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Karnataka ~ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ


Karnataka has offerings for wildlife enthusiasts, for history buffs, for the Indophile. The glamorous Bangalore is offset by regal and royal Mysore, and all of this is complemented by the ruins of Hampi, Halebid, Bidar, Bijapur and Badami and if cultural visits are too challenging you can crash out in the wilds of Bandipur and Nagarhole or on the golden sands of Gokarna.


Ugadi in March/April, Kali Poldu in Sept is celebrated by the Kodavas, Mysore Dasara is In the month of September/October Kambala is held from November to February Banashankari Devi Fair in January , Sri Vithappa Fair in September-October Yellamma Devi Fair in November-December are some of the fairs in Karnataka.


Karnataka produces traditional handicrafts and are very unique. The crafts straddle the self-controls of rosewood and sandalwood carving, Bidar bidriware, Gokak dolls, Chennapatna lacquerware and Mysore paintings. Each of these handicrafts has grown vigorously in different regions of the state and has been cautiously cultivated by local craftsmen.


Karnataka is famous for coffee and its cuisine is milder than that of Andhra and dependent on coconut as Kerala food. Sambar is called huli here. The dosa which is a thin crisp savory pancake made from rice flour & stuffed with cooked potatoes originated in the coastal town of Udupi. Uthapams, vada, puri palaya, idli (rice cakes) are all eaten with huli and coconut chutney. Patrode a special dis is made of steamed stuffed colocasia. Peardaya, a sweet is made with jaggery cooked in coconut oil.