Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka Tourist Information - Travel Guide

Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital city is Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara Empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot.

By virtue of its varied geography and long history, Karnataka hosts numerous spots of interest for tourists. There is an array of ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, scenic hill ranges, unexplored forests and endless beaches. Karnataka has been ranked as the fourth most popular destination for tourism among the states of India. Karnataka has the second highest number of nationally protected monuments in India, second only to Uttar Pradesh in addition to 752 monuments protected by the State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums. Another 25,000 monuments are yet to receive protection.

Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India, has been ranked as the third most popular state in the country for tourism in 2014. Karnataka has a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Popular tourist destination in Karnataka:

Bengaluru (Also known Bangalore), Mysore, Mangalore, Chikmagalur, Hampi, Madikeri, Udupi, Dandeli, Karwar (Karnataka), Bijapur, Belgaum, Hubli, Bandipur National Park, Sakleshpur, Bidar, Srirangapatna, Hassan (Karnataka), Shimoga, Manipal, Hospet, Shivanasamudra Falls, Murdeshwar, Agumbe, Gulbarga, Nandi Hills, Sirsi (Karnataka), Tumkur, Badami, Talakadu, Kushalanagar, Chitradurga, Kollur (Udupi District), Dharmasthala, Nagarhole National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Bellary, Kemmangundi, Jog Falls, Yana (India), Davanagere, Belur, Shravanabelagola, Sringeri, Honnavar, Raichur, Yellapur (Karnataka), Kundapur and Thirthahalli.

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