Raging waters of Thungabhadra. Endless stretches of Hampi where battles raged, emperors roared and chariots breathed fire. Beaches that appear like a dream out of nowhere. Cool hill stations that emerge out of mists like a perfect picture. Stubborn rocks that await dauntless climbers. Deep corridors of the tropical forests that invite wild wanderers. Dancers who set the night on fire and the chants at dawn that reverberate deep in your soul.
Karnataka is an ancient land with a history of over 1,500 years. Here, you can delve into centuries old architectural marvels, walk through famed monuments, get mesmerized by imposing world heritage structures, explore ancient rock-cut caves, experience breathtaking natural beauty, listen to spiritual chants, wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee with wildlife surrounding you or feel the tranquillity of endless beaches.
Everything in Karnataka is an intense experience. Enjoy the diversity and rich heritage of Karnataka. Nowhere else in India can you find such a profusion of monuments as in Karnataka. No wonder, Karnataka has been called the "Cradle of Stone Architecture". The magnificent world heritage sites at Hampi and Pattadakkal, the exquisite temples at Belur, Halebidu, and Somnathpur, the cave temples of Badami and Aihole and the stately Forts, Domes and minarets of Bijapur resurrect the state's history and cultural affluence. These peerless wonders are eloquent reminders of a rich heritage.
Karnataka has a wide range of songs and dances that revolve around hunting food gathering and burial rites. The state's rich and vibrant culture is reflected in varied art forms: Yakshagana, puppetry or Bombeatta, Bhootha Aradhane, Krishna Parijatha, Nagamandala and the various Kunithas
Karnataka is as much famed for its shrines, mosques, churches, and Jain basadis as it is for its natural and scenic splendours. These architectural wonders hold the key to the state's spiritual and historical past. Legends mingle with history, giving its shrines an evocative ambience that brings to life the richness of the state's spiritual culture. The religious circuit fascinates pilgrims and tourists as the enigma of Indian philosophy unravels in its architecture, religion, and cultural traditions.
Karnataka has its share of several lesser known hill stations. Each has its own unique charm; take your pick from sandalwood forests, coffee plantations, trekking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife. Nestled in the Western Ghats, these hill stations present spectacular views of dense forests, deep valleys, and magnificent sunsets.
Karnataka abounds in a torrent of sparkling waterfalls set amidst the sylvan environs of the districts of Kodagu and Uttara Kannada. West-flowing rivers gush through thick forests in coastal Uttara Kannada, breaking into streams that meander over hilly tracts to end in a series of dramatic, plunging finales throughout the region.
Karnataka's forests and wildlife are her priceless natural heritage. The State boasts of some of the largest jungle tracts south of the Vindhyas. From the majestic evergreen forests of the Western Ghats to the scrub jungles of the plains, a wide variety of habitats teem with diverse flora and fauna, some of them endemic to the region.
Flanked by the soaring Western Ghats in the east and blessed by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in the west, Karnataka has a 320km long coastline dotted with unspoilt beaches and scores of temples.
With its unique geographical features, Karnataka provides adventure lovers with every kind of terrain except snow-clad mountains. Thrill seekers and environmentalists can indulge in a host of outdoor activities on land, water and sky. Karnataka's jagged coastline, the Western Ghats with their beckoning peaks, incredible craggy formations, expansive water bodies, and the many rivers that crisscross the state make it a heaven for adventure sports and other outdoor activities.
National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India, is a premier organization in the field of Information Technology and provides state-of-the-art solutions to the information management, dissemination, e-Governance and decision support requirements of the Government. NICNET, with its Nationwide specialists, is well rooted and functioning at all Districts, State/Union Territory Capitals and Central Delhi. Micro earth station node have been established in all the state Capitals, District Head Quarters and selective other centres.
National Informatics Centre (NIC), started its State Unit (NIC-KSU) at Bangalore in 1987. It has entered into an MOU with Government of Karnataka and is actively involved in the computerisation activities of State/Central Government Departments, Public Sector Enterproses and other Autonomous organisations. The broad range of service include system study, design, coding, testing, training, implementation, software maintenance and handholding support.
By establishing NICNET covering majority of the Departments in Government of Karnataka at Bangalore and the 29 districts, it has enabled 'district- state date flow' and thus compiled database on most of the socio-economic sectors of development, delivering critical information at each of the 29 districts and the state as a whole. It has provided state-of-the-art solutions to the information management and decision support requirements of the State and Central Government departments. NIC-KSU is equipped with the most recent technological equipment like SAN (Storage Area Network) having five terra byte of disk space with 27 servers of heterogeneous operating systems and RDBMS. In addition, it is also equipped with P-IV Systems, Multimedia Systems, Routers, Bridges/Hubs, VSATs in Ku-band, RF network in Bangalore city, IP Advantage network, ISDN nodes, Desktop and studio based multisite video conference systems, connecting all metros and major cities in the country, form the communication infrastructure.
VSAT technology for WAN and RF Link for MAN have been in use to interconnect District NIC centres, Vidhana Soudha , Secretariat and many other Government Departments like Education, High Court of Karnataka, Agriculture, Industry and so on.