- Capital: Bangalore (Bengaluru)
- Population: 52.7 million
- Area: 192,000 sq. km
- Language: Kannada
- Best Season: September to February.
- Weather: Summers 22°- 40°C. Winter 10°- 32°C
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Originally known as the state of Mysore, Karnataka is a state in India situated on the western edge of the Deccan plateau. It is bordered by Maharashtra and Goa on the north, Andhra Pradesh on the east, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the south, and on the west it opens out to the Arabian Sea.
Karnataka state was formed on Nov 1, 1973. Karnataka's total land area is 1,91,791 sq.km. It accounts for 5.83 percent of the total area of the country (32.88 lakh sq.km) and ranks eighth among major States of the country in terms of size. Located in the southern part of the country, it is surrounded by other states like Maharashtra and Goa in the north, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south, Andhra Pradesh in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west. The state of Karnataka is situated approximately between the latitudes 11.5° and 18.5° North and the longitudes 74° and 78.5° East. The state's long and colourful history, and the many forts, temples, mosques, and churches make Karnataka a great place. The majority of the Karnataka state lies on the Deccan Plateau. Bangalore is the state capital. Karnataka is an enchanting land abounding in scenic beauty, rich is flora and fauna. It has pomp and pageantry of glorious traditions and marvels of modern engineering. Bijapur occupies the largest geographical area of the State with 8.89 per cent and Bangalore has the smallest area with only 1.94 per cent. Karnataka has always been at the forefront of industrial growth in India. With its inherent capabilities coupled with its enterprising citizens, Karnataka provides the ideal choice for investment opportunities. Karnataka is well known for producing some of the country's foremost statesmen, scholars and sportspersons, and is one of the major revenue rakers through its strong tourism industry. Majority of IT activity in Karnataka is concentrated in Bangalore. The state possesses six percent of the total water resources in the country as there are many rivers flowing through it.
Karnataka is a tourist’s delight. The array of tourist spots include ancient heritage temples, lush green forests, mesmerizing beaches, cluster of hill ranges and modern and cosmopolitan cities. Karnataka is the juncture where the past meets the future. Western Ghats adorn the state with scenic places like Agumbe, Madikeri and Kudremukh. The state houses more than 25 wildlife sanctuaries and five national parks such as Bannerghatta National Park, Nagarhole Park and more. There are many ancient heritage temples built in the 14th century such as Belur, Halebidu and the Badami caves.