Karnataka

  • Badami, Karnataka

    Badami

    Badami was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.

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  • Bandipur, Karnataka

    Bandipur

    Halfway down the Mysore-Ooty highway, the Deccan Plateau rises to meet the wrinkled folds of the Western Ghat mountains. Here lies one of India's best-known wildlife reserves - Bandipur National Park

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  • Bangalore City, Karnataka

    Bangalore

    Bangalore has a population of about 8.42 million and a metropolitan population of about 8.52 million, making it the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India.

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  • B R Hills, Karnataka

    B R Hills

    The Biligiriranga Hills commonly called B R Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu (Erode District) in South India. The area is called Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or ...

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  • B R Hills, Karnataka

    Chikmagalur

    Chikmagalur is situated in south western part of Karnataka. Carved against a mountainous canvas this beautiful Malnad district is full of surprises... lofty peaks... delightful dales... racing rivers... sparkling streams... captivating cascades...

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  • Coorg

    Coorg

    Coorg is 1,593 square miles of undulating topography carpeted in every shade of green. High up in these coffee covered hills, the sacred Cauvery river is born. An ideal destination for honeymooners, leisure & adventure seeking patrons...

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  • Sun Chariot at Hampi, Karnataka

    Hampi

    Hampi is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre...

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  • Belur near Hassan

    Hassan

    Hassan, the main city of Hassan district, dates back to the 11th century, during the Hoysala dynasty, which lasted from the 11th to the 14th century. The Hoysalas' capital was at Dwarasamundra (Dwaravati-pura), the ruins of which can ...

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  • Kabini

    Kabini

    The Kabini River, a tributary of the Cauvery, flows quietly through the Nagarhole National Park, encircling a patch of green called Kabini. This exuberant jungle is home to leopard, gaur, antelope, crocodile...

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  • Karwar Beach, Karnataka

    Karwar

    Karwar lies on the west coast of Southern India at the mouth of the Kali river. Its geography creates a natural harbour with protection against monsoon weather. Karwar is a centre for agriculture, manufacturing and tourism...

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  • Mangalore Port, Karnataka

    Mangalore

    Mangalore, officially known as Mangaluru, is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is known as Kudla in Tulu, Kodial in Konkani, Maikāla in Beary, and Mangaluru in Kannada...

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  • Mysore

    Mysore

    140 kms. from Bangalore lies the abode of untold grandeur and glory. Mysore, the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens ...

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  • Sakleshpur

    Sakleshpur

    Sakleshpur is located in the Western Ghats, a mountain range that stretches from Kerala to Gujarat. The southern range, which includes Bisle reserve forest and the region around Sakleshpur is listed as one of ...

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  • Jog Falls, Shimoga, Karnataka

    Shimoga

    Shimoga lies on the banks of the Tunga River. Being the gateway for the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city is popularly nicknamed as "Gateway of Malnad". Shimoga is 569 m above sea level and is surrounded by...

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  • Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi, Karnataka

    Udupi

    Udupi is notable for the Krishna Temple, Tulu Ashtamathas and lends its name to the popular Udupi cuisine. It is also known as Lord Parashurama Kshetra, and is famous for Kanakana Kindi. A centre of pilgrimage, Udupi is known as Rajata Peetha and Shivalli (Shivabelle). ...

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Explore Karnataka with Signature Holidays Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the southwest. The state covers an area of 74,122 sq mi (191,976 km²), or 5.83% of the total geographical area of India. It is the eighth largest Indian state by area, the ninth largest by population and comprises 29 districts. Kannada is the official and most wThough several etymologies have been suggested for the name Karnataka, the generally accepted one is that Karnataka is derived from the Kannada words karu and nādu, meaning elevated land. Karu nadu may also be read as Karu (black) and nadu (region), as a reference to the black cotton soil found in the Bayaluseeme region of Karnataka. The British used the word Carnatic (sometimes Karnatak) to describe both sides of peninsular India, south of the Krishna River.

With an antiquity that dates to the paleolithic, Karnataka has also been home to some of the most powerful empires of ancient and medieval India. The philosophers and musical bards patronized by these empires launched socio-religious and literary movements which have endured to the present day. Karnataka has contributed significantly to both forms of Indian classical music, the Carnatic (Karnataka Music) and Hindustani traditions. Writers in the Kannada language have received the most number of Jnanpith awards in India. Bangalore is the capital city of the state and is at the forefront of the rapid economic and technological development that India is experiencing.



Geography

The state has three principal geographical zones: the coastal region of Karavali, the hilly Malnad region comprising the Western Ghats and the Bayaluseeme region comprising the plains of the Deccan plateau. The bulk of the state is in the Bayaluseeme region, the northern part of which is the second largest arid region in India. The highest point in Karnataka is the Mullayanagiri hills in Chikkamagaluru district which has an altitude of 1,929 metres (6,329 ft). Some of the important rivers in Karnataka are the Kaveri, the Tungabhadra, the Krishna and the Sharavathi.