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Wellness

Karnataka has evolved into a health destination. Numerous speciality services, different streams of heath care, state-of-the-art equipment, hospitals of global repute and the undeniable cost-advantage have amped up Bangalore’s health tourism prospects. Right from allopathy to alternate healing like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Naturopathy, spas and other unconventional forms of therapy are offered in the city. Add a salubrious climate that’s conducive to healing and recuperation to this, and you have a thorough rejuvenation experience called Karnataka.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is regarded as the life science itself and has found an exponent in Karnataka. Along with a good number of respected practitioners choosing Bangalore to set up their facility, Karnataka also boasts some of the most renowned premium ayurvedic retreats. Add both national and international spa brands to this, and you have what makes Karnataka a rather unique ayurveda destination.

Prominent Ayurveda Centres

Ayurvedagram Heritage Wellness Centre

Hemmandadahalli, Samethanahalli, Whitefield, Bangalore 560 067
Tel: 080-2794 5430-32
Email: info@ayurvedagram.com Web: www.ayurvedagram.com

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre
Talavane Farm, Lalithadripura, Mysore 570 010
Tel: 0821-247 3437/ 3266/ 3263 Fax: 0821-247 3590
Email: reservations@ayurindus.com Web: www.ayurindus.com

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala
37/3, Krishna Kuteera, T Mariappa Road,
2nd Block, 10th Main Road, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560 011
Tel: 080-2657 2956
Email: blorebr@aryavaidyasala.com Web: www.aryavaidyasala.com

Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd. (Kabini, Coorg)
2nd Floor, St. Patrick’s Business Complex, 21, Museum Road, Bangalore 560 025
Tel: 080-4191 1170 / 71
Email: sales@orangecounty.in Web: www.orangecounty.in

The Windflower Spa & Resorts (Mysore, Coorg, Bandipur)
17/6 Ali Asker Road Cross, Bangalore 560 052
Tel: 080-4084 2222
Email: reservations@thewindflower.com Web: www.thewindflower.com

Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala
No.92/1, Between 8th & 9th Cross, Temple Road, Malleswaram, Bangalore 560 003
Tel: 080-41104359
Web: www.vaidyaratnammooss.com

Holistic healing

Holistic healing, including schools like Siddha and Unani is the science of healing that takes into consideration all the aspects relating to a person – psychological, physical and social. So its only natural that Karnataka offers holistic healing centres in picture-perfect locales. Some so famous that their patron list includes royalty.

Prominent Holistic healing Centres

Our Native Village

Kodihalli Village, Madurai Hobli, Doddaballapur Taluk, Hessarghatta,Bangalore 560 088,
Tel: 080-4114 0909
Email: bookings@ournativevillage.com Web: www.ournativevillage.com

Soukya International Holistic Health Centre

Soukya Road, Samethanahalli, Whitefield,Bangalore 560 067,
Tel: 080-2801 7000,098453 74400,
Email: info@soukya.com Web: www.soukya.com

The Serai (Kabini, Bandipur, Chikmagalur)

Coffee Day Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd.,
Coffee Day Square, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560 001
Tel: 080-4001 2264
Email: shaija@theserai.in Web: www.theserai.in

Yoga

Yoga has a centuries-old association with Karnataka. As the Ashtanga Yoga capital, Mysore, which was hailed by The New York Times in 2010 as the fourth-best destination in the world, has had some famous visitors – Madonna, included. From weekend retreats to extensive sessions, Karnataka offers some rather unique yoga and meditation experiences.

 

Prominent Yoga Centres

Ashtanga Yoga Institute

#235, 8th Cross, 3rd Stage Gokulam, Mysore 570 002
Tel: 098801 85500
Email: shala@kpjayi.org Web: www.kpjayi.org

Atmayaan

1121, 19th Main, 2nd A Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase, Bangalore 560 078
Tel: 080-2658 4737
Email: info@atmyaan.com Web: www.atmayaan.com

Swaswara

Donibhail, Om Beach, Gokarna 581 326
Tel: 08386-257 131-33
Email: swaswara@cghearth.com Web: www.cghearth.com

Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana

19, Eknath Bhavan, Gavipuram Circle, Kempegowda Nagar, Bangalore 560 019
Tel: 080-2661 2669, Fax: 080-2660 8645
Web: www.vyasa.org

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is built on the tenets of vitality and works on the practise of self-healing. As a health care system, naturopathy works towards eliminating toxins and reducing the intake of medicines. A science that’s strictly curative in nature, naturopathy corrects relative ailments and revitalises the body. Bangalore, with its salubrious climate which is therapeutic in itself, is a particularly good place to recuperate at leisure.

Prominent Naturopathy Centres

Jindal Naturecure Institute

Jindal Nagar, Tumkur Road, Bangalore 560 073
Tel: 080-2371 7777, Fax: 080-2371 7785
Email: info@jindalnaturecure.org Web: www.naturecure-inys.org

Experience Festivals

11 colorful, vibrant and prestigious festivals are celebrated all over Karnataka and the most famous one is Dasara (Dussehra), on which day the Mysore Palace is decorated and the entire city of Mysore comes together to pay homage to the guardian goddess. The Hampi Festival celebrated in the month of November remembering the Vijaygarha Kings. The Tulu Sankramana Coorg Festival or Theerthodbhava is a festival of joy in celebration of Goddess Cauvery which is ideally celebrated in the month of October. Believers and followers from all around the world come to take the holy dip in the waters and seek the blessings of the deity. Pattadakkal Dance Festival is an extravagant festival of dance celebrated at the temples of Pattadakkal which is 135kms away from Hampi and is celebrated in the month of January. The Vairamudi Festival, celebrated in the month of March is in the worship of Lord Vishnu where the idol is decorated and decked up with a diamond-studded crown and brought outside of the Mysore palace. Buffalo Race otherwise known as Kambala is one festival that has been followed and continued in Mangalore and Udupi mainly apart from other surrounding regions, up until today since the days of the royal Kings, as a royal sport. These races are held typically from November to March. Hoysala Mahotsava is another dance festival celebrated in grandeur in the month of March in Belur and Halebidu, portraying the vivid Hoysala culture of Hoysala rulers, temples, culture and architecture.

Karnataka clearly is a state that holds witness to history extensively and to be able to understand the significance and enjoy the beauty, festivals and art forms have so many stories to portray and as tourists, this is how you experience this state that is filled with so many surprises.

White Water Rafting

If white waters are your kind of rush, Karnataka has some rather good spots set in picturesque locales. Not that you’d be focusing on the scenery. Get in touch with Ozone, Wildcraft or Jungle Lodges & Resorts to drift down the wild side.

Rock Climbing

Altitude thrills in Karnataka. The state offers you enough options for treading the wrinkly landscape.

  • Ramnagar, 50km from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, is a climber’s delight.
  • Bangalore and its neighbouring areas are fortified by interesting rock formations at places like Savanadurga, Kabbaldurga, Tumkur, Turahalli and Kanakpura, where you can try your hand at rock climbing.
  • Yana, famous for its unique formation, is also a favourite rock-climbing haunt.
  • Badami and Hampi with their ruins and cave temples, offer you some really good climbing options.

 

Aerosports

Adventure sports aren’t restricted to land and water sports alone. Feeling the wind in your hair and the heart in your mouth is a common experience here. To experience the exhilaration and euphoria of parajumping, head for Nandi Hills. The beautiful airstrip set in 1sq.km. of tall wild-grass close to Bangalore’s Hebbal Lake is the focus of aerosports like parasailing and microlight flying.

 

Trekking

You can go trekking in Karnataka immediately after the monsoon, from September to December. These are some of best trekking options in the state:

Golden Trek from Karwar to Gokarna.

Tadiyendamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu.

Experience The Wildlife

Karnataka is widely known mainly for the famous Bandipur National Park but did you know there are totally 17 various Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks spread across the state? Karnataka gives huge importance to preserving the wild and wildlife and these sanctuaries are proof of the same. Starting all the way from Bandipur National Park to Bannerghatta National Park and extending further. They also offer a wide range of options for luxurious jungle resorts. Kabini is one such place that is about 1 hour away from Mysore is an absolute treat to the eyes. Surrounded completely by greenery and close to Nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve, this uncommon place offers you so much to explore in the wild and be one with nature.

Experience The Cuisine

Food is the way to anyone’s heart and food in Karnataka especially is like a tour through various delicious flavors and spices. It is a combination of sweet and spice and everything nice. Just like the rich heritage are the delectable dishes/cuisines of Karnataka with their staple food items being Ragi and rice. Karnataka is known for its homely feeling and so is their food, bringing to you the taste of authentic and traditional Kannadiga cuisine. Be it the sumptuous Mysore Masala Dosa or the appetizing Kundapura Koli Saaru from Mangalore or the mouth-watering Udupi Sambar, you have a plethora of food choices to indulge in. So if you come across dishes like Ragi Mudde and Soppina Saru or Chow Chow Bath or the most famous Obbitu and Holige, remember, you are going to be diving deep into the most mouth-watering and healthy dishes that signify the distinct flavors of Karnataka.

Shopping & Night life

Bangalore is not known as the Shoppers’ Paradise for nothing. A mall around every other corner, the world’s best and most popular brands, plenty of street shopping options and a rather creatively prolific culture in terms of handicrafts – one’s quiet spoilt for choice at Bangalore. Mysore, though not as popular a shopping destination for brands, has some of the best places to pick up handicrafts, silks and sandalwood.

Bangalore

SILK

Aanchal Silks

Shop No. 65,
Bluemoon Complex,
MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 9847,
2509 1288
Fax: 080-2509 1288

Ajanta Silk Palace

Shop No. 58/A, Quadrant Road,
Shivaji Nagar,
Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 093417 66602

Deepam Silk

67, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2559 4151, 2558 6191
Email: deepam@bsnl.com

Gokal’s Silk and Sarees

Santhosh Cinema Complex,
Kempegowda Road,
Bengaluru 560 009
Tel: 080-2287 4371,
2225 9852
Fax: 080-4122 3450

Janardhana Silk House

F1, Unity Building, JC Road,
Bengaluru 560 002
Tel: 080-2222 3969, 2223 7826
Fax: 080-2221 6349
Email: janardhana@bgl.vsnl.net.in

KSIC Mysore Silk

44/45, Leo Complex,
Residency Cross Road,
Bengaluru 560 025
Tel: 080-2558 2118
Email: info@ksicsilk.com
Web: www.ksicsilk.com

Karishma Silks

45, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 1606, 2532 5315

Karnataka Silks

69, Al Ameen Towers, Hosur Road,
Bengaluru 560 027
Tel: 080-2223 6833/ 6844
Email: ks@karnatakasilk.com

Kumidhini Silks

35/1, 2nd Flore, Alapatt Building,
Prestige Centre point, Cunningham Road,
Bengaluru 560 052
Tel: 080-2226 2354
Email: kumidhinisilks@yahoo.com

Mega Silk Udyog

258, 7th Cross, 9th Main, SR Nagar,
Bengaluru 560 001 Tel: 080-4112 1977

Mysore Saree Udyog

316, Mahaveer Mall, 1st Floor,
Kamraj Road, Bengaluru 560 042
Tel: 080-2558 3255
Fax: 080-2909 8821
Email: info@mysoresareeudyog.com

Mysore Silk Emporium

47, BVK Iyengar Road,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080- 4113 9590
Tel: 080-2262 077 (at Double Road)

Mysore Silk Udyog

Jayanagar, 4th Block, Bengaluru 560 011
Tel: 080-2244 7998

Nalli Silks Arcade

21/24, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 3178/ 3179
Fax: 080-2559 6076

Web: www.nalli.com

Nataraj Silks & Sarees

No.105, CD Street, Bengaluru 560 002
Tel: 080-2221 0362

Prasiddhi Silks

No. 45/4, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 0433
Web: www.prasiddhisilks.com

Rathi Silks

Batavia Chambers, 1st Floor,
Kumarakrupa Road,
Near Shivanada Circle, Bengaluru 560 001

Tel: 080-2221 0481/ 3126
Fax: 080-2225 4878

Roopkala Silks and Sarees

2, DJC Complex, Corporation Circle,
Bengaluru 560 027, Tel: 080-2222 0978
Email: roopkalasilksandsarees@gmail.com

Saboo Collections

Trinity Circle, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 5519, 2559 7888
Fax: 080-255 91131

Sanskruti

146, 1st floor, 1st Cross, 5th Block,
Koramangala, Bengaluru 560 095
Tel: 080-2550 3707

Shakti Silks

Block, Unity Building, JC Road,
Bengaluru 560 002, Tel: 080-2222 3639,
4114 2067, 098450 95415

Vasudha Silk House

53/1, Quadrant Road, Shivaji Nagar,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080-2551 2761

Sudarshan Silks and Sarees

915, Opp. Rukmini Hall, Chikpet,
Bengaluru
560 053
Tel: 080-2238 1046/ 1047, 2287 3530
Fax: 080-4330 0421
Email: sudarshansanthosh@yahoo.com
Web: www.sudarshansilks.com

Vijayalakshmi Silks and Sarees

Bluemoon Complex, MG Road,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080-2558 7395/
7900, Fax: 080-2558 8610
Email: silks@vijayalakshmisilks.com
Web: www.vijayalakshmisilks.com

 

Handicrafts

Cauvery Arts Emporium

49, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 0317
Fax: 080-2558 0404

Central Cottage Industries Emporium

144, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 4083/ 4084
Fax: 080-2559 3121
Email: ccictbng@gmail.com

Cottage Arts Emporium

133, Farah Winsford,
Infantry Road,
Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2286 5805
Email: cottage_emporium@gmail.com

Handicrafts Corporation

58, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 0466

Handicrafts Museum

121, Commercial Street,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080-2558 3516
Email: handicraftsmuseum@yahoo.com

Mysore Handicrafts Emporium

107, Commercial Street,
Bengaluru 560 001,
Tel: 080-2558 6112

Mysore

SILK

Aanchal Silks

Shop No. 65,
Bluemoon Complex,
MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 9847,
2509 1288
Fax: 080-2509 1288

Ajanta Silk Palace

Shop No. 58/A, Quadrant Road,
Shivaji Nagar,
Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 093417 66602

Deepam Silk

67, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2559 4151, 2558 6191
Email: deepam@bsnl.com

Gokal’s Silk and Sarees

Santhosh Cinema Complex,
Kempegowda Road,
Bengaluru 560 009
Tel: 080-2287 4371,
2225 9852
Fax: 080-4122 3450

Janardhana Silk House

F1, Unity Building, JC Road,
Bengaluru 560 002
Tel: 080-2222 3969, 2223 7826
Fax: 080-2221 6349
Email: janardhana@bgl.vsnl.net.in

KSIC Mysore Silk

44/45, Leo Complex,
Residency Cross Road,
Bengaluru 560 025
Tel: 080-2558 2118
Email: info@ksicsilk.com
Web: www.ksicsilk.com

Karishma Silks

45, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 1606, 2532 5315

Karnataka Silks

69, Al Ameen Towers, Hosur Road,
Bengaluru 560 027
Tel: 080-2223 6833/ 6844
Email: ks@karnatakasilk.com

Kumidhini Silks

35/1, 2nd Flore, Alapatt Building,
Prestige Centre point, Cunningham Road,
Bengaluru 560 052
Tel: 080-2226 2354
Email: kumidhinisilks@yahoo.com

Mega Silk Udyog

258, 7th Cross, 9th Main, SR Nagar,
Bengaluru 560 001 Tel: 080-4112 1977

Mysore Saree Udyog

316, Mahaveer Mall, 1st Floor,
Kamraj Road, Bengaluru 560 042
Tel: 080-2558 3255
Fax: 080-2909 8821
Email: info@mysoresareeudyog.com

Mysore Silk Emporium

47, BVK Iyengar Road,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080- 4113 9590
Tel: 080-2262 077 (at Double Road)

Mysore Silk Udyog

Jayanagar, 4th Block, Bengaluru 560 011
Tel: 080-2244 7998

Nalli Silks Arcade

21/24, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 3178/ 3179
Fax: 080-2559 6076

Web: www.nalli.com

Nataraj Silks & Sarees

No.105, CD Street, Bengaluru 560 002
Tel: 080-2221 0362

Prasiddhi Silks

No. 45/4, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 0433
Web: www.prasiddhisilks.com

Rathi Silks

Batavia Chambers, 1st Floor,
Kumarakrupa Road,
Near Shivanada Circle, Bengaluru 560 001

Tel: 080-2221 0481/ 3126
Fax: 080-2225 4878

Roopkala Silks and Sarees

2, DJC Complex, Corporation Circle,
Bengaluru 560 027, Tel: 080-2222 0978
Email: roopkalasilksandsarees@gmail.com

Saboo Collections

Trinity Circle, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 5519, 2559 7888
Fax: 080-255 91131

Sanskruti

146, 1st floor, 1st Cross, 5th Block,
Koramangala, Bengaluru 560 095
Tel: 080-2550 3707

Shakti Silks

Block, Unity Building, JC Road,
Bengaluru 560 002, Tel: 080-2222 3639,
4114 2067, 098450 95415

Vasudha Silk House

53/1, Quadrant Road, Shivaji Nagar,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080-2551 2761

Sudarshan Silks and Sarees

915, Opp. Rukmini Hall, Chikpet,
Bengaluru
560 053
Tel: 080-2238 1046/ 1047, 2287 3530
Fax: 080-4330 0421
Email: sudarshansanthosh@yahoo.com
Web: www.sudarshansilks.com

Vijayalakshmi Silks and Sarees

Bluemoon Complex, MG Road,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080-2558 7395/
7900, Fax: 080-2558 8610
Email: silks@vijayalakshmisilks.com
Web: www.vijayalakshmisilks.com

 

Handicrafts

Cauvery Arts Emporium

49, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 0317
Fax: 080-2558 0404

Central Cottage Industries Emporium

144, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 4083/ 4084
Fax: 080-2559 3121
Email: ccictbng@gmail.com

Cottage Arts Emporium

133, Farah Winsford,
Infantry Road,
Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2286 5805
Email: cottage_emporium@gmail.com

Handicrafts Corporation

58, MG Road, Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: 080-2558 0466

Handicrafts Museum

121, Commercial Street,
Bengaluru 560 001, Tel: 080-2558 3516
Email: handicraftsmuseum@yahoo.com

Mysore Handicrafts Emporium

107, Commercial Street,
Bengaluru 560 001,
Tel: 080-2558 6112

Karnataka Golf Association

A group of avid golfers from Karnataka, embarked on a mission of identifying Bangalore as the golfing capital of South India. The search for a suitable site for an international standard golf course started in right earnest and in May 1980, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri. R Gundu Rao personally took the initiative to hand over 125 acres of land in Challaghatta to the Karnataka Golf Association.

www.kga.in

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