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Karnataka - India
state of Karnataka, The Lofty Land, formerly known as Mysore is flanked
by Goa and Maharashtra and lies to the west of Andhra Pradesh, to the north west
of Tamil Nadu and to the north of Kerala. It lies majorly in the Deccan Plateau
and in the rain-shadow areas.
Karnataka's history takes us back
to pre-historic times. The earliest find of the Stone Age period in India was
a hand axe at Lingasugur in Raichur district. Chandra Gupta Maurya, the great
Indian emperor abdicated his throne to embrace Jainism at Shravanabelagola. Karnataka
has the imprint of many dynasties. Prominent among them were the Chalukyas, the
Hoysalas and the mighty Vijayanagar Empire. In 1956, the Kannada speaking areas
were grouped along with the princely state of Mysore to form what we now call
Karnataka in 1973.
Population 50 million approx
192000 sq. km
Season September to February
Karnataka is an enchanting mix of
natural attractions and superb historic architecture where there is a marvelous
marriage of the modern and the old. It's magnificent monuments, temples, palaces
and beaches are a treat for your senses. The state possesses a rich cultural heritage.
The folk theatre has an ancient and rich tradition, the two principal forms being
Yakshagana and the puppet theatre. It is a state which has something for everybody.
major Tourist places in the state are:
: Ancient capital, temples, sculpture, caves.
Badami : Ancient
capital, temples, sculpture, fort, caves.
Bandipur : National
park and Tiger reserve, wildlife sanctuary.
Bangalore : Buildings, gardens, museums, handicrafts, palaces, temples,
Bannerghatta : Wildlife sanctuary.
Belgaum : Fort.
Ghataprabha : Wildlife sanctuary.
Belur : Ancient Hoysala sculpture and architecture, temples.
Bidar : Gurudwara, ancient Muslim capital, forts, mosques.
Bijapur : Ancient Muslim capital, Muslim culture and architecture, Gol Gumbaz,
mausoleum, mosques and towers.
Chikmagalur : Coffee plantations,
forests, hill station.
Baba Budan : Sculpture and architecture,
Kemmannugundi : Hill station.
: Wildlife sanctuary.
Dharmastala : Hindu pilgrimage centre.
Gokaran : Hindu pilgrimage centre, temples, beach.
: Fort, mosques, temples.
Halebid : Ancient Hoysala sculpture
and architecture, temples.
Hampi : Vijayanagar capital, ruins
of temples, palaces and forts.
Jog Falls : Waterfalls.
Karwar : Beaches, fishing, picnic spot, port.
: Hill station, fort, palaces, plantations.
Mangalore : Temples,
port, Panambul beaches.
Suratakal : Beaches.
: City of palaces, gardens, zoo, museums, church, silk factory, Sandal oil factory,
Chamundi : Temples, Nandi sculpture.
Krishnarajasagara : Brindavan
gardens at dam-site, picnic spot, special lighting.
: Bird sanctuary.
Shrirangapattana : Tipu Sultan’s island capital,
palaces. Forts, frescoes, mosques.
Nagarhole : National wildlife
Nandi Hills : Health resort and pilgrim centre.
: Temples, sculpture.
Raichur : Fort.
Belgola : Jain pilgrimage centre, 57 foot tall monolith of the Jain sage
Sivasamudram : Temples, waterfalls, scenery.
Somnathpur : Temple.
Sringeri : Hindu pilgrimage
Tungabhadra : Dam-site holiday place.
Udupi : Hindu pilgrimage centre, temples, cuisine, Malpe beach.
Manipal : Health resort.
Maravanthe : Beach.