Karnataka is a State located in the south west part of India. It is a fantastic destination for experiential tourism courtesy its diversity in people, culture and natural landscapes. Kannada is the language of the majority of its people and those who natively speak this language are called Kannadigas. Karnataka is also home to Tuluvas, Kodavas, Konakanis, Tibetan Buddhists and tribes like Oligas, Yeravas, Todas and Siddhis. The colorful landscape, people and cultures makes Karnataka a great choice for experiential tours. The fact that it is not yet in the main route of experiential tourism as well as motorcycle tours, makes it a hidden gem.
Here is a list of great trails for experiencing the best of Karnataka-
Coastal Trail- Karnataka enjoys a 300 km coastline which stretches from Mangalore in the south to Karwar in the north. National Highway-7 is an incredibly scenic road to travel. Pristine beaches dot the malabar coast all along. Some of the beaches are good for water sports while others are famous for their marine life.
Malnad Trail- Malnad is the region in Karnataka which covers the western and ester sloped of the Western Ghat mountain range. Most of this area is covered with forests and is green due to the heavy rainfall. 23 Rivers, several hill stations like Chikmagalur, Sakleshpur, Kudremukh and coffee plantations make Malnad a picturesque destination for experiential tours.
Ruins Trail- Karnataka is also home to magnificent ruins of great Empires of the past. Hampi was the seat of the legendary Vijaynagar Empire and its ruins make for the world’s largest open air museum. Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole is where one can find the remains of the great Chalukya empire. A tour though these ruins is a surreal experience as you travel back into the past.
Mysore & Coorg are steeped in history & culture and make for a fantastic experiential holiday destination. Tours to this part of Karnataka transports you to a bygone era of Royalty. Coorg is rich in both natural landscapes as well as culture and traditions. It is quite an experience to spend some time with the people here who have a unique set of traditions and customs.
|Visa requirements||Visa is required for citizens of most nationalities to enter India.|
|Languages spoken||Kannada is the main language while Tulu, Konkani, Kodava Takk, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Malayalam are spoken in some parts. Tribal languages in Karnataka are spoken by the communities of Koraga, Badaga, Yerava, Irula, Soliga, Gouli, Jenukuruba and Bettakuruba.|