Bangalore Tourism, India
Bangalore (The Garden City & the Silicon Valley of India) has a rich and vibrant culture. This destination is considered to be the amalgamation of several cultures and traditions. Beautifully blended with modern and dynamic culture, Bangalore is one of the most exciting cities in India.
Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state in India was founded by Kempe Gowda in the year 1537 and is known as the ‘Garden City‘ for its sheer crazy number of parks. The city is known for its laid-back ambience and is one of the popular destinations for those interested in the history of Bangalore.
The traditions and culture can be greatly reflected by the food habits, the dressing behavior, nightlife and languages of the people. Over the last few decades, the culture of the city has undergone a vast change; however, the moral values and social disciplines always remain intact. The panorama of distinct culture has given the city a cosmopolitan look. Almost half of the population in the city is immigrants, making it an ethnically diverse city.
Throughout the year Bangalore enjoys moderate climate. Thus, one can visit Bangalore anytime of the year to take pleasure of some manmade and some natural exotics.
Parks in Bangalore
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Lalbagh Botanical Garden sits on the southern side of Bangalore city center and was established during the 18th century. Covering more than 200 acres, this wonderful park includes a large number of trees, a massive collection of rare tropical plants, a magnificent glass house and a tall watchtower. The park’s gates open at 06:00 in the morning. The trails in the park are packed with joggers. Entrance to the park is free. However, there is an admission fee to enter the glass house.
It’s best to visit Lalbagh during the Indian public holidays like Independence & Republic day when the entire glass house is decked up with floral creations.
Cubbon Park is a huge public area, covering 300 acres. The park is located in the heart of the city and was laid out in the 1860s. The park includes trails for jogging, children’s playground, loads of seasonal flowers, lots of trees and great stretch of grassed areas. Top attractions include the wonderful State Central Library, the Government Aquarium, the Government Museum, the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technical Museum. Admission to the park is free.
Bannerghatta National Park
The national park is about 20 kms from central Bangalore. This safari park offers you the chance to spot animals in a natural habitat. Animals you can spot are lions, tigers, elephants, bisons, deers and many more.
There is also a small zoo in the national park and a popular crocodile farm.
Landmarks & Monuments in Bangalore
Bangalore is filled with significant landmarks & monuments. Here are some of them.
One of the most magnificent structures ever built in Bangalore, the majestic Vidhana Soudha is situated on the north-western side of Cubbon Park. The Vidhana Soudha was built in the 20th century by convicts and is famous for its granite architecture and massive interior. This 300 room structure is home to the state legislature and the Karnataka secretariat. The building is floodlit Sunday evenings.
Bangalore Palace is located in the heart of the city and the architecture is based on Windsor Castle. Bangalore Palace was built by the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore and the descendants still live here today. You can see the palace from outside.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was established in 1989 and includes a huge sky theatre to educate kids about the solar system. Top attraction in the Planetarium is the astronomy show. There are 2 shows a day and kids will surely have a great time when they see the ceiling of the theatre filled with star constellations.
The Bull Temple
The Bull Temple is one of the most intricate landmarks of Bangalore. It was built in the 16th century and features a mammoth idol of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
Bangalore Golf Courses & Clubs
If you are an ardent golfer and are looking for a golf course you will find some good ones to choose from. There are 3 courses that are very popular.
Bangalore Golf Club
The most popular one in the city is Bangalore Golf Club. Bangalore Golf Club is India’s 2nd oldest golf course. The golf course was established in 1876. This 18-hole, par-72 golf course is a whopping 60,300 sq. ft. golf course. The club is on Sankey road, High Grounds. Visit Bangalore Golf Club official website for more information.
Karnataka Golf Association (KGA)
The Golf Association was designed by Peter Thompson. It is an 18-hole, par-72 course which includes a massive clubhouse and amenities like Jacuzzi, Sauna, Gym, Swimming Pool and Steam Room. The Golf Association is located on airport road beside the Royal Orchid hotel.
Eagleton International Resort
Eagleton International Resort is located on Mysore Highway, outskirts of Bangalore. This 18-hole, par-72 golf course was designed by Pacific Coast Designs of Australia is over 168 acres. This golf course offers a varied choice of amenities. The resort includes an extraordinary clubhouse and offers luxurious hotel accommodation.
Bangalore Art Galleries
Bangalore has some of India’s best art galleries. Gallerie Zen is a famous viable art gallery in Bangalore for souvenir painting. Visit the Venkatappa Art Gallery, within Cubbon Park, to purchase traditional art works. Chitrakala Parishat (Art Complex) is known for its numerous paintings’ exhibition.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Venkatappa Art Gallery features over 500 paintings from local artist K. Venkatappa. The gallery also includes many traditional pieces with wood carvings and sketches.
Chitrakala Parishat (Art Complex)
Chitrakala Parishat features a huge collection of traditional paintings and many local artifacts from Karnataka.
Do not miss the painting fest called “Chitra Santhe”, an annual event at Chitrakala Parishat that brings in artists from all over India to display their work for sale. The event is held in the site on Kumara Krupa Road in January.
Music & Theatre in Bangalore
Chowdiah Memorial Hall
Chowdiah Memorial Hall hosts many concerts, dance shows and recitals regularly and is the best place to experience Indian classical music.
Ravindra Kalakshetra hosts many concerts and theatrical performances. It also features occasional exhibitions of paintings.
Ranga Shankara is one of Bangalore’s popular theatres. It is located in J.P Nagar. Ranga Shankara aspires to encourage theatre in all languages. The annual festival at Ranga Shankara brings plays from across India.
Restaurants and Dining in Bangalore
Restaurants are one of the top attractions in the city. There is a variety of cuisines to choose from that include Traditional Indian to Chinese and Continental. Dining in Bangalore will surely be an excellent part of your holiday. The variety in cuisine indicates the city’s spirit in embracing different cultures.
Best selection of restaurants can be found along Residency Road, Indiranagar 100 ft Road and Koramangala, where you can enjoy both north & south Indian food, Chinese and a variety of other cuisines.
There are many restaurants in Basavangudi like MTR, Brahmins Coffee Bar, and Maiya’s. These restaurants are good for idlis, dosas (pancakes) and the well-known filter coffee.
Bangalore Shopping & Nightlife
Bangalore is an ideal shopping paradise for shopaholics. For some serious shopping there are more than 20 shopping malls in Bangalore spread across the city among which the Forum Mall, Garuda Mall, Mantri Mall, Orion Mall, Phoenix Market City, Bangalore Central are the major shopping places for various brands.
If you want to enjoy the good old world charm of traditional Bangalore then Commercial Street, Malleshwaram, Basavangudi and Jayanagar are the places to visit. It’s a feast to the eyes and senses even to walk on the streets of these busy areas. These are ideal places for street shopping and to enjoy local delicacies.
Do not miss an evening walk on Malleshwaram – Sampige Road, The Flower Market, snacks in The Veena Stores, Famous Dosa (savory pancakes) in CTR Hotel, A walk in the Sankey Tank Park, Musical concerts in the Chowdiah Memorial Hall and the Ancient kaadumalleshwara temple.
Commercial Street, Chickpet & Cottonpet are the Major Wholesale and commercial market Places in Bangalore.
If you want to enjoy the nightlife of Bangalore then UB City & Brigade Road have Bangalore’s best pubs.
Attractions near Bangalore
Some of the historic & cultural attractions close to Bangalore include:
- Big Banyan Tree
- Janapadha Loka in Ramanagaram
- Surya Narayan Temple
- Art of Living International Center
- Tippu Sultan Fort & Palace
- Manchinbele Dam
- Sangama & Mekedaatu
- Wonderla Amusement Park
- Dakshinamukhy Nandeeshwara Temple
- Nandi Hills
- Hogenakkal Falls
- The Nrityagram Dance Village