44 977 000
192 000 km²
October - March
Temperatures vary between 30 and 26 Celcius.
Karnataka was earlier known as Mysore. It is a state of great contrasts,
with the modern city of Bangalore on one extreme and big areas of
rural farming on the other. Karnataka has some of the most fascinating
ancient architecture in India. It also has a great sea coast of
nearly 260 kilometres.
How to get here
Bangalore Airport, east of the city station have flights from Bangalore
to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Panaji,
Connected to the rest of the country by rail services.
Buses connect the state to most places.
Places to visit
Bangalore - Mysore - Mangalore - Gokarna
Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka. It is located 1000 meters
above sea level and has a holiday atmosphere. The climate is pleasent
at all times of the year. It is a fastest growing cosmopolitan city
having major industrial and commercial centres.
A small city compared to Bangalore. Mysore still has an old
world charm which have not given way to modern facilities.. Mysore
is famous for sandalwood and rosewood carved articles, beautiful
silk saris, sandalwood oil and the delicious Mysore 'Pak'. The month
long Dussera celebrations in September - October, with its colourful
parades, fireworks and lighted palace gives an enchanting look to
Mangalore is located near the backwaters formed by the converging
Netravati and Gurpur rivers. The city derives its name from the
presiding deity Mangaladevi, the goddess of fortune. With an important
port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre.
Gokarna derives its name from a legend in which
Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow
A popular meeting place for Hindu pilgrims and beach lovers. Locals
believe that Gokarna derives its name from a legend in which Lord
Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow. Gokarna means in fact ‘cow’s
ear' and the village is formed like an ear by the coming together
of two rivers. Adventurous travellers must be prepared for a bit
of cliff-climbing in this coastal town. Om beach, one of Gokarna’s
5 famous beaches takes the shape of an ‘Om,’ a spiritual
symbol. The other beaches, crammed between huge cliffs are Gokarna,
Kudle, Half Moon and Paradise.
A World Heritage Centre, Hampi is the most beautiful of all the
ruins in Karnataka. This capital of the Vijayanagar Empire boasts
some of the finest examples of temple architecture from that period.
The Virupaksha Temple is the only temple at Hampi that is still
used for worship.