Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru Palace

Among the grandest of India’s royal buildings, this was the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. The original palace was gutted by fire in 1897; the one you see today was completed in 1912 by English architect Henry Irwin…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Hampi

Vittala Temple

The undisputed highlight of the Hampi ruins, the 16th-century Vittala Temple stands amid the boulders 2km from Hampi Bazaar. Work possibly started on the temple during the reign of Krishnadevaraya (r 1509–29). It wa…
Top Choice Fort in Bidar

Bidar Fort

Keep aside a few hours for peacefully wandering around the remnants of this magnificent 15th-century fort, the largest in South India – and once administrative capital of much of the region. Surrounded by a triple m…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Hampi

Virupaksha Temple

The focal point of Hampi Bazaar is the Virupaksha Temple, one of the city’s oldest structures, and Hampi’s only remaining working temple. The main gopuram (gateway tower), almost 50m high, was built in 1442, with a …
Top Choice Monument in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Ibrahim Rouza

The beautiful Ibrahim Rouza is among the most elegant and finely proportioned Islamic monuments in India. Its 24m-high minarets are said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal, and its tale is similarly poignant: b…
Top Choice Gallery in Bengaluru

National Gallery of Modern Art

Housed in a century-year-old mansion – the former vacation home of the Raja of Mysuru – this world-class art museum showcases an impressive permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions. The Old Wing exhibits…
Top Choice Beach in Gokarna

Om Beach

One of Karnataka's best beaches, Gokarna’s most famous stretch of sand twists and turns over several kilometres in a form that resembles the outline of an Om symbol. It’s comprises several gorgeous coves, with wide …
Top Choice Monument in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Golgumbaz

Set in tranquil gardens, the magnificent Golgumbaz mausoleum houses the tombs of emperor Mohammed Adil Shah (r 1627–56), his two wives, his mistress (Rambha), one of his daughters and a grandson. Octagonal seven-sto…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gokarna

Mahaganapati Temple

Deeply atmospheric temple complex, encircled by lanes, but peaceful inside. Here there's a (rare) stone statue of an upright, standing Ganesh, said to be over 1500 years old, who is depicted with a flat head – said …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gokarna

Mahabaleshwara Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is a profoundly spiritual temple, built of granite by Mayurasharma of the Kadamba dynasty and said to date back to the 4th century. Hindus believe it brings blessings to pilgrims who ev…