300+ Top Karnataka History GK Questions with Answers

Karnataka is a state in south-west part of India. The capital city of Karnataka state is Bengaluru. It is commonly known as high-tech hub. Karnataka has rural folk culture, lovely waterfalls, historical places, tourist places. The neighboring states are Maharashtra state, Tamil Nadu, Kerala , Goa and Andhra Pradesh. Karnataka has four divisions with 27 districts. There are 28 Lok Sabha seats with 12 Rajya Sabha seats in the state government. It was on 1 Nov 1956 that the Karnataka state was formed. Karnataka was divided between Bombay State, Mysore State, and Hyderabad State. Formal rule under the British Crown began in 1858 During this time, railways and airways, as well as modern universities were introduced in Karnataka India became Independent in 1947, and according to the States Reorganization Act, 1956, the Kannada-speaking areas of Hyderabad State, Madras State were unified with Mysore State. The state was renamed Karnataka in 1973. The total area estimated to be 191791 square km. The state is the land for many rivers and filled with rich heritage of flora and fauna. The Kaveri river is the longest rivers in the state and its origin is Talakaveri . There are five National Parks in Karnataka state. The state is known for it’s rich cultural diversity.

Karnataka GK-Insights

Karnataka is a state in south-west part of India.  As a resident or a citizen it is always good to know one’s state. From exam point of view it is general knowledge is something that assists candidates to grow both on personal as well as academic level. The capital city of Karnataka state is Bengaluru. It is commonly known as high-tech hub. Karnataka has rural folk culture, lovely waterfalls, historical places, tourist places. The neighboring states are Maharashtra state, Tamil Nadu, Kerala , Goa and Andhra Pradesh. Karnataka has four divisions with 27 districts. There are 28 Lok Sabha seats with 12 Rajya Sabha seats in the state government. It was on 1 Nov 1956 that the Karnataka state was formed. The total area estimated to be 191791 square km. The state is the land for many rivers and filled with rich heritage of flora and fauna. The Kaveri river is the longest rivers in the state and its origin is talakaveri . There are five National Parks in Karnataka state. The state is known for it’s rich cultural diversity. The state own many renowned personalities who made a great impact It narrows the  candidate’s sense of perceiving the world, understands, and analyzes the situations better as one would without proper knowledge. General knowledge helps the candidates to ace on the academic front when they are constantly aware of their surroundings and update themselves accordingly.

  • The history of Karnataka spans back to many decade
  • Many empires and dynasties have ruled over Karnataka and have contributed immensely to the history, culture and development of Karnataka
  • The impact of kingdoms of the state have been felt over other parts of India a
  • Many empires like The Chindaka Nagas of central India Gangas, Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta, Chalukyas of Vengi, Yadava Dynasty of Devagiri were all of Kannada origin who later took to encouraging local languages.
  • In the medieval and early modern periods, the Vijayanagara Empire and the Bahmani Sultanate became the major powers in Karnataka
  • The Bahmani Sultanate disintegrated to form five Deccan Sultanates
  • The Deccan Sultanates defeated the Vijayanagar Empire in 1565
  • After the Anglo-Mysore Wars, where the East India Company defeated the forces of Tipu Sultan, Company Rule began in India
  • Karnataka was divided between Bombay State, Mysore State, and Hyderabad State. Formal rule under the British Crown began in 1858
  • During this time, railways and airways, as well as modern universities were introduced in Karnataka
  • India became Independent in 1947, and according to the States Reorganization Act, 1956, the Kannada-speaking areas of Hyderabad State, Madras State were unified with Mysore State
  • The state was renamed Karnataka in 1973.

The modern state of Karnataka was created on 1 November 1956, with the passage of the States Re-organisation Act. Earlier the state was known as the State of Mysore, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973. The state is associated with a horde of historical activities since the ancient prehistoric civilization. The earliest of recorded history dates back more than two millenniums. The Satavahana dynasty ruled for around 300 years from 230 BCE till 3rd Century CE. This period led to the kingdom being given an independent stature and Kannada language given an administrative status.

After Independence, the Mysore State was created in 1953, wherein all the Kanada dominant areas under different dispensations were unified and the enlarged Mysore state carved in 1956 and was renamed Karnataka in 1973. The word “Karnataka” is derived from the Kannada words “Karu” and “Nadu” which means “Elevated Land”.

Karnataka is the place where the two main river systems of India flow out to the Bay of Bengal. These are river Krishna and Kaveri.

Karnataka GK Questions with Answers in English

1. Who is called as “Father of Karnataka music”

A. Kanaka Dasa
B. Raghavanka
C. Purandara Dasa
D. none of these

2.which of the following dynasty owns The temples at “Halebidu and Belur”  ?

A. Hoysala dynasty
B. Rastrakuta dynasty
C. Badami Chalukya dynasty
D. Kadamba dynasty

3. Number of  national parks in Karnataka?

A. 10
B. 9
C. 5
D. 11

4. State the year of the Anshi National Park was established

A. 1987
B. 1991
C. 1995
D. 2000

5. According to 2011 Tiger census, Name the State with highest tiger population

A. Uttarakhand
B. Tamil Nadu
C. Maharashtra
D. Karnataka

6. State the Year, Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) National Park was established

A. 1998
B. 1977
C. 1988
D. 1964

7. State the year in which the Bannerghatta National Park was established ?

A. 1950
B. 1985
C. 1974
D. 2002

8. The first Anglo Mysore war was fought in the year

A. 1855
B. 1870
C. 1716
D. 1767

9. Number of seats allocated for Karnataka in Rajyasabha and Loksabha ?

A. 15, 70
B. 12, 28
C. 5, 30
D. None of These

10. The sea  to the west of Karnataka is

A. Andaman Sea
B. Arabian Sea
C. Laccadive Sea
D. Red Sea

11. The longest-serving 8th Chief Minister of Karnataka is?

A. K. Chengalaraya Reddy
B. B. D. Jatti
C. Veerendra Patil
D. Devaraj Urs

12. Who was the 1st Chief Minister of Karnataka?

A. K. Chengalaraya Reddy
B. K. Hanumanthaiah
C. Kadidal Manjappa
D. R. Gundu Rao

13.The Famous Temple  located at Belur is?

A. Hanuman Temple
B. Ganesh temple
C. Vishnu Temple
D. Chenna Keshava Temple

14. Adi shankaracharya established his first of four “mathas” at ?

A. Tumkur
B. Ganesh temple
C. Belgaum
D. Sringeri

15. Which of the following bank headquarters is not located in Karnataka state ?

A. Canara bank
B. Syndicate Bank
C. South indian Bank
D. Vijayabank

16. The largest river in the state of Karnataka is?

A. Kaveri
B. Hemavati
C. Krishna
D. Ghataprabha

17. Which is the called as Dakshina Ganga (The Ganga river of the south)?

A. Ghataprabha
B. Kaveri
C. Krishna
D. Tungabhadra

18. The state flower of Karnataka is

A. Lotus
B. Rose
C. Lili
D. none of These

19. The state animal of karnataka is

A. Tiger
B. Loin
C. Asian elephant
D. None of These

20. What is the symbol of Karnataka state tree?

A. Banyan
B. Coconut
C. Sandalwood
D. Mango

21. Which symbolise of Karnataka state bird?

A. Great hornbill
B. Indian paradise flycatcher
C. Indian roller
D. Yellow-footed green pigeon

22. what is the official language of Karnataka state

A. Hindi
B. English
C. Kannada
D. Malayalam

23. When did the British annex Kanara?

A. 1799
B. 1855
C. 1809
D. 1605

24. How was Karnataka formerly known?

A. Mysore
B. Bimaru
C. Amindivi
D. None of These

25. badami, the second capital of the early Chalukyas was formerly known as

A. Vatapi
B. Aihole
C. Belur
D. Halebid

26 Who was defeated and killed in the Fourth Mysore war at Srirangapattanam ?

A. Syyad Brothers
B. Nizam-ud-daula
C. Hyder Ali
D. Tipu Sultan

27. First person from state of Karnataka to received Bharat Ratna award

A. Shakuntala Devi
B. Visvesvaraya
C. Bhimsen Joshi
D. None of These

28. Who had wrote the Kavitavatara

A. Manjeshwar Govinda Pai
B. D.R. Bendre
C. Hermann Mogling
D. None of These

29. Which of the following works defines an identity of Karnataka ?

A. Kalakeyavadha
B. Ramadhanyacharithe
C. Manasollasa
D. Kavirajamarga

30. The Karnataka Government recently banned in Malnad area plantation of ?

A. Shikakai
B. Eucalyptus
C. Tamarind
D. Teak

Government of Karnataka

  • Governor – Vajubhai Vala
  • Chief Minister – Siddaramaiah
  • High Court – Karnataka High Court
  • Chief Justice – Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee
  • Capital – Bengaluru
  • Number of Districts – 30

State Symbols

  • Emblem – Gandaberunda
  • Language – Kannada
  • Song – Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate
  • Dance – Yakshagana
  • Animal – Asian elephant
  • Bird – Indian Roller
  • Flower – Lotus
  • Tree – Sandalwood

Seats

  • Legislature – Bicameral (224 + 75 seats)
  • Lok Sabha – 28
  • Rajya Sabha – 12

Wildlife Sanctuaries

  • Adichunchunagiri WLS
  • Arabithittu WLS
  • Attiveri WLS
  • Bhadra WLS
  • Bhimgad WLS
  • Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple WLS
  • Brahmagiri WLS
  • Cauvery WLS
  • Chincholi WLS
  • Dandeli WLS
  • Daroji Bear WLS
  • Ghataprabha Bird WLS
  • Gudavi WLS
  • Gudekote Sloth Bear WLS
  • Malai Mahadeshwara WLS
  • Melkote Temple WLS
  • Mookambika WLS
  • Nugu WLS
  • Pushpagiri WLS
  • Ranebennur Black Buck WLS
  • Ranganathittu Bird WLS
  • Ramadevara Betta Vulture WLS
  • Rangayyanadurga Four-horned antelope
  • Sharavathi Valley WLS
  • Shettihalli WLS
  • Someshwara WLS
  • Talakaveri WLS

National Parks

  • Anshi National Park
  • Bandipur National Park
  • Bannerghatta National Park
  • Kudremukh National Park
  • Nagarhole National Park

Thermal Power Plants

  • Raichur Thermal Power station
  • Bellary Thermal Power station

UNESCO Heritage Sites

  • Group of Monuments at Hampi
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
  • Western Ghats (Shared Site)

Famous Temples

  • Udupi Sri Krishna Matha
  • The Marikamba Temple at Sirsi
  • The Sri Manjunatha Temple at Dharmasthala
  • Kukke Subramanya Temple and Sharadamba Temple at Shringeri
  • Shravanabelagola, Mudabidri and Karkala are famous for Jain history and monuments.
  • Kudalasangama and Basavana Bagewadi are holy sites of Lingayats.

Other Heritage Sites

  • The Amruteshwara Temple in Chikmagalur district
  • Vatapi (famous for cave temples) in Bagalkot district
  • Belur Temple in Hassan district
  • Halebidu Temple (Hoysala Temples) in Hassan district
  • Mysore Palace
  • Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandi village
  • The Kempegowda Fort located in Magadi
  • The Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery (Beautiful Buddhist Monastery) situated at Bylakuppe
  • Mirjan Fort in Uttara Kannada district
  • Sri Veera Narayana Temple in Belavadi village of Chikmaglur district.

Hill Stations

  • Nandi Hills
  • Kermana Gundi(Chikmagalur)
  • Gangamoola
  • Madikeri
  • Kudremukh
  • Biligiri Hills

Festivals

Ganesh Chaturthi, Basava Jayanthi, Deepavali, Ramzan, Ugadi, etc. are some of the important festivals celebrated in Karnataka.

Famous Dances

  • Veeragase
  • Kamsale
  • Kolata
  • Dollu Kunitha
  • Yakshagana – Classical Dance Drama

Ports

Karnataka has one major and ten minor ports in this coastal belt.

  • Major Port – New Mangalore Port

Some Famous Personalities 

  • Shakuntala Devi – Famously known as Human-Computer
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  • RK Laxman – Cartoonist
  • Basavaraj Rajaguru – The King of Hindustani Music
  • H D Devegouda – Former Prime Minister of India
  • Bhimsen Joshi – Khayal Singer
  • KV Puttappa – Greatest poet of Kannada literature
  • Purandara Dasa (1484-1564) – Known as the “Father of Carnatic Music”, he was born near Tirthahalli in Shivamogga (Shimoga) district.

Tidbits about Karnataka

  • Kittur Rani Chennamma (1778-1829), Queen of the princely state of Kittur, was the first woman to lead an armed rebellion against British governance and kappa tax in 1824.
  • Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS) in Bengeri in Hubli, is the only unit in India that is authorized to manufacture and supply the Flag of India.
  • Karnataka hosts the maximum number of Jnanapith awardees. The state has won eight.

2011 Census

  • The population of Karnataka is 6.25 crores (50.9% are male and 49.1% are female).
  • Sex ratio is 973 females to 1000 males.
  • The literacy rate is 75.4%.
  • Child Sex Ratio is 948.

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