Karnataka, a southern state of India is the "Queen of the Deccan plateau". The state is commendable in reaching a milestone in all fields. Karnataka has achieved unparalleled growth, in all arenas setting a perfect example.
Karnataka, the eighth largest state area-wise, has left no stone unturned in maintaining its natural beauty. "Kannadigas" is the reference to the people living here with "Kannada" as the state language. Karnataka has derived its name historically from the words kari-nadu (land with black alluvial soil) or karu-nadu (beautiful or elevated land). The state denotes prominence in nurturing several dynasties, as early as Mauryan dynasty. In historical times, Karnataka seemed very alluring for kings to establish their rule. Karnataka has also proved to be true to its name " Carnatic " music. The state is "World renowned for its contribution in the field of music".
Karnataka is blessed with rich cultural heritage. The state is home to many proposed UNESCO World heritage sites: Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebidu. Karnataka has nurtured several faiths like Hinduism, Jainism, Islamic and Christianity providing equal foothold to all. The state's art and architecture is a perfect blend of all styles as a testimony of the different dynasties. Various religious structures stand as a pillar of attraction pertaining to their architectural beauty.
Karnataka has a wide array of tourist destinations like Madikeri, Mysore, Mangalore and many others offering great scenic beauty. The "Jog Waterfalls" has the pride of being " India's tallest single-tiered waterfall". Karnataka has a rich wildlife and natural resource. The state is well known for its wildlife sanctuaries like Bandipur, Nagerhole, Ranganathathitu and many more. The statue of Gomateswara at Shravanabelagola is one of the greatest personifications of the Jain faith. Gomateswara is the tallest sculpted monolith in the world. This place draws huge crowds during the "Mahamastabisheka" festival. Karnataka has the reputation of being home to prominent Hindu temples such as "Udupi's Krishna temple, Kukke's Subramanya temple, Sringeri's Sharadambal temple and many more. Tourism proves to be an attractive feature of Karnataka.
Karnataka has a major stake in contributing towards Indian Economy. The state has paved way for industrialization without compromising in maintaining its ecological balance. Karnataka has several flourishing industries in sectors like Software, Aeronautics, Biotechnology, Electronics, Floriculture, Healthcare, Power and many small-scale industries. Karnataka is also famous for its sandalwood, silk, spices and handicrafts. Bangalore is referred as the "Silicon Valley" and "Electronics city" of India. Industrial growth, has widely addressed the problem of unemployment in the state. Sir Visveswarayya, was a great visionary and "Father of industrialization" of Karnataka. Commendable growth in the field of industries has boosted the economy of Karnataka.
Karnataka is home to great reformists, prolific writers and great visionaries like Sankaracharya, Ramanuja acharya, Madhwa acharya, Purandaradasa, Kanakdasa and many others. The state owns the credit of having the highest Jnanpith award winners, for contribution in the literary arena. Karnataka has achieved commendable growth in the field of entertainment. Film industry in Karnataka has emerged as a forefront technically and in entertainment, nurturing legends such as Dr. Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan and many more.
Karnataka has an exquisite culinary delight from coastal and internal regions. People of Karnataka prove to be a true expertise in cuisine. Some of the delicious dishes include Bisibelabath, Mysore dosa, Dhalwad peda, Mysorepak and Vangibath.
The natives of Karnataka are warm, friendly and affectionate. Hospitality is the true essence of this state. Traditional attire is saree for women and dhoti with peta(turban) for men. The state has emerged as a forefront in the fashion scenario with people adapting to the latest trends in their lifestyle. Karnataka has lived up to the expectations of every strata of people in all arenas.