With its capital in Bangalore, Karnataka has 28 districts. This south Indian state enjoys a semi-tropical climate. Besides Kannada, languages such as Urdu, Telugu, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava and Hindi are spoken here. The Arabian Sea forms Karnatakas western boundary, and Kerala and Tamil Nadu share borders to the south, Andhra Pradesh to the east, and Maharashtra and Goa to the north. Some major rivers in Karnataka are Kaveri, Tungabhadra, Krishna and Sharavathi.
You can find followers of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism here, with a scattering of other religious faiths. Tourism-wise, its not far behind any other culturally-rich state in India. It has palaces, forts, havelis, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, museums, religious spots, fairs and festivals. The best time to visit is between November and February. Karnataka celebrates these festivals with great pomp-Mysore Dasara, Ugadi (New Year), Karaga, Kail Poldu.
Besides Bangalore, Mysore is an upcoming major city. It was the seat of the Hoysala Kings and other royals who has made Mysore their headquarters. There are 12th century temples, Mysore Palace, Jain sculptures which enthral the scores of travellers visiting Karnataka. The two wildlife areas of Bandipur and Nagarhole, which are part of the Nilgiri Biospere, are located in Mysore. These are tiger habitats in south India. Another major city is Bijapur. Located in the north of Karnataka, this town is known for its historic architecture, especially Islamic. Hampi, too, is famous for historical sites and ruins.
The cuisine of Karnataka is varied and has many influences. Major cuisines are Kannadiga, Tulu and Kodava, with each of them having their own styles, influences and related specialties.Each district of Karnataka has lots to offer its tourists: coffee plantations, waterfalls, jungle safaris, mine walking, village rides, mountain climbing, and much more….