Karnataka

Karnataka

Things to do - general

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.

CountryIndia
Visa requirementsVisa is required for citizens of most nationalities to enter India.
Languages spokenKannada 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.
Area (km2)191791

Sports & nature

Karnataka is blessed by nature and is endowed with mountains, rivers, beaches, waterfalls and forests. The western ghats region is a bio diversity hot spot. There are 5 wild life parks and 22 sanctuaries in Karnataka spread over 6500 Sq Kms which are home to 20% of the elephants and 10% of tigers in India. Sports and nature image
Architecture & Sculpture Tour to Belur & Halebid

Architecture & Sculpture Tour to Belur & Halebid

Belur & Halebid
The Hoysala wonders of  Belur and Halebid make for a memorable day trip from Bangalore. Key highligh More info
Bangalore City Experience

Bangalore City Experience

Bangalore
Bangalore city tour is a day trip in Bangalore organized in a private vehicle to the best places to More info
Bewitching Ruins Trail to Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal - 7 days

Bewitching Ruins Trail to Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal - 7 days

Hampi
Bewitching Ruins Trail is a 7 day guided experiential tour to Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal & Aihole More info
Bharatnatyam dance experience

Bharatnatyam dance experience

Bangalore
Bharatnatyam Dance Experience is a half-day dance tour where guests have fun while learning one of t More info
Bouldering , Hiking & Safari in Kolar

Bouldering , Hiking & Safari in Kolar

Kolar
Bouldering & Safari is a day trip from Bangalore to Kolar. Key highlights include  bouldering ov More info
Bouldering Trail to Kolar Gold Mines - Weekend

Bouldering Trail to Kolar Gold Mines - Weekend

Kolar
Bouldering Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalore to Kolar. Key high More info
Coffee Plantation Trail to Coorg & Chikmagalur

Coffee Plantation Trail to Coorg & Chikmagalur

Karnataka
Coffee Plantation Trail is a 7-day experiential tour across the Coffee growing region of Coorg & More info
Countryside Escape & Dance Trail

Countryside Escape & Dance Trail

Bangalore
Bangalore countryside escape is a day trip in Bangalore organized in a private vehicle. The highligh More info
Curse of Talakad & Somnathpur Mystery

Curse of Talakad & Somnathpur Mystery

Talakadu
Somnathpur, the remarkable Hoysala style temple and Talakad, famous for its sand dunes and the Queen More info
Impregnable Fort of Chitradurga

Impregnable Fort of Chitradurga

Chitradurga
Chitradurga is a magnificent fort from the 17th century and is located 200 KMs north of Bangalore. I More info
Organic Farming & Culture trail to Mysore-Weekend

Organic Farming & Culture trail to Mysore-Weekend

Mysore
Organic Farming & Cultural Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalor More info
Palaces & Museums of Mysore

Palaces & Museums of Mysore

Mysore
Mysore is most famous for its Royal Palaces and on this day trip from Bangalore, you will get to exp More info
Royal Heritage & Cultural Trail to Mysore - Weekend

Royal Heritage & Cultural Trail to Mysore - Weekend

Mysore
Royal Heritage & Cultural Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalore More info
Sacred Bull Walking Tour

Sacred Bull Walking Tour

Bangalore
On this walking tour, experience the cultural heritage of Bangalore through its gardens, temples, an More info
Stone Marvels Trail to Belur & Halebid - Weekend

Stone Marvels Trail to Belur & Halebid - Weekend

Belur & Halebid
Price per person from Rs 10
Stone Marvels Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalore to the Hoysala More info
Street shopping in Bazaars of Bangalore

Street shopping in Bazaars of Bangalore

Bangalore
The best stories of a city are often heard in its bazaars! Bangalore is no different and a great way More info
Village Folk Art & Toy Making

Village Folk Art & Toy Making

Karnataka
This is a culture tour organized as a day trip from Bangalore where guests get to meet and interact More info
Walking tour of Malleswaram

Walking tour of Malleswaram

Bangalore
Experience a cultural immersion on this walking tour in Malleswaram, one of the oldest neighborhoods More info
Western Ghats Rainforest trail

Western Ghats Rainforest trail

Karnataka
The Western Ghats Rainforests Trail is a 6-day experiential tour across the rain forests of Agumbe, More info
World's largest statue- Shravanabelagola

World's largest statue- Shravanabelagola

Karnataka
Shravanabelagola  is the world’s largest monolith and a day tour from Bangalore. The 58 feet t More info