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Bangalore

Vidhan Soudha:

The Vidhan Soudha, the State Secretariat is the crown of Bengaluru city. This is a majestic building with a sprawling compound in the heart of the city. The architecture is a typical Dravidian style with grand stairs, richly decorated bases and capitals for pillars, kapotha cornices and arches. The grand entrance with lion capital, representing Indian sovereignity and carved stairs lends it a majestic look.  

 

Cubbon Park:

This is a green and landscaped patch of land spread over 300 acres in the heart of Bengaluru city close to Vidhan Soudha. The park is a perfect spot for nature lovers in the city. Many Benglurites come here for morning and evening walks.  The sprawling compound is beautifully landscaped with roads, trees, several rare species of plants and shrubs. There are many magical fountains, natural rock formations, giant bamboo trees, grass lands and flower beds here adding to its beauty. The statues and buildings here reflect the heritage of Bengaluru city. Together with its children’s park it is a perfect green family entertainment zone within the city.

 

Lumbini Gardens:

Locted on the less crowded Outer Ring Road this is an excellent picnic spot on the banks of Nagawara Lake. The place offers boating facilities in Nagawara Lake and a family entertainment zone. Bengalurites come here for spending weekends or for a relaxed evening.

 

Lal Bagh:

Lal Bagh is famous as one of India’s most beautiful botanical gardens. The garden was set by the legendary king Hyder Ali with more than 1000 rare plants and shrubs imported from various parts of the world. The park is spread across 2400 acres and is the backdrop of many beautiful song sequences of Indian movies. 

The park also houses a glass house. 

Timing:  06:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs.  

 

Ulsoor Lake:

This lake located in the center of Bangalore city, close to M G road, is a big relief and a famous picnic spot for city dwellers.

 

Bangalore Palace:

The Bangalore Palace built by the Maharajahs of Mysore and is open to the public. It is worth visiting the place to have a look at the fortified towers and elegant interiors in wood finish.

 

Bannerghatta National Park:

Located 22 kms from the city, this sprawling thick green foliage is home to a variety of flora and fauna.   The picturesque surroundings are a great relief from the high rises within the cityscape.  This National Reserve is famous for its lions and Indian tigers.  The park also has a picnic corner, pet’s corner and the country’s first butterfly park. Lion’s safari is the major attractions of the park. 


September to January is considered as the best time to visit the places are many animals are visible.

 

Tipu Sultan's Palace:

Tipu Sultan's Palace which dates to 1790 is an elaborate two storied structure. It was the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan, the legendary leader of Karnataka. The palace is famous for its architecture marvel and the glimpse it offers of the richness of the by-gone era.

 

Timings: From 9:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs.

 

The Government Museum of Bangalore:

The Government Museum of Bangalore counts amongst the oldest museums in India. Located at Kasturba Gandhi Road, near to Cubbon Park, the museum is spread in two floors with eighteen galleries and a vast collection. The rich collection of the museum includes ancient coins, artifacts and relics from the Indus valley civilization which are more than 5000 years old.

 

Timing: The museum is open 10:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs is closed on Wednesdays.

 

The Bull Temple:

This famous temple in Basavanagudi, is one of the oldest and most visited in Bengaluru. The huge mansion is built in Dravidian style and is renowned for its huge bull statue dedicated to Nandi, the bull of Lord Siva. There is an interesting legend behind the bull statue of the temple. The bull statue here is 6 m long and is carved out of a single rock. 


Timing: 6 am to 8 pm

 

ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple:

Located on Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, this temple is built on a hillock and has a scenic surrounding. The temple exemplifies a perfect blend of modernity and spiritual harmony. The vast cultural center of the temple promotes Vedic culture and spiritual learning.

 

Timing: It is open from 03:45 hrs to 20:00 hrs.

 

St. Mary's Basilica:

This is one of the oldest churches in Karnataka. As Bengaluru ahs only few churches, this church is often packed with devotees. The Gothic style architecture with many big arches, stained glass panes and ornamental motifs is simply charming.

 

M.G Road and Brigade Road:

These are the two busiest roads in Bengaluru with a trendy mix of people rushing in round the clock. It is the heart of Bengaluru and has many shops selling everything –jewellery, textiles artifacts, traditional handicrafts, latest western wear and many factory outlets. The streets and the crowds here are an eclectic mix of traditional and the ultra modern

 

Commercial Street:

Commercial Street is another shopping hotspot in Bengaluru that sells both international brands and local products. As the prices of goods are very competitive here, it is advised to make a good bargain before you buy from here.

 

Chowdaiah Memorial Hall and Rangshankara auditorium:

These are the cultural centers of Bengaluru. If you would like to watch classical performances like dance and dramas, visit Chowdaiah Memorial Hall or Rangshankara auditorium in Jai Nagar. Both places begin screening by 7 pm and have very nominally priced tickets.

 

Wonder La:

Wonder La is South India’s biggest amusement park. It is located on Mysore Road, a little away from the hustles of the city.  It is an amazing entertainment zones with many exciting fun rides and is spread across a sprawling compound. The park has two zones- dry rides zone and wet rides zone.