The pride of Karnataka's festivals is Dussehra. It is a celebration that lasts for ten days. The rulers of Vijayanagara Empire used to celebrate Dussehra with remarkable brilliance. The rulers of Mysore continued the tradition. The Maharaja of Mysore used to hold a Durbar for 9 days and on the 10th day went in a procession on a caparisoned elephant. With the ending of the royal rule, a picture of Bhuvaneshwari, the patron goddess of Karnataka, is taken out in procession. It is a unique and significant festival of the Hindus.
Cubbon Park. A 121 ha (300 acre) green lung in the center of the city. Sitting in the shade of one its many magnificent trees and watching towering bamboo sway in the breeze, it is hard to imagine that you are in the heart of a metropolis of over 6.0 million people and one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing cities. There is also a toy train offering children's rides.
Water Falls Around Bangalore
Located 8 kms from Madikeri, these falls cascade down in steps to flow as a small river. A big attraction for tourists and filmdom alike the Abbey Falls look magnificent with waters cascading down from scintillating heights. Even during the summers, there is plenty of water in these falls.
The Gokak Falls are created by Ghataprabha River that takes a 170-ft leap here over a sandstone cliff. The cliff is in a picturesque gorge of the Gokak valley and is in the shape of a horse-shoe. The rugged valley and the picturesque gorge inspire poetry.
8 kilometers from Kemmanagundi is the Hebbe Falls where the water gushes down from a height of 168 meters in two stages. Located 10 kms from Kemmanagundi, at Kalhatti Falls, also known as Kalahasti falls, the water cascades down from a height of 122 metres. all around are fascinating scenic delights.
The fascinating Iruppu Falls is located on the way to Kutta from Gonikoppal and is at a distance of 75 kilometres. Iruppu Falls are formed by the perpendicular descent into a great cataract. River Lakshmana-tirtha flows nearby. There is a sacred spot called Iruppu in south Kodagu on the Brahmagiri range of hills.
Jog (60 kms from Honnavar), a hamlet of Kargal village is famous for its magnificent waterfalls.
The Sharavati river flowing over a rocky bed takes a spectacular leap from a height of 292 meters and divides into 4 smaller ones known as the Raja, Rani Rocket and Roarer presenting a glorious view.
Descending from great heights the river Cauvery is the source of the mighty Shivasamudra falls. 20 kms from Malavalli and 44 kms from Mandya at Shivasamudram, the river Cauvery separates into two streams that thunder down 106.68 metres of rocky hillside. Karnataka Power Corporation has a circuit house here.