventure seekers to have some fun.

Tips

Do not expect the tour operators to accept cards. Stock up cash in advance and pay by currencies. Also, you can combine two or more water sports at reduced prices and indulge in everything the place has to offer.

Probably one of the best  amusement parks India has ever produced, Wonderla is the place for fun, frolic and endless hours of fun. With the range of adventurous rides it offers, Wonderla is exciting, challenging and extremely thrilling to be in. Located at around 30 kilometers from Bengaluru, Wonderla is the place flocked by IT professionals, college students, families and groups of friends from around the country. Be it the rides that offer a freefall, rollercoasters, or the more daunting Maverick, the park ensures you have a great time with your close ones.

 

Location:

28th km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

For:

Families with kids and groups of friends

Difficulty:

Easy to moderate

Approximate Cost:

There are two types of tickets you can get at Wonderla – fasttrack tickets and regular tickets. While the regular tickets cost approximately Rs. 800 and 1000 for kids and adults respectively, the fasttrack tickets cost approximately Rs. 1800 and 1500 for adults and kids.

Why you should do it?

You can call it the Universal Studios of India thanks to the range of rides and thrills it offers. It is also one of the safest and well maintained amusement parks in India, making Wonderla a must visit attraction in Karnataka.

Tips:

Weekends can become very crowded due to the proximity to Bengaluru. If you are in Karnataka during the weekdays, take a day off for Wonderla and go during the weekdays, when you can access all the rides without having to stand in line for long.

Bengaluru has the perfect topography, soil type and climatic conditions for the growth of wine grapes. It receives the perfect amount of rainfall for diverse varieties of grapes like Chardonnay, Reisling, Souvignon Blanc and more to grow. Thanks to this, there are a few vineyards like Grover and Sula producing some of the finest indigenous wines. The best part is that they also conduct wine tours for visitors who are curious to know how wine is made, fermented and bottled. From the process of harvesting the grapes, the tour takes you through an operational factory to give you a glimpse of the nectar getting produced and bottled. There is also a tasting session where you can taste some of their finest reserves.

 

Location:

Grover Vineyards, 95, 1st Main Road, SBM Colony, Anandnagar, Hebbal, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560024

For:

Families and kids, groups of friends and couples

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Approximate Cost:

Approximately Rs 1000 per person including lunch

Why you should do it?

To understand and appreciate the winemaking process and get to know the different grape varieties used. You will understand why wine is not a drink but a culture around the globe. An offbeat family activity unique to Karnataka!

Tips:

This is a one-of-a-kind experience open to everyone. Just go with an open mind and learn the secrets of winemaking from the pros and gift yourself a rare reserve.

Also known as the Mavalli Tiffer Room, MTR is the place every tourist heads to for some pure indulgence with Karnataka cuisine. The restaurant is closed on Mondays but ensure the serve the best of the local cuisines on rest of the six days. You can find a lot of branches of MTR in Bengaluru in prime locations and near metro railway stations.

 

Must Eat: Neer Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Rava Idly

Approximate Cost for Two: Approximately Rs. 300

 Address: 29, Ground Floor, White House, Opp. State Bank Of India HQ, St. Marks Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Contact: 080 22118083

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

For all those of you who love biryani and look forward to Sundays for that special preparation at house, here is one place you should not miss when in Bengaluru. Called the Meghana Foods, the place offers one of the best biryani servings in the city apart from Andhra style meals and snacks. From vegetarian to chicken and mutton, you cannot just have enough of the biryani at Meghana. Make a reservation before you go.

 

Must Eat Biryani and Andhra full meals

Approximate Cost for Two: Approximately Rs. 800

Address: 544, First Floor, CMH Road, Near Indiranagar Metro Station, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038

Contact: 080 4113 5050

Opening Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM

In Mysore, probably one of the best places for seafood and coastal cuisine is Poojari’s Fish Land. This place attracts tourists and visitors not just for its excellent service but for the sumptuous food as well. With perfect and cozy ambience, the place is the best avenue to unwind to some amazing food.

 

Must Eat Prawns, neer dosa, seer fish and chicken ghee roast

Approximate Cost for Two: Approximately Rs. 700

Address: 26 Bangalore Road, Mysuru (Mysore) 570005, India

Contact: +91 94489 78388

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Another stunning microbrewery that is also the place for stand up comedians and DJs to showcase the best of their skills! Big Pitcher regularly organizes themed parties and get together and plays an amazing host to New Year’s party every year. There are five floors in this place that range from dance floors, barbecue spots, specialty restaurants and brewery.

 

Must Eat: Handcrafted beer selections and woodfried pizzas

Opening hours: 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Contact: 080 49653523

Or known as the Arbor Brewing Company, this is the place where the best handcrafted beers are available. Apart from commercial beers, you can find the best of brewed beers in this microbrewery similar to the ones you will find in European countries like Germany and France. The place experiments with a range of fruits and ingredients to offer a taste that is totally different from each of its other tap selections. You just cannot miss going to ABC.

 

Must Eat: Smooth Criminal, Hefeweizen and Fish fingers

Opening hours: 12:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Contact: 080501 44477

This one is for all those of you who appreciate art and all of its forms. Sabala handicrafts is the right place to get hands on with some of the best handicrafts products in Karnataka. The best part about the shopping center is that the profits from the sales go to the women in villages who work on the handicraft items. In Bijapur, it is one place to get all your souvenirs, home décor items and gifts for the special someone.

 

Location

NH13, Bijapur Bypass

Timing

8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Known for

Handicraft items

Bargaining

Since the funds go for a good cause, it is better to restrain from bargaining and pay at the original cost

A haven for the women of your family, Commercial Street offers the best of ladies apparel and accessories at prices that will sweep them off their feet. From fancy slippers and wedding outfits to chick t-shirts and comfy clothing, the place is as commercial as it gets.

 

Location: Commercial Street, Tasker Town, Bengaluru 560001, India

Timing: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Known for: Women’s apparel and accessories

Bargaining: You can get the best deals and clothes at the lowest prices if you know how to bargain.

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