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Traveling to Karnataka

The enchanting and beautiful land of Karnataka is ranked fourth among the most popular tourist destinations of India. Rich with flora and fauna, Karnataka hosts a lot of numerous places of tourist importance. The modern cities, sculpted temples, scenic hill ranges, unexplored beaches and endless forests invite tourists from all across the world. A few things should be kept in mind if you want to make your visit to Karnataka completely hassle-free and memorable.

Language
Though Kannada is the official language people also understand and speak in Hindi, English Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Tulu. Here are a few basic Kannada phrases to getyou started -

Please – dayavittu
Thank You – dhanyavaadagalu
Good morning/ afternoon – namaskara
Nice to meet you – neevu sikkiddu tumba santosha aytu
How much is this? – idu eshtu?
Where? -  elli? / yalli?
When? – yavaga?

What to see
Places worth  seeing in Karnataka are  Hampi, Nandi Hills, Bandipur National Park, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Gokarna, Udupi and Jog Falls. Take time to indulge in Scuba diving at Pigeon Island, Murudeshwar. For this you must plan your itinerary accordingly.

Clothing
Appropriate clothing is essential as Karnataka may not be very liberal. Also while going to temples and gurudwaras, carry a cloth as you may be asked to cover your head.

Time to visit
The best time for touring is October to March, when the monsoon ceases and the rising temperature eases in the northern interior towns. Carry woolen clothing with you to beat the winter chill.  If your visit is planned in summer, carry sunscreen lotions and sunglasses with you. Not to mention drinking lots of water to avoid dehydration.

What to eat/drink
Karnataka is famously known for South Indian dishes like Idlis, Dosas, Bisibele Baath, Raagi and Akki Rotis. Another great dish is Jolada Roti which goes well with brinjal curry. And you cannot miss the famous filter coffee and Badam Milk if you visit Karnataka.

By – Avni Mehrotra

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