- Travel Tips
- Things to do
- Getting Around
- What to Eat & Where to Eat
- How to Reach
- Surrounding Attractions
Kempe Gowda, a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire formed the city of Bengaluru in 1537. Bangaluru (Bangalore), the capital of the state of Karnataka, is the hub of India’s high-tech industry today and is also called ‘The Silicon Valley’ of India. The city has a tremendous modern appearance with numerous sky scrapers, contemporary styled smart buildings and a splendid pubs, bars and lounges for buzzing nightlife. At the same time it is also called the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and vast greenery around. Even though there are no rivers, Bangaluru has a lot of lakes, most of them having been constructed in the sixteenth century by damming the natural valley systems. Bangaluru, definitely is a beautiful city and it opens the gates for travelling to a lot of wonderful places around.
The weather is pleasant throughout the year and can be visited during anytime of the year, October to March being the most popular. However, there may be heavy rainfall from June to September. It often rains in Bangalore and then the temperature becomes cooler. It is useful to carry a raincoat/umbrella or a light warm clothing.
Things to do
The most popular place in Bangalore is the 300 acres of Cubbon Park with its rich green foliage and some of the city’s most important public buildings like the Mysore Neo-Dravidian styled Vidhana Soudha, the seat of Karnataka’s State Legislature and the High Court opposite to it. There are also other significant buildings like the Press Club, State Archaeological Museum and State Public Library, Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Aquarium, India’s second largest Aquarium and the Dancing Fountains. The area is beautiful with greenery, colourful flowers and some colonial statues. The Jawaharlal Bal Bhawan and its Toy Train ride through the Park is a special attraction for children. Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium is also nearby. A little towards the east of this area there are two oldest Churches of Bangalore – St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and St. Mary’s Basilica. Bangalore Fort and Tipu’s Summer Palace are nearby. Kempe Godwa built the Bangalore Fort in 1537 as a vassal for the Vijayanagar Empire. In 1761, Hyder Ali, replaced this mud fort with the present day stone fort and commenced the construction of a palace with beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture, which was finally completed in 1791, during the reign of his son, Tipu Sultan. It was Tipu’s summer residence. Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a very old botanical garden laid down by Hyder Ali and then Tipu Sultan in the 18 th Century. It is nature lovers’ delight. The famous 16 th Century Bull (Nandi) Temple also called, the Dodda Basavana Gudi, inside the Bugle Rock Park, is a very popular Hindu temple with a huge idol of Nandi, the Holy Bull of Lord Shiva,
curved from single granite. There is also a Ganesh Temple, Dodda Ganesha Gudi, in the same complex. Here there is also the famous architectural wonder, Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple, 16 th Century Rock Cut Cave temples for Lord Shiva. Further South West there is an amusement Park, Wonderla. There are resorts available even inside the Park. Bannerghata National Park, down south, spread across more than 65000 acres of forest area is an attractive tourist spot with a zoo (Entry fee Rs.80 for adults) and butterfly park (Entry fee Rs. 30 for adult) and provision for safari (Entry fee of Grand Safari along with zoo is Rs.260 and Rs.130 for adults and children respectively) and hiking. The Halimavu Cave Temple is an age old temple within natural cave inside the rocks. The Northern part of the city has the gorgeous Golf Course; Sankey Tank, a beautiful artificial lake with boating facilities; the beautiful ISKCON Temple on the Vaikuntha Hill or ISKCON Hill and IISC. The mighty Bangalore Palace(1874), with fortified towers and turrets, bearing striking resemblance to England’s Windsor Castle, is situated in this area on 450 acres of lush green land. The sprawling Palace Grounds is famous for holding world class music concerts like Iron Maiden’s Eddfest. People have seen Guns N’ Roses, Scorpions, Metallica, MLTR, The Rolling Stones, Lamb of God, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Backstreet Boys, Enrique and many other International Superstars perform here. Towards the east of Cubbon Park is the Halasuru area (Near M.G. Road) famous for the Ulsoor Lake, one of Bangalore’s largest lakes (124 acres) with several islands and the city’s oldest temple dating back to the Chola period (3 rd Century), Someshwara Temple. Further East HAL Air force Museum is situated. The city, in spite of being the tech hub, is also a place with mushrooming Wellness Centres, with Yoga and Ayurvedic Science becoming more and more popular. The Art of Living Head Quarter is also situated near Electronic city. MG Road is the commercial hub and is a shopper’s paradise, from street shopping of junk accessories to expensive handicrafts, sandal wood items, silks and weaves of Karnataka, everything is available. Do visit Cauveri Emporium. Chikpet Market and Commercial Street are also popular destinations for shopping. There are numerous high end shopping malls too, like UB City, Mantri Square, Orion, Garuda and many more.
HOHO buses (Rs.300 and Rs.200 for gold and silver class respectively and an additional Rs.50 on weekends) leave from Kempegodwa Bus Station at 8.45 am and the ends the trip back there at 8pm. Metro rails, public buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are also available for getting around locally.
Breakfast at Chennai Tiffin Room (CTR) at Malleswaram for amazing benne dosas and coffee amidst the buzz is a must.Veena Store at Malleswaram serves the best idlis and vadas in the city. Koshy’s Parade Café at St. Marks Road is one of the oldest in the city. Hard Rock Café (HRC) is also at St. Marks Road. Even though there are many HRCs, the one at Bangalore is enormous in terms of its size and collectible. Nando’s at Indiranagar is a popular place to be. UB City has numerous upscale restaurants.
Bangaluru is called the ‘Restaurant Capital of India’, as there’s a sudden dramatic shoot in the number of restaurants in Bangalore. Food from every country or every state of India is availbale in Bangalore.
Nearest Airport:Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru, though situated 40kms north of the city, it is extremely well connected to the city by bus and taxis
Nearest Railway Station:Bangalore City Junction, KrantiviraSangolli Rayanna Station and Yeshwanthpur are important Railway Stations for Express and other long distance trains.
On road service:Kempegodwa or Majestic Bus Stand, Mysore Road Satellite Bus Stand are the most important bus stations. The following National and State Highways connect the city to many other cities like NH4 to Chennai, NH48 to Mangalore, SH17 to Mysore and NH209 to Coimbatore.
Nandi Hills, is famous for its panoramic views from the top (1175 stairs). Watching the sun rise from there is breathtaking. It’s a 2 hours’ drive from Bangalore city. The picturesque Shivanasamudra Kaveri Falls comprises of two major waterfalls and is one of the best 100 waterfalls of the world. It can be reached in 2.5hours time from Bangalore via Mysore Road or NH75
Mysore, the city of the grand Mysore Palace and the mighty temples, can be reached in less than 3hours time from Bangalore via Mysore Road or NH75.