Places in Karnataka & Bengaluru
This region includes Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, a bustling, buzzing hub of IT, shopping, dining and crazy traffic. If all that gets too much, you can limber up for some Ashtanga yoga at Mysore where a slower pace is dutifully rewarded. South of Mysore, Bandipur National Park includes the sanctuaries of Nugarhole, Mudalmai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala.
One of South India’s most famous tourist destinations, Mysuru (which recently changed its name from Mysore) is known for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings. Its World Heritage–listed palace may be what brings most travellers here, but it’s also a thriving centre for the production of premium silk, sandalwood and incense.
Northern Karnataka includes territory in the north-eastern pocket of the state bordered by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. This area includes destinations such as Bijapur and Badami, known for its ancient caves and temples, to Bidar with its famous 15th-century fort, right up in the far north.
Tours and activities
Private Tour: Mysore Palace and Srirangapatna Day Trip from Bangalore
Discover the old-world charm of Mysore on a private day trip from Bangalore! Stop along the way in Srirangapatna, an ancient city of great religious and cultural importance, and visit Tipu Sultan's Dariya Daulat Pala...
Tips and articles
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Towering temples of South India
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