Karnataka is known for archaeological delights in Hampi, architectural splendour in Mysuru and unlimited greenery in Kodagu or Coorg. From bustling cities and pristine beaches to quiet hill stations, you’ll find everything in this verdant state that is known for its popular holiday destinations. So, if you’re planning your next family vacation, here’s a list of the top 5 places to visit in Karnataka during the monsoons:

5. Maravanthe

The home of Karnataka’s most beautiful beach, Maravanthe offers beautiful vistas along NH 66. Around 55 kilometres from Udupi, the highway will take you right along the coast, leaving you sandwiched between the Suparnika River and Arabian Sea – a truly mesmerising sight to witness during the monsoon showers.

4. Shimoga

Known as the cultural capital of the state, this gorgeous city offers you the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. The river valleys here are truly picture perfect, and you’ll find a number of calm river banks to relax along during the day. While there is no dearth of activities to enjoy here, a few must-visit places include the Shivappa Nayaka Summer Palace, the wonderful Tyavarekoppa Lion Safari and the fabulous Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, where you and your children can bathe the elephants.

3. Gokarna

A backpacker’s hotspot, Gokarna is a secluded beach in Karnataka that’s slowly gaining traction. Apart from the exciting water sports offered along the pristine shore, this quaint township is also known for being a Hindu pilgrimage spot. Most devotees flock to Gokarna to visit the Maha Ganapati Temple and the Mahabaleshwar Temple.

2. Chikmagalur

Tucked away in the Deccan Plateau, this delightful hill station offers majestic views of the greenery that surrounds it. Tourists make their way here to relax in the lap of serenity and admire the tall mountains and verdant forests that make this town such a serene location. This town include the Hirekolale and Ayyanakere lakes. During the monsoons especially, the Manikyadhara Falls make for quite a stunning sight.

1. Coorg

Aptly nicknamed the Scotland of India, Coorg, or Kodagu, offers visitors unparalleled beauty and serenity. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Karnataka, and can be visited all through the year. In monsoons especially, several waterfalls can be found gushing down the surrounding hills, enthralling locals and tourists alike. The Abbey and Iruppu Falls need to be at the top of your places to visit list, while a tour through at least one coffee plantation should definitely be on your agenda.

If you’ve decided that Coorg is the place for you, you should book your family vacation at the Club Mahindra Virajpet or Madikeri resort in Coorg. Not only does it ensure that you’re close to every attraction that you’d like to visit, but also offers plenty of in-door activities to keep you and your family members thoroughly engaged throughout your holiday. Don’t forget to check the Club Mahindra Resort Reviews before you book your stay!

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Manu Khandelwal

An engineer and a travel blogger. Loves trekking and doing bike road trips. Burger lover (want to try every burger in the world). Clinomaniac. Sports fanatic. Likes technology but not a technology addict.