Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India, has been ranked as the third most popular state in the country for tourism in 2014. It is home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India, the largest number after Uttar Pradesh. The State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums protects an additional 752 monuments and another 25,000 monuments are yet to receive protection.Tourism centres on the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. Broadly, tourism in Karnataka can be divided into four geographical regions: North Karnataka, the Hill Stations, Coastal Karnataka and South Karnataka.
The Karnataka Government has recently introduced The Golden Chariot – a train which connects popular tourist destinations in the state and Goa. More interestingly Karnataka state transport authority issued a licence to operate bike rentals in the state of Karnataka. Royal Brothers - Bangalore based Bike Rental startup Offering motorcycles and scooters on rent to tourists. Royal Brothers has its service in multiple cities such as Bangalore, Manipal, Udupi, Mangalore and Mysore.