About BangaloreThe city of Bangalore is India’s third largest city and the state capital of Karnataka, known for being a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis at the helm of the country’s IT-boom. Bangalore is a shopper’s haven overrun with big malls and shopping districts, as well as a food lover’s paradise with one of the highest concentrations of places to eat in the continent. Spotted with parks and natural lakes, Bangalore is alternately known as ‘The Garden City of India.’ Recently voted as the most livable metro in the country, Bangalore is known as‘Pensioner’s Paradise’ on the one hand and as ‘Start-up City,’ on the other, attracting youth from across the world with its trending markets and rapid availability of jobs. With Bangalore’s ever-doubling IT infrastructure, it is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.
Another aspect of Bangalore is soaked in the history of bygone, ancient cultures. Bangalore has been peopled for up to 3000 years, bearing megalithic monuments that treasure its rich past. Bangalore, as we know it today, was established in 1537 by KempeGowda I, who constructed a well-planned city within an oval mud fort in the area that is today known as City Market. Gradually, Bangalore grew into a commercial center and a chief part of the silk industry. Over successive centuries the Marathas, Mughals, Wodeyars and the Mysore Sultanate, all did their bit to develop the city further. In 1809 the British set up a cantonment in Bangalore, drawn by its pleasant weather and central location.
The earliest recorded usage of the name Bengaluru is found in today’s ‘Old Bangalore,’ in a 9th century temple. According to legend, King ViraBallala was once lost in the jungles that once overran these parts. He was wandering, tired and hungry, when an old woman revived him with her hospitality and a plate of boiled beans. Out of gratitude the King consequently named the area ‘Benda KaaluUru’ (Town of Boiled Beans). It was only in 1831, when the British seized Mysore from the ruling Wodeyars that the capital was shifted to Bangalore. The anglicization of Bengaluru turned it into Bangalore until it was recently reverted back to its original.
Although Bangalore is not a popular tourist destination, there are many sites worth taking a tour of. The legislative House of Karnataka, VidhanaSoudha, is one of the Chief attractions of Bangalore. It was built during the 1950s using granite in a neo-Dravidian style of architecture. Other places of historical interest include the Bangalore Palace, constructed by the Mysore Maharajahs and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, built around 1790 as Tipu’s summer retreat.
A tour of Bangalore must also include Lalbagh Botanical Gardens- built by Hyder Ali in 1760, and the Bannerghatta National Park- a 25,000-acre zoological park one and a half hours away from Bangalore City. Educational tours of Bangalore may include the Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, the State Archaeological Museum, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Karnataka ChitrakalaParishad. Religious tours of Bangalore cover the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi, the Maha Bodhi Society Temple- a replica of the Bodh Gaya Stupa, the ISCKON temple, the Maruthi Temple, the GaviGangadeshwara Cave Temple as well as many other temples, mosques and churches of historic significance.
Due to an average elevation of 920 meters above the sea level, Bangalore enjoys a cool climate throughout the year. Although summers can get hot with dry heat waves, it seldom exceeds 35 degrees Celsius and hovers around a mean temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.
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Karwar SEABIRD TOURISTS is the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, India. It is a seaside town situated on the banks of the Kali river which is on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. The town lies about 15 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border and 519 km north-west of Bangalore. 'Karwar' also refers to the encompassing Taluk which includes the surrounding villages. The city has parallel and perpendicular concrete roads.
1) Karwar Tourism
Karwar is a port town situated 100 Km from Goa and 260 Km north of Mangalore. Tucked between the sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other, Karwar is an unexplored destination. The tranquil ambience of the place had inspired the famed poet, Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play here. Situated on the banks of Kali River, Karwar was an important trade centre and a former settlement of the British and the Portuguese. Besides boasting a number of beaches, Karwar is known for its historic towns and sacred temples. It is also the gateway to many other nature excursions in the region.
The most popular attraction in Karwar is its unspoilt beaches. Devbagh Beach with its soft sands bordered by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Arabian Sea. Other beaches in the area include Koodi Bagh Beach and Kaju Bagh Beach. Sadashivgad Hill Fort on a mountain top on the outskirts of Karwar offers beautiful views of the sunset. There is an ancient Durga Temple in the complex. A 300-year old Venkataramana Temple in the town exhibits fine ochre paintings. An octagonal church, mostly in ruins is another tourist attraction, besides the famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat. Naganatha Temple is a unique temple where an anthill is worshipped.
Places around Karwar
Explore the land of Karwar, visiting the places around it, while on a Tour to Karwar.
1) Rabindranath Tagore beach Situated about 3 km away from Karwar is Devbagh, a hub for diving and snorkeling. This beach, the most attractive one in Karwar, is said to have motivated Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play.
2) Jog Falls One of the highest waterfalls in India, Jog Falls situated about 50 km from Karwar. Jog Falls is formed by the Sharavathi River, gushing down from a height of 253 meters.
3) Yana A popular destination for rock climbing, Yana or Bhairavakshetra is an important pilgrim centre located in a beautiful valley, 60 km from Karwar. Yana can be reached by trekking a distance of about 10 km by foot amidst dense forest.
Karwar, the port town on the banks of the Kali Nadi river is the administrative head quarters of North Kanara District in Karnataka. It is an Excellent Beach resort with beautiful palm fringed beaches. Once an important trade centre especially for pepper, Karwar was also the settlement of the British and the Portuguese. The charming town is complemented by glorious weather and the area is very picturesque with hills and valleys of the Western Ghats covered with dense tropical jungle on the way to Hubli. (Interactive map of Karwar).
Karwar is known for its fine muslin. Karwar makes a good starting point, for the voyage of discovering the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar has all the makings of a perfect holiday with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver sand, and calm, peaceful alleys. Once an important trade centre, this charming town is complemented by glorious weather and an excellent beach which is said to have inspired great Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play.
Attractions of Karwar.
1) Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat in Karwar.
The famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat, a Baghdadi Saint is a place of tourist interest for pilgrims.
2) Naganatha Temple in Karwar.
Naganatha Temple is a Temple where an anthill is worshipped.
3) Karwar Harbour in Karwar.
The Karwar bay, apart from its scenic beauty, also boasts of an excellent harbour which is fit for use during all seasons. Devbagh beach is the most attractive beach in Karwar. Other beaches are Binaga (3kms) and Arga(5kms) south of the town.
4) River Kalinadi in Karwar
The river Kalinadi, flows through the town into the Arabian sea. Motor launches are available for boating up the river Kali.
5) Kurmagad Island in Karwar
The Kurmagad Island nearby has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine.
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