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Top 10 weekend trips with kids in Karnataka

One of the nation's most culturally rich places, Karnataka is known for its natural beauty and heritage history. The state is brimming with myriads of adventurous as well as spectacular destinations that can be visited numerous times. Situated amidst the Kannad coast, the Deccan Plateau, and the Western Ghats, Karnataka is famous for its beaches, forests, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, plantations and so much more! With breathtaking monuments and glorious architecture, a historical past, and a rich heritage, Karnataka has it all.

Fondly known as the land of sandalwood Karnataka is sure to enthrall dwellers and visitors alike. Looking forward to planning a trip to Karnataka? We’ve got some of the best places you can’t miss visiting.

  • Dandeli- Adventure sports, night camps, angling, nature walks, and boating… does one need more? One of the most enthusiastic places in Karnataka, Dandeli is the top preference for all adventure enthusiasts. Spend days visiting the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Kavala caves, and Shiroli Peak to get your nature dose!

  • Hampi- Hampi, once the capital of the glorious Vijayanagara dynasty, is an architectural marvel. From the spectacular temples to the intriguing ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom, the old city smells and speaks of heritage and history. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, you can closely observe the historical remnants and ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Take your kids along to the Vijaya Vitthala temple which has musical pillars playing the tunes of Sapta-Sura (7 musical notes). The Monkey Temple, Royal Enclosure, Virupaksha Temple, Archaeological Museum, Queen’s Bath, and Riverside Ruins will keep the entire family engrossed and awed by beauty and history.

  • Chitradurga Fort- Fascinated by historical forts dating back to earlier decades? Chitradurga fort is the perfect spot for you. The elegant stone-carved fortress holds a strong testimony to the valour and prowess of the rulers that ruled over the Deccan Plateau. Present in the historical place since the Chalukyas era, the fort has been mentioned in the ancient Indian epic of Mahabharata. Don’t forget to explore the glorious architecture, historical heritage, rambling ruins of the fort, and fascinating temples. Ankali Mutt, Hidimbeshwar Temple, Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam, Kugo Bande, and Shouting Rock are some of its most famous tourist attractions here.

  • Bangalore- One of the most dynamic cities in Karnataka, Bangalore is the IT hub of the country. Never thought that an IT-dominant region could be home to natural beauty? Let Bangalore prove you wrong. From gardens to nature and monuments to architectural wonders, the city will keep you entertained. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, the City Palace, Lumbini Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Bangalore Palace, ISKCON temple, Butterfly Park of Bannerghatta Biological Park, Lalbagh Glass House, and Wonderla Amusement Park… the list just goes on and on!

  • Bandipur National Park- Bandipur National Park is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries and tiger reserves in India that is home to several species of majestic birds and animals. It is a child's favourite destination as it houses several species of birds and animals. Spend hours learning interesting facts about animals here and return home with plenty of knowledge too. The Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple, Biligirirangan Hills, Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and Anjaneya Temple are places you should definitely pay a visit.

  • Kabini- From adventurous water sports to camping along the banks of the river Kabini, find yourself immersed in a lot of activities in this place. The jungle safari in Nagarahole National Park will take your breath away. If you love spotting wild animals and are a nature lover, you must go on a weekend trip to Kabini. Indulge yourself in activities like exploring the Kabini dam and boating in the Kabini River. Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarahole National Park, and Bandipur Forest are some of the top attractions in Kabini.

  • Coorg- Known as the Scotland of India because of its lush greenery, this place consists of magnificent forest cover, a misty landscape, captivating spice and coffee plantations, and wonderful waterfalls and gorges. Coorg during monsoons is like heaven on earth! With Buddhist monasteries, historical forts, and beautiful falls, the charm of Coorg will make you fall in love with the place. Iruppu Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Bylakuppe, and Nagarahole National Park are a few of the popular places here to hang out with children

  • Shimoga- With dense green forests, pristine waterfalls, and lush greenery, Shimoga has been reigned by various dynasties like Chalukyas, Kadambas, Vijaynagar, Rashtrakutas, and Gangas. The perfect spot to witness historical stories and natural beauty, Shimoga houses the Shivappa Nayaka Summer Palace, Tyavarekoppa Lion, Tiger Safari, Kote Seetha-Rama Temple, and Sacred Heart Cathedral to make your weekend absolutely relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Gokarna-Fascinated by beaches and the gorgeous coastal sunsets? Gokarna is your go-to destination. Situated along the Karnataka-Goa border, this place provides you with a feeling of tranquility. The breathtaking temples and serene beaches are worth all the hours of travelling. Jump right into some of the most thrilling water sports activities like banana boat rides, parasailing, snorkeling, and promenade to the Mahabaleshwar Temple and Maha Ganapati Temple as you spend your weekend here.

  • Karwar- One of the memorable places in Karnataka, Karwar, perched near the Goa and Karnataka border, is an offbeat beach destination. It is a perfect place for those fond of taking a stroll along the beaches and history enthusiasts. The Sadashivgad Fort, Nagnath Temple, Majali Beach, and Durga Devi Temple are a few of Karwar’s most popular attractions.

Planning a trip already, aren’t you? We keep adding amazing places to your bucket list as you travel all across the country. Along with this, EdOutdoors organizes many experiential learning programs for kids, you can go to plenty of places to get a successful practical and outdoor learning experience:

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