Karnataka, a South Indian State located along the Arabian Sea in its West, consists of Deccan Plateau and the Coastal Plains besides a few Islands. Its history dates back to pre-historic periods. In ancient period of history, it formed a part of vast Indian Empires of Nanda and Maurya. Later, native rulers ruled over in the region. Vast native Vijayanagar Empire with Hampi as its capital came up around 1550. Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan defeated kings of Mysore and shifted the capital to Srirangpattnam. The British defeated Haider Ali in 1799 and annexed the territory into its Empire till India got Independence in 1947.
Karnataka locates archeological marvels at Hampi, Halebid, Gulbarga, Badami, Bidar, Bijapur, and Bangalore. Wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka like Bandipur National Park are excellent.
Famous Rivers of Karnataka of are Kalinadi, Gangavathi Bedti, Tadri, and the Sharavati with Jog Falls.
Karnataka is known for 'Mysore silk'. Karntaka Music is South Indian Classical music district from Hindustani Classical Music of North. Karnataka celebrates many festivals associated with its temples.