Charismatic Karnataka, the land of royal grandeur and oriental glory is studded with architectural marvels, ancient sculptures, endless beaches, looming hill stations, pristine forests and excellent game reserves.
Kaveri, Tungabhadra and Krishna, the three great rivers of the South, originate from the verdant ghats.
A changing pageant of cultures, customs, life-styled and religions has left its mark on this land.
Its attractions are varied and diverting.
Belur, Halebidu and Hampi are known for its magnificent temples adorned with miniature carvings and are masterpieces to be marvelled at.
On the other hand, there are gigantic structures like the sculpture of the Jain sage Gomateswara at Sravanabelagola and the majestic Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur.
In sharp contrast with the simplicity of the countryside are the grand palaces and beautiful gardens befitting this princely State and the splendour of festivals like Dassara.
Karnataka is also a fine base for adventure enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.
A treasure trove of exquisite handicrafts made in metal, stone, sandalwood, rosewood and ivory.
Equally famous for silks and scented oils.
Area: 1,91,791 sq. kms.
Population: 6,10,95,297 (2011)
Best Season: October to April
Famous For: Magnificent Monuments, Dassara Celebrations, Scenic Beauty, Sandal Wood and Silks.
Winter (January and February): 220 C to 320 C
Pre Monsoon (March, April and May): 240 C to 330 C
Monsoon (June, July, August and September): 230 C to 290 C
Post Monsoon (October, November and December): 220 C to 320 C