Karnataka (formerly known as Mysore, until 1973), is a state situated in the south western part of India. It is bounded by the states of  Goa to the Northwest, Maharashtra to the North and Telangana to the Northeast; Andhra Pradesh to the East; Tamilnadu to the Southeast and Kerala to the Southwest; and by the Arabian Sea to the West. It is divided into 29 districts with the capital being Bengaluru (Bangalore), which is the largest city in the state. Kannada is the most widely spoken and official language of the state.

Karnataka has unique culture, art and architecture that pulls millions tourists (either national or international) every year.  It is known for Mysore silk. The State also has a special place in the world of Indian classical music, and both Carnatic and Hindustani style find its place in Karnataka. The Indian elephant is considered the state animal. Lotus and sandalwood are noticed as the state flower and tree. People of Karnataka celebrate many festivals throughout the year, of which Nadahabba (Known as Mysore Dasara) is the main festival in Karnataka which is celebrated at Mysuru (Mysore).

Karnataka is embellished with vibrant colors, flavors, landscapes and heart pulsating beauty. Karnataka has the highest number of approved health systems and alternative therapies in India. Recently Karnataka has emerged as a hotspot for health care tourism.

 The Southern districts of the state and the districts of the Western ghats have popular eco-tourism locations. Karnataka has 25 wildlife sanctuaries of which seven are bird sanctuaries, and five national parks of which Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park and Bannerghatta National Park are popular. It has ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi and the monuments of Pattadakal which are on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebidu, which were built with Chloritic schist, are proposed UNESCO World Heritage sites. The waterfalls of Karnataka and Kudremukh are considered to be among the “1001 Natural Wonders of the World”. It has beautiful Plantation in Coorg and many other major tourist places for visiting – Bengaluru (Bangalore), Mysuru (Mysore), Mangalore, Dharamsthala, Udapi, Gokarna, Jog Fall, Hassan, Badami etc.   


Andaman And Nicobar Islands Is A Major Tourism Hub With Exotic-Looking Beaches And Pristine Islands Having Equally Exotic Names, Wonderful Opportunities For Adventure Sports Like Snorkeling, Scuba Diving And Sea-Walking. Viper Island Which Was Earlier Visited Is Now Kept Closed By The Administration. Nicobar Islands (The Southern Group) Are Mostly Inaccessible To Tourists.


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