"The Priceless Gift Of Indulgent Nature"
Rich in culture and heritage, Karnataka is one of the famous travel destinations of India. The word Karnataka has originated from the Kannad words 'Karu' and 'Nadu' which mean 'elevated land'.? Originally, Karnataka was known as the state of Mysore. Enveloped in the radiant past and rich present, the state is famous for its Gold. This land produces silk, khadi, sandalwood, coffee and cardamom in abundance. Covering an area of 191,791 sq km, it is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west. The official language of the state is Kannad. The traditional dress of the womenfolk of Karnataka is sari which is worn in different styles in different regions. The men wear Dhoti(Panche). The people residing in big cities also wear Salwar Kameez, Shirt and Pants.
According to archaeological studies the history of Karnataka dates back to the stone age. According to historic records the people of the state were good at using iron instruments. Karnataka saw the rule of some of the most powerful empires of India. Some of the rulers who greatly contributed to the rich culture and heritage of Karnataka were Maurya, Chalukyan, Hoysalas, Bahamani, Ali Shahi, Sattavahanas, Nandas, Pallavas and Ganga rulers. Even during the British rule the state developed.
Karnataka is dotted with some of the premier industries of India. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited and Hindustan Machine Tools are a few to name. The state has contributed a lot to the Indian Dance and Music. The Mysore style of Bharatnatyam and Dollu Kunitha are the two famous dance forms. It also occupies a proud place in the world of Indian classical music. Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music are famous here.
The cuisine of the state mainly consists of rice, ragi, sorghum, bisi bele bath, jolada rotti, ragi mudde, uppittu, masala dosa, maddur vada. The famous sweets are? Mysore peta and pak and dharwad pedha. If you want to see the richness of the culture of the state then do participate in its Hampi festival(most popular) held in the month of November every year. It is dedicated to dance and music. Other important festivals are Pattadakkal Dance Festival, Makar Sankranti, Hoysala Mahotsav and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Twenty percent of the total area of Karnataka is occupied by forests where a rich variety of flora and fauna are found. The Bandhipur and Nagarahole National Parks are a part of Nilgiri Biosphere? Reserve in 1986, a UNESCO designation. The wonderful beaches at Karnataka are Karwar beach, Maple beach, Maravanthe beach and Murudeshwar beach.
The most famous shopping items in Karnataka are sweet smelling sandalwood objects ,beautiful silk saris of Mysore with gold thread and brocade work., metal ware, wood crafts, lambani jewellery and kinnala paintings.
The facilities provided by the hotels in Karnataka will make you visit to these hotels again. The famous accommodation options are Hotel Le Meridien and Lalitha Mahal Hotel.
Air conditioned city is the word used for describing the climate of Karnataka. The climate differs according to the different seasons. It becomes a little humid during monsoon.(June-July). Best time to visit to the state is from October to March. In winters temperatures ranges from 32 degrees Celsius to below 20 degrees Celsius.
How to Reach
By Air: Regular flights are available from the Bangalore International Airport. They connect the state with major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Bu Rail: The railway station at Bangalore connects with all the main cities of India.
By Road: Several state and national highways connect the state with rest of India.