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Bordered by Arabian Sea on the west, Andhra Pradesh on the east, Tamilnadu on the south and Maharashtra on the north, with Goa on the northwest and Kerala on the southwest, the State of Karnataka is topographically well connected. With the Western and Eastern Ghats, Deccan Plateau and the Sea Coast, Karnataka nurtures a blend of dales, hills, valleys and waters.
Climate in Karnataka
The climate in Karnataka is largely salubrious year round. With three distinct seasons ranging from hot and dry - February to May, rain and sunshine - June to October and cool clime - November to January, Karnataka spells of tropical climate. The North and Northeast regions experience a much lower temperature during night time. A tropical rain forest climate with temperatures averaging 28 degrees C is seen in the southern areas.
Karnataka tourist information
The city of Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. The languages spoken here are Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava and Hindi. English is also widely spoken. Regions bordering near the neighboring states speak other languages like Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The popular religions in Karnataka are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism.
The state boasts of glorious monuments and towns, which stand testimony to the historical lineage. Karnataka also reveals a mixture of glorious culture and heritage, rich, diverse and ancient. The Karnataka of today is progressive, sophisticated and industrialized. World renowned educational institutions; talented human resource, unmatched variety and vibrancy characterize this knowledge capital of India.
Travel to Karnataka
Connected with some of the leading airport cities in the world, there are national and international flights operating from Bangalore to various parts of the globe. Well networked by trains, Karnataka is connected by the Indian Railways to almost any/every part of the country. Some of the major stations in Karnataka are Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Bellary, Mangalore, Tumkur, Harihar, Dharwad, Gulbarga and Bijapur.
Kempegowda bus stand serves interstate travel round the clock. Buses ply all over Karnataka and other states from here. Interstate bus services connect Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Pondicherry and Goa. Along with Government transport corporations, private bus operators are also found. Buses are connected to major Indian cities by the National Highways (NH) - NH4, NH7, and NH 48. Dial-a-taxi service is also available. Some taxi operators who can be contacted are:
Tourist spots in Karnataka
Ancient sculptured temples, scenic forests and beaches, popular eco-tourism locations of Western Ghats, cave temples of Badami, ruins of Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi, rock cut temples of Hoysalas are some of the prominent spots in Karnataka.
India's tallest water falls - the Jog falls, the astonishing 'Kodagu' Coorg, and the thickly-forested hills located on the slopes of the Western Ghats - the coffee bowl of India, add immense charm to this State.
Badami, the capital of the early Chalukyas, famous for its cave temples, the historical glory of the Hampi ruins, still upholding the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Kingdom can be seen. The monolith structures, statues and monuments exhibit the rich cultural heritage of this State.
Hassan boasts of exquisitely crafted sculptures and architectural marvels, remnants of medieval era. The beautiful murals add magnificence to the era of Hoysalas who ruled between the 11th and 13th century.
Mangalore port's old world charm with its palm fringed beaches and well manicured gardens, outstanding temples and salubrious climate add true value to the tourist's money.
The district of Dandeli is charming amidst the backdrop of the Western Ghats. The wild life sanctuary here is a major tourist attraction. The natural beauty is inviting and a large number of hotels in the vicinity lure the tourists to this place.
Think Karnataka and sandalwood crafts and carvings appear in our mind's eye. Mysore silks, metalware products, bidriare, lacquerware and more - there is enough for the avid shopper. The temple of Udipi is known for metalware with mythological figures cast in metal. And not to forget the exotic paintings like Kinnala which are famous with the locals, leaf work laid in unadulterated gold, and other delights.
For those who are ready to splurge, Mysore paintings mesmerize with their bright vegetable dye colors and lustrous golden leaves. Expensive sandalwood carvings, finely wrought deities and decorative pieces also steal the show. Luxuriant Mysore silk sarees woven in traditional colours and real golden threads and brocade, these sarees enchant one and all.
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Karnataka Tourism - Land of exquisite architecture in Temples and History
Pattadakal - Ceremonial site of the early Western Chalukyan kings
Bandipur National Park - Paradise for wildlife.
Bannerghatta National Park - Animals in their natural habitat.
Jog Falls - highest waterfalls in India
Qutb Shahi Tombs - Persian and Indian architectural style
Fort St Angelo Kannur - 500 year old European built Fort
Bekal Fort - Old Fort near Kasargod
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - Jagaru Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary - Sharavathi Valley
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary - Sanctuary near Kannur
Coorg - The Scotland of the East
Kudremukh - Face of a Horse overlooking the Arabian Sea
Santa Cruz Basilica Cochin - 500 year old Basilica near the Arabian sea
Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours - Tallest Church in Asia and the biggest Church in India
St. Andrews Basilica Allepey - Fair skinned Father of Miracles
Basilica of Our Lady of Vallarpadam - Basilica in an Island
Velankanni Basilica - Lady of Health Shrine near the Bay of Bengal
Our Lady of Ports Cathedral Ernakulam - Cochin boasts of 4 Basilicas
St. George Basilica Angamaly - Basilica for a Roman Soldier who slayed Dragons
St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica Trivandrum - Syrian Malankara Church
Holy Redeemer Basilica Trichi - Mother of Perpetual Help
Poondi Madha Basilica - Lady of Lourdes
St. Mary's Basilica Bangalore - Miraculous statue of Our Lady
Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Tuticorin - Miraculous Statue of our Lady of Snow
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Eglise De Sacre Coeur
Santhome Basilica - Houses the relic of St.Thomas
Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption - St.Mary's Church
Divine Retreat Center Chalakudy - Potta Ashram
Church of Our Lady of Angels - 400 year old Church
Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Pallippuram - 500 year old Basilica
St.Lawrence Basilica in Attur - Miracles in Attur
Maria Bambina Church - Marian Devotion
Holy Rosary Basilica Karumathampatty - New Basilica near Coimbatore
Infant Jesus Shrine - Roman Catholic Shrine in India
Chikmagalur Trekking - Heady mix of Coffee and Waterfalls
Kodachadri Hills - Mountain Peak in Shimoga
Kabini Resort - Forest retreat a few hours from Bangalore and Mysore.
Kemmanagundi - Undulating meadows, gurgling brooks, rolling mist
Hampi - Evokes visions of poetry in stone
Mangalore - A triangular city with a summit to the South.
Mysore Palace - City basking in the glory of past Kings
Hyderabad Travel - City of Nizams
Vishakapatnam - Serene lakes, Cool beaches
Golconda Fort - Military Architecture
Charminar - Qutb Shahi Dynasty
Kodaikanal - South India's better known hill stations
Kerala Tourism - God's own Country
Alappuzha - Palm fringed canals, lazy lagoons and water locked towns.
Kumarakom Backwaters - Idllyic relaxed backwater setting
Mattanchery Palace - Palace in Kochi
Munnar - Emerald green tea estates.
Silent Valley - Sairandhrivanam, meaning forest in the valley.
Wayanad wildlife sanctuary - Holiday Resorts, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation centers and more.
Poovar Island - Holiday in Poovar
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary - Highest peak in Karnataka
Cochin Travel - Gateway to God's own Country
Belur Hoysala Temples - Poetry in Stone
Chola Temples - Revisit the past glory of the mighty Cholas
Madurai Meenakshi Temple - One of the Biggest temples
Tirupati temple - Lord of the 7 Hills
Rameshwaram Temple - Sethu Yathra
Swamimalai Temple - The Son who taught his Father
Guruvayur Temple - Bhuloka Vaikunta
Sabarimala Temple - Makara Jyothi
Padmanabha swamy Temple - Ananthasayanam
Thiruvannamalai temple - Padal PetraSthalam
Saradamba Temple Sringeri - Sringeri Temples
Ranganatha Swami Temple - Largest Temple in the World
Udupi Krishna Temple - Kanakanakindi
Vaitheeswaran Koil - Prime center for naadi shastra
Sripuram Golden Temple - Temple of Gold
Srikalahasti Temple - Kailas of the South
Kanchipuram Temple - Ancient Pallava built Temple
Palani Temple - Temple dedicated to Tamil God
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple - Part of the 6 Abodes of Murugan