The state of Karnataka, formerly the princely state of Mysore, is home to a fascinating legacy of richly carved temples, imposing mosques and trappings of a royal past. It has some of the most interesting historic architecture in India.
Karnataka is a state of strong contrasts, with the modern industrialised city of Bangalore at one extreme and expanses of rural farming areas at the other. It appeals equally to temple lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, trekkers and beach bums.
The state consists of a narrow coastal strip backed by the monsoon-drenched Western Ghats and a drier, cooler interior plateau that turns arid in the far north. Andhra Pradesh is towards the east, the Arabian Sea to the west, Maharashtra and Goa to the north and northwest and Kerala and Tamil Nadu to the South. It is a major producer of coffee, sandalwood, spices and betelnut, and supplies 60% of the country's silk.
Fast Facts of Karnataka
Places to Visit
3 km from Ranchi, is this rolling hill, named after Rabindranath Tagore, the author of the Indian national anthem. The first Indian Nobel laureate for Literature is supposed to have written a number of books here.
Ramkrishna Mission Ashram
Drop by at this peaceful place on your way down Tagore Hill.
Diyyayan and Agrarjan Agrarian Vocational Institute
Also on the way down Tagore Hill.
A centrally situated lake that offers boating facilities.
Situated in the heart of Chotanagpur, at an altitude of 2,140 ft. above sea level, is Ranchi, known for its scenic attractions, water falls, barren rocks and hillocks.
Offers a panoramic view of the town from its summit. There is a Shiva temple on the top of the hill.
Has a water reservoir at the summit and a big lake at the bottom.
Tribal Research Institute and Museum
A storehouse of the historical lineage of the tribals of the Chota Nagpur region.
A temple complex in Khunti which accommodates the temples of Ganpati, Ram-Sita, Hanuman and Shiva. The Shankracharya Swami Swarupanand Saraswati, captivated by the serene beauty of Angrabadi, rechristened it as Amreshwar Dham.
About 45 kms away from Ranchi town, the Swarnarekha river falls from a height of 320 feet forming a picture postcard like waterfall.
40 kms from Ranchi, this fall is named after Gautam Buddha. There is also a Buddha temple here.
About 40 km away from Ranchi, cascading from a height of about 144 feet, the Kanchi river makes a pretty waterfall called Dassam.
Panch Ghagh Fall
55 kms from Ranchi, on the way to Simdega via Khunti, this beautiful cataract has five waterfalls in a row.
About 75 km. from Ranchi on the way to Chakradharpur.
Jagannathpur Temple & Hill
About 10 km. from Ranchi, is the old temple of Lord Jagannath, built in 1691 in the architectural style of the Puri temple. It stands like a fort on the top of the hill. Its' car/chariot festival held on Ashadhmas draws a big crowd.
About 39 km. from Ranchi, near Bundu, stands the elegant Sun temple fashioned in the form of huge chariots with 18 richly decorated wheels and seven life like horses. The surroundings of the temple, have a dharmashala, for pilgrims to stay.
Popularly called the "Queen of Chhota Nagpur", Netarhat, 154
km west of Ranchi, is a plateau covered with thick forests. Generally people
come here to enjoy the breath taking sunrise and sunset.
Also called Tatanagar or The Steel City, this has put Bihar on the steel map of the world. Visit:
Hazaribagh means "a thousands gardens". It is a hill station
situated at an altitude of 2,019 ft. above sea level. Visit Canary Hill,
Hazaribagh Lake, Wild Life Sanctuary, Tilaiya Dam, Rajrappa, Konar Dam.
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