Karnataka • state in southern India

The vastness and variety of certain countries, like India, a subcontinent in its own right, necessitate a regional approach to exploration. Below, you will find our video collection focused on Karnataka, a gem in the southern part of India. These videos, created from photographs taken during our journeys through the lesser-known India – Ladakh, Karnataka, Telangana – provide a unique perspective on these enchanting lands. A click on the globe below will reveal our complete range of videos on India.

Karnataka, India • Vittala temple, Hampi ( India, Karnataka )

Karnataka, India • Vittala temple, Hampi

Karnataka, India • Hoysaleswara temple, Halebid ( India, Karnataka )

Karnataka, India • Hoysaleswara temple, Halebid

Karnataka, India • cave nr 2, Badami ( India, Karnataka )

Karnataka, India • cave nr 2, Badami

Nestled in the heart of India's southern peninsula, Karnataka is a state that boasts a rich tapestry of history, diverse geography, vibrant economy, and a cultural mosaic that mirrors the complexity and grandeur of India itself. This narrative delves into the multifaceted aspects of Karnataka, offering a glimpse into its past, present, and the natural and cultural bounty it offers.

 

History

Before Independence

 

The annals of Karnataka's history are marked by the reigns of several significant dynasties that have left an indelible mark on its cultural and architectural landscape. The earliest among them, the Mauryas, laid the foundation of governance and administration. However, it was under the Chalukya dynasty, flourishing between the 6th and 12th centuries, that Karnataka saw a remarkable architectural and cultural renaissance, epitomized by the rock-cut temples of Badami. The Hoysalas, another noteworthy dynasty, are remembered for their contribution to the unique architectural style seen in the temples of Belur and Halebidu. The Vijayanagara Empire, established in the 14th century, further enriched Karnataka, making Hampi a jewel in its crown, a site now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

After Independence

 

Post-1947, when India gained independence from British colonial rule, Karnataka, then known as the State of Mysore, embarked on a journey of transformation and development. It was renamed Karnataka in 1973, marking a new era of growth that saw it emerge as a leading state in India in terms of economic and social development.

 

Geography

Karnataka spans an area of 191,791 square kilometers, making it the sixth largest state in India. From the coastal beauty of the Arabian Sea to the west to the lush Western Ghats that stretch through its heart, Karnataka's topography is as varied as it is breathtaking. Its diverse climate and rich natural resources support a wide range of flora and fauna, making it a hotspot of biodiversity.

 

Economy

Karnataka's economy is one of the most robust in India, with Bengaluru, its capital, often dubbed as the "Silicon Valley of India" due to its leading position in the information technology industry. The state contributes significantly to the national GDP, with its economy anchored not just in IT but also in biotechnology, engineering, agriculture, and tourism. Karnataka's coffee plantations are renowned globally, further accentuating its economic diversity.

 

Population

With a population that exceeds 64 million, Karnataka is a melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions. Its people, known as Kannadigas, along with various other ethnic groups such as Kodavas, Tuluvas, and Konkanis, make the state a vibrant tapestry of communal harmony. This diversity is reflected in the multitude of festivals, cuisines, and art forms prevalent across the state.

Video gallery • India, Karnataka

Religion

Karnataka is a land where diverse religious traditions flourish together. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, and Buddhism coexist peacefully, with each community contributing to the state's spiritual richness. The ancient temples of Hampi, the churches of Mangalore, and the Jain monuments at Shravanabelagola testify to this harmonious blend of faiths.

 

Cultural and Tourist Attractions

Karnataka is dotted with attractions that beckon travelers from across the globe. The historic ruins of Hampi, the serene beaches of Gokarna, the majestic Mysore Palace, and the verdant landscapes of Coorg are just a few highlights. Bengaluru, with its cosmopolitan flair, offers a modern contrast to the historical and natural beauty found elsewhere in the state.

 

Karnataka, with its deep historical roots, geographical diversity, economic vitality, cultural richness, and religious harmony, presents a microcosm of India's essence. It invites explorers to immerse themselves in its history, revel in its natural beauty, and partake in its cultural festivities, offering a journey that transcends the boundaries of time and geography.