Karnataka

Capital
Bangalore
Population
44 977 000
Area
192 000 km²
Languages
Kannada

Time to visit
October - March
Climate (°C)
Seasonal monsoon.
Temperatures vary between 30 and 26 Celcius.

About

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

Air
Bangalore Airport, east of the city station have flights from Bangalore to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Panaji, Kochi.

Rail
Connected to the rest of the country by rail services.

Bus
Buses connect the state to most places.

Places to visit

Bangalore - Mysore - Mangalore - Gokarna - Hampi

.: Bangalore
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.

.: Mysore
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 the city.

.: Mangalore
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

.: Gokarna
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.

.: Hampi
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.



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