The vast land stretch of South Indian state of Karnataka houses many cities, towns, districts and villages that are treasured natural, historical, religious, scientific and commercial centers of the state. Tourism department of Karnataka has invested a huge sum of money for preservation, excavation and maintenance of the monuments, gardens and temples of Karnataka. The majestic forts, palaces, architecturally marvelous temples, India’s biggest water falls, gardens and museums are prime attractions of the state.
Karnataka has numerous palaces spread across, famous amongst which are Mysore, Bangalore, Tipu Sultan and Gagan Palaces. Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore ruled this city and several neighboring cities; the entire state of Karnataka shows strong impressions of his triumphant rule here. Karnataka has India’s two highest water falls – Jog Falls
and Shivasamudra cascading over rocks from h great heights. Diversity exists in its fullest form as is evidenced from the several gardens like Lal Bagh
, Brindavan Gardens
, Cubbon Park, Kadari Park, Lumbini Gardens and sanctuaries like Bennarghata National Park, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
, Bandipur National Park
, Nagarhole and Dandeli National Parks. Rivers like Vedavathi, Cauveri, Krishnasagar, Shivasamudra flow in Karnataka, forming many sightseeing attractions in the state. Architectural marvels in the state are evident from the temples, forts and bastis in Shravanabelagola, Belur, Hampi, Nandi Hills, Halebid, Belgaum, Pattandakal and other districts. The statue of Gomateshwar is considered the largest in the world and is thronged by pilgrims during the festival of Mahabhisheka.
Srirangapatanam is an important historical destination, with the Fort of Srirangapatanam where Tipu Sultan died and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.
With hill stations, rivers, beaches, falls, temples, forts and palaces adorning the entire state, Karnataka is the 4th most visited tourist destination of the country and offers a wide range of opportunities for a tourist to explore.