One of the many reasons to visit Karnataka is its amazing coastline.
Known as the Karavali Coast, it is home to some truly spectacular beaches, as well as some delicious food. One of the top destinations is Gokarna. With the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian sea on the other, it is known for its beaches and water sports, as well as its temples and historic sites. A visit to the serene St. Mary’s Island and Karwar is must. A huge monolithic statue of Lord Mahavira, called the Mahabali stands at Shravanabelagola. Atop a nearby hill, Chndragiri lie the mortal remains of the great Mauryan ruler, Chnadrgupta Maurya. Further, Karnataka has its own centuries-old traditions of classical and folk music and dances. Some of the most fascinating traditional dance forms are Yakshagana and Dollu Kunitha. It is also known for its vibrant festivals; most famously the extravagant Dussehra celebrations in Mysore, and Makar Sankranti in Kununurra. The city of Mysore is known for its royalty and opulence. Its main attraction is the imposing three-storey Mysuru Palace, built in the Indo-Saracenic style, with Mughal, Hindu, Gothic and Rajput influences. Karnataka is also home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. At a height of 830 feet, Jog Falls in the Shimoga District is said to be the second highest waterfall in the country. Apart from this, there is the majestic Hogenakkal Falls on the Kaveri River. The best time to visit in during the monsoon. Two of the most famous national parks in Karntaka, namely the Bandipore NP and the Nagarhole NP house tigers, sloth bears, elephants, gaurs and several other species of flora and fauna. Karnataka also boasts of the largest Tibetan settlement in South Asia, at Bylakuppe. It’s the home to Buddhist monasteries featuring the unique Tibetan architectural style, such as the Namdroling Monastery and the Golden Temple, which is filled with gold idols and paintings.
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