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Karnataka, India

How much does it cost to travel to Karnataka?

You should plan to spend around $33 (₨2,743) per day on your vacation in Karnataka. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $11 (₨891) on meals
  • $4.93 (₨409) on local transportation
  • $30 (₨2,483) on hotels

A one week trip to Karnataka for two people costs, on average, $463 (₨38,406). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Karnataka cost?

A one week trip to Karnataka usually costs around $231 (₨19,203) for one person and $463 (₨38,406) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Karnataka on average costs around $463 (₨38,406) for one person and $925 (₨76,812) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Karnataka will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Karnataka on average costs around $991 (₨82,298) for one person and $1,983 (₨164,596) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Karnataka has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Karnataka expensive to visit?

Karnataka is a very affordable place to visit. Located in India, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Karnataka in depth.

Within Asia, Karnataka is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Luang Prabang, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Taipei.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Karnataka Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Karnataka?

The average Karnataka trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Karnataka travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 2,483 ($30)
Local Transportation 1 409 ($5)
Food 2 891 ($11)
Entertainment 1 813 ($10)
Tips and Handouts 1 12 - 36 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 364 - 1,091 ($4 - 13)
Accommodation Budget in Karnataka
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Karnataka is $15 (₨1,241). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Karnataka is $30 (₨2,483). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Karnataka

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Transportation Budget in Karnataka
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Karnataka is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.93 (₨409) per person, per day, on local transportation in Karnataka.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Karnataka
How much does it cost to go to Karnataka? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Karnataka
The price of renting a car in Karnataka will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Karnataka
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Karnataka can vary, the average cost of food in Karnataka is $11 (₨891) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Karnataka should cost around $4.29 (₨356) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Karnataka is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Karnataka
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  • Entertainment and activities in Karnataka typically cost an average of $9.79 (₨813) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Karnataka
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Karnataka is $0.29 (₨24) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Karnataka is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Karnataka
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  • The average person spends about $8.76 (₨728) on alcoholic beverages in Karnataka per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Karnataka
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  • On average, people spend $0.55 (₨45) on bottled water in Karnataka per day. The public water in Karnataka is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Karnataka On a Budget
Karnataka Karnataka
Karnataka is a state of southern India consisting of some of the country's most beautiful beaches along its coast and an inland area of mountains, valleys, and farmland. Visitors come to the region to experience the flavors and culture of south India, see its many ancient temples, and admire its natural features and wildlife.
Mysore Palace in the city of Mysore is one of the area's most impressive examples of architecture. With marble sculptures, paintings of the royal family, intricately carved rosewood doors, and ceilings inlaid with ivory exhibit a time of wealth and extravagance. Also in Mysore are parks and gardens like the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, as well as a number of temples.

For more impressive temples and a wealth of history, visitors can also experience the town of Belur. Chennakesava Temple is perhaps the most impressive, dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, one of the twenty four incarnations of Vishnu. Other temples include the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire in Hampi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Badami Cave Temples, Shravanabelagola (an impressive Jain temple), and the Shri Marikamba Temple in Sirsi.

For an escape from the grandeur of antiquity and bustle of modern city life, visitors can also escape to the more scenic natural areas and national parks of the region. The Nandi Hills is one such place featuring sweeping plains and vineyards, as is Bandipur National Park which serves as a sanctuary for tigers and elephants. Other nature and wildlife areas include Nagarhole National Park, Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Anshi National Park, and Bannerghata Park.
Karnataka is generally divided into five regions - Cauvery Basin (Southern Karnataka, which includes Mysore), Central Karnataka (the region around Bangalore), Karavali (Karnataka's coastal region), Northern Karnataka (Gulbarga Division), and Northwestern Karnataka. Bangalore is the state capital and India's third largest city. It encompasses an area called Old Bangalore which dates back to the 9th century as a place called Bangaluru. The city has plenty of landmarks, both modern and ancient, some of which include the ISKON Temple and the UB City shopping center. Mysore is another popular city best known for its palace and mythical history. Other city hubs include Hubli, Mangalore, Belgaum, Bellary, Shimoga, Hassan, Udupi, and Tumkur.

In the state of Karnataka, activities range as far and wide as the landscape from stunning beaches along the coast to hiking in the mountainous regions inland. Some of the popular beaches include Karwar, Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Malpe, Ullal, and Mangalore, while activities like scuba diving are also available just offshore. Inland, the mountains lie to the west and are prime destinations for trekking featuring dense forests crossed by streams, rivers, and grasslands. Safaris and elephant rides are also available in some of the state's natural areas. Other outdoor activities include cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, camping, and cave exploration.

With a history rich in antiquity, Karnataka also has plenty of sightseeing opportunities in the more populated cities, towns, and ancient ruins of the state. Temples, like the ones mentioned above (and more), offer unique glimpses into centuries-old practices and traditions. The cities are also central hubs for transportation, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Food and Dining
The food scene in Karnataka is typical of south Indian cuisine - largely consisting of rice, flatbreads, chutneys, pickles, snack foods, and both vegetarian and meat dishes. Meals are prepared in a variety of ways from curry sauces based in coconut milk to red gravies or white gravies, all usually served with rice. On the coast of the state, seafood is also common with dishes consisting of prawn, crab, pomfret, bangda, and surmai (kingfish). Seafood is often served in curries, pan-fried dishes, and pilaf. Herbs and spices used in much of the cooking include items like garlic, onion, coriander leaves, ginger, curry leaves, green chilli pepper, turmeric, mustard seeds, coriander, cumin, dried bay leaves, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamon, and nutmeg. Local fare can be found throughout the state with great options for sampling in the major cities, like Bangalore, where street food is also popular.

By plane, Karnataka has two airports which offer international flights to and from the region - the Bengaluru (or Kempegowda) International Airport in Bangalore and the Mangalore International Airport. Both are served by Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, and Spice Jet, while Bengaluru is additionally served by Air Arabia, Air France, Air Asia, British Airways, Qatar Airways, and Lufthansa, amongst others.

The major cities of Karnataka are also well-connected by rail with the station in Bangalore as the most important terminal.

Bus services are also available.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.