Once Known as Mysore State, Karnataka has a finely balanced
mix of natural attractions and superb historic architecture. The state appeals
equally to temple lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, trekkers and beach bums.
The Western Ghats, called the Malnad
(Hill Country) have beautiful forests with waterfalls and wildlife parks. Three
great rivers originate in the Ghats- the Cauvery, the Tungabadra, and the
Krishna. Some, like the short westward flowing Sharavati, have very impressive
waterfalls, Jog Falls being one of the highest in the World.
From time immemorial, Karnataka is renowned
as the abode of Carnatic music, a unique form of Indian classical music. But in
twentieth century, it is better known for its rich culture, architecture,
industries and other diverse
attractions. On November 1st 1973, the state name was changed to Karnataka. It is no wonder that Karnataka is
known as the
"Cradle of Architecture" for its profusion of splendid monuments
including the oldest Lad Khan Temple at Aihole, which dates
back to the 5th century; the magnificent Mysore palace, World Heritage sites at
and Pattadackal and so on.
At Hampi one can observe Indian sculptures and other centuries old architectural
marvels in all its splendor.
Karnataka is one of the fastest growing states in terms of
Industries and facilities. The Capital City Bangalore, presently known as
can be termed as the IT hub of India.
Everything in Karataka is an intense experience for the tourist. Karnataka unfolds a variety of
tourist destinations, from historic places to wildlife parks, religious
places to spectacular waterfalls. Some of the main tourist places include Mysore Palace,
Brindavan Gardens, Jog Falls, Pattadackal Temple, Sravanbelagola, Srirangapatna
etc. These places indicate a variety and richness of attractions.
The state is bounded by the states of Maharashtra and Goa
in the North and North-West; by the Arabian sea in the West; by Kerala and Tamilnadu
States in the South and by the State of Andhra Pradesh in the East. The state
has an equable climate particularly in those areas which are hilly or located
on a high plateau. Best time to visit Karnataka is from October to March.