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Bengaluru is a garden city, Silicon Valley and IT Capital of India. Bengaluru was established by Kempegowda in the 16th century as part of the Vijayanagara Empire. Bengaluru is popular for its pleasant weather, food and cosmopolitan culture. Hundreds of startups have also made Bengaluru their home and have grown into unicorns. Current population of Bengaluru is 85 lakhs.
Bengaluru has 225+ parks, 50+ tanks & lakes, 400 mosques, 100 churches and countless number of temples. Must see places in Bengaluru include Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, Bannerghatta National Park, Bengaluru Palace, ISKCON Temple. From the famed shopping streets to eateries that have cult following, from flying a microlight plane to playing golf, from cultural extravaganza to international air shows Bengaluru has something for everyone and is a perfect start to your tour of Karnataka.
The crispy Masala Dose at Vidhyarthi Bhavan and MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room), hot Bisibelebath, stomach filling Puliyogare, mouth-watering ghee spread Holige, aromatic Filter Coffee and the delicious sambar dipped Thatte Idli are some of the must try delicacies in Bengaluru. Bengaluru also comprises of North Indian, Italian and Mexican cuisines to begin with and is spread across the city. VV Puram is one food street of the others that locals love to flock to and eat at, all in one place.
Must shop items include silk products, oxidized bangles, books & artwork. It’s best to explore around in famous spots such as Brigade Road, MG Road, Shivaji Nagar, Chickpete, Malleshwaram to name a few and you might as well love your shopping experience at great prices.
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When to go: The city has great climate all year round. Catch local festivals like Bengaluru Karaga at Dharmaraya Temple in March-April, Ramzan on Mosque Road, St Mary’s Feast in Shivajinagar on September 8th and Kadalekai Parishe near Bull Temple, Basavanagudi between November-December.
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- Freedom Park (former Central Jail): Freedom Park in Bengaluru is located in the heart of the city near Gandhi Nagara, less than 2 kms from Majestic and Cubbon Park. Freedom Park showcases the campus that was formerly a central jail. This central jail holds historical importance as it housed several prominent political leaders during the 1975 Emergency.
- Bangalore Palace: Bengaluru Palace is a former royal residence in Bengaluru, now a tourist attraction and events venue. Bengaluru Palace was built in 1878 as a residence for young Maharaja of Mysuru, Chamarajendra Wodeyar the 10th, who was undertaking studies in Bengaluru.
- Tipu Palace & Fort: Tipu Sultan’s Fort and Palace is located in the busy KR Market area in central Bengaluru. Built in Islamic style, Tipu Palace & Fort was used by Tipu Sultan as his summer residence. Tipu Sultan’s fort & palace is open to visitors from 8.30 AM till 5.30 PM daily.
- Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha is Bengaluru’s icon and Karnataka’s state secretariat building, located in the heart of Bengaluru city opposite Karnataka High court. Vidhana Soudha is a majestic, imposing structure image of which is often used to represent Bengaluru/Karnataka. Vidhana Soudha was conceptualized and built by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of Mysuru between 1952 and 1956. Over 5000 workers and 1500 sculptors worked to build Vidhana Soudha over a period of two and a half years.
- High Court: Known as Athara Kacheri, Karnataka high court building is an impressive structure right opposite Vidhana Soudha.
- Town Hall: Puttanna Chetty Purabhavana (town hall) was built in 1935 in classic European style with giant Tuscan pillars. Town Hall is used for events, functions and cultural shows.
- Corporation Building: The 1936 building has an impressive dome, clock tower and retro look. Corporation building is home to BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) and city Mayor’s office.
- Raj Bhavan: Built in 1842, Raj Bhavan is a magnificent building spanning 18 acres, with a vast garden. Home to Honorable Governor of Karnataka. http://rajbhavan.kar.nic.in/
- Mayo Hall: A two storied indo-sarcenic style building built in memory of Lord Mayo (former Governor General of India) in 1883 is now home to government offices.
- Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall: Cubbon Park has a central library housed in Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall. Central Library is open daily from 8.30 AM till 7.30 PM, except on Mondays, public holidays and second Tuesdays of the month. A well maintained garden with colourful flowers is available right in front of the memorial hall.
- Microlight Flying in Bengaluru: Microlight aeroplanes are small two seater planes meant for a pilot and trainee/passenger. ZenAir and Xair are the two popular microlight models used by aviation companies in Bengaluru. Micro light plane operators allow joy rides. Individuals can book a slot and fly with the pilot. During the ride the basics of flying will be explained to the passenger and passengers will be allowed to perform some simple maneuvers like making a turn, increase/decrease of altitude etc. Microlight flying is conducted at Jakkur Aerodrome, off airport road in North Bengaluru. Paramotoring and hot air balloon rides are also available in Jakkur, however adventure sports are subject to favorable weather, regulatory approval and operator discretion.
- ATV ride, Adventure & Fun: ATV Ride, Paintball, gokarting and other adventure activities are available in Sarjapur road, Yashvanthpur and Kanakapura road https://playarena.in/
- Bird watching in Hebbal Lake: Recommended morning activity for nature lovers.
- Lumbini Gardens: Lumbini Gardens is a water theme park and recreational area in North Bengaluru. Lumbini garden is located on the banks of Nagavara lake, stretching up to 1.5 kms. Main attractions include boating, amusement rides and pool.
- Aero India: A biennial event held at Yelahanka Air force base, including aerial acrobatics show, display of aircrafts, exhibitions and business meets.
- Breakout Experience: A concept game involving escaping from a locked room. Available in Koramangala (https://breakout.in/)
- Snow City: Experience artificial indoor snow without having to go to out of city, located at JC Nagar https://snowcityblr.com/
- Talk to hand: A laser tag gaming battle drome, available in Jayanagar
- iPlay: Ice skating arena in Whitefield
- Flight 4 Fantasy: An aircraft simulation room where visitors can learn piloting a plane. Available inside Forum Mall, Koramangala
- Fun World: Amusement park in JC Nagar, near Bengaluru Palace.
- Golf: Bengaluru has a golf course, operated by Bangalore Golf Club in Kumarakrupa road opposite Lalit Ashok hotel.
Art & Festivals
- Bengaluru Karaga: Bengaluru Karaga is a 9 day long festival celebrated in Bengaluru by members of Thilaga community in honor of Goddess Shakti. Shri Dharama Raya Swamy temple in Nagarathpete, Bengaluru is the starting point for the Karaga procession and main temple associated with Karaga festival. Nagarathpete is 37 kms from Bengaluru airport and 5 kms from city centre (majestic).
- Karnataka Rajyothsava: Karnataka Formation Day is celebrated as ‘Rajyothsava’ day on 1st of November every year. This celebration marks the birth of Karnataka state, on 1st November 1956 by way of merger of Kannada speaking regions of South India.
- Basavanagudi Kadalekai Parishe: Basavanagudi Kadalekai Parishe is the annual groundnut fair held in Basavanagudi area of Bengaluru city. The festivities are held for two days in December on both sides of Bull Temple Road and near Bull Temple.
- Namma Bengaluru Habba: Celebrated every year for about 10 days, Bengaluru Habba is a celebration of art, music, books, culture and food.
- Bengaluru International Film Festival: Usually held in February for about a week, bringing together creative movie makers and audience. https://biffes.in/
- Ramanavami Music Festival: A month long classical music festival held every year, providing platform to hundreds of singers and players while delighting the rasikas (music lovers) http://www.ramanavami.org/
- Lalbagh Events: Lalbagh organizes flower shows, mango/jackfruit festivals and other events throughout the year.
Nature & Wildlife
- Cubbon Park: Spread over 300 acres in the middle of a busy commercial hub, Cubbon Park is the lungs of Bengaluru city. Cubbon Park and Lalbagh are two of the best places in the city to relax under the shade and refresh ourselves. Toy train rides inside Jawahar Bal Bhavan are a popular attraction among kids.
- Government Aquarium: At Government Aquarium, visitors can see aquatic creatures on display in over 3 floors. Open from 10 AM to 5 PM on all days except Mondays and alternate Tuesdays.
- Lalbagh: Lalbagh Botanical Garden is Bengaluru’s second largest garden (after Cubbon park) with about 188 acres of greenery. Lalbagh Botanical garden was commissioned by Hyder Ali in the 18th century and completed by his son Tipu Sultan. Major attractions include Glass House, lake, flower shows/fruit melas (seasonal), cultural performance at band stand, bonsai garden, flower clock, hibiscus garden and Kempegowda watchtower.
- Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park: located in Mathikere right adjacent to the Yeshwantpur Railway Station, the 85 acre park is Bengaluru’s 3rd biggest park after Cubbon Park and Lalbagh. JP Park is home to thousands of plant species, medicinal plants, flowering plants, a lake, a musical fountain, well paved walkway and other attractions.
- Bannerghatta National Park: Bannerghatta National Park, spread over an area of 732 hectares (7.32 sq km), is the closest National Park to Bengaluru city and easiest wildlife destination to access. With a large number of wild animals, a well maintained zoo, safari and butterfly park, Bannerghatta National Park attracts a large number of visitors with their families each day. Major attractions include Zoo, butterfly park, Lion Safari and Tiger Safari.
- Big Banyan Tree: Big Banyan tree (known as Dodda Alada Mara in Kannada) is a 4 centuries old banyan tree spread over an area of 3 acres, a popular attraction on the outskirts of Bengaluru city.
- Bugle Rock Park: Nice recreational centre with giant trees and gardens in Basavanagudi. Bull temple is located inside the Bugle Rock Park.
- Muthyala Maduvu: Muthyala Maduvu, also known as Pearl Valley is an ideal weekend destination from Bengaluru city. Muthyala Maduvu is often visited for its waterfall, bird watching and calm ambiance.
- Thattekere Lake: Small offbeat lake near Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border
- Hesaraghatta: Hesaraghatta is a manmade lake made in 1894 to store water from Akravati River and provide drinking water to Bengaluru city. However water levels are usually low to nil after monsoon months, leaving Hesaraghatta lakebed as vast grassland. Vast grasslands & Hesaraghatta lake bed- often offer captivating sunrise views, bird spotting opportunities
- Other popular parks in Bengaluru: Madhavan Park in Jayanagar & NR Lakshman Rao park in Southend circle, Bhashyam Park in Malleshwaram, Devaiah Park in Sriramapuram, Kensington Park in Ulsoor, Makkala Koota park in Chamarajapet are some of the 225+ parks in Bengaluru.
- Thottikallu: A mini waterfall 30 kms south of Bengaluru off Kanakapura road.
- Popular lakes and tanks in Bengaluru: Sankey Tank, Ulsoor Lake, Madiwala Lake and Bellandur Lake
Art & Culture
- Rangashankara: Built in memory of movie star Shankarnag, Ranga Shankara in JP Nagar is popular for drama performances. Theatre festivals are best time to experience multiple curated plays http://www.rangashankara.org/
- Ravindra Kalakshetra: Centre for theatrical activities and performances
- Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat: Has a huge collection of classical paintings, art and craft. Chitra Santhe/exhibition are organized at regular intervals
- Nrutya Grama: Nrutya Grama is a residential dance school in Hesaraghatta that teaches Odissi dance forms. Visitors are allowed to visit Nritya Grama and observe students learning and performing dance. (Timing: 10 AM to 2 PM on all days except public holidays and Mondays)
- National Gallery of Modern Art: Launched in 2009 and located on Palace Road, National Gallery of modern art is home to 500+ exhibits including paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Sri Ravindranath Tagore etc.
- Standup Comedy: Several standup comedy sessions are held throughout the city. Event details and tickets can be obtained online on Bookmyshow and other websites.
- Bull Temple (Nandi Temple), Basavanagudi: Big Bull Temple or Dodda Basavana Gudi is the temple dedicated to Nandi from which the Basavanagudi locality of Bengaluru got its name. Bull temple in Basavanagudi was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century during the Vijayanagara empire. The idol of Nandi (bull) is carved from a single stone, 15 ft in height and 20 ft in length and is said to be one of the biggest Nandi idols in the world.
- ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Rajajinagara: ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is a religious organization founded in 1966. ISKCON runs several temples and spiritual centres all around the world. ISKCON Bengaluru, located in Rajajinagara is the main ISKCON temple in Karnataka. Radha and Lord Krishna are the main deities in ISKCON temples. Other shrines at ISKCON Bengaluru are Krishna & Balarama, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu & Nithyananda Prabhu, Prahlada Narasimha,Srila Prabhupada and Srinavasa Govinda.
- Sacred Heart Church, Bengaluru: Sacred Heart is a popular catholic church in Bengaluru city, built in 1874. Sacred Heart Church is a well equipped, peaceful and well maintained church campus, capable of accommodating large numbers of devotees or religious events.
- St Patrick’s Church, Bengaluru: St Patrick’s Church is a popular church in Bengaluru city built in 1841, located on Brigade Road. St Patrick’s church was originally dedicated to Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael, marked as the “Church of the Assumption” but was popularly named as St Patrick’s Church by the Irish troops staying near the church. St Patrick’s Church was renovated in 2000 and 2012.
- Holy Trinity Church: Holy Trinity Church was built in 1852 by the British Government for the benefit of British troops stationed in Bengaluru. Holy Trinity Church has English Renaissance style architecture and can accommodate over 700 people.
- St Mary’s Basilica: St Mary’s Basilica is one of the oldest churches of Bengaluru, built by Tamil Christian migrants from the village of Gingee (located in Tamil Nadu). St Mary’s Basilica was built in the 17th century using Gothic style architecture with ornamental motifs, coloured glass windows and majestic arches. St Mary’s Basilica’s main tower is about 160 feet in height. The statue of Our Mother Mary is draped in saree and worshipped each day. Statue of mother Mary holding infant Jesus is also a sight to behold. St Mary’s Basilica has been elevated as ‘Minor Basilica’, one of the few churches to achieve this status.
- Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara is the largest sigh shrine in Bengaluru city. Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara is located on the banks of Ulsoor Lake and was built in 1943 and upgraded in 1975 when the first floor was added.
- Jamia Masjid, KR Market: Jamia Masjid is Bengaluru’s oldest mosque and located at K R Market, heart of Bengaluru city. The 18th century Jamia Masjid has two magnificent minarets and appealing architecture.
- Someshwara Temple: Sri Someshwara temple in Ulsoor one of the oldest temples in Bengaluru, built during the times of Vijayanagara temple. Complete with a tall tower, 48 pillars and lots of sculptures, Ulsoor Someshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva retains its popularity till date and is visited by locals in large numbers.
- Bilal Mosque: Bilal Mosque is one of the prominent mosques in South Bengaluru located on Bannerghatta road. Bilal Mosque is also referred to as ‘Masjid e Eidgah Bilal’. The four storied mosque with its green dome and four towers is a visual treat, besides its religious significance.
- Art of Living: Art of Living is a private institute popular for meditation practices, yoga, ayurveda and spiritual practices. Art of living was founded by Sri Sri Ravishankar and has its global headquarter in Kanakapura. Besides spiritual and Yoga programs, Art of Living runs social welfare programs all over the world. In its 37years of operation AOL has educated 70000+ students and touched the lives of 450 million people worldwide.
- Ramakrishna Ashrama: Ramakrishna Ashrama is a chain of Hindu monasteries set up by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who was a 19th century saint known for initiating various social reforms. Ramakrishna Ashrama is part of Ramakrishna mission, the umbrella organization runs several educational institutions and spiritual programs all over the world. Ramakrishna Ashrama in Basavanagudi is their main centre in Bengaluru city.
- Pyramid Valley: Pyramid Valley is a spiritual centre south of Bengaluru city, popular for its giant Pyramid shaped meditation centre. Main attraction in Pyramid Valley, Maitreya Buddha Pyramid is the world's largest pyramid built solely for practicing intensive meditation. About 10 stories tall (102 feet in height) and has a base of 160 ft by 160 ft. The Maitreya Buddha pyramid is oriented in the north-south direction, built on the principle of Giza Pyramid and has an inner chamber at one third height.
- Yelahanka: Home to Narasimha, Venugopalaswamy, Vishwanatheshwara, Veerannaswamy, Nageshwara, Pandurangaswamy temples as well as three Anjaneya temples.
- White Field: Home to IT parks and Satya Sai Prashanti Nilayam.
- Vasanthapur: Home to Vasantha Vallabharayaswamy Temple.
- Sondekoppa: Home to Channakeshava Temple and Chandramouleshwara temple
- Somanahalli: Home to St Francis Xavier Church
- Singapura: Home to Varadaraja temple
- Sarjapur: Home to Kodandarama temple
- KR Puram: Krishnaraja Puram is popular for its suspension bridge, Mahabaleshwara temple and Sri Rama temple.
- Kenchanahalli: Home to Dravidian style Rajarajeshwari temple. Nearby Omkar hills with a big Banyan tree is a popular attraction.
- Kadugodi: Known for Hoysala style Kashi Vishveshwara temple
- Chikkajala: Known for Hoysala era Chennakeshava temple
- Begur: Known for Nageswara temple and Choleshwara temple
- Hulimavu: Known for a natural rock shelter and cave temple
- Agara: Home to Venkataramana, Rama, Someshwara, Ganesha and Karagadamma temples.
- Aigandapura: Known for Dharmeshwara temple and Gopalakrishna temple
- Anekal: Known for Thimmarayaswamy, Adinarayana, Amrita Mallikarjuna, Channakeshava and Bhavanishankara temples
- St Luke’s Church, Chamarajapete: Oldest church in KR Market area
- Kote Venkataramana Temple: Located on KR Road in KR Market, Kote Venkataramana temple is a 17th century Dravidian and Vijayanagara style temple dedicated to god Venkateshwara.
- Masjid-e-Khadria: A beautiful mosque located on Millers Road
- Infant Jesus Church: A recently built Roman Catholic church in Vivek Nagara.
- Ranganathaswamy Temple: A 16th century Vijayanagara style temple in Rajajinagara
- Ragigudda Temple: Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Ajaneyaswamy temple in Jayanagara 9th Block is situated on a hillock and very popular in the locality.
- Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum: Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is Karnataka’s most prominent science and technology museum, named after Bharata Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, an engineer credited with several marvelous construction projects across Karnataka. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is located in Cubbon Park campus and was opened in 1962. VITM is a must visit to understand scientific phenomena through simple illustrations and effective exhibits.
- HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum: HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) is India’s prestigious institute responsible for research and development work in aerospace and allied technologies. HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, located in Bengaluru showcases India’s Aviation evolution since independence. Established in 2001, HAL Aerospace museum is a must visit for every aviation enthusiast.
- Government Museum, Bangalore: Government Museum, Bangalore is the second oldest museum in South India and home to several archeological and geological artifacts of historic importance, including Halmidi Shasana, earliest known Kannada inscription. Established in 1865, Government Museum, Bangalore museum is spread over 2 floors and 18 galleries, providing visitors with a glimpse of ancient history, technology and traditions
- NIMHANS Brain Museum: A medical science museum with human brain samples, located in NIMHANS campus in Lakkasandra. Guided tours are conducted on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Open from 10 AM till 1 PM and 2.30 PM till 4.30 PM. Closed on Sunday, holidays and 2nd Saturday. Free entry.
- Kempegowda Museum: Located in Mayo Hall, Kempegowda Museum displays artifacts related to Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, founder of Bengaluru city.
- Madras Sappers Museum: A military museum showcasing 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 records and displays their history and achievements and houses armor used by the regiment, various medals, attire, and a sports gallery. Madras Sappers Museum is not open to the general public and can be accessed only with special permission from the Army.
- Law Museum: The Law museum houses an original print of the Constitution of India, articles and documents related to the legal profession, insignia, seals and books. Law Museum also showcases the history of the High Court and the development of courts over the ages.
- Philatelic Museum: Located at the first floor of the Bangalore General Post Office near Vidhana Soudha, showcasing numerous stamps from various time periods.
- Gandhi Bhavan: A museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, located in Kumarakrupa East.
- Legends Motorcycle Museum: Located on Wheelers Road, Legends Motorcycle Museum displays a collection of 20 plus vintage motorcycles still in working condition. Some motorcycles are almost a century old.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: Located on Sankey Road in High Grounds, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP) helps popularizing science and helps visitors, particularly school children understand space better. https://www.taralaya.org/
- Tech Parks: Bengaluru has several IT parks, most prominent ones are in Electronic city, Hebbal and Whitefield
- Shopping areas: Brigade Road, Commercial Street, Gandhi Bazaar, Avenue Road, Chickpet and Balepet etc.