The southern part of India is full of beautiful tourist spots just waiting to be explored. One of the most alluring states in this part of the country is Karnataka. Its historic temples, majestic Western Ghats, serene beaches and lush green plantations make Karnataka an absolutely wonderful tourist spot in south India. While the state is worth visiting any time of the year, winter is when it puts its best foot forward. Misty landscapes and splendid morning and evening weather makes Karnataka a delight during winter. From taking long walks or treks amidst nature to visiting some popular pilgrim spots without facing the brunt of the summer heat, winter is a great time to visit Karnataka. Here are the best winter holiday destinations in Karnataka for 2017.

Kudle

Photograph Courtesy: Hari Shenoy/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Hari Shenoy/Creative Commons

Located right next to Gokarna, the Kudle beach is one of the most serene braches on the western coast of India. Its clean sand and beautiful long stretch makes for a lovely evening walk and you can witness the most majestic sunset from here. The famous Om beach is just a short trek away.

Murudeshwar

Murudeshwar Shiva statue

Murudeshwar Shiva statue

Known for the second biggest Shiva statue in the world, Murudeshwar is one of the most scenic pilgrim spots in India. With a gopura that has an elevator giving you breathtaking views of the statue against the backdrop of the sea, Murudeshwar is a treat for those who like a combination of nature and religion.

Hampi

Hampi

Hampi

Known for its historic ruins that remind you of the splendour of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is one of Karnataka’s most popular travel destinations. The architecture of the temples here is as alluring as the weather during winter. There is no better time to explore this wonderland that takes you back in time and gives you a sneak peek into the royal era.

Coorg

Coorg

Coorg

One of the most scenic and pleasant places to visit not just in Karnataka but in the whole of India, Coorg will weep you off your feet with its breathtaking beauty. The marvellous green plantations and hillocks in Coorg are so heart-warming that they make you forget all your worries. The surrounding trekking trails are ideal for adventurers and resorts like Orange County are great for those looking for a luxurious family getaway.

Chikmagalur

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Known for its sprawling coffee plantations, Chikmagalur is a splendid hill station in west Karnataka. The weather here is always pleasant but winter is the best season to see Chikmagalur at its very best. The monsoon leaves behind a bounty of greenery here and the whole hill station becomes enchanting during the last few months of the year.

Bandipur National Park

Elephants at Bandipur

Elephants at Bandipur

Karnataka is rich in wildlife and there is no better place to witness this than the Bandipur National Park. The population of tigers here is small but this is still one of the finest tiger-spotting places of India. A wildlife safari here can be an experience of a lifetime. You can also enjoy amazing views of the park from the 14th-century Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple that stands on the park’s highest peak.

So, this winter, explore the breathtaking state of Karnataka that is home to some marvelous tourist destinations. You won’t regret it.