Karnataka


Karnataka is a state in south western region of India. It is the 7 th biggest, 8 th most populous, and 16 th most literate state of the 29 states of the democratic Republic of India. It is ranked 5 th in the country in tax revenue and 7 th in the country in GDP. Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea and Laccadive Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Telangana to the northeast, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the southwest.

Kannada is the official language of Karnataka state; it is the native language of approximately 65% of Karnataka's population.

The state has varied landscape with differing weather conditions across its breadth and width. It has diverse fauna with evergreen tropical forests in the western ghats. It is home to ancient architectural marvels, classical music - Karnatic music, Bharathanatyam dance and the folklore. It has 28 heritage sites and palaces. By virtue of its varied geography and long history, Karnataka hosts numerous spots of interest for tourists. There is an array of ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, scenic hill ranges, unexplored forests, and endless beaches. Karnataka is ranked as the 4th most popular destination for tourism among the states of India.

Ruins of Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi and monuments of Pattadakkal are on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The ruins of Vijayanagara Empire remind one of its glory in the days gone by. The cave temples at Badami and the rock-cut temples at Aihole representing the Badami Chalukyan style of architecture are also popular tourist destinations. Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebidu, built with Chloritic schist (soapstone), are proposed UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Rauza are famous examples of the Deccan Sultanate style of architecture. The monolith of Gomateshwara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is the tallest sculpted monolith in the world.



India


India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by Indian Ocean on the south, Arabian Sea on the southwest, and Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and  Maldives.

Five thousand years of history have nourished the growth of a great civilization. Vitalized through cross-cultural contact, it is characterized by unity amidst diversity of culture, race, caste, religion, and language. In India, there are examples of virtually every known type of societal division; six major religions - Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism; two major language families - Aryan and Dravidian, with 18 official languages, innumerable dialects tribal languages; three racial strains - Aryan, Dravidian, and proto-Australoid; and over 4000 castes, hierarchically ranked, endogamous, and occupational.

In 2015, Indian economy was the world's seventh largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity. India is mesmerising by its beauty, music, culture and ... A truly astonishing country for some one interested to delve into the past.