Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka State in South India. The modern day State of Karnataka was once ruled by the Vijayanagar Empire from Mysore and later by the father and son duo of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. They associated with the French to defeat the British in India. They established their capital in Srirangapatnam, near Mysore.Bangalore is a big bustling city with many popular shopping malls. Wood carvings are particularly famous in Karnataka. Look for sandalwood artifacts and garlands made from sandalwood shavings at the Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium in Bangalore. The colourful Channapatna wooden toys from the State are exported all over the world. Bangalore is also famous for silk fabrics and a lighter variety of silk known as Mysore silk. Coffee is also grown in the hills near Bangalore. The coffee estates are in Coorg. Bandhipur and Kabini are two tiger reserve sanctuaries. Belur and Halebid are tourist spots with fine temples. Visit the Serai Kabini resort, it is a tiger sanctuary. Bangalore is the IT city of India.