The tradition and culture have always flown freely in the veins of Karnataka. The vast regional diversity ranging from Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, with its IT achievements to the tribal regions of Coorg, the challenges presented by nature and foreign aggressions have only served to add to the rich architectural legacy that Karnataka has including royal cenotaphs and tombs, mausoleums and palaces. The mix of modernism and antiquity is palatable to the art and architecture lovers and is favored by the tourists visiting the place. Karnataka has a long list of monuments that are exquisite in their architecture and are remarkable in the way they are ornamented. They range from Afzal Khan's Cenotaph and Ibrahim Roza at Bijapur to Vidhan Soudha, Bangalore Palace, Tipu's Palace and Daria Daulat Bagh Palace (Tipu's Summer Palace) at Bangalore to Lotus Palace, Queen's Bath and Nobelmen's Palace at Hampi to Takht Mahal at Bidar to Bahamani tombs at Ashtur. Two of the most famous monuments that should not be missed while at Karnataka are Mysore Palace and Gol Gumbaz.
Indo-Saracenic style Mysore Palace, once the royal residence of Wodeyar
Maharaja, is one of the largest palaces in the country. Also known as
Amba Vilas, the original wooden palace got burnt down in 1897 and was
rebuilt in 1912 in its present design by the well-known British
architect, Henry Irwin. The palace houses a treasure of superb carvings
and artistic works from all over the world. The palace is a three
storeyed building with a series of square arched towers crowned by
The 17th century monument of Bijapur, Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of
Muhammad Adil Shah. It is said to be an astonishing feat of engineering
with its enormous 'Whispering dome', which is second largest in the
world, second only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and is 124 feet in
diameter. This huge dome is not supported by pillar and is so built that
even the faintest whisper or ruffle of a paper echoes throughout the
dome, can be heard across a distance of 37 m and returns to the listener
Monuments of Karnataka reflect the heritage of the state. Have a look at some of the historical monuments of Karnataka.