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A map showing where Kanataka is in India

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.

Bangalore, also spelt Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka.It is also declared 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.

Most people in Karnataka speak Kannada language. Kannada is declared as one of the official languages of India. It has won the most number of Gnanpith Awards - 8 awards, which is the greatest record ( As per Jan 7, 2013 ). It is awarded for poets who have contributed their works related to literature.

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

If you visit Karnataka, don't ever forget to see the Lalbhag Botanical Garden, Bangalore , Belur, Halebid, Badami, Shimoga and Jog waterfalls.