Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu – Indian states comparison

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

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the map of India
The two states on the map of India

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).

Overview

KarnatakaTamil Nadu
Areaaround 1,91,800 sq kmaround 1,30,060 sq km
Area rank6th10th
Population6.1 Crores (2011 census)7.21 Crores (2011 census)
Population rank8th (2011 census)6th (2011 census)
Capital CityBengaluruChennai
Largest CityBengaluruChennai
Statehood1 November 19561 November 1956
Most spoken languageKannadaTamil

Geography

KarnatakaTamil Nadu
RegionSouthern IndiaSouthern India
BordersMaharashtra, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka.
Highest mountain peakMullayanagiri Peak (1,930 m)Doddabetta peak (2,637 m)
Forest cover (2021)20.19 %20.31 %
Major RiversKaveri, Tungabhadra, Krishna, Sharavati, Bhima, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Hemavati, etc.Kaveri, Ponnaiyar, Palar, Amaravati, Vaigai, Noyyal, Vaippar, etc.
Largest districtBelagavi districtDindigul district
CoastlineYes with Arabian SeaYes with Bay of Bengal
International borderNoNo
Major Soil typeRed Soil and Black SoilRed Soil

State symbols

KarnatakaTamil Nadu
State treeIndian sandalwoodAsian palmyra palm
State animalIndian elephantNilgiri tahr
State birdIndian RollerEmerald Dove
State flowerLotusFlame 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)
Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka

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)
Ooty