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Famous Cities in Karnataka

Aihole

Aihoḷe is a village having a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India and located 510 km from Bangalore. With its collection of architectural structures, Aihoḷe temple complex is on the pending list of UNESCO World heritage sites.

Belur

Belooru is a Town Municipal Council and taluka in Hassan district in the state of Karnataka, India. The town is renowned for its Chennakesava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship.

Bidar

Bidar is a hill top city in the north-eastern part of Karnataka state in south India. The city is well known for its many sites of architectural, historical and religious importance. Bidar is symbolically described as City of Whispering Monuments.

Gulbarga

Gulbarga is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka, India. It is the administrative headquarters of the Gulbarga District and a major city of the North Karnataka region. Gulbarga is famous for toordal or Pigeon pea and the limestone deposits. The city is well known for its many places of architectural, historical and religious importance.

Halebidu

Halebidu is located in Hassan District, Karnataka, India. It is home to some of the best examples of Hoysala architecture. Most notable are the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples.

Moodabidri

Moodabidri is a town in Dakshina Kannada district. It lies 34 km northeast of the district headquarters, Mangalore city, in Karnataka, India. Because of widely grown bamboo in ancient days, this place got named as Moodabidri.

Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola is a city located near Channarayapatna of Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Gommateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important tirthas (pilgrimage destinations) in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga dynasty of Talakad.

Sringeri

Sringeri, also written as Shringeri is a hill town and Taluk headquarters located in Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka. Sringeri is home to a number of historic temples. Of these, Sri Sharadamba temple and Sri Vidyashankara temple and parshwanath jain temple are very prominent.Other historic temples nearby are Hornadu, Kollur and Kalasa.

Bellary

Bellary is a historic city in Ballari district in Karnataka state, India. Bellary Fort is located on top of Ballari Gudda. Kaategudda Park hill hosts a variety of trees and is famous for its resident flock of crows.

Bhadravati

Bhadravati is an industrial city and taluk in the Shimoga District of Karnataka state, India. Bhadravati derives its name from the Bhadra River which flows through the city. The Bhadra River flows through the city, then flows into the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary south of the city. Two national highways pass through the city.

Bhatkal

Bhatkal is a port town in Uttara Kannada District of South Indian state of Karnataka. In the early ages Bhatkal belonged to followers of Jain and Hindu religion and later acquired more religions and cultures. The local economy depends mostly on tourism and fishing. Bhatkal also has imported goods markets, including the Dubai Market and the Mirchi Gully.

Channapatna

Channapatna is a city town and taluka headquarter in Ramanagara district Karnataka, India. The city is famous for its wooden toys and lacquerware. Channapatna is also called with name Town of toys.

Chitradurga

Chitradurga is a city and the headquarters of Chitradurga district which is located on the valley of the Vedavati river in the southern part of the Indian state of Karnataka. Chitradurga gets its name from Chitrakaldurga, an umbrella-shaped lofty hill found here. Chitradurga features bold rock hills and picturesque valleys, huge towering boulders in numerous shapes.

Dandeli

Dandeli is a town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India, in the Western Ghats region. Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Dandeli resorts have become an attraction for wealthier, mobile residents from India and elsewhere.

Davanagere

Davanagere, also spelt Davangere, is a city in the heart of the southern indian state of Karnataka. Davanagere is known for rich culinary traditions which encompass the diversity of entire Karnatakas dishes due to its geographical position in the state as its epicentre.

Dharwad

Dharwad is the district headquarters of Dharwad district in the state of Karnataka, India. The word Dharwad means a place of rest in a long travel or a small habitation. For centuries, Dharwad acted as a gateway between the Malenaadu and the Bayalu seeme and it became a resting place for travellers.

Badami

Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.

Belgaum

Belgaum is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of the eponymous Belgaum division and Belgaum district. The Government of Karnataka has proposed making Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka, hence a second state administrative building Suvarna Vidhana Soudha was inaugurated on 11 October 2012.

Bijapur

Bijapur officially known as Vijayapura, is the district headquarters of Bijapur District of Karnataka state. It is also the headquarters for Bijapur Taluka. Bijapur city is well known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty.

Gokak

Gokak is a taluka headquarters in the Belagavi District of Karnataka state, India. Gokak is surrounded on one side by a range of hills, and on the other side by a vast plain of black soil.

Hampi

Hampi is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi in northern Karnataka, India. It was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime.

Mangalore

Mangalore is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea—remaining, to this day, a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast.

Murudeshwara

Murudeshwara is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. Famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple.

Shimoga

Shimoga, officially renamed as Shivamogga, is a city and the district headquarters of Shimoga District in the central part of the state of Karnataka, India. The city lies on the banks of the Tunga River.

Gadag Betageri

Gadag-Betageri is a city municipal council in Gadag district in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Gadag District. Saraswati temple at Trikuteshwara temple complex Gadag, Karnataka. Trikuteshwara temple complex has triple shrines, once housing Shiva, Brahma and Surya.

Gangavati

Gangavati is a town, municipality and taluk in the Koppal district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Gangavati is a commercial centre and a major focal point for the rice milling industry. Tungabhadra dam is located close to the city and channels her water to many of the villages that come under Gangavati.

Gokarna

Gokarna is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. The main temple and deity is Lord Shiva, who is also known as Mahabaleshwara. There are many other temples all over this small town. Gokarna is known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers.

Hospet

Hospet or Hosapete is a city in the Bellary District in central Karnataka, India. It is located on the Tungabhadra River, 12 km from Hampi. Hampi is a World Heritage site containing the ruins of the medieval city Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Karkala

Karkala is a town and the headquarters of Karkala taluk in the Udupi district of Karnataka, India. Located about 60 km from Mangalore, it lies near the Western Ghats. The town was called Pandya Nagari during the period of Jain rule, and later became known as Karikallu, then Karkal and finally to Karkala.

Karwar

Karwar is a city in Uttara Kannada district in the South Indian state of Karnataka and the administrative centre of Uttara Kannada district. Karwar lies on the west coast of Southern India at the mouth of the Kali river. Being a port town, Karwar is a centre for agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

Kolar

Kolar is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of Kolar District and is known for gold mining. Kolar is popularly known as the land of silk, milk, and gold. The town is famous for the Someshwara temple and the Kolaramma temple.

Koppal

Koppal is a town in Koppal district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Koppal is surrounded on three sides by hillocks and was an important town in the history of Karnataka, popularly known as Kopana Nagar. It contains historical locations such as Koppal Fort, Gavimath and the Male Mallappa Temple.

Bangalore

Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of about 8.42 million and a metropolitan population of about 8.52 million, making it the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India.

Basavakalyan

Basavakalyan is a town in Bidar District of the state of Karnataka, India, and was historically known as Kalyan.

Devanahalli

Devanahalli is a town and Town Municipal Council in Bangalore Rural district in the state of Karnataka in India. With significant commercial and residential development in the area, real estate is in high demand in the region. Devanahalli was the birthplace of Tipu Sultan, popularly known as the 'Tiger of Mysore'.

Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala is an Indian temple town on the banks of the Nethravathi River in the Belthangadi taluk of the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, India. Dharmasthala Temple is an 800-year-old religious institution.

Kollur

Kolluru or Kollur is a small temple-town in Kundapur Taluk in Udupi district of Karnataka state, India. This village lies at the foot of the Western Ghats and is famous for the Mookambika temple, a Hindu pilgrim center.

Madikeri

Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Also known as Mercara, it is the headquarters of the district of Kodagu (also called Coorg). It is a popular tourist destination.

Mysore

Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru, is the second most populous and also the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. Mysore served as the capital city of Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power.

Pattadakal

Pattadakal, also spelled Paṭṭadakallu, is an UNESCO inscribed World Heritage site. It is a village and an important tourist centre in the state of Karnataka and is located on the left bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalakote.

Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna is a town in Mandya district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, it is of religious, cultural and historic importance. The town takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple which dominates the town, making Srirangapatna one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in south India.

Ranebennuru

Ranebennuru is the City Municipal Council in Haveri district in Karnataka, India. Ranibennuru is at geographical center of karnataka. One of Karnataka's most important rivers the Tungabhadra flows along the southern border of Ranebennur taluk. Another river, the Kumadvathi, which originates from Madagh Masur Lake flows from Hirekerur taluk, enters Ranebennur taluk, and joins the Tungabhadra river.

Robertsonpet

Robertsonpet is a township in the city of Kolar Gold Fields in India. It is one of the first planned residential areas in modern-day India. The township was planned and built to accommodate the increasing population of the city of Kolar Gold Fields.

Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur is a hill station town and headquarters of Sakleshapura Taluk in Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town lies in the Malnad region on the magnificent hills of the biodiversity hotspot, the Western Ghats.

Sirsi

Sirsi is a city in the Uttara Kannada district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Sirsi was also known as Kalyanapattana during the Sonda Dynasty. The city is surrounded by forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls. During the monsoons, the region receives one of the heaviest rainfall in the world.

Udupi

Udupi also known as Odipu, is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Udupi District. Udupi is notable for the Krishna Temple, Tulu Ashtamathas and lends its name to the popular Udupi cuisine. It is also known as Lord Parashurama Kshetra, and is famous for Kanakana Kindi.





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