Karnataka State is Located in the Deccan Plateau in the southern part of the India bordered by the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea to the west. It is the seventh largest Indian state by area. Karnataka is derived from the Kannada words karu and nādu, meaning "elevated land". Karu nadu may also be read as karu, meaning "black", and nadu, meaning "region", as a reference to the black cotton soil found in the Bayalu Seeme region of the state. The British used the word Carnatic, sometimes Karnatak, to describe both sides of peninsular India.
Karnataka has attractive landscape with scenic mountain ranges, beautiful waterfalls and forests with rich variety of flora and fauna. It also has been a home to some of the most powerful empires of ancient and medieval India. There is an array of ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, scenic hill ranges, unexplored forests and endless beaches. Karnataka has been ranked as the fourth most popular destination for tourism among the 29 states of India. It also has the second highest number of nationally protected monuments in India, second only to Uttar Pradesh.
The state is one of the leading states in the field of industrial development both in the private and public sectors and the capital city Bangalore is one of the major centers of IT. Bangalore has numerous small industries along with many major electrical and IT companies, it is also referred as “Silicon Valley of India”. Recently Karnataka has also emerged as a hot spot for health care tourism. It has the highest number of approved health systems and alternative therapies in India.
- Bandipur National Park
- Bannerghatta National Park
- Nagarhole National Park
- Coorg (madikeri)
- Group of monuments at Hampi
- Jog Falls