Acclaimed for being the 'Silicon Valley' of India, Bangalore unfolds a pleasant surprise of multi-linguistic cultures. Lies in Karnataka, the life of the city are centred on the Posh Techno city offices. Officially called as 'Bengaluru', the city serves as a hub of multinational companies. It enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year, which makes it a popular tourism destination in India. With its manicured gardens, parks, tree-lined avenues, lakes and abundance of flowering trees, the city justifies its title, the “Garden City”. Practising pub culture, the city takes you to a world where you can explore forts, palaces, temples and old buildings.
Founded by Kempe Gowda in 1537, Bengaluru was established as the Vijayanagara Empire. During the British rule, the city served as the centre for colonial rule of South India. Ruled by the Western Gangas for centuries, it was under the rule of Cholas in 1024. Then, it came under the rule of the Hoysala Empire in 1116.
Major Tourist Attractions in Bangalore
It is among the most gorgeous botanical gardens of India. Hyder Ali set out the garden and his son added horticultural treasure to the garden. He also imported several trees and plants from various countries. The garden boasts of about 1000 species of rare plants and herbs. Sprawled in about 2400 acres, the park is well-protected with stone walls. There is a glass house that depicts London’s Crystal Palace which draws the tourists' attention.
This 120-hectare park lies in the heart of the Bangalore. It has numerous fairy fountains, flora and august bandstand. The upcoming newer buildings are other most appealing aspects of the park.
This spectacular building is a wonderful modern architecture that follows a blend of traditional neo-Dravidian and modern styles. It is the abode of the State Legislature and the Secretariat, dominating the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park. Its massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is the most special feature of the building.
The Bull Temple
The temple houses a magnificent Nandi statue, which is over 15 feet tall and 20 feet long. A groundnut fair is organized near the temple.
The Government Museum
It is one of the oldest museums in the country. Lies on the Kasturba Gandhi Road, it was built in 1876. It comprises of two exhibition floors, divided into eighteen galleries. These galleries encompass various sections like natural history, geology, art, sculpture and numismatics. Tourists can see a rich collection of ancient coins, art and relics from the Indus valley civilization.
Tipu Sultan's Palace
Started by Hyder Ali and completed by his son, Tipu Sultan, now the structure has been converted to a museum. It was one of the summer retirements of Tipu Sultan. The building houses columns, curves and balconies that are laid with gardens on both sides.
Other Tourist Attractions
Bangalore Aquarium, Bangalore Palace, Bannerghatta National Park, Chunchi Falls, Commercial Street, Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Fun World, ISKCON Temple and Lumbini Gardens are the other popular tourist attractions of the city.
Best Time to Visit
Between October to January.
Like other state, Karnataka offers some special dishes, which you can easily savour in Bangalore.
Some of the trendy dishes include Dharwad Peda, Mysore Pak, Obbattu Gokak, Chiroti, Karadantu and Shavige Payasa.
Sandalwood products, Silk saris, traditional kantha embroidery silk clothes are the popular shopping items in Bangalore.
Bangalore has no dearth of accommodation. These range from the five-star deluxe hotels to guest houses. The budget accommodation is also available.
How to Reach
Bangalore airport operates all the domestic airlines and few international flights. It is well-linked to all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Bangalore City Railway Station runs direct trains that link it with all the important cities in the country. A number of fast trains and daily express trains are also operated from the station.
National highways connect Bangalore with other cities of India. Buses run by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses and taxis are other options for commutation.