Major Airports in Karnataka

Karnataka has 8 operational airports with scheduled commercial flights. Two of these serve both domestic and international sectors, while others offer regional/domestic services. Note that flight schedules vary from time to time at the airline’s discretion. Please refer to the respective airline websites to know the latest schedule.

Airport NameCityCodeServiceFlights
Kempegowda
International
Airport (BIAL)
BengaluruBLRDomestic &
International
Air India, Air France
Lufthansa, Emirates
Qatar Airlines
British Airways
Indigo, Etihad
AirAsia, Spicejet
Singapore Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Srilankan Airlines
Air Vistara
Ethiopian Airlines
Malindo Air
Bajpe
International
Airport
MangaluruIXEDomestic &
International
Air India Express,
Indigo, Spicejet
Hubballi
Airport
HubballiHBXDomesticAir India
Spicejet
Indigo
Belagavi
Airport
BelagaviIXGDomesticAir India,
Spicejet, Indigo
Kalaburagi
Airport
KalaburagiGBIDomesticAir India, Trujet, Spicejet
Jindal
Vijayanagara
Airport
BallaryVDYDomesticTrujet

Local Transport Options

Buses

  • KSRTC has an extensive network of bus services connecting all cities of Karnataka. Refer ksrtc.in for details.
  • Within Bengaluru city, BMTC operates an extensive network of buses connecting all parts of city.
  • Karnataka also has a large network of private bus operators. These buses can be booked through your nearest travel agent, online on respective operator websites or on aggregators such as Redbus.in, Abhibus.in, etc
  • All cities/districts have their own network of local bus services.

Taxi

  • Karnataka has a large number of taxi operators, app-based aggregators, and self-drive car and bike rental companies.
  • Taxi can be booked online, via the app, a hotel/nearby travel agent, or by walking into designated taxi stands in airports/railway stations.

Financial Tips

Forex

  • While there’s no limit on cash visitors can bring into Karnataka, Indian customs may require you to declare any amount over USD 10000 or equivalent.
  • All major cities have foreign exchange shops, and airports have forex counters to convert your cash into local currency. Online services like BookMyForex can also be available
  • Luxury hotels often accept payment in major foreign currencies.

Local Payments

  1. Karnataka has a strong network of Banks and ATMs- cash withdrawal can be done using your international Visa/MasterCard credit or debit cards (charges may apply). Bank branches operate six days a week. Timing and holidays may vary.
  2. Most vendors accept electronic payments such as Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm, or credit/debit card payments. However, carrying some cash is advised.
ContactNumber
Police100
Ambulance102, 108, 1066
Fire101
State Forest
Department
WhatsApp +91 6363308040
https://aranya.gov.in/
Tourism Police9448588866
Pink Taxi (Taxi for women
with female drivers)
http://www.gopinkcabs.com/
9880847487 / 080 23121234
Children’s
Helpline
1098
Indian Railway
Helpline
139

Prohibitions

  • All kinds of drugs and narcotic substances, activities such as smuggling and prostitution, are illegal in Karnataka and will attract prosecution. Trespassing to restricted areas, operating drones without permission, and violation of any local rules and restrictions should be avoided at all times.
  • Smoking is prohibited in public areas. Few facilities like airports may provide designated areas for smoking.
  • Nudity is not permitted on any beaches, waterfalls, pools, or other public/tourist areas. PDA is discouraged.

Food

All kinds of Indian, Western, and Chinese food are available in metro cities of Karnataka. Rural destinations may have limited options. Tap water is not certified to be potable in Karnataka hence drinking RO-treated water, or mineral water is recommended.

Weather

  • Karnataka gets different weather in different seasons and geographies. Prepare depending on your time of visit and region.
  • Rainy Season: Often, from June till September, heavy to very heavy rainfall is witnessed in coastal Karnataka, Malenadu (Western Ghats) region. The rest of South Karnataka receives moderate to heavy rains in this period. North Karnataka region receives light to moderate rains.
  • Winter Season: October to February is probably the best season to explore Karnataka due to the highly favorable weather.
  • Summer Season: March to May will see a relatively hotter season in Karnataka. While hill stations remain cool and attractive destinations in this season, the central and North Karnataka region witnesses high to very high temperatures, often discouraging outdoor exploration.

Code of Conduct

  • It is a custom in almost all temples of India to leave footwear outside.
  • The respectful dressing is advised while visiting temples.
  • Please observe and follow any other rules specific to religious places you plan to visit.

What to Pack?

  • Dress materials and protective gear as per season
  • Accessories and medicines, if any, as needed.

Useful Apps

FunctionApps
TransportOla, Uber, Redbus,
MakeMyTrip,
Zoomcar, KSRTC
Food Delivery &
Restaurant finder
Zomato, Swiggy
Mobile PaymentGPay, Paytm,
PhonePe, BHIM etc.