Tourist Places in Karnataka
Bangalore Palace was inspired by the Windsor Castle and was built in 1887 AD by Chamaraja Wodeyar in Tudor-style.
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It is said that the construction cost of this exquisite palace was just over Rs 1 lakh. The land cost Rs 10 lakh. The huge 45,000 sq. feet mansion on which the palace stands was originally owned by Reverend Garret.
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Chamaraja Wodeyar, during a visit to England, was inspired by the Windsor Castle in London, and along similar lines he built this palace in Tudor style.
The Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. It is right in the heart of the city.
This 120 year old monument is a popular tourist attraction. It is surrounded by a garden all around, almost giving it a fairytale setting. The mansion on which the palace stands was originally owned by Reverend Garret.
An exquisite door panel at the entrance leads to grand settings inside. The interiors have breathtaking floral motifs, cornices, mouldings and relief paintings on its ceiling. The structure has fortified towers complete with Gothic windows, battlements and turrets.Located between Jayamahal and Sadashivanagar areas, the palace ground has become a venue for various exhibitions, concerts and cultural programs.The Tourism Department would be identifying the government land available. If entrepreneurs fail to implement their plans within a stipulated time, then the government would forfeit the land.
The government would be offering four per cent tax concession for three years on aviation fuel to encourage domestic aviation industries to operate flights to district headquarters in the State.
The government would be underwriting certain number of tickets so that the industries would have assured revenue.
Karnataka's manifold attractions include everything that interests the tourists. The wild game sanctuaries at Bandipur, Nagarhole and Dandeli, the Ranganathittu Bird's Sanctuary. 5 Kms from Srirangapatna which is itself a well known tourist center, hill stations like Nandhi Hills and Kemmannagundi and Mercara, beach resorts like Karwar, Ullal, Malpe and Maravanthe, the world famous Brindavan Gardens at Krishnarajasagara, the monolithic statue of Gommateshwara at Sharavanabelagola, Gol Gumbaz with its whispering gallery at Bijapur, the Jog falls and other water falls at Shiva Samudram, Magod, Unchelli or Lushington near Siddapur, Lalguli at Yallapur and other places indicate the variety and richness of the attractions that Karnataka State holds out to the tourists.
There are many places of historic and religious importance. The great Acharyas, Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhwa, preached in this region. Great reformers like Sri Basaveshwara, mathematicians like Baskaracharaya, commentators like Sayana, saint poiets like Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa, great writers like Pampa, Harihara and Kumara Vyasa have all enriched the heritage of Karnataka.
The temples at Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal in Bijapur district have great significance for all lovers of art. The temples of Halebedu, Belur and Somanathapura are great architectural achievements - the like of which are rarely seen in any part of the world.
The profusion of artistic skill is bewildering in its range and exquisiteness. At Hampi [Bellary district] one can see Indian sculpture in all its richness and vitality.
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