Karnataka has an equable climate throughout the year, a fascinating culture, world heritage sites and some of the best national parks in India – and yet few people visit the state.
Reasons for this may include the fact that this huge state has very few airports and overland travel can be slow. Hampi would have far more tourists if only it was easier to get to and there was a good range of accommodation. Outside Bangalore there are not that many hotels- particularly along the coastal strip. But Karnataka, sandwiched between Goa and Kerala, realises that it is missing out on tourist dollars so gradually things will change..
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International Airports: Bangalore, Goa, Karnataka and Calicut
Domestic Airports: Mangalore and Hubli
Main Cities: Bengaluru (Bangalore) – State Capital, Mysore, Hassan
Area: 191,791 Sq KM (74,051 Sq Miles)
Local Language: Kannada
Mysore, Nagarhole National Park, the world heritage sites of Hampi and Pattadakal, the caves of Badami, the temples of Belur and Halebid, Coorg
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The best time to visit this high altitude area is the opposite for the rest of India. This is why the British Raj moved their operations to Shimla during the summer. The best time to visit Shimla/ Himachal Pradesh is March to June and October/ November. The best time for Kashmir is May to September and for Uttarakhand the season is longer at April to October.