Karnataka is one of the most beautiful destinations in southern India. With picturesque landscapes, plenty historical treasures, a hilly topography and beaches, it has always been a popular tourist destination. While it is frequented by people from all over the world, there are still a few Lesser Known Places in Karnataka.
1. Trek up the Yana Rocks
Karnataka is really all about the natural wilderness and Yana rocks is one of them. You can see a canopy of clouds over the place during rainy season and winters. It is almost an enchanting experience for those who visit the place. You can trek deep into the forested area near Yana to explore the astonishing natural flora and bird species.
2. Pray at the Hoysaleswara Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hoysaleswara Temple is popular for its sculptures that run all along its outer wall. Falling in the same complex, the Hoysaleswara temple and Kedareswara temple are now becoming tourist attractions for its exquisite architecture.
3. Enjoy the experience at Gokak Falls
A waterfall located on the Ghataprabha River in Belgaum district, this fall is just about 6 km away from Gokak. The river takes a leap of a whooping 171 ft over a sandstone cliff, recreating the picturesque Niagara Falls - although, a smaller version of it. Another reason you need to head over to this fall is to visit the riverfront temple built in Chalukyan style, dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara.
4. Head up the Belgaum fort
If you’re in Belgaum and haven’t visited the fort, your trip is certainly incomplete. Built with ramparts and a large moat, the fort holds a number of historical and religious monuments that date back to the Adil Shahi dynasty. There are also a number of temples around the fort that you could head over to.
5. Walk across the Gokarna Beach
A quaint temple town, away from the bustling population, Gokarna is the place to be if you really are taking a break. The Gokarna beach is rustic, unspoiled by tourists and set amidst nature to charm you completely. When the white waves hit the golden beaches, and the sun shines behind them gently, you’ll wish you could stay there forever. Enjoy swimming or a leisure walk across the beach and let the nature do the talking!
6. Explore the Kodachadri Hill
A peak of the Western Ghats, Kodachadri is an unexplored paradise. When you get to exploring it on foot, you’ll come across varied types of flora and fauna, that are bound to leave you astonished. For those with religious beliefs, it is also said that Adi Shankaracharya had meditated at this hill.
7. Visit the Tomb of Pir Sailani Shah
If you’re all about learning cultures and religions, the Tomb of Pir Sailani Shah is a must visit. Built in the Bijapur style of architecture, the tomb is said to be home to the Muslim saint, Pir Sailani Shah. The rectangular halls and the dome are the main attraction of this tomb.
8. Head over to Koorma Gadde
An island located on the Krishna river, Koorma Gadde is just 30 kilometers northeast of the Raichur city. It is said to be the place of origin of Dattatreya and also the samadhi of Sripadavallabha Swami. There is a watchtower here that makes the view resemble a wallpaper.
9. Admire the Ek Minar ki Masjid
A significant attraction for those who love to explore, Ek Minar ki Masjid holds prominence in Raichur’s history. The masjid was made during the period of Mohammed Shah Bahmani in the Persian style of architecture. Its two storey 20 m high minaret will certainly leave you awestruck.
10. Experience the history at Pattabhirama Temple
Constructed between 1530 and 1542, this ancient temple is situated at the southern region of the holy river Tungabhadra, in Bellary. It is the beautiful surroundings on the temple that actually attract tourists from different parts of the country.
11. Feel the chills at Sanduru
One of the most picturesque hill stations, the valley of Sanduru has an outstanding view to offer. The valley is home to natural riches like iron and manganese ores, and a huge fort built by the Maratha rulers, making the destination a must-visit.
12. Spend a day at the Unkal Lake
Located in the sister city of Hubli, Dharwad, the Unkal Lake is perfect to spend a day at. You can truly enjoy the blue waters with boat rides. People love coming here for picnics and watching the sunset. It definitely does offer a break from the crowded city. The Swami Vivekananda statue in the center of the lake adds to the attraction.
13. Visit the Someshwara temple
One of the oldest places in Dharwad, the Someshwara temple was built during the Chalukya dynasty. The idols of Chaturbhuja and Mahishasur Mardini were established here back in time and are a major attraction now. The lush grasslands around the temple add to the aura of this place.
14. Head to the Gulbarga Fort
Built in 1347 by Raja Gulchand, the Gulbarga Fort is located with the Krishna and Bhima rivers flowing nearby. It once housed 15 towers and 26 guns, but now are just embedded remains of Warangal and Bahmani dynasties. If you admire architecture, then this fort should certainly make it to your bucket list as it speaks of the old Islamic cultures.
15. Experience the Narasimha Jhira Water Cave Temple
About a kilometer from Bidar, is the Narsimha Jhira Water Cave Temple. The place isn’t just popular amongst the locals, but also tourists who are religious or adventure seekers. The temple is dedicated to an avtar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha and is built inside a cave under the Manichoola hill range. The water cave runs up to 300 m and the journey to the temple includes walking through waist deep water. Certainly an experience we’d want to come away with!
Karnataka has a lot left unexplored. It depends on how adventurous and willing you are to explore new places, that will determine your experience in the state!
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