The new year brings with it new travel resolutions for the wanderers in us. It is good to visit the already explored places but great to explore the less explored ones! There are scores of offbeat and unknown, less explored places that you would have otherwise missed even if they were right in front of you! A lot of interesting places are often hidden in plain sight, nestled in quiet spots – they do not carry attractive signboards nor do they have a hundred people reviewing them on social media. Here we list 5 offbeat places you can visit in Karnataka.
B R Hills
Biligirirangana Hills or more commonly known as BR Hills is a range of hills located in the South Eastern Karnataka. It is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The hills are home to a diverse species of flora and fauna. It is a great place if you wish to take a weekend off and soak in the beauty and serenity of nature. There is also a temple on the hills (Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple) which adds to the serenity of the hills and the surrounding areas.
Kudremukh is a mountain range located in the district of Chikmagalur. Though known mostly for the mining town that it is, Kudremukh is also a picturesque place. Kudremukh which means ‘horse faced’ in Kannada got its name because a particular side of the mountain resembles a horse’s face. After Baba Budangiri and Mullayanagiri hills, the Kudremukh hill is the highest peak in Karnataka.
Located near Kundapura, Maravanthe is a village as well as a beach. The Maravanthe beach is not just scenic but also a peaceful place with a temple gracing the shores. The Maraswamy temple has three deities that people worship. The eastern side of this beach offers a spectacular view with palm trees, greenery dotting the scenery. It is a great place to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of city life.
Pattadakal is a historical site with a lot of temples and other structures of historical importance. It is located in the district of Bagalkot, on the left bank of the river Malaprabha, at a distance of 514 kms from Bangalore. Pattadakal is where the kings of the Badami and Chalukya clans were coronated. It was also the capital of the Chalukya dynasty. Pattadakal is home to around 10 temples which also includes a Jain sanctuary surrounded by a number of small shrines. To all you with a keen interest in art and architecture or or those of you who simply love travelling, Pattadakal is for you!
Located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, Ramanagara is famous for the rocks that majestically and precariously pile onto each other on one side of the road. Quite a few climbers have explored the Ramanagara hills.Remember the scenes from Sholay shot on rock laden hills? They were all shot at the famous Ramanagara hills! This is a perfect weekend getaway for those who wish to explore their adventurous side!
Explore these 5 offbeat places in Karnataka for the perfect weekend getaway! Let us know if any more offbeat places in Karnataka should make to this list, in the comments below.