Few Words About Karnataka
Karnataka is blessed with numerous historical treasures, exotic culture, stunning beaches and fascinating architectural wonders making it a perfect spot for a GoRad EDventure!
With the Western Ghats forming a major part of the state, Karnataka is replete with uniques flora and fauna and has been declared a Biodiversity Hot-spot. It is home to many hill stations that are perfect for a retreat into nature. The state is filled with scenic waterfalls and rainforests making it a perfect place for our students to mix with nature and learn from unique perspectives of the locals.
It is also home to some of the best coffee plantations in the country. Here, you can learn about the history of coffee and its processing, as well as sampling some yourself. According to legend, coffee is said to have been brought to India from the Middle East by a Sufi saint, Baba Budan. There is now a hill named after him in Chikmagalur. Karnataka is home to the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg, which is well-known for its cool climate, spices and unique food.
The state is a treasure trove of history as it is filled with resplendent caves, forts and intricately carved temples, all made from sandstone. These were once a part of the Chalukya Dynasty, which ruled the area between the 6th and 12th century. The state is also renowned for the ‘Pompei of India’, Hampi, which is a magnificent storehouse of knowledge filled with ancient ruins and exotic stories. Along with history, the state is also brimming with several adventure spots and offers exciting trekking trails to ensure that our students don’t miss out on thrill and adventure.
Karnataka’s amazing coastline, known as the Karavali Coast, it is home to some truly spectacular beaches, as well as some delicious food. With the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian sea on the other, it has its own centuries-old traditions of classical and folk music and dances. Some of the most fascinating traditional dance forms are Yakshagana, a mix of dance, music and dialogue, and Dollu Kunitha, a rhythmic dance that uses decorated drums. It is also known for its vibrant festivals and boasts an astonishingly diverse cuisine. The cuisines are divided by regions such as North Karnataka, South Karnataka, Kodagu, Udupi, Mangalorean, Karavali and Navayath, each boasting its own unique taste and adding to the diversity. There are also iconic dishes, such as bisi bele bhath, Mangalorean fish curry, Dharwad peda, Mysore pak, or the Mysore masala dosa. The people from each region are warm and friendly and have varying lifestyles across the state, a glimpse of which our EDventurers will be sure to catch!
Thus, Karnataka being the perfect symbol of unity in diversity is our pick for an exciting, enlightening and enriching GoRad EDventure!
- Bandipur national park