Attractions in Karnataka
These walking tours offers you a chance to be guided through ancient Victorian settings, the Lalbagh Gardens, or a stunning medieval village. Visit www.bangalorewalks.com or call +91 9845523660 for more information.
Any water adventure sport can be found with Surfing India, where you can bodyboard, take surf lessons, rent jet skis or be taken snorkelling. Visit www.surfingindia.net for more information.
Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute
The world-famous yoga school is now run by the grandson of the late K Pattabhi Jois, who developed Ashtanga style yoga. Visit www.kpayjayi.org for more information, and visit soon as you must register months in advance!
Those with an extended stay should consider undertaking the breathtaking Golden Chariot railway. A 7-night train journey that zigzags by ancient ruins, majestic wildlife, temples and more! Visit www.goldenchariottrain.com or call +91 11 42866600 for more information.
Coorg Trails will get your blood flowing as you embark on a guided hike featuring some of Karnataka’s hidden beauty and trails. Visit www.coorgtrails.com for more information.
Equilibrium was the first indoor rock climbing center in India, and is a great warm-up for travellers visiting the world-famous Hampi climbing destination. Visit http://www.equilibrium.co.in/ for more information.
The Forest Department offers bus rides around Bandjpur National Park where you’ll be able to take in the natural wildlife. Be wary about going on weekends, as it tends to get very busy. Call +91 8229 236051 for more information.
Cocopelli Surf School
This internationally certified institution offers top of the line lessons for beginners and board rentals for those with experience already. Visit www.cocopelli.org for more information.
Art of Bicycle
These cycling tours take you sightseeing through the winding hills of Bengalaru and the Nandi Hills. Longer journeys are offered as well. Visit www.artofbicycletrips.com for more information.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
This gorgeous, well-kept zoo is known for the exotic species held in captivity. Visit http://mysorezoo.info/ for more information.
This spectacular royal building was previously inhabited by the Wodeyar maharajas. Now you can explore its lavish hallways. Keep in mind that photography within the walls is prohibited. Visit www.mysorepalace.gov.in for more information.
This temple was built in the 15th century, and is a main centerpiece of the Hampi Bazaar. Open from dusk till dawn.
National Gallery of Modern Art
This former mansion-turned-gallery showcases a collection that would make even Christie’s Auction House salivate at the prospect of owning some of the art held here. Call +91 80 22342338 for more information.
The Gol Gumbaz mausoleum is home to the remains of the emperor Mohammed Adil Shah and some of his family members and mistresses. Open from 6am-6pm.