Location : South India
State Capital: Bangalore
Area: 1,91,791 sq. km.
Language : Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Hindi, English
Climate : Hot and Humid
Major Attractions : Mysore Palace, Badami Caves, Tipu's Fort
Ideal Time to Visit : October to January
¤ Karnataka, Where Modernity
Karnataka is a land of ultimate natural beauty and rich cultural
heritage. It is also the hub of information technology in India. This
state is situated in the southern India, surrounded by Maharashtra and
Goa in the north, Andhra Pradesh on the east and Tamil Nadu and Kerala
on the south. Besides, the western coast of Karnataka is washed by the
majestic Arabian Sea.
The state of Karnataka is absolutely mesmerizing with the lovely
western ghats, enchanting Jog waterfalls, densely forested Sahyadris
and the wildlife sanctuaries like the Bandipur and Nagarhole.
The ancient culture and tradition of Karnataka is famous for its
grandeur and might. The temple architecture, the Carnatic music and
the exciting festivals make this state one of the most celebrated
states in India.
¤ Attractions In Karnataka
The state of Karnataka has many attractions strewn all over its land.
These attractions lure tourists from all over the world.
¤ Natural Attractions
Karanataka Tourism offers various natural attractions pulling several
visitors. The state has some of the most important wildlife
sanctuaries in India. To name a few are Bandipur, Nagarhole and
Dandeli, the Ranganathittu Bird's Sanctuary. There are beautiful hill
stations like the Nandhi Hills, Kemmannagundi and Mercara.
Srirangapatna in Karanataka is also famous for its exotic natural
The beach resorts like Karwar, Ullal, Malpe and Maravanthe are
popular holiday spots for tourists. Besides, the state also has the
beautiful Jog falls and other water falls at Shiva Samudram, Magod,
Unchelli or Lushington near Siddapur and Lalguli at Yallapur.
¤ Historical 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.
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.
Known for its culture and traditions, Karnataka celebrates many
colorful festivals. Most of these festivals are temple festivals, but
Dussehra is the major festival of this state. It is celebrated for ten
days in the months of September-October, signifying the triumph of
good over evil. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show
in the city of Mysore.
Some of the temple festivals that are celebrated here are the Paryaya
festival, Vairamudi festival, Karaga Festival, Keil Poldu,
Besides, many state festivals are also celebrated in Karnataka. Some
of the important state festivals are Coorg festival, Hampi-Vijayanagar
festival and the Hoysala festival. These festivals celebrate the rich
cultural heritage of the state.
¤ Shopping At Karnataka
Karnataka is a shopper's delight. The state is famous for its silks,
sandalwood and rosewood carvings, and exquisite handicrafts. Some of
the must buys are sandalwood sculptures, agarbattis (incense sticks,)
perfumes, sandalwood oil, and other small gifts like pens, letter
openers, metal lamps, wood carvings, and inlay work. These products
display the dedication of the skilled artisans of the state. They also
portray the rich cultural heritage of Karanataka.
¤ Accessibility To Karnataka
By 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.