Karnataka is a state in south western region of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act. Originally known as the State of Mysore, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973. The capital and largest city is Bengaluru. Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea to the west, Goa to the north west, Maharashtra to the north, Telangana to the North east, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the south east, and Kerala to the south west.
Mysore was changed to Karnataka. Karnataka lies between 74o and 78o East longitudes and 11o and 18o North latitudes. It is situated on the western edge of the Deccan plateau and is surrounded by Maharashtra and Goa in the north, Andhra Pradesh in the east, and Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south.
The area of the state is 191,976 square km. It is the 8th largest state in India by area. According to the 2011 census, the population of the state is 61, 130,704. It is a popular destination in the southern part of India among the tourists. The main religion in this state is Hindu. In addition, there are also other religions that constitute the population.
If that all sounds too mainstream, head to the counter-cultural enclave of tranquil Hampi with hammocks, psychedelic sunsets and boulder-strewn ruins. Or the blissful beaches of Gokarna, a beach haven minus the doof doof. Otherwise leave the tourist trail behind entirely, and take a journey to stunning Islamic ruins of northern Karnataka.
As speakers of Dravidian languages, most of Karnataka’s people are considered to be the descendants of the so-called Dravidian population of India that was driven southward between about 2000 and 1500 bce by the descent into the Asian subcontinent of speakers of Indo-Aryan languages.
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Karnataka with its rich heritage and diversity is an ideal tourist destination for people looking for an escape from their regular boring lifestyle. Centuries old architectural marvels, sun drenched beaches, hill stations, dense forest and waterfalls Karnataka Tourism has something for everyone.
Although, Kannad is the chief language in Karnataka; the other language that have also found place in Karnataka are:
- Tibetan, etc.
It is noteworthy, that the Kannada is derived from the Ashokan inscriptions.