Karnataka state is bordered by the Andhra Pradesh to the East, Maharashtra to the north, the Arabian Sea to the west, Telangana to the northeast, Goa to the northwest, Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the south.
Karnataka state is derived from the Kannada words Karu and nādu, which means “elevated land”. Karu Nadu may also be read as Karu, means “black”, and Nadu, means “region”, as a reference to the black cotton soil.
Have a look at the culture of Karnataka state
The traditional arts of Karnataka includes music, dance, drama, storytelling by itinerant troupes, etc., Yakshagana of Malnad is a classical dance drama, is one of the major theatrical forms of Karnataka. Karnataka is home to Tuluvas, Konkanis, and Kodavas. The minor amount of Tibetan Buddhists and tribes like the Soligas, Yeravas, Siddhis, and Todas also live in Karnataka.
Gamaka is a classical music form of Karnataka state based on Carnatic music. Sundarayya, Tanjavur Kondayya, B. Venkatappa, and Keshavayya are the painters produced from Mysore school of painting. Chitrakala Parishat, an organization in Karnataka which is dedicated to promoting Mysore painting style.
The traditional dress of women in Karnataka state is Saree. Especially Women in Kodagu have a particular style of wearing the saree which is different from the rest of Karnataka. Dhoti is the traditional presence of men. Shirt, Trousers, and Salwar Kameez are widely used in Urban areas.
Food of Karnataka state
Rice and Ragi are the staple food in South Karnataka, whereas Jolada Rotti, Sorghum is the staple food in North Karnataka. Apart from these some of the popular food items in Karnataka are Bisi Bele bath, Ragi mudde, Benne Dose, Jolada Rotti, Maddur vade, Masala Dose and Uppittu. Popular sweets of Karnataka include Mysore Pak, Karadantu and Amingad, Belgaavi Kunda and Dharwad pedha. Udipi of coastal Karnataka is popular all over India.
Festivals in Karnataka state
Mysore Dasara is celebrated as the Nada habba, marked by major festivities at Mysore. It is a ten-day festival starting with Navaratri and ending with Vijayadasami. Ugadi, Makara Sankranthi, Ganesh Chathurthi, Rama Navami, Basava Jayanthi, Naga Panchami, Deepavali, and Ramzan are the other major festivals of Karnataka.
Languages are spoken in Karnataka state
Kannada is the National Language of Karnataka. Konkani, Tulu, and Kodava are other native languages of the state. Urdu is spoken widely by the Muslims. Tulu, Kodava, Konkani, and Beary are some of the regional languages spoken in Karnataka.
How to reach Karnataka state
Bangalore and Mangalore have the two international airports in Karnataka. You can find the airports at Mysore, Bellary, Hampi, Hubli, and Belgaum.
Bangalore has three railway stations namely Bangalore City, Krishnarajapuram and Yeshwantapur, which are well connected with major destinations in India. Other railway stations in the state are located at Mysore, Bijapur, Hubli, Vijayanagara, and Badami.
The best way to travel to Karnataka is by road. The state has about 3,973 km of national highway roads. 4, 4A, 7, 9, 13, 17, 48, 63, 67, 206, 207, 209, 212, 218 and 234 are National Highways which we can reach Karnataka.
Places to Visit in Karnataka state
Popular places to visit in the state are Gokarna, Murudeshwara, St. Mary’s Island, Mysore, Bangalore, Hampi, Agumbe and Coorg. November to April is the best time to visit Karnataka.
Tourist Attractions In Karnataka state.
Pattadakal Temples, Badami Cave Temples, Mysore Palace, Chitradurga Fort, Chennakeshava Temp are heritage buildings in Karnataka. HAL Aerospace Museum and Folk Lore Museum are the popular museums in Karnataka. Karnataka has 5 national parks and 22 wildlife sanctuaries and you can also visit Kudremukh National Park, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Anshi National Park and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.
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