Karnataka is a state located in the southern part of India, known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. From the bustling city of Bangalore to the serene beaches of Udupi, there is something for everyone in Karnataka. But beyond the popular tourist destinations, there are several hidden gems in the state that are worth exploring.
When you are thinking about planning a vacation to explore the rich places amassed with beautiful lush greenery, there must be some spots that will float into your mind. Maybe some of them you have already visited and some others you haven’t but wish to go. Karnataka is home to not just surreal cultural elements but also it is considered to be a paradise state for nature lovers.
The breathtaking view, the magnificent Western Ghats provide is something one must witness at once in their lifetime. Speaking of nature, apart from the popular tourist go-to locations, there are so many other less visited places, hills, landscapes, trekking trails, and meadows only some know about. There are still some unexplored offbeats spots situated in the corners of our state, waiting to be explored.
This blog is all about providing you insightful information regarding these unencumbered locations. Read on, to know what these spots are. You might even venture to guess some yourself!
Hidden Gems in the Panoramic State
Devarayanadurga Hills: Standing tall at 1204 meters, Deverayanadurga is located just 72 km from Bangalore. A majestic hilltop dotted with temples all around, often the crowd is less as not many are aware of it. Mysore king Chikkadevaraja built a fort, although now in ruins, called “Khumbi Betta”. That's how the hill got its name! Deverayanadurga stands to be the number 1 nearby place to be a perfect weekend getaway.
Kodachadri Peak: Located in Shimoga District, is another unexplored peak in Karnataka. What’s so special about it? you might ask. One can view the stunning Western Ghats Forest and the amazing Arabian Sea from this Peak. Kodachadri is also home to the Mookambika Temple, one of the most revered Hindu temples in the state. Monsoon is considered to be the perfect time to visit as the place is covered with thick greenery.
Agumbe Rainforest Research Station: This will be one of the coolest research centers you will ever come across in Karnataka. As it is located in agumbe, a place which receives highest rainfall in karnataka.
It is situated in the Shimoga district, Thirthalli, and the surrounding of the research center is something to behold. Encompassed by the heavenly Western Ghats, the place oozes an otherworldly aura. Explore and learn about the various species of plants and animals, whose sustenance is dependent upon the survival of this very forest. One can find many Homestays in the area where local culture and cuisine can be explored.
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary: The Gudavi bird sanctuary is situated in the Sorab Taluk of Shimoga District. There are about 217 species of birds thriving here. Some of them are the white-treated kingfisher, the Indian roller, and the great hornbill. You can opt for a guided tour of the sanctuary and even go boating on the Gudavi Lake to get a closer look at these amazing birds. You have the option to visit the world-famous jog falls, which is just a few km from the bird sanctuary.
Jogimatti Forest: This is a scenic forest located just about 205 km from Bangalore. Jogmatti forest is a hill station widely known among the locals as a stunning natural paradise. The forest has a small zoo nearby called Adumalleshwar Zoo, which has a unique species of flora and fauna. The hill station offers a peaceful and serene environment, making it a great place for a relaxing getaway.
Maravanthe beach: Maravanthe beach is a combination of water and thick trees at its best. The place, still not quite widely known is best if experienced through the road. The tropical beach climate and the coastal vibe are something everyone should witness. Overall, this hidden gem is a great long-weekend escapade.
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