Things to do in Karnataka

Our most recommended things to do in Karnataka

Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

1. Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

Meet your guide at the meeting point at the designated time. Dive straight into the history of the city as you navigate the streets. The bustling market areas with narrow streets are bursting with stories that reflect the real soul of Bangalore. Depending on the starting time of the tour, have an indulgent breakfast or snack of the locals' favourite Masala Dosa and South Indian Filter Coffee. With a true Bangalorean as your guide, navigate the older parts of the city as you learn about its origins, including the fascinating history of Tipu Sultan and the British. Explore some of Bangalore's oldest neighbourhoods. Enjoy delicious snacks for a memorable day to an area often ignored by other travellers. Proceed to KR Market, which is one of the largest wholesale market places in India. Walk through the busy market as you take in the smells and sights of colourful flowers and fresh produce. Next, head to the ruins of the Bangalore Fort, built in the 1700's and compare it the paintings done by the British in the same period. Our final stop will be the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. Marvel at the teak wood columns and the influence of the Indo-Islamic culture on the frescoes. Learn about the maze-like dungeons designed for defence strategy. At the end of the memorable walking tour of Old Bangalore, your guide will assist you with booking a taxi or finding public transport for you to head back.

Private Full day Nandi Hill Excursion with Lunch

2. Private Full day Nandi Hill Excursion with Lunch

Early morning around 6.00 am in summer & 7.00 am in winter, you'll be  picked up from Bangalore Hotel and drive to Nandihill, around 60 -65 km from Bangalore city. The Nandi hill stands at 4,851 feet above sea leval.  On arrival,  enjoy the foggy view of Nandi hill, and later have breakfast in a local restaurant. After breakfast visit the Tipu’s Drop : a 600 meter high cliff face. It is believed that condemned prisoners were pushed to their death here. There are also several beautiful temples including the Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy temple. After a visit to the museum, it's time for Lunch at a local restaurant. After Lunch, visit Amruth Sarovar : a beautiful water lake that brims with lucid water all the year round. Then there's Arkavathi River Origi : Arkavathi River takes its birth on the south-west of the hill.  You will also see a view of beautiful bungalows (built by the British) and impressive laid out gardens. The forests surrounding the hills are bountiful with flora & fauna. During your drive you'll see sunflower gardens and wine yards.   Evening between 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm.  Driver will drop you back at Bangalore Hotel.    

Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

3. Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Visit all the landmarks of Goa on this cultural and heritage sightseeing tour. Travel comfortably from one landmark to the next with a friendly local guide in a private air-conditioned car. Trace the history of Goa from its capital city and beautiful places of worship. Start your day with an early pick-up and head towards Panjim. Appreciate the significance of the Portuguese rule in Goa through the neighborhood known as Fontainhas, Asia's oldest Latin Quarter. Walk amongst the narrow winding lanes and remember to take photos against the bright yellow, green, blue and red walls. Next, head to the former capital Old Goa, now home to World Heritage churches. Marvel at the architecture of the Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Cajetan, and pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, which is of great significance to the Hindu community. After a full day of culture, head to a Spice Plantation located in Southern Goa. Here, you will have a chance to taste a delicious buffet lunch of Goan food preparations. Walk through the Spice Plantation and gain more information on the different herbs and spices used in India. Relax in the green surroundings and peaceful outdoors away from the crowds and noises. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Bangalore: Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Bangalore: Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off and a comfortable air-conditioned car that will take you from one place to the next. Visit the temples, palaces and gardens of Bengaluru for a better understanding of the city's past and present. Make a pleasant start to your day by visiting one of the largest ISCKON temples in the world, revered by Hare Krishna followers. Proceed to Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, an elegant complex built for the former ruler of Mysore. Get an insight into the life of a man revered in India for fighting against British rule. A combination of Indo-Islamic architecture is visible here, with teak wood arches, pillars and balconies. Take a pleasant walk through the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, spread over 240 acres in the middle of the city. Home to several ornamental plants and centuries-old trees, take a relaxing break from your sightseeing here. Enjoy a local, vegetarian South Indian meal for lunch. Your tour will then take you to the Bangalore Palace to explore the sprawling grounds and royal facades. Entrance here is optional, and you can purchase your ticket directly at the site. Admire the High Court, and the seat of the state legislature at Vidhana Soudha from the outside. End with a look at the historic Bull Temple (Nandhi Temple), which holds great significance for devotees of Lord Shiva.

Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

5. Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

The first stop of your Bangalore day tour is the 240-acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Home to more than 1,800 species of plants, shrubs, and trees, see why the garden serves as the lungs of the city and what makes it such a prominent landmark. Escape the concrete jungle of Bangalore as you take refuge here before heading to your next destination. Continue on to Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Admire the temple's architecture and presence as one of the oldest temples in Bangalore that draws devotees from all over the country. Enter the temple to see the huge idol of Nandi Bull and learn about its mythical origins.  After the temple, visit Vidhan Soudha, one of the most famous buildings in Bangalore. As it houses the legislative chambers of the state government and is a working office, be impressed by the massiveness of the building while viewing it from outside. Hear about its construction and fine architectural details from your guide.  Head to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Bangalore temple cultural complex and learn about this interesting branch of the Hindu religion. Then go to Bangalore Palace which belonged to the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore. Built-in the Tudor style, the palace has fortified towers, battlements, and turrets. Its interior houses elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, relief paintings, and furniture in Edwardian and Victorian themes. Take an audio tour of the palace and hear in rich detail about the lives and times of the kings. During your tour, enjoy a stop for lunch that is included.

Bangalore: Private Full-Day City Tour w/ Lunch

6. Bangalore: Private Full-Day City Tour w/ Lunch

In the morning after breakfast, you will be picked up between 8:30 – 9:00am, a chauffeur and guide will pick you up from the hotel for Bangalore sightseeing. With its beautiful gardens, boulevards, wonderful cinema and shopping complexes, the city is full of life and vigor. Start your tour by visiting the ISKCON temple which offers a truly commendable experience to visitors and devotees from a spiritual and architectural perspective. A happy blend of tradition and modernity, the temple is built in a neo-classical style. Later, proceed to the Tipu's Palace which has now been converted into a museum. The two-storied palace is entirely built of teakwood with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies.  Afterwards, move on to visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens which houses over 1000 species of plants. You will also find a glass house inspired by the Crystal Palace of England which was built to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. After Lalbagh, enjoy lunch at Local Restaurant and then drive to Bangalore Palace. Bangalore Palace was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. This tour only includes the outside view of Bangalore Palace. You will also drive past through High court, Cubbon Park & Vidhan Sabha to take a look at this magnificent building. Vidhan Sabha houses the legislative chambers of the state government and presently accommodates around twenty-two departments approximately. Later, visit the old Bull Temple and Gavi Gangadhareshwara. Bull temple is dedicated to a sacred Hindu demi-god, Nandi who is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva and is a fine example of Dravidian-style architecture. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was cut out from rocks in the 9th century but later renovated by Kempe Gowda. It houses a unique image of Agni, the God of Fire, probably the only one of its type in all of South India. After visiting the temples, you will be driven back to the hotel/ your residence. Tour order can be changed based on your hotel location.

Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

7. Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

The first stop is at the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, often called the Tiger of Mysore for his valiant fight with the British. Dariya Daulat Bagh, the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, is built in Indo-Sarcenic style and has a few magnificent murals depicting the war of Tipu with the British. The next destination is the notorious Bailey's Dungeon. Colonel Bailey's Dungeon is the famous dungeon where Tipu imprisoned several British Officers during the war. Tales about this notorious location will also be told throughout the tour. The magnificent Mysore Palace beckons you next. The Palace is a 3-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145-foot, five-storied tower. Your guided tour of the palace will take you through the Public Hall, Private Hall, Dolls Pavilion, and the Royal Wedding Hall. India’s first sand sculpture museum is the final destination on your tour. Conceived and built by Gowri, a leading sand sculptor, the sand museum took 4 months and 115 loads of construction sand to build. It is a unique museum where one finds the heritage of Mysore crafted into sand, and it is incredible to note that these marvelous pieces of art were made using just sand and water. After you have finished discovering this unique spectacle, you will be returned safely to your point of origin.

Dudhsagar Waterfall with Spice Farm Tour

8. Dudhsagar Waterfall with Spice Farm Tour

dudhsagar waterfall trip package trip will start at 6.00 am where our driver will pick you up from your hotel or residence. our driver will drop you at the parking area near mollem national park. from the national park you will be transferred to a jeep safari, which will cover 12 kilometers through bhagwan mahavir wildlife sanctuary while crossing numerous small streams. you’ll be able to seek the thrill of adventure and admire the wondrous flora and fauna as you drive across the wilderness in a jeep safari. we also provide one guide who is well versed in hindi & english providing you with every detail of the trip making it an informative plus adventurous experience. you can swim and enjoy the magnificent dudhsagar waterfall for about 2 hours at the foot of the waterfall. you can also watch natural fish in the pond formed at the base of the waterfall. our trip package also includes life jacket fees, forest entry fees, etc. at the base, the waterfall looks like milk flowing down with sheer force. after spending some time at dudhsagar falls, you’ll be taken to the spice plantation trip. spice plantation tour after heading from dudhsagar fall, we will leave for a spice plantation trip which is located nearby. we will provide you with a truly authentic goan meal at the spice plantation where traditional spices and herbs can be found, you have the option to enjoy an elephant ride and shower for an additional fee. among the spices you can find a few plants such as nutmeg, cloves, betel nut trees, cinnamon and other related spices. after having a lunch and enjoying few activities we will head towards old goa church visit to old goa church heritage after having lunch and enjoying a meal at the spice plantation we will take a tour of old goa church which is now a unesco heritage site. we will visit old goa church after lunch at a spice plantation. this church has been declared a unesco world heritage site. goa's patron saint francis xavier's mortal remains are kept in the basilica of bom jesus. visit the museums preserved in the church, and enjoy taking pictures of the old heritage. few additional charges will apply for a walkthrough of the museum, which will be paid on site.

Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

9. Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

Escape the crowds and noise of the beaches for a few hours and visit a spice plantation located in Ponda, a city in southern Goa. Discover tropical plants laden with fruits, herbs, and spices on a guided walk of the plantation before enjoying a homely meal. Try authentic Goan cuisine and taste the local drink, Feni, made from cashews. Start off with a private hotel pickup in an air-conditioned car. En route, sit back and take in the views of the paddy fields and villages, or ask your driver for suggestions about Goa and for stories about its people. Upon arrival at the spice plantation, receive a traditional welcome of a warm, soothing herbal tea. Then, set off on a short guided walk around a section of the plantation. Feel free to touch, smell, and taste the different fruits and trees. Depending on the season, you can observe cinnamon, black and green cardamom, mace, piri-piri chilies, coconuts, green pepper, and allspice. Learn more about the uses and health benefits of each spice with the plantation's staff, including tips on how you can incorporate them for your own well-being. After the tour, savor a Goan lunch spread, prepared fresh on the plantation and served in earthen pots. Lunch includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and incorporates the spices grown locally. Sample feni with your lunch, a favorite liquor among the locals produced from fresh cashew fruit and distilled in a traditional pot. Before heading back to your hotel, have the opportunity to purchase spices from the on-site shop and visit a local Hindu temple, if you want.

Mysuru: Day Trip from Bengaluru

10. Mysuru: Day Trip from Bengaluru

Enjoy a memorable day trip from crowded Bengaluru to the city of royalty. Start early from your hotel and relax on a 3.5-hour drive to Mysore. Your friendly local guide will walk you through the splendid buildings of the Mysore Palace and the Gothic-inspired St. Philomena's Cathedral. You will also have a chance to visit the Chamundeshwari Temple, located atop the Chamundi Hills, for a fascinating history of the people of Mysore. Start your day trip with an early morning pickup from your hotel. Sit back and relax on your drive to Mysore, which will take approximately 3-4 hours (depending on your pick up location and road conditions). Mysuru, formerly known as Mysore, is famous for its World Heritage buildings. Your first stop is the magnificent Mysuru Palace. Home of the Wodeyar dynasty, this grand palace is embellished with stained glass, majestic wooden doors, and intricate mosaic tiles. A fine collection of armors, sculptures, and paintings add to the glamour. Spend up to 1.5 hours exploring the Palace with your guide, building up an appetite for a traditional vegetarian lunch at a local's favorite spot. Next, head to the Chamundeswari Temple, located atop a hill. Dedicated to a form of Shakti, the goddess is revered by Hindus across the region. The location offers stunning views of the Karnataka countryside. Lastly, visit the St. Philomena's Cathedral which was built in 1941. Constructed in a Neo-Gothic style, its architecture is said to be inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany and is one of the tallest churches in Asia. At the end of the tour, drive back towards Bengaluru where you will be dropped off at your hotel around 6:30-7 PM.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 78 reviews

I was very pleased with all aspects of this tour. The tour guide, Cesar, was very friendly and professional, spoke excellent english, was highly knowledgeable, and was truly focused on making sure the tour met my expectations. Pickup at the hotel was punctual, the car was comfortable, the driver (Shiva) was safe and efficient. I highly recommend this tour to others. Thank you again Cesar and Shiva!

Mr Anand (Guide) & Mr. Anthony (Driver) were absolutely wonderful and it was a pleasure to tour Goa with them. My husband and I had a very informative and fun time! 10/10 would recommend.

Despite heavy traffic out and in to Bangalore, it was definitely worth it! Authentic Indian experience also thanks to my guide and my driver, for which I am grateful.

It's was very nice experience, the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, he recommended us very places to go and and fun!

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