KARNATAKA: PLACES TO VISIT

Karnataka is now most well-known for its capital city, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), widely regarded as the silicon valley of India. The state is in the southwest part of India bordering Maharashtra in the north, Kerala in the south, and both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in the east.

KARNATAKA STATS:

TOTAL AREA: 191,791 sq. km (74,051 sq. mi) Rank: 7th
POPULATION (2011): 61,130,704 Rank: 8th
CAPITAL CITY: BENGALURU  
LITERACY RATE: 75.6% Rank: 16th
HDI: 0.519 Rank: 12th
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Kannada  
Official Website: www.karunadu.gov.in  

 

 

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NORTH: Pattadakal

Badami: Chalukya's Capital, 6-8th centuries

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SOUTHWEST: Mangalore

SOUTH: MYSORE

Mysore Palace:
Mysore Palace:
Powder Market, Mysore
Powder Market, Mysore

 

Sravanabelagola
Sravanabelagola: This monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara (a Jain saint) is 18 m high. It is an important pilgrimage spot for Jains.

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SOUTH EAST: Bangalore: (State Capital)

Vidhan Soudh, State Legislative House
Vidhan Soudh, State Legislative House: This elaborate
granite building is the home of Karnataka state
legislature and the Secretariat.
Bangalore Palace
Bangalore Palace: This palace was built in 1887
in the style of Windsor Castle and is famous for
the carvings and paintings inside.

 

Nandi bull
Nandi bull: This 15 feet tall stone carving of a bull is a major attraction for tourists to Karnataka.

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Somnathpur: Hoysala Dynasty
Somnathpur: Hoysala Dynasty

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Hoysala Temple

Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple

EAST: Hampi:

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Kukke Subramanya Temple

Bijapur
Konark Sun Temple, inside view

 

STATE SYMBOLS: (COURTESY WIKIPEDIA)

State flag Kannada flag flag
State animal Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) elephant
State bird Indian Roller (Coracias indica) roller
State flower Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) lotus
State tree Sandalwood (Santalum album) sandalwood
State dance Yakshagana yakshagana
State Song Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate  
State Seal Gandaberunda seal


TOURIST INFORMATION:

CONTACT: email: infodesk@karnatakatourism.co
Phone: 91-80-3340036/3440029
Fax: 91-80-3340036
Mobile: 98441 54922

Karnataka tourism: 91 80 2352525
Email: discoverkarnataka@vsnl.net