the UNESCO World Heritage site can easily access by Road. There are a number of options to reach Hampi. Your gateway town to Hampi is Hospet, bustling town located just 12 Kms distance to the Hampi ruins. This is the major travel hub from where you can get the travel connections. Hampi can be visited throughout the year, except from April to June, when it is very hot. The beautiful of Hampi and the cultural significance of the village is worth visiting atleast once! Enjoy a beautiful time reminiscing the rich history of our country, found in the ruins of this magnificent village- Hampi! Hampi is a place of many historical monuments and palatial structures, most of which are in ruins today, however plays an important role in tourism today. Palace of Vira Harihara is one such example of exquisite architecture and innate beauty. The Palace in Hampi takes you on a sojourn journey through time showcasing its once towering presence and royalty that walked these lands. The best times to visit Hampi are the month of October - November. October is festival season when the entire country celebrates the festival of Dassehra commemorating the victory of Ram over Ravana, good over evil, as told in the epic Ramayana. The weather is also cool and a gentle breeze sweeps the countryside. November has the annual Hampi Festival to offer.
Gokarna is a place in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka that is a pilgrimage center and also a tourist spot because of its beautiful beaches. It is located at the confluence of two rivers Aganashini and Gangavali, and the place where the rivers converge forms a shape that's similar to the ear of a cow, hence the name, Gokarna (Gokarna in the local language literally means cow's ear). The Mahabaleshwara Shiva Temple in Gokarna makes this place a holy center for Hindus (especially Shaivites) from all over the country Gokarna is fast becoming a favored tourist destination and it has several wonderful beaches that could rival the beaches of Goa. The Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and Om Beach are the five main seaside attractions here. Gokarna is one of the rare places that are holy pilgrimage centers which also attract leisure tourists with equal ease. The beautiful temples and the attractive beaches make Gokarna a prominent tourist destination.
Murudeshwar is a beach getaway visited for Murudeshwara Temple (Shiva Temple) situated right on the Murudeshwar Beach (It has one of the tallest Shiva statues.
Murudeshwar Temple is the most spectacular shore temples in India.
Murudeshwar Beach is a 3 km long idyllic beach stretch and good for a walk and swim
"Netrani Island or Pigeon Island off Murudeshwar offer excellent Scuba diving sites. Many varieties of coral, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps can be seen here. Island is suitable for professional diving."
Kollur is a renowned pilgrimage visited for Mookambika Temple Kollur Mookambika Temple Kollur is where families arrive for "Vidya Aarambh", a special pooja performed before a child starts schooling.It is believed that Adi Shankara installed the idol of deity in the temple 1200 years ago. Mookambika Devi is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi.Temple of Mookambika Devi is one of the 'Seven Muktisthala' pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are Kollur, Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbashi, Koteshwara, Shankaranarayana and Gokarna..
Udupi is a very old temple city located 60 km from Mangalore and is renowned for its Krishna temple, established by Madhvacharya, the founder of the Dvaita philosophy. Udupi is a pilgrimage destination and is visited for temples around it, Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu, and Nagaradhane are some of the cultural traditions of Udupi. The resident over here celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Dusshera and Christmas Yakshagana is a popular fork art Udupi cuisine is very popular all over India and the tradition of this cuisine started in the great kitchens of the Krishna Temple which serve meals in the form of prasada to the thousands of devotees. Manipal within Udupi city is an important educational and medical center in Karnataka. Udupi is often considered a base point to visit Sringeri Mutt, Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple and other pilgrimages in coastal Karnataka (Kumbashi, Mookambika, Murudeshwar etc.
Badami is formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk by the same name, in the Bagalkot
district of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for rock cut and other structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. Landmarks in Badami include cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions and sculptures.
It is located on the banks of river Yagachi. According to inscriptions discovered here, Belur was also referred to as 'Velapuri'. Belur is known as Dakshina Varanasi or South Banaras for its temples. Though Belur and Halebidu and just 16 kms away, they are always referred to as Belur and Halebidu as if they are one. But indeed they are one in their grandeur of erstwhile era. The temples of Belur and Halebid are best known for their south Indian architecture. The temples at both these places are built by renowned architect Jakkanna Acharya (Amarashilpi Jakanaacharya). The temples are carved with scripts of Hindu mythology. The 12th century temple at Belur has many figures known as Madanikas or dancers. It has many pillars of different designs. Later the capital was shifted to Dwarasamudram (Halebid). This temples of Belur and Halebid along with Jain monuments at Shravanabelagola in Hassandistrict are being proposed as UNESCO world heritage site. Halebid is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM Closed on Fridays.
Bhatkal offers you the perfect blend of spiritualism and a fun filled vacation as the place has some beautiful historic temples, pristine beaches and plenty of natural beauty. You will be surely mesmerized by the elegance and beauty of the Kethapayya Narayan temple, which symbolizes the grand Vijayanagara architecture. You can also visit the Khalifa Masjid, the Noor Masjid and the Jamia Masjid which are equally popular. All these monuments offer a pleasant and interesting insight into a bygone era to its visitors. Some other attractions are Bhatkal Light House and Bhatkal Beach.
Kolhapur, known as 'Dakshin Kashi' is one of the most prosperous and joyous city of India in Southern Maharashtra in western Ghats. Kolhapur, the town of goddess Mahalakshmi is gifted with an incredible archeological & cultural heritage, magnificent temples, monuments, forts, lakes and gardens. Kolhapur is world famous for Kolhapuri Chappals & Jaggery. Flushed with tourists all around the year ,city is equally famous for special Kolhapuri Misal and Kolhapur Rassa and many more mouth watering delicacies. The crowning glory of the district of Kolhapur is the Ambabai (Mahalakshmi) Temple, where pilgrims in millions come every year to seek her blessings. There is a strong belief after one worships Lord Balaji at Tirupati, offering prayer to goddess Mahalakshmi is essential to complete the pilgrimage.
The one-time capital of the Adil Shahi kings (1489-1686), Bijapur is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, palaces, fortifications, watchtowers and strong gateways, with the massive Gol Gumbaz dominating the landscape for miles around. Other important monuments include Malik-e-Maidan, one of the world's largest medieval cannons, the high tower of Upli Buruj and Chand Bawdi, the huge city tank with a capacity to hold 20 million liters of water. The architecture of the city and its innumerable monuments tell tourists the story of a city that once had a rich culture and heritage. A recent addition to the city's attractions is the giant Shiva idol just outside the city, off Bijapur-Shindgi road, about two kilometers from Gol Gumbaz.
Mundgod, The Mini Tibet of India is called Doeguling Tibetan Settlement. Dharamshala could be the little Lhasa in India but Mundgod is the mini Tibet in Exile, although place does not have the head quarters of His Highness, the Honorable Dalai Lama, the political and spiritual leader of the Tibetans. Mundgod was a non-descript panchayat town in the State of Karnataka in India. Today it is the repository of Tibetan life and culture. It showcases the life style and ambitions of the Tibetan refugees and reflects the gradual transformation of a traditional society into modernity. It has rightfully earned the name ‘Mini Tibet’. The Government of Karnataka gave 4,000 acres (16 square kilometers) of mostly forested land in Mundgod, near Hubli. (There are four other Tibetan settlements in Karnataka). The Tibetans set up the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod in 1966. Today, it is the largest concentration of Tibetan refugees in the world, exceeding thirteen thousand persons. Mundgod needs a special permit for the foreigner. For the special pass, it would take approximately 2 to 3 months to be cleared from the Indian Home ministry. So if you happen to like this wonderful place, we might need to work out the special pass as soon as possible. The best thing about the pass is valid for a year. So once we have the pass, we can visit this place anytime of the year
The most thrilling spectacle in the entire western region of Karnataka are the world famous Jog Falls. It is Situated on the borders of Shivamogga and North Kanara , 100 Kms from Shivamogga city. The wondrous sight is that of river Sharavathi taking a spectacular leap into the chasm from a height of 900 feet to from the highest waterfalls in India. The river Sharavathi hurtles in 4 distinct cascades. The first of these falls is known as the 'Raja' - the grandest, an unbroken sheet of water, the Raja plunges into the vapour shrouded poll 900 feet below. A few 100 feet way down, with a thunderous gush, Raja is joined by 'Roarer'. Leaping down with great speed in a series of cascades in the Rocket. And a gliding away in a feminine grace ,'Rani'. The effect is greatly heightened by the wild and beautiful region around which is covered with a wealth of luxuriant vegetation. The steps cut into rocks will lead you to the very depths of the fall and shower you with vaporous spray that bounces off these rocks. There is also the splendid view of the Linganamakki dam, which is 1819 feet above sea level built across the river Sharavathi. This dam is the main feeder reservoir of the Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric project in Shivamogga. Shimoga is known as cultural capital of Karnataka. According to history the name is derived from ‘Shiva-Mukha’ – Face of Shiva , ‘Shivana-Mogu’ – Nose of Shiva, ‘Shivana-Mogge’ – Buds of flowers meant for Lord Shiva
Yelllapur is a nature centric getaway on the Ankola (NH-17) - Hubli route.It Yellapur is home to Banana County, a nature / adventure centric getaway resort. Yelllapur can be considered a base point to visit Yana / Sirsi. "Mungdod at 40 kms from Yellapur is a Tibetan Settlement that showcases the culture and lifestyle of Tibetan refugees."
A five-day tour covering the temples of coastal Karnataka including Karwar, Sadashivgad, Devbagh Island, Om Beach, Mahabaleshwara Temple (Gokarna), Murudeshwara Temple & Beach, Maravanthe Beach, Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, St. Mary’s Island (Malpe), Ullal Beach, Someshwara Beach, Pilikula Nisargadhama and Panambur Beach (Mangalore).
Clinging to the south western flank of the Indian Peninsula, Uttara Kannada is a tropical paradise redolent with myths and legends. The gift of life to this strip of land between the Arabian Sea and the Wall of Mountains known as the Western Ghats is brought by the monsoons. Karwar is a very beautiful and picturesque town of the district. The town has lovely beaches, beautiful temples and Forts attracting large number of tourists. Karwar provides a tranquil expanse to discover peace and one's inner self, the poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore himself realised that Karwar beach was (a fit place in which to realise the beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination but reflects the joy of the infinite). This scenic coastal district has 24 beaches which lend themselves beautifully to the worshipers of the sun and sand. With more than 70% of its area under forest cover Uttara Kannada is a colourful canvas of nature. The Sahyadri or the Western Ghats with their rich hilly forest tracts picturesque valleys, spectacular designs of lofty monolithic. Devbagh is a beautiful island beach in Karwar located in the north of Karnataka
Malpe /St Mary’s Islands is 6 Kms from Udupi situated at the mouth of Udyavara river. It is an important port and fishing harbor along with this it is also a beach town. The beaches here are silvery with a breath taking view of the ocean. You can also take a boat ride to St Mary’s Island and view some basalt rock formations. The whole island is rocky.Malpe is a place for total relaxation, you can swim at secluded beaches, go boating or fishing. There are 3 islands namely Daria-Bahadurgad the northernmost, Kari-Illada-Kallu the southern most and Daria-Gadara-Kalluthe situated between the two.Across from the bay lies the island of Darya Bahadurgarh built by Basavappa Nayaka. It also houses the Balarama temple visited by a lot of pilgrims.The other well known temple here is Ananteshwara temple.
It is an isolated stretch that is lined with a fort on its northern end. With natural harbor, clear waters, beautiful seascape and rocky coasts, it promises to be a place for pleasurable holidays. It is becoming a popular tourist spot amongst many visitors from Pune and Mumbai. People love to spend their relaxing vacations here by exploring the deserted beaches and feasting on delicious sea food. Harnai port is the main fishing village. Every evening hundreds of fishing boats come back after fishing and gather to auction their catch. The fish auction is the essential trade step between fish landings and the trade. From temples to beaches and ancient forts, Harnai has it all. It houses four forts viz. Suvarnadurg, Kanakdurg, Goa Fort and Fategad.
Often proclaimed as the gateway to Karnataka the picturesque city of Mangalore lies nestled between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the green, towering hills of the Western Ghats. Named after the deity Mangaladevi, Mangalore has always been a bustling port. Mangalore's natural beauty gives it an edge that is hard to beat. The 132.45 square km city is spread out over the backwaters of the two rivers, Netravati and Gurpura. The Arabian Sea coast is lined by golden beaches dotted with swaying palms. Mangalore has much to offer in terms of natural beauty as well as heritage sites. TheMangaladevi temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims from across the country. Other old temples and buildings that have given Mangalore its character include the Kadri Manjunatha temple, St Aloysius Chapel, the Rosario Cathedral and the Jama Masjid. For those who love the sun and the golden sands, there are stunning beaches like Someshwara and Tannirbavi.
Maravanthe is an idyllic beach near Kundapura, Karnataka. The national highway NH-17 passes close to Maravanthe beach (around 100 meters from the shore) and a stretch of a kilometer of this highway passes through dividing Arabian Sea on one side and the Sauparnika River on the other. Mookambika Temple at Kollur is accessible from Maravanthe.
Agumbe, a small village of the Tirthahalli taluk (home of the great poet Kuvempu) comes under the Malnad region. It is famously known for the beautiful sunsets over the Arabian Sea that can be witnessed from the region. Know for its scenic and serene landscape, it receives the highest rainfall in southern India. Agumbe also has a protected area for the conservation of medicinal plants and tourists from different places flock to Agumbe for its tranquility. The region also comprises of many beautiful water falls. Spread out over 3 sq. km, Agumbe has a population of less than 500 people who mainly depend on the areca plantations and forest produce for living. It also offers very good trekking options for nature lovers and apart from the forest creatures that roam through the foliage; it is home to the longest venomous snake, the iconic King Cobra.
This Safari is located at Tavarekopoa 10 Kms away from Shimoga on B.H Road (N.H 206), Sagar route. Forest department has set-up the Shettihalli Lion Safari, where we can see some Tigers, Lions, Cheeta, Bear, Deer and rare migratory Birds.The safari is spread around an area of 200 Hectares of dense forest.
Elephant camp is 13 Kms from Shimoga on Thirthahalli Road, located on the banks of the Tunga reservoir, every morning all the elephants take their bath and proceed to near by forest for their rounds after 10 A.M.You can also see elephants being trained by training professionals. Elephant from the adjoining forests bathe at this spot before they re-enter their forest abode.
Mandagadde-It is 32 Kms from Shimoga on Thirthahalli Road. It is a Bird Sanctuary on Tunga River. Birds like Egret, Carmorant Darter, Snake Bird are found here. The place is surrounded by dense lush green forest and the flow of river Tunga has created a small island which adds to the beauty. The dense trees on the island provides shelter to migrating birds which migrate from different parts of the world during may season for breeding A high platform is built on the edge of river Tunga for bird watching. Boats are available for a closer watch. There is a watchtower in the premises, which makes bird watching more convenient and frequent. The best time to visit Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is in August, which is the peak season for migration. During this time there are more t.han 5000 birds in the sanctuary. Gajanur Dam is Located 12 kilometers from Shimoga, popularly known as ‘The gateway of Malnad’, is a small village- Gajanur. This small town is enthroned with River Tunga’s presence and is home of many beautifulbirds. Gajanur Dam is built across the River Tunga and is one of the scenic picnic spots for the tourists. The fascinating Hidlumane Falls is a series of cascading falls that offers a refreshing sight to the viewers. The waterfall flows as a series of 6 or 7 falls, each a beautiful sight in its own right. Barkana Falls is one of the ten highest waterfalls in India. The waterfall is located in Balehalli forest area, at a distance of about 7 km from the Agumbe village in Shimoga district of Karnataka. The waterfall has a height of about 850 ft. Dabbe waterfall is situated near Hosagadde village under Sagar taluk in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Dabbe falls are naturally cascading falls that offer an enchanting view to visitors. Achakanya waterfall is one of the less explored natural beauties of Karnataka. The waterfall is located near the village of Aralasurali that lies about 10 km from the town of Thirthahalli in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Chandragutti Fort is a historical place that is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides. The fort is located atop a hill that stands between Soraba taluka and Siddapura in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. The rocky mountain bed of the fort has an altitude of about 848 metres.
Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature. It offers tourists an incomparable mix of scenic beauty. The modern town on the river is surrounded by deciduous forests and a renown wildlife habitat where rare animals and birds roam in deep valleys and hilly terrain. Located 125 KMS. from Goa and well connected for international travelers, Dandeli offers white water rafting, night camps, nature walks, boating, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spotting and angling, along with picnics, eco-tourism, and trips to nearby caves and temples.
Ankola is small picturesque town surrounded by temples, schools, paddy fields and mango groves. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, and has natural beaches.
Dajipur is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts. Rugged mountains and dense forests surround this hilly area. This quiet little place is completely cut-off from human blare. Dajipur is home to bison, wild deer, chital, gawa and many more spectacular wild animals and birds. Situating at 1200 metres above the sea level, it is an exciting and beautiful holiday getaway. An excursion in the vicinity to the Gagangiri Maharaj's Math makes a pleasant outing for the tourists. This scenic resort near the backwaters of the Radhanagari Dam is highly recommended for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. Nearest airport is at Belgaum, nearest railhead is at Kolhapur. It is 490 km away from Mumabi, while 80 km from Kolhapur. But it is only 30 km from Radhanagari.
Ratnagiri is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a port city on the Arabian Sea coast. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the entire Arabian Sea coastal region. It is a land as beautiful as its people simple, soft spoken, easy going and hospitable. Adventurous travelers, holiday makers and nature lovers are drawn to this beautiful paradise. The scenery of this district has been shaped by a its geography and civilization. It has green hills, deep valleys, and emerald green paddy fields. There are a number of stunning beaches. There is something special for every one to enjoy and discover. It has its own specialty of summer fruits like mango, Konkan, jackfruit, cashew nuts, jambulam, karvandas etc. There is a regional specialty-Konkani food, made from rice, fish and coconut. It has a wide variety of wild life, vegetation and birds here. . The Ganpatiphule Temple located nearby is a 400 years old temple located on the beach and perhaps there is no other place to soak in natural serenity better than here. One of the destinations in India which is perhaps most abundantly endowed by nature, Ratnagiri is a charming little beach destination, which lures all travellers for a calming rendezvous with nature. Also a foodie's delight for the authentic Konkan cuisine that is available here, this city can indisputably be called spa for the senses and is ideal for a shortescapade.
Chikmagalur is one of the most serene and picturesque destinations in Karnataka. When translated into English, the meaning of Chikmagalur is sure to raise your eyebrows – it literally means Young Daughter’s Town.
Legend has it that Rukmangada, the ruler of Sakharayapatna had a daughter. This city was given to his daughter as dowry. The town is a quiet and enchanting place. The climate over here is salubrious.
Chikmagalur is a place that hosts all religions. There are religious monuments pertaining to Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam at this place. This place was once a melting pot of different cultures.
Kemmangundi-This hill station is located in the Tarikere Taluk. The hill station is situated at an elevation of about 1400 metres. Also known as the Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station, Kemmangundi was frequented by kings as a summer retreat centre. Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV started this trend during his time of visiting this place in the summers. Mullayanagiri-The highest peak in Karnataka is at Chikmagalur, called the Mullayanagiri. The height of this peak is close to 2000 metres. This peak is supposed to resemble a trekker’s backyard. Mullayanagiri has amazing trekking trails.
The nature walks here are among the best in the country. Located 12 km from Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. On top of the peak there is a small temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, hundreds of Shiva devotees trek all the way up to offer their prayers.
A vacation at the Kudremukh National Park is a different experience from all places to visit in Chikmagalur. This place is located about 96 km from Chikmagalur city. Located in the pristine environs of the Western Ghats, the park is located at an altitude of around 1800 metres above sea level.
This high altitude presents multiple benefits. One of them is the climatic condition of this place. The national park has serene and mild weather even during the harshest summers in the state.
There is a hill here that is shaped like the head of a horse. In Kannada, a horse is called Kudre and the Kannada word for face is Mukha. Hence combining these two words, it becomes Kudremukh or horse’s face. The park is big. There are four sub-ranges here. The entire region is thickly covered with dense forests. There are tea and coffee plantations here in equal measure as well.
Also known as the Chandra Drona Parvatha, Datta Peeta has several high mountain rises. Located in the Baba Budan Giri range, this is a popular tourist destination. The mountain is named after the Muslim saint Baba Budan.
The Baba Budangiri range is very prominent in Chikmagalur. It is a picturesque destination with rich sightseeing attractions. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in this region. This place rises to a peak of about 1900 metres.
The Kalhatti Falls are where nature wraps you in its charm. Over here you experience the elements of nature as pure, refreshing and charming as they come. The magnetism of this waterfall is evident when you see it at close quarters. The surrounding regions of the falls are revitalizing. It makes for a refreshing round of nature walks. Hebbe Falls are yet another picturesque destination in Chikmagalur. The falls are accessed from Kemmangundi hill station. It is located 8 km from this hill station. The falls are surrounded by astonishing greenery. Dense forests, thick foliage, rich flora and hills encompass this region.
The Kadambi Falls captures the essence and mood of Chikmagalur. This enchanting region is full of naturalistic splendours. The falls are a region to visit and witness. You need to feel the pristine waters touching your skin. Experience the purest elements of nature in a world that is cocooned in amazing greenery.
A protected area and Project Tiger area, this wildlife sanctuary is home to a number of wild animals and birds. The flora and fauna that you find here is exotic and worth watching.
Every minute at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is value for time and money. The sanctuary is located between the Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts. It is about 35 km from Chikmagalur town. The sanctuary has a large tiger population. Once inside the sanctuary, you can visit the Kallahathigiri Mountain. This peak is at a height of 1800 metres. Some other hills in the sanctuary are Kemmannugundi and Bababudan Hills. All around you are impressed with unparalleled beauty.
The Sharadamba Temple is located in Shringeri which is a town in Chikmagaluru district. Adi Shankaracharya, the famous Hindu practitioner set up his practice at this place. Located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, the Sharadamba Temple dates back to as early as the 8th century. The Sringeri Sarada peetha is alternatively called the Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetham. Out of 4 Hindu Advaita Mutts, this is one among them. All the four mutts were established by Adi Shankaracharya. The Mutt has a unique culture.
The Coffee Museum captures the essence of Chikmagalur’s status as a haven of coffee plantations amongst Chikmagalur tourist places. It is here that the quality of coffee is evaluated. Training materials are prepared on the best practices to grow and manufacture the finest coffee.
Bhadra Dam was built on the Bhadra River, this dam is used for irrigation storage. It is filled to capacity between the months of June and November. The dam is a source of power for the adjoining villages in this region. There are a number of tourist attractions around this region. You can visit the villages to get a sense of the local culture.
Located in the vicinity of the Baba Budan Giri Hills, Manikyadhara Falls are a highly frequented tourist place. The waterfall is an idyllic location to spend quality time with your family. All around this region, there are impressive trekking trails.
Sindhudurg district is the southern part of the greater tract known as the 'Konkan' which is historically famous for its long coast line and safe harbours. Sindhudurg is accessible by road on the NH-17 which passes through major towns of Kankavli, Kudal and Sawantwadi or by the picturesque journey on the Konkan Railway which stops at Kankavli,Sindhudurg, Kudal and Sawantwadi. This is the Land of Culture and Natural beauty. Sindhudurg is famous for its natural beauty like Beaches, Backwater, Waterfalls and Pilgrimage centres. The major attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beaches. On a clear day, you can see the sea-bed through a depth of 20 ft
Coorg or Kodagu is one of the popular tourist destinations in Karnataka. Coorg, which is situated in the South Western part of Karnataka in the Malnad area of Western Ghats, is primarily a mountainous district that lies at a varied altitude of 900 m to 1715 m above sea level. Coorg, is aptly termed as the Scotland of India and the Kashmir of Karnataka.
The place is famous for its evergreen forests, lush green valleys, misty hills, sprawling coffee plantations, tea estates, orange groves, lofty peaks and fast flowing streams. It is a popular weekend getaway in Southern India, especially for people from neighboring Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Mysore districts of Karnataka and Kannur and Wayanad districts of Kerala.
Coorg offers a magnificent old world charm which is reflected in its sleepy towns. Tourists to Coorg can experience a laidback and relaxing ambience and enjoy a slow paced life owing to the picturesque surroundings that offer breath taking views of both the eastern and western slopes of the Western Ghats.
Coorg houses a lot of scenic attractions that are frequented by visitors and they range from historical monuments such as palaces and forts to ancient temples, ecological parks, waterfalls and sanctuaries. The main attraction of Coorg is Talacauvery which is the origin of Cauvery. Others are the Abbey Falls, Irppu Falls, Mallalli Falls, Madikeri Fort, Madikeri Palace, Raja's Seat, Nalknad Palace and Gadhige (Raja's Tombs).
Some of the famous religious destinations in the vicinity of Coorg are Bhagamandala, the Tibetan Golden Temple, theOmkareshwara Temple, and Talakaveri.
Coorg also offers scenic destinations such as Chelavara Falls, Harangi Dam, Kaveri Nisargadhama, Dubare Elephant Camp,Honnamana Kere, and Mandalapatti. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Nagarhole National Park and the adjacent BandipurNational Park as these are ideal places for nature lovers.
Excellent opportunities for outdoor activities like trekking, golf, angling and river rafting can be chosen here. Most of the trekking trails in Coorg are located in the Brahmagiri Hills of the Western Ghats. The Pushpagiri Hills, Kotebetta, Igguthappa, Nishani Motte andTadiandamol are the other trekking destinations in Coorg.
The Upper Barapole River, situated in the Brahmagiri Hills towards the south of Coorg, is the destination of water sports enthusiasts whereas Valanoor, the backwaters of River Kaveri, is the favorite destination of avid anglers.
Queen of the Deccan, Oxford of the East, and cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is a city with a future that promises to be as interesting as its history. Long-standing bastion of the Maratha empire and home to the legendary Raja Shivaji, the Pune district is marked by magnificent land and forts, testimony to its glorious past. Today, Pune is the centre of traditional Marathi culture, in which education, arts and crafts, and theatre are given pride of place. It has one of India's oldest universities and its numerous colleges attract both Indian and international students, which is probably why it is called the Oxford of the East. Pune is slowly becoming a cosmopolitan city and is now an important commercial centre.
Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. Indeed, the place is great and bountiful, rewarding the visitor with a mix of old-world charm, natural beauty and modernity.
Soaring peaks, breathtaking valleys. Lush flora. Cool, crisp mountain air. This is Mahabaleshwar.Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. En route to Babington Point is Dhom dam, which is a good place to take a break. Or one could visit Old Mahabaleshwar and the famous Panchganga Mandir, which is said to contain the springs of five rivers: Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and the sacred Krishna River. There’s also the Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. En route to Babington Point is Dhom dam, which is a good place to take a break. Or one could visit Old Mahabaleshwar and the famous Panchganga Mandir, which is said to contain the springs of five rivers: Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and the sacred Krishna River. There’s also the Mahabaleshwar Mandir, revered for its Swayambhu Lingam
Mahableshwar is a great holiday destination throughout the year, except for the monsoon months. During the late-June to mid-September period, torrential rains virtually shutdown this hill station, so travel is not advised at this time.
Panchgani derives its names from the five or 'panch' hills around it. At an altitude of 1334 m it is just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38 m translate themselves into a breathtaking 18 km approach offering heart-stopping views of the Krishna River on the one side and the coastal plains on the other. Panchagni is the quintessential residential hill station with an old world charm. This can be seen in the architecture of the British buildings, the Parsi houses and the boarding houses that have been around for a century or more. For glimpses of a vanished era, a special visit can be arranged to some of the old British and Parsi homes.
The walkways are thickly canopied by lush trees and vegetation. The Krishna meanders through tiny hamlets, farms and ravines, hundreds of meters below. Table Land, a flat mountain peak majestically overlooks the coastal plains. Hours can be spent at the bazaar -- Panchgani is one of those rare places that doesn't crowd anyone yet in its own unhurried way deeply touches every visitor.
The twin hill resorts of Khandala and Lonavala have a special attraction for the Mumbai crowd seeking a convenient weekend holiday in the hills.
A mere 3 hours by road from Mumbai, beautifully landscaped Lonavala and Khandala are famous for their seemingly innumerable varieties of chikki. But they also offer many sites worth visiting. Trekking is a good way to get around, but having a vehicle (even a bicycle) is still better, as some points of interest are quite some distance from the main towns.
Other attractions: Bhushi Dam, Valvan Dam, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital, Duke’s Nose, Ryewood Park, Tiger’s Leap.
Amboli at an altitude of 690 m is the last mountain resort before the coastal highlands settle, with a sigh, to form flat beaches. Visit numerous view points for a pleasant view of the lush hills and fertile plain. Seaview Point offers a rare view of the land all the way to the golden Konkan coast. You can spend hours angling for a fish at Hiranya Keshi or picnic at Nagatta Falls, Mahadev Gad and Narayan Gad. For a few days of isolation, Amboli is an ideal Place.
With its long stretch of white sands, and hills covered with cashew, coconut, jackfruit and mango groves lies the pristine and beautiful town of Vengurla. It has two well-known temples: the Shri Devi Sateri temple and the Rameshwar Mandir. Malvan is toady known for its salt pans, Chinese clay pottery and the special Malvani cuisine which is quite distinct from Konkan food.
Sawantwadi is a railhead on the Maharashtra – Goa border and is an access point to visit Vengurla Beach, Amboli Ghat, Aronda backwaters and Tiracol Fort (Goa).
Sawantwadi is renowned for lacquer ware, popularly known as Sawantwadi Lacquer Craft. Wooden toys and artificial fruit making are the other major activities.
Sawantwadi Palace, a heritage property of the Royal family of the region, is constructed using laterite stone. The palace was constructed by Khem Sawant III between 1755 and 1803 and was once a stronghold of the Bhosale Kings as well. The palace has a wide collection of traditional lacquerware goods. The clay and wooden artefacts, ancient paintings and jewellery of the Sawantwadi Royal family can be seen inside the palace. Majority of the paintings belong to the 6th or the 7th century, portraying the lifestyle of the Royal family.
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