191,791 km˛ (74,051 sq mi)
surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, Goa in the northwest,
Maharashtra in the north, Andhra Pradesh in the east, Tamil Nadu in
the south and Kerala in the southwest. Topographically, Karnataka
consists of the Arabian Sea Coast , Western Ghats , Deccan Plateau
and Eastern Ghats. Karnataka's history is as old as 3rd Century BC.
Karnataka has been ruled by administrators like Hoysalas, Chalukyas
and the mighty Vijayanagara. The Mughals ruled Karnataka in the 17th
century and the British in the 18th Century, they have also
contributed to the mixture of culture and heritage of mighty
Karnataka is well known for Carnatic Music all over the World, a
unique form of classical music learned by many across the
continents. Karnataka is also one of the progressive states in the
country with all its richness in culture and traditional grandeur.
Karnataka is also known as the Capital of Agarbathi (Incense
Sticks), Arecanut, Silk, Coffee and Sandal Wood.
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a mix of various races
and cultures. This Garden City has lovely parks, gardens, long
avenues of blossoming trees and a soothing climate. Rising as the
hi-tech capital of India, it regains its oriental charm. Established
in 1537 by a local chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has progressed
dramatically over the years. There are many sights in Bangalore that
cannot be missed like the magnificent Vidhana Soudha, sprawling
Cubbon Park, Colourful Lalbagh etc.
Mysore, another important city of Karnataka, in-spite of being ruled
by different rulers and kingdoms for ages, still retains its old
charm and stately beauty. Mysore also has many 'not-to-be-missed'
sights - like the glorious Mysore Palace, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art
Gallery, St. Philomena's Church, KRS Brindavan Gardens.
Karnataka has a 320 km long coastline, marked with numerous beaches,
that summon invitingly to those who desire for some respite, from
the exasperating grind of urban life. The calm and serene atmosphere
of Karnataka, along with the folk culture and cuisine attracts one
Karwar, is a wonderful beach, which is a good starting point, for
the journey of exploring the natural scenic beauty. Other
attractions at Karwar, include the Sadashivgad Hill fort with a
Durga temple, the unique Octagonal Church, and the 300 year old
Venkataramana Temple, that owns some fine Ochre paintings. The
Dandeli Game Park is a perfect destination for wildlife lovers, just
157 km away from Karwar.
Marwanthe is another unique seaside town, where the West Coast
Highway cruises along with the Arabian Sea on one side. The river
Sauparnika rushes against an abundant mountainous backdrop on the
other side. Sea, sun and sand together creates a spell bounding
atmosphere. Water sports and beach resorts are an added attractions
making your holiday more enjoyable.
Mangalore, the seaport town owns Ullal, another silvery beach
resort, with exciting views of the sunset, especially, when viewed
through the casuarina groves.
Some of the other attractions in Karnataka are Bijapur, Raichur,
Karwar, Shimoga and Gulbarga, Nandi Hills, Bridavan Gardens,
Kemmanagundi, Jog Falls, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Belur &
Halebedu, Shravanabelagola, Bijapur, Hampi, Gokarna, etc.
and Religious Attractions
The state also has many attractions of historical and religious
importance. Places like Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal in Bijapur
district are famous for their enchanting temples. The temples of
Halebedu, Belur and Somanathapura are also rich in architectural
beauty and are one of their kinds in the world. The temples and
palaces at Hampi are regarded as world heritage sites because of
their exclusive sculptural magnificence.
Kannada is the main
language of the region. The other languages are Telugu, Urdu, Tamil,
Tulu, Konkani, Coorgi, Hindi etc. The foreign languages spoken are
English, Persian, and Tibetan. Kannada script is derived from the
Asoka script. It is identical with that of Telugu.
How to Reach
¤ Architectural Splendor
Karnataka tourism offers some majestic monuments that are
contributions of the Muslims and Christians who have ruled it in the
past. The Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim-Roza at Bijapur, the Daria Daulat
Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tippu Sultan at Srirangapatna, the Khwaja
Bandenawaz Darga at Gulbarga are some of their remarkable
contributions. The churches at Mysore, Mangalore, Bangalore and
Bijapur are some exquisite contributions of Christians to the
Karnataka's culture. With all these stimulating attractions,
Karnataka invites tourists from all over the world.
Air : The capital of
Karnataka, Bangalore has its own airport, which is connected to all
the major cities in the country like Thiruvananthpuram, Hyderabad,
Goa, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Mangalore.
Bangalore is also directly connected to other countries, cities of
the world like Singapore, Dubai, London, Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi
Arabia by means of Airways.
By Rail: Bangalore is connected to the major cities in India
by a good network of railways. There are regular trains from
Chennai, Mysore, New Delhi, Calcutta, and Mumbai.
By Road: National highways and numerous other roadways
connect Karnataka with major cities and important towns. There are
regular bus services to and from Bangalore for the nearby cities and
Local Transportation : Auto rickshaws and rickshaws are
widely used for local transportation. Apart from this, the Bangalore
Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) run buses within the city
while the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)
operates the buses within the state as well as outside.