With gentle waves, miles of golden sand, a tranquil ambience and acres of emerald foliage, Karwar has all the makings of a perfect holiday destination. The captivating landscape is ringed with rugged hill ranges, thick woods and mysteriously deep valleys. This paradise inspired the great Indian muse Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play.
Since then, this little town has continued to inspire all its visitors. The Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga Temple, the unique octagonal church, the 300-year-old Venkatrama Temple with ochre paintings and the Naganatha Temple, where an ant hill is worshipped, are sure to make a lasting impression. Devbagh is the most enchanting of the five islands along the Karwar coast. Visits to Anjidev Island are restricted.
Known as the City of Palaces, Mysore is bound to impress with its royal architectural beauty. Take a tour of the palaces or visit the temples and other buildings to explore the culture of Mysore. You don’t want to miss the Mysore Zoo for a collection of exotic animals. If you are visiting during the beginning of autumn, you can indulge yourself in the Dasara festival, a 10 day festival that honors the Mother Goddess with dance, music, dress and worship.
When considering Karnataka tourism, try to make Chikmagalur one of your destinations. Covered in lush greenery, Chikmagalur is known for its variety of coffee plantations. Experience the sensational local coffees or explore the rolling hills and pristine pools. With misty mystical woods, the geography of Chikmagalur is one of great beauty. If you are feeling more adventurous, take a hike up to the highest peak in Karnataka or a 10 km trek to the cascading Habe Falls. Or, enjoy a safari to view all the local fauna in their natural habitats.
A version of this article appears in print on September 17, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.