5 Awesome Travel Locations in Karnataka


Karnataka’s tourism is very vast including Mysuru, Hampi, Badami, Pattadakallu, Dandeli, Chikkmagaluru and many other places. Here I have picked only 5 places because one blog post wouldn’t be enough to write about whole Karnataka 🙂


1. Gokarna


Gokarna means Cow’s ear. According to mythology, in this place, Shiva emerges from Cow’s ear. Shiva gave Atmalinga to Ravana and said that if it is kept on earth it cannot be taken back. Ganesha changed his form, came in front of Ravana and made him keep this Atmalinga in Gokarna. From that day Atmalinga is settled here and worshipped by devotees.

That is the brief story of this holy place.


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Gokarna is also known for beaches. Can you believe that in this small city there are 5 beaches? Yes! Gokarna Beach, Paradise Beach, Om Beach & Kudle Beach are the names of beaches.

This place is usually calm and less crowded making it a peaceful place for travel lovers.


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How to reach: There are direct buses from Bengaluru to Gokarna. If you are taking a train then Ankola is the nearest Railway station & Goa is the nearest airport.


2. Murudeshwara


One more temple city of Karnataka. Murudeshwar is another name of the God Shiva.

Murudeshwara Shiva statue is the second tallest statue in the world (Kailashnath Mahadev statue is the first). The Arabian sea forms the coast of Murudeshwara city.

The Gopuram of this temple is 20 stories tall and you can go till the last floor through the lift. Shiva statue and the city looks beautiful from the top floor.



How to reach:  There are direct buses to Murudeshwara from major cities like Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mumbai etc. Nearest Railway station & Airport are in Mangalore city.


3. Horanadu


Horandu is a small village in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka. Horanadu is famous for its ‘Annapurneshwari temple’ where god Annapurneshwari is the main deity.


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There are many locations around Horandu such as Kalasa, Kyatanamakki Hill Station, Sringeri, Kudremukha(National Park), Belur, Halebidu (Known for caves) and many other attractions.

You can plan for 3-4 days trip to see these places. Places like Dharmasthala, Horanadu, Kalasa are devotional places whereas Belur, Halebidu is a historical place. Hence it will be perfect for family and kids.


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Lush greenery, mountains, fields, and rivers make Horanadu immensely beautiful.

How to reach: Many buses connect to Horanadu from Bengaluru & other major cities of Karnataka.


4. Gol Gumbaz



Gol Gumbaz is a tomb built for Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. Gol Gumbaz is popularly known as Gola Gummata in Karnataka & Taj Mahal of South India.

Gagan Mahala, Ibrahim Rouza, Uppali Buruz, Bara Kaman, Museum & Taj Bawdi are the places to see around Gol Gumbaz. It takes almost a day to explore all these places.

It is truly an architectural beauty with 7 stories on 4 sides of the tomb. There is a whispering gallery at the top of the floor where you can listen to your echoed voice. You need to climb the stairs to reach the top floor where the entire city can be seen.

You can notice the fine architecture designs on the outside & inside of Gol Gumbaz. One of the finest places in Bijapur and is fun with family and kids.

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How to reach: KSRTC buses are available making the connection easier. It is approximately 500kms from Bengaluru.


5. Jog Falls


Jog Falls is the beautiful waterfall created from the Sharavati river in Shimoga district. The height of this falls is 830ft and has a breathtaking view from all four sides.

Four small falls Raja, Rani Rocket & Roarer make Jog Falls one of the biggest waterfalls in India.



You can reach the bottom of the falls through steps. Enjoy the beautiful water dropping from heights. Nature will never fail to impress you!

Going down through steps is easy but climbing them back is difficult. There are many other tourist attractions around Jog such as Sagar, Dams, Sirsi etc.

How to reach: Many prefer the road to reach Jog Falls. Buses are available till Shimoga & then to Jog falls. Shimoga is the nearest Railway station & Mangalore is the nearest airport.


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44 thoughts on “5 Awesome Travel Locations in Karnataka

  1. aditi says:

    Karnataka is a beautiful place to explore❤️

    1. Hackytips says:


  2. Fabulous post! You’ve covered so many great places ❤️

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  3. Prerna Wahi says:

    This is a lovely post and I really enjoyed the way you have covered all key highlights of whole of Karnataka in a single post. I have not visited any of these and am tempted to do that soon!

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m glad you find it useful. Thanks Prerna.

  4. Vartika says:

    Bangalore indeed has many wonderful weekend gateways around it and all are worth a visit. I have been to a few places you have mentioned, rest gorgeous too

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s great 🙂 Glad to know that you lived in Bengaluru.

  5. What a fabulous list this is! I have only visited Jog Falls of all teh places you mentioned. Feeling a tad disappointed that despite living in Bangalore for so long I missed out on the others.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Plan for one more trip 🙂 They are definitely worth visiting.

  6. I believe Gokarna has one of the most underrated beaches in India. Good post on lesser known places.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah 🙁 There are many such places which have a lot to offer.

  7. Great place. I’m noting it down surely. Especially for the love of beaches!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Don’t miss Gokarna 🙂

  8. vidhya29 says:

    Itss a beautiful place!!! Loved reading the article

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m glad 🙂

  9. That’s a lovely Karnataka darshan, Sanjota! I have been to Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg in Karnataka, that itself were so beautiful. Gives you a glimpse into what the state has to offer. 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      Totally agree 🙂

  10. eshachaks says:

    Amazing post… So many places to visit…I really want to visit Gokarna.. Hopefully soon

    1. Hackytips says:

      You will love it. Place is amazingly calm 🙂

  11. I didn’t knew about places other than Jog falls. Total travel goals/ Loved it.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you :*

  12. Abu Zaid says:

    I think Karnataka is a beautiful place to visit especially for the beach. Thank you for share.

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome!

  13. Oh waoo so many beautiful places and that video of the fall amazing.. love nature 👍🏻

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 😊

  14. Karnataka is AWESOME and Beautiful! Very refreshing views!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  15. I have been to jog falls, they are amazing. will visit this place soon. as we have plan for coorg too.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Awesome 🙂 have a great time ahead.

  16. Yonnah M says:

    Jog Falls looks so amazing. That would be a beautiful experience to see it in person.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah. It is breathtaking!

  17. I never knew that Karnataka has such wonderful places. Would love to explore them

    1. Hackytips says:

      Sure! 🙂

  18. jessmaca says:

    Where to begin? Gol Gumbaz is calling my name! The architecture and integral beauty is breath taking I would love to climb to the top and view the city.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Haha 🙂 You can visit the place.

  19. bloggeray says:

    I don’t remember another post on the #XploreBharat blog train that had this sort of quick statewide tour. Thanks for this. That waterfall video is amazing. So soothing to the eyes and soul! 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂 I’m glad to hear this.

  20. Jessica says:

    Wow! We’d love to visit India one day.

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are most welcome 🙂

  21. India is on my list of places to go! Such beautiful scenery and authentic culture. Gokana looks like it would be my favorite

    1. Hackytips says:

      Oh great 🙂 Enjoy!

  22. Ni says:

    I am actually traveling to India in the next two years, Its on my bucketlist!

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s great!

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