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Karnataka

Why visit Karanataka?

Karnataka is a state in southern India which includes thriving cities such as Bangalore, peaceful coffee plantations in the hills, towering temples testament to past dynasties, the largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet and impressive archaeological sites. Its native Kannadiga people are joined by many other ethnic groups and the state has a rich cultural heritage, which is also reflected in its varied cuisine and its many festivals.

Reasons to visit Karnataka include:

  • The cosmopolitan city of Bangalore with its mock Tudor palace, St Mary’s Basilica, Bull Temple, museums and parks
  • Atmospheric Hampi, former capital of Vijayanagara, a vast site consisting of temples, palaces, avenues, elephant stables and ruins
  • See tiger, elephant, gaur, samba deer, sloth bear, wild dog and Malabar squirrel as well as many species of birds in Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks in the Western Ghats
  • Go for a leisurely river ride in a traditional coracle, a great way to take in the scenery as you are rowed skilfully along
  • Tour the twin temples of Belur and Halebidu, both built during the Hoysala dynasty, marvelling at the intricate carvings depicting Hindu mythology
  • Take time out in Coorg, ”˜the Scotland of India’, a hill station surrounded by forested hills and coffee estates, ideal terrain for hiking, walking and bird watching
  • Visit the Tibetan town of Bylakuppe with its ornate Buddhist monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and hundreds of monks and nuns

When to visit

Karnataka can be visited all year, although the monsoon occurs between July and September. The weather is at its most pleasant from November to March, the winter, with temperatures rarely topping 32°C. The weather is hotter from April to June, making this is a good time to visit the hill stations.

How to visit

There are direct flights from the UK to Bangalore, the main gateway for international travellers visiting Karnataka.

Accommodation in Karnataka

Depending on the location you can stay in a modern city hotel, on a working coffee plantation, a stylish resort complete with spa and pool and at a family home set in pretty gardens. The variety of accommodation will be part of your holiday.

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Time: GMT +5 hours

Flight time:

Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.

Visas:

Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health:

There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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