Karnataka Major cities and tourist places





  • It was once capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty. Aihole is a historical town situated on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district.




  • One of the many historic towns in Karnataka is located at the northern part of the State.
  • Known for vesara style of architecture



  • It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Karnataka state. Banavasiis one of the oldest towns in the Karnataka.


Belur and Halebid:


  • The temples of Belur and Halebid are best known for their south Indian architecture.



Hampi or “The City of Ruins”


  • It is an ancient village situated approximately 353 km away from Bangalore. Hampi has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage centre.




  • It is well-known for the group of the 8th century monuments.The monuments at Pattadakal are listed in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.




  • It is one of the finest examples of Stone architecture. The main attraction of Somnathpur is temple dedicated to Lord Channakeshava.




  • It takes its name from the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, one of the main attractions of the town.

Divine Karnataka


Ambalapady is famous for 400 year old temples of Lord Janardhana and Goddess Mahakali.


Anegudde is one of the popular Vinayaka temples in Udupi district which attracts large number of pilgrims.


Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari temple is located at a distance of 30 km north of Mangalore. It is situated on the banks of River Shambavi in Bappanadu village of Mulki.


Belavadi is a national heritage site and one of the important attractions in Karnataka tourism. The temple here is built in Hoysala architecture.


Devarayanadurga is surrounded by forests and several temples including the Yoganarasimha temple and Bhoganarasimha temple are located at the hilltop. Devarayanadurga is also famous for ‘Namada Chilume’.


Dharmasthala, a sacred place, as its name indicates, is a place of the Truth, Faith, Communal harmony and spiritual experience in the Holy Land. Here, everyone enjoyes the generous hospitality, irrespective of caste, creed or class whatsoever.


Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage centre as well as an important tourist destination. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Mahabaleshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.


Guddattu Jaladhivasa Maha Ganapathi Temple is located about 15 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. Guddattu Jaladhivasa Maha Ganapathi Temple is very ancient temple and no body knows when it came to existence.


Hattiangadi is a village located at a distance of 14 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. The ancient temple at Hattiangadi is dedicated to Lord Ganesh popularly known as Siddi Vinayaka.


Horanadu is a place of enchanting natural landscape, ancient temple of the goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed the Adi – Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari.


Idagunji: The main attraction of Idagunji is the temple dedicated to Lord Ganapati. The temple at Idagunji attracts more than 1 million devotees per year. Idagunji is about 14 km southeast of Honnavar.


ISKCON temple at Bangalore is dedicated to lord Krishna. The ISKCON temple is situated on a seven-acre hillock, which is also referred as the ‘Hare Krishna Hill’.


Kadiyali Mahishamardhini Temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. The temple is one of the oldest temples in Udupi district.


Kadri Manjunatha Temple is one of famous and ancient temples located on Kadri hills in Mangalore city.


Kalasa is a small town located on the banks of Bhadra River in Mudigere taluk of Chickmagalur district in Karnataka. The Temple town, Kalasa is home to the Sri Kalaseshwara Temple.


Kamalashile is surrounded by beautiful mountains and evergreen forests with the river Kubja flowing by the side of it. Kamalashile is famous for its ancient Brahmi Durgaparameshwari temple.


Karinjeshwara Temple is situated at a place called Karinja of Kavalamudur village in Bantwal taluk.


Kateel is a temple town located at a distance of 29 km from Mangalore city in Dakshina Kannada district. This sacred place is surrounded by panoramic scenes and attractive greeneries.


Kodyadka Annapoorneshwari temple is situated in Puttige village of Mangalore Taluk. It is located at a distance of 35 km from Mangalore.


Kollur Mookambika Temple, an important seat of Shakti worship is located 40 km from Kundapur Town and about 140 kilometers from Mangalore.


Koodalasangama is at the confluence of the Krishna River and the Malaprabha River in very enchanting surroundings.


Koteshwara is a village located at a distance of 4 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. Koteshwara is a place of religious importance.


Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple located just 3 km from heart of Mangalore city. The beautiful temple at Kudroli id dedicated to Lord Gokarnanatheshwara.


Kudupu Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple is well-known for serpent worship. Main deity Lord Anantha Padmanabha is facing towards the west.


Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is situated in the heart of the village. Kukke Subrahmanya temple is dedicated to lord Subrahmanya, who had manifested with Vasuki.


Omkareshwara Temple is located very near to the heart of the Madikeri. Madikeri is situated in the beautiful Kodagu district in the Western Ghats.


Mangaladevi Templeis located at Bolara in the city of Mangalore, Karnataka state. The Mangaladevi temple is situated just about 3km from southwest of Mangalore city centre.


Male Mahadeshwara Hills, a sacred place for Hindus is located around 140 km from Mysore. It is situated in the eastern parts of Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district.


Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temple is one of the important and sacred temples of Shakti worship.


Melkote popular center of pilgrimage center and has two different temples. Melkote is one of the holy places of Karnataka.


Moodbidri Thousand pillar temple is a large granite temple built in 1430 A.D. The main entrance of the thousand pillar temple, which faces the east, opens onto a wonderful 15 meter tall monolithic pillar called Mahastamba in front of the doorway.


Murudeshwar is a picturesque place, and it is situated between Honnavara and Bhatkal. Bounded by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats, makes Murudeshwar as a favorite picnic spot.


Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple is one of the ancient temples of Karnataka. Lord Nanjundeswara also referred to as Lord Srikanteswara, Vishakanta, Nanjunda.


Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple is located at a distance of 28 km from Mangalore in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.


Nellitheertha Cave Temple is one of the sacred places in Dakshina Kannada district. Inside, one can find a beautiful lake and a Shiva Linga.


Padubidri is located in coastal district, Udupi on National Highway 17. Padubidri is also known as Padubidre or Paddedra in Tulu language.


Pajaka is birthplace of Dwaita philosopher Madhwacharya. The Kunjaragiri Durga temple is also a charming place to visit. There is also a Parashurama temple nearby.


Polali, an important seat of Shakti worship is located at a distance of 30 km from Mangalore and situated about 200 yards from the Phalguni River


Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This is an ancient temple of said to be constructed in 12th Century.


Sahasralinga is a pilgrim place located at a distance of 17 km from Sirsi in Uttara kannada district.


Saundatti Yellamma Temple is located in Belgaum district at a distance of 70 km from its district headquarters.


Savadatti Yellamma Temple or also known as Savadatti Renuka Yellamma Temple is popular temple in Savadatti, Belgaum district.


Shankaranarayana The uniqueness of Shankaranarayana is that this is one of the rare temples where we can see the confluence of Shankara (Lord Shiva) and Narayana (Lord Vishnu).


Sharavu Maha Ganapathi Kshetra is one of famous ancient temples located in the heart of Mangalore city.


Shishileshwara Temple is situated on the banks of Kapila River in Shishila village of Belthangady Taluk. This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha.


Shraravanabelagola is one of the important Jain pilgrim centers in Karnataka. Shravanabelagola is popular for its scenic beauty as well as for its religious sanctity.


Somanathapura Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest master pieces of Hoysala Architecture is located at Somanathapura. This temple was constructed in 1268 by Soma, a Dandanayaka under Hoysala king Narasimha III, during the Hoysala Empire was ruling South India.


Sirsi Marikamba Temple is main attraction and it is one of the important seats of shakti worship in Karnataka. Sirsi Marikamba temple is temple famous for its Kavi art.


Southadka is a pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.


Sringeri is a picturesque town and pilgrim centre located in the heart of the Malnad with rich vegetation and pleasant climate.


Talakad was a capital of the Gangas from 350 to 999 AD. Then, it was the capital for several dynasties that ruled over Karnataka.


Ulavi Channabasaveshwara Temple is located in a picturesque location of Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada (North Kanara) district. Ulavi is a famous pilgrimage center for Veerashaivas.


Udupi Krishna Temple is the first among the seven places of pilgrimage. The famous Krishna temple in Udupi, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna, which is richly decorated with jewels.


Virupaksha Temple s the most important center of pilgrimage in Hampi moreover is considered one of the most sacred over the centuries.


Temples in South Canara List of Temples in Dakshina Kannada District.
Karnataka Beaches
Gokarna is famous for its beautiful virgin beaches and breathtaking landscapes.


Karwar is a good starting point for the journey to discover the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar is one of the perfect holiday destinations.


Kaup Beach is one of the famous beaches of Karnataka where tourists enjoy the beauty of the environment.


Kurumgad Beach is a tortoise shaped Island and is located about 4 km away from Karwar.


Malpe is a located about 5 km to the west of Udupi. An important port and fishing harbor along the Karnataka coast.


Marawanthe is a beach located at a distance of 12 km from Kundapur town of Udupi district. Marawanthe beach is one of the must visit tourist spots of Karnataka.


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