Bangalore is the home to a large number of magnificent gardens and parks that simply accentuate the beauty of this city and hence it is called as the “Garden City”. Bangalore also has some fine historical sites and other places of interest that are worth watching. If you are on a tour to Bangalore make certain that you have ample time in hand because there is no end to the things to watch in Bangalore. There are many other sightseeing in Bangalore that attracts tourist from across the country and abroad. All the tourist attractions in Bangalore are well connected with transport facilities thus making the tour to Bangalore easy and comfortable. Following are some of the important places to visit in Bangalore:
Following are some of the important places you must visit in Bangalore:
Karnataka High Court located in Bangalore is locally known as Attara Kacheri, literal meaning being eighteen offices. The High Court is situated opposite to the Vidhana Soudha in Cubbon Park. The High Court was instituted in the year 1884 under the Mysore High Court Act. The Attara Kacheri made in the 19th century is a stone structure in an intense red color. The construction followed Gothic Style of architecture. The majestic two storied Building with Corinthian columns was completed in 1864. Attara Kacheri was built under the rule of Tipu Sultan. During his reign the offices of the eighteen departments of Revenue and General Secretariat grew beyond limit. So he decided to construct a new building and named it Attara Kacheri in Hindi.
The Bangalore Aquarium is a diamond shaped building and was opened in 1973. It is situated in Cubbon Park on Kasturba Road. The Bangalore Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in India. It exhibits the largest number of indigenous and exotic fish, also cultivable and ornamental kind. The aquarium comes directly under the State Government's Department of Fisheries.
This aquarium is a three storied building. The first floor has 14 big tanks where the larger cultivable varieties of fish are displayed. It is done to aware the visitors of our natural resource and marine life. The second floor has two rows of 69 small and medium tanks. The upper row has 23 medium sized tanks while the lower row consists of 46 small tanks. The tanks are constructed in such away that helps to display the purely ornamental fishes closely.
The aquarium authority has taken much care to create a similar habitat for the fishes so that they feel comfortable. The aquarium displays a fairly large number of fishes like the catla, mahseer, gold fish (including black moor), angel fish, blue gourami, red tail shark, Indian tiger barb, glow light tetra, freshwater prawns and the Siamese fighters. The Aquarium is open to visitors from 10 am to 7.30 pm on all days except Thursdays.
Bangalore Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangalore. Bangalore Palace has been built along the lines of the Windsor Castle in England and embodies Tudor architecture. Known for the large amount of exquisite woodwork, this stunning palace was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore in 1887. The palace is complete with Gothic windows, battlements and turrets. Visitors can tour many of the palace’s rooms and attend exhibitions and cultural programs held on the palace grounds. The visiting hours are 10 am to 6 pm on all days except Sunday.
Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is situated just 22 km away from the city. Established in 1971, Bannerghatta National Park is part of the Nilgiris-Eastern Ghats Reserve (NEGR). Regarded the largest elephant reserve in the country, the NEGR is the abode to over 2500 Asiatic elephants. As such migratory corridors for elephant movements pass through the Banerghatta Park. The Bannerghatta National Park offers a multitude of options for tourists to get a closer glimpse of the animal kingdom across 25,000 acres of land. You can avail of lion and elephant safaris that will take you to the innermost regions of the Park. The Crocodile Farm plays host to big crocs, while the Serpentarium boasts of an amazing reptile collection.
The country’s first butterfly park was set up in the Bannerghatta National Park on 25th of November 2006. The butterfly park is spread over 7.5 acres of land and constitutes a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. The conservatory is made of polycarbonate roof. The living environment has been so designed that it supports 20 species of butterflies.
Some of the popular animals of this park include bisons, lions, elephants and panthers gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild pig, sloth bear, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, macaque, porcupine and other animals. The popular is also popular for its flora. Some of its collection includes trees like sandal, jalari, chujjullu, tamarind, neem and others. Moreover this area is also popular for trekking. Some of the popular trekking destinations include Uddigebande, Hajjamana Kallu and Mirza Hill. Trekkers from all across the world pay a visit to this venue for trekking.
Located in the Basavanagudi region of Bangalore, the Bull temple is one of the prominent landmarks of the city. The name Basavanagudi literally translates to mean "The Temple of the Bull". Dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva, the Bull temple was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. The majestic structure of Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long, has been carved out of a single granite rock. Nandi, the awesome huge deity of the Bull Temple, attracts visitors, tourists and devotees from all parts of the country and outside the country also.
Regarding the origin of the magnificent bull carved in a crouching position, legends say that the surrounding area of the temple was inhabited by groundnut growing farmers and a bull used to graze on the flourishing groundnut crop. Enraged at the loss caused by the bull, a farmer hit the bull with a club which was transformed into a stone. Stunned by this event, the worried farmers built a temple to appease the bull of Lord Shiva.
This resulted into the practice of farmers offering their first crop of groundnut as an offering to the bull. This occasion gradually converted into the famous the groundnuts fair locally know as Kadalekayi Parishe, which is held in the month of November. The temple is also one of the oldest in the city and is believed to be the source of the river Vishwa Bharti in 17th century.
Cubbon Park is one of the most frequently visited parks and gardens in Bangalore. This popular park was established in the historic year of 1864 by Richard Sankey. He was the chief engineer of Mysore .The Park was named in honor of Sir Mark Cubbon who was the longest serving Commissioner of Bangalore. The park is centrally located and provides 300 acres of visual beauty as well as shade from the hot sun. You’ll find hundreds of blooming shrubs and trees; an amusement park for children and many quiet spaces for relaxation. Lush green fields of the lawns, large shady flowering trees, flower beds, makes this Cubbon park an ideal place for morning joggers. People prefer to come to this location to take a stroll. Many classical buildings like Attara Kacheri, Government Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum surround the park.
Dodda Ganesha Temple
Dodda Ganesha Temple is a famous temple in Bangalore which houses a huge idol of Lord Ganesha which is about 18 ft tall and 16 ft wide. Dodda Ganesha Temple is located near the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi. Once while taking a stroll, Kempe Gowda I came across several rocks and one of the boulders had a figure of Ganesha engraved on them. He ordered his sculptors to convert the figure into a huge and fantastic single stone idol of Lord Ganesha. The Lord is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi and Satya Ganapthi. Legends say that the idol is believed to be growing on its right side.
Similar to Disney Land, Fun World is a famous amusement park which is situated at the Palace Ground in Bangalore. Spread over 12 acres, Fun World is an ideal destination for kids of all ages as wide range of rides can be experienced here. Fun World remains open from 11 am to 9.30 pm on all days.
Gandhi Bhavan was built under the chairmanship of Dr. Rajendra Prasad with and aim to propagate Gandhian philosophies and ideals among the people of the state, especially among the youth. Today Gandhi Bhavan houses the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi along with a picture gallery that boasts of rare photos of Mahatma Gandhi from his childhood till the last day of his life. You will also come across numerous photocopies of the letters penned by Gandhiji during his life span. Gandhi Bhavan also serves as a venue for numerous meetings, sessions and seminars based on Gandhiji.
ISKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple
Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple was constructed by the ISKCON society to commemorate the birth centennial of its founder Sri Prabhupada. The Temple is a graceful blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony with a unique combination of glass and gopurams. The gopurams of the temple are made of Ferro cement. There are four grand gopurams, which are connected to one another by sea blue colored glass structures. One of the biggest attractions of the temple is the gold plated Kalash located on the roof of the temple. This huge structure weighs nearly 1.5 tones. Another striking feature of the temple is the huge Dwarjastambha or flag post. It is 56 feet high and is the tallest in the world. You can take a look at the huge chandeliers that is hasped like an inverted lotus flower in the ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple.
This temple was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning. This was originally a seven-acre empty hilly area. The religious group ISKCON or the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, under the leadership of their president Madhu Pandit Dasa, purchased this land from the Bangalore Development Authority for 11 lakhs and built this magnificent shrine. The temple offers a tranquil atmosphere where you can meditate and pray in a comfortable manner. The temple is indeed one of the symbols of spirituality. A large number of religious ceremonies are regularly held over here. Around 6000 to 8000 devotees visit this temple on a daily basis. Thousands of devotees attend the annual Krishna and Balarama Rath Yatra. The temple remains open from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and then from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
JawaharLal Nehru Planetarium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was built in the year 1989. A planetarium is a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation. The planetarium is a sky theatre with a dome of 15 meters in diameter. Around 225 people can be seated at a time. It provides an awareness of astronomy among the students and the common public. The shows are a combination of entertainment and instructions. The narration, music and the sound effects creates among the viewers a sense of total participation.
Besides offering information on science related subjects these programs focuses on historical backgrounds, modem developments and future prospects. Cartoons, video clippings, Paintings, Computer animations, and special effects are used in the programs. Science Park is another attraction of the Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium. This park allows one to know about science related subjects in a playful manner. Some of the models, which are on display in this park, are model of Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, Sun Dial, Giant Kaleidoscope, etc. This planetarium is also popular for its Aquarium, which has large varsity of marine life in it.
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
The Lal Bagh is one of India’s most beautiful botanical gardens. The word ‘lalbagh’ refers to the profusion of red-coloured blossoms of the roses planted in these botanical gardens. Designed in the 18th century by the Mysore Ruler, Hyder Ali; this botanical garden is located in a 240 acre of land on the southern fringes of the city. The LalBagh Botanical Garden has about 1,000 species of flora. Most of the tropical plants of the garden were once brought by Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tipu Sultan imported different species of flora from all over the world like Persia, Afghanistan to add to the horticultural wealth of the country.
The Lalbagh botanical garden also organizes many flower shows all throughout the year. The other attraction of this garden is the glass house, which was modeled on the popular the London crystal palace. The glass house is surrounded by pencil penders and champaka trees. Glasshouse is also popular for the annual flower show, which is organized out here. The visitors will also come across the first lawn-clock of India. This clock is surrounded by Snow White and the seven dwarfs, which was a gift to the garden from Hindustan Machine Tools. Lal Bagh Rock displayed here is one of the oldest rock formations on earth. This rock formation is about 3000 million years old.
Lumbini Gardens is a wave pool with an artificial beach. The pool provides the best and safest form of entertainment. The pool is situated in an area of 12,500 square feet. A modern filtration plant is used to maintain the quality of water in the pool. Lumbini Gardens is situated on the Outer Ring Road on the banks of the Nagawara Lake.
Seshadri Iyer Memorial
Seshadri Iyer Memorial situated in Cubbon Park was built to immortalize the Dewan of Mysore. Seshadri Iyer served as a Dewan of Mysore from 1883 to 1901. As the memorial is constructed in red bricks, the whole building looks red. The statue of Seshadri Iyer can be seen in a small rose garden which was put up in the year 1913. A State Central Library was set up inside the Memorial in the year 1915.
This Shiva Temple houses a huge 65 feet high statue of Lord Shiva. It is located on the Airport Road just behind Kemp Fort. In fact, this huge temple was built by the Melwanis, the owners of Kemp Fort. The Melwanis run a large number of charitable institutions in Bangalore.
The statue shows Shiva in a seating posture, instead of the regular Lingam that is found in every other Shiva temple. The statue is white in color and shows Lord Shiva sitting in a lotus position or rather in a yoga posture (Padmasan). He has four hands. The front two hands are placed on his lap with the fingers interlocked. The hands at the back are equipped with a 'damaru' and a 'trishul' or trident. In fact, the Shiva Statue in Bangalore is the largest statue of the Lord in the whole world. The background has been made to look as if it is Kailash. The River Ganga flows from the entangled rocks. The statute looks majestic during the night when it is lighted.
The whole area and the statue give the visitors a picture which clearly depicts the fabulous fable which is related to it. Two of the main attractions here are the holy cave and the wishing pool. The cave houses the ornately decorated Jyotir Lingas; and the pool is filled with coins dropped by visitors as they make wishes and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya' seven times – in the belief that this will make their wishes come true.
Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Built in the 16th century, Sri Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple is an unusual cave temple built by Kempe Gowda situated near Basavanagudi which is well known for its architecture. The unique architecture of the structure was designed according to the principles of 'vastukala' and astronomy. The Gangadhareswara Cave Temple in Bangalore is carved out of a single block of stone.
The most striking feature of the Gangadhareswara Cave Temple is the set of four monolithic pillars, which bears the emblem of the Shaivites. These include the 'trishul' or trident, the 'damara', the 'suryapana' and the 'chandrapana'. These pillars are located in the courtyard of the temple. Another attraction of the temple is the idol of Lord Agni or the Fire God. The idol is a rare piece and is worth taking a look. Besides these, you can take a look at the statue of Shakthi Ganapati with twelve hands. This statue is located on the left hand side of the temple doorway. The chief attractions of the Gavi Gangadhareshvara temple are the Granite Pillars two of which support mammoth discs representing the sun and the moon, while the other two have a Nandi figure at the top.
On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, the temple witnesses a unique phenomenon when the evening sun's rays passes through an arch between the horns of Nandi and falls directly on the linga inside the cave, thereby lighting up the idol inside. It is a phenomenon that is proof of the technical excellence of ancient architects, of their knowledge of astronomy combined with great architectural skill.
St Marys Basilica Church
St Marys Basilica Church is the only church to attain the status of a basilica in Karnataka. St. Mary's Basilica first came up as a small chapel in 1818 courtesy French missionary Abbe Dubois. In 1882 Reverend Kleiner transformed this humble structure into a magnificent Gothic style church by adorning it with decorative stained glass imported from Europe. The St. Mary's Basilica church boasts of an elegant interior with stained-glass windows, multiple columns with rich Corinthian capital supporting stately arches.
In ancient days, there was a well known ritual of parading the image of Virgin Mary in the streets. Once, this procession was stoned by a radical sect. Miraculously, the people who were involved in this condemnable act were struck by cholera and died of the disease. At one point of time, it was decided that the statue of Virgin Mary would be shifted to another part of the St Basilica Church in Bangalore. But the Statue could not literally be removed from its place. Hence, it still stands in its original place. Due to these miracles, St. Mary's Basilica Church won the position of the sixth Basilica in 1973 through a papal order by Pope John Paul IV. In September each year, lakhs of devotees, dressed in saffron, gather here to celebrate St Mary's Feast.
Tipu Sultan's Palace
Tipu Sultan's Palace is located very close to the fort. It is now converted to a museum. The building of the palace was started by Hyder Ali and it was completed by Tipu Sultan. The construction of the Palace was completed in the year 1791 and it took ten years to plan and construct the palace. The Palace was one of Tipu Sultan's summer retirements. It is a double storied flowery wooden structure. It has columns, curves and balconies which are laid with gardens on both sides of the path which leads to the palace. Tipu Sultan's Palace is similar to Daria Daulat, the other palace of Tipu that is situated in Srirangapatna. As the palace was special to the mighty son of Mysore, he called it 'Rash-e-Jannat' which literally means the “abode of happiness” and the envy of heaven'. The name inscribed by him on the wooden banisters of the palace can be seen by the visitors even today.
What exists today are the wonderfully cusped rosewood arches that rise above the fluted stone pillars and the beautiful frescos, painted elaborately on the ceilings and walls of the palace. Although the palace was previously painted in the elaborate style of the Daria Daulat palace, now the arches and ceilings, made of expensive rosewood have been painted with dark-brown enamel paint. This gives the interior of the palace a rather sober look than warm. However, the delicate and serene white flowers painted on a warm brick-red background cover the walls like a bright carpet. Also the raised frieze of gold flowers and leaves on the plain white base of the borders are a feast to the eyes.
Ulsoor Lake is centrally located. It is spread over an area of 1.5 sq km. The lake dates back to the time of Kempe Gowda I and II. There are 2 springs which exists at the bottom of the lake. These springs are now covered with heavy silt. Dotted with a number of little islands, the Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore not only attracts the tourists because of its splendid beauty but for a wonderful experience of boating in the lake. The lake is a famous tourist spot. Please note that Ulsoor Lake is not fit for swimming because weeds and the lotus under the water often twine around the legs pulls one down.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
The Venkatappa Art Gallery is situated in the Karnataka Government Museum. It exhibits some of the rich art of Bangalore. The Art Gallery is comprised of two floors and displays 600 paintings. On the ground floor of the museum you will come across beautiful paintings by the famous painter K. Venkatappa. He was born in the year 1887 to a family of court painters. On the first floor of Venkatappa Art Gallery you will come across great works of eminent painters like M. F. Hussain, N. S. Bendre, Vasudev, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Rekha Rao, and Yusuf Arakkal and other world renowned painters. You will also come across a section which is dedicated to C. P. Rajaram's wonderful woodcarvings. In the second floor of the Venkatappa Art Gallery you can praise the works of K.K Hebbar .His wonderful paintings on elements like Jala (water), Prithivi (the earth), Sea Shore, Vayu (the wind), Nagamandala, Agni (fire), and Death are very famous.
Venkataramana Swamy Temple
The Venkataramana Swamy Temple is one of the most ancient temples of the city. With its intricate carvings and unique architecture, this temple has become an epitome of India's art and culture. The Venkataramana Swamy Temple was built by Maharajah Chikka Devaraya Wodiyar nearly 300 years back. Some of the best characteristics of the Dravidian temple art are depicted in the temple. The temple is situated adjacent to Tipu Sultan’s palace. The beautiful stone pillar which is supported by lion brackets was ruined by the cannon balls during the third Mysore War in the year 1791 - 92. The flowery stone pillars which are supported by lion brackets have imprints of the cannon balls which struck it.
After the fall of Tipu Sultan in 1799, the kings of the Wodiyar dynasty carried out extensive restoration work on the temple to bring it back to its former look. Maharaja Chikka Krishna Devaraya performed a thanksgiving religious ceremony in this very temple when he took over Tipu Sultan's palace in 1811. Numerous devotees and tourist come everyday to the Venkataramana Swamy Temple not only to offer prayers but also to take a look at this historic monument and marvel at its beautiful carvings and architecture.
Vidhana Soudha is one of Bangalore’s important buildings. The building is constructed entirely on the Indian style of architecture. All the four corners have four domes. The main entranceway is eclipsed by the four headed lion. The lion is the symbolic representation of Indian sovereignty. The Vidhana Soudha has twenty two departments and three hundred rooms. The construction of the building was started in the year 1952. It took more than five thousand manual laborers, 1500 scammers, masons and wood carvers and 4 years to complete the building.
The Bangalore Vidhana Soudha houses the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka and also the largest secretariat of India. The then Chief Minister, Kengal Hanumanthaiah was the responsible for the initiative for the construction of the building. The Bangalore Vidhana Soudha has been built under the guidance of the chief engineer late B.R Manickam. The sandalwood door of the Cabinet Room is a spectacular feature of the building. It has four floors and one floor below and covers an area of 700 by 350 feet. The central dome is 60 feet in diameter and is crowned with a resemblance of the Indian National emblem. The Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore is a popular attraction in the city and one would require special permission to visit the interiors of the building.
Vikasa Soudha is a building which is located adjoining to Vidhana Soudha and follows the super-modern construction. However, Vikasa Soudha is built in the same classic style as that of Vidhana Soudha. The South Block of the building is built in an area of about 7.5 acres. The building has eight storeys. The outer walls are made of ornamental stone work. The three basement floors have the facility to park about 600 cars.
Vivesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is built for the various scientific disciplines. It contains information on the use of science and technology for the welfare of the human beings and also for industrial development. All the exhibits are placed behind the glass panels. When buttons are pressed the experiments begin. The electro-technique Gallery has many departments. A wall display of long distance telephone can also be seen. It has a life size model of a man and a woman caring a plant.
Many exhibitions are organized all through out the year. There are also exhibitions on motor power and electronics. The Visvesvaraya Technological and industrial Museum features an airplane and steam engine in its premises. The museum also displays ample range of exhibits on motor power, electronics, and the uses of wood and metal. The main attractions of the museum are the five galleries, which are located in its premises. The galleries are Popular Science Gallery Electronic Technology Gallery, Engine hall, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery and Childrens' Science Gallery. Timings to visit the museum are between 10 am to 5.30 pm and it remains closed on Mondays.
With so many exclusive places to visit in Bangalore, your Bangalore vacation will be packed with innumerable opportunities of celebrating a superb holiday at Bangalore.