Karnataka is surrounded by the Arabian Sea
in the west, Goa in the northwest, Maharashtra in the north, Andhra Pradesh
in the east, Tamil Nadu in the south and Kerala in the southwest.
Topographically, Karnataka consists of the Arabian Sea Coast , Western Ghats
, Deccan Plateau and Eastern Ghats. Karnataka's history is as old as 3rd
Century BC. Karnataka has been ruled by administrators like Hoysalas,
Chalukyas and the mighty Vijayanagara. The Mughals ruled Karnataka in the
17th century and the British in the 18th Century, they have also contributed
to the mixture of culture and heritage of mighty Karnataka.
Karnataka is well known for Carnatic Music all over the World, a unique
form of classical music learned by many across the continents. Karnataka is
also one of the progressive states in the country with all its richness in
culture and traditional grandeur. Karnataka is also known as the Capital of
Agarbathi (Incense Sticks), Arecanut, Silk, Coffee and Sandal Wood.
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a mix of various races and
cultures. This Garden City has lovely parks, gardens, long avenues of
blossoming trees and a soothing climate. Rising as the hi-tech capital of
India, it regains its oriental charm. Established in 1537 by a local
chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has progressed dramatically over the years.
There are many sights in Bangalore that cannot be missed like the
magnificent Vidhana Soudha, sprawling Cubbon Park, Colourful Lalbagh etc.
Mysore, another important city of Karnataka, in-spite of being ruled by
different rulers and kingdoms for ages, still retains its old charm and
stately beauty. Mysore also has many 'not-to-be-missed' sights - like the
glorious Mysore Palace, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, St. Philomena's
Church, KRS Brindavan Gardens.
Karnataka has a 320 km long coastline, marked with numerous beaches, that
summon invitingly to those who desire for some respite, from the
exasperating grind of urban life. The calm and serene atmosphere of
Karnataka, along with the folk culture and cuisine attracts one and all.
Karwar, is a wonderful beach, which is a good starting point, for the
journey of exploring the natural scenic beauty. Other attractions at Karwar,
include the Sadashivgad Hill fort with a Durga temple, the unique Octagonal
Church, and the 300 year old Venkataramana Temple, that owns some fine Ochre
paintings. The Dandeli Game Park is a perfect destination for wildlife
lovers, just 157 km away from Karwar.
Marwanthe is another unique seaside town, where the West Coast Highway
cruises along with the Arabian Sea on one side. The river Sauparnika rushes
against an abundant mountainous backdrop on the other side. Sea, sun and
sand together creates a spell bounding atmosphere. Water sports and beach
resorts are an added attractions making your holiday more enjoyable.
Mangalore, the seaport town owns Ullal, another silvery beach resort, with
exciting views of the sunset, especially, when viewed through the casuarina
Some of the other attractions in Karnataka are Bijapur, Raichur, Karwar,
Shimoga and Gulbarga, Nandi Hills, Bridavan Gardens, Kemmanagundi, Jog
Falls, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Belur & Halebedu, Shravanabelagola,
Bijapur, Hampi, Gokarna, etc.
Thus, Karnataka is an bewitching land abounding in scenic beauty and rich
flora and fauna.