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The state of Karnataka is located in the south western side of the country. Having Bangalore as its capital, the state marks the 8th position in being one of the largest states of the country and features as the 5th most popular state on the tourism map of India.

The state is nestled at Deccan Plateau and on the northern side of the state; it is enclosed with Maharashtra, on its western side by Arabian Sea, on its northwestern side by Goa, on its southwestern side by Kerala, on its eastern side by Andhra Pradesh and on its southeastern side by Tamil Nadu.

The state of Karnataka is geologically divided into the coastal region also known as Karavali, the hilly region known as Malenadu which includes the Western Ghats and the plains also known as Bayaluseeme Balayluseeme is further categorized into the northern and southern sections.

The state houses 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in the country, being the largest holders of the number of shrines after the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state is a prominent tourism hub, attracting tourists from across the globe. Karnataka has witnessed a boost owing to its capital with the hike of its tourism industry. Bangalore an emerging city with its IT centre stands as one of the reason of making the Indian state of Karnataka quite popular on the tourism map of India.

The state is famous for its popular Carnatic Music all across the world along with that it also has given so much to the world. The state is also popular for being the home of two World Heritage sites Hampi and Pattadakal.

Karnatakatravel and tourism is a popular among the Indian and foreign tourists alike and for that the Karnataka tour packages are a perfect way of exploring the splendor of the destination in Southern India.

General facts about Karnataka
Location: South West India
Area: 1, 91,791sq km
Language: English, Hindi, Kannad, Malayalam and Tamil
Climate: pleasant and moderate
Major Attractions: Horanadu Annapoorneshwari temple, Sringeri
Ideal Time to Visit: September to March

Tourist sightseeing in Karnataka
The state is all packed with the places to visit and can attract tourists. Here, you can see all from religious to adventurous places inviting every genre of populace. The state has a myriad of religious places to visit including the famous temples of Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal in Bijapur district along with other temples of Halebedu, Belur and Somanathapura renders the art lovers to witness the beautiful architecture of the temples. The temples such as Kollur Mookambika temple, Udupi Krishna temple, Horanadu Annapoorneshwari temple, Sringeri Sarada temple, Kukke Subramanya, Dharmasthala attracts many visitors in the state.
Some other well-known tourist attractions in Karnataka are such as Jog Falls, Shivasamudra Falls, Abbi Falls, Irrupu falls, Manikyandhara, Kallatti Falls and Chunchanakatte Falls.

The town of Karnataka also has some famous hill resorts such as Nandi Hill, Savanadurga, Madhugiri, Pavagada, Midigeshi, Ucchangi, Jamalabad, Manzarabad, Kavaledurga, Chitradurga, Basavaraja Durga, Devagad, Kurmagad, Shahapur, Shorapur, Nargund fort, Parasgad and Vallabhgad forts. The place also boasts of its wildlife as its natural heritage.
For the adventure seekers there are places like Savandurga, Anthargange, Shivgiri, Ramanagaram etc which are frequented for rock climbing and trekking. Honnemardhu, Shivgange, Shivanasamudra, Sangama etc also interests to the adventure lovers with its water sports.

Climate of Karnataka
Karnataka experiences four seasons in a year, summer and monsoon, post-monsoon and winter. Post-monsoon from October-December and winter from January to February are the most pleasant time to visit. Generally the state bears a pleasant weather all across the year, yet having months from October till March the best months to step in the state.

How to reach Karnataka
Karnataka by Air: The major airport is Bangalore International Airportwhere regular flights connect it with the entire major metropolis of India Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai as well as to Chennai, Trivandrum, Ahmadabad etc.
Karnataka by Rail: The state has its main and the most important railway station at Bangalore and connects the state to all the parts of India.
Karnataka by Road: The state has a well developed network of roadways, connects the state to all the major cities and other neighboring cities of the country.

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