Karnataka has the largest number of tourist destinations, which include heritage, pilgrimage, adventure, pristine beaches, waterfalls and rivers.
The number of tourist arrivals in Karnataka has crossed 85 million for the first time with the state government aggressively promoting UNESCO World Heritage Centres of Hampi and Pattadakal.
Addressing the 38th Pacific Asia Travel Association Travel Mart Meet 2015, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “Karnataka tourism has seen tremendous growth in tourist arrivals, which have grown by more than 300 per cent from a mere 24 million 10 years ago to 85 million today.”
Apart from being an attractive tourist destination, Siddaramaiah said and added that Karnataka offered a variety of investment opportunities throughout the value chain and across tourism industry verticals spanning both the manufacturing and services sectors.
“We have identified 319 such destinations. Karnataka has the largest number of tourist destinations, which include heritage, pilgrimage, adventure, pristine beaches, waterfalls and rivers. Our aim is to place Karnataka one among the top tourist destinations in the country and also among the top tourist destinations in the world,” he added.
South India has long been regarded as the backbone of Indian tourism industry with a slew of landscaping splendors that the backpackers worldwide cherish enormously. The renowned tourist sites in South India are studded with opulent cultural heritage sites, scintillating sightseeing spots, tranquil environs, and everything that vacationers would find engaging and absorbing.
Further, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a die-hard adventure sports and trekking fan then a visit to South India is the place for you. The region is dotted with a raft of challenging mountain and river treks where you can let loose and enjoy the daunting mountainous terrains and riverside tracks. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a clue about the trekking spots in South India, then letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s give you a glimpse of some of the hugely popular trekking spots herein.
Cavery River Trek: Originated in the Western Ghats, Cavery is the second-most revered Indian river after the Ganges. The trek follows the river when it enters the most exciting part of its 760-long journey in the state of Karnataka. The trek runs through nerve-chilling valleys, dense forests, and ravines. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d also have the opportunity of getting vis-a-vis with the wildlife during the course of the trek.
Coorg Trek: Coorg is a charm and serene hill station situated in the lap of picturesque peninsular region of South India. The well laid coffee and spice plantations in Coorg has earned it a distinction of the Spice country. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d experience the aroma of coffee and spice plantation throughout the Coorg trek. A perfect destination for the trekking enthusiasts who love a ride through lush green hilly expanse having a rendezvous with nature.
Kanoor Fort Trek: The state of Karnataka abounds in pristine natural beauty, rich floran and fauna, and a bevy of thrilling trekking routes. Nandi Hills, Biligirirangana Hills, Kudremukh, Kemman Gundi and Mercara are the popular hills on the Western Ghats that present the trekkers from all parts of the globe a great trekking delight.