Having Bangalore as its capital, Karnataka owns all the aspects of a superb tourist destination. It goes well with its taglines and thus showcases a mélange of many worlds under a single roof. The state is also home to plush flora and fauna. Besides, you can expect glam and glaze as well. There are various malls, restaurants, institutions and what not! A wide range of Karnataka trip packages helps you get a firsthand experience of the state like never before.
Karnataka also manages to hold time and make way for art and culture. Also, the state is renowned to carefully preserve 500 years old ruins of Vijaynagar Empire at Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will be pleased to sip on homemade coffee which is grown personally at Chikmagalur. Seeking blessings from Lord Gamateswara at Shravanabelagola can stimulate the spiritual senses and is a major highlight of the Karnataka packages.
Go for a heritage walk to discover Badami, a new entry on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unveil the mysteries and learn how the place amuses visitors with the intricate architecture of the Chalukyan Empire. While choosing from Karnataka tour packages from Bangalore, Chennai, do ask to include Udupi in your trip. The place is known for offering the best dosas, a typical South Indian dish. Besides, the deepest secrets of the dark woods are best explored at the Bandipur National Park which is also a must-visit destination.
Relaxing and rejuvenating at Kabini, enjoying the blissful delight at Gokarna and camping at Dandeli complete the trip to Karnataka. All in all, there is a never-ending exhibition of pomp and show! The Karnataka holiday packages listed here aim at showcasing just the best out of the places to visit and things to do, with no compromises made.
FAQs about Karnataka Tours
Ques: What is the best time to visit Karnataka?
Ans: The best time to visit Karnataka is from November to May. Monsoon season is from June to October and you can enjoy waterfalls during monsoon season and the greenery of the region.
Ques: What are the rules and guidelines for tourists in Karnataka?
Ans: The government has relaxed travel norms and issued the revised guidelines on preventive measures for tourists. It is compulsory for tourists to follow those rules and regulations.
Here are the COVID-19 safety guidelines for Karnataka:
International tourists have to go to home quarantine for 14 days, provided they are asymptotic. If a tourist shows a symptom, he/she has to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at a dedicated healthcare centre. In case of a positive test report, the person has to undergo home quarantine or stay at COVID hospital.
For inter-state travellers, COVID-19 testing / negative test certificates and registration on the Seva Sindhu app before arrival are not mandatory.They are exempted from home quarantine as well.
Tourists have to follow social distancing norms.
It is mandatory to wear a mask in public areas and while travelling.
Tourists have to install the Aarogya Setu App on their mobile phones.
Ques: What are best places to visit in Karnataka ?
Ans: The best tourist places are Bangalore , Mysore, Hampi, Chikmagalur, Srirangapatnam, Badami, Bandipur National park, Kabini, Nagarhole National park, Dandeli, Jag falls, Murudeshwar, Pattadakal, Halebid, Bijapur, Nandi hills, Shimoga, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Aihole etc. The northern Karnataka is mainly famous for its historical and heritage sites like Hampi, Blur, Halebidetc and the southern Karnataka is mainly famous for Nature / Eco-friendly having beautiful mountains like Coorg, lovely forests like Kabini, Bandipur etc. Popular beaches are Mangalore, Gorkarna etc. In overall Karnataka is famous for its natural attractions and one of the popular destinations in South India.
Ques: Are passports and VISA required for Karnataka visit ?
Ans: All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa and passport before visiting India, Karnataka. For visiting Karnataka, please contact the Indian High Commission in your country.
Ques: Which currency can be used in Karnataka?
Ans: Indian Rupee is used in Karnataka. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travellers’ cheques. However a Declaration form needs to be filled and signed (only for the amount which is more than USD 10,000) on the arrival at the Indian airport. By filling up this form you can also get your money exchanged back in the original currency without any problem. The Money should be exchanged only through authorized money changers.
Ques: Is there any restriction to visit the temples in Karnataka?
Ans: Temples are very sacred places. Do remember to remove your shoes and sandals while visiting temples. When visiting temples, women should cover their body with preferably long sleeves tops and a long skirt or pants. Women should not wear sleeveless dresses or blouses. They need not cover their face or head. Men should wear long pants and a sleeved shirt. Men's should remove shirts and vests before entering the temples located in Dakshina Kannada, udupi and Chikmagalur districts. It is customary to drop a small amount of money in Hundi (offering box) after making prayers. Remember, Hindu custom dictates that women should not enter temples if they are in a menstrual stage.
Also be alert for sign boards indicating that non-Hindus may not visit the inner sanctum of the temple (for example Gokarna) and may see only its outer precincts. If there is no sign board, then ask a priest or temple management. If you are visiting a temple and are offered a portion of sweet or fresh coconut or banana, it is prasada or sacred food, offered to the gods. Since it's a great honor to be offered, never refuse it, rather accept it and eat it. If you don't want it, take it and give it to someone else.
Photography or Video is strictly prohibited in most of the temples. Before photographing the inner chamber of sacred temples, be sure to get permission from the temple management. It is not permitted to have the picture of main deity in some temples. Karnataka Tours Guides will assist you more on about the behavior and general customs within the temple premises.
Ques: What should wear during visit in Karnataka ?
Ans: You can wear anything as long it is not very revealing like extremely tight jeans, low-cut blouses. It’s advisable for women to keep their legs covered as much as possible by wearing long skirts or pants. except at beach resorts. To get protected from the sun wear a hat. Cotton outfits, hats, sun glasses and sun screen lotion should be carried while you travel to Karnataka.
Ques: Are there any restrictions for the Photography in Karnataka or anything need to set for photography in Karnataka?
Ans: In Karnataka you will get great photographing options. We suggest you to bring digital cameras and video cameras with you to catch the unlimited beauty of Karnataka. In some of the monuments and wildlife sanctuaries you have to pay the fees for the photography. At some of the locations photography is strictly prohibited. Please do not violate rules. Do not photograph these objects otherwise your cameras will be confiscated. Always take permission before photographing people. Traditional people in Karnataka are sensitive and suspicious as to why they are being photographed. Never photograph airports, railways, railway stations, big bridges, or a military area. It's good not to photograph Muslim women, women taking bath in river, cremations, slums, or beggars.
Ques: Is it safe to visit Karnataka?
Ans: Karnataka is comparatively a safe state to travel. Crime rate specially against foreigners remain low. But advisable to our female guests not be alone on the road after late evening just to be on the safer side. In case you need any help you can call the police at 100.
Ques: How about shopping in Karnataka or some tips for the same ?
Ans: Karnataka is a shopper's paradise. There are various shopping places in Karnataka like Bangalore, Mysuruetc where you do a good shopping. However, we recommend you to shop from the government approved emporiums. You can bargain everywhere except in government craft emporiums, pharmacies, bookstores, or Western-style grocery stores. It’s advisable to buy expensive items, such as rugs or jewellery, only from reputable dealers recommended by Indian acquaintances, hotels or your guide and driver. Most of the large stores also ship your purchase.
Ques: What kind of greetings used in Karnataka?
Ans: Karnataka is a land of diversity so you will find different people use different greetings. Like, Hindus say "Namaskara or Namasthe", Muslims say, "Salaam al-eikum" (Sah-lahm ah-lay-kuhm) and the Sikhs say "Sat Sri Akal" (Sahtshree ah-kahl).
Ques: What are the meal plans and what kind of food is served in the restaurants in Karnataka?
Ans: The general meal plan in Karnataka consists of three main meals in a day with one or two added tea-coffee breaks. The main meals are breakfast, lunch and dinner. All standard restaurants and hotels in Karnataka offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Karnataka. Though the meal pattern is same, the food served in the meals varies in different regions of Karnataka. Bisibele Bath, Chow Chow Bath, Idli, Masala Dosas (which took birth in Udupi, Karnataka), Plain Dosa, Rave Idli, Poori are the different dishes in Karnataka.
Ques: What are the various options for honeymooners?
Ans: You can enjoy your honeymoon in hill stations, picturesque towns, attracting beaches and cascading waterfalls. The dense tropical jungle in the hill stations houses. In Coorg or Chikmagalur, you can enjoy your romantic evening.