Karnataka ( South Indian State )
Karnataka, the sixth largest state in the country by geographical expanse, is enriched with long range of Western Ghats, coastline by the Arabian Sea, all weather water filled rivers like Cauvery in the southern part and Tungabhadra in the north, considerable agricultural, hydroelectric activity and growing software prowess. Karnataka since the ancient times has been integrated with cultural Bharatvarsh and its cultural streams, festivals, architecture etc are in sync with the mainstream Indian traditions & ethos. In the ancient times, Karnataka of today was called as "Kuntala Desa" and was ruled by several dynasties like Mauryas, Satkarnis, Kadambas, Ganges, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kalchuris, Rashtrakutas etc. After Tipu Sultan's struggle against the British in 1799 AD, the state of Karnataka became part of British Empire. Kings like Harihar & Bukka of Vijaynagar Empire, Devaraya and Krishnadevaraya have very prominent place in Indian history. The erstwhile Kuntala Desa had trade links with the Egyptians, Sumerians and Indus Valley civilization.
Kannada is the official as well as language of the masses. The boundary of Karnataka touches Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In those areas Telugu and Tamil languages are also spoken. English is understood widely along with Hindi.
Karnataka is a land of enriched heritage (visible in magnificent edifices strewn over the state of various dynasties), amalgam of various cultural streams since time immemorial, endowment of natural beauty, pinnacle of pursuits of various arts and architectural forms and highly talented people. Snugly located on the Deccan plateau, the state- 600 metres above sea level an emerald in the peninsula, has moderate weather, though widely varying in different places.
The glorious past, penchant for artistic achievements, determination to discipline the social life through religious leanings and forts as expression of valour to protect and flourish their values can be seen in the monuments scattered all over Karnataka, erstwhile Mysore province. These monuments contain sculptures of gods, goddesses and, dancers in stone transcend the horizon of a visitor's imagination. Karnataka is a wonderful amalgamation of alluring Arabian coastline, dark rocks, water filled rivers, magnanimous and gigantic temples and monuments and lush green tropical forests.