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Hill Stations in Karnataka

Karnataka with its capital at Bangalore is the country's 8th largest state. It is a charming land of Southern India has rich history and culture. It is located at Deccan Plateau, and is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north, Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Kerala to the southwest, Andhra Pradesh to the east and Tamil Nadu to southeast. Karnataka's economy benefits from gold, manganese, oilseed, coffee, silk and sandalwood production. Over 90% of India's gold production comes from south Karnataka.
Karnataka is the largest producer of coffee, raw silk and sandalwood based products.

Karnataka Tourism

With its rich culture and traditional magnificence, it has attracted tourists from all parts of the world. It is among the world's most ancient civilizations and is home to two of the World Heritage Sites – Hampi and Pattadakal. The temples at Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal in Bijapur district are a must visit for all art lovers. The temples of Halebedu, Belur and Somanathapura are great and unique architectural achievements. Some other famous tourist spots in Karnataka include Jog Falls, Shivasamudra Falls, Abbi Falls, The Irrupu falls, Manikyandhara, Kallatti Falls and Chunchanakatte Falls.

The Hill Forts of Karnataka such as Nandi Hill, Savanadurga, Madhugiri, Pavagada, Midigeshi, Ucchangi, Jamalabad, Manzarabad, Kavaledurga, Chitradurga , Basavaraja Durga, Devagad, Kurmagad, Shahapur, Shorapur, Nargund fort, Parasgad and Vallabhgad forts are also very popular with tourists.

Karnataka's forests and wildlife are its priceless natural heritage. The State has some of the largest jungle tracts in the south of the Vindhyas.

Major Hill Stations in Karnataka

Nandi Hills | Coorg

Popular Hill Stations in Karnataka

Nandi Hills: 60 kms north of capital city Bangalore is the summer resort called Nandi Hills. Also known as Nandidurga, it was one of the summer retreats of Tipu Sultan. Nandi Hills was popular with the British too who built bungalows and laid out gardens here. It's a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends. The 1478-m high Nandi Hills is the originating point of many rivers.

Kermana Gundi : In the Tarikere Taluk of Chikmaglur District is a picturesque hamlet - Kemmanugundi, also called K.R.Hills, after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, who made it his favourite summer camp.

Madikeri: Madikeri is a picturesque, charming town situated at an elevation of over 5,000 ft (1,525 m) above sea level. The cool bracing wind whips the hair about your face as you ramble along streets that dip and rise delightfully.

Biligiri Hills: 120 kms from Mysore and 247 kms from Bangalore, the Biligirirangana range of hills is picturesquely situated between the Cauvery and the Tungabhadra rivers. At a height of 5,091 ft above sea level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16 kms. Surrounded by deciduous trees, the forests are teeming with wildlife.

Kudremukh:The Horse-Face Hill Station 95 kms south-west of Chikmaglur town is the Kudremukh (Horse Face) range, so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh Peak.

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. As yet 'undiscovered' by tourists, Kudremukh is a secluded hill station, which retains much of its pristine, natural beauty.

Other Tourist attractions in Karnataka

Chikmagalur : Deriving its name from the headquarters town of Chikmagalur literally meaning younger daughter's town, this hill station features popular attractions such as the Kondadarama Temple, the Jamia Mosque and the new St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Gangamoola : Enveloped by dense forests, this hill station is famous for Goddess Bhagavathi shrine and a Varaha image within a cave. This picturesque hill station is an ideal origin place of three rivers such as the Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi.

The Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace : The Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace is noted for its beautifully carved arches in Islamic style and for the well-preserved Ganapati temple.

Lal Bagh Gardens : This 240 acre expanse of greenery forms one of India's most beautiful gardens. This is another triumph for Hyder Ali. The Glass House -inspired by the Crystal Palace, London. - is at the heart of the gardens. This is the venue for flower shows held here every January and August.

Cubbon Park : was laid out in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then fountains and an august bandstand add to its list of attractions. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have added beauty and cultural wealth. Lush green lawns, shady flowering trees, vibrant flower beds, make Cubbon Park an ideal place for morning joggers.

Mangalore : Mangalore is a vision of palm-fringed beaches, lush green fields and enchanting forests. On the east, the soaring western ghats and the mighty Arabian Sea roaring along its western shores, are its neighbours. With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre .

Belgaum Cantonment : Belgaum Cantonment still retains its old glow, serenity and a sort of isolation. Its ancient shrines, Gothic-style ivy-covered bungalows, cottages, school buildings, beautiful woods and gardens peepul and banyan trees give a feeling of dusk even at noon-time. Its flowering shrubs are a photographer’s delight.

Hotels in Karnataka

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Karnataka Climate:

The weather in Karnataka is generally warm and dry across different regions. The summer season from March to May is hot, very dry and generally uncomfortable. With the onset of monsoon in June, the humidity level rises and the weather becomes slightly bearable due to reduced day temperatures.

The brief winter season lasts from January to February and there is no substantial drop in temperatures. The weather becomes a pleasant one from October to March, covering the post-monsoon and winter seasons. Intermittent spells of rain associated with north-east monsoon affects the south-eastern parts of the state during October to December.

How to reach Karnataka:

By Air : The major airport is Bangalore International Airport where regular flights connect it with all the major metropolis of India
By Rail : Bangalore railway station is the most important railway terminal .
By Road : Excellent road network with all the major cities and tourist hotspots connected to Bangalore.There are number of state highways linking different parts of Karnataka.

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