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Karnataka is a land of fragrance - fragrance of enchanting perfume of sandal and agarbathis, the aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans, the head fragrance of the Mysore Mallige and thousands of roses blossoming. Ancient sculptured temples, magnificent palaces, ornate buildings and colourful festivals blend beautifully with the evergreen forests, golden beaches, orange groves and garden cities to form this exquisite land.

Area 1,91,791 Sq. km.
Capital Bangalore
Boundaries East- Andhra Pradesh West - Goa and the Arabian Sea, South - Kerala and Karnataka, North - Maharashtra .
Language   Kannada
Airports  Bangolare, Mangalore, Hubli and Belgaum.
Population 44,850,000 aprrox.
Literacy Ratio 56%
No. of Districts 20
Minerals Iron Ore, Copper, Manganese, China clay, Limestone, Chromite, Gold
Major Cities Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Belgaum
Crops Rice, Maize, Raji, Bajra, Jowar, Cardomom, Apricot, Coconut, Cotton, Groundnut, Chillies, Sugar-cane, Tobacco, Castor seeds, Tea

Karnataka had 1,37,520 km (1996-97) of motorable roads including 1,997 km of national highways. The surfaced road length with 87,000 km constituted 65% of  the total road length.


The name Karnataka is derived from Karunadu, literally lofty land. The history of Karnataka dates back to the  period of epics. The capital of Bali and  Sugreeva, 'Monkey Kings' of the Ramayana is said to have been Hampi in the Bellary district. In the 4'th century BC, a local dynasty Satavahana came to power and his dynasty's rule lasted nearly 300 years. With the disintegration of the Satavahana dynasty, the Kadambas came to power in the north, and the Gangas in the south of the state. The gigantic monolithic statue of Gomateswara is considered to be the monument of the Ganga period. The Chalukyas of Badami (500 to 735 AD) ruled over a wider area, from the Narmada to the Kaveri from the days of Pulikeshi II (609 to 642 AD) who had even defeated Harshvardhana of Kannauj. This dynasty created fine monuments at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, both structural and rock-cut. Aihole has been one of the cradles of temple architecture in the country. The Rastrakatas (753-973 AD) of Malkhed who succeeded them levied tribute on the rulers of Kannauj successively in the so-called Age of 'Imperial Kannauj'. Kannada literature developed in this period. Outstanding Jain scholars of India lived in their court. The Chalukyas of Kalyana (973 to 1189 AD) and their feudatories, the Hoysalas of Halebidu built fine temples, encouraged literature and fine arts. Noted jurist Vijnaneshwara (work-Mitakshara) lived at Kalyana. The great religious leader Basaveshwara was a minister at Kalyana. Vijaynagar empire (1136 to 1646 AD) fostered indigenous traditions and encouraged arts religion and literature in Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. Overseas trade flourished. The Bahamani Sultans (Capital-Gulbarga, later Bidar and Bijapur) Adilshahis raised fine Indo-Saranic buildings and encouraged Urdu and Persian literature. Advent of the Portuguese resulted in the introduction of new crops (tobacco, chilies, potato etc.). After the fall of Peshwa (1818 AD) and Tipu (1799 AD) Karnataka came under the British.
After independence, the new united Mysore State was created in 1956 and was renamed Karnataka in 1973 AD.


Bangalore Government Museums - Cubbon Park, Karnataka Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery, Visvesvarya Industrial and Technological Museum


Bijapur Archaeological Museum


Halebid Archaeological Museum


Hampi Archaeological Museum


Srirangapatanam Tipu Sultan Museum

Mysore Sri Chamarajendra Art Gallery - Jagan Mohan Palace, Museum of Art and Archaeology - University of Mysore, Folklore Museums - University of Mysore.


Kammanagudi : (1434 m) Railhead - Terikere 38 km

Madikere : (1170 m) Railhead - Mysore 120km

Nandi Hills :  (1479 m) Railhead - Bangalore 60 km


Bijapur : Ibrahim Rauza, tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shahi.


Dharmasthala : Temple of Manjunatha (Shiva), Gomateshwara statue and Jain centre.


Gokarna : There is a Shiva temple with Atmalinga worshipped by Ravana.


 Mysore : Chamundeswari temple on the top of Chamundi hill.


Pattadakal : Sangameswara temple.


Shivanga : Temple dedicated to Gangadhara and Honna Devi.


Soundatti : Temple of Renuka or Yellamma.

Sringeri : Spot on the banks of Tunga river where Adi Shankaracharya established the first math.

Talakaveri :
Source of Kaveri river.


Udipi : Krishna Temple and seat of the eight mathas founded by Madhvacharya.


Whitefield : Satya Sai Baba Ashram.


Hotels in Karnataka

Badami Hotels :: Bandipur hotels :: Bangalore Hotels :: Dandeli Hotels :: Mangalore Hotels :: Mysore Hotels

Tourist Destination of Karnataka

Bangalore :: Hassan :: Badami :: Bijapur :: Mysore 

Temples in Karnataka

Cave Temple :: Vidhana Soudha :: Iskcon Temple :: Shravanabelagola

Beaches in Karnataka

Malpe Beach :: Karwar :: Gokarna  :: Marwanthe :: Mangalore


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