Summer has arrived in India, and so it’s time again for you and your family to take another vacation to beat the heat around. Once we talk about vacations, I am definitely sure that you must be dreaming about visiting Ooty, Goa, Kodaikanal and similar other places in India. We have explored quite a few picturesque places here, which are ideal as summer retreats, in this article, let’s discover five places in Karnataka which can help you escape this summer’s heat.
Coorg is possibly one the best locations that one can think of when talking about Karnataka. Famous for its spices, coffee and tea plantations Coorg is also one of the biggest producer and exporter of these products in India. Kodagu (as Coorg is known in the local language) is an exceptionally picturesque land that is stunning enough to captivate any visitor’s mind. Madikeri, headquarter of this Coorg region is often remembered as the “Scotland of India.” While visiting this place, it’s best to stay at homestays which are located in and around the tea and coffee estates in Coorg, to enjoy the beauty of this remarkable place.
If you are looking for the beaches to beat the heat, there is no other better destination than visiting Gokarna in Karnataka. Gokarna is also a treat for the eyes of all the foreigners who loves to explore places of religious significance while visiting India. Located just an hour’s drive from Goa, Gokarna is revered for its mythological significances.
The Mahabaleshwar Temple is situated on the Gokarna beach. Gokarna lies towards the south of Goa. Although this temple is off-limits to all the non-Hindus, with changing times, nowadays one can even make arrangements for special visits to this age-old architectural shrine. Nevertheless, even if that is not possible to visit the Mahabaleshwar Temple during your visit to Gokarna, you can always relax on the beautiful beach adjacent to this land.
Nagarahole National Park
Nagarahole National Park is one of the most famous national parks in India, is yet another place to visit during the summer seasons in Karnataka. Nagarahole National Park is a natural habitat for Indian Elephants. The tranquil lakes, untouched wildness, and the bubbling streams are some of the greatest attractions of this place. You can explore Nagarahole National Park on an elephant’s back or can travel inside the dense forest in a jeep or even ride on a boat to visit the interiors of this park. For more enthusiastic travelers trekking is just another adventure sport that one can enjoy while visiting this place.
For all the summer tourists, who want to enjoy fishing and camping in the wild, Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp is one of the best locations to visit in Karnataka. Bheemeshwari Nature Camp is nestled along the Cauvery River, which is one of the most sacred rivers in South India. Also known as Cauvery Fishing Camp, this place is famous for the prized “Mahseer” which is one of the largest freshwater fish of India. Preferred as one of the most sought after destinations for both adventure and nature lovers, apart from fishing, coracle riding, freshwater river rafting and trekking in the nearby forests are some of the other activities one can indulge in while visiting Bhemeshwari.
Ringed by Baba Budan Giri hill range, Kemmanagundi is a picturesque hill station that is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. The ornamental gardens, bubbling mountain streams, Chikmagalur Resorts and the lush green vegetation all around is one of the most beautiful sights to witness while visiting Kemmanagundi. Also known as Sri Krishnarajendra-Hill-Station, for the Raj Bhavan in Kemmanagundi was the summertime retreat of King Krishnaraja-Wodeyar IV, one must never forget to view the spectacular sunset from the Raj Bhavan while visiting this place.
While these are only a few of the most popular summer retreats in Karnataka, please feel free to add your places that you would like to visit during the summer season in this South Indian state.