An Indian state located in the southwestern region of the country, it has the second highest number of nationally protected monuments in India. The Archaeology Department here protects about 752 monuments of historical significance. Some of the best places to visit in Karnataka is Mysore that has a number of world heritage sites. Famous for silk and sandalwood, one of the main attractions of the City of Palaces is the Ambavilas Palace. Other places of interest include the archaeological ruin site at Hampi and the Pattadakal, a complex that dates back to the 7th century marked as world heritage sites by UNESCO; the tallest monolith sculpture in the world that of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola; the Hoysala Temples at Belur; the cave temples of Badami and the rock-cut temples of Aihole. The state also has a number of religiously significant places of worship for Hindus, Jains, and Christians. For people who love wildlife, there are abundant choices as the state has about 25 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of which the Bandipur National Park and the Bannerghatta National Park are quite popular amongst tourists. While the crème de la crème lifestyle of the capital city Bangalore, the silicon capital of the country has its own charm, the waterfalls at Kudremukh features in the 1001 Natural Wonders of the World and the Jog Falls is the country?s highest single-tiered waterfall. The state has its own share of beaches along the coastline of which Murudeshwara and Gokarna are quite popular. For tourists who love the countryside, greenery, hill ranges, and forests, there are enough places here offering breathtaking views and out-of-the-world experiences. A Karnataka tour packageshould surely include some of these must-visit places ? Coorg with coffee plantations and green vegetation is rightfully called the Scotland of India. One gets to witness natural beauty at its best here ? the Abbey Falls and the Iruppu Falls. Adventure enthusiasts can trek up the second highest mountain of the state and also indulge in white water rafting in the Barapole River. With plenty of homestays, there are enough opportunities for tourists to experience homely stays in the lap of nature.