Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are two large states in Southern India. The following is a comparison between these two states. Let’s read.
Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu – Indian states comparison
Which state is larger in area, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu?
Karnataka state is larger than Tamil Nadu. Its area is nearly 1.5 times that of Tamil Nadu.
- Area of Karnataka – around 1,91,800 sq km
- Area of Tamil Nadu – around 1,30,060 sq km
Which state has a higher population, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu?
The population of Tamil Nadu is larger as per the last census.
- Population of Karnataka – 6.1 Crores (2011 census)
- Population of Tamil Nadu – 7.21 Crores (2011 census)
GDP – Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu ranks number 2 in terms of GDP after Maharashtra. Karnataka ranks number 4 (2023).
|Area||around 1,91,800 sq km||around 1,30,060 sq km|
|Population||6.1 Crores (2011 census)||7.21 Crores (2011 census)|
|Population rank||8th (2011 census)||6th (2011 census)|
|Statehood||1 November 1956||1 November 1956|
|Most spoken language||Kannada||Tamil|
|Region||Southern India||Southern India|
|Borders||Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.||Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka.|
|Highest mountain peak||Mullayanagiri Peak (1,930 m)||Doddabetta peak (2,637 m)|
|Forest cover (2021)||20.19 %||20.31 %|
|Major Rivers||Kaveri, Tungabhadra, Krishna, Sharavati, Bhima, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Hemavati, etc.||Kaveri, Ponnaiyar, Palar, Amaravati, Vaigai, Noyyal, Vaippar, etc.|
|Largest district||Belagavi district||Dindigul district|
|Coastline||Yes with Arabian Sea||Yes with Bay of Bengal|
|Major Soil type||Red Soil and Black Soil||Red Soil|
|State tree||Indian sandalwood||Asian palmyra palm|
|State animal||Indian elephant||Nilgiri tahr|
|State bird||Indian Roller||Emerald Dove|
|State flower||Lotus||Flame lily|
(Also read: Tamil Nadu vs Kerala – Indian states comparison)
Popular places to visit in Karnataka
Bengaluru, Hampi, Mysuru, Gokarna, Chikkamagaluru, Murdeshwar, Coorg, Badami, etc.
- Tourism ranking (domestic) – 4th (2023)
Popular places to visit in Tamil Nadu
Ooty, Brihadeeswara Temple, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Kodaikanal, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Coimbatore, etc.
- Tourism ranking (domestic) – 2nd (2023)
- Tourism ranking (international) – 6th (2023)