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43. Bidar

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Situated in the state of Karnataka, Bidar is a city with great historic significance, tinted in the shade of past and glorified with rich culture and heritage

44. Hassan

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Hassan is located 187kms from Bangalore, lying in the Malnad and Maidan districts of Karnataka and is often referred to as the temple -architecture capital of Karnataka.

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45. Talakadu

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Talakad is a small mystical town steeped in the glorious past and heritage nestled on the left banks of River Kaveri.

46. Horanadu

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Horanadu is a quaint little village boasting of pristine nature in and around. It is most famous for the Goddess Annapoorneeshwari Temple and its beautiful sights.

47. Ramanagaram

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Set amidst the challenging rocky hillocks and lush green surroundings, Ramnagaram is a popular weekend getaway for Bengaluru folks.

48. Madikeri

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Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg, Madikeri is a quaint hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view.

49. Kundapur

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Culturally rich, treasure trove of mesmerizing nature and environ of spirituality define this temple town, known as Kundapur, of Karnataka to its best.

50. Kumta

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Lying on the coastline of Arabian Sea, offering the tantalizing beaches, fascinating black rocks, tell-tale temples and sprawling greenery, Kumta is all about relaxing, unwinding and solitude.

51. Davangere

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Steeped in rich past, culture and heritage, Davanagere is a place to witness the beautiful architectural marvels.

52. Shivanasamundram Falls

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Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamundram is essentially a hydropower project location but is more commonly known for its waterfalls.

53. Belgaum

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Belgaum, also known as Belagavi is a vibrant little city in the state of Karnataka. Located on the northern foothills of the Western Ghats, Belgaum city serves as the Administrative headquarters of Belgaum District which shares its borders with the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Goa.

54. Karkala

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Karkala also serves as an important religious center for Jains and Hindus and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

55. Kukke Subramanya

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Known for the Subramanya temple with Subramanya, lord of all serpents as the deity, Kukke Subramanya is a village with beautiful landscapes all around.

56. Tumkur

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Tumkur is a city located on the hills of Devarayadurga, in the southern state of Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of 69 kilometres from Bangalore. Tumkur is widely appreciated as an educational paradise due to its several prestigious educational institutes.

57. Kudremukh Peak Trek

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At an altitude of 1894 m above sea level, the Kudremukh Peak is a paradise for trekkers and naturists alike, with its mountainous paths and floral and faunal diversity.

58. Belur

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Nestled on the banks of River Yagachi in Hassan District of Karnataka, the town of Belur along with its twin town of Halebid located 16 km away, houses exquisite temples reflecting the exemplary artistic taste and technique of temple builders of the yore. This small town was the capital of the mighty Hoysala empire and their engineering genius can still be witnessed in the temples that stand here today. Some of the important shrines that are housed here include Chennakesava Temple and Kappe Chennigaray, both of which are exemplary Dravidian peices of architecture.

59. Kalasa

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Kalasa, also known as the temple town is located in Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka. The beautiful city lies on the banks of the Bhadra River. The reasons behind the birth of the place are both mythological and etymological. It is surrounded by rainforest and is a perfect place for a nature getaway. Being largely an agricultural economy this place depends on the River Bhadra to fulfil its water needs. It plays fair with its name as Kalasa's soil is blessed with great fertility which produces the best coffee and other herbs. Also, Kalasa is renowned for a shrine of Goddess Bhagavathi and a Varaha within a cave.

60. Talakadu

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Nestled on the banks of River Kaveri, the town of Talakadu in Karnataka is a mystic place submerged in the sand of extremely fine quality. Steeped with rich past and heritage, it is famous for its Vaidyanatheshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place derives its name from two local chieftains Tala and Kada and thus is called Talakadu. Situated only 3 hours drive from Bangalore, this is an ideal place for history buffs and for the devotees of Lord Shiva.  With a rich past and heritage, the town is also quite famous among the devotees who come here for a special worship.

61. Netrani Island

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Also known as the 'Pigeon Island', Netrani Island in Murudeshwar is located off the coast of Karnataka. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Rising above the tranquil and azure waters of the Arabian Sea, this heart-shaped island is counted as one of the best sites for scuba diving. This island is a famous tourist spot and apopular pilgrimage town with silvery sand and the western ghats as a backdrop.

62. Mullayanagiri

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Perched at an altitude of 1930 m above the sea level, Mullayanagiri peak is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats. It serves as the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas offering its visitors a relaxed environment with temperature ranging between 20 - 25 degrees Celsius. Known for its peaceful ambience and nature's raw beauty, this peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and a good trek path is also quite popular among adventure lovers. Mullayanagiri is also known for coffee plantations that are situated nearby. 

63. Kumara Parvatha Trek

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Also known as Pushpagiri, Kumara Parvatha is the highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is 6th highest peak of Karnataka. Spanning over two days, the Kumarparvatha trek is one of the most challenging treks in the South. In a stretch of approximately 13 kilometers you will attain an appalling height of 4000 feet.

64. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Located in the picturesque state of Karnataka, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna is a haven for a wide array of bird species. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state and comprises of six small islands on the banks of the river Kaveri. The beauty that finds a place here in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a sight to sore eyes. The scenery of the local vegetation and landscape, coupled with the colourful variety of wildlife makes it a unique learning experience for everyone. This destination offers many activities to its tourists; the most popular ones include bird watching, boating, and some good old nature photography.

65. Chingara Falls

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A singular attraction tucked between coffee estates and tropical forests, Chingara Falls is a delight for nature lovers and trekkers. Appearing like a milky dam from afar, the Falls, though pristine in their beauty and untouched yet, are now increasingly becoming popular among tourists. There is no sight more enchanting than seeing a waterfall flowing in all its might between the lush greenery of its surroundings. And such a sight is presented to you by the milky dam of water known as the Chingara Falls.

66. Agumbe

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Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe is a tiny village often referred to as the "Cherrapunji of South India". This biodiversity-rich region highest rainfall in south India and the second highest annual rainfall in India. Visiting Agumbe is an enriching experience as this hill station and picturesque beauty coupled with trekking trails and gushing rainfalls. It is one of the last surviving lowland rainforests. This beautiful place served as the setting for India's very famous fictional town Malgudi in the TV serial Malgudi Days. Agumbe is famously known for the breathtaking sunsets over the Arabian Sea that can be witnessed from this region.

67. St. Mary's Island

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The land where Vasco De Gama set his first foot, the land whose geological importance is immense and whose beauty is spectacular, is St. Mary's Island, Karnataka. A quaint island just off the coast of Udupi, St. Mary's Island is an island of white sand beaches, rock monoliths and great wildlife making it a mesmerizing place to be in.

68. Yana

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In the Sahyadri Hills of North Karnataka, Yana is a quaint Hill Station with a beauty that casts a spell and hills to appeal to the direst trekkers. Tucked in between one of the richest biodiversity centres of the world, Yana is a small hill station with immense beauty enough to captivate any soul that lays eyes on it. A small village located just 140 km from Hubli; Yana is famous as a centre of adventure, wildlife and religion hence proving to be the perfect getaway destination.

69. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

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Covering a vast area of over 490 sq.kms, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located only 38 km west of the Chikmanglur town in Karnataka. Surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats on all sides, the view of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary looks like a scene right out of a movie! The serrated mountains loom in the distance as their snow-clad peaks pierce the sky. The heaven touching apex of the mountains acts like a crown to the massive Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

70. Kodachadri Trek

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Kodachadri Hills serve as a stunning backdrop of evergreen forests to the town of Maravanthe. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 4411 feet above the sea level, they also proves to be one of the good trekking trails, beginning at the South Kanara Forest.

71. Kopatty Hills

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Kopatty Hills is one of the lesser known trekking destinations in India. It is the myriad landscapes that such a short trail offers lends the trek its appeal.

72. Brahmagiri Trek

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Taking individuals deep inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, the Brahmagiri trek is a delight with its myriad offerings. The route traverses lush forests, green grasslands and countless small streams and rivers.

73. Honey Valley - Nilakandi Falls

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The Nilakandi Falls are located the midst of the dense tropical forests of Coorg and trace their source somewhere in the Thadiyendamol range. It is a picturesque and serene waterfall that lends trekkers a wonderful waterfall shower experience

74. Koodli

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The Varanasi of South, Koodli, is amongst the holiest places of Southern India and the site of confluence of two holy rivers Tunga & Bhadra. A place endowed with a lot of history and religious importance, Koodli has been an important place of worship, meditation and peace from ancient times. It is located at a distance of mere 16 km from the city of Shimoga in Shimoga district. A place filled with peace, faith and piety Koodli is a must see if you find yourself in Shimoga.

75. Siddara Betta

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Siddara Betta is a popular tourist attraction in the Tumkur district of Karnataka immersed in rocky boulders, temples and caves with an elevation of 1700 feet. The hillock is popular amongst trekkers and spiritual seekers alike, with one of the main attractions of the hill being the Lord Shiva temple enclosed in a cave that sees a fair number of devotees throughout the year. The hill is also really popular among trekking enthusiasts too with many climbers taking a hike up to the summit for the amazing panoramic views of the surrounding villages and the serene environment atop. The trek has a moderate difficulty level. Siddara Betta has a host of activities and offerings for people from all walks of life and is perfect for a day trip away from the mundane routines of daily lives.

76. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

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Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is almost 16 kilometres from the town of Kanakapura is a great trekking destination for a day trek. It is one of the highest hills in the neighbouring area with an elevation of 3780 feet, the hill also houses a temple devoted to Lord Rangaswamy that is constructed under a large white granite monolith. It is one of the most striking features of the hill with the hill drawing its name Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta from the rock. The hill is also a great place for a trekking excursion, it is relatively unknown to tourists and hasn’t been heavily commercialised yet and is perfect if you are seeking to explore the hills at your own pace and unwind over the weekend away from the crowds. The pinnacle offers the best views of the neighbouring hills and a peaceful setting for you and your thoughts away from the hustle bustle of cities.

77. Avalabetta

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If you live in or around Bangalore or are visiting the city, you would not want to miss paying a visit to this place. You must have heard about the grandeur of the hills that surround the place, but also not without the mention of people who flock to these places in large numbers. So, what if there lies a similar place minus the crowd where you can get lost and experience serenity? Avalabetta often called as “Nandi Hills without the crowd” is a perfect place to relish the same scenic beauty as the Nandi Hills but without the commotion. Standing on the top of the hill, you can witness the magical view of lush green trees and variegated rocky terrain which is spread out profusely. Avalabetta is a place filled with tranquility especially if you witness the sunrise or the sunset standing atop.

78. Skandagiri

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If you thought that trekking is an activity only to be done in the morning, you are certainly wrong. Skandagiri, a hilltown near Bangalore, gives you the opportunity to trek and explore the hills in the night while the moon is casting its light. Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is at an elevation of 1450 meters surrounded by the Nandi Hills. The hill has a ruined fort on the way which makes the night trek even more interesting by adding the element of horror. And the best part is that you can spend the night at the hilltop under the star. Not to forget the bonfire that is especially lit for the trekkers to sit around and enjoy the warmth. The serenity of the night will make you feel at ease.

79. Manchanabele Dam

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Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. Located in the state of Karnataka, this place is visited by a lot of people because it is ideal to get away from the pell mell of city and enjoy some serenity in the lap of nature. Manchanabele Dam is replete with cool and clear water. This dam is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills that makes the place look even more mesmerizing. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset. The place looks spellbinding during these two phenomenons as the different hues of the sky juxtaposed with the lush greenery and blue water is simply magical. Manchanabele Dam is a perfect place to visit to unwind and relax.

80. Bananthimari Betta

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Located at a distance of 3 kms from the town of Kanakapura near Bangalore, Bananthimari Betta is a twin hillock surrounded by lush green fields with patches of flowers and rocky surface in turns. The beautiful valley in between is laden with an emerald velvetine grass cover and through it flows the most quaint and beautiful stream ever. The hillock is around 2090 feet in height and makes up for a moderately easy trek which the beginners and trekking enthusiasts can easily take. Bananthimari is situated between the villages of Konanadoddi and Kuthanahalli. The villagers are extremely helpful, in case you need help with the directions. In addition to that, at the base of the hill is a Devi Temple which is considered a perfect starting point for the trek.

81. Doddamakali

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Situated at a distance of about 132 kms from the city of Bangalore on 6 kms from Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Doddamakali is a living example of pristine rustic charm and idyllic sylvan setting. The place makes for an ideal weekend getaway away from the hustle bustle and chaos of the city amidst natural surroundings and euphoric atmosphere. It also has a few resorts which offer a relaxing and rejuvenating break to the city folks. Besides the amazing bed and breakfast, the guests can also choose from a plethora of day activities like bird watching, wildlife spotting and end the day with a quiet bonfire. All in all, this sacred haven tucked away in the wilderness is a perfect way to beat the city blues and spend some quiet moments in solitude and serenity with loved ones.

82. Kanakapura

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In the state of Karnataka, a beautiful city is nestled amongst trees and rivers, which is excellent for a weekend getaway. This place is a hidden gem bountiful in greenery and waterfalls. Kanakapura is home to abundant flora and fauna. Some of the most common animals that can be easily spotted are wild boars, pigs, wild dogs and spotted deers. A lot of colourful birds can be seen perched on the trees filling the emptiness with their melodious chirpings.

83. Devarayanadurga

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Devarayanadurga or DD Hills which translates to “the fort of God” is a tranquil hill station located near Tumkur district in the state of Karnataka. Situated at an elevation of 4000 ft, Devarayanadurga is a perfect weekend getaway to live among the lush green trees and explore the hilly terrain. This place is replete with not only picturesque beauty but also has a rich historical, cultural and religious significance. There are a number of beautifully crafted temples which will provide you with inner peace and leave you awestruck. Untouched by Industrialization, in Devarayanadurga you will be able to witness the magic and serenity of nature.

84. Muthyala Maduvu

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A quaint place near Bangalore, Muthyala Maduvu is a perfect weekend getaway to rejuvenate yourself and spend some quality time in the lap of nature. The picturesque beauty, dense forests, enchanting waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna will make you fall in love with this place. The liveliness of this place is very welcoming and the mysterious forest will beckon you to explore its mysteries adding thrill and excitement. A perfect balance of history and beauty makes this place a traveler’s paradise. This place is a well kept secret near Bangalore that should at least be visited once in life to unwind and feel close to nature.

85. Sathodi Falls

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Several unnamed streams near Kallaramane ghat unite together to form the Sathodi Falls. This beautiful waterfall lies in the Uttara Kannada district of Yellapur, in Karnataka. A few years back the non-locals were completely unaware of its existence until it started attracting tourists. The Sathodi waterfall is 15 metres tall and appears to be rectangular. The magnificent Sathodi falls, that soars from the blending of various streams- is an absolute delight to watch. After falling down, the water from this fall joins the backwaters of Kodasalli dam. These exquisite waterfalls run through the forest. There is half a kilometre of an enjoyable walk from the entrance to the actual falls with accurately placed signboards for your convenience at particular spots. It is a favourite picnic spot for the locals who also call it the Mini Niagara Falls. The waterfall has a natural pool where swimming in the water is possible.

86. Kodasalli Backwaters

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Kodasalli Backwaters is a mesmerising pool of water accumulated behind the Kodasalli Dam in the state of Karnataka. The dam with the same name is constructed over the Kali river in the Yellapur Taluk; the waters are used to generate electric power and this site is classified as hydroelectric power station. The pool is also fed by waters gushing down from the Sathodi Waterfalls above it. On your way downhill from the Sathodi Waterfalls, a mild downward trek off route can take you to the serene and tranquil backwaters. Besides the alluring beauty of the surrounding forests and the lake view in the front, several chopped tree trunks branching out from the lake give it a pretty artistic look. A small tea stall nearby serves piping hot tea and you can enjoy it in this misty enchanting environment.

87. Sirsi

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If you wish to visit a place that is a commercial yet tranquil, Sirsi is the ultimate destination for a getaway. Providing with the best of both worlds, this city lies in the Uttar Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. This city circumscribed with dense forests and waterfalls provides the travelers with many picturesque spots where they can unwind and relax. Sirsi is a part of the Western Ghats replete in flora and fauna, rich in religious places and home to spices and vanilla plantation. Situated at an elevation of 1936 ft, the weather in Sirsi is pleasant.

88. Sakleshpur

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There are plethora of hill stations in the state of Karnataka which are perfect for a getaway. Among this is a place named Sakleshpur which is Karnataka’s best kept secret. This quaint hill station is not to be missed out while planning a weekend getaway. This foggy and misty hill station elevated at 950 meters, peacefully lies nestled in the Western Ghats. The hill station is cocooned with the aroma of coffee, tea, cardamom and cinnamon. Affectionately known as “Poor man’s Ooty”, this hill station is surrounded by hills covered with lush green trees and is filled with serenity.

89. Kunti Betta

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Nestled in the town of Pandavapura between two hills, Kunti Betta is a perfect place to get away from the helter skelter of the city. This place is surrounded by sugarcane fields, paddy fields and coconut trees that makes the place look beautiful and mesmerizing. Situated at an elevation of 2882 feet, the picturesque scenic views that this place comprises of will make you feel rejuvenated. A number of rocks with fascinating shapes are located here. A crocodile face rock is one of them which provides bird eye view of the whole place. Some rocks are in the shape of utensils and it is believed that they were used by the Pandavas to cook food in. Giant footprint like formations can also be found here which are called Bheemana Pada. Kunti Betta with its historical significance and splendid natural beauty is a magical place to unwind and cherish some quality and peaceful time with your loved ones.

90. Masinagudi

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Masinagudi is a serene and tranquil hill station located near Mysore in the Nilgiri district. A haven for animal and bird lovers, this place is a mesmerizing and spectacular place to be close to nature. This is a great place to get away from the monotony of daily life and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing. The variegated hills and verdant trees that surround the place makes it look magical and beautiful. A trip to Masinagudi will definitely make you wonder about the beauties of nature and leave you dumbfounded. This place with its quietude and many wonders of nature is a gem that must be visited.

91. Mekedatu

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If you stay in Bangalore or are merely visiting the city and want to enjoy a picnic close to nature with your friends, Mekedatu should be on your bucket list. Situated in Kanakapura of Ramanagara district, Mekedatu is a site by a stretch of narrow, deep gorges through which the river Kaveri flows. The spot is steeped in folklore: with the name of the place meaning 'goat's leap' in Kannada and has an interesting mythical story attached with it. So, not only will you get the chance to spend time in nature, you'll be able to do so at a spot accorded great mythical significance.

92. Gulbarga

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Gulbarga, now known as Kalburgi, is located in Northern Karnataka and is known for its beautiful historical forts and northern Karnataka cuisine. A major administrative centre for its district, it is also an educational hub housing the sought after Gulbarga University. Gulbarga was historically ruled by Hindu and Muslim dynasties, the remnants of which can still be seen today. Gulbarga’s heritage is an embodiment of it’s very rich and diverse Sufi culture. Explore its stunning Islamic architecture and Sufi culture by visiting the Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and the Jama Masjid. It also has the famous Sharana Basaveshwara Temple built to commemorate the eminent Hindu philosopher, Shri Sharana Basaveshwara. Watch the Gulbarga city come alive during the Cars Festival celebrating the teachings of the Hindu Saint Sharana Basaveshwara in March and the Urs festival in August marking the death anniversary of Sufi philosopher Khwaja Bande Nawaz, both of whom preached inclusion irrespective of caste, colour or gender.

93. Thirthahalli

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Thirthahalli is a quaint little town situated on the banks of river Tunga and is also a taluk headquarters in Shimoga District. Famous for the holy river Tunga and its significance to Indian mythology, Thirthahalli is a popular attraction near Shimoga. Set along the dense forests of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Thirthahalli is a must-visit place for those who love the serenity of nature and Indian heritage. The area is also known to have produced some of the great Kannada writers such as Kuvempu, Ur Ananthamurty and M K Indira.

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