Karnataka is the eighth largest state in India. Mysore was renamed as Karnataka
on the first day of November, 1973. Karnataka is divided into a number of natural
regions as follows:
• Karnataka Northern Region - This region includes the districts of Bidar, Belgaum,
Gulbarga and Bijapur. In fact, the region largely includes the Deccan Trap. Karnataka
Norther Region contains the barren plateau region of Karnataka, with an elevation
ranging between 300 to 600 meters.
• Karnataka Coastal Region - Karnataka Coastal Region forms an important part of Karnataka
geography. The region covers the Western Ghats, edges of the Karnataka Plateau,
Uttara Kannad districts and Dakshina Kannad.
• Karnataka Central Region - Karnataka Central Region encompasses the districts of Chitradurga,
Raichur, Chikmagalur, Dharwad, Shimoga and Bellary.
• Karnataka Southern Region - Bangalore, Hassan, Kodagu, Bangalore Rural, Mandya, Mysore,
Kolar and Tumkur fall under Karnataka Southern Region.