Karnataka

Karnataka

The southern state of Karnataka is among the most culturally, historically, and ecologically diverse states in India. It is home to some of the best-preserved royal architectures in the country. The monuments are not merely reflective of Karnataka ’s art and culture, but also give an insight into the ingenuity of the architects that once walked this land. You even have almost untouched ancient cities still intact, which offer you inexhaustible options for exploration.

The state’s geographical diversity ranges from long beaches of Mangalore to the lush greenery of the Western Ghats. The state has something to satiate every craving of a foreign tourist. It has rigorous treks for the adventurist and serene temples for the spiritual person in you.
Karnataka Cubbon Park
Cubbon Park, which is the biggest park in the heart of Bangalore, has many attractions such as water boat ride through the park and a mini amusement park. The park is host to the State Archeological Museum, which is one of the oldest in the country, established by the British in 1876. The greatest attraction, however, is the huge park itself, which is adorned by many exotic species of trees and plants that total about 6000.
Karnataka Lal Bagh
Lal Bagh, which is located well within the city limits of Bangalore, has a history that dates back to the year 1760, when King Hyder Ali commissioned it. It is home to several trees imported from countries like France, Afghanistan and Persia. Some of the trees are over 100 years old. Lal Bagh has about 1000 species of flora.
Karnataka Bangalore Palace
This palace is an exact replica of the Windsor Castle in England and was commissioned for construction by the British in 1862. The palace is still owned by the descendents of the Wodeyars as it was purchased by the then King of Mysore in 1844. This majestic structure is to be experienced firsthand to do full justice to its beauty.
Karnataka Bangalore Fort
The fort was originally constructed by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda, in the year 1537. It originally is believed to have had a diameter of about a mile but what remain today are just two bastions. Much of the fort was destroyed when the British captured Bangalore in the 1790s. The ruins of the fort stand as a testament to the great Kempe Gowda who is still held in great reverence in Bangalore.
Karnataka Tipu Sultan Summer Palace
This palace is located in the heart of Bangalore and is about 200 years old. It has been beautifully constructed with teak wood, which also gives it the name “Wooden Palace.” It was King Tipu Sultan’s summer abode for as long as he lived. The well-decorated walls and ceiling of this structure are a feast to the eyes.
Karnataka Mysore Palace
This is perhaps the most famous and well-maintained monuments in the whole of Karnataka. Tourists flock this palace throughout the year. It is the most visited monument in India after the Taj Mahal. Mysore Palace is a fusion of Hindu, Rajput, Muslim, and Gothic architectural styles.
Karnataka Places to Visit in Srirangapattana
Srirangapattana has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing such as the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple along with tens of other temples. Tipu’s grave is also a popular tourist attraction in the town. It was built by Tipu Sultan himself and also has the graves of his parents in the vicinity. It is a marble structure and the flag that signified his kingdom still adorns the entrance of his grave. You would also want to visit Daria Daulat Palace and Garden while there. The palace has several of Tipu’s memorabilia, Persian manuscripts and European paintings.
Karnataka Belur-Halebid
Just a short distance from Madikeri, you will find Belur and Halebid in Hassan District. They are just 16 kilometers apart. The Hoysala rulers who were great patrons of art are said to have ruled from these cities in 12th Century AD. The Chennakeshava Temple is the highlight of Belur. You will find several sculptures that represent ancient Hindu mythologies of Ramayana and Mahabharata here. Halebid was the capital of the Hoysala Dynasty and stands as an ode to their architecture. The highlights of this place are Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples.

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