Karnataka is a goldmine, if you happen to like travelling. The sprawling state is lush with all types of tourist destinations, ranging from holy temple towns to awesome beaches and hill stations. Residents of Mangalore have other perks; the city has some of the best beaches in the state in its vicinity, while also having great access to the other tourist destinations in Karnataka.

Here, we shall take a look at some of the more famous tourist spots near Mangalore:Coorg

Located at a distance of 132 km from Mangalore, Coorg is a haven for nature lovers in the state. The best way to get here is by availing a Mangalore to Coorg taxi or cabs from Bangalore to Coorg. Coorg was christened as the ‘Scotland of India’, by the British; that should tell you all about its beauty.

The hallmarks of Coorg are the lovely misty hills, lush forests and tea and coffee plantations. Being the largest producer of coffee in India, you might have some great coffee in this quaint little town. The area is also lush with flora and fauna; it is home to three wildlife parks- the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Dubare. Some of the animal species found here include elephant, tigers, leopards and wild boars. Major tourist spots in Coorg are Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls and Bylakuppe.Mysore

One of the most famous tourist destinations in South India, Mysore is also among the largest cities in the state. However, the bustling city still retains its old world charm, being full of temples, palaces and heritage buildings.

The town still has many of its monuments and buildings from the bygone era preserved in pristine condition, so it is the best place to go to, if you love history. There are a variety of tourist destinations in Mysore, including temples, parks, gardens and museums. Some of the famous spots include Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill and Brindavan Gardens.Wayanad

A high-range district situated on the north-eastern part of Kerala, Wayanad is easily accessible from Bangalore and Mysore owing to the many cabs in Bangalore. Wayanad is not a town; rather, it is a whole area comprising of many tourist spots, including national parks and waterfalls. The place is a must-visit, if you’re looking for a chance to reconnect with nature. Some of the major towns of Wayanad are Sultan Bathery, Kalpetta and Mananthavadi.Chikmagalur

Located 150 km from Mangalore and 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a hill town and the capital of a district of the same name. The town is on top of the Deccan Plateau, so it always has a cool, amiable temperature; not to mention the fog that covers the area. It is famous among tourists for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Some of the famous tourist destinations in Chikmagalur include Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri, and Amruthapura.Agumbe

A quaint hill station located a short distance from Mangalore, Agumbe is not so famous among mainstream tourists. The best way to get there is to avail one of the many outstation cabs in Mangalore.

The area is known as the ‘Cherrapunji of South India’, as it receives the most rainfall in South India; therefore, it is a must visit if you are a pluviophile. One of the last lowland rain forests, Agumbe has much to offer to any prospective tourists.

As you see, Karnataka is not short of options in terms of tourist destinations; all you have to do is visit them. So get packing, and have the time of your life in these places!