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Districts of Karnataka

North Karnataka
  • Bagalkot (or Bagalakote) district was formed in 1997. As per the inscriptions, Bagalkot was earlier known as Bagadige.

  • Belgaum district is a place of historical importance. Rani Chennamma of Kittur is well known for the resistance to British rule.

  • Bidar district is located in the north-eastern corner of Karnataka, in the borders with Andhra Pradesh to the east and Maharashtra to the north and west.

  • Bijapur district is well known for the great monuments of historical importance built during the Adil Shahi dynasty. The history of Bijapur city dates back to 10-11th centuries by Kalyanis Chalukyas.

  • Gulbarga is situated in the northern part of Karnataka State. Earlier Gulbarga was ruled by Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Yadavas of Devagiri and Hoysalas of Halebidu.

  • Hiriyur is well known for Mari Kanive or Vani Vilasa Sagara, an oldest dam built on River Vedavathi and Teru Malleshwara Temple.

  • Ilkal is a popular town located in the south-east corner of Bagalkot district in Karnataka state..

Central Karnataka
  • Bellary district takes its name from the word Balari which refers to Goddess Durugamma. Bellary district is gifted with rich mineral resources. has both metallic and non-metallic minerals.

  • Chitradurga is located in the heart of the Deccan Plateau; Chitradurga is recognized as the land of courage and chivalry.

  • Davanagere was separated from Chitradurga district to form a new district in 1997.Davangere is also famous for its textile and cotton mills.

  • Dharwad, also known as Dharwar, has a history of more than 900 years. Dharwad has been a famous centre of learning for ages with many famous high schools, colleges and universities with good educational facilities.

  • Gadag district was formed in 1997, when it was split from Dharwad District. Gadag is famous for printing press and handloom.

  • Haveri district is situated exactly in the centre of Karnataka. Haveri is located at a distance of 335 km from Bangalore. Haveri situated by the Pune - Bangalore National Highway No. 4.

  • Koppal district was separated from Raichur District. The climate of Koppal district is very hot and dry. The Thungabhadra reservoir at Munirabad is in the border of koppal taluk.

  • Raichur district is ensconced between the Krishna on the North and the Tungabhadra on the South.

  • Shimoga is a true nature's gift, spread with waterfalls, enchanting natural scenery of hills, dense forests, flora & fauna, forts, swaying palms and abundant paddy fields make for picturesque locales.

Coastal and Western Ghats of Karnataka
  • Chikmagalur is situated in south western part of Karnataka. Chikmagalur literally means "The town of the younger daughter" in the Kannada language.

  • Dakshina Kannada is a coastal district in Karnataka state with Mangalore as district Headquarters. Dakshina Kannada was earlier known as South Canara.

  • Mangalore is a coastal town situated at South-Western of Karnataka. Mangalore is main port city of Karnataka.

  • Udupi was separated from Dakshina Kannada district and formed as new district in 1997. Udupi is a popular pilgrimage centre and tourist spot.

  • Uttara Kannada or North Canara, located on the western coast with 140 Km length of Coastal line.

South Karnataka
  • Bangalore was founded in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, a Vijayanagar Chieftain. Bangalore today is referred as the Silicon Valley of India due to its top position as India's technology capital.

  • Chamarajanagar district was bifurcated from Mysore district. Chamarajanagar is southern-most district of Karnataka. The original name of this place was Arikottara.

  • Chikkaballapur district was formed in 2007. It was carved out of the existing Kolar district by moving the taluks of Gowribidanur, Gudibanda, Bagepalli, Chikkaballapura, Sidlaghatta and Chintamani into the new district.

  • Kodagu is also called by the anglicized name of Coorg. Madikeri or Mercara is capital of Kodagu district. Kodagu is the land of Coffee, Pepper, cardamom, Honey and oranges.

  • Kolar is the eastern gateway to Karnataka. Kolar has become popularly known as the "Golden Land" of India. It is famous for its erstwhile gold mines, hill stations, fortresses and temples.

  • Hassan, the district headquarters is located on the national highway between Mangalore and Bangalore. Hassan city is at a distance of about 180 Km from Bangalore.

  • Mandya district derives its name from its Administrative headquarters town. It is believed that, Sage Mandavya had performed penance in this land. Since then, this place is called as "Mandya".

  • Mysore is the second biggest city in Karnataka. Mysore is also called as city of Palaces. Mysore district is a famous tourist spot, offering several attractions ranging from the royal splendor of Mysore city.

  • Ramanagara is situated in a valley surrounded by rocky hillocks on Bangalore - Mysore Highway. Ramanagara is famous for its silk market, giving it the other name of Silk town.

  • Tumkur is situated in the eastern part of Kamataka state. Tumkur town is the headquarters of Tumkur district. It is located at a distance of 70 km from Bangalore.

  • Virajpet is second biggest town and taluk head quarters of Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka state.

Important destinations
  • Karkala is considered as a town of historical importance and a famous pilgrim centre for Jains.

  • Ambutheertha or Ambuthirtha a holy place is located about 15 km to the North-West of Theerthahalli Town.

  • Udyavara was formerly called Udayapura. It was the capital of the Alupas. Many inscriptions are found here.

  • Igguthappa Devara Betta a peak and popular pilgrim centre is located at a distance of 45 km from Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu.

  • Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement: Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement in India located near Kushalanagar in Kodagu district.

  • Kurudumale: a sacred place near Mulbagal is one of the important tourist destinations in Kolar district.

  • Venur: is a small village situated on he banks of the River Gurupur in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada district.

  • Jamalabad: is a pleasant village is located at a distance of 75 km from Mangalore and 6 km north of Beltangadi taluk. It situated at an altitude of 1788 ft above sea level.

  • Ayyanakere: is located at a distance of 18 km north-east of Chikmagalur town.

  • Amruthapura: is a town located at a distance of 67 km north of Chikmagalur town in Chikmagalur District. Situated in the close vicinity of the Bhadra River reservoir.

  • Balehonnur: is a picturesque town located on the bank of Bhadra River in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka state.

  • Gangamoola: is one among the hills in the Western Ghats range which is located in the Chikmagalur district of the Karnataka state. Gangamoola is also referred as Varaha Parvata.

  • Sri Rameshwara Temple: located in Thirthahalli is one of the main Hindu Temples. This temple is constructed on the banks of the river Tunga and it is made of stone.

  • Tadiandamol: is located on the Western Ghats range in Virajpet taluk in Kodagu district and is situated near Nalknad Palace which is 40 km from Madikeri.

  • Talakaveri: is the birthplace of the sacred river Kaveri. Talakaveri is located on the slopes of the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, 1,276 meters above the sea level.

  • Kushalnagar: is loacted at a distance of 34 km from Madikeri and it is located at Somwarpet Taluk in Kodagu district of Karnataka. Kushalnagar town is a main commercial center of Kodagu district.

  • Bhagamandala: is situated on the river Kaveri in its upstream stretches.

  • Chintamani is a town in Chikkaballapura district in Karnataka state. Chintamani is located at a distance of about 80 Km away from Bangalore.

  • Kaivara is a small town and one of the important pilgrimage centers in Karnataka. An ashram dedicated to Narayanappa (Kaivara Thathayya) is a famous pilgrimage and every year thousands of pilgrims visit Kaivara.

  • Rangasthala is located on the way to Gauribidanur from Chikkaballapur. The main attraction of Rangasthala is a beautiful temple of lord Ranganatha.

  • Kotilingeshwara is the presiding deity of the temple of the same name. Kotilingeshwara has the distinction of having the biggest Shivalinga in the world.

  • Madikeri lies in the Western Ghats and Madikeri is a one of the popular hill stations in Karnataka.

  • Vidurashwatha is a small and ancient village located in the Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapura district near the Karnataka - Andhra Pradesh border.

  • GRS Fantasy Park in Mysore is Amusement cum Water Park with a really international taste.

  • Honnavar is a port town and taluk headquarters in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Honnavar is famous for its beaches.

  • Manjuguni is one of the well known pilgrim centers dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state.

  • Sirsi is a town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Sirsi is a mountain town which is surrounded by lush green forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls.

  • Ankola is a small and picturesque town in Uttara Kannada district surrounded by numerous temples. Ankola is also a Taluk headquarters.

  • Kumta is a coastal town located on Arabian Sea coast and taluk headquarters in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Kumta is known for its betelnut, cashew, coconut, banana cultivation and fisheries.

  • Kudle Beach is one of the five beaches located south of the Gokarna town in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka state.

  • Om Beach is located in Gokarna, a temple town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Shaped like the Hindu spiritual symbol of OM, this is the most famous beach in Gokarna.

  • Kavala caves are limestone caves located 25 km away from the base camp at Dandeli. Kavala caves are situated on the face of one of the mountains in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Saundatti also known as Savadatti is one of the ancient towns located in Belgaum (Belagavi) district in Karnataka state.

  • Belgaum is the city and the district headquarters of Belgaum (Belagaavi in Kannada language) district. Belgaum is the 4th largest city of Karnataka state.

  • Padu Tirupathi Sree Venkataramana shrine lies to the west of Tirupathi while original shrine is in the east. The name itself indicates its meaning. Padu means 'West' in Kannada and Tirupathi means Tirumala temple.

  • Saligrama Saligrama is a town on NH 17 in Udupi district of Karnataka state. Saligrama lies between Kundapura and Udupi. Saligrama is located at a distance of 21 km north of Udupi and 81 km from Mangalore.

  • Bhatkal is one of the important port towns of Karnataka.

    Karwar is the ideal place to relax. Karwar houses some amazing beaches.

    Manipal is a town within Udupi city and it is administered by Udupi City Municipality.

    Kolar Gold Fields or KGF is located in Bangarpet taluk of Kolar district in Karnataka state. Kolar Gold Fields is located at a distance of 30 Km from Kolar and 100 Km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.

    Bajagoli is a small village located near Karkala in Udupi district. Bajagoli is also junction of roads that lead to SK Border, Belthangady and Karkala.

    Kirimanjeshwara is a beautiful village located at a distance of 22 Km from Kundapur in Coastal Karnataka.

    Maravanthe is a picturesque beach destination located on Natioanl Highway NH-17 between Kundapur and Byndoor.

    Uppinakudru literally means 'Island of Salt'. This beautiful village situated on coastal Karnataka was once popular for trading of Salt and Sea food.

    Moodubelle is blessed by the nature with lots of mountains and forests and it is eligible to become one of the important tourism places in Udupi district.

Other Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Adichunchanagiri Peacock Sanctuary is located in the Mandya district. It was declared a sanctuary on 21st October 1981.

  • Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, part of Western Ghats is located in Kodagu (Coorg) district. Brahmagiri Wild Life Sanctuary has evergreen and semi green forests as well as shola grassland habitat.

  • Doraji Bear Sanctuary is located near Hospet in Bellary district. Doraji is the only sanctuary in north Karnataka dedicated to protect the sloth bear. Doraji was declared a wildlife sanctuary on 17th October 1994.

  • Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mandya District and it is located at a distance 5 km from Melkote. Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is spread about 49.82 sq. km.

  • Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary is situated north of Bandipur National Park in Mysore district. The flora of the Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur National Park areas are similar except that the Nugu area is still recovering from earlier degradation.

  • Pilikula Nisarga Dhama is a picnic spot located in Mangalore on the Mangalore - Karkala highway.

  • Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Mandalpatty in northern parts of Kodagu (Coorg) District. Pushpagiri was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 2nd September 1987.

  • Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary is located at a distance of 8 km from Ranebennur in the Haveri district. Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary includes of two unconnected portions, an eastern and a western bit.

  • Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shimoga district and it is lying in the Western Ghats. A part of the Sharavathi river basin was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on April 20, 1972. Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 431 sq km.

  • Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shimoga District and lies adjacent to Shimoga town. Shettihalli was declared a wildlife sanctuary on Nov, 23 1974. Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is spread about 395.6 sq. Km.

  • Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats in Udupi district. Someshwara was declared a wildlife sanctuary on 5th June 1974. The area of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is about 88.4 sq. km.

  • Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu (Coorg) district and lies in the Western Ghats. This sanctuary is named after Talakaveri, the origin of the Cauvery River which lies on the eastern edge of the sanctuary.

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