COVID-19 Guidelines for Travelling to Karnataka in 2021

Karnataka, the largest state in South India, is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the country. Explore the Scotland of India, Silicon Valley of India, and even the Ice Cream Capital. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling to Karnataka including the COVID-19 state guidelines. A detailed list of places to visit and things to do, to help plan your itinerary.

Though it is second to Maharashtra, in terms of COVID-19 cases, the number of new cases has significantly subsided. The last four months have seen a gradual decrease, as compared to mid 2020. However, the state continues to adhere to certain preventive measures, including specific guidelines for tourists entering the state.

Just an hour drive from Murudeshwar to the second-highest waterfall in India- Jog Falls.

Travelling to Karnataka

The state government has recently relaxed travel restrictions on domestic and international travel. However, passengers from the UK have to undergo the RT-PCR test, on arrival, due to the fear of a new strain of coronavirus.

Interstate travelers are no longer subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine, a quarantine stamp on the hand, or submitting an application while travelling to Karnataka. Planning your next holiday? This detailed description of the COVID-19 guidelines for travelling to Karnataka in 2021 is just what you need.

  • By Air: All international travelers will be screened at the airport. It is mandatory to undergo 14 days of home quarantine if tested negative for COVID-19. Passengers who test positive can opt for institutional quarantine, supervised home quarantine, or fly back to the destination of departure. Passengers will be exempted from quarantine on submission of negative RT-PCR tests undergone within 72 hours prior to their arrival in the state. Domestic passengers on the other hand are advised to undergo self RT-PCR testing, there is no mandatory quarantine.
  • By Rail: There is no mandatory quarantine or screening on arrival into the state via rail. Travelers are to notify authorities for signs of any symptoms. Passengers can seek aid by calling the Apthamitra helpline at 14410 or registering on the app. For long journeys, it is advisable to carry linens of your own and maintain self-hygiene along with social distancing.  
  • By Road: The rules are the same as for rail, no restrictions are applied on travelling to Karnataka via road. A penalty will be charged in case passengers are found without a mask in public areas. Screening may be mandatory at several entry points of the state borders. On the upside, travelers are no longer required to apply for an E-pass to enter the state.

    Train Travel in India Trains are the most common and economical form of transport.

Places to visit while travelling to Karnataka in 2021

The state has an extensive coastline with white sand beaches and ghats that run down south. Misty hill stations, tropical forest, historic temples, architectural wonders, Karnataka has it all. The climate varies as you travel south and away from the Arabian Sea. Here’s a guide to the best places to visit in Karnataka in 2021.

places to visit while travelling to Karnataka Brimming with natural beauty from the lush green landscapes to the crystal clear waters, every city is unique & simply surreal.

Coorg

‘Scotland of India’ is another name for Coorg. This spectacular hill station is perfect for a romantic getaway in Karnataka. The mesmerizing Abbey Falls, vast stretches of coffee and tea plantations, and tranquil rivers, are just the cherry on top. This picturesque region is a haven for all kinds of travelers. From foodies and adventurers to nature enthusiasts and photographers.  Immerse in the local culture of this tourist destination and explore the city like a local. The nearest airport to Coorg is Kannur which is just 90 kms away.

Bengaluru

The state’s capital city is famous for its gorgeous parks and vibrant nightlife. Bengaluru or Bangalore is the IT hub of India, making it one of the largest employment generating cities. From businessmen to students, the city is always bustling with a diverse population from across the country. India’s finest restaurants, hotels and nightclubs, are situated here. The diverse food establishments, with cuisines from across the globe, are worth experiencing. This multicultural, bustling city, has a charm of its own, one that grows on you with time.

Suvarna Vidhana Soudha – with evident influence of Dravidian architecture.

Hampi

Travelers from across the world come to this holy town, now a UNESCO world heritage site. The main attractions are the temples, rock boulders and ruins from the medieval period. The stone chariot and boulders are a majestic sight, and so is the picturesque view of the sunset from Hemakuta Hill. November to February is the best time to visit this land of boulders. When the winter season  sets in, the weather is cool, as compared to the intense heat of the summer. Vijayanagar airport is the closest, while Hubli aerodrome is better in terms of connectivity.

Rock boulders in Hampi, Karnataka Here’s a list of the best places to visit and things to do to help plan your trip to Hampi in 2021.

Mysuru

The Mysore Palace shining brightly enough to light up the entire city at night.

It’s a 3-4 hour journey from Bangalore to Mysore, though the domestic airport is connected only to nearby states. Mysuru is one of the cleanest cities in the country. Museums, palaces, temples and the natural beauty of Mysore makes it one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. The sheer opulence of The Mysore Palace, an architectural wonder, is sure to leave you awestruck. The St. Philomena cathedral, with its neo-gothic architecture is another magnificent site. Mysore is brimming with all kinds of things to do, from tourist hotspots to the lesser-known, offbeat experiences. If you’re travelling to Karnataka and need to plan the perfect itinerary, be sure to read our list of things to do in Mysore this 2021.

Offbeat Places to visit while travelling to KARNATAKA IN 2021 

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur, a quaint hill station in southwest India, is also known as the Coffee land of Karnataka. Once gifted to a legendary chief as dowry, Chikmagalur translates to “Young daughter’s town”. It is centrally located with Mysore to the South, Bangalore to the East, Mangalore to the West and Shimoga to the North. Chikmagalur is one of those rare beauties that has it all. From lush green landscapes, coffee plantations and wildlife to heritage sites and adventure activities. This tranquil town makes for a great holiday destination while travelling to Karnataka. Off the beaten path, it is a hidden gem, nestled in the state of Karnataka.

Tea estate in Coorg – credit: unsplash.com

Gokarna

Everyone hears of Goa as the ultimate beach destination in India, however, Gokarna is most definitely at par with, if not better. Home to pristine, untouched beaches, without the maddening tourist crowds. The coastline is dotted with yoga retreat centers and luxury ayurveda spas to help unwind and rejuvenate. Practice yoga and meditation and soak in the tranquility of this paradise. The clear blue waters are ideal for water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing and even scuba diving & snorkeling. Dabolim airport, Goa is the closest airport, approximately 5-6 hours away. On the other hand, you can also travel to Gokarna via train. This coastal town is also a famous pilgrim site, considered to have an imprint of Lord Shiva. Besides it’s natural beauty, the local food here is to die for. Freshly prepared seafood, traditional South Indian spices and a whole lot of mouthwatering dishes.

Kabini

Kabini is home to one of the best Wildlife National Parks in India, a hunting ground during the British era. The Kabini river attracts rare flora and fauna, including endangered species like Indian Gaur, Sloth bear and leopards. The closest airport to Kabini is in Mysore, a one hour and a half drive away. Bangalore is approximately 200km from Kabini. However, several travelers make their way here via Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. For a better understanding on planning your trip to South India, take a look at some of our reference itineraries that cover major parts of this region.

Murudeshwar 

This scenic coastal town is home to the majestic statue of Lord Shiva, perched atop a hill overlooking the Arabian sea. This  charming town is the ideal location for a family vacation in India. Netrani, the heart-shaped island is the perfect spot for adventure enthusiasts looking to indulge in scuba diving or snorkeling among other adventure activities. The spiritual vibe and natural beauty of Murudeshwar is what adds to the beauty of this peaceful town. If you’re travelling to Karnataka, be sure to add this to your list of places to visit in Karnataka in 2021.

Unveil these picturesque destinations while travelling to Karnataka in 2021. Break free from the mundane life and explore the spectacular gems that adorn the country. Plan your trip to Karnataka with a mix of urban cities, and unexplored towns, that cater to varied interests. The perfect way to kickstart the new year with a fresh mind and exciting experiences.

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