10 Best Places To Visit In Karnataka This August

OT Staff


Karnataka is home to hill stations, beach towns and heritage sites where nature, culture and history blend seamlessly. Its refreshing climate and the hospitality of its people make it a favourite with visitors all year round.

An egret in Nagarhole National Park | Shutterstock


This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. It is home to more than 450 Hindu temples and monuments. Notable attractions include the Vittala Temple, Lotus Mahal and the Virupaksha Temple.

Ssunset at the Virupaksha Temple | Shutterstock


A place where lush forests meet the Kali River, Dandeli is home to a national park, the Sathoddi Falls and the Ulavi Temple. Adventurers can partake in a variety of activities like mountain biking, trekking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking and river rafting while here.

The Kali River in Dandeli | Shutterstock


The coffee plantations of Chikmagalur beckon visitors with their cool and refreshing monsoonal climate. Climb Mullayanagiri, Karnataka’s highest peak, swim in the clear waters of Hebbe Falls, and check out the Baba Budangiri shrine.

The Baba Budangiri Hills of Chikmagalur | Shutterstock


Belur is famous for its Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Don’t miss the Sankaresvara Temple, the town’s oldest temple, the Pathaleshwara Temple, and the Amrutheswara Temple ruins.

The Chennakeshava Temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture | Shutterstock


Nicknamed “the Cherrapunji of South India” due to the amount of rainfall it receives, Agumbe makes for a delightful summer getaway. It is home to a rainforest research station, the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, a 17th-century Jain Temple in the Kundadri Hills, etc.

The Koodlu Theertha Falls in Agumbe | Shutterstock

Nandi Hills

This place gets tourists all year round because of its temples, forts and gorgeous lake. Cycling and trekking are the most popular activities with visitors. The hills are also rich in birdlife like the yellow-throated bulbul and Malabar whistling thrush.

The view from Nandi Hills | Shutterstock


No list would be complete without mentioning Coorg, also known as Kodagu. The “Scotland of India” is a hill station abounding in coffee plantations, cascading waterfalls, lakes, ancient temples, monasteries and forts. Trek, river raft, eat the local cuisine and relax when you're here.

A lake in Coorg | Shutterstock


This temple town is also a beach paradise. Check out the Mahabaleshwar and Idagunji Ganapati temples, eat sumptuous seafood, relax on one of Gokarna's many beaches, and visit the unique geological formations of the Yana Caves.

A Shiva statue in Gokarna | Shutterstock


Further down the coast is Maravanthe, where you can stroll along the beach while drinking in the gorgeous sunsets of the region. The pristine beauty of its white sands has garnered it the nickname of “Virgin Beach.”

Maravanthe Beach has splendid sunsets | Wikimedia Commons


This town is famous for its rock cut monuments like the Badami Cave Temples, where carvings depict Shiva and Vishnu in various avatars. Agastya Lake, the Badami Fort, the two Bhutanatha temples and the Archaeological Museum are some of its must-visit sites.

A rock cut carving in the Badami Cave Temples | Shutterstock

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