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Travel India guide provides you with detailed information on Karnataka. This State, whose history goes back to the days of the Emperor Ashoka, once nurtured great dynasties - the Kadambas, the Hoysalas, the Chalukyas and the Vijayanagar Emperors. All have left their imprint in the magnificent stonework and the ruins of great cities founded on this plateau of lush tropical jungle, beautiful garden cities and ornate buildings. But it is not only of a historic past or of scenic splendour that Karnataka can boast, no State in India can speak of a more active present than this first of all States to step into the Industrial Dawn.

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Tourist places to visit in Karnataka

Bangalore
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures. This Garden City has well - laid out parks, gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian. Founded in 1537 by a local Chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has changed dramatically over the years. There are numerous 'not-to-be-missed' sights in Bangalore like the magnificent Vidhana Soudha, sprawling Cubbon Park. Colourful Lalbagh etc. - and the convenient an exciting way to explore these sights is to take the KSTDC conducted Bangalore Sight-seeing tour.
Bangalore -"Garden City...Silicon Valley ofIndia...Fastest growing city in SE Asia...A place to come back home...Mini Subcontinent"
An air-conditioned city, a garden city, the Silicon Valley of India, the fastest developing city in the world, these are some of the attributes used to describe this beautiful city which has a lot to offer you. A dynamic Happening city, with innumerable cultural events organized every evening, you can choose from a Hindustan vocal concert, of a Carnatic Veena recital, or fusion music to pure western classical music, a play, or an exhibition of a famous painter. You can taste of Bangalore. But the connoisseur can take his pick from any of the multicuisine restaurants of the city, Bangalore is also known as the city of Golf Courses.
Bangalore  Art Gallery  Mysore palace
Karnataka Wildlife SanctuariesJog Falls

B R Hills Sanctuary, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimeshwari Sanctuary, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Bandipur Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park, Kabini Sanctuary.
Karnataka Museums
Keladi Museum, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Folklore Museum, Janapada Loka
Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village Shashwati, N.M.K.R.V. College, Sculpture Gallery, Badami, Archaeological Museum, Hampi Manjusha Museum, Dharmasthala, Kavishila.
 
Rock Climbing: Ramnagaram, 50 km from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, is considered as the Mecca of rock climbing. The place abounds in rock formations, that are a climber's delight. Even those who have no exposure to rock climbing, can learn it on the artificial wall set up at the State Youth Centre in Bangalore, and then set off on trekking expeditions under expert care and guidance.
Water Sport:
Tucked away amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, along the Sharavathy backwaters, is Honnemardu - a haven for aqua adventure enthusiasts. Lovers of water sports throng this idyllic spot for coracle rafting, canoeing and windsurfing. Numerous islands dotting the backwaters make it an ideal island camping site, too.
Rock Climbing Ramnagaram Honnemardu River Rafting Cauvery
Trekking: If trekking is your cup of tea, over 200 trails have been explored and marked in the Western Ghats, for trekking and nature trails.
River Rafting and Angling:
The azure waters of the river Cauvery, are ideal for river rafting. 82 km from Mysore is the Cauvery Fishing Camp, at Bhimeshwari. It is a paradise for anglers, with mahseers found in abundance. This place is also accessible from Bangalore (100 km).

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