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May 2022

Department of Tourism and KSTDC plans 19 cities Roadshows in 2022

With the growing trends in domestic tourism, the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) plan to organize multi-city roadshows in India starting from May till November 2022 to promote the tourism sector of the state. Read More

December 2021

New Year 2022 Celebrations in Karnataka

The countdown of the New Year 2022 has finally begun. The season to celebrate new beginnings with great energy and positivity, New year brings new hopes, resolutions, and goals. The 31st of December is celebrated with enthusiasm across the country. Read More

The Glorious Christmas Celebrations

From colourful decorations, blissful surroundings, and lots of sweets, Christmas is indeed one of the most vibrant festivals in the country. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be the Son of God in the Christian religion. Read More

International Cheetah Day 2021

We know Cheetah as the fastest land mammal on the earth. It is said that when they run at their full speed, their feet only touch the ground once every 6-7 meters. Though one of the most significant parts of the world’s wildlife, Cheetahs are on the verge of extinction. There are only around 8,000 creatures in the wildlife today. According to various studies, the world has lost over 90% of the cheetah population over the past 100 years. Read More

November 2021

Kanakadasa Jayanti 2021

Kanaka Dasa is to date a very renowned name in the field of kirtans and ugabhoga ( Carnatic music compositions in the Kannada language). Born as Thimmappa Nayaka on 3rd December 1509, he grew to become a celebrated philosopher, poet, and musician. Every year his birth anniversary is celebrated as Kanakadasa Jayanti with great pomp and enthusiasm in the state of Karnataka. Every year this day in Karnataka is declared as a regional public holiday to pay tribute to this great saint and poet.Read More

World Fisheries Day 2021

World Fisheries Day is celebrated across the world on 21 November annually. The main purpose behind this day is to highlight the importance of sustainable stocks of fisheries in the world. It also focuses on other related factors such as the necessity of healthy oceans, balance in ecosystem and surroundings. Read More

Diwali 2021 celebrations in Karnataka

The festival of lights, Diwali is indeed one of the most popular festivals in the country. It is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm every year. People adorn their homes with flowers, diyas, and lights to welcome prosperity and wealth. Read More

Kannada Rajyotsava

Also known as the Karnataka Foundation Day or Karnataka day, the Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on 1st November annually. This day came into reality in 1956 when all the Kannada-speaking regions united to become one state. Read More

October 2021

World Animal Day

Every year, World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4 around the world. The main aim of this day is to improve the welfare standards of animals across the globe. This date is celebrated as World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Read More

Mysuru Dasara Celebrations 2021

Mysuru Dasara is one of the most vibrant festivals of India, celebrated with great enthusiasm. The 10-day festival is celebrated during Navratri in the state of Karnataka, culminating on the tenth day – Vijayadashami. During this festival, the entire city gets drenched in the religious aura and colourful decorations. Read More

Wildlife Week 2021

The role played by wildlife in maintaining the ecological balance of nature is undeniable. Any harm to the wilderness can pose a threat to the entire ecosystem. Thus, it is very crucial to preserve flora and fauna. Every year, from 2nd to 8th October, India celebrates Wildlife Week with an aim to protect the preserve country’s fauna. Read More

Celebrate Gandhi Jayanti in Karnataka

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated every year on 2nd October. Father of the Nation, as he was called, led India’s independence movement, along with many other freedom fighters. He started several civil rights movements, promoting his method of non-violence. Read More

World Bird Migratory Day 2021

World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness campaign celebrated on October 9th. The day is marked to highlight the need to conserve the migratory birds and their ecosystems. It aims to generate awareness about the threats faced by these species and promote ways to help and maintain ecological balance. Read More

September 2021

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most significant festivals celebrated across the country. It is observed as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. This is the day when he was resurrected to life with an elephant’s head. Read More

World Coconut Day

Every year, World Coconut Day is celebrated on September 2 in major coconut-producing countries, including India. This special day was Initiated by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community, headquartered in Jakarta, Jakarta. Read More

August 2021

Karnataka’s Mandalpatti Hills Witnessed the Growth of Rare Neelakurinji Flowers

For the residents of Kodagu, this summer has brought a special kind of allure as the region is booming with Neelakurinji flowers. Also known as Kurinji, these flowers have grown in Mandalpatti Hills in the district of Kodagu, adding a distinctive charm to this place. Read More


Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna who was born on the eight day of the month of Shravana as the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Usually known as Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami, this hindu festival is predominantly celebrated in North India and is followed by a celebration of the Nandotsav. Read More

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was an initiative taken by filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark along with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in 2011 to highlight the difficulties faced by this endangered wildlife species like habitat loss, poaching and being mistreated in captivity. Read More

Gowri Festival

As an extremely significant festival celebrated in Karnataka, Gowri Habba or Gowri festival is celebrated just a day prior to Ganesh Chaturthi where the mother of Lord Ganesha and the wife of Lord Shiva, Goddess Gowri is worshipped as she is deemed to the very incarnation of Adi Shakti Mahamaya and also the most powerful goddess of all. Believed to have the ability to bless her devotees with valour, power and courage, Goddess Gowri is also worshipped in the other parts of India, like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Read More

Independence Day

15th August is annually celebrated in India to mark her freedom from the imperialistic grip of colonial british rule. At the midnight of 14th August, 1947, after the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan, India finally established herself as an independent nation after being under the british colonial reign for 200 years! Read More

July 2021

Vistadome coach for Mangaluru-Bengaluru train from July 7

The Indian Railways have announced that a special Vistadome (glass top) coach will be attached to Mangaluru- Bengaluru train from July 7. This is because train number 06211/06212 passes through the enchanting Western Ghats, making the 45 kilometres journey incredibly picturesque.Read More

International Tiger Day

The tiger population has seen declination over the years. Though the numbers are increasing gradually now, it is crucial to keep working towards this goal. International Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day is celebrated annually on 29th July to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The primary purpose of this day is to protect the natural habitats of tigers and support tiger conservation issues. Read More

International Plastic Bag Free Day

Plastic pollution is a global catastrophe, adversely affecting the environment. Tons of single-use plastics are littered around the beaches, roads, and parks. They harm not only nature but also wildlife. Since it is a man-made disaster, there are ways to control it. To highlight awareness about the pressing issues of plastic pollution, International Plastic Bag Free Day is celebrated each year on 3rd July. Read More

June 2021

World Environment Day 2021

World Environment Day is organized by the UN Environment Program every year to encourage the protection of the environment. Each year June 5th is marked as World Environment Day across the globe. During this day, various activities for the awareness and protection of the environment are carried out. Read More

May 2021

Buddha Purnima 2021

Buddha Purnima is among the most important festivals in the country, especially for the followers of Buddhism. It marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. This festival falls on the first full moon day, i.e., Purnima of the Hindu month of Vaisakha in the Gregorian calendar. This year Buddha Purnima will be celebrated globally on 26th May. The significance of this day dates back to the 4th-6th century BC. Read More


Eid ul Fitr occurs on the first of the lunar calendar after the holy month of Ramadan ends. It is a festival celebrated by Muslims after a whole month of fasting in Ramadan and marks the day of feast for them across the world. Fitr means the charity that we give on the eve of Eid to the poor and needy so that they do not feel left out and sad because they cannot afford to celebrate. Read More

Basava Jayanthi

Basava Jayanthi is celebrated in honor of Mahatma Basaveshwar who was a famous Philosopher, Statesman, Social Reformer, and Saint in the Shaivism Bhakti Movement during the 12th Century. The Jayanti is celebrated on the third of the bright half or Shukla paksha during the month of Vaisakha. Jagat Jyoti Basaveshwara was a well-known saint who worked tirelessly to spread social awareness among people with his poetry and philosophy. Read More

Akshaya Tritiya

Akshay Tritiya is an auspicious day for Hindus and in Karnataka, it is also called Akshay Tadige. This year it will be celebrated on 14th May. On this day Sage Veda Vyasa who is also called Krishna Dwaipayana dictated the famous Epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha. It is said that this day brings good luck and fortune to businessmen and even in households. Read More

April 2021

Happy Ram Navami

Ram Navami is one of the most significant festivals celebrated across the country with immense faith. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month as per the Hindu calendar. On this day, Lord Rama who is also known as Maryada Purshottam was born as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Read More

International Museum Day

International Museum Day is celebrated on 18th May every year. It was declared in the year 1977 by the International Council of museums and has become a custom to celebrate it every year since then. The theme for International Museum Day 2021 is “The Future of Museums: Recover and Re-imagine”. Read More

Karaga Festival – The Celebration of Rituals and Traditions

One of the oldest festivals celebrated in the state of Karnataka; the Karanga festival is a reflection of the region’s glorious history and traditions. It is celebrated annually in the Chaitra month (March/April) according to the Hindu calendar. Though particularly associated with the Thigala community, this grand festival attracts tourists from different parts of the city. Read More

Ugadi 2021

The auspicious festival of Ugadi is celebrated with utmost vigour and gusto in Karnataka and other South Indian states. Ugadi is observed on the first day of Chaitra according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. This year, it will be celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm on April 13th. The name ‘Ugadi’ originated from two Sanskrit words, ‘Yuga’ and ‘Adi’, translating to a new beginning. Read More

World Art Day 2021

Art is essential for livelihood, it has been referred to as one of the most noble persuits. Keeping this in mind, UNESCO dedicated a day to artists and art all around the world. World Art Day is celebrated every year on 15th April. Art deserves recognition and should be given importance. At every point in life, people are engaging in some sort of art. Read More

World Heritage Day 2021

April 18 is annually observed as the World Heritage Day, also recognised as the International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS). The initiative by the International Council on Monuments and Sites was approved by UNESCO in 1983. The primary aim is to increase the awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and conserve them for generations to come. Read More

March 2021

World Forestry Day

Forests are extremely important for the survival and sustenance of the human race. Almost 31 percent of the total global land is covered by forests. It plays a significant role in the preservation of numerous different species of plants, bushes, shrubs as well as birds, animals, and insects that constitute the ecosystem of the forests and maintain the climate in an area. Read More

Karnataka's Golden Chariot Luxury Train Resume Operations

Operated by the Indian Railways subsidiary IRCTC and Karnataka, the Luxury Golden Chariot Train has resumed its operations and has started accepting bookings All the journeys would start and end at Bengaluru and it will cover many iconic places in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Read More

Government Plans Pilgrims’ Centre For Karnataka Devotees In Ayodhya and Theme Park At Kabini

The government has come up with a new proposal that will promote tourism by introducing a pilgrims’ center in Ayodhya and a theme park at Kabini. The budget introduced also offers better funding for the development of more spots around the 320Km coastline in the state. Chief Minister Of Karnataka Shri B.S Yediyurappa stated that the work on the center would begin this year. Read More

Karnataka To Get Its First Crafts Tourism Village

Karnataka is going to introduce a new village that crafts tourism and will be located at Anegundi in the Koppal district. Here you can come across and witness handmade things such as baskets, mats, and bags that are weaved by artisans are from banana fiber. The UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi is near to this craft village heritage and can be easily paid a visit to. Read More

Mahashivratri 2021

Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival that is celebrated all across India. In 2021, the festival will be celebrated on 11th March. On this day Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped and their convergence or union is celebrated. Together they make Shiv and Shakti, Destruction and Creation, two processes that are inevitable and important for the human race. Read More

Mysuru Sightseeing in Hop-on-hop-off Buses

The Hop-on-hop-off buses are finally introduced in Mysuru. The city is well known for its heritage and culture, and the place is a popular tourist attraction. During the famous Mysuru Dasara festival, a lot of tourists visit the place from all around the world. The Karnataka state tourism development corporation( KSTDC) has launched the services of Ambari, double-decker buses to make tourism smooth and hassle-free. Read More

World Wildlife Day 2021

The wildlife of our planet plays a crucial role in maintaining the environment and the Earth’s ecosystems. In December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in its 68th session, declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day. For the past 16 years, this day has been celebrated all over the globe to spread awareness about the flora and fauna that constitute wildlife in different parts of the world. Read More

February 2021

Nandi Hills is Said to Get an Enchanting Makeover

Nandi hills is an exquisite tourist spot that is located in the Chikkaballapur district. The beautiful foothills are about an hour away from the city of Bangalore. For several years, Nandi Hills has been a popular and loved tourist destination. The climate, the view and the location makes it the perfect vacation spot. Read More

Basant Panchami Festival

Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival, celebrated during Spring usually in February. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on this auspicious day, who is the goddess of knowledge, music, and learning. Schools, colleges, and other educational institutes celebrate this day throughout India. Students pray to the Goddess to excel in academics, art, and music. Read More

Karnataka’s Newest Addition, Vijayanagara, The 31st District

Karnataka got its 31st district on 8th Feb 2021, which is called Vijayanagara. Several meetings were held last year with regard to the emergence of the new district, and the plan was carried out in February, this year. Earlier, a part of Bellary, Vijayanagar has now been separated and emerges as its own entity in the form of the 31st district of Karnataka. Read More

January 2021

Republic Day 2021

With India all set to celebrate its 72nd Republic Day, the event spearheads with a speech from the President, an exhibition from the military, parade, hoisting of the National flag, few cultural performances followed by honoring the brave hearts of our nation. Republic Day has a huge significance for our nation which is one of the biggest democracies in the world. On 26th January 1950, the Constitution of India was incepted, making it a democratic, sovereign, and secular country. Read More

Makar Sankranti

Every year, the end of January observes the winter solstice and the start of longer days. Since time immemorial, this occasion is celebrated in India and Nepal as the festival of harvest or Makar Sankranti. Also known as Maghi, this festival day is dedicated to the worship of the sun. Unlike most festivals that follow the lunar cycle, Makar Sankranti follows the solar cycle and thus, is celebrated almost on the same day every year. Read More

Pattadakal Dance Festival

Pattadakallu, commonly known as Pattadakal is a small village in Karnataka and the embodiment of an Indian architectural marvel. Located on the banks of the Malaprabha River, this village is a UNESCO declared a world heritage site. ‘Pattadakallu’ translates to “place of coronation”. As the name suggests, all kings of the Chalukya dynasty were crowned here, making it a place of great historic and cultural significance. Read More

Aero India 2021

Aero India is a fascinating exhibition conducted by the Defense Exhibition Organization for people who are interested to learn about aviation and see aircrafts and machineries related to it. The Indian Air Force as well the Indian Defense Ministry come together to put up an exhibition of exquisite machines, planes, and helicopters that are used for aviation by the Indian Air Force. Read More

Chocolate Park

Chocolate is fascinating and perfect for every occasion, we often crave it and it holds the power to lift our moods instantly. Have you ever wondered how this magical and savoury piece of happiness is born? You don’t have to keep guessing anymore. Karnataka brings to you a magnificent Chocolate factory much like Willy Wonka’s. It is said to be located in Puttur, Madikeri-Mangaluru Road. Read More

India National Tourism Day

Most people are unmindful of the fact that India dedicates a day to tourism; however, it should come as no surprise because India is a treasure trove of exquisite mountains, forests, and sea beaches. Every year, 25th January is celebrated at the India National Tourism Day, an incredible way to spread awareness about the importance of traveling and protecting nature. Read More

Karnataka Bird Festival 2021

Bird watching is a popular activity, especially during the winters as birdwatchers try to get a glimpse of the many migratory birds. One such Important Bird Area in the country area is the BRT Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. This is going to be the venue for the seventh edition of the Karnataka Bird Festival. Read More

December 2020

Christmas in the Land of Sandalwood and Silk

From fairy lights and carols jingling all the way, Christmas is a special celebration that all of us zealously look forward to. Marking the last eventful festivity of the year, the birth of the little Lord Jesus in a manger in Jerusalem is celebrated with great fervor in the state of Karnataka on 25th December every year. Read More

Helicopter Joy Rides: Fly Over Coorg

Bengaluru City’s Helii Taxi Services By Thumby Aviation have resumed Aerial Experience rides in Karnataka.

This service offers a splendid view of Coorg, also known as Scotland Of India. You can now fly over Coorg and view the lush green forests, misty hills, coffee plantations and other breathtaking views. Read More

Kadlekai Parishe

Basavanagudi Festival, which started in the year 1537AD, has a legendary origin story. The peanut fields in those times were savagely destroyed by the raging bull at night. The roving bull that ravaged the cultivation farms, was claimed to be the Lord Shiva’s vehicle, Nandi. Read More

November 2020

Kanakadasa Jayanthi

Kanakadasa Jayanthi is one of the regional holidays of Karnataka. It is celebrated every year on the 18th day of Kartik. This day is meant to commemorate the birth anniversary of Shri Kanaka Dasa, who was a legendary poet as well as saint from the year 1509. Read More

Newly Revamped Mangalore Beaches To Come Soon

There’s hardly a handful of people who wouldn’t get excited about beaches. They attract a large number of domestic and inbound tourist to any country blessed with scenic beaches. And luckily enough, our homeland,India, is blessed with a number of magnanimous beaches. Mangalore, Karnataka is one such city with panoramic beaches in Southern India. Read More

Hampi to get world’s largest statue of Lord Hanuman

The UNESCO World Heritage site Hampi will now get the World’s tallest statue of Lord Hanuman at Pampapur Kishkindha. The statue, which will be located on the outskirts of Hampi will be 215 m tall and an estimated sum of INR 1200 crore has been allocated for its construction. Read More

Two Beaches In Karnataka Get “Blue Flag” Recognition

Indeed a very proud moment for Karnataka as Two Beaches in the State have bagged the coveted eco label “ Blue Flag ” title from the International agency Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark. The two beaches, Kasarkod Beach near Honnavar in Uttara Kannada and Padubidri Beach near Udupi, are among the eight in the country to have received the title. Read More

World Heritage Week

World Heritage Week is celebrated to promote the heritage and the culture of monuments as well as important sites for their conservation. It aims at increasing awareness among general people about their culture and traditions and why they must be protected. The designation of a World Heritage Site provides evidence of a place being culturally sensitive and that it needs legal protection. Read More

November 2020

India's First Sandalwood Museum In Mysuru

Mysuru is not only famous for its Pak and Yoga, but also for the wide range of sandalwood products that the city sells like oils, soaps, incense sticks, artefacts etc.
Now, visitors can learn about the history and cultivation of Sandalwood Products, all thanks to India’s first Sandalwood Museum which is coming up in Mysuru. Read More

KSTDC to now manage Karnataka Bhavan, New Delhi

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has tasted its first success in managing a government-owned property outside its native state, Karnataka. It has acquired the charge to operate as well as manage the Karnataka Bhavan-3 in South-X, Delhi. Previously, as a trial project, KSTDC has handled a government-based property for tourism as well KKGH in Bangalore, managing the government guests. Read More

Karnataka's Virtual Butterfly Festival

Get ready to be thrilled with the much-awaited Butterfly Festival in Karnataka
While the pandemic has caused a heavy crisis in the global economy and forced us, humans, to stay indoors, locked up, it has been a boon for nature. Busy cities like Bangalore has seen drastic changes in their rainfall, pollution and fauna. Read More

KSTDC Resumes 5 Day Tour Packages

Good News for all the travellers out there ! Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has resumed their tour packages to Heritage Destinations across North and South Karnataka keeping in mind all safety precautions. After a few months pause due to the Pandemic, the officials have begun their five day tours to popular heritage spots along with other tourism facilities like Jungle Lodges, Safaris and Hotels. Read More

October 2020

65th Karnataka Rajyotsava

Karnataka Rajyotsava or Kannada Day, also known as the Karnataka Formation Day is celebrated on November 1st every year. It was on this day in the year 1956 when all the Kannada speaking language regions of South India were together merged to form the state “Karnataka”. It is celebrated with great joy and vigour by the Kannadigas across the world. Read More

Rural Village Model in MGIRED Jakkur

A Model Village, depicting what life and day to day routines look like in a rural area, is all set to open for the public at Jakkur. It will give you a peek into the village lifestyle and activities.
Everyone would want to experience what a simple day at a village might look like. Wait is finally over as coming November, all you need to do is Head to the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Rural Energy And Development ( MGIRED ) to have a glimpse of how the villages function. It is spread across four acres. Read More

Hampi To Soon Have Buggy Trains

UNESCO World Heritage Site Hampi would soon have well equipped Battery Operated Buggy Trains to attract more tourists. The 3 coach pollution free train will have a capacity to carry 90 tourists at a time.
Tourist activities have slowly started picking up in the city, after a gap of almost 6 months. The Ballari District Administration and Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority ( HWAMA ) took together a decision to increase the number of tourists by introducing better facilities. Read More

Mysuru Dasara 2020

Mysore Dasara, the Royal Festival of Karnataka, is celebrated as a 10-day Festival in Mysuru starting with nine nights called Navratri and last day being Vijayadashmi. The city celebrates this prominent and biggest Festival in a grand way displaying the beautifully decorated Elephants, Camels and Horses walking together in a procession. Lakhs of people visit the city every year during the festive season. Read More

World Bird Migratory Day

On 10th October every year, people around the world celebrate World Bird Migratory Day. This day is celebrated to create awareness highlighting the need for the conversation of migratory birds and their habitats. Read More

September 2020

PATA Gold Award

Karnataka Tourism won the PATA Gold Award in the Marketing Campaign ( State and City-Global ) category for its campaign ” Script Your Adventure “.
The annual PATA Gold Awards celebrates outstanding achievements within the travel and tourism industry in Asia Pacific. These awards recognize exceptional achievement in a variety of categories and rewarding the very best of Asia Pacific’s travel industry. Read More

World Tourism Day

This Day is celebrated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization since 1980 on 27th September every year. It is observed with great interest by the various tourist enterprises, organizations,government agencies etc.
The fact that travelling has a major social, cultural, political and economic effect on all our lives; the aim of the day is to create awareness about the importance and significance of tourism. Read More

Caravan Tourism

Have you always been fascinated by the idea of traveling in a minivan that is equipped like a mini-home, just like it is seen in Hollywood movies and series? What if I told you that you could enjoy and experience a Luxurious Caravan tour around special tourist attractions in Karnataka. Read More

Malgudi Days Now A Reality

Malgudi has been a part of our childhood since the rendition of R.K Narayan’s great Malgudi Days in 1943. This series of short stories was set in a fictional town called Malgudi and revolved around Swami and his friends and their experiences. Read More

Chartered Helicopter

Fly to 8 destinations in Karnataka in a Private Chartered Helicopter
Now Fly Anywhere at any time with the comfort and convenience of your own. Offering StarAir services that would fly to over 8 beautiful destinations in Karnataka. Read More