Karnataka is a state in southwest India with coastlines on the Arabian Sea. Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is the capital and a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. To the southwest, Mysore is home to opulent temples such as Mysore Palace, the former residence of the region’s maharajas. Hampi, the mediaeval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, has Hindu temple ruins, elephant stables, and a stone chariot.

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