Karnataka is the land of beaches, mountains, architecture, history, and more. From the hidden beaches of Gokarna to the monolithic temples of Hampi, Karnataka is a diverse place with a myriad of things to explore. Karnataka is well-connected to all the major cities in India. With a mix of urban culture and remote getaways, planning a workation to Karnataka is a hassle-free affair.
If you don’t know where to go or what to expect, keep reading to find out more about the top staycation destinations in Karnataka.
Workation in Hampi
The ancient land of the Kishkindha empire, Hampi is drenched in spirituality. Visiting the temples and monuments of Hampi is an escape into the surreal world of history and architecture. This magical place of heart-robbing monuments, serene landscapes, and everlasting memories is perfect to plan a staycation.
Where to stay on a budget in Hampi for a workation
Accommodation type: Double room with balcony
Address: #244 Main Road, New Hampi, Hampi, 583239
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3nNKJ5L
Price for two: ₹999/ $13.50
Jungle tree Hampi
Accommodation type: Deluxe Double room with balcony
Address: Rangapur Village Near Hampi, Rangapur, Karnataka 583234
Booking link: https://bit.ly/33dHFXf
Price for two: ₹799+₹80 (taxes)/ $10.85 + $1.10
Things to do in Hampi on a Staycation
1. Cafe hopping & Bike rides
The laid-back theme of the cafes in Hampi, with a boho-rustic decor, create a perfect lounge vibe. Keep hopping till you find your perfect corner.
Hampi’s empty roads, lined with coconut trees and adjacent fields are perfect for breezy bike rides. There are no gas stations in Hampi but you can get a refill at any of the stores.
Must try cafes: Mango Tree, Tutti cafe, Laughing Buddha cafe, Mowgli cafe
2. Go bouldering & Herping
Hampi’s unique rock formations and landscape make it a paradise for climbers. There are local instructors to take you to the right spots, guide you with climbing, and rent equipment.
Hampi houses countless species of reptiles, go hiking in the forest trails of Hampi.
3. Explore the historical richness in a Tuk-tuk
The prehistoric temples of Hampi are a splendid example of intricate architecture and boast scientifically and technologically advanced designs. From massive monolithic statues to detailed carving on the temple walls, from sculptures to ruins these temples hold great importance in Hindu mythology. Spend your weekends exploring the unending monument trails.
4. Walkthrough the hippie markets of Old Hampi
Hampi market is filled with stuff that oozes a hippie vibe. From colourful clothes to scented candles, dreamcatchers and jewellery, the Hampi Bazaar is full of beautiful crafts. Take a stroll through the tiny market lanes.
5. Coracle rides and sunset
Watch the sunset at Sangapur lake from the coracle. You can also sit on the top of one of the countless boulders to get a panoramic view of the fields and coconut trees on one side, and the serene Sangapur lake on the other.
6. Cliff jumping at the Sangapur Lake
Cliff jumping at the Sangapur lake in Hampi is an experience for the adrenaline junkies. It is not a guided activity, be sure to talk to the locals about the water levels before planning it.
How to reach Hampi
The nearest railway station is Hospet Jn (HPT). From Hospet railway station, walk to the bus stop and take a bus to Hampi. Shared cabs are available directly from the railway station as well.
Belgaum (IXG) is the nearest airport to Hampi, approximately 270 km away. From Belgaum, there is a day train to Hospet. Plan your trip according to the train schedule to avoid long waiting hours.
There are frequent buses from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore to Hospet. From Hospet, there are several buses to Hampi.
Workation in Chikmagalur
Known as ‘Coffee Land’, Chikmagalur is a quiet workation destination. Its lush green landscapes, panoramic river valleys, breathtaking waterfalls, and a wide variety of flora and fauna make it a haven for travelers. With a myriad of trekking options, unending nature trails, and fascinating historical architecture, Chikmagalur is a pristine getaway for a staycation in Karnataka.
Where to stay in Chikmagalur for a workation
Accommodation Type: Bunk bed in a 6-bed mixed dormitory
Address: Kadur Road, opposite OM Farm, Karnataka 577168
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3vJLqzN
Price: ₹499/ $6.70
Accommodation Type: Bunk bed in dormitory
Address: Golf Club Road, Karadihallikaval, Karnataka 577101
Booking link: https://bit.ly/2Sqn5Rr
Price: ₹412/ $5.59
Things to do in Chikmagalur on a staycation
1. Mullayanagiri Hills
Standing at a height of 1930 metres, Mullayanagiri Hills is the highest peak in Karnataka and just 20 km from Chikmagalur. The breezy top of the peak is always covered in clouds. You can take your vehicle almost to the top and climb about 100 steps to reach the summit.
Also, the Mullayanagiri Coffee Estates offer the unique opportunity to walk through the coffee plantation and get a closer look at the process of coffee making.
2. Bhadra wildlife sanctuary
A part of the UNESCO natural heritage spots in the Western Ghats, Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna, with over 120 species of plants and 250 species of birds. A great spot for jungle safaris (costing around 400 INR), bird-watching, rafting, climbing and camping.
3. Jhari Falls/Buttermilk falls
Hidden deep inside a private coffee estate, Jhari is the most serene waterfall of Chikmagalur. The massive waterfall falls from a height of 40 feet. The entry to the estate is restricted to jeeps that can be hired at the estate itself and cost around 600 INR per person.
4. Bababudangiri Hills
The grasslands, the eye-catching views from the Nilgiri Hills, the crisp air at the top makes you want to settle at the top of majestic Bababudangiri Hills. The treks through these hills pass through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, giving the opportunity to observe the wildlife.
5. Toy train at Mahatma Gandhi park
The Mahatma Gandhi Park is a massive park enveloped in the thickets of trees and flowers. Famous for the musical fountain and the toy train ride in the hills. The entry fee to the park is just ₹2 and ₹10 per person for the train ride.
6. Flower Walk
Once every 12 years, the bluish-purple flowers of Neelakurinji bloom across the Western Ghats of India and offer a magical sight to behold and the hillsides of Devaramane Hills and Mekanagadde belt of Mudigere Taluk in Chikmagalur are a great place to soak in the beauty of these flowers.
7. Coffee Museum
The first coffee plantation in India started in the 18th century in Chikamagalur, making it the land of coffee in India. The museum established by the Coffee Board of India is a must-visit as it gives a glimpse of the evolution of coffee culture in India and step by step description of the process of coffee cultivation. The museum also houses a coffee gallery and a laboratory.
Timings: 10 am to 7 pm
Entry fee: ₹20
How to reach Chikmagalur
The nearest small-gauge railway station to Chikmagalur is Kadur (DRU). From Kadur, Chikmagalur is about 39 km and the distance takes about 45 minutes to cover. The next closest railway station is Birur Junction (RRB), 47 km from Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is easily accessible from both the places, Kadur and Birur, by buses and taxis.
Chikmagalur is not directly connected to any major airports. The nearest airport is Mangalore (IXE), almost 104 km away.
The best way to travel to Chikmagalur is via bus. There are buses from Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore.
Workation in Gokarna
The quieter twin of Goa, Gokarna is a pristine off-beat destination for travelers. The boho-chic vibe of its cafes, markets, and hostels make Gokarna an unparalleled location for a workation in Karnataka.
The coastal town is perched on a hill and is blessed with the most magnificent natural vistas. The white beaches, the rivers, rock formations make Gokarna one of its kind.
Where to stay in Gokarna for a workation
Trippr Gokarna – Beach Hostel
Accommodation Type: Bunk bed in an 8-bed mixed dormitory
Address: Middle Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka 581319
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3h1my2E
Price: ₹445/ $6
HosteLIT Gokarna – Backpacker Hostels
Accommodation type: Small Twin Room
Address: Hostelit, Fish Market Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3bjnc87
Price: ₹800/ $10.85 (for two)
Things to do in Gokarna on a Staycation
2. Trek by the beach
The eight-kilometer trek through the tropical forests along the coastline takes around 7 hours and covers all the famous beaches. Gokarna, Kudle, Om, Half Moon, and Paradise Beach are all connected and offer panoramic views, amazing seafood, and beachside shacks.
2. Shopping at Kudlee flea market
Flea markets of Gokarna have a flourishing presence of vintage thrift shops, pawn stores, and travelers from all over the world selling unique items. It is a paradise for buying handmade trinkets and souvenirs. Check silver jewelry, decorative seashell pieces, medicinal herbs, and musical instruments, etc.
3. Camping at Paradise beach
Spend a night under the stars at Paradise beach. The beach is only accessible by a ferry ride, check the timings before you plan. You can stay at campsites or pitch your own tent in the quiet hills of the beach.
4. Go Surfing!
One of the few places in India where you can learn to surf is the Gokarna beach (Main beach). The blue waters and perfect waves of the sea are great for starting out. Cocopelli Surf School provides beginner, short-term and long-term courses.
5. Yoga & Wellness on the Beach
Gokarna is a perfect place to dive into a spiritual journey of Yoga. Several Yoga schools in Gokarna offer short-term and one-day courses. If you are looking for something laid-back and more relaxed, there are free yoga sessions on the beach almost every day.
6. The Mahabaleshwar Temple
The Mahabaleshwar temple features a six feet tall Shiva Linga built with white granite also known as Dakshin Kashi (Kashi of South). It is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Shiva Linga is open to public viewing only once every forty years.
7. Visit the Shiva Statue
Located 78 kilometers from Gokarna, the Shiva statue in the Murudeshwar temple is the second-largest structure dedicated to Lord Shiva in India. The ornate structure and the seaside position of the temple make it an unmissable site in Gokarna.
8. Explore the Mirjan Fort
Mirjan Fort is located 11 kilometers from the city center, along the banks of the Agnanishi river. This 16th-century fort is built in laterite stones and offers one of the most stunning views of the moss-covered architectural structure.
How to Reach Gokarna
The nearest railway station is at Ankola (ANKL), 20 km from Gokarna. Trains from several cities including Mangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Veraval halt at the station. From the station, taxis are available for Gokarna.
Dabolim Airport (GOI) in Goa is the nearest airport about 140 km away. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities. From the airport, taxi services are available.
Gokarna is well connected by road. KSRTC buses run regularly from Bengaluru, Mangalore, Hubli, and other major cities of Karnataka. Gokarna is well-connected to the major cities of Goa and Maharashtra as well.
Workation in Coorg
Pastures of green with the aroma of the coffee, the misty hill-station of Coorg is also known as Scotland of India. Mountains, waterfalls, streams, and the town engulfed in fog, Coorg is the land of rich history, cultural amalgamation, and food for the soul.
If you want a workation into the wild while maintaining connectivity with the world, Coorg is an exceptional pick for outdoorsy travelers, history fanatics, foodies, and explorers.
Where to stay in Coorg for a workation
Accommodation type: 1 Bunk Bed
Address: Abhyatmangala village and post, near Siddapura, Karnataka 571253
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3uiVSyf
Price: ₹550/ $7.45
Backpackers United Hostel
Accommodation Type: Bunk bed in a 6-bed mixed dormitory
Address: Kanbail, Nakoor Village, Uluguli, Karnataka 571237
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3h09wCl
Price: ₹500/ $6.80
Things to do in Coorg on a Staycation
1. Watch the sunset at Raja’s seat
One of the most picturesque spots in Coorg, Raja’s seat is the most stunning spot for sunsets and the panoramic views of the hills and valleys. The best time to visit Raja’s seat is during sunrise and sunsets.
2. Paintballing at Kushalnagar
Another exciting way to spend your weekend is a trip to Kushalnagar for a paintballing session. The massive arena and equipment set-up, paintballing at Kushalnagar is a fun day-out with friends.
3. Get drenched in the Abbey Falls
Located between coffee estates and spice plantations, Abbey falls offers the most spectacular views of dense forests, boulders and the magnanimous waterfall.
4. Kayaking at Kaabe & Rappelling at Nishani Range
Spend the weekend in the outdoors with exhilarating adventure activities.
The serene waters of the Kakkabe River are perfect for Kayaking and other water sports.
Rappel down the rock faces of the spectacular Nishani Range. Rappelling at Nishani Range is a guided activity with varying durations.
5. Learn the art of Beekeeping
One of the most unique ways to spend your day is a beekeeping tour in Coorg. Coorg is famous for its high-quality honey. Dive deeper into how honey is produced, extracted and stored.
6. See the giants Dubare Elephant camp
Situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, you can get a close look at the elephants and witness the giants in action at the Dubare Elephant Camp. The forest area also houses other species of animal such as crocodiles, sloth bears, and peacocks.
Entry Fee: ₹800
Timings: 9 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 5 pm
7. Take a peek into history at Madikeri Fort
Built-in the 17th century by Mudduraja, Madikeri Fort was later renovated with stones and bricks by Tipu Sultan. There are various other structures inside the fort, from a temple to a church and from a library to a prison.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday Closed)
How to Reach Gokarna
Mysore Junction, located around 95 km from Coorg is the nearest railway station. Mysore is well-connected to Coorg, you can easily get a bus or a taxi.
Mangalore Airport, located about 160 km, is the nearest airport to Coorg. The airport has regular flights to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.
Regular KSRTC bus service is available to Coorg, from cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore.
Workation in Mysore
Whether you want to plan a solo workation or staycation with your partner, the charming city of Mysore is the perfect place to plan your trip. Exquisite gardens for evening strolls, to the gastronomic cuisines of Mysore, a walk through the royal heritage, or adventure activities over the weekend, Mysore embodies the essence of a soul-filling workation.
Where to stay in Mysore for a Workation
The Bunkers Ashram
Accommodation type: Bed in a 6-bed mixed dormitory
Address: 169, 2nd Main Rd, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka 570020
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3eRmG22
Price: ₹425/ $5.75
Red House Yoga Center
Accommodation type: Single room with private bathroom
Address: 165, 8th Cross Rd, Gokulam, Mysuru, Karnataka 570002
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3xO4LBK
Price: ₹500/ $6.80
Offbeat Things to do in Mysore on a Staycation
1. Meenakshipura Backwaters – Mysore Beach
Spend a day at the Backwaters of Mysore. Sit overlooking the calm waters of the river and relax under the shade of thick trees to enjoy your perfect Sunday.
Shukavana, a Rehabilitation centre for birds, is one of the hidden attractions of Mysore. This is a place where you can find over 2000 species of birds, especially parrots. The birds are quite friendly, almost always perched on the visitors’ shoulders, munching on treats.
Timings: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Wednesday Closed)
3. Take a Food Tour
Gourmandize on signature dishes of Mysore such as Mysorepak, Shavige Payasam, Chiroti, tangy vegetable curries, Kosambri, alongside flat idlis and dosa variety on a food tour in Mysore. Mysore’s cuisine consists of a wide array of snacks, breakfast delicacies, sweet dishes, and the main course.
Must-try dishes & restaurants: Mutton Biryani at Hanumanthu,
Mysore Dosa, Mylari hotel
4. Visit the Palaces of Mysore
From the Mysore Town Hall to Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore is home to royalty and regality of the bygone times. After a visit to the palace, explore Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion.
5. Get adventurous in Mysore
Mysore is one of the hubs for adventure activities. From Kayaking to a Helicopter ride, from skydiving to horse riding, Mysore offers unparalleled adventure experiences with a touch of royal flair.
Helicopter ride in Mysore
Duration of the ride: 20 minutes
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3fa6ZmH
6. Mysore Silk factory
Watch the making of silk at the Karnataka Silk industries corporation factory. Walkthrough the factory and experience the making journey from unspooling of the silk to a finished product.
7. Join a walking tour
One of the best ways to explore a city is by walking through its streets. Join a walking tour, or follow a tourist trail to cover the major attractions of Mysore.
How to reach Mysore
Mysore is very well connected by rail to the entire country. The railway station (Mysore Junction) is only 2 kilometers from the city center.
The nearest major airport to Mysore is the new Bangalore International Airport (BLR), about 170 kilometers away. Bangalore is well-connected to all major Indian cities. It takes three hours (143 km) to reach Mysore from Bangalore. You can take a KSRTC bus, a train, or a taxi from Bangalore.
Several state transport bus services run from nearby major Indian cities. There are private buses from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.
Workation packages in Karnataka
Another hassle-free way of planning a workation is booking an all-inclusive package. As staycation and workation are gaining more popularity in India, various hotels, resorts and retreats are curating customizable workation packages. Check the following links to know more about the workation packages in Karnataka.
- Discovery Village, Kabini
- Workation Amidst Coffee Plantation, Coorg
- Offbeat workation, Chikmagalur
- Java Rain Resort, Chikmagalur
Amidst all the chaos of the pandemic, plan a quiet Workation in Karnataka. With stricter regulations in place, plan your trip well, check for travel requirements and find the safest ways to travel.
From off-beat hill stations to heritage towns, Karnataka has a lot to offer. While travel hopping may not be possible, find an ideal getaway spot in this massive and diverse state for your staycation.