5 Best Places to Visit in Karnataka

Best Places to Visit in Karnataka – If Kerala is God’s own country than one of its neighbors Karnataka is a land that is blessed with God’s blessings in abundance too. If you have been to Karnataka, you know it already. This is the land of a varied landscape that is a treat to the eyes and the soul. In Karnataka, on one side the travellers are going to be happy with the sight of the coast and on the other side, there are the sights of the blues i.e. that of the rivers and the lakes.

How beautiful is this natural contrast! 

Other than this, the state is known for modern cities, sculpted temples, incredible monuments, shopping, and fun nightlife. This rich cultural heritage state has historical sites on one side to the bustling modern city life on the other. These descriptions prove that there are tonnes of beautiful places to visit in Karnataka

Places to Visit in Karnataka

Places to Visit in Karnataka

Needless to say, Karnataka has a lot to offer to its visitors. There are so many beautiful destinations in the state that covering all of them at once could be a task. Majorly, the places are so incredible that you would not want to switch between the places just to run after one place to other. Instead, you would want to be at one place, soak in all of that place, be in love with that place, and return from that place with loads of memories. 

It already made you want to head out there, right! 

Something about Karnataka

The incredible topography of the state, the majestic blend of the flora and fauna, inviting beaches, and the diversity in the state calls the travellers to visit the place and explore it to the fullest. And a cherry or rather a caramel cookie on the cake is that you get to try your hands on some amazing South Indian dishes. The local delicacies of the Karnataka is the best when it comes to South Indian cuisines. 

Places to Visit in Karnataka

Places to Visit in Karnataka

Below we are listing the top 5 places to visit in Karnataka. Get ready for some hidden gems and little less explored places that you might not be expecting but let us tell you that these places are worth it. 

#1 Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls

Beginning our list with one of the most beautiful falls of the state which is the Abbey falls! It is a refreshing waterfall that comes down with full force at a speed of 70 feet and pounds on the rock. The roar of the fall echoes in the valley making a crazy sound that is just a treat to the ears from the nature. Combining along with the rainwater, it is even more fascinating. The setting of this waterfall with the rocks below and greenery all around makes it look a setting out of a fairy tale. The fall then becomes a part of the Kaveri river. 

The view of the falls from the hanging bridge is really astounding. From the other side of the waterfall, one cam have a pleasant view of the long coffee plantations. It is in Coorg and a trekking trail by the side of the waterfall makes a great hiking spot in the city. 

The timings to visit the Abbey waterfalls is from 7 am to 6 pm on all seven days of the week. with the entry fee of Rs 15 per person. Average time needed to explore the falls is around 2 hours. 

Things to Do  

  • Explore the scenery of the waterfalls
  • Explore the coffee plantations
  • Go for a hiking or trekking
  • Do some stunning photography

Best Time to Visit

October to February are the best months to explore the Abbey Falls in its real swing. The winter months are clearly a winner to visit the Abbey falls to explore them at their best version. The travellers are going to have a great time during this season. Hiking and trekking at the Abbey falls during this season is also the best. 

Location: Madikeri

#2 Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls

There are waterfalls that catch the attention of travellers because of its beauty and then there are more stunning waterfalls that stays in the eyes of the beholder for eternity. The sight of the Iruppu falls makes for the latter one. It falls from the Brahmagiri mountain range from a height of 170 feet. This mountain range is a tributary that originates from the Kaveri river. 

Lakshmana Tirtha falls is the other name of this falls which the locals generally call it by. This picturesque spot can safely be said as the hidden splendour of the Coorg city. Narimale forest camp is the trekking spot nearby which a lot of trekkers prefer visiting. Overall, the view of and from this falls is beyond explaining into words so do explore it on your own. 

The Iruppu falls is open for a visit from 6 am to 6 pm on all days of the week. The entry charge of the falls is Rs 50 per person. The average time taken to explore this place is around 2 to 3 hours because you can also go for mini trek. 

Things to Do 

  • Explore the falls from all sides
  • Go for a trekking to Narimale forest camp
  • Do some amazing landscape photography
  • Explore the Brahmagiri mountain range 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Iruppu falls is during the months of June to March. So, this implies that both the monsoons and the winters are amazing for a tour to the gorgeous and breathtaking Iruppu falls. The falls starts treating the human souls from thee rainy season and continues up till the winters. 

Location: Kurchi

#3 Tadiandamol Peak

Tadiandamol Peak

This place is also in Coorg and is one of the most visited places in Coorg. Tadiandamol peak is famous amongst the trekkers because of the gorgeous view it gives. This one is the highest peak of Coorg that stands at an elevation of 5,700 feet. The trekking trail to the peak is a nice one so trekkers do take it seriously. Also, the nature lovers do not miss being here for absorbing its beauty. Trekking here means encountering steep slopes with breathtaking trails with some parts of lush shoal forests, stunning cascades, gushing streams, and the awesome coffee plantations. 

The trail of the trek could be a bit difficult but the presence of the beautiful butterflies, snails, birds, and flower patches makes it all easy and also worthy for the trekkers. As you keep progressing further, you will encounter breathtaking views of the skies, crisp mountain air, and ever changing trail sights. 

The peak is open from 6 am to 6 pm on all days of the week for the explorers. There is no entry fee and that has to be a good thing. The trek would take around 6 hours to climb up the summit, explore some time there, and return back. Obviously to reach up the mountain and treat your eyes with gorgeous views, you will have to trek. 

Things to Do 

  • Trek to the summit
  • Explore the views from the summit
  • Do some photography of the landscape 

Best Time to Visit

The months from December to May are the best for exploring Tadiandamol. These months of winter assures that the area feels great for travellers to explore the area in and around. Though the place is great till May but sometimes it also happens that due to prior summer upcoming, the months of April and May tends to be hotter. Stick to the months till March to visit the peak. 

Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi

#4 Barapole River Rafting

Barapole River Rafting

One of the most splendid spots to explore in Coorg is Barapole river. This is a turbulent river that originates from Kithu Kakathu river. It further extends to the Brahmagiri hills to the Arabian hills. This river is mainly famous amongst the rafters for the recreational river rafting. The rafters and the adventure enthusiasts from various parts of the country visit the spot to try out the exciting river rafting. 

This river has different levels of rapids and it makes the rafting experiences more challenging on different rapids. This makes this spot one of the adventurous spots in the city. Hence, this proves that in Coorg one can also enjoy some adventure sports and take their adrenaline rush to the next level. If you are going to try the river rafting here, make sure you are ready to pump up your adrenaline levels. Obviously, only the adventures come to this place in majority. 

The average cost of rafting at the Barapole river is somewhere around Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 and it would take around 2 hours to complete the activity. If the trekkers do the activity before 2 to 3 pm then that would be great. 

Things to Do 

  • Do river rafting
  • Explore the vicinity
  • Explore the hills

Best Time to Visit

Barapole river can be best explored during the monsoon months of July to September. This is even a great time to try river rafting as well. The monsoons make river rafting more pleasant and adventurous with the speed in the river’s waves and tides. Get geared up for a lot more fun when here. 

Location: Barapole river, Coorg

#5 Nishani Motte

Nishani Motte

To begin with, the height of the Nishani Motte peak is 4167 feet and it is one of the lesser known destinations of Karnataka. Yes, you can call it a hidden gem. This place is so gorgeous that how it is underrated is quite a myth but also on one part it is quite well because less human interaction has kept the place untouched and purely raw. Less human hindrance has made this place totally pure and blissful. One has to trek a distance of 15 km to reach the spot from the base camp and get lost in the unknown beautiful paradise. 

The trek of the trail is filled with forests, long paddy stretches, amazing coffee plantations, rivulets, and streams. The sight of the river Kaveri is also visible from the spot. One can sit on the banks of the river and enjoy some serene time at the area. It is a small trek of 2 days filled with delightful sights and experiences. The trek can also be done by the beginners because the trek gradient is easy to moderate. 

The timings to do on the trek is from 6 am to 6 pm and can be done on all days of the week. There is no entry fee for the trek but the travellers and trekkers have to buy a trek package and go for the trek. 

Things to Do 

  • Go for the Nishani Motte trek
  • Explore the Kaveri river
  • Explore the views from the peak 

Best Time to Visit

Stick to the winter and the fall months for exploring this place. So, if you are planning a trip to the spot then right from the season of winters from the October month to the fall season can treat you the best. 

Location: Bhagamandala village 


For the best holiday experience in Karnataka, we advise you to head out to these places in the state. These places are quite flexible to explore alone or with your group of friends, with your family, or with some strangers as well. These places are capable enough to keep you hooked to its beauty. 

We somehow did the toughest task of just putting 5 places in here but we made sure to present the best for you all, our Togedr readers.

We would surely want you to head out these places and keep them as a priority. These are not the overrated places of the state but definitely some of the best places to visit in Karnataka. These were some of the hidden gems that are yet to be explored to the fullest and before the human touch goes OTT there, go have a fantastic trip. And do not forget to share your experiences with your fellow travellers on the Togedr platform. 

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