25 Interesting Facts about Karnataka

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Facts About Karnataka

Four other southern states and that too with land borders on all sides surround the borders of the Indian state of Karnataka! There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites which proves the authenticity of the state. Furthermore, the terrain and topography of Karnataka add to the geography of India. Read on to learn more about the 25 Interesting Facts about Karnataka! 

Interesting Facts about Karnataka 

Here are the 25 Facts about Karnataka that will intrigue you! 

  1. In the year 1973, formerly the State of Mysore was renamed Karnataka. Moreover, it was formed on the 1st of November 1956​. 
  1. Karnataka has the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hampi and Pattadakal​ which are architecturally mesmerizing. 
  1. The quaint town of Mysore, which is a few hours’ drive away from the Capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru is famous for its silk. 
  1. Karnataka is the largest producer and exporter of coffee in India​! 
  1. The Oriental Research Institute in Mysore has the oldest surviving manuscript of the Arthashastra by Chanakya​
  1. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bengaluru has rock formations that date back to 3,000 million years, which is 3,00,00,00,000 years ago! 
  1. Shravanabelagola has the world’s largest monolithic statue, the 57-foot (17-meter) Gommateshwara, carved from a single massive block of granite.
  1. The Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha in Hubli is the only place authorised to manufacture as well as supply our Indian national flag​. 
  1. The Kolar Gold Fields were once among the world’s deepest and most productive gold mines​. What a treasure trove it must hold!  
  1. The Mysore Dasara festival is an important cultural event which is equivalent to the Dusshera festival celebrated in north India. 
  1. The famous Rava Idli dish was concocted during World War II because of a rice shortage in Karnataka​, therefore they began mixing semolina along with the rice! 
  1. The village of Mattur uses Sanskrit as the main language of communication​. 
  1. Karnataka had India’s first private radio station which was Radio City 91.1 FM, in the year 2001​! 
  1. A noteworthy number of the esteemed literary honor, Jnanpith awardees are from the state of Karnataka. 
  1. The second-highest plunge waterfall in India​ is the Jog Falls which is also known as Gerusoppe Falls.  
  1. The capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru is famous as India’s Silicon Valley because of its successful Information and Technology (IT) industry​. 
  1. The Mysore Palace in all its grandeur is one spectacular sight to see especially with the clouds of Mysore roaming around really low. 
  1. The ruins of Hampi are a testament to the magnificence of the Vijayanagara Empire​ which was founded on the 18th of April, 1336 and lasted till 1646. 
  1. Karnataka has the highest population of elephants and the second-highest population of tigers in India​. 
  1. In 1859, the first Kannada weekly newspaper, “Mysuru Vrittanta Bodhini,” was published in Mysore.
  1. Karnataka is the motherland of Purandaradasa who is considered the Father of Carnatic music​. 
  1. Karnataka is known for making the indelible ink used in Indian elections, which was also used this year as well! 
  1. Shivanasamudra in Karnataka was home to one of the first hydroelectric projects in India that was established in the year 1902​. 
  1. The Karanji Lake in Mysore has India’s largest walk-through aviary as well as a Butterfly Park​. 
  1. Karnataka has many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and has always done its part when it comes to wildlife conservation. 
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