Places to Visit in Karnataka in Winter
By Meenakshi Gupta
Karnataka has always been an all-year-round destination, however, it becomes even more special during winter and the New Year time. Be it forests, beaches, hill stations, or even the posh lounges and rooftop bars of Bengaluru city, Karnataka has it all for everyone.
Karnataka has always been the hottest destination not only for the tourist within the state but also from the neighbouring states. While one can be in Bengaluru to enjoy the rock culture, pomp, and show biz of the city life, others can have a quaint holiday amidst the tranquillity and serenity of the state. Even if you have not planned your New Year holidays well in advance, you can easily escape to the nearest destination from a scenic hill station to a heritage town, nature reserve forests to beaches, Karnataka is known for its diversity.
Cubbon Park at Bengaluru
The metro cosmopolitan city known for its Pubs and micro-breweries offers some of the best parties and nightlife in the country. New celebrations at M G Road and Brigade Road have been the favorite go-to places not just for millennials but also for party enthusiasts of all age groups. The lighting and decoration are the highlights of the area and people flock to these streets to bid bye to the passing year and welcome the New Year.
Many star hotels, Pubs, and Discotheques offer attractive packages for the New Year celebrations with and without accommodations. These can be a good option if one wants to just chill out and have an action-packed New Year celebration. The misty and cold mornings at Cubbon Park or a hike up to Nandi Hills, Bangalore surely can give you the feel of winter like any other winter destination.
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The royal cultural city of Karnataka never fails to entice travelers of all age groups. A calm and charming heritage city always welcomes travelers of all segments. Besides the majestic Mysore Palace and the Chamundi Hills, there are many more places of interest like the Zoo, Somanathpura, Gomatagiri, Golden temple, Brindavan Gardens, Melkote temple, Rail Museum, and many more art galleries and museums to visit. Do not forget to indulge in taking home some of the best souvenirs from the city like sandalwood, silk sarees, and handmade artifacts. Indulge in one of the finest yoga sessions in Mysore for complete wellness if you wish to spend the winter holidays in Karnataka in calmness and for your well-being.
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Spend time in tranquillity amid the coffee estates of the most sought and one of the best hill stations in South India. The aromas of coffee, melodious chirping of birds, misty hills, traditional Coorgi cuisine, and beautiful valleys are more than enough reasons to visit Coorg during winter. Coorg, the land of Kodavas should be visited for its temples, monasteries, coffee estates, wildlife, weather, and of course the mountain views. Just 250 km away from Bangalore crossing via dense forests and hairpin bends, Coorg tops the list of places to visit in Karnataka during winter.
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As they say, the journeys are always more special than the destination. A road to Chikkamagalur crossing through the zig-zag gorges, mesmerizing views of majestic mountains, dense forests of the Western Ghats, the nip in the air, and the streams and waterfalls are enough reasons to entice anyone to visit Chikkamagalur. One of the popular and scenic destinations and a hill station in South India, Chikkamagalur is a delight for hikers, and nature lovers, and is a photographers’ paradise. The wildlife retreats, luxurious accommodations, traditional homestays and Malanadu cuisine, a ride in a posh Vistadome coach, and ancient temples are some of the good reasons to visit Chikkamagalur during winter.
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Comparatively a warmer town during the rest of the year, winter is the best season to visit Hampi. Spread across 25 km, this 14th-century town comprises more than 450 monuments, and there is a lot more to see and do in Hampi. Immerse in the history of the Vijayanagara Empire or indulge in adventure activities like rock climbing, and cliff jumping, visit Hippie Island, or just sail in River Cauvery in a coracle boat, Hampi has it all. Winter or New Year’s time is the best season to visit and is a one-stop destination for the whole family.
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Not a mountain person? Do not worry. If you have not planned or booked your holiday well in advance, the last-minute escape to this heavenly beach destination will make your holiday a memorable one. A beach destination, second to none has a charm of a beach vacation, heritage and ancient temples, hiking trails, buoyant party vibes, mesmerizing landscapes, and thrilling nightlife are some of the reasons to visit Gokarna during New Year’s or winter for that perfect holiday to kick-off your new year.
Beaches or mountains, temples or adventure, heritage or culture, Karnataka is a perfect destination for winter and to welcome the new year.
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