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Top 10 Cities in Karnataka

Bordered by the Arabian Sea on one side, Karnataka is a important southern state of India. The home of the some of the very influential empires of medieval and ancient India, Karnataka, boasts of its numerous cities. The cities contribute for the proper growth and development of the state, especially those considered as the top 10 cities in Karnataka. All these cities have earned recognition for various reasons.

List of Top 10 Cities in Karnataka

Bangalore
The capital city of Karnataka is one of the fastest growing cities of Asia. The capital of IT industry in India, Bangalore is also known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. From weather to infrastructure, people, facilities provided and many more make Bangalore very unique. The city boasts of housing some of the best food joints, restaurants and places of tourist importance.

Mysore
Mysore is popularly known as the ‘City of Palaces’ as well as the ‘Cultural capital’ of the state of Karnataka. The city is located on the Deccan Plateau is slowly making its presence felt as an IT and educational hub of the country. Among the places of interest in Mysore, the Mysore Palace is on the top of the list, it draws crowd throughout the year.

Hampi
Located in the northern part of the state, it is one of the important cities of Karnataka. The city is important for its religious as well historical significance. Hampi was earlier the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire; the ruins of Hampi are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Mangalore
Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Western Ghat, Mangalore is an important port city of Karnataka. This city has played an important role in the history of India; it was under the rule of some important rulers like the Vijaynagar dynasty, Kadambas, Chalukyas and even the Portuguese.

Hospet
Lying 340 km from Bangalore, Hospet is an important city of Karnataka. The city is located in close proximity of Hampi. There are numerous tourist attractions in Hospet, the city is also well connected by the public transport of the state.

Coorg
Alternatively known as the ‘Scotland of India’, the city of Coorg is famous for its spectacular natural beauty. Mountains, teak forests make this hill station of Karnataka an important tourist destination. The economy of this beautiful city is mainly based on agriculture, coffee plantation and tourism. The famous Cauvery River originates from Coorg.

Bijapur
Famous for housing some of the important monuments of historical significance, Bijapur, was the capital of the dynasty of Adil Shahi. Some of the places of tourist interests of Bijapur are Gol Gumbaz, which is the tomb of Adil Shahi, Malik-e-Maidan, that houses the largest cannon of the medieval world and the Jumma Masjid, considered as one of the foremost mosques of India.

Badami
Earlier known as Vatapi, Badami is one of the important tourist hubs of Karnataka. The city makes a remarkable display of architecture of Chalukiya dynasty. Some of the temples which are the crowd-pullers of Badami are temples, like Mallikarjuna temple, and numerous others that exhibit Lord Shiva and many more.

Hubli–Dharwad
Hubli along with its sister city, Dharwad, is located 420 km north of Bangalore. Both the cities are center of education, industry and finance of North Karnataka. Hubli is earned as recognition as an industrial city of Karnataka, the city is also historically significant. Surrounded by lakes and hills, Dharwad is a picturesque city of North Karnataka and offers beautiful natural views.

Hassan
Covering an area of 6826.15 square kilo meters, Hassan is known for its serenity and tranquility. It is located 194 km from Bangalore and is a gateway for other places of interests like Belur, Sharavanabelagola, and Halebid.