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Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka with its capital at Bangalore is the country's eighth largest state. It is located in the Deccan Plateau, and is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north, Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Kerala to the southwest, Andhra Pradesh to the east and Tamil Nadu to southeast.

Karnataka is popularly known for its Carnatic Music through out the world, but it has given much more to the world than this unique form of classical music. With its rich culture and traditional magnificence, it has attracted tourists from all parts of the world. It is among the world's most ancient civilizations and is home to two of the World Heritage Sites Hampi and Pattadakal. The temples at Aihole, Badami and Pattadakalin Bijapur district are a must visit for all art lovers. The temples of Halebedu, Belur andSomanathapura are great and unique architectural achievements. Some other famous tourist spots in Karnataka include Jog Falls, Shivasamudra Falls, Abbi Falls, The Irrupu falls, Manikyandhara, Kallatti Falls and Chunchanakatte Falls.

The Hill Forts of Karnataka such as Nandi Hill, Savanadurga, Madhugiri, Pavagada, Midigeshi, Ucchangi, Jamalabad, Manzarabad, Kavaledurga, Chitradurga , Basavaraja Durga, Devagad, Kurmagad, Shahapur, Shorapur, Nargund fort, Parasgad and Vallabhgad forts are also very popular with tourists.

Karnataka's forests and wildlife are its priceless natural heritage. The State boasts of some of the largest jungle tracts in the south of the Vindhyas.

The history of the state dates back to the period or Mauryan Empire. Since then the state has seen the rise and fall of many empires namely: the Chalukyas, the Rastrakutas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Mughals, the Marathas and many others. The state's biggest claim to fame is the Carnatic Music, which has enchanted the world since long.

Once famous also for incense sticks, areca nut, silk, coffee and sandal wood, today the state is one of the most prominent industrial state in India and the capital Bangalore has become today an industrial metropolis.

LocationSouthern part of India
Maharashtra and Goa to the North and Northwest
Arabian sea to the West
Kerala and Tamilnadu to the South
Andhra Pradesh to the East
Latitude11.5° -18.5° North
Longitude74° - 78.5° East
ClimateSummer - Warm
Winter - Cool
Max Temperature40°C
Min Temperature10°C
Average Annual Rainfall450 cm
Capital Bangalore
LanguagesKannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Hindi, English
ReligionHinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity
Best Time to VisitSeptember to February
ClothingSummer - Light cottons
Winter - Woolens
How to Reach Karnataka

Karnataka is a beautiful state located in the southern part of India. It is one of the most significant states and its capital Bangalore is also the hub of software industry in the country.

As the state has advanced in recent years, Karnataka has developed a good transportation infrastructure network. How to reach Karnataka is not at all a worry, as the state has good air, rail and road transport.

By Air

The state of Karnataka has four commercial airports. The most important airport of the state is the Bengaluru International Airport which is located in the state capital Bangalore.

By Rail

Karnataka has a vast railway network with a total length of approximately 3000 km. Several parts of the state come under the South Western Zone of the Indian railways. The remaining come under the Southern Railways and the Konkan railway network. The most important Railway Station in the state is in the capital city of Bangalore.

It is regularly served by important trains. Major tourist destinations of South India can be traveled by train from Bangalore and other Railway Stations in Karnataka. Other major railway junctions in the state are at Mangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Bellary, Hubli and Udupi.

By Road

The state also boasts of excellent road network with the rest of the country. Major cities and tourist destinations in South India are at approachable distance by road from Karnataka. The state of Karnataka is connected by 15 National Highways, they are - NH 4, 4A, 7, 9, 13, 17, 48, 63, 67, 206, 207, 209, 212, 218 and 234. The total National and state highways length in Karnataka is about 3973 km and 9829 km respectively.

The KSRTC public transport corporation runs buses daily in the entire state. KSRTC was further branched off into The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Bangalore, The North-West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation in Hubli and The North-East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation in Gulbarga for better transportation facilities.

Shopping in Karnataka

The state of Karnataka has a truly rich tradition of handicrafts, which makes shopping in Karnataka a pleasant experience. A tour to this state is not complete, if you return without shopping in Karnataka.

For some shopping in Karnataka is synonymous with sandal woodworks. Apart from sandal woodcarving, there are many other arts and crafts in the state, which have bagged worldwide fame in their own right.

The artisans of Karnataka are traditionally skilled in making exquisite objets d'art from metal, stone, wood etc. The woven silk fabric of Mysore is also worth a buy while shopping in Karnataka.

Numerous Government Emporia and exclusive private shops dot all over the state. You really need not go on a treasure hunt for shopping in Karnataka. Reasonable prices and exclusive articles may leave you spoilt for choice. Happy shopping in Karnataka!!.

Places to Visit in Karnataka
  • Bangalore
  • Mysore
  • Sravanbelagola
  • Srirangapatna
  • Hampi
  • Halebid
  • Belur
  • Aihole
  • Chikmagalur
  • Bandipur
  • Mangalore
Last Updated on 13 September 2013