Booming silicon city offers the best shopping, nightlife and dining this side of Mumbai, not to mention a few great parks, plus the odd palace and temple.
The sandalwood city oozes relaxed, old-world charm and has lots to see, including the opulent Maharaja’s Palace and a photogenic market.
3 Halebid and Belur
Two wonderfully ornate and architecturally unique Hoysala temples set deep in the slow-paced Karnataka countryside.
This vibrant Hindu holy town is blessed with atmospheric temples and exquisite crescent beaches and is ideal for serious unwinding.
The crumbling remains of the Vijayanagar kingdom, scattered among a stunning boulder-strewn landscape bisected by the Tungabhadra River.
Known as the “Agra of the South” for its splendid Islamic architecture, most famously the vast dome of the Golgumbaz.
Rarely visited Muslim outpost in the remote northeast of the state, famed for bidri metalwork and magnificent medieval monuments.