Karnataka, an ancient land, is one of the four southern states of India get mesmerized by imposing world heritage structures, explore ancient rock-cut caves, experience breathtaking natural beauty, listen to spiritual chants, wakes up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee with wildlife surrounding or feel the tranquility of endless beaches. It is also known for Carnatic music throughout the world as well as the capital of Agarbathi (Incense Sticks), Arecanut, Silk, Coffee and Sandal Wood.
Karnataka has been ranked as the fourth most popular destination for tourism among the states of India and the second highest number of nationally protected monuments in India. The ruins of these historical monuments Sravanabelagola, Srirangapatna, Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Bijapur, Aihole, Badami, Pattadakal reflected its richness in culture and tradition. Ramnagaram on the Bangalore-Mysore highway is famous for rock climbing, Honnemardu amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats is famous for water sports, Bhimeshwari is famous for river rafting and angling. Famous beaches are located at Karwar, Marawanthe, Malpe, Murudeshwar and Mangalore.
Popular museums of Karnataka are Tipu Sultan Museum, Archeological Museum, Karnataka Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery etc. Some of the famous wildlife destinations are Biligiri Rangana Hills, Bandipur Wildlife, Nagarhole National Park, Kabini Wildlife etc. Best time to visit Karnataka is September to February.