Karnataka is a South Indian state having a lot of diversity in its geography, culture as well as population. There are urban as well as rural areas in Karnataka, from high-rise buildings to paddy farms. Here are the top 6 cities in Karnataka you should definitely visit.
Some people have heard more of Bengaluru than Karnataka. It is popular for a number of good reasons. Bengaluru is known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. It is the largest city by population in South India with a metropolitan population of about 1.1 crores. To compare. Karnataka has an approximate population of 6.1 crores.
It has a pleasant climate throughout the year, hence many people chose to own a home in Bengaluru. It has one of the best rankings in India and the World in livability. In Bengaluru, you can see people from all places of India and different countries, Bengaluru has beautiful gardens and a rich history and culture.
Bengaluru is undoubtedly the most important city in Karnataka, and it is a must-visit on a Karnataka trip.
Hubli – Dharwad
Hubli and Dharwad are the twin cities in the district of Dharwad. Together, they are the second largest city in Karnataka in terms of population and area. It is a major city in North Karnataka. There are many industries in Hubli.
Hubli can be reached by air, rail, and road. If you visit Hubli, you can definitely experience the culture and traditions of North Karnataka. It is famed for its beautiful handloom textiles. Many notable people from Karnataka hail from Hubli.
There is a lot to see and experience in Hubli – Dharwad. This is one of the destinations you should visit on a Karnataka trip.
Mysore is the third largest city in Karnataka. Mysore is known for its rich culture and history. It is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. It is situated about 145 km from Bengaluru. Many of the cultural and culinary items have the name Mysore in them.
In Mysore, you can see many things such as the Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari Temple situated on the Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens near the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, Mysore Zoo, and many more things. It is world-famous for the Mysore Dasara, in which the procession with elephants is notable.
Mysore is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Karnataka, you should definitely visit it on a Karnataka trip.
Kalaburagi was formerly known as Gulbarga. This is one of the prominent cities of North Karnataka. There are famous Hindu and Muslim religious places in Gulbarga. It was earlier a part of Nizam’s Hyderabad State under British rule.
The famous attractions in Kalaburagi are Gulbarga Fort, Tomb of Khwaja Bande Nawaz, Chincholi, etc. It is associated with the medieval Bahamani Sultanate.
There is a large portion of Muslims in the population of Kalaburagi. You definitely need to visit Kalaburagi on your North Karnataka trip.
Shivamogga, formerly known as Shimoga is a city in Karnataka in the Malenadu region. It is one of the cities selected in the smart cities project. It is known for its beautiful weather, especially during rainy season.
It is located on the banks of river Tunga. There are many tourist places pertaining to natural beauty and environment near Shivamogga. Definitely a city to visit in your Karnataka trip.
Mangalore is a coastal city in Karnataka on the shores of the Arabian sea. There are many ways to reach Mangalore as it is the only city in Karnataka to have all four means of transportation – air, land, sea and rail.
Mangalore has a distinct culture compared to other regions of Karnataka and also has distinct language. Mangalore has beautiful beaches and other tourist sites.
It also has religious sites belonging to many religions. This city is a must-visit in your Karnataka trip.
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