Karnataka, previously known as Mysore, is the 7th largest state of India with an area of 191,791 Sq Km and it placed on southwest coast. According to the census of India 2011, approximately 61,095,297 people reside here. The state is separated by its neighboring states Maharashtra to the north, Goa to the North West, Telangana to the North-East, Andhra Pradesh to the East, Tamil Nadu to the South East, Kerala to the South West and the Western part is entirely bordered by Arabian Sea.
The capital city of Karnataka is Bangalore city (best software market of India) which is one of the super urbanized metropolitan areas of India. Other major cities of the state are Hubli Dharwad, Mysore, Gulbarga, Belgaum and Mangalore. The state is build up with three distinct divisions, namely the coastal, Malenadu and Bayaluseeme division. Read more...
Karnataka is placed closer to the equatorial region of the World and so, the climate of the state is very comfortable due to its equable climate type throughout the year. But some high elevation regions of the state (especially in hill stations) receive some low temperature in winter.
Weather in summer: Normally the summer season of Karnataka is continued from mid of March to Mid-June. The average temperature in this season of the state is approximately 30° C.
Weather in winter: Normally the winter season of Karnataka is continued from end of November to February and the average temperature during this season is approximately 18° C.
Weather in monsoon: Normally the monsoon season of Karnataka is continued from mid of June to mid of September and the average rainfall during this season is approximately 150 cm.
Languages in Karnataka: Kannada is the main dialect of Karnataka and a majority percentage (64.8) of resident uses this as their first language as well as official language. Other used dialects of the state are Urdu (speak 9.6% of population), Hindi (speak 2% of population) Telegu (speak 1.14% of population), Marathi (speak 4% of population), Tulu (speak 3.3% of population) and Tamil (speak 3.9% of population). Some other community groups reside here with a less percentage spoken languages.
Festivals in Karnataka: Dussehra or Dasara is the most popular festival in Karnataka. It is celebrated throughout the state with huge interest. Some other major festivals of the state are the dance festival (in January) of Pattadakkal, Makar Sankranti, Karaga in Bangalore, Hoysala Mahotsava (in March), Ganesh Chaturthi, Festival of Hampi (in November) and Yugadi.
Religions in Karnataka: The people of Karnataka mainly follow Hindu religion (83%) rest are Muslim (11.1%), Christianity (3.9%), Jainism (0.07%), and Buddhism (0.8%). Some other religion groups reside here with a less percentage population.
The state Karnataka is the address of several ancient temples, superb hill stations, endless beaches and protected wildlife areas. More over 20.20 percent of total region of the state is covered with forest.
You will found lots of sanctuaries (twenty-five) and national parks (5 national parks) in Karnataka. Some major of these are Anshi, Tyavare koppa lion sanctuary, Bhagavati reserved forest, Banner ghatta national park, Dandeli Wildlife reserve, Bandipur national park, Nagara hole national park, Attiveri bird sanctuary, Ranebennor blackbuck sanctuary, Madhugiri black buck sanctuary, Ranganatittu Bird sanctuary, Mandagadde bird sanctuary, Bhadra reserved forest, Gudavi bird sanctuary, Kudremukh National Park and Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary.
Best beaches in the state are Murudeshwar, Karwar, Marwanthe, Bhatkal, Malpe, Ullal, Marvanthe, Gokarna and Om Beach. Some other beaches in Karnataka are Kurumgad, Surathkal, Mangalore, Panambur, Nitk, Akuna Matata, Kaup, Trasi, Jali, Nastar, Dhareshwara, Kumta, Paradise, Halfmoon and Kudle Beach.
The state is perfect destination to discover several super beauty waterfalls like, Abbey, Alekhan, Arisina gundi, Benne Hole, Burude, Chunchanakatte, Dondole, Gokak, Hebbe, Hogenakal, HonnemaraduIruppu, Jog, Kalhatta Giri, Kalhatti, Lalguli, Lalguli, Magod Falls, Nisargadhama, Sathodi, Shanti, Shivasamudram, Sirimane, Viboothi and Watta Halla water Falls
Major temple of the state are Mookambika, Belur Chennakesava, Virupaksha, Vittala temple, Chamundeswari, Belur Chennakesava, Sri Kukke Subramanya, Bagandeshwara, Bull Temple, Cave Temples, Channakeshava, Keshava Temple, Bahubali Temple, Manjunatha Swamy Temple, Annapoorneshwari Temple, Chaturmukha Basadi, Sringeri Mutt, Murudeshwar Mahadev, Savirakambada Basadi and Gokarnanatha temple.
Some other major attractions of the state are several hill stations, forts and ancient sculpture (temple of Hampi) of Hindu culture. Example of few major hill stations of the state are Nandi Hills, Kemmanagundi Hills, Madikeri Hills, Biligirirangana Hills, Kudremukh Hills, Coorg Hills, Kundadri Hills, Yana Hills, Chikmagalur Hills, Kodachadri Hills, Gangamoola Hills, Dakshina Kannada Hills and some attractive forts of the state are Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Jamalabad, Kavaledurga and Madhugiri fort.