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State Capital: Bangalore
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Karnataka is a state of diverse topological features, from mountain chains like Mullayyana Giri, plateaus, residual hills and coastal plains to swirling waterfalls at Jog and Sivasamudra. About 20 per cent of the area in the state is under forest cover. Important sanctuaries and national parks of the state are the Bandipur National Park, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimeshwari, B R Hills, Dandeli, Nagarhole, Ranganathittu Wildlife Sanctuary and Chamundi Hills.
The state has a rich history out by ruins such as that of the ancient city of Hampi. The powerful dynasties that held sway over the state included the Nandas, the Mauryas, the Rashtrakutas, the Badami Chalukyas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Kings, the Wodeyars and the duo of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. Later, during the years of British rule, the state fell under the Madras Presidency.
The recent years have seen Karnataka move to the forefront of the Information Technology and Biotechnology industries in India, topping the other states in its software exports.
Bangalore: The city that was originally established as Bengulooru by Kempegowda I, is the capital of Karnataka. The city would then be captured by Bijapur, the Mughals and finally the rulers of Mysore. Under the British, the Cantonment grew as a separate town that served as a garrison for the army. And so it is that the villas on Rest House Road, the band in Cubbon Park and spacious grandeur of St Marks Church hearken to a not so distant past. In the years after Independence, Bangalore alternated between the tags of The Retired Man's Paradise and The Garden City. But all that changed with the nineties when Bangalore was rechristened the Silicon Valley of India. Today, Bangalore that by some estimates has more IT engineers than Silicon Valley, attracts three foreign equity companies every fortnight.
Tourist attractions in Bangalore: Vidhan Soudha, Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh, Information Technology Park, Electronic City, Bangalore Palace, Attara Kacheri, Nehru Planetarium, Chitrakala Parishat, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Visveswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, Government Museum, Nrityagram, Nandi Hills, Pearl Valley, Bannerghatta National Park.
Mysore: Mysore is the second largest city in Karnataka, and it was the capital city from which the Mysore Maharajahs ruled the Mysore State. Evidence of the existence of the city is first found in the 10th century AD during the reign of the Gangas. But Mysore would finally be transformed from a small town to a modern township during the reign of Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. The fine monuments that abound in Mysore to do this day bear eloquent testimony to the Wodeyar legacy.
Tourist attractions in Mysore: Mysore Palace, Jagamohan Palace, Mysore Zoo, St Philomena’s Church, GRS Fantasy Park, Chamundi Hills, Srirangapatna, Daria Daulat; Gumbaz, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Brindavan Gardens.
Hampi: In 1336 A.D, Saint Vidyaranya established the Vijayanagara empire with the help of his disciples Hakka and Bukka. Hampi was the last capital of the Vijayanagar empire. Its temples and palaces won the admiration of travelers between the 14th and 16th centuries. But these were laid waste by invading Mughal invaders. Today the ruins of Hampi lie over 26 sq. km area, in an area close to Hospet.
Tourist attractions in Hampi: Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple, Hampi Bazaar, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, King's Balance, Queen's Bath, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Pushkarini Tank, Mahanavami Dibba, Mustard Ganesh, Noblemen’s Palace.
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