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COVID-19 : KARNATAKA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 15 Dec 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to KARNATAKA?

Entry to Karnataka is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Wearing face mask is compulsory in public
  • Social distancing has to be followed mandatorily in public areas
  • COVID-negative test required to enter Karnataka for International travellers
  • 14 days of home quarantine for passengers arriving from other states, if having COVID symptoms.
  • Passengers with symptoms to be moved to COVID care center for their tests.
  • Travellers required to download Arogya Setu app, Quarantine watch app and Apthamitra App on their mobile devices.
Flights

Flights are available from domestic destinations like Indore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and 10+ other destinations

Trains

Unreserved passenger trains resume in Karnataka for people travelling in and out of the state. Additionally, 10 Special Festival Trains are expected to operate shortly to cater to the passengers from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Local Transport

State transport buses, autos, taxis and cabs allowed to run in the state

It is safe to visit tourist attractions that have been reopened in Karnataka. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all safety precautions and guidelines issued by the government to stay safe and practice personal hygiene.

Revered with a varied makeup conforming to all the flirtation and courtship of typical India, Karnataka is an amalgam of crowning destinations, mega cities, tiger reserves, beaches, legendary hang out zones and ancient ruins. With the coastline encompassed by the pleasant palm beaches and the spectacular beauty amplified by the historical temples, Karnataka indeed is an ideal tourist place in India.

Majorly driven by the silicon-capital Bengaluru, brimming with superior life and lifestyle, Karnataka has its own platter composed of flavors, activities, things to do and enormous places to see. Enveloping the sybaritic city are lush green hills dotted with aromatic coffee and spice plantations, massive population of elephants (highest in Asia), tigers, resplendent majesty of Mysore and thick jungles overfed with monkeys.  

Does this all sound cliché to you? Well, head forth to the counter cultural enclave of pristine Hampi that is teeming with archaic temple ruins, hammocks and enchanting sunsets. Explore the sculptural wonders of Karnataka by taking a visit to Halebid, Belur and Mysore that narrates the saga of the archaic past and speaks volumes of the sculptural wonder. It does not end here either. Take a deeper plunge in the beauty of Karnataka with its Gokarna that is a beach haven bereft the hullabaloo. Or rather, just leave the tourist trail for a while and take an odyssey to the magnificent Islamic ruins in the northern end of the state.  


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24 October 2015
Agnimitra Banerjee Trekking in Nishani Motte
Excellent
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
23 October 2015
Excellent
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone and before heading out at this place I also saw some thrillophilia reviews to know more about it.
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
15 January 2021
Excellent
Brilliant location, total privacy, tasty food, Bonfire going into the early hours with loud music... what more can we ask:-)
1st experience with Thrillophilia made diplomatic!! The resort situated at best place, it suits for everyone who extremely in search of peace whereas all sorts of activities are conducted also food will be superb good eventually night parties are almost peak there folks its good to go have a pleasant stay at tent and enjoy as much as u can :)
13 January 2021
Excellent
Based on the good review of Riverside Home Stay, we booked a 2 day trip to Coorg. It's a wonderful place, far from the hustle bustle of City Life. We found the service and response of the Home Stay to be excellent. All our queries were promptly responded by Thrillophilia. We had a nice time during our stay in Home Stay as well as site seeing places. Everything was taken care wonderfully by hosts Nitin and Bhagat as all Coorgis are. The place is well known for its serene atmosphere, Greenery and tranquility. Food was also tasty. We didn't feel like coming back from the place. I wish to recommend Riverside homestay to all my friends and relatives.
12 January 2021
Excellent
My family along with my friend's family had visited Chikmagalur for 3 days trip. The stay in your estate was very good. The food you served was extremely good in quality. My two year old baby had the same food what we had and she was very comfortable with the same. The only thing which needs attention is geyser. It took more time to get the water heated. Other then that, the rooms, washrooms etc., are all very good.
08 January 2021
Very Good
We visited Guhantara resort for new year celebration, we were about 25 and it was a great fun filled day. Thanks to Thrillophia for giving us the best rates. Resort is awesome and very well built. A lot of games are non functional and the food is good. Some suggestions would be seggreagate the veg and non veg section of food for veg people like us, and to open up the games.

People Also Ask About Karnataka

  1. Travel Advice

    • Do not trust any stranger or anyone you barely know beyond necessary. Ensure that you keep a safe distance from all the strangers and never trust anyone with your valuables.

    • Don’t rely on your tourist guide more than you should.

    • It is appropriate, if you hire a tourist guide from a reliable agency or an organization.

    • Do not go out alone during the night hours. Karnataka, is a comparatively safer place but you cannot keep the guards down.

    • It is always better to travel in a group.

    • Karnataka has ATMs located after every little distance. So, you never have to carry cash more than required.

    • Keep your jewelry, cash and valuables in a room safe.

    • Don’t put your wallet in the back pocket especially when in the crowded places. Either place it in the front pocket or put it in your jacket.

    • Girls take note, it does not matter which part of India you are traveling, your safety is in your own very hands. So, make sure you dress appropriately. Strictly avoid skimpy or revealing clothes.

    • It can rain here anytime so carry extra layers of clothing.

    • Maintain decorum when you visit religious places.

    • Do not film or shoot videos without permission.

    • Wherever you see a sign of ‘No Photography’, do not take a picture.  

    • Always keep in your wallet a photocopy of your license, ID, passport, etc.

    • If you are traveling without a guide, acquire sufficient information about the destination you are traveling to.

    • Do not over indulge in street food. If you do eat street food, take a check on the quality and the manner of preparation (of dishes).

    • Drink only bottled mineral water. Check the seal properly before buying a bottle of water.

    • Do not eat cut fruits or vegetable from the roadside vendors.

    • If you suffer from any disease, carry the necessary medications with you.

    • Carry with you first aid kit. The kit must have medicines for fever, cold, diarrhea, nausea, etc.

    • Carry sunscreen and sunglasses with you.

  2. Drinking Laws

    In Karnataka, the legal age for drinking is 18 years. Take note, you may have to show an ID proof before making a purchase of alcohol in this state. Ever since 1st of July 2007, Arrack has been totally banned in Karnataka.


  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Belur
    Situated about 165 km from Mangalore, 217 km from Bangalore and 154 km from Mysore, Belur is an extremely popular temple town that is situated in the Hassan District of the state of Karnataka. The town is known for its ostentatious Hoysala Temple that is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the three Hoysala temples are particularly famous for their intricate and minute sculptures and cravings with metal like polishing. This is one of the best heritage sites of Karnataka and is indeed a prominent tourist place.

    Bangalore
    Situated nearly 139 km from Mysore and 347 km from Chennai, Bangalore also known as Bengaluru is the 5th largest city in India. It is the third most populous cities in India and is often referred to as the Silicon Valley (given the vast IT firms and companies located here) and the Garden City of India (given the enormous parks and gardens found here). Bangalore is extremely popular for its nightlife and is an ideal place for anyone planning to visit Southern India. Some of the must visit attractions in Bangalore include Lalbagh Garden, Nandi Hills, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Vishveswaraiah Museum, Bannerghatta National Park, Cubbon Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, ISKCON Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Bull Temple and Bangalore Palace. 

    Bandipur National Park
    Located 70 kms from Ooty, Bandipur National Park is definitely one of the well preserved National Parks in India. Spanning over an area of 874 sq. km., the altitude of this park varies from 780 to 1455 meters. Along with Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park is also a part of the phenomenally prominent Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This once used to be the game and recreation reserve for the Maharajas from Mysore. Declared a National Park in the year 1974, the park houses 3000 Asian elephants, 70 tigers along with other animals such as dhole, leopards, sloth bears, gaur along with a number of birdlife. You can try activities like Elephant Safari – INR 50 per head, Mini Bus Safari – INR 75 per head and Jeep Safari – INR 300 per head, here.       

    Chikmagalur

    Located 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is located at an altitude of 3,400 feet on the foothills of the Mulliyangiri range. This is one of the top hills stations of Karnataka state and is famous for its tall mountains, lush green surroundings and serene environment. The place is particularly known for its coffee. What’s surprising is that coffee was cultivated for the first time here in India. Other prominent sightseeing spots of Chikmagalur are Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Amruthapura, Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls, Kemmanagundi and Mulliyangiri. 

    Coorg
    Located 362 km from Kochi, Coorg is a beautiful district in Karnataka. It lies at an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats and is known as the Scotland of India. This is another important hill station that you just cannot miss. Legends say that, Coorg is named after the River Cauvery. Thick tea and coffee plantations, undulating streets, misty hills, orange groves, breathtaking views and lush forests have made Coorg a prominent holiday destination. 

  4. What you will like there?

    Mouth Watering Food
    Are you a foodie at heart? If yes, visiting Karnataka would be an excellent choice to make. Dosa at Uudpi, Pandi curry from Coorg, fish curry from Mangalore and South Indian deserts such as ‘Dharwad pedha’ and ‘Mysore pak’ are indeed some dishes to look forward to.  

    Waterfalls
    Apart from the many waterfalls of Karnataka, the two waterfalls that you’ll particularly like here are the Jog Falls and the Shivanasamudra Falls. Jog Falls is one of the highest plunge waterfalls of India and Shivanasamudra is a natural beauty that is equally beautiful. 

    Monsoon
    Rare are the places in India that actually get beautiful in monsoon and Karnataka is definitely on the top. The surroundings get greener and the different silver streams cascade from the mountains bringing forth an unparalleled view that is savored by nature lovers across the country. 

    Coffee
    Coffee is the favorite beverage of many in the world. If you haven’t brewed the coffee from Chikmagalur, your tour to Karnataka is incomplete. You can find umpteen number of little coffee shops in every nook and corner of Karnataka. 

    Architecture
    Karnataka has several architectural marvels that will leave you spell bound. The Rock Cut Caves of Karnataka are definitely one of the most scenic structures here. Apart from this, the Bhutnatha Temple which is an amalgam of Jain and Dravidian style of architecture is simply spectacular. 

  5. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

  6. Is Denmark expensive?

    Yes, Denmark is expensive, and the cost of living over here is higher than more than 91% of countries around the globe. It also has some of the most expensive restaurants and hotels, which are three times more costly than those in the cheapest European countries.  Daily expenditure here is about $191.

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