Posted 27 September 2022
Holiday season in India means tons of festivals, lit-up markets, lots of food and a festive mood all around. Indians love to celebrate holidays with enthusiasm and passion. India is a country of rich culture and heritage and Karnataka, being one of its states, is no less.
This holiday season explores Karnataka like never before. Drown yourself in its rich heritage and unravel its famous magical hill stations. Treat your eyes to the views of spectacular waterfalls and pristine and tranquil beaches. There are also pilgrimage centres for visitors looking for a spiritual experience.
Known as the festival of lights and colour, the Hampi festival is one of the most important festivals of Karnataka. It is celebrated on a grand level in Hampi, a city in Karnataka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient temples.
The Hampi Festival, also known as Vijaya Utsava, is celebrated in November. During the festival, musicians and artists popular in their fields visit Hampi for the festival and showcase their talent.
The festival is a magnificent affair in South India. Visitors can find little trinkets and handicrafts at the stalls lined up in markets. The festival brings positivity and unity among the people. The Hampi festival will give a glimpse of Karnataka’s vibrant culture and rich heritage.
Make your holiday season more memorable by witnessing pure and raw traditional dance and music forms. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Karnataka by attending Pattadakal Dance Festival. The 3 day festival is celebrated every year in January or February.
Pattadakal, a small village in the state of Karnataka, is a UNESCO declared a world heritage site. It is a place of great cultural and historic significance as all the Chalukya dynasty kings were crowned here.
Pattadakal is home to ten temples that are regarded as an Indian architectural marvel. The temples are made in both Dravidian style and the Nagara style of architecture. According to UNESCO, one can witness a perfect mix of northern and southern Indian architecture.
Thousands of people visit every year for its glorious history and attractive architecture.
Pattadakal Dance Festival is organised by the Karnataka government to promote the stories and grandeur of the temples present in Pattadakal. The festival is attended by visitors from all over the world.
To keep the cultural history of Pattadakal alive, various traditional Indian dances and music forms are encouraged in the festival. These include Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Yakshagana, and Kathakali among others.
The performances take place with the backdrop of the temples. This gives it a spectacular and breath-taking view.
Kaveri Sankaramana means the birth of Kaveri. It is a festival celebrated in Talakaveri in Karnataka with much zeal and passion. It is celebrated in mid-October. The festival is of great significance to the Kodava community of Karnataka. Thousands of devotees gather during the festival to take holy baths in the river Kaveri. It is believed that holy water appears at the fountainhead of the pond located in Talakaveri.
There is also a fair at the spot having food stalls, shopping options and joy rides. Talakaveri is located at a distance of 312 km from Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka.
Another winter festival to enjoy this holiday season is the Kambala festival. This festival can be unique to you as it’s a race of buffaloes. Yes, you read that right!
Kambala Festival is organised by the farming communities of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka. The two-day festival takes place between November and March. Over 150 buffaloes from all over the state are specially groomed for this occasion every year.
One of the major characteristics of this festival is that the participating buffaloes are first put on an exhibition. During the race, farmers guide their buffaloes to run on the track.
Yes, natives in Karnataka celebrate a festival of groundnuts. Celebrate this festival with the locals this holiday season as the festival is celebrated at the end of January or the first week of February every year.
Groundnut festival, also known as Kadalekai Parishe in Karnataka, is celebrated every year in Bengaluru at Dodda Ganesha Temple in Basavanagudi. Farmers from neighbouring cities of Bengaluru bring their first harvest of groundnuts to the temple on this festival and they are offered to Lord Basava at the temple.
One can see different varieties of groundnuts available at the festival. The festival falls on the Monday of Karthika month according to the Hindu calendar which is the end of January or the first week of February according to the English calendar.
Coorg is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is known for lush green forests, hills, coffee plantations, splendid waterfalls and rich flora and fauna. It is one of the most loved tourist destinations in South India.
Enjoy the breathtaking and scenic views of the hills every time you land in this beautiful town. It is called Scotland of India for a reason. The town has the perfect blend of adventure, history, and luxury.
Places to visit in Coorg
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Hubli is the second largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka after its capital Bengaluru. The city is renowned for its beautiful hills, parks, famous temples and scenic views. After Bengaluru, Hubli is the second biggest urban destination of Karnataka. Additionally, Hubli has garnered recognition for being an educational and industrial hub in the state.
Hubli makes for an interesting stopover for people who love sightseeing, temples and relaxing vacation. Furthermore, the city also carries on a rich heritage as Hubli has been the heart of both art and literature since the 1100s.
Places of attractions in Hubli
Mangaluru got its name from the distinguished Mangaladevi Temple situated in the city. It is a major business centre of Karnataka while also being an important port city in the state. The city is sprawled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Tourists can never be bored here as the place has something to offer to everyone that visits Mangaluru. From coconut trees and hills to a beautiful landscape - it has everything.
Besides, the city is famous for its coffee and cashew nut exports. Mangaluru handles 75% of India's coffee exports. Thousands of tourists visit the city from all over the world via its port.
Here are the top places to visit in Mangaluru
With so many places to visit in Karnataka, one needs to plan wisely for a trip to this state. From temples to beaches and historical places, Karnataka has something for everyone. Mellow out and relax on its beaches or go on a spiritual tour at one of the famous temples, a tour to Karnataka will never disappoint you.