The state of Karnataka is a region of charming contrasts, where the ancient blends harmoniously with the modern, with the industrialized city of Bangalore at one end and huge tracts of farmland at the other. It also has some of the country's most beautiful monuments, temples, palaces and ruins of all kinds, and some of its best-preserved beaches. The coastline is about 260 km long. Colourful folk dances and various art forms, age-old traditions and rituals, literature and music... there is so much to see, feel and experience in Karnataka! The state is located south of Goa and Maharashtra, west of Andhra Pradesh, northwest of Tamil Nadu and north of Kerala. To the west, it opens onto the Arabian Sea. Less touristy than its neighbours Goa and Kerala, Karnataka has real nuggets for the tourist who takes the time to explore it.

Geographically, the state can be divided into four regions: the coastal region, the Malnad, the northern plains and the southern plains.

The two major river systems of Karnataka are the Krishna and its tributaries (Bhima, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Tungab-hadra and Vedavati) in the north and the Cauvery and its tributaries (Hemavati, Shimsha, Arkavati, Lakshmana Thirtha and Kabini) in the south. These two rivers flow eastward and empty into the Bay of Bengal, with the Krishna flowing through Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery flowing through Tamil Nadu. A number of smaller rivers flow westward into the Arabian Sea. Among them, Sharavati, Kalinadi and Netravati are exploited for hydroelectric power.

The must-see places in Karnataka

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