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Karnataka

Karnataka Situated on the western edge of the Deccan plateau, the coastal state of Karnataka is the 8th largest state both in terms of area and population.

Area : 1,91,791 sq.km
Population : 5,27,33,958
Languages : The official language is Kannada.
Capital : Bangalore

Location :
On the west it has a 320-kilometre-long coastline fringing the Arabian Sea. Goa and Maharashtra are its northwestern and northern neighbours, Andhra Pradesh forms its eastern border while in the south it has boundaries with Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Major Cities :
Mysore, Hubli, Dharwar, Mangalore, Belgaum, Bijapur and Gulburga.

Rivers :
The Krishna and its tributaries in the north and the Kaveri and its tributaries in the south are the two important river systems. All these rivers flow eastward and empty into the Bay of Bengal. There are innumerable smaller rivers in the coastal region which rise in the Western Ghats and flow westward into the Arabian Sea.

Crops :
Rice is the major crop. Jowar, ragi, millet and pulses are also grown. Sugarcane, arecanut and coffee are cash crops 59 per cent of the coffee grown in India comes from Karnataka. The state produces most of the world's sandalwood oil.

Different parts of the state we now call Karnataka were ruled by different dynasties at various times. The earliest inscriptions to be found in Karnataka are those of Asoka.
The Kadambas who came to power in the middle of the 4th century A.D ruled for over 200 years. The beautiful Kannada script took shape during Kadamba rule.

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