About Karnataka: Information on Tourism Industry, Exports, Economy & Geography

Latest update: February, 2016

Economic Snapshot: GSDP of Karnataka

Karnataka's gross state domestic product (GSDP) was US$ 115.86 billion over 2014-15.

Economic Snapshot: GSDP of Karnataka

Economic Snapshot: NSDP of Karnataka

Karnataka's net state domestic product (NSDP) was US$ 103.20 billion over 2014-15.

Break up of outstanding investments in Karnataka

Factfile

  • Capital:Bengaluru
  • Geographical Area (sq km):192,000
  • State Language:Kannada, Tulu, Kodava, Hindi and English
  • Literacy Rate:75.6 per cent
  • Key Industries:IT and ITeS, biotechnology, engineering, electronics and telecom, automotive, textiles and apparel, aerospace, animations, tourism and renewable energy

Last Updated: February, 2016

KARNATAKA State Report | November, 2015

Karnataka is located in the southern region of India. It is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Goa on the northwest, Maharashtra on the north, Andhra Pradesh on the east, Tamil Nadu on the southeast, and Kerala on the southwest.

At current prices, the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Karnataka was about US$ 115.9 billion in 2014-15. The average GSDP growth rate between 2004-05 and 2014-15 was about 12.04 per cent. The per capita GSDP increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.94 per cent between 2004-05 and 2014-15 to US$ 1,900. 

Karnataka has vibrant automobile, agro, aerospace, textile & garment, biotech and heavy engineering industries. The state has sector-specific SEZs for key industries such as IT, biotechnology, engineering, food processing and aerospace.

Karnataka is the IT hub of India and home to the fourth largest technology cluster in the world. As of 2014-15, total exports from the state aggregated US$ 52.02 billion, which is approximately 13.01 per cent of India's total exports. Karnataka has 47 IT/ITeS SEZs, three software technology parks and dedicated IT investment regions. As of January 2016, Karnataka had a total installed power generation capacity of 15,537.4 megawatt (MW).

Karnataka boasts of a diverse flora and fauna and a 320 km natural coast line, which makes it a nature tourist's paradise. Tourist arrivals in the state increased from 25.2 million in 2005-06 to 111.8 million in 2014-15.

Karnataka offers a wide range of fiscal and policy incentives for businesses under the Karnataka Industrial Policy, 2014-19. Through the ESDM Policy 2013, the government of Karnataka has planned to facilitate, promote and develop the ESDM sector in Karnataka and make the state a preferred destination for investment in this sector. Karnataka has released its Startup Policy 2016 with the objective of stimulating growth of 20,000 technology startups, creating 6,000 product startups and mobilizing Rs 2,000 crore (US$ 293 million) worth of funds.

Factfile

  • Capital:Bengaluru
  • Geographical Area (sq km):192,000
  • State Language:Kannada, Tulu, Kodava, Hindi and English
  • Literacy Rate:75.6 per cent
  • Key Industries:IT and ITeS, biotechnology, engineering, electronics and telecom, automotive, textiles and apparel, aerospace, animations, tourism and renewable energy
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Karnataka

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