List of tourist attractions in Bangalore

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Bangalore (Indian English: [ˈbæŋɡəloːɾ] ( )) is the capital of then as the "Garden City of India".[1]

Bangalore is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state. Central business district of Bangalore consists of places MG Road, Brigade Road, Commercial street, Vidhana Soudha etc. Bangalore has many lakes and parks. BMTC offers special buses for sightseeing in Bangalore, including Cauveri - a double-decker open roof bus.[2]

Attractions[edit]

Parks[edit]

The Lal Bagh, famous for its flower shows was commissioned in 1760.
Bangalore palace
  • Lal Bagh is a botanical garden, commissioned by the Hyder Ali in 1760. The 240-acre (0.97 km2) park is home to over 1000 species of flora and a Glass House. The park is known for its annual flower show. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda I. The Lal Bagh Rock, dates back to 3000 million years, is another attraction.
  • Cubbon Park is located in the heart of the city and spreads over 300 acres (1.2 km2). The park was created in 1884, by Major General Richard Sankey. The park is home to numerous trees and plants that span over 68 general and 96 species. The park is also known for its kids train.
  • Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park (JP park) is on an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site at Mathikere in the north-west area of Bangalore. The park has four lakes, lawns spread over 25 acres (100,000 m2), over 250 varieties of trees and shrubs can be found there all the time.

Historical monuments[edit]

Government buildings[edit]

Attara Kacheri (Karnataka High Court)

Museums[edit]

Government Museum, Bangalore established in 1865
The HAL Kiran on display at the HAL Aerospace Museum. It showcases six decades of aviation heritage.
  • Government Museum was established in 1865 has a rare collection of archaeological and geological artifacts including old jewellery, sculpture, coins and inscriptions. The museum is also home to the Halmidi inscription, the earliest Kannada inscription ever found (450 AD).[3]
  • Kempegowda Museum is dedicated to Yelahanka chieftain Kempegowda (1513-1569) who is the founder of Bangalore city. The museum is located on the first floor of Mayo Hall. The museum has Kempegowda's statue as well as posters and pictures of forts, temples, reservoirs and inscriptions from his time.
  • Karnataka Folk Museum is located in a 15 acre campus at Kumara Park West has an excellent collection of Folk puppets, costumes, utensils, instruments, weapons and masks. folk music collections and dance videotapes.
  • Gandhi Bhavan established in 1965 at Kumarapark is showcase of Mahatma Gandhi's life. It houses a photo gallery, his letters, a library and audio visuals.
  • HAL Aerospace Museum showcases the growth of the Indian aviation industry and HAL for six decades. The Museum is maintained by HAL (one of Asia's largest Aerospace companies). The museum houses displays of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibit of Indian aviation history.
  • Madras Sappers Museum & Archives, inaugurated in 1979, showcases the history of the Madras Engineer Group (called the Sappers, established in 1803). The Madras Sappers are the oldest regiment of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. The museum chronicles their history and achievements and houses armoury used by the regiment, medals, their attire and a sports gallery.
  • Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum was instituted as part of the centenary celebrations of the engineer-statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861–1962) at Kasturba Road.
  • NIMHANS Brain Museum showcases the human brain and its functions. It is located at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and is run by its department of neuropathology.[4] The Museum seeks to help visitors see the brain, understand how it works and get an insight into the kind of diseases that can affect it. The museum has a diverse collection of over 600 brain samples and is the result of over 30 years of research. The Museum is open to the public for guided tours on Saturdays between 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. On remaining days, the museum is open between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.[5] Sundays and other public holidays Museum remains closed.
  • Philatelic Museum is located at the first floor of the Bangalore General Post Office near Vidhana Soudha.
  • Law Museum is a museum (established in 2006) dedicated to the legal profession. It was the brainchild of Karnataka High Court Chief justice Cyriac Joseph. The museum houses an original print of the Constitution of India, articles and documents related to the legal profession, seals, insignia and books. It also showcases the history of the High Court and the development of courts over the ages.
  • Legends Motorcycle Museum is a collection of 20 plus vintage motorcycles in working condition whose vintage dates back to 1924. The Museum is the lifelong collection of motorcycle enthusiast SK Prabhu. The museum walls are covered with biker memorabilia and photographs. The collection includes a 1924 BSA 250 cc, a Cezeta 1962 and some rare motorcycles from World War II: the BSA M20 1942 500 cc, James ML 1942 and the Norton 500cc 1942.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the five Planetariums named after India's first prime minister. It was founded by Bangalore City Corporation in 1989.

Galleries[edit]

Nature[edit]

Big banyan tree is 400 years old and has a span of 3 acres
The watch tower on the Bugle Rock built by Kempegowda II
  • Dodda Alada Mara, a big banyan tree located in Ramohalli (28 km away). This tree covers 3 acres (12,000 m2) and is one of the largest of its kind. It is at least 400 years old.
  • Bugle Rock bugle is called Kahale (ಕಹಲೆ)) is a massive rock situated in Basavanagudi which is an abrupt rise above the ground of peninsular gneiss as the main rock formation and with an assessed age of about 3000 million years.
  • Thottikallu is a place 25 km from Bangalore off the Kanakapura road which is famous for a falls called Thottikallu falls more popularly known as TK falls.
  • Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is located just 3 to 5 km from Chickballapur Taluq, 60 km from Bangalore. It is 4851 ft (1478 m) above sea level. Nandidurg hill, known commonly as Nandi Hills, is the source of the Penner, Ponnaiyar and Palar rivers. Nandi Hills gets its name from an ancient Nandi temple situated on this hill. This temple has a thousand year old sculpture of Nandi. An ancient lord Shiva and Parvati temple also adorns this hill.
  • Kaivara, cave temples 60 km away near Chikkaballapur.
  • Tippagondanahalli Reservoir, also known as T G Halli or Chamarajsagar, is located at the confluence of the Arkavathy River and Kumudavathi River, 35 km west of Bangalore.
  • Lakes in Bangalore include Ulsoor Lake, DRDO Lake, Sankey tank, Hesaraghatta Lake, Yediyur Lake, Nagavara Lake (also called Lumbini Lake), Hebbal Lake, Madiwala Lake, Kempanbudi Lake, Varthur Lake among others.

Wildlife[edit]

Places of worship[edit]

Bull Temple: One of the biggest Nandi idols in the world.
St. Mary's Basilica: The oldest church in Bangalore.
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Shopping[edit]

Brigade Road Bangalore
  • Brigade Road is one of the busiest commercial centers of Bangalore where you can get any sort of shopping done.
  • Commercial Street is a busy commercial centre of Bangalore for getting all sorts of shopping done.
  • MG road was previously known as "South Parade" is the most important landmark of Bangalore.
  • Chikpet is famous for traditional roadside shopping close to Majestic bus stand.
  • Bangalore has numerous shopping malls. Check here List of shopping Malls.

Amusement parks[edit]

  • Lumbini Gardens is an eco friendly public park on the banks of the Nagawara Lake near Hennur. It has a swimming pool,rides and water boating facility.
  • Wonderla is an amusement park located near Bidadi, 28 kilometers from Bangalore.
  • Innovative Film City is an amusement and theme park with go karting, and stage and studio facilities.
  • iplay is an ice-skating rink at the phoenix market city. It is the only natural ice rink in Karnataka.
  • Fun World is an amusement park in Jayamahal road close to palace grounds.
  • Flight 4 Fantasy is an entertainment flight simulation centre located in The Forum Mall in Koramangala.
  • Talk To The Hand at Jayanagar 4th block is a Laser Tag Entertainment center for all age groups .

IT parks[edit]

  • Electronics City is the centre of the Silicon Valley of India.
  • IT Parks Bangalore is home to numerous IT Tech parks that house global and regional players in the Information Technology product and services industry. Some of these include : Electronics City Phase I & II, ITPL, EPIP, Embassy Golf Links Domlur, Bagmane Tech Park, Manyata Tech Park, Global Village Tech Park, ITC Infotech Park, Kalyani Magnum Tech Park, RMZ Ecospace Tech Park, Prestige Tech Park, Salarpuria Tech Park, Brigade Tech Park, Vrindavan Tech park, RMZ Ecoworld and Whitefield RMZ Centennial,Cessesna Business Park,Intel TechPark, LSI Business Techpark.

Around Bangalore[edit]

  • Art of Living Foundation is on the Kanakapura Road which is very famous for the serene ambiance and the rejuvenating effect of the atmosphere with the people all over the world visiting it to attend yoga meditation classes.
Shivanasamudra Falls drops 90 meters
The Mysore Palace
  • Skandagiri is 75 km away from Bangalore. Trekking point near to Nandi hills.
  • Muthyalamaduvu is a picnic spot near Anekal, 40 km from Bangalore. In the local Kannada language, Muthyalamaduvu means 'pearl valley' (muthu = pearl and maduvu = valley), apparently named for its 92 meter waterfall, whose falling water appears to look like drops of pearl.
  • Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore off the Magadi road. The hill is famous for Narasimhaswamy temple and is also believed to be among the largest monolith hills in the world. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir and on towards Manchanabele dam(feverpitch basecamp-located in banks of manchanabele dam).
  • Kanva reservoir is an artificial lake and tourist attraction 69 km from Bangalore and 10 km from Ramanagara.
  • Wonderla is an amusement park located on Mysore road, 40 km from Bangalore.
  • Mekedaatu, literally meaning "Goat's Jump", is 110 km away on Kanakapura Road. Nearby is another tourist attraction, Sangama, where two rivers join.
  • Omthara Kala Kuteera is located just one hour from Bangalore city. It is built as homage to India's ancient culture and its vibrant art.
  • Pyramid valley is the biggest pyramid shaped meditation hall in the world, along with being the largest pyramid in Asia. It stands at above 101 feet (31 m). Its base measures 160 ft (49 m) by 160 ft (49 m) with the main meditation area spanning 25,600 sq ft (2,380 m2). It is located 30 km from Banashankari Temple.
  • Devarayanadurga (Kannada: ದೇವರಾಯನ ದುರ್ಗ) is a hill station near Tumkur in the state of Karnataka. It is 65 km from Bangalore. The rocky hills are surrounded by forest and the hilltops are dotted with several temples including the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha temples and an altitude of 3,940 feet (1,200 m). It is also famous for Namada Chilume, a natural spring considered sacred and is also considered the origin of the Jayamangali river. Another famous temple in the area is the Mahalakshmi Temple at Goravanahalli.
  • Srirangapattana is the capital of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.
  • Shivanasamudra Falls (also called Sivasamudram) is an island town dividing the Kaveri River into twin waterfalls, the Gaganachukki and the Barachukki, dropping 90 m. The town is located 120 km from Bangalore, 27 km from Somanathapura and 80 km from Mysore in the Mandya district of the state of Karnataka.
  • Talakad is a desert like town with temples at Cauvery river bank.
  • Mysore (to be renamed Mysuru) (Kannada: ಮೈಸೂರು) is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division and lies about 140 km (87 mi) southwest of Bangalore. A short distance from Mysore city is the Krishnarajasagar Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens where a musical fountain show is held in the evening. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is the center of the Dasara festivities.
  • Melkote is on the way to Mysore from Bangalore. The place is famous for its Vyramudi Utsava. The main deity here is "Cheluvarayaswamy - The MahaVishnuyam".

See also[edit]

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