Karnataka, located in the Southwestern region of India, is popular among tourists for majestic temples and lavish structures. Soaked in traditions, the state is dotted with numerous attractions like Mysore Palace, Karanji Lake and Chennakesava Temple. People looking forward to visit these places can book various Karnataka tour packages offered by online travel agencies (OTAs). These packages often cover all the prominent attractions that can be explored during their visit to this state, and here is a list of popular ones that are often included in it.
Situated in the city of Bengaluru, Cubbon Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions that one should not miss while enjoying Karnataka holidays. It has been named after Sir Mark Cubbon – the erstwhile Viceroy of India. The park is a home to about 6000 species of trees and plants, including cassia fistula, Schinus molle and rare species like Delonix and Grevillea Robusta. Travellers can see a large number of government buildings in this park like the government museum, public library and the high court.
One of the worth exploring structures here is Attara Kacheri, which is built in stones and exhibits the Gothic architectural style. It is a two-storey building, situated at the entrance of the park. The State Archaeological Museum comprises antique items, such as old coins and inscriptions, belonging to the Mohenjodaro Period. There is also a toy train that is operated for the amusement of children. Travellers looking for peace can spend some quality time in this park.
People on Karnataka tours can visit Mysore Palace, located in the heart of the Mysore city. It is a three-storey building with domes of pink colour marble. The Doll Pavilion at the entrance of museum displays antique items made of silver, gold, ivory and marble from all over the world. The Royal Marriage Hall behind this court is the most attractive portion of this palace, followed by a huge open-air court. Travellers can see details of the festivals and ceremonies of the bygone era depicted in the oil paintings that are hung on the walls of the corridors of this palace.
Badami Cave Temples
With Karnataka tour packages, tourists can explore the Badami Cave Temples, situated between the two rocky hills. It is a complex structure consisting of four cave temples carved out of the soft Badami red sandstone out of a cliff. Built in the Dravidian and Nagara styles of architecture, these caves feature inscriptions in old Kannada script. The first three caves are the Hindu temples, and the fourth cave belongs to the Buddhist faith. The first cave of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and features the idol of his incarnation of Nataraja. The entrance of the cave is decorated with different images of Shiva in dance postures. Its ceilings feature the images of Shiva and Parvati and his serpent.
Dedicated to Vishnu, the second cave of the temple is on the top of a sandstone hill, is portrayed as a dwarf and boar. The third cave of the biggest of all the caves. Highlighting the Deccani art, it throws light on the culture and art of the 6th century that includes jewellery costumes. The fourth cave belongs to Jain, and consists of the carvings of Padmavathi and Tirthankaras.
Holidaymakers can explore these three attractions with Karnataka tour packages.