Karnataka state is comprised of 27 districts, grouped into four divisions.
Bagalkot, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Urban , Belgaum , Bellary , Bidar , Bijapur , Chamarajanagar , Chikmagalur , Chitradurga , Dakshina Kannada , Davanagere , Dharwad , Gadag , Gulbarga , Hassan , Haveri , Kodagu , Koppal , Kolar , Mandya , Mysore , Raichur , Shimoga , Tumkur , Udupi , Uttara Kannada
Karnataka is situated in the Deccan Plateau and is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the east and southeast, and Kerala to the southwest. It is situated at the angle where the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats of South India converge into the Nilgiri Hills.
Karnataka's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $43 billion in current prices.
Agriculture and Industry
Over 90% of India's gold production comes from south Karnataka. Recently there has been a lot of activity in the extraction of manganese ore from the districts of Bellary and Hospet. Karnataka is the largest producer of coffee, raw silk and sandalwood based products like perfumes and 75% of Indian floriculture industry is located in Karnataka.
Karnataka accounts for 59% of the country’s coffee production and 47% of the country’s ragi production. The state holds the fifth rank in national level in oilseed production.
Karnataka is one of the most industrialised states in India. Its capital, Bangalore has become a major worldwide hub of the Information Technology industry and is the IT capital of India producing approximately 35% of India's software. In the mid 1970's R.K. Baliga, Chairman and Managing Director of Keonics, who was a visionary, planned to make Bangalore the alternative Silicon Valley. Bangalore is dubbed as the Silicon Valley of India with more than 50% of all software companies based here. Bangalore has approximately 40% of India's Biotechnology companies. Also, Bangalore is one of the fast growing cities in the world with more than 6 million people