10 BEST SCENIC PLACES IN KARNATAKA

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Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 97 km from Chikmagalur, 94 km from Davanagere, 148 km from Hassan, 208 km from Mangalore, 298 km from Bangalore and 356 km from Panjim, Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga is a city & district headquarters in Karnataka. Famous Jog Falls is situated in Shimoga district, at a distance of 105 km from Shimoga town.

Shimoga district is part of Malnad region and it is also known as the Gateway to Malnad. The district is bounded by the districts of Haveri, Davanagere, Chikmagalur, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. Shivamogga is often referred to as the rice bowl of the Karnataka State. The main rivers of Shimoga are Sharavathi, Varada, Tungabhadra and Kumudavathi, which play a main role in the production of paddy in this region.

There are many legends about the name Shivamogga has evolved. According to one, the name Shivamogga .....


Nature & Scenic | Waterfall

At a distance of 93 Kms from Bangalore (via Kanakapura), 107 Kms from Mysore, Sangama and Mekedatu are two lovely places situated nearby. This is one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore. Sangama is the place where Arakavathi river merges with River Kaveri. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, Mekedatu is a place where river Kaveri flows through a deep and narrow gorge.

Mekedatu means goat's leap in Kannada. River Kaveri flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got its name. It is said that a goat being chased by a tiger saved its life by jumping over the gorge whereas the tiger did not attempt to take the risk and abandoned the chase. When reaching the gorge the river flows ferociously onto the rocks sculpting them into some amazing shapes. The river Kaveri flows through a deep ravine of just 5-10 meter wide. The water flow is very fierce at this place during monsoons making it very dangerous to swim here. .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 60 Kms from Bangalore (situated close to NH207 towards Chik Ballapur), Nandi Hills or Nandidurga is a popular tourist place to visit near Bangalore. It is geographically located close to Skandagiri. With an altitude of about 1,478 meter, it is one of the best places for trekking in Bangalore and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

It gets its name from the ancient Nandi or bull which is meant to be the mount of Lord Shiva. These hills are the source of the rivers Palar, Arkavati and Pennar. It was one of the Tipu's summer retreats. There are about 1,200 steps laid from foot of the hill to reach the top. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple situated at the foot of the hills is a must see place which houses a 1000 year old sculpture of Nandi.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and Tipu's Drop, a 600 ft cliff from where Tipu Sultan used to throw his prisoners, offers a spectacular view of the valley. .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 48 km from Bangalore City Junction, 31 km from Ramanagara and 13 km from Magadi, The Savandurga hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia. Savandurga hills are located at an altitude of 1226 m above the sea level and are also considered to be a part of the Deccan Plateau. This is one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore for trekking and also one of the ideal weekend getaways from Bangalore.

Savandurga consists of two hills, the Billigudda and the Karigudda. They serve as the base for pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple and Narasimha Swamy temple, situated at the base of the hills. The paths leading to these temples are quite uneven and thrilling. Thus, they make it to the wish-list of the rock-climbers, cave-explorers and adventurers.

Savandurga was a prominent place during the Hoysala rule. The hill fort on the top of the hill was .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 20 km from Chikmagalur and 23 km from Baba Budangiri (by road), Mullayanagiri located in Chikmagalur district is the highest peak in Karnataka with an altitude of 1950 meters. It is regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris. Mullayanagiri is one of the best treks in Karnataka and among top sites for trekking places to visit in Chikmagalur.

The peak gets its name from a small temple at the summit, which is dedicated to a Tapasvi Mullappa swamy, who is believed to have meditated at the cave near the summit. For adventure enthusiasts, the location offers an opportunity to engage in activities like mountain biking, trekking and road biking. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, it offers some very interesting trails. The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is connected with Chikmagalur by road. This is 3 km long moderate level trek which is fairly steep and takes about 1.5 hrs to reach .....


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 44 km from Madikeri & 9 km from Bhagamandala, Talacauvery is a beautiful place and the origin of the Cauvery River. It is situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri mountain ranges near Bhagamandala at an altitude of 1276 m above the sea level. It is one of the prime attractions of Coorg region.

At Talacauvery there is a small square tank called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is considered to be the birth place of River Cauvery. Here, River Cauvery emerges as a perennial spring and disappears underground. River Cauvery again emerges at Nagathirtha near Bhagamandala and joins with Kannike and Sujyoti at Triveni Sangam. It is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in Karnataka.

According to legend, Cauvery was held captive by sage Agasthya in a Kamandala, a pot carrying the sacred water. Lord Ganesha in the form of a crow made the Kamndalu to topple at this hill when Sage Agasthya was meditating. This place .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 103 km from Jog Falls, 55 km from Sirsi, 30 km from Kumta, 86 km from Karwar and 24 km from Benne Hole Falls, Yana is a village in Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka. It is well known for the unique rock formations in the Western Ghats.

Yana is famous for two massive rock formations known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 m (390 feet) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 m (300 feet) in height. A cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is found at the base of the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara. Water drips from the projecting rocks over the Shiva lingam, and people call this water as Gangodbhava. The idol of Goddess Parvathi is found at the base of the Mohini Shikhara.

According to mythology, once the demon king Bhasmasura performed penance to acquire a boon from Lord .....


Beach | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 15 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, 65 Kms from Mangalore & 100 Kms from Murudeshwar, St. Mary's Island is a group of small beautiful islands to the north of Malpe Beach near Udupi. It is said that Vasco da Gama first reached this Island before reaching the Kappad Beach (near Calicut) while finding sea route to India.

The island has two beautiful beaches and crystallized basalt rock formations. The unique rock formations scattered through out the island giving a special landscape to the place. The rock formations are one of rarely found in the world. Eastern beach boasts of virgin sands, western beach is entirely made of sea shells. This unspoiled island is a very beautiful place with white sands, coconut trees, blue waters & pleasant atmosphere.

St. Mary's Island can be reached by 30 minutes boat ride from Malpe Beach which is about 10 Kms from Udupi. This .....


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 24 km from Dandeli, 93 km from Sirsi, 120 km from Karwar and 139 km from Gokarna, Kavala caves are the natural caves located in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the popular points of interest in Dandeli.

These caves are formed by volcanic activity ages back and are situated deep with-in the forest. It is believed that these caves have been in existence since the prehistoric times. Currently, the caves are inhabited by numerous snakes and bats. Also known as Limestone Caves or Sidda, these caves are very small in dimension and have a lot of stalagmite formations. At some places the opening gets smaller and visitors need to crawl through.

Visitors need to climb down 375 steps to reach the cave entrance. There is a temple at the entrance of the cave. One has to crawl down 40 feet through winding, narrow tunnels to see the Shivalinga formed naturally. The narrow passage is dark and visitors may .....


Beach | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 7 km from Karwar, Anjadiva Island or Anjadip Island is located in the Arabian Sea in South Goa. Due to the fact that the Island situates about 2 km from Binaga Village in Karnataka it is widely believed that Anjadiva belongs to this State but legally it is a part of Goa.

The Anjadip Island occupied an area of 1.5 sq km, it is the largest of the Karwar Panchadiva chain of five Islands and the other four are Kurnagal, Mudlingud, Devgad and Devragad. Anji stands for five in Tamil and it denotes the 5th Island. This idyllic Island is home to the Indian Navy.

The legendary sailor Vasco Da Gama and a Jewish trader Gaspar Da Gama requested the king of Portugal to create a naval fort at the region of Anjadiva to gain the administrative control of Goa. Anjadiva Fort is present on the Anjadip Island. Currently the fort lies in ruins and the Church of Our Lady of Springs which was constructed in the year 1505 is close .....

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