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Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India has been ranked as the fifth most popular state in the country for tourism. It is home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India, the largest number after Uttar Pradesh. The State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums protects an additional 752 monuments and another 25,000 monuments are yet to receive protection. Tourism centres around the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. Broadly, tourism in Karnataka can be divided into four geographical regions: North Karnataka, the Hill Stations, Coastal Karnataka and South Karnataka. The Karnataka Government has recently introduced The Golden Chariot – a train which connects popular tourist destinations in the state and Goa.

North Karnataka has monuments that date back to the 5th century. Kannada empires that ruled the Deccan had their capitals here. Badami Chalukyas monuments are located at Pattadakal, Aihole and Badami. Aihole has been called the cradle of Indian architecture and has over 125 temples and monuments built between 450 and 1100 BC. Rashtrakuta monuments at Lokapura, Bilgi and Kuknur and Kalyani Chalukyas monuments built in Gadag style of architecture at Lakkundi, Gadag, Itagi (in Koppal District) and the Vijayanagar empire temples at Vijayanagara are some examples. Hampi in Bellary District has ruins spread over an area of 125 km². With some fifty four world heritage monuments and six hundred and fifty national monuments (ASI).

 
 

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Popular Locations of Karnataka

1. Mysore Maharajah's Palace
2. Murudeshwara Temple
3. Hampi
4. Bijapur
5. Surayanarayana Temple, Bangalore
6. Flight 4 Fantasy, Bangalore
7. Badami Cave Temples, Badami
8. Sravanabelagola
9. ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra Temple, Bangalore
10. Monkey Temple

 

 
   
 

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The southern state of Karnataka, in India, has a distinct art and culture. The diverse linguistic and religious ethnicity that are native to state of Karnataka combined with their long histories have contributed immensely to the varied cultural heritage of the state.

Apart from Kannadigas, Karnataka is home to Tuluvas, Kodavas and Konkanis who also consider themselves as Kannadigas. Minor populations of Tibetan Buddhists and Siddhi tribes plus a few other ethnic groups also live in Karnataka.

The traditional folk arts cover the entire gamut of music, dance, drama, storytelling by itinerant troupes, etc. Yakshagana, a classical folk play, is one of the major theatrical forms of coastal Karnataka.

Contemporary theatre culture in Karnataka is one of the most vibrant in India with organizations like Ninasam, Ranga Shankara and Rangayana active on foundations laid down by the Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company.

Veeragase, Kamsale and Dollu Kunitha are popular dance forms. Bharatanatya also enjoys wide patronage in Karnataka.

Karnataka is the only south Indian state(dravidian state)where both Hindustani and Carnatic singers flourish. North Karnataka is predominantly famous for Hindustani music and South Karnataka is well known for Carnatic music.

With the rise of Vaishnavism and the Haridasa movement came Karnataka composers like Purandaradasa, whose Kannada language works were lucid, devotional and philosophical and hence appealing to the masses.

Haridasas of medieval times were Kanakadasa, Vyasatirtha, Jayatirtha, Sripadaraya, Vadirajatirtha etc., who composed several devara nama. One of the earliest and prominent composers in South India was the saint, and wandering bard of yore Purandara Dasa.

Karnataka has achieved a prominent place in the world of Hindustani music as well. Several of Karnataka's Hindustani musicians have bagged the Kalidas Sanman, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards.

Some famous performers are Gangubai Hangal,Puttaraj Gawai, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi,Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Basavaraj Rajguru,Sawai Gandharva and Kumar Gandharva.

Yakshagana a form of dance drama is one of the major theatrical forms in coastal Karnataka.

A fusion of folk and classical tradition makes Yakshagana a unique form of art which includes colourfull costumes, music, dance, singing, and most importantly dialogs composed on the fly.

Award winning performers include Shambhu Hegde, Chittani Ramachandra Hegde. Yakshagana and Dollu Kunitha are two of the popular dance forms of Karnataka. Gamaka is a unique music form based on Karnakata Sangeetha.

The Bengal renaissance, along with the general influence of Ravi Varma school of painting, influenced the Mysore school of painting.

King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III patronised famous painters including Sundarayya, Tanjavur Kondayya and Alasinrayya.

King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV patronised K. Venkatappa, Keshavayya, Y. Nagaraju, Paavanje and Kamadolli.

 
   
 

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Popular Food in Karnataka

1. Banana Leaf Meal
2. Bisi Bele Bath
3. Jolada Rotti
4. Chapati
5. Ragi Roti
6. Akki Rotti
7. Saaru
8. Idli-Vada Sambar
9. Rava Idli, Chiroti, Obbattu, Ragi Mudde
10. Dharwad Pedha
11. Mysore pak
12. Vangi Bath
13. Kesari Bath
14. Davanagere Benne Dosa


 

 
     
 

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Chinnamon, Bengaluru

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Ffolio, Bengaluru

Aspiration Stores, Hampi

Mysore Saree Udyog, Bengaluru

Bombay Store, Bengaluru

Datta & Jeev Enterprises, Mysore

Crossword, Bengaluru

Premier Bookshop, Bengaluru

Planet M, Bengaluru

Blossom, Bengaluru

Government Silk Factory, Mysore

Fabindia, Bengaluru, Mysore

 

Ashok Book Centre, Mysore

Shree Radhakrishna Bookstore, Gokarna

Geetha Book House, Mysore

Forum Mall, Bengaluru

Sauharda Bookstore, Mysore

Devaraja Market, Mysore

Aspiration Stores, Hampi

Veena Musical Works, Mysore

Forum, Bengaluru

The Kishkinda Trust, Hampi

Raintree, Bengaluru

Garuda Mall, Bengaluru

 
   
 

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