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    Top 10 Places To Visit In Karnataka

    Originally known as the princely State of Mysore, Karnataka was formed on 1st

    November 1956 and is located in the South-Western region of India. Close to theArabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea, Karnataka is known for its beautiful yetunpopulated beaches and rich culture. The land has also seen the reign of the

    ancient kingdoms of the south such as the Chola, Chera, Vijaynagar, Sathavahanas,Maurya, Hoysala and many more right upto the Mighty Tipu Sultan and subsequently

    the British. Kannada is the main language spoken here and picking up a few localwords can often be very helpful while travelling. The state is famous for its natural,

    cultural and architectural heritage and there are plenty of places one can visit onhis/her trip to Karnataka.

    1.Bangalore

    The capital of Karnataka and the 3rd most populated city in India, Bangalore isoften known by its nickname the silicon valley of India due to it being a major IT

    exporter in India. The city is now known by the Kannada name Bengaluru which

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    literally means The City of Guards. There are however, various different translations

    of this word. The town is famous for its various attractions which include bothmodern and historical place to visit. The various temples, palaces, lakes and forts etc.

    are definitive places to visit. Image CreditsChethan Photography

    2.Mysore

    The down served as the capital of the princely State of Mysore for nearly six

    centuries with distinguished rulers like Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali. The city is alsoknown as the cultural capital of Karnataka and is famous for its various temples,palaces, forts and old churches. The town is known for being the birth place for

    various styles of Indian arts and crafts. Mysore is a major tourist destination in Indiaand should be visited by all who want to experience the rich culture of this historical

    city. Image Creditsramnath bhat

    3.Mangalore

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    Mangalore is located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats and is

    considered to be the 8th most clean city in India. The city has been an important onesince the rule of the ancient kingdoms like the Mauryas, Chalukyas and the Hoysalasetc. however the city saw its golden days of prominence during the reign of Tipu

    Sultan and Hyder Ali. Mangalore was a primary source of tension between Tipu

    Sultan and the British. The city is famous for its amazing beaches and hills and the

    rich culture imbibed within various temples and monuments of the old days. ImageCreditswbayer.com

    4.Hampi

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    Located within the ruins of Vijaynagar, Hampi is a world heritage site and one of the

    most important historical sites across the world. Vijaynagar was the capital of theerstwhile Vijaynagar Kingdom and the ruins are built near the banks of theTungabhadra River. The city has some of the most magnificent buildings and sites

    that display the architectural brilliance of the Vijaynagar rulers. Its various temples

    are heavily frequented by pilgrims and tourists and is a great place to visit. ImageCreditsNagarjun

    5.Coorg

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    Coorg is also known by its native name Kodagu and is located on the slopes of the

    Western Ghats. It is a hilly location and is famous for its lush green surroundings andpleasant climate. It is also an important agricultural town in Karnataka and is famousfor its coffee and paddy fields. The town of coorg is also famous for its natural wealthand a number of various species of flora and fauna. Coorg has various Buddhist

    monasteries that are a must visit. The various festivals and temples attract a huge

    number of tourists to this city. Image CreditsAiel

    6.Bijapur

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    Esablished between the 10th 11th century AD by the Chalukyas and eventually

    came under the reign of the Delhi Sultanate and the Nizam of Hyderabad. Bijapur is

    known for its various historical monuments and forts. There are various temples inthe town that were established in the ancient era of the Deccan kingdoms, however

    the city saw its best days under the Adilshahi Dynasty and has an evidentMohamedian influence in its culture. The various monuments in the city display a

    brilliant Muslim architecture and are some of the best sites to visit. Image Credits

    BinishJohn

    7.Hubli-Dharwad

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    These are the twin cities and are also the commercial and business hub of Northern

    Karnataka. The town Hubli is the fastest growing city after the capital Bangalore andis also known as Chota or small Mumbai. The various temples, lakes and gardens in

    this city are a must visit. The city Dharwad is again another important city of

    Karnataka and is famous for its temples, monuments and is a home to a rich culturaland traditional heritage. The various arts, crafts and festivals in these cities will

    ensure you spend a decent amount of time here. Image Credits Ameyavikram

    8.Badami

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    Badami got its name from the erstwhile reigning dynasty of the Badami Chalukyas

    and is famous for its stone temples and rock cut monuments. The city is historicallysignificant as it has been mentioned in the Hindu mythological texts as well. Thecave temples and the Agastya Teerth are few of the most important pilgrimage spots

    here. What makes the place unique is its peculiar location. It is located in a ravineacross the shores of the Agastya Lake and is a marvelous place to visit. Image

    CreditsMukul Banerjee

    9.Gulbarga

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    The city was founded by the sultans as their capital in the 14th century. Gulbarga is

    known for its various temples and Muslim monuments and memorials. The place isalso been a home to the ancient kingdoms of the South with monuments andbuildings dating back to the reign of the Maurya, Chalukya, Hoysala etc. The localcuisine is amazing and the place should be visited specially to try all of them out.Image Credits iamrawat

    10.Gokarna

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    A small temple town located at the northern part of Karnataka, Gokarna is known

    for its temples and some of the most beautiful beaches in India. The Shiva temple ofMahabaleshwara is prime pilgrim spot in this town and houses what is believed to be

    the original image of lord Shivas lingam. It is one of the most favored holiday

    destinations in the state as its clean and unpopulated beaches are amazing. ImageCredits solitary_harvester

    The State of Karnataka has always been an important region since the reign of the

    ancient southern kingdoms and has played an important part in shaping up thehistory of our country. The pristine locations and the moniker of being one of

    cleanest states in India, Karnataka is an experience everyone must get indulged with.

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