Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore or Bengaluru  is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. 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. Bangalore is well known as the hub of India's information technology sector. The city is amongst the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Bangalore confronts substantial pollution and other logistical and socio-economic problems.
A succession of South Indian dynasties ruled the region of Bangalore until in 1537 CE, Kempé Gowdā — a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire — established a mud fort considered to be the foundation of modern Bangalore. Following transitory occupation by the Marāthās and Mughals, the city remained under the Mysore kingdom, which is now a part of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore continued to be a cantonment of the British and a major city of the Princely State of Mysore which existed as a nominally sovereign entity of the British Raj. Following the independence of India in 1947, Bangalore became the capital of Mysore state, and remained capital when the new Indian state of Karnataka was formed in 1956. With a Gross domestic product of US$83 billion, Bangalore is listed 4th among the top 15 cities contributing to India's overall GDP.
Bangalore is home to many well-recognised educational and research institutions in India. Numerous public sector heavy industries, technology companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations 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 second-fastest growing major metropolis in India.

 
 
 

About The Bengaluru

 
 
The name "Bangalore" represents an anglicised version of the Kannada language name, "Bengaḷūru". The earliest reference to the name "Bengaluru" was found in a ninth-century Western Ganga Dynasty stone inscription on a "vīra gallu"  (literally, "hero stone", a rock edict extolling the virtues of a warrior). In this inscription found in Begur, "Bengaluru" is referred to as a place in which a battle was fought in 890 CE. It states that the place was part of the Ganga Kingdom until 1004 and was known as "Bengaval-uru", the "City of Guards" in Halegannada (Old Kannada).
An apocryphal, though popular, anecdote recounts that the 11th century Hoysala king Veera Ballala II, while on a hunting expedition, lost his way in the forest. Tired and hungry, he came across a poor old woman who served him boiled beans. The grateful king named the place "benda-kaal-uru" (literally, "town of boiled beans"), which eventually evolved into "Bengalūru".
On 11 December 2005, the Government of Karnataka announced that it had accepted a proposal by Jnanpith Award winner U. R. Ananthamurthy to rename Bangalore to Bengaluru. On 27 September 2006, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) passed a resolution to implement the proposed name change. The government of Karnataka accepted the proposal, and it was decided to officially implement the name change from 1 November 2006. However, this process has stalled due to delays in getting clearances from the Union Home Ministry.

History

The region of modern day Bangalore was part of several successive South Indian kingdoms. After centuries of the rule of the Western Gangas, the region was captured by the Cholas in 1024. In 1116 the Hoysala Empire overthrew the Cholas and extended its rule over the region. Modern Bangalore had its beginning in 1537 by a vassal of the Vijayanagara Empire, Kempé Gowda I, who built a mud-brick fort at the site that would become the central part of modern Bangalore. Kempé Gowda referred to the new town as his "gandubhūmi" or "Land of Heroes".
 
Within the fort, the town was divided into smaller divisions—each called a "pete" The town had two main streets—Chikkapeté Street, which ran east-west, and Doddapeté Street, which ran north-south. Their intersection formed the Doddapeté Square—the heart of Bangalore. Kempé Gowda's successor, Kempé Gowda II, built four towers that marked Bangalore's boundary. During the Vijayanagara rule, many Saints and Poets referred to Bangalore as "Devarāyanagara" and "Kalyānapura" or "Kalyānapuri" ("Auspicious City").
 
After the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire, Bangalore's rule changed hands several times. Kempé Gowda declared independence, then in 1638, a large Adil Shahi Bijapur army led by Ranadulla Khan and accompanied by Shāhji Bhōnslé defeated Kempé Gowda III,and Bangalore was given to Shāhji as a jagir (feudal estate). In 1687, the Mughal general Kasim Khan, under orders from Aurangzeb, defeated Ekoji I, son of Shāhji, and leased Bangalore to Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar (1673–1704), the ruler of Mysore kingdom. After the death of Krishnaraja Wodeyar II in 1759, Hyder Ali, Commander-in-Chief of the Mysore Army, proclaimed himself the de facto ruler of Mysore. The kingdom later passed to Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan.
Bangalore fort was captured by the British armies under Lord Cornwallis on 21 March 1791 during the Third Anglo-Mysore War and formed a centre for British resistance against Tipu Sultan.Following Tipu Sultan's death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (1799), the British returned administrative control of the Bangalore "pētē" to the Maharaja of Mysore, choosing only to retain the Cantonment under their jurisdiction. The 'Residency' of Mysore State was first established in Mysore city in 1799 and later shifted to Bangalore in the year 1804. It was abolished in th year 1843 only to be revived in 1881 at Bangalore and to be closed down permanently in 1947, with Indian independence.
In the 19th century, Bangalore essentially became a twin city, with the "pētē", whose residents were predominantly Kannadigas, and the "cantonment" created by the British, whose residents were predominantly Tamils.Bangalore was hit by a plague epidemic in 1898 that dramatically reduced its population. New extensions in Malleswaram and Basavanagudi were developed in the north and south of the pētē. Telephone lines were laid to help co-ordinate anti-plague operations, and a health officer was appointed to the city in 1898. In 1906, Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydel power, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra. Bangalore's reputation as the Garden City of India began in 1927 with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Several projects such as the construction of parks, public buildings and hospitals were instituted to improve the city. After Indian independence in August 1947, Bangalore remained in the new Mysore State of which the Maharaja of Mysore was the Rajapramukh (appointed governor).
Public sector employment and education provided opportunities for Kannadigas from the rest of the state to migrate to the city.Bangalore experienced rapid growth in the decades 1941–51 and 1971–81, which saw the arrival of many immigrants from northern Karnataka. By 1961, Bangalore had become the sixth largest city in India, with a population of 1,207,000. In the decades that followed, Bangalore's manufacturing base continued to expand with the establishment of private companies such as MICO (Motor Industries Company), which set up its manufacturing plant in the city. Bangalore experienced a growth in its real estate market in the 1980s and 1990s, spurred by capital investors from other parts of the country who converted Bangalore's large plots and colonial bungalows into multi-storied apartments. In 1985, Texas Instruments became the first multinational corporation to set up base in Bangalore. Other information technology companies followed suit and by the end of the 20th century, Bangalore had established itself as the Silicon Valley of India.

Geography

Bangalore lies in the southeast of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is in the heart of the Mysore Plateau (a region of the larger Precambrian Deccan Plateau) at an average elevation of 900 m (2,953 ft). The majority of the city of Bangalore lies in the Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka and the surrounding rural areas are a part of the Bangalore Rural district. The Government of Karnataka has carved out the new district of Ramanagara from the old Bangalore Rural district.
The topology of Bangalore is flat except for a central ridge running NNE-SSW. The highest point is Vidyaranyapura Doddabettahalli, which is 962 metres  and lies on this ridge. No major rivers run through the city, though the Arkavathi and South Pennar cross paths at the Nandi Hills, 60 km  to the north. River Vrishabhavathi, a minor tributary of the Arkavathi, arises within the city at Basavanagudi and flows through the city. The rivers Arkavathi and Vrishabhavathi together carry much of Bangalore's sewage. A sewerage system, constructed in 1922, covers 215 km²  of the city and connects with five sewage treatment centres located in the periphery of Bangalore.
In the 16th century, Kempe Gowda I constructed many lakes to meet the town's water requirements. The Kempambudhi Kere, since overrun by modern development, was prominent among those lakes. In the earlier half of 20th century, the Nandi Hills waterworks was commissioned by Sir Mirza Ismail (Diwan of Mysore, 1926–41 CE) to provide a water supply to the city. Currently, the river Kaveri provides around 80% of the total water supply to the city with the remaining 20% being obtained from the Thippagondanahalli and Hesaraghatta reservoirs of the Arkavathi river. Bangalore receives 800 million litres of water a day, more than any other Indian city. However, Bangalore sometimes does face water shortages, especially during the summer season- more so in the years of low rainfall. A random sampling study of the Air Quality Index (AQI) of twenty stations within the city indicated scores that ranged from 76 to 314, suggesting heavy to severe air pollution around areas of traffic concentration.
Bangalore has a handful of freshwater lakes and water tanks, the largest of which are Madivala tank, Hebbal lake, Ulsoor lake and Sankey Tank. Groundwater occurs in silty to sandy layers of the alluvial sediments. The Peninsular Gneissic Complex (PGC) is the most dominant rock unit in the area and includes granites, gneisses and migmatites, while the soils of Bangalore consist of red laterite and red, fine loamy to clayey soils.
Vegetation in the city is primarily in the form of large deciduous canopy and minority coconut trees. Though Bangalore has been classified as a part of the seismic zone II (a stable zone), it has experienced quakes of magnitude as high as 4.5.

Climate

Bangalore experiences a tropical savanna climate  with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Bangalore usually enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year, although occasional heat waves can make things very uncomfortable in the summer. The coolest month is December with an average low temperature of 15.4 °C and the hottest month is April with an average high temperature of 32.8 °C. The highest temperature ever recorded in Bangalore is 38.9 °C (102.0 °F) (recorded in March 1931) and the lowest ever is 7.8 °C (46.0 °F) (recorded in January 1884). Winter temperatures rarely drop below 12 °C (54 °F), and summer temperatures seldom exceed 34–35 °C (<100 °F). Bangalore receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest monsoons and the wettest months are September, October and August, in that order. The summer heat is moderated by fairly frequent thunderstorms, which occasionally cause power outages and local flooding. The heaviest rainfall recorded in a 24-hour period is 179 millimetres (7.0 in) recorded on 1 October 1997.


Culture

Bangalore is known as the Garden City of India because of its greenery and the presence of many public parks, including the Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.
The city celebrates its oldest festival, "Karaga Shaktyotsava" or Bangalore Karaga. Deepavali, the "Festival of Lights", transcends demographic and religious lines and is an important festival, along with the nine nights of Navratri. Other traditional Indian festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi/Gudi Padwa, Sankranthi, Eid ul-Fitr, and Christmas are also celebrated.
Bangalore is home to the Kannada film industry, which churns out about 80 Kannada movies each year. Bangalore also has a very active and vibrant theatre culture with popular theatres being Ravindra Kalakshetra and the more recently opened Ranga Shankara.The city has a vibrant English and foreign language theatre scene with places like Ranga Shankara and Chowdiah Memorial Hall leading the way in hosting performances leading to the establishment of the Amateur film industry.

Economy

 
 
 
Bangalore is considered as the ideal place for investment. Excellent human resources, English speaking population with good command over the language, high standards of educational institutions and supportive state government are the few reasons why foreigners love to invest in Bangalore.
Bangalore was known as Pensioners' Paradise, prior to the IT revolution. Now, the city is a wonderful blend of past and present.
Bengaluru's  economy  makes it one of the major economic centres in India, With an economic growth of 10.3%, Bangalore is the second fastest growing major metropolis in India, and is also the country's fourth largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market. The Forbes magazine considers the city as one of "The Next Decade's Fastest-Growing Cities". With a huge capita income of  the city is the third largest hub for high-net-worth individuals .
The headquarters of several public sector undertakings such as Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) and HMT (formerly Hindustan Machine Tools) are located in Bangalore. In June 1972 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established under the Department of Space and headquartered in the city.
Bangalore is called as the Silicon Valley of India because of the large number of information technology companies located in the city  Bangalore's IT industry is divided into three main clusters — Software Technology Parks of India (STPI); International Tech Park, Bangalore (ITPB); and Electronics City. UB City, the headquarters of the United Breweries Group, is a high-end commercial zone. Infosys and Wipro, India's third and fourth largest software companies are headquartered in Bangalore, as are many of the global SEI-CMM Level 5 Companies.
The growth of IT has presented the city with unique challenges. Ideological clashes sometimes occur between the city's IT moguls, who demand an improvement in the city's infrastructure, and the state government, whose electoral base is primarily the people in rural Karnataka.The encouragement of high-tech industry in Bangalore, for example, has not favoured local employment development, but has, instead, increased land values and forced out small enterprise. The state has also resisted the massive investments required to reverse the rapid decline in intra-city transport which has already begun to drive new and expanding businesses to other centres across India. Bengaluru is a hub for biotechnology related industry in India and in the year 2005, around 47% of the 265 biotechnology companies in India were located here; including Biocon, India's largest biotechnology company.

Education

 
 

 
 
Until the early 19th century, education in Bangalore was mainly run by religious leaders and restricted to students of that religion. The western system of education was introduced during the rule of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, when two schools were established in Bangalore. Subsequently, Wesleyan Mission established a school in 1851 and the Bangalore High School which was started by the Government in 1858.
In post-independent India, schools for young children are mainly based on the kindergarten form of education. Primary and secondary education in Bangalore is offered by various schools which are affiliated to one of the boards of education, such as the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC), ICSE, CBSE, IB and NIOS. Schools in Bangalore are either government run or are private (both aided and un-aided by the government). After completing their secondary education, students either attend Pre University (PUC) or continue High School in one of three streams – Arts, Commerce or Science. Alternatively, students may also enroll in Diploma courses. Upon completing the required coursework, students enroll in general or professional degrees in universities. The Bangalore University,established in 1886, provides affiliation to over 500 colleges, with a total student enrolment exceeding 300,000. The university has two campuses within Bangalore – Jnanabharathi and Central College. Bangalore also has a large number of private Engineering Colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University. Notable among them particularly for undergraduate degrees are BMS College of Engineering, R.V. College of Engineering, P.E.S. Institute of Technology, M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology and Bangalore Institute of Technology. These college graduate students power the local IT industry of Bangalore.
Indian Institute of Science, which was established in 1909 in Bangalore, is the premier institute for scientific research and study in India.Nationally renowned professional institutes such as the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UASB)Institute of bioinformatics and applied biotechnology [IBAB], National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (NID), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), the Indian Statistical Institute and International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) are located in Bangalore. The city is also home to the premier mental health institution in India National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). Bangalore also has some of the best medical colleges in the country, like St. John's Medical College (SJMC) & Hospital and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI). The M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research research institute has a branch located in Bangalore.
India’s top business and technology schools are here in Bangalore. The “Garden City” has numerous educational institutions which offer quality education on various disciplines. Students can choose between many Universities including Bangalore University and other deemed Universities. Some notable institutions are the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. There are also numerous Engineering and Medical Science institutions.

 

Job opportunities


There is been a steady rise in the demand for talents in Bangalore. The city has abundant employment opportunities with better infrastructure, better remuneration packages, world-class institutional infrastructure, favorable working environment and opportunities for career advancement. The opportunities are abundant in various sectors like IT & ITES, FMCG, EXIM, Manufacturing Industries, Logistics, Government, Defense and PUS’s. 

Sports

 

Cricket is the most popular sport in Bangalore. A significant number of national cricketers have come from Bangalore, including former Indian cricket team captains Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. Some of the other players who have represented India include Javagal Srinath, Gundappa Vishwanath, Syed Kirmani, E. A. S. Prasanna, B.S Chandrashekar, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Roger Binny and Abhimanyu Mithun. Many children play gully cricket on the roads and in the city's many public fields. Bangalore's international cricket stadium is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 55,000 and has hosted matches during the 1987 Cricket World Cup, 1996 Cricket World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The Chinnaswamy Stadium is also the home of India's National Cricket Academy.
The Indian Premier League franchise Bangalore Royal Challengers, the Premier Hockey League franchise Bangalore Hi-fliers, and the Karnataka Premier League franchisees Bangalore Brigadiers and Provident Bangalore are based in the city. India's Davis Cup team members, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna also reside in Bangalore. The city hosts the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Bangalore Open tournament annually. Beginning September 2008, Bangalore has also been hosting the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open ATP tournament annually. Bangalore is also home to the Bangalore Rugby Football Club (B.R.F.C).
Bangalore has a number of elite clubs, like Century Club, The Bangalore Golf Club, the Bowring Institute and the exclusive Bangalore Club, which counts among its previous members Winston Churchill and the Maharaja of Mysore. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC is based in Bangalore. Other sports personalities from Bangalore include national swimming champion Nisha Millet, world snooker champion, Pankaj Advani and former All England Open badminton champion Prakash Padukone.

City based Clubs


ClubSportLeagueStadiumSpan
Royal Challengers BangaloreCricketIPLM. Chinnaswamy Stadium2008 –
Bangalore Hi-fliersField hockeyPHLBangalore Hockey Stadium2005–2008
Karnataka LionsField hockeyWSHBangalore Hockey Stadium2011 –
Karnataka BullsVolleyballIVLKanteerava Indoor Stadium2011 –
HAL BangaloreFootballI-LeagueBangalore Football StadiumN/A
Bengaluru FCFootballI-LeagueBangalore Football Stadium2013 –
Banga BeatsBadmintonIBLKanteerava Indoor Stadium2013 –
Karnataka BulldozersCricketCelebrity Cricket LeagueM. Chinnaswamy Stadium2010 -

Bangalore Today

 
 
 
Bangalore (official name: Bengaluru) is the State Capital of Karnataka. One of the largest cities in India, Bangalore is a vibrant cosmopolitan city housing major industrial and commercial centers. Bangalore is known as the city of contrasts and is nicknamed variously as ‘Silicon Valley of India’, ‘Garden City’, ‘City of Pubs’, ‘Shoppers Paradise’ and ‘Jewel of South’. 

The city is known as India’s Silicon Valley because it is home to a large number of software industries, IT and ITES companies. The city is blessed with salubrious climate, beautiful gardens & parks and natural lakes, which is why the name ‘Garden City’. Good number of Pubs, famous among the locals and the tourists contributed to the name ‘City of Pubs.’ Bangalore is famous for the shopping malls which have some of the finest and biggest showrooms in India, so the name ‘Shoppers Paradise.’ Bangalore is considered as the ‘Jewel of South’ due to its rich cultural heritage, splendid monuments, lush green lawns, bustling shopping plazas, beautiful gardens and exotic cuisine.

Things To Do

 

Sight Seeing

Bangalore is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. The city is rich in historical monuments, parks & gardens, natural lakes, museums & galleries, historical places of worship. There are also other tourist attractions outside Bangalore city.  
These are Bangalore's main tourist attractions.
 

Government Buildings

1. Vidana Soudha

 
Built in 1954, Vidana Soudha is a landmark of Bangalore. This enormous building is a massive example of neo-Dravidian architecture, with four domes on its four corners. It houses the Legislative Chamber of Karnataka Government, as well as accommodates many government departments.

2. Attara Kacheri (High Court) and Surroundings

This two-storied building, built in 1867 under the reign of Tipu Sultan, is painted in red with Corinthian columns in Gothic style architecture. It's located at the entrance to Cubbon Park, and houses the High Court and many lower courts.
Close to the Court is the State Central Library building, which has the "Pompeian red" color and architectural style of stone and fluted pillars, with walls finished in lime plaster. Nearby, the Government Museum houses many exotic collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, and old paintings. Adjacent to the Museum is Venkatappa Art Gallery, displaying famous paintings, plaster of Paris works and wooden sculptures of the well known artist Venkatappa, and of other contemporary artists.


Historical monuments

 
 

 Bangalore Palace

Built in 1887 by Chamaraja Wodeyar, Bangalore Palace is inspired by England's Windsor Castle. This beautiful palace has Tudor style architecture, with fortified towers, arches, green lawns, and elegant woodcarvings in its interiors.

 

  Tipu Sultan's Palace and Fort

Tipu Sultan's Palace and Fort was originally built by Chikkadeva Raya in mud. Later, Hyder Ali started reconstruction in Indo-Islamic architecture. This was completed by his son, Tipu Sultan, in 1791. The Hindu temple seen in the courtyard of the fort is the proof of Tipu Sultan's religious tolerance.
 
Bangalore Fort
 
Bangalore Fort originally built by Kempegowda in 1537 A D. It is located next to the Victoria Hospital Gate in the K.R Market area.

Mayo Hall

Mayo Hall was designed in memory of the Lord Mayo and is regarded as one of the finest designs of British architecture.


Museums

 
 
Government Museum
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).
 
 
Kempegowda Museum
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
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
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
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
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.
Vishveshvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Vishveshvaraya 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
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 on Saturdays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Philatelic Museum
Philatelic Museum is located at the first floor of the Bangalore General Post Office near Vidhana Soudha.


Law Museum
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
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
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the five Planetariums named after India's first prime minister.Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded in 1989, with an aim of spreading awareness among students and the public about astronomy. Two shows are held here daily except on Mondays.


Galleries

 
     
Venkatappa Art Gallery,
National Gallery of Modern Art is an art gallery in Bangalore. It was inaugurated in the year 2009. It showcases modern Indian art and houses paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. NGMA also organizes art walks.

Famous Garden

 
 

1. Lalbagh Botanical Garden

This enchanting garden is set on 240 acres with a rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants, and a majestic glasshouse built on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. The garden was made in the 17th century -- started by Hyder Ali, and later completed by his son Tipu Sultan. It derives its name "Lal Bagh" from a collection of red roses that bloom throughout the year there. The glasshouse, which was constructed in the year 1889 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales, is the jewel of this garden.
Lalbagh takes on a festive look during India's Independence Day and Republic Day, with a captivating show of over 200 varieties of flowers. The show also features an exhibition of hybrid vegetables.

2. Cubbon Park

Located in the heart of city, set on a 300 acre area, Cubbon Park is a great place to laze around in the lush green paradise. It has a treasure of different species of exotic plants. The park was named after the erstwhile Commissioner of Bangalore, Sir Mark Cubbon. Many ornamental and flowering trees, both exotic and indigenous, can be found in the park. It's a popular place for walkers, joggers, and nature lovers. Bal Bhavan in the park is a great place for the kids to enjoy. An aquarium is also located in Cubbon Park, with many varieties of exotic and ornamental fish.

 

Amusement Parks

 
 
Bangalore is one of the largest cities in India, This city home to 70,00,000 Peoples. Therefore, peoples need some kind of entertainment to be free from work pressure, So many Amusement parks active to serve entertainment to people, currently there are more than 10 major Amusement Parks in Bangalore city alone. Wonder la Amusement park is located in wide place, many kinds of entertainments available and is one of the best Amusement Parks in India. Most of the Amusement Parks Allowing for Parking Facilities, Online Booking, Bus Facilities and many accomodations to have fun in Amusement Park. List of Amusement Parks in Bangalore Wonder la (Indiranagar, Bangalore) Neeladri Amusement Park ( Electronics City, Bangalore) Crazy Waters (Gottigere Village, Bangalore) Jaamba Jungle (Dickenson Road, Bangalore) Freedom Park (Sompura Village, Kengeri, Bangalore) Fun World & Resort (JC Nagar, Bangalore) Vinayaka Amusement ( MG Road, Bangalore) Innovative Themes (Varthur, Bangalore) Thrillarium (Brigade Road, Bangalore) Sammys Dreamland Amusement Park (Hosahalli Main Road, Bangalore) Jawahar Bal Bhavan (Kasturba Road, Bangalore) Lumbini Gardens (Hebbal Kempapura, Bangalore).

Innovative Film City

A whole day's fun and entertainment for the entire family !
Star attractions include the Mirror Maze, Wax Museum, Dinosaur Park, Go Karting Zone, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and several others each with a different theme. You are transported to a different world when you enter each area dedicated to a particular theme. The rides are engaging and challenging for the strong and faint hearted. Carousel, Shark Attack and Roller Coaster are some of the rides enjoyed.
 Hot tip : Set out early in the day to avoid crowds. You need atleast an hour and a half to get to Bidadi Industrial Area


Wonder La

Real fun for all age groups. Amusement rides and the Water Park is a great hit with all. Rain Disco is popular as also the wet rides. Insanity is a dry ride that churns and twists in all directions up and down and inside out, all at a height, driving you insane. A highly recommended ride, but definitely not for the weak at heart. The Boomerang is another wild and wet ride that most recommend.
You can choose to eat from any of the five restaurants, within Wonder La. You are not allowed to carry your own food or water inside the Park.
Hot Tip : Begin with the wet rides and combination rides as they are the first to get crowded. Set off early in the morning to avoid traffic and crowd.
 

 

Snow City
 Now, you don’t need to go to the Himalayan range or the Swiss Alps to experience the numbing cold during a snowfall. You can instead visit Snow City, a snow theme park that has just opened in the heart of Bangalore near TV Tower in JC Nagar.
The park offers a slew of recreational activities. You can climb a snowy mountain, amuse yourself with snow sliding, or laugh to your heart’s content by hurling snowballs at others’ faces. Else, you can take part in snow zorbing. 
The park has a 33-foot-high snow area spread over an expanse of 12,500 square feet. The entire area is filled with snow made of filtered drinking water and air, says Raja Jupudi, Vice-Chairman of the Hyderabad-based Vajra Group. The firm deals with tourism, entertainment and real estate, and Snow City is part of Fun World, an amusement park.

Temperature in the snow area is kept between -5 ºC and -10 ºC to ensure that it does not change to water to vapour. Snow machines pump 5,000 litres of filtered water which later becomes about 10 cubic feet of snow. Water thus pumped makes snow form by itself. No chemical is used in snow formation, Jupudi claimed.
In order to avoid body shock, visitors are taken through different temperatures. For example, the entry lounge has temperature between 18 and 24 ºC, and the air lock room between 5 ºC and 15 ºC.
“It enables the visitor’s body resist the shock of experiencing extreme temperature,” says Jupudi.  Visitors are provided overcoats with caps/hoods, hand gloves and boots.


Lumbini Gardens
 
Lumbini Gardens is set on the lake front of Nagavara Lake on the Ring Road, close to the Hebbal Flyover. The Wave Pool is a hit among the kids and their parents. The Water Park is equipped with various rides, restaurants, adequate parking, boat rides and jet skis.
 
Hot Tip : Plan ahead and enjoy leisurely before the crowd sets in.


Fun World

Fun World comprises of the Water World, Star City(Bowling Alley) and an assortment of amusement rides.Enjoy Atlanta roller coaster, go karting, and several rides in addition to the various water slides.
Safety is of utmost importance here and all rides are marked with the age groups that can use them. Altogether a fun experience for the whole family any day of the week. Particularly full on weekends and holidays,since it is cheaper and within the city.
Hot Tip : Choose to go to either Water World, or Star City or the Fun World, and pay only for that. Depending on the time available and the crowds, you can choose to go to another, once you have finished.

bal bhavan

A well planned amusement park, Bal Bhavan is located inside the Cubbon Park. There is a small toy train inside the park that runs on a track inside the beautiful Cubbon Park. Besides the train, the Bal Bhavan has a Dolls Museum, which boasts of a large collection of dolls and toys from different parts of the world.
The Vijayaranga Theatre inside the park organizes children's film shows and theatre performances from time to time.
 

Neeladri Amusement Park

This amusement park, 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the city, is a combination of a water park and a theme park. It's set on 30 acres of sprawling landscape, located off Hosur Road, behind Electronic City.

 

Sammys Dreamland Amusement Park
 
Sammy's Dreamland is a theme park which has replicas of the world's seven wonders, a gaming arcade, water rides and a small shopping mall. It also has food outlets that serve fast-food apart from Mughlai and Continental cuisines.



Fantasy lagoon

K.R Puram also has a lake, Vengaiana Kere. Apart from being a popular tourist spot, this lake now has an adventure park, 'Fantasy Lagoon' built around it. This park offers visitors and tourists the opportunity to try out a variety of water sports and adventure activities.


Crazy Waters Amusement Park

 This amusement park is located amidst a rocky landscape in Bannerghatta Main Road, and provides thrill, splash and excitement.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  



 
 

 


 

Nature and Wild life around Bangalore 

 
 
Dodda Alada Mara
Dodda Alada Mara is a big banyan tree, located 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Bangalore at Ramohalli. This gigantic tree is assumed to be 400 years old, sprawling over 3 acres.
 This tree covers 3 acres (12,000 m2) and is one of the largest of its kind. It is at least 400 years old.

Bule Rock
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
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
Nandi Hills, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bangalore, is a beautiful hill fortress. It was one of the popular retreats of Tipu Sultan, known as the Tiger of Mysore. Tipu's Drop, a 600 meter high cliff face, provides a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful terrain. Nandi Hills is a highly popular getaway destination of Bangaloreans to beat the heat of the sun during the summer. Those who reach the top of the hill by climbing the 1,175 steps are rewarded with a splendid view of the city.

 
NandiDurg
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
Kaivara, cave temples 60 km away near Chikkaballapur.

Tippagondranahalli Reservior
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
the Main lake in Bangalore is  Ulsoor Lake.
The beautiful Ulsoor Lake is spread over an area of 125 acres. It was constructed by Kempegowda II. Boating and swimming pool are the great attractions of the lake.Bangalore also have  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

 

 
Bannerghatta National Park
Located 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Bangalore, this beautiful national park is home to one of the richest natural zoological reserves, with 10 reserve forests within its boundaries. It's situated in picturesque surroundings and has a wide variety of fauna. Among the attractions are the crocodiles, picnic corner, a serpentarium, pets corner, and lion safari. The Butterfly Park here is the first one in India. This hilly place is the home for one of the richest natural, zoological reserves. The 25,000 acre (101 km²) zoological park makes this a major tourist attraction of Bangalore.
 
Birds At Hebbal Lake
Birds at Hebbal lake - The habitat at Hebbal lake is favoured by many species of water birds including large waterbirds such as the Spot-billed Pelican, Eurasian Spoonbill, Shoveller, Pintail, Garganey, Little Grebe, Coot and the Spot-billed Duck. The shallow zone supports sandpipers and other waders as well as Purple Moorhens, Purple Herons and Grey Herons. Nearly 350 species of birds have been recorded from the Bangalore region of which around 60 species may be seen with ease. Bangalore has an active bird watching club that meets every Sunday.
 
Butterfly Park 
Butterfly Park is spread across 7.5 acres (30,000 m2) of land. It comprises a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. The butterfly conservatory has a polycarbonate roof and is a 10,000 sq ft (1,000 m²). circular enclosure, inside which the living environment has been carefully designed to support over 20 species of butterflies. The environment has a tropical setting — complete with the humid climate, an artificial waterfall, a narrow walking bridge and host plants and shrubs that attract butterflies.
 
Bangalore Aquarium
Bangalore Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in India. It is located at the entrance of Cubbon Park in Bangalore, India, and was established in 1983. It has a variety of exotic cultivable as well as ornamental fish on display.
     

Religious places around Bangalore

Bangalore is rich in religious and spiritual cultures, which can be seen in the numerous religious places echoing Kannada art, culture and tradition. Bangalore is also the home of many of India's spiritual gurus.
Here are the most popular religious and spiritual places of Bangalore.
 

Temples


 
 

ISKCON Temple

Built in Dravidian and modern architecture, with imposing granite steps,ISKCON temple, built in an ornate architectural style, the Krishna Temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The temple is situated in Seshadripuram, and finest fusion of modern and traditional elements of architecture. Now there is another ISKCON temple in Uttarahalli accessible from Kanakapura road. Spread over 8 acres of land atop a hill, is ISKCON’s largest temple complex in the world. the ISKCON temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It's located on a seven acre hill known as the 'Hare Krishna Hill'. The temple one of 40 ISKCON temples in India. It's an amazing combination of glass and gopuram, a blend of contemporary and ancient styles.
 

Bull Temple

The 16th century Bull Temple, built in Dravidian style, is located in Basavanagudi. It has a four and a half meter (15 foot) tall, six meter (20 foot) long, mammoth monolithic bull that's carved out of a single granite rock. It was constructed by Kempe Gowda. An important festival of Karnataka, called Kadalekayi Parishe (Groundnut Fair), is held at the temple during November-December, when farmers offer their first groundnuts to the sacred bull.

Someshwara Temple


Located at Ulsoor,Halasuru Someshwara Temple a 16th-century temple  built by the founder of Bangalore, Kempegowda in Dravidian style. The Someshwara Temple is one of the architectural masterpieces of the Chola dynasty, with a striking feature Rajagopuram (tower). A huge pillar, known as Dwajasthamba, is also placed in front of the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Banashankari Temple


The unique feature of the Banashankari Temple, built in 1915, is that its deity is worshiped during Rahukala -- usually considered by Hindus to be the most inauspicious time of the day. The temple can be found in Kanakapura Road. It's more crowded with devotees on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Naganatheshwara Temple

The anicient temple of Naganatheshwara (Lord Shiva), built by the Cholas, is said to be 1,200 years old. It's located in Begur village, off Bangalore-Hosur Highway, 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Bangalore. It's believed to be the first place where an inscription records the city's ancient original name of 'Bengaluru'. During the festival of Maha Shivratri, devotees throng this temple to perform pujas and stay awake the whole night. Another important festival held at the temple is the Car (Chariot) Festival, in April.

Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
The Ragigudda Anjaneya temple is a temple dedicated to Hanuman and is located in Jayanagar 9th Block suburb of Bangalore. Ragigudda temple also has a Shivalinga and the Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman shrine in the same precinct. The temple is situated on a hillock. There is a smaller temple dedicated to Ganesh, Navagrahas and Rajarajeshwari at the base of the hillock. The temple has two halls - the smaller one that can be rented for performing small Hindu ceremonies like the thread ceremony, seemantha, etc. and the bigger one for major events like marriage.
Over the past decades, this temple has become the social center in this locality. Temple has a charitable arm, which takes up a lot of activities for social cause.

Gali Anjaneya Temple
Gali Anjaneya (Hanuman) Temple is one of the oldest and sacred temples of Bangalore located in MysoreRoadByatarayanapura,thesuburbofBangalore.SaintSriVyasarayaofChannapattana,agreatphilosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for the Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). It is believed that Sri Vyasaraya established this temple in the year 1425 at the convergence of two rivers - Vrishabhavathi and Paschimavahini (at present only industrial waste is flowing making Vrishabhavathi seem more similar to drain rather than river)




Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
Dharmaraya Swamy Temple located in OTC Road, Tigalarapet is famous for the annual Karaga festival that is 800 years old.

Ramganathaswamy Temple
Ranganathaswamy temple a 16th-century temple built by the Vijayanagara empire, located off Avenue Road.

Kote Jalakantheshwara Temple
Kote Jalakantheshwara temple the oldest temple in bangalore dating back to the Chola era and is situated in Kalasipalya.

Kote Venkateshwara Temple
Kote Venkataramana Temple a 17th-century temple located the old fort area next to tippu's palace in Chamrajpet. The temple has beautiful granite sculptures.

Kadu Malleshwara Temple
Kadu Malleshwara Temple built by Shahji Bhonsle the father of Shivaji located in the locality of Malleshwaram off Sampige Road. The temple kalyani is said to be the source of the Vrishabhavati River.

Shiva Temple
Huge Shiva in old Airport Road is a huge idol of Lord Shiva & Ganesha completely made of plaster of paris.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is a temple known as Dakshina Kashi. The sun's rays fall on the Shivalinga only on the day of Makara Sankranthi.

Surya Narayana Temple
Surya Narayana Temple in Domlur is one amongst the very few Sun God Temples in India.The Surya Narayana Temple is dedicated to Lord Surya Narayana (Sun God).

 
 
 

Ashrams

 
 

Bangalore Art of Living Ashram


Perched on a small hillock and spreading over a large area in Kanakapura Road, the Ashram of the Art of Living was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It's a great spiritual center and offers the Art of Living Course. The Art of Living is all about leading a normal and enjoyable life, amidst all the tensions and stresses that inundate living today. People come here to listen to the Guru and learn the technique of coping with life through this Course.
 

Brindavan Sri Sathya Saibaba Ashram


The second of Sri Sathya Saibaba's ashrams, Brindavan is located in Whitefield, 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Bangalore's city center. It was inaugurated on June 25, 1960. Every year during the summer, Sri Sathya Sai Baba stays at this ashram for nearly three months.
 
 

Church

 
 
 

Saint Mary's Basilica

Saint Mary's Basilica can be found opposite the Russel Market Square, in Shivaji Nagar. Originally started as a small chapel by the French in 1818, it's one of the oldest churches in Bangalore. The present structure was built in 1882, and was elevated to the status of Basilica in 1973. The architecture of the church is Gothic style, with splendid interiors and decorated stained glass windows. The most important day of the Church, Saint Mary's Feast, is celebrated on September 8 every year. At this time, the devotees throng the church to get the blessing of Virgin Mary. A car procession is also held during the feast.

Infant Jesus Church

Located in Vivek Nagar, Infant Jesus Church is one of the oldest and famed churches in Bangalore. Irrespective of caste and religion, devotees flock to the church to experience the amazing power of the Infant Jesus. Built in 1979, the shrine is known as a place for miracles and divine solace. The fame of Infant Jesus is widespread. Special Novenas are held here on Thursdays. In 2005, a new church adjacent to the old shrine was inaugurated and opened for devotees.

Saint Mark's Cathedral


Situated on MG Road, Saint Mark's Cathedral is the oldest Anglican Church in Bangalore, built in 1812. The church is made in a beautiful colonial structure, with an elegant dome over a semicircular chamber. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in 1816, and rebuilt in 1927 with stained glass work, elaborate woodwork, and ornate carvings.
 

Masjid


 
 

Jumma Masjid

Located in the busy City Market area, Jumma Masjid is the oldest mosque in Bangalore. This five storied building, built around 1790, is also the largest mosque in the city. It can accommodate over 10,000 people its prayer hall. The mosque an architectural marvel with elaborate Jali work and floral motifs. Its exterior of pristine white marble dazzles in the sun. During festival times, this magnificent mosque is lit up in the night and radiates with a divine aura.
 

 Other Attractions  In and around Bangalore

 
 
 
Apart from the above, Gandhi Bhavan exhibiting photos of Mahatma Gandhi’s life, several religious places, as well as great shopping malls, world class hospital facilities, and educational institutions attract people to this beautiful city. There are also many attractions around the city.
There are many interesting tourist spots around Bangalore for anyone to have an escape from the busy city life and give some relief to their tired and overworked brains, as well as for the newcomer who wants to spend a day enjoying the abundant beauty of Mother Nature.
Some of these tourist spots, which are closer to the city, are given in order as per their distance.
 
 
Muthyalamaduvu
 This famous picnic spot, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Bangalore in Anekal, has an enchanting waterfall and a small temple. It's also known as Pearl Valley. Muthyalu means "pearls" and maduvu means "pond" or "pool" in Kannada, the local language of Karnataka. Muthyalamaduvu  apparently named for its 92 meter waterfall, whose falling water appears to look like drops of pearl.

Ramanagaram

Located 49 kilometers (30 miles) south west of Bangalore, Ramanagaram is a great place for adventure seekers and rock climbers. Another attraction in Ramanagaram is the silk cocoon marketing center.

Shivaganga

 
Shivaganga, located 56 kilometers (35 miles) from Bangalore is an interesting hill with four faces and a height of 4,600 feet. It's also known as Dakshin Kashi. The hill looks like a Nandi from the east, Ganesh from the west, a linga from the south, and cobra with its hood spread from the north side. The hill has two famous shrines, dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi, and a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga.

Savandurga


Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore off the Magadi road. The hill is famous for Narasimhaswamy templeand Biligudda (white hill), 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). .

Devarayadurga

Devarayanadurga  is a hill station near Tumkur in the state of Karnataka. It is 65 km from Bangalore. It's a good.place for trekking and rock climbing. 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. 
 

Mekedaatu


Mekedaatu, literally meaning "Goat's Jump", is 110 km away on Kanakapura Road. Nearby is another tourist attraction, Sangama, where two rivers join, surrounded by the silence of mountains and the calmness of the river. It's a wonderful picnic spot to play like children in the gushing waters. Sangam is the confluence of the river Cauvery and Arkavathi, and the river flows through a deep gorge at the point called Mekedaatu.

Shivanasamudra Falls

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.Shivanasamudra is a small town in Mandya District,  situated on a rock terrain with traces of vegetation. It's an alluring spot, with two cascading waterfalls named Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, on River Kaveri. These falls are the source of Asia's first Hydro Electric Power project called Shimsa.

Mysore
Mysore (to be renamed Mysuru)  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.


Pyramid Valley
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.


Kanva Reservoir
Kanva reservoir is an artificial lake and tourist attraction 69 km from Bangalore and 10 km from Ramanagara.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

 
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a small sanctuary located in Srirangapatana in Mandya District, 125 kilometers (78 miles) from Bangalore. It's comprised of six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. The islands host water birds such as Painted Stork, Common Spoonbill, Asian Openbill Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, White Ibis, Indian Shag, and Stork-billed Kingfisher. Other common birds like egrets, cormorants, Oriental Darter, and herons can also be found there.
 
Shrirangapattana
Srirangapattana is the capital of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

Talakad
Talakad is a desert like town with temples at Cauvery river bank.

Melkote
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".

Skandagiri
Skandagiri is 75 km away from Bangalore. Trekking point near to Nandi hills.

Omthara Kala Kuteera
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

Shopping

 
 
Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is one of the most vibrant of the Indian metropolitan areas. Being the information technology hub of the country, with a large, young working population, it boasts of mix of a cosmopolitan and traditional culture. The city is dotted with shopping areas, big department stores and glistening new malls. Everything from apparel, footwear, jewelry, to traditional silk and sandal wood handicrafts are available in the city making it a shopper's paradise. Apart from the traditional items such as silk fabric and saris, antiques, ivory carvings and handicrafts, trendy designer wear and the high end consumer items, electronic goods, and cars are also part of the Bangalore shopping experience.
Bangalore is one of the incredible shopping destinations in Asia. This city is a paradise for shoppers who wish to buy from the simplest of Indian handicrafts to the international designer label. The city has an array of shopping malls, plazas and markets. Commercial Street, M G Road and the Brigade Road are the popular places to shop.  You can shop for branded clothes in Brigade Road. 
Bangalore has traditional markets with shops aligned on specific roads as well as malls which have any number of shops within them. The popular shopping areas are in the roads which lie around the central business district.

M G Road
This shopping area is in the heart of the city and one of the most popular with the tourists. It was earlier known as South Parade and is an important landmark of the city. Shops stock everything from traditional crafts, to apparel, footwear and curios. Shopping complexes, bookshops, and department stores- all are located on this road.While M G road has exclusive outlets for traditional silks, Commercial Street is popular for designer clothes, dress materials, fabrics, shoes and art jewelries.
Vittal Malaya Road
This is one of the high end shopping areas of the city. Shops and department stores stock international brands such as Versace and Louis Vuitton.

Residency Road
Close to M G Road, this road has many state emporia and other shops selling handicrafts, furniture and antiques.
Brigade Road
One of the busiest commercial and shopping areas in the city, this road connects M G Road to Hosur Road. Shops, pubs, eating places and restaurants dot this road. This place is most popular with the young crowd with shops stocking electronic goods, garments and accessories.
Commercial Street
Close to the central business district and the Vidhan Soudha runs this road with shops selling designer products, international brands and high end life style products. Also one finds book stores, art shops, jewelry shops and textile retailers here. As this is the busiest commercial area in the city, tourists and locals throng the shops here.
Forum Mall
Located on Hosur Road in an up market suburb, this mall is spread over four levels, and is the largest mall in the city. Everything from apparel, accessories, consumer goods, to electronics is available here.
Garuda Mall
It is one of the larger malls and is located on Macgrath Road.
Sampigne Road
Located at Malleswaram, this road has a flower and a fruit market. Shops stock silk sarees, handicrafts, religious trinkets and material, traditional sweets and cloth.
Gandhi Bazaar
It is one of the oldest shopping areas in the city. One can buy traditional items, fruits, groceries, and silk saris. The range of products one can shop here is from apparel, cloth, and plastics to electronics and house hold goods.
Chikpete
This is a narrow street market place in the old city. Shops selling silks at bargain prices are a tourist attraction. There are also gold and silver jewelry shops here.
Hong Kong Market
This small market has shops selling imported goods. Accessories, perfumes, clothes, electronic goods and footwear; all can be bought in the small shops in the market.
K R Market
The city’s largest vegetable and fruit market is in the heart of the city. "KR Market" City Market was named after the Mysore king Maharaj Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Over a century old, the market is the busiest and most colourful in the whole of the city. Be sure to head to the Flower Market section of the market at dusk, a spellbinding area filled with the most beautiful flowers stretching as far as the eye can see.

The best shopping in Bangalore is to be found along and around M.G. Road, Commercial Street, and Brigade Road. Tourists are well catered for in shops like CauveryArts and Crafts Emporium, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and Karnataka State Silk Industries Emporium, where you will find all manner of souvenirs as well as arts and crafts and textiles. Bargain hunters should head to Malleswaram, Shivajinagar and K.G.Road. For beautifully made silks and gorgeous textiles, a must stop is Shop Ananya. Here you will find silver jewelry from Jaipur and Amrapali as well as bronze sculptures and wonderfully crafted teak furniture. For stonework head to Natesan’s Antiquarts at 76 M.G. Rd . If you are looking for beautifully woven Indian rugs look no further than The Bombay Store at 99 EGK Prestige on M.G. Rd .

For gold and jewellery, visit the quaint Jeweller’s Street. Those looking for Indian clothes from saris and salwar kameez for women to and sherwanis or men, should head to Deepam Silk International at the Bluemoon Complex on M.G. Road. It’s a big shop with a great line in silks spread over four levels so try not to get lost. The friendly staff will guide through the wonderfully diverse range of local clothing.

Brigade Road used to be where British soldiers bought their essentials Today Brigade Road is where Bangalore’s youth shop at stores including music store Planet M, Louis Phillipe, Pepe Jeans, Levis, Lee, and Nike. The Titan boutique specializes in Indian-made watches. The Leela Galleria at the Leela Palace Hotel on Airport is an excellent stop for those looking for top designer brand from both India and beyond. Choose from Ritu Kumar, Aki Narula and Sanchita Ajampur. Choose exceptional lines at Svisti, and perfumes from Baccarose’s Parcos. Premier Book Shop at 46/1 Church Street off M G Road  is a Bangalore institution that has books on every conceivable subject stacked from floor to ceiling. It is chaotic but very atmospheric.


 A smaller but equally livelier market can be found on Gandhi Bazaar Road, the Gandhibazaar.



What To Eat

 
 
The diversity of cuisine is reflective of the social and economic diversity of Bangalore. Bangalore has a wide and varied mix of restaurant types and cuisines and Bangaloreans deem eating out as an intrinsic part of their culture. Roadside vendors, tea stalls, and South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Western fast food are all very popular in the city. Udupi restaurants are very popular and serve predominantly vegetarian, regional cuisine.
In May 2012, Lonely Planet ranked Bangalore 3rd among the world's top 10 cities to visit.
Bangalore is also a major centre of Indian classical music and dance. Classical music and dance recitals are widely held throughout the year and particularly during the Ramanavami and Ganesha Chaturthi festivals.
Bangalore is sometimes called as the "Pub Capital of India" and the "Rock/Metal capital of India" because of its underground music scene and it is one of the premier places to hold international rock concerts.

The restaurants of Bangalore offer a lot of lip-smacking and delicious foods. There are numerous options in dining, where one can choose according to one's taste. These different restaurants and eating out joints serve a range of cuisines from regional, Indian, Mughlai to Chinese, Continental, Italian, etc.

Popular restaurants in Bangalore

Mughlai Restaurants in Bangalore

  • Ta'aam
  • Royal Afghan - ITC Windsor
  • Sultans of Spice - BluPetal Hotel
  • Kebabs & Kurries - ITC Gardenia
  • Trivoli Garden - The Capitol
  • Silver Metro
  • Peshawari Tandoor by Turquoise
  • Saarangi - La Marvella Hotel
  • Grand Attic
  • Hyderabad Biryani House

North Indian Restaurants in Bangalore


  • Sai Shakti
  • Barbeque Nation
  • Karavalli - Gateway Hotel
  • Just Punjabi Dhaba
  • Dum Pukht Jolly Nabob
  • Jalsa
  • 1522 - The Pub
  • Le Jardin - The Oberoi
  • Samarkand
  • Savoury

South Indian Restaurants in Bangalore


  • Shree Sagar (CTR)
  • Brahmin's Coffee Bar
  • Time Traveller - Sai Vishram
  • South Thindies
  • Veena Stores
  • Shiv Sagar
  • Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR)
  • Hotel Junior Kuppanna
  • Mango Tree
  • Jamavar - The Leela Palace Kempinski

Chinese Restaurants in Bangalore


  • Seed Cafe & Momo Adda
  • Eastern Diner
  • Mekong
  • Hye Kum Gang
  • Memories of China - Vivanta By Taj
  • Hunan
  • Szechwan Court - The Oberoi
  • Fat Buddha
  • Jade
  • Mainland China

Continental Restaurants in Bangalore


  • Casablanka
  • Infinitea
  • The Egg Factory
  • The Only Place
  • Plan B
  • Skyye
  • Green Theory
  • 898 Steaks & Grill
  • Under The Mango Tree
  • Benito's
 
 
 
 
 

How To Reach

 Air

Bangalore is served by the KempeGowda International Airport  which started operations from 24 May 2008. The city was earlier served by the HAL Airport which was India's fourth busiest airport It is now the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic and the number of air traffic movements (ATMs) with about 280 per day. The airport is around 40 km from the city centre. The most hassle-free way to commute is by taxi. Meru cabs and Easy cabs have taxis present in the rank at the airport. There are also certain private cab companies.
 

Train

A rapid transit system called the Namma Metro is being built. A 7 km stretch from Bayappanahalli to MG Road was opened to public on 20 October 2011. Once completed, this will encompass a 42.3 km  elevated and underground rail network comprising 41 stations. It is expected to connect central locations in Bangalore to Devanahalli and the Chikballapur regions.This much-delayed project is the city's primary response to the worsening intra-city transport infrastructure which has become a major deterrent to continued business growth.
Bangalore comes under Bangalore railway division of the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. Bangalore City Railway station and Yeshvantpur Junction connect it to the rest of the country through the Indian Railways. The Bangalore Rajdhani Express connects the city to New Delhi, the capital of India. Bangalore is also connected by rail to most cities in Karnataka, as well as Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Indore, Belgaum, Hubli, Mysore, Bhagalpur, Tatanagar, Bhopal, and other major cities in India.[89] The sprawling Rail Wheel Factory is Asia's second largest manufacturer of Wheel & Axle for Railways and headquartered in Yelahanka, Bangalore.

Road

Buses operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are an important and reliable means of public transport available in the city. While commuters can buy tickets on boarding these buses, BMTC also provides an option of a bus pass to frequent users. BMTC runs air-conditioned luxury buses on major routes, and also operates shuttle services from various parts of the city to the Bengaluru International Airport. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates 6,918 buses on 6,352 schedules, connecting Bangalore with other parts of Karnataka as well as other states. The main bus depots that KSRTC maintains are the Kempegowda Bus Station, locally known as "Majestic bus stand", where most of the out station buses ply from. Some of the KSRTC buses to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh ply from Shantinagar Bus Station, Satellite Bus Station at Mysore road and Baiyappanahalli satellite bus station. BMTC is the first metropolitan transport corporation to introduce air conditioned buses in India.
Three-wheeled, green and black auto-rickshaws, referred to as autos, are a popular form of transport. They are metered and can accommodate up to three passengers. Taxis, commonly called City Taxis, are usually available only on call. Taxis are metered and are generally more expensive than auto-rickshaws.
There are currently 1,000 vehicles being registered daily in Bangalore RTOs. The total number of vehicles as on date are 38.8 lakh vehicles, with a road length of 11,000 km.
 





 
 

Where To Stay

 
 
 
 There's no shortage of luxury hotels in Bangalore, and they're amongst India's finest too. Most Bangalore luxury hotels have spacious grounds and marvelous architecture.  Here are the five of the best places to have a luxurious stay in Bangalore.

 The Park - Bangalore

M G Road                                                                                                    
Offering an award winning dining restaurant, The Park Bangalore Hotel is set on famous M.G Road.

y-star 

Located about 30 kms from the domestic and international airport, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore is the closest 5-star Airport hotel.

 Davanam Sarovar Portico Suites

Koramangala                                                                                                    
Near MG Road (7 km) , Located inside a mall , 24-hour room service Davanam Sarovar Portico Suites, located at Davanam Plaza.

The Chancery Pavillion

Residency Road-MG Road                                                                                                    
Centrally located in Bangalore City, The Chancery Pavilion offers 5-star accommodation with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Located in one of the important commercial areas of the city, Hotel Royal Orchid is approximately 25 kilometres from the new Bengaluru .

 The Oberoi Bangalore

M G Road                                                                                                    
The Oberoi, Bangalore is a tastefully designed hotel with well-appointed rooms overlooking landscaped gardens.

30KmfromBengaluruInternationalAirport                                                                                                    
Conveniently accessible in just 40 minutes from the airport, the Moevenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore embodies Indian hospitality.

Vivanta by Taj - M G Road, Bangalore

Off MG Road                                                                                                    
Vivanta by Taj - M G Road, Bangalore is located in the heart of Bangalore, with a view of the city and the Ulsoor lake.

 The Zuri Whitefield

Whitefield                                                                                                    
The Zuri is located on the ITPL Road in Rajpalya, Whitefield, Bangalore, and is approximately 54 km (50 min) from the new Bengaluru Interna... more »

Le Meridien Bangalore

Sankey Road                                                                                                    
Le Meridien is located on Sankey Road in Bangalore, opposite the Bangalore Golf Club, and is approximately 33-35 km from the new Bengaluru ... more »

 The Leela Palace Bangalore

Old Airport Road                                                                                                    
The Leela Palace Kempinski is in close proximity to the central business district and a stroll from the KGA golf course. The hotel is appro... more »

The Taj Gateway Hotel Residency Road

Residency Road                                                                                                    
Part of the Taj Group of Hotels, The Gateway Hotel is a sprawling 5-star hotel in Bangalore and offers luxurious accommodation .

 E - Inn

Electronic City                                                                                                    
The hotel is located in the heart of Bangalore's Electronics City. E-Inn has 5 Star Luxury Spa For Relaxation And Rejuvenation.
 
Fortune Select JP Cosmos
y-star

Cunningham Road                                                                                                    
1 km from Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, 2 km from Cubbon Park, 3 km from MG Road, 3.5 km from Brigade Road Located in the heart of the city.
 
Oakwood Premier Prestige
Vittal Mallya Road, UB City                                                                                                    
Location The Oakwood Premier Prestige are premium quality serviced apartments located at UB City, Vittal Mallaya Road in Bangalore .

 
 

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