Beyond the Ordinary: Visit these offbeat places in Karnataka

Apart from the vibes of cities, Karnataka has much more to offer to its people and tourists. Have a look at these offbeat places in Karnataka to check out the hidden gems of the state.

If the IT city Bengaluru comes to your mind while thinking of Karnataka, then you are deprived of the majestic beauty that this state has to offer to travellers! Many offbeat places in Karnataka are still untouched by the crowd and make for the perfect holiday weekend! Let’s check them out here!

1. Apsarakonda


Far away from the hustle-bustle lies this favourite place of angels! Well, we do say this, but the locals here will tell you this folklore of how the angels would come here to relax and take a bath. Nevertheless, the place is surrounded by various ponds and waterfalls that you would not like to miss!

Where: Apsarakonda, Honnavar

2. Karighatta Black Hill


Located near Mysore, Karighatta is a hill station situated at an altitude of 2697 feet above sea level. If you are a trekker, nature lover and a wanderer, we suggest you don’t miss visiting this place!

Where: Kallikoppalu

3. Arbi Falls


Not many know about this hidden treasure. The waterfall of Arbi is a sight to behold and as this region receives heavy rainfall, even the hilly terrain of the place makes for a soothing experience for the eyes. If you love rain and waterfalls, here’s where you need to go!

Where: Dashrath Nagar, Manipal

4. Maravanthe


Being one of the offbeat places in Karnataka has worked for this quaint village and has maintained its charm with beautiful beaches and peaceful areas. Located on the Panvel-Eddapally highway, you can surely have a memorable time here!

Where: Maravanthe, Udupi

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5. Mullayanagiri


This peak in Karnataka is named after a renowned sage, Mullapa Swamy. There is even a small temple dedicated to him perched on the summit. Not very far from Bengaluru, you can have the best weekend gateway to this place if you love trekking!

Where: Chrandra Dhrona ranges

6. Honnemaradu


For all the nature lovers out there, this is a gem of a place to be in! Being a tiny hamlet, it houses fewer people amidst the beautiful Honnemaradu lake, Jog falls, and many such attractions! So, spare some time and explore this heaven!

Where: Sagar town, Shimoga

7. Karwar


If you like water sports, this is one of the best places in Karnataka! Karwar is a beach paradise with pleasant weather, sports activities, and boat rides! However, if you are in Karvar, do find some time also touring Karwar and visit places like Tagore Beach, Anshi National Park, Sadashivgad Fort, etc.

Where: Uttara Kannada

8. Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah


Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gaisu Daraz is one of the important Muslim pilgrimage sites. It houses the tomb of the Sufi saint Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz, also known as Khwaja Bande Nawaz. One can visit this to observe the culture of the place.

Where: Gulbarga

9. Badami


The earlier name of Badami was Vatapi. And, it used to be the capital of Badami Chalukyas from AD 540 to 757. However, with time, it got unnoticed by people. Currently, there are many rock-cut structures here. History buffs can pay a visit here to take a glimpse of the bygone era!

Where: Bagalkot

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