Why should I visit Karnataka
15 Reasons Everyone Should Visit Karnataka In India
The cultural and linguistic differences between the states of India help make the country both fascinating and extremely diverse. Each state can be vaguely similar at times, but in retrospect they are very different. For its part, the state of Karnataka has numerous features that attract tourists all year round. For those new to Karnataka, here are 15 reasons why you should.
A walk among the ruins
UNESCO recognizes Hampi as a World Heritage Site due to the historical importance of the once glorious city. This quaint, somewhat dilapidated spot in the Bellary district of northern Karnataka has ruins that evoke the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire that ruled southern India in the late Middle Ages. A walk among these ruins of a great dynasty is a moving affair that will fascinate you.
A pioneer of the coffee plantation - Chikmagalur
Every connoisseur can swear by the grace of coffee, and Indians have Chikmagalur in Karnataka to thank for this. The earliest mention of coffee beans in India is ascribed to a Sufi saint named Baba Budan who planted the beans on the slopes of Chikmagalur after arriving from the Middle East. Since then, coffee has emerged as one of the most important sources of income in the Indian agricultural system, which has further enhanced the aesthetic appeal of Chikmagalur.
Largest monolithic statue in the world
At the top of Shravanabelagola Hill in Karnataka stands the largest monolithic statue in the world in all its glory. The Gomateshwara statue is a 60 foot tall statue - nude and minimalist - conforming to the dogmas of Jainism. While it is one thing to see a monolithic statue, it is quite another thing to see the Gomateshwara statue which is craftsmanship on its top.
Unusual dance forms
A few of Karnataka's indigenous dance forms can easily seem eccentric and eccentric, but still be fascinating. Yakshagana is a fusion of dance, music and dialogue in a single interpretation. The same can be said of another dance form, Bhuta Kola (which means "mind play"), although it follows more of the cultic lines. Most of these dance forms come from the coastal districts of Karnataka, also known as Tulunadu.
A gastronomy - delicious and enjoyable
The traditional gastronomy of Karnataka boasts, among other things, Udupi's Masala Dosas, Mysore Pak, fish curry from Mangalore and Pedas from Dharwad. Each of them has an obligation to leave you wanting more.
Largest Buddhist settlement in South India
Tranquility finds its true admirer in this idyllic Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe, a town in the Mysore district. The Bylakuppe monasteries inspire devotion with their sacredness and a hypnotic aroma that permeates the vast halls. The virtues of Buddhism are reflected in every corner and pillar of this must-see Karnataka settlement.
The 200 mile Amazing Coastline
Karnataka's coastline - commonly known as Karavali - includes some of the most spectacular beaches within the rule of three districts, namely Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. For peace and quiet, St. Mary's Island is just a ferry ride from Udupi Harbor. Om Beach in Gokarna should be on your itinerary if you want to add trekking to your ocean experience.
The abundance of western ghats
Western Ghats is a UNESCO biodiversity hotspot. The benevolent mountains are home to myriad species of flora and fauna, some of which attract zoologists from around the world. Karnataka has a great stretch of these Western Ghats within its borders responsible for some of the best tourist attractions the state has to offer.
The opulence of Mysore
Few places in India in ancient times could match the grandeur of Mysore. During the auspicious time of Navaratri, especially on Dussehra day, Mysore returns to its former glory. Foreigners and locals alike flock to Mysore to experience the Jamboo Savari (Elephant March) and bring history to life.
Badami-Aihole-Pattadakal - Heritage Triads
Karnataka has had its fair share of dynasties in the past, of which the will exists in the intricate architecture of Badami, Aihole and Patadakal. UNESCO considered the latter a World Heritage Site, so big is its size. Rock-cut architecture in India had its origins in Aihole and Badami is an architectural extravaganza of sandstone temples and caves; all in scarlet.
Cascades that warm the cockles of your heart
The vibrant state of Karnataka is home to some of the eye-catching waterfalls that keep amazed. Jog Falls in Shimoga District is also the undisputed second highest waterfall in India. This is next to the allure of Abbey, Shivanasamudra, and Irupu Falls, which are modest in size but grandiose by virtue of their own.
The legacy of the Hoysalas
The Hoysala Empire was at its height in the 12th century, paving the way for some of the best architectural landmarks ascribed to Karnataka. The remains of Hoysala's impeccable craftsmanship can be seen in Belur and Halebidu in Hassan District. Both Belur and Halebidu, the capitals of the Hoysala Empire at the time, are must-sees for those with a taste for heritage and architecture.
The Scotland of India - Coorg
The nickname "Scotland of India" is appropriate to the county of Coorg / Kodagu in Karnataka in view of the climatic similarities. Known for its spices and coffee, Kodagu is culturally unique compared to the rest of Karnataka. The predominant residents of the country - Kodavas - follow traditions that are anomalous, if not very inconsistent, with Hinduism.
Karnataka won't burn a hole in your pockets
Accommodation options are plentiful and affordable in Karnataka. Regardless of the district you are in, accommodation and other expenses are not going to put a hole in your pockets, to say the least.
Secular, generally liberal and tourist-friendly
Karnataka is arguably one of the most secular states in India, devoid of racism and xenophobia. The country's law ensures safety and protection for tourists in order to make their stay truly satisfactory, which is reflected in recent statistics, which point to strong growth in the tourism sector in Karnataka.
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