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Tourism in Karnataka
TOURISM : Importance Tourism is not only a leisure and fun activity. Rather, it is also the industry which draws, accommodates & entertains tourists and helps generate income for the country. Economic Importance of Tourism ü Economic Progress ü Source of Income ü Development of Infrastructure ü Societal Progress ü Cultural Heritage
Tourism in Karnataka ü Karnataka has many natural scenic places, for instance, the evergreen Sahyadri ranges with their rivers, waterfalls, beautiful valleys, wild animals, sandalwood forests etc. ü The attractive coastlines, historical places, temples with grand sculpture, religious centres, place of pilgrimage etc attract people from the state & foreign countries. ü Karnataka Government has established the ‘Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation’ (KSTDC) in the year 1974 to provide tourists with basic requirements like tourist homes, lodges & restaurants at important tourist centres.
Hill Stations of Karnataka ü Kudremukh hill station of Chikkamagaluru district, is a major hill station. It has dense, green forests, many hillocks, coffee estates & waterfalls making it a beautiful place. ü Nandi hill station of Chikkaballapura district, is about 1492 metres above sea level, and has pleasant climate. ü B. R. Hills, Agumbe Sunset spot, Kemmannugundi, Madhugiri Monolithic hill, Devarayanadurga, Rock formations at Yana are some of the hill stations of Karnataka.
Kudremukh Hills B R Hills Kemmannugundi Hills Agumbe Sunset Point
Waterfalls of Karnataka ü The highest waterfall in the country is Jog falls which is in Shivamogga. Here the water of Sharavathi falls from a height of 293 metres in four streams. ü The Cauvery river at Shivanasamudra in Mandya district forms twin waterfalls named Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. ü Gokak falls is formed on the river Ghataprabha & is famous as the ‘Niagara of Karnataka’. ü In addition to these, there are Kalhatagiri falls, Unchalli falls (called Loushington) Uttara Kannada district.
Shivana Samudra Jog Falls Gokak Falls
Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks of Karnataka ü In order to protect forests & wildlife, the Government of Karnataka has established a number of wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, national parks, tiger projects & biosphere reserves areas. ü There are five national parks in Karnataka. They are : Rajiv Gandhi National Park in Nagarahole, Bandipur, Bannerughatta, Kudremukh & Anshi National Park. ü Muthodi, Bandipur, Nagarhole, Dandeli, Bhadra & Ranganathittu, Kokkare Bellur, Mandagadde, Gudavi bird sanctuary are some of the wildlife sanctuaries in the state.
Bannerghatta National Park Ranganathittu Bandipur National Bird. Reserve Sanctury Park Anshi-Dandeli Nagarhole Tiger Reserve
Historical Places in Karnataka
Badami Mysuru Bijapur Srirangapatna Hampi Halebidu
Places of Pilgrimage
Dharmasthala Gokarna ISKCON, Bangalore Sringeri Kudala Sangama Udupi
Beaches in Karnataka
Gokarna Beach Ullal St. Mary’s Beach Island
Vidhana Lal Bagh. Soudha