Karnataka

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Karnataka is a state in the Republic of India. It has an area of 74,122 square miles (191,980 km2). It is bigger than Syria but smaller than Senegal. In traditional Indian geography it falls under the South Indian zone. It has 30 districts. According to the Census of 2011,it has a population of approximately 6.11 crores.[1] The present Chief Minister of the state is H.D.Kumaraswamy from the Janata Dal (Secular).[2]

Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka. It is also known as the IT capital of India. Mysore, Mangalore, and Hubli-Dharwad are the other big cities in Karnataka. Places to see in Karnataka are Bangalore, Mysore, Hampi, Bijapur, Belur/Halebid, Shimoga and Shravanabelagola. the Lalbhag Botanical Garden, Badami and the Jog water are some of the well-known tourist attractions in Karnataka.

The Kannada language is the official language of the state and the most prominent language spoken by the people in Karnataka . Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi and Malayalam are also spoken in Karantaka.[3] Kannada is declared as one of the official languages of India. It has won the most number of Gnanpith Awards - 8 , which is awarded to writers .[4]

Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west, Goa in the northwest, Maharashtra in the north, Andhra Pradesh in the east, Tamil Nadu in the south and Kerala in the southwest. Topographically, Karnataka consists of the Arabian Sea Coast, Western Ghats, Deccan Plateau, and Eastern Ghats.

Karnataka's history dates back to the 3rd century BC. The succession of able administrators from the Hoysalas, Chalukyas and the mighty Vijayanagara rulers, to the arrival of the Mughals in the 17th century and the British in the 18th century have contributed to the mix of culture and heritage that is as rich as it is ancient.

Provincial symbols of Karnataka[change | change source]

  1. "List of districts of Karnataka". www.census2011.co.in. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  2. "Chief Ministers of Karnataka". Karnataka.com. 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. "Languages of Karnataka - Languages Spoken in Karnataka - Local Languages of Karnataka". www.bharatonline.com. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. "Jnanpeeth Awardees from Karnataka | Jnanapeeta Awardees | Jnanpith Award". www.karnatakavision.com. Retrieved 2019-03-13.