7 Best Eco-Tourism Destinations In Karnataka With Breathtaking Beauty Of Forests, Mountains & More

Karnataka is thriving on eco-tourism and is offering serene landscapes, temples and gushing waterfalls.

by Ankita Mazumdar
7 Best Eco-Tourism Destinations In Karnataka With Breathtaking Beauty Of Forests, Mountains & More

Eco-tourism focuses on travel, preserving nature and the environment all the while being considerate towards the locals and their lives. Mainly eco-tourism conserves the area and the people living there making it a responsible travel destination. In this manner, neither the tourism of a particular place is disrupted nor the livelihood. Maintaining this regularly has enriched the ecosystems of Karnataka! Here are some of the best eco-tourism destinations in Karnataka that you should check off your list soon.

Visit These 7 Beautiful Eco-Tourism Destinations In Karnataka

1. Chikmagalur

Coffee enthusiasts know what Chikmagalur holds for them. It is the hub for fresh coffee beans and strong freshly brewed coffee that will win your hearts. That is not all the bountiful valleys, hills and freshwater streams are breathtaking! Combining nature and a cup of Chikmagalur’s coffee, your day is made. There are many undiscovered spots and off-beat destinations and becomes a perfect place for trekking and other adventurous activities. You will not miss out on a trek to Mullayanagiri, river rafting in the Bhadra River, some wildlife sanctuaries, ancient temples and forts here.

2. BR Hills

Want to the best of both worlds, both worlds as in the stunning Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats in india? BR Hills is the perfect eco-tourism destination in Karnataka! You get to enjoy a variety of flora and fauna and you just cannot stop clicking hundreds of pictures. Please, just stop and smell the roses once in a while. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve is the largest wildlife reserve in Karnataka. Kapila and Kaveri River flow through this region so you can enjoy river rafting and fishing activities. It is also a famous pilgrimage site. Ranganathaswamy Temple is located on a cliff and is dedicated to another form of Lord Vishnu.

3. Kemmanagundi

Kemmanagundi is another eco-tourism destination in Karnataka which is at a height of 1434m above sea level. The pretty ornamental gardens will just mesmerise you so much that you will go for walks at any time of the day. The valley views and the pretty lush mountains are a delight for the eyes and your soul. The air feels cleaner and so does your mind. A tip – the sunset point from Raj Bhavan gives you picturesque views and trust us this will be a core memory for you!

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4. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is a popular destination in Karnataka and has immense historical significance. It is located at 4850 feet above sea level and the serene destination was a frequent weekend getaway for the British and Tipu Sultan during the summers. North Palar, South Pennar, Chitravathi, Arkavathi and Papaghni rivers originate from Nandi Hills. Adventure lovers, you may go for trekking and parasailing here. Devotees of Lord Shiva make their way to Yoganandishwara Temple and Bhoganandishwara Temple to seek blessings. 

5. Kote Betta

This eco-tourism destination in Karnataka holds a major significance in Hindu mythology. That being said, it is believed that the Pandavas from Mahabharata spent a significant amount of time here during their exile. It is also one of the three highest peaks in this region. You can witness the lush greens of the Western Ghats, coffee plantations, spices and more. The breathtaking 360-degree views are to die for! Trek lovers, you will not only enjoy the natural wonders of Kote Betta but also get a glimpse of wild animals like sambar, mongoose and more.

6. Savandurga

Savandurga is a majestic tourist destination in Karnataka with its spectacular landscapes and hills. This place is thronged by devotees to Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temples which are located at the foothills. If you are someone who loves to seek thrill through activities then plan for some rock climbing, treks or bike trails on the hills. However, you have to plan everything before sunset because wild animals like leopards or bears come out to play during dark hours. The views are all worth it so do embark on a trek when you are here.

7. Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur is known for its spice and coffee plantations. You can stroll through the beautiful and long ranges of plantations here. It is located at the foothills of the Western Ghats and can easily be a one-day trip from Bangalore. There are famous temples like Ayappa Swamy Temple, Sri Sakleshwar Swamy Temple and more. Besides that explore ancient forts, shimmering waterfalls, and trekking trails which you may undertake. Do not miss Manjarabad Fort; it was built by Tipu Sultan and is known for its star-shaped architecture.

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Eco-tourism is thriving in Karnataka and these destinations are just a little sneak peek into what all you may look forward to. 

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