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Honeymoon in Karnataka

Experience the majestic mountains, serene atmosphere, enchanting natural beauty, lush green lands and adventure tourism to the utmost in Karnataka. This state not only offers a peep into its rich cultural background; but also a dip in scintillating natural surroundings. From rock climbing to water sports, wildlife adventures, scenic treks and myriad attractions, Karnataka has its hands full with everything that would make a honeymoon ever cherishing. After all, every honeymoon couple wants to visit a place that has something beyond their imagination as the enchantment of first honeymoon will not come again. In this state, one can check out Coorg, Mysore, Hampi and Mangalore as popular honeymoon getaways.

Coorg: Known to be the "Scotland of India", this city is the capital of Karnataka and has a lot many opportunities to glitterize your honeymoon. It is located at a height of about 1525 mtr and offers various enjoyable prospects, such as thick forests, cloudy hills, coffee plantations, incredible views of Western Ghats and verdant valleys. What makes it more popular is that river Cauvery originates from here at telecauvery. As wee go back to its historical past, it tells that this city has been ruled by many dynasties like Talakad, Cholas, Kadambas, Kongalvas, Hoysalas, Changalvas and Nayakas. Some of the preferred sightseeing options at Coorg are:

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Madikeri: It is world famous for Cardamom crops and offers excellent climatic conditions that make it possible for the honeymoon couples to enjoy breathtaking views along scenic hills. In fact, its richly populated dense forests have magnetic power that can attract any honeymoon couples towards its beauty.

Omkareshwara Temple: This architectural beauty was built by Lingarajendra in 1820 and is located at a distance of only 1km from Madikeri. Being designed in Gothic and Islamic style, it offers spectacular views of overlying hills and a look into Karnataka's cultural background.

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Madikeri Fort: Initially built by Mudduraja in the last quarter of 17th Century, it saw renovations by various rulers, such as Tipu Sultan, Doddavira Rajendra and Lingarajendra Woodeyar II. The honeymoon couple can check out the statues of two large sized masonry elephants and a beautifully architectured church inside the premises.

Raja's Seat: It is a small marquee with an adjacent lush green garden that provides a spectacular view of overlying valley. According to fable stories, the rulers of Coorg used to spend their evenings here. The impressive sunset and the elongated Blue Mountains will definitely provide enough opportunity to the honeymoon couples for enjoying each other's company.

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Cauvery Nisargadhama: It is a great picturesque place for honeymoon couples to cuddle. In fact, this 2.5 sq.km island provides enough chances for honeymoon couple to feed on the scenic beauty overlying and warp in the quilt of nature for cozy experience.

Abbi Waterfalls: Located at a distance of 7 kilometers from Madikeri town are the breathtaking Abbi Falls, offering incredible and outstanding a sight. A tapered road to Abbi Falls is a mixture of vertical ups and downs that wriggle through the green and thick flora of surrounding coffee plantations. Splattering hard against the massive stones, the water drops at great speed and is convoyed by gushing sounds.

Abbi Waterfalls

Somwarpet:It is known to be the coffee heart of Coorg district, situated at 42km away from main city, which would take the honeymoon couple through aromatic walk through. Apart from this, the couples can also enjoy a drink or feast on the delicacies of Karnataka at Basappa club.

Mysore: Being the second largest city in Karnataka and located at a height of 770 mtr above sea level, Mysore overlooks Chamundi Hills that offer excellent climate throughout the year. Mysore is positioned between the rivers Kabini and Cauvery, which provide drinking water to the city. As per the legends, Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura at this place, and the name Mysore has thus been derived. This scenic place is also famous for sandalwood and Dasara festival that celebrates the victory of gods over demons with much pomp. It also has some of the most outstandingly looking sights that would make your honeymoon conventionally memorable.

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Mysore Palace: This palace is known to be among the largest palaces of India that offer splendid scenery. Previously, it was built by wood that got burnt in 1897 and was reconstructed by Ranadheera Kantheerava Narasaraja Woodeyar in 1912 in an idealistic architectural blend of Gothic, Islamic, Rajputana and Hindu style. It houses some of the most exotic looking works of art from all over the world and this would provide excellent opportunity for honeymoon couples to feed their eyes with world's brilliance at one place.

Mysore Vrindavan Gardens: It lies on the banks of Krishnarajasagar dam that was completed in 1932 and named after Krishnaraja Woodeyar. The bagh or gardens were constructed by elite engineer by the name of Sir M. Vishveshwariah and designed by Diwan of Mysore (Sir Mirza Ismail). He used limestone and brick powder to erect this 150 acre picturesque garden. The honeymoon couple can enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of flowers, variety of vegetation and the architectural excellence of Vrindavan Gardens.

Mysore Vrindavan Gardens

Mysore Zoo: The Mysore zoo is more than a hundred years old and these zoological gardens in Mysore were built by Maharaja Chamaraja Woodeyar, who is celebrated as one of the architects of modern Mysore. The zoo not only has an exceptional collection of animals; but also it has a striking bandstand and a pictorial setting with the Chamundi hills as its milieu. Along with this, a man-made lake in its premises looks really majestic. After expansion taken place in zoo in 1909, it was renamed as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

Jagan Mohan Palace: The architectural brilliance of Jagan Mohan Palace is located on the western front of Mysore Palace and is at a walkable distance only. Its main hall got completed in 1912 and this has now been converted into famous art gallery that houses some of the most exotically looking paintings of world famous artists. Apart from this, it also houses different types of musical instruments that were being used by the king Krishnaraja Woodeyar IV. It also has an excellent collection of paintings and murals depicting genealogy of Mysore kings.

Jagan Mohan Palace

Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple: It is a large Tibetan temple located near Kushalnagar town in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is a brilliantly maintained place with two Tibetan monasteries (Buddhist monastery Coorg) Namdroling and Sera. The Golden temple with huge golden Buddha statues looks extremely mesmerizing and is the true example of Tibetan art from.

St. Philomena's Church: St. Philomena's Church is built in the Gothic style. A stunning image of Philomena, who is known as a sacrificial victim for Christ, is positioned in a subversive chapel. The church is over 200 years old and located at a distance of 2km from the Mysore Palace.

St. Philomena's Church

Virupaksha Temple: Situated in the heart of famous Hampi Bazaar, the Virupaksha Temple boasts off a 120 feet grand minaret at the doorway. The history of the temple dates back to the 11th or 12th century and it contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari.

Hampi: By visiting Hampi, the honeymoon couple can step back to the eloquent medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijay Nagar that has been declared as world heritage site. It now shows of the ruins and marvelous remains of that era reflecting the magnificence of Vijay Nagar Empire. Adding to its beauty and glitter is the overlying landscape that stands Hampi at a height of 467 mtr above sea level. Lying in the heart of Karnataka, the monolithic sculptures and paintings will familiarize honeymoon couples with exoticness of the Vijay Nagar kingdom. Some of the well known sightseeing options at Hampi are:

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Vithala Temple: It is one of the most spectacular looking monuments in the Hampi, which is constructed in a Chariot form. They also have stone wheels that actually move and 56 musical pillars that would leave the honeymoon couples spellbind by its architectural brilliance.

Lotus Mahal: This palace is two stories and shaped as lotus, which also has a summer palace inside that was used by its erstwhile rulers. The architecture and interiors of the palace are breathtaking and speaks abut the magnificence of the ruler's lifestyle.

Lotus Mahal

Mustard Ganesha: It is a huge 9ft tall statue of Lord Ganesha, which is also known as Sasivakalu Ganesha. What is great about this statue is that it has been carved out of a single stone and is a masterpiece with brilliant carvings.

House of Victory: It has been the seat of Vijay Nagar ruler. It was built in nobility of Krishnadeva Raya, who happens to defeat the King of Orissa in a battle. He used to sit on a ostentatious throne in the House of Victory and take pleasure in celebrations of the nine-day Dasara festival.

Mangalore:Known as the harbor city of Karnataka, the place offers beautiful views of Sahyadri mountain ranges, coastal region and lush green surroundings. This is eternally blessed land of enchantment in Sahyadri Mountains. Here, the great sages Vysa, Kanva, Vashista, Vishwamitra and other in the Loral past spent their days of rumination. Beautiful beaches, clearly visible palm trees, scintillating atmosphere and bountiful rivers make it enough places for honeymoon couples for a romantic getaway. Its temples and churches create that required holistic environment. Some of the exotic looking sightseeing options are:

Daroji Bear Sanctuary: Constructed in 1994, this sanctuary houses the species of Indian sloth bear, besides some other wild animals. The honeymoon couples can take a safari ride and do photography of their favorite animals that they might not have seen before.

Kadri Manjunath Temple: Kadri Manjunath Temple is a remarkable spot in Mangalore, which has history that dates back to about 1068 A.D. With its square temple, nine tanks lying at the foot of the hill, the temple enthralls numerous visitors and honeymoon coupes to scintillating Mangalore. The Lokeshwara bronze statue present in Kadri Manjunath Temple is famed to be the best bronze statue in India.

Sultan Battery: The structure of this fortress was constructed by Tipu Sultan in Black Stone, so as to prevent warship to enter Gurpur River. Its present remains are called Tipu's Well and has an exotically beautiful architecture. This fort is situated at a distance of 6km from Mangalore in Boloor district.

St. Aloysius Church:This beautiful church is located at a distance of 1km from Nehru Maidan bus stand. Constructed in the year 1899-1900, the walls of the church are enclosed with the paintings of renowned artist Antony Moshaini of Italy. St. Aloysius College Chapel is known to be an architectural gem and akin with the Sistine chapel in Rome. It is situated on lighthouse hill that has wonderful series of paintings that almost cover every inch of the internal roof and walls.

Mangala Devi Temple: The city of Mangalore got its name from this temple. It is built at 3 Km away from main City Bus stand. It was constructed by the Ballal family of Attavar in fine memory of a Princess of Kerala.

Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple: This temple is located in the heart of city Hampankatta, which has two principle deities - Mahaganapathy and Shrabeshwara. Vinayaka Chathurthy falling in August-September Simha Maasa is an imperative festival for Mahaganapathy that enables the honeymoon couples and other visitors to enjoy the festivities.

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