Bangalore (officially Bengalooru) is the capital of Karnataka state. Bangalore city is located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, situated at an altitude of 914 metres. Bangalore was founded in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, a Vijayanagar Chieftain. Bangalore today is referred as the Silicon Valley of India due to its top position as India's technology capital. Bangalore is home to several public sector heavy industries, aerospace, telecommunications, software companies, machine tools, heavy equipment, and defense establishments. Bangalore has a salubrious climate that made it once, a summer resort of the British Raj.
The city is rich in parks and gardens and other scenic spots. The Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh, both situated right in the middle of the city, lend all the charming grandeur to the city. Bangalore is also house of the oldest and most beautiful temples in the state. Bangalore is the only city in India with maximum number of temples, mosques, churches & gurdwaras.
Bangalore is also has famous restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinema halls and elegant shopping malls. Bangalore has the highest number of pubs in India with over 200 Pubs all over the city.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN BANGALORE
Attara Kacheri is situated just opposite to Vidhana Saudha, the state Assembly. Attara Kacheri was constructed in 1867 in Gothic Style of architecture. Attara Kacheri is a two-storied building with a spacious front and elegant, fluted Ionic columns. Attara Kacheri was built under the reign of Tipu Sultan to shift his eighteen offices or departments from his Palace. Tipu Sultan named this building as Attara Kacheri, meaning eighteen offices or departments. Today, this building is known as the High Court building. It houses the high court and several lower courts.
Bull Temple or Basavangudi (Nandi Temple)
Bull temple was built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda in the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is dedicated to Nandi (Bull), the carrier vehicle of Lord Shiva. The temple has a superb monolithic bull 6.1 meters long and 4.6 meters high. The ground nut fair (called as Kadalekay Parishe in kannada) is held every year on the last Monday of the Kaarthika month (November/December). Groundnut sellers and devotees throng the place during 'Kadalekaayi Parishe'. At the foot of the hill is a temple for Dodda Ganapathi (huge Ganesha - 10 ft height & 15 ft wide). There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva a little above the Ganesha temple.
Bugle Rock Garden
Bugle Rock garden is located behind the Dodda Ganapathi temple and adjacent to the Bull temple. In the days of monarchy in Bangalore, this rock once served as a watchtower. A bugle call from here alerted the inhabitants of the town during enemy attacks.
Bugle Rock Garden is densely covered with trees and a great place for children to spend an evening playing ball. The garden also has a musical fountain.
Cubbon Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangalore. The then Chief Engineer of Mysore, Sir Richard Sankey laid the foundation for the park in 1864 and was named after Sir Mark Cubbon. This beautiful park is about 300 acres. The Cubbon Park has various attractions such as the rose garden, children's play ground and several play equipments, the recently opened doll museum and an aquarium.
The Cubbon Park also contains the public library, the museum and a toy train for children.
Dodda Ganapathi Temple
Dodda Ganapathi temple is one of the oldest temples of Bangalore. Dodda Ganesha temple is located near Bull Temple, Basavanagudi. The huge monolithic statue of Ganapati attracts thousands of people everyday. The monolithic Ganapathi is about 18 ft in height and 16 ft in width. He is also well known as Shakthi Ganapathi and Satya Ganapathi.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (Cave Temple)
Gavigangadhareshwara Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Gavipuram, Bangalore. The temple has four monolithic pillars and a rare beautiful idol of Agni, the God of fire.
The annual festival is held on Makar Sankaranti day (January 14th or 15th). On this special day the sunrays fall on the Shiva linga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi.
Infant Jesus Church
Infant Jesus Church is located in Vivekanagar attracts thousands of devotees from all faiths.
International Tech Park, Bangalore
The International Tech Park Limited or ITPL is one of India's first world-class IT parks, situated in Whitefield. ITPL was renamed as International Tech Park, Bangalore (ITPB) in January 2006. ITPB houses many export-oriented software units and leading IT Companies in India.
The ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple is located on the Chord Road, on a seven-acre hillock, also known as the 'Hare Krishna Hill'. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Hare Krishna Temple is a perfect blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The magnificent main temple hall houses Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra, Sri Krishna Balarama & Sri Nitai Gouranga. The other attractions of ISKCON temple are ISKCON Vedic Theatre, a lecture hall and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Government Museum of Bangalore is one of the oldest museums of the country. Government Museum is located in Kasturba Road. This beautiful structure with splendid Corinthian Columns houses a wonderful collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore was set up in 1904 by Jamshedji Tata, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore is one of the oldest research institutes in India. IISc is located in a quite corner of Malleshwaram, and has one of the most conducive environments for education and research. The Nobel Prize winner C.V. Raman and space scientist Vikram Sarabhai are among the many eminent people who have done research here.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded in 1989 by Bangalore City Corporation. The planetarium hosts daily shows of astronomy which gives a good knowledge on astronomy. The sky theatre with a dome of fifteen meters in diameter attracts amateur astronomers and children of all ages.
Jawahar Bala Bhavan
Jawahar Bala Bhavan is a children's amusement park and recreation center. The main attractions of Jawahar Bala Bhavan are the toy train operating on a 1.5 km route and dolls museum. Film shows and theatre performances are held at the Vijayaranga Theatre.
The mosque is located in K.R. Market. Jumma Masjid means the Friday Mosque was built by Mughal Killedar, with tall ornamental granite pillars. Jumma Masjid is the oldest mosque of Bangalore. The mosque was damaged by cannon fire during the third Mysore war, the Mosque was renovated in 1836.
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
Lalbagh is a 240 acre garden and is located on the southern part of Bangalore. Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultan, completed it. Lal Bagh contains the largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants, century-old trees, fountains, lotus pools, rose gardens and a Deer Park. The main attraction of Lal bagh is the Glass-House built in 1840. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. It holds a number of flower shows, especially on the Independence Day (15th of August) and the Republic Day (26th January). Lal Bagh also houses the offices of the Karnataka Horticultural Society. Lal Bagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year.
Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple
Ragigudda, Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple is located at Jayanagar 9th Block. It also has a Shiva linga and the Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman shrine in the same premises. The temple is situated on a hillock. There is a smaller temple dedicated to Ganapati, Surya and Goddess Rajarajeshwari at the base of the hillock.
Shiva Temple located at Airport Road is one of the main tourist attractions of Bangalore. The main attractions of Shiva Temple are 65 ft tall Shiva statue, an artificial pond resembling the Manasa Sarovar Lake, and caves with the replicas of Jyothirlingas.
Someshwara Temple is one of the oldest temples of Bangalore. Someshwara Temple was built by the Hoysalas between the 12th and 13th centuries. It was renovated and beautified by the Kempe Gowda I and II in the 16th century and is a mixture of Hoysala, Chola and Vijayanagara architecture.
The Bangalore Palace is located in the heart of Bangalore city. Inspired by the Windsor Castle, the Bangalore Palace was built in in Tudor-style by Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1887 AD. The Bangalore Palace is spread over an area of about 400 acres, it is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork.
St Mark's Cathedral
St. Marks Cathedral was founded in 1808 and was completed in 1812. It is popular for the intricate woodwork in its interior. St. Marks Cathedral is a beautiful colonial structure having a graceful dome over a semicircular chancel that transports the visitor almost immediately into tranquility.
St Mary's Cathedral
St Mary's Cathedral located at Queens Road was built in 1882, by a French missionary. St Mary's Cathedral is a grand gothic-style basilica, with an impressive tower and typically gothic pointed arches.
Thavakkal Mastan Saab Dargah
This is a dargah of the Sufi saint, Thavakkal Mastan. This dargah is true symbol of religious harmony. Thavakkal Mastan is associated with the Karagega festival as the procession always stops here to pay respects before proceeding to the Dharmaraya temple at Nagarthpet.
The fort was initially built by Kempe Gowda as a crude, mud structure in 1537. Later on it was rebuilt in stone by Hyder Ali in 1761. This fort was the strong hold of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, through several violent and bloody battles.
Halasur Lake is located in the heart of the city near M G Road. Halasur Lake is one of the main attractions of Bangalore. The lake was constructed by Kempe Gowda II. This lake with its picturesque tiny islands and boat rides attracts people from far and near. Halasur Lake is spread over an area of approximately 1.5 square km.
Vidhana Soudha is one of the main attractions of Bangalore. Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka State. It was built by Shri Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of Mysore in the 1956. It is constructed in 'Neo-Dravidian' style, with Rajasthani Jharokhas, Indo-Saracenic pillars and other decorative elements. This majestic building with a total plinth area of over 5,00,000 sq. ft houses the Secretariat, the state legislature and several other government offices. It is the largest Legislative building in India. The Vidhana Soudha is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Venkatappa Art Gallery displays works of the famous artist of Mysore Shri K. Venkatappa