Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore is nicknamed the Garden City and was once called a pensioner's paradise.
Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. As of 2009, Bangalore was inducted in the list of Global cities and ranked as a “Beta World City” alongside Geneva, Copenhagen, Boston, Cairo, Riyadh, Berlin, to name a few, in the studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008. Today as a large city and growing metropolis, Bangalore is home to many of the most well-recognized colleges and research institutions in India. Numerous public sector heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defense organizations are located in the city. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its position as the nation’s leading IT exporter. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic and cultural hub and the fastest growing major metropolis in India.
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The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13th July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs. 1.84 crores. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing buildings not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting features of this building in grand stairs in its front.
Is it possible to gild a lily? Well you judge for yourself. This ultra-modern construction, adjacent to majestic Vidhana Soudha built in the same classic style, is supposed to come fitted with the latest gizmos to help govern the state. It was inaugurated sometime in February 2005.
Seshadari Iyer Memorial
It is a distinctive building constructed of red sand stone in Cubbon Park. It houses a public library and the Bangalore High Court, while the grounds include a children's recreation area with a toy train, fairground and theater.
It was constructed by the Maharajahs of Mysore. For many years the building was neglected as a tourist attraction, but is now open to the public. This is a run-down building with paint peeling on the interior and generally a tourist trap to be avoided. The fee is Rs. 100/200 Indian/Foreigner and 500 to take photos even of the exterior. This includes a guide to point out things like the mounted elephant head, though no mention is made of the numerous nude paintings.
Tipu Sultan's Palace
It dates from about 1790, is the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The two story structure is made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches.
Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple
Located in Gavipuram, was built by Kempe Gowda. This temple with four remarkable monolithic pillars is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple also has a rare idol of Agni god of fire. The annual festival is on Makara Shankranti and thousands of devotees flock to see the sun’s rays fall on the Shivlinga.
Bannerghatta National Park
It is on the southern fringe of the city. This 100 sq.km national park consists mostly of dense forest and scrub land, and is home to wild animals like bison, leopard, wild boar as well as being an important corridor for elephants migrating between the eastern and western ghats. Other attractions here are a crocodile farm, serpentarium and a newly added butterfly park. In addition, a portion of the park is used as a sanctuary for wild rescued animals.
Art of Bicycle Trip and Cycle organize bicycle tours in and around Bangalore. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage.
Bangalore has plenty of boulder gardens and granite hills in the vicinity. There are multiple bouldering’s, multi-pitch and single pitch sport, and some trade climbing possibilities within a day trip schedule.
Bangalore has a small but active community of white water kayakers. Trips are usually during the monsoon time, and non-monsoon time activities involve flat water paddling.
Shopping at Bangalore’s famous malls and traditional markets, however, leave your car as it's almost impossible to find a parking spot over weekends. Some of the more popular malls in Bangalore are 'The Forum', 'Garuda Mall' and 'Bangalore Central'. The city's largest vegetable and fruit market is in the heart of the city called "KR Market". A smaller but more lively one can be found in Gandhi Bazaar Road, Gandhi bazaar.
Watch Cricket Match
Watch a cricket match, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (near Cubbon Park). Chinnaswamy stadium is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore which is reputed for having a large, loyal, and loud fan following. IPL season typically is between March and May every year; matches are played in the evenings and last around 3 hours. Scour the daily newspapers for ticket information - note that tickets typically get sold out a week before.
Bangalore WALKS is great way to discover unique areas of Bangalore. Whether a visitor, or a long time resident, one can discover unknown facets of the city. The walks include Traditional Bangalore walk, Victorian Bangalore walk & the Lalbagh walk.
The Innovative Film City(IFC)
The Innovative Film City (IFC) located on the Bangalore - Mysore highway at Bidadi. Built on an area of around 50 acres it is supposed to be the biggest entertainment center, theme park and much more. The film city has several small attractions such as world famous Ripley's Believe it or not museum, Louis Tussad wax museum, Funplex, Aqua Kingdom (artificial beach), Dinosaur world, and cartoon city. It is also having a go-carting zone, a mini golf course, a 4D amphitheater, fossil museum.
Wonder La Amusement park
A new attraction in Bangalore. It is India's biggest amusement and water park which belongs to V-Guard firm. This park boasts of several rides (both ground & water). This is one of the best spots to visit in Bangalore. It is in the outskirts of the city off Mysore Road.
Mysore is the Karnataka's second biggest city, situated in Southern India. It is famous for its magnificent City Palace. Situated 150 Kms from Mysore.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park is situated 220Kms from Bangalore. It is famous for wild life sigh teeing
28 km (17 mi) from the city centre. This unique experimental village is dedicated to gurukula tradition of dance, music, choreography and painting.
It is 29 km (18 mi) from the city centre. It is a delightful artificial lake spread over 405 ha (1,000 acre) and provides facilities for sailing. A livestock breeding and poultry center have been established as a part of a Indo-Danish project.
Omthara Kala Kuteera
It is located 40 km (25 mi) from Bangalore. Just one hour from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore, Omthara Kala Kuteera is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Built as homage to India's ancient culture and its vibrant art, this masterpiece is a monument like none other. Located amidst 30 acres of lush gardens in rustic surroundings, Omthara Kala Kuteera offers an environment that soothes the soul and energizes the mind. A visit to Om Thara Kala Kuteera has been described variously by guests as "Heaven on Earth", "Temple like none other", "Place of Divinity", "Uplifts my Soul", and "Source of Peace and Happiness".
These beautiful waterfalls located 85 km (53 mi) from Bangalore. The water from a nearby dam flows down this ravine, and the area is very rocky so one needs to be careful. There are also reports of crocodiles inhabiting the area, though this has not been substantiated. The water from Chunchi flows down to meet Kaveri river at Sangam, a distance of about 15 km.