The city of Bengaluru as we know today was founded by Kempe Gowda I, who ruled the area under the Vijayanagara Empire. When he was on a hunting expedition near Hesarghatta, he envisioned the city with all amenities. With the permission of the Emperor Achyutharaya, he built a mud fort in Bangalore in 1537. It was the first time when Bangalore became the capital city. Kempe Gowda shifted the capital city from the then Yelahanka to Bangalore and added reservoirs and temples to the city. Even though modern Bengaluru was founded in 1537, there is a record of the town flourishing as early as 890 AD.
Bangalore can offer well rounded experience in different forms of art and entertainment.
Parks and Gardens in Bangalore
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Lalbagh is a botanical garden which existed as a private garden maintained by the erstwhile king Hyder Ali. It was further developed by Tipu Sultan and the British Government. The annual flower show at Lalbagh is a popular event and attracts huge crowds.
Cubbon Park also called as Sri Chamarajendra park provides a lush of greenery in the midst of a congested and polluted Bangalore. It is a walker’s paradise with amazing variety of flora and fauna.
Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park
The Biodiversity Park gives a breather to people in North-West Bangalore. The park has many attractions including the popular musical fountain, joggers track, two lakes and a rock garden. It has over 20000 species of flora.
Bangalore Fort is the original fort built by Kempe Gowda I in 1537 AD when he founded the city of Bengaluru. It is a mud fort and is located just opposite the famous and congested city market.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
This is a palace used by the erstwhile Mysore ruler as a summer retreat. Entirely built of teak wood with beautiful floral patterns, it was used by Tipu Sultan as a durbar. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm for public.
The construction of Bangalore Palace started in 1862 by the principal of the then Central College. It was later bought by the Mysore Royal Family in 1884. Public can visit the palace by paying an entry fee of 225 INR.
Mayo Hall is located in the heart of the city next to the utility building on MG Road. It currently houses some offices of Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. This stone and mortar building houses wooden floors and beautifully decorated interiors.
Vidhana Soudha is the largest building to house a legislature in India. This massive building has a total of five floors, four above and one below ground level. Public are not allowed access inside the soudha and can see the building from the road.
Attara Kacheri now acts as the High Court of Karnataka. This building was built in 1864 by the British and reflects a bit of Gothic architecture. The building has a unique strong red color.
Museums in Bangalore
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
This museum located near Cubbon Park on Kasturba Road is a wonderful place for children and adults interested in science. It houses a replica of the first flight by Wright brothers. Exhibits on Nano technology and illusions are must visit halls.
The museum was founded in the year 1865. One can see the Halmidi inscription from 450 AD here. Antique jewelery pieces, old coins, sculpture and inscriptions are also kept for public viewing.
The museum is dedicated to the founder of Bangalore. Located on the first floor of Mayo Hall on MG Road, it has a statue of KempeGowda and few pictures and inscriptions from his time.
Karnataka Folk Museum
Kumara Park in West Bangalore houses a museum dedicated to the folk arts of Karnataka. Here puppets, masks, utensils, folk songs and videos can be enjoyed.
A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the museum houses some of Gandhiji’s letters and a gallery full of photos of Gandhiji and his time. The museum is located inside the Kumara Park.
HAL Aerospace Museum
This museum is a paradise for aeronautics lovers. The museum which is maintained by HAL showcases models of different aircrafts and flight simulators along with a model Air Traffic Control tower.
Madras Sappers Museum & Archives
The Madras Engineers Group (also called the Sappers), the oldest established regiment of Indian Army showcases its history and achievements through the years in this museum.
NIMHANS Brain Museum
The brain museum located inside the NIMHANS campus showcases the most complex organ in the human body, brain. Visitors can get to have a peak at the 600 brain samples collected over a period of 30 years.
The General post office houses a museum that is dedicated to stamps. Children and adults can both enjoy the rare and unique pieces of stamps and the history behind the stamps in this museum.
An original print of the Constitution of India is the highlight of this museum. The museum also showcases the history of high court and how courts have progressed over ages.
Legends Motorcycle Museum
For vintage motorcycle lovers, this museum is a must go place. It houses more than 20 vintage machines with the earliest one dating back to 1924 all in working condition.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Established in 1989, the planetarium has a dome with a diameter of 15 metres. Sky theater and science park are hugely popular and attract over 2 lakh visitors every year.
Galleries in Bangalore
Venkatappa Art Gallery
The art gallery along with Government Museum is located on Kasturba Road. The gallery is not huge, but has few original paintings and artifacts.
National Gallery of Modern Art
The modern art gallery showcases contributions by successful Indian artists. Raja Ravi Varma, Nobel laurate Rabindranath Tagore and Jamini Roy are among the notable artists whose work is showcased in the art gallery.
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat
The chitrakala Parishat which is essentially an art gallery houses both international art as well as local Karnataka art. The annual chitrakala santhe attracts artists from all over India to exhibit and sell their creations.
Lakes in Bangalore
There are a large number of lakes in Bangalore in different capacities. Lately public awareness has helped in restoring a few lakes to their former self. Ulsoor lake, Yediyur lake, hebbal lake, Sankey tank and madivala lake are visited by citizens for an evening of relaxation.
Birds at Hebbal lake
The waters at hebbal lake sees a wide variety of visiting birds. Around 350 species of birds are estimated to be seen in the lake including spot billed pelican, pintail and garganey.
Bannerghatta National Park
The national park located in the south of Bangalore over an area of 25000 acres has a well populated zoo. A lion, tiger and elephant safari is also conducted for the public to facilitate viewing of these animals in their natural habitat.
20 species of butterflies are housed in a circular enclosure where the humid climate is maintained throughout the year. An artificial waterfall and narrow bridge are designed to add enjoyment to the visitors.
The second largest aquarium in India is located at the entrance of Cubbon park in central Bangalore district. The aquarium houses varieties of exotic as well as the locally found fishes.
Religious Attractions of Bangalore
ISKCON temple located in North West Bangalore has a big campus which integrates modern architecture with spirituality. Another ISKCON temple is upcoming in the southern Bangalore in the Uttarahalli area which is being built up as a theme park.
Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
The temple is believed to be dedicated to Dharmaraja or Gautama Buddha. It is thought to be more than 800 years old. The annual karaga festival is the highlight of the temple which attracts lots of visitors.
The temple is built in the Vijayanagara architecture style. Located in central Bangalore, the temple houses the idol of Sri Ranganatha Swamy and his cohorts in a style similar to Tirumala.
Halasuru Someswara Temple
The temple in Ulsoor is dedicated to Lord Shiva and dates back to 16th century. KempeGowda I, the founder of Bangalore is also credited with the building of this temple.
Located in the southern side of Bangalore, the bull temple is famous for the giant statue of Nandi. This statue is made of a monolith.
Kote Jalakantheshwara temple
The temple has three sanctum sanctorum each one dedicated to jalakanteshwara, parvathi and kailasanathar. This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore believed to be from the time when the Chola kingdom extended till Bangalore.
Kote Venkatramana Temple
This temple is located near the Tipu’s palace in Chamarajpet. The temple is believed to be from 17th century.
Kadu Malleshwara Temple
Just as the name suggests, the temple is located in Malleswaram in North West of Bangalore. The temple was built by the Marathi ruler Shahji Bhonsle, father of Shivaji.
Huge Shiva in Old Airport Road
In the old airport road, you can find a huge statue of Lord Shiva which is made from Plaster of Paris. A small water body and a mock cave where the 12 jyothirlingas are depicted can also be seen here.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
The specialty of the temple is that the sun’s rays fall on the statue of the deity (shivalinga) only on the day of Makara Sankranthi (middle of January). It is also called Kashi of the south.
Memorial Church is an original Anglican church located in Whitefield area. The church is affiliated to the Traditional Anglican society of India.
This is the only church in Karnataka which is considered as a minor Basilica. It is the oldest church in Bangalore. The annual festivities are held during the time of St.Mary’s feast and sees a huge flow of visitors and believers.
Infant Jesus Church
The church located near Koramangala is dedicated to Infant Jesus and Mother Mary. It especially draws crowds on Thursdays. People light up candles which are sold outside when praying for something.
The masjid located on Millers road is famous for the Haj camps conducted before the annual pilgrimage trips begin. The masjid has a huge area and the Eid prayers are held here every year.
Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
The gurudwara located near the popular and scenic Ulsoor lake is the chief place of worship for Sikhs around central Bangalore. Prayers start early morning by 3’o clock.
A traditional gurukul which also houses temples of various Gods and Goddesses is affiliated to Karnataka Sanskrit University.
Amusement Parks in Bangalore
Wonderla is located 28 kms away from Bangalore towards Mysore. It is a theme park with many dry rides and water rides. The giant ferris wheel located on a tower can be seen from afar.
Innovative Film City
Located a little away from Bangalore Mysore highway, it has a variety of attractions including movie sets, artificial beach, dinosaur world, ripley’s believe it or not museum and a wax museum.
Located on the banks of the Hennur lake, the gardens are a good place for a family outing. Rides for children of different ages, boating on the lake and an artificial pool with water rides are the main attractions.
One of a kind natural ice rink is located in the phoenix market city. The phoenix shopping mall is one of the largest malls in Bangalore and located on the whitefield main road.
An amusement park located close to palace grounds in the Jayamahal area. It has a variety of rides catering to children of all ages and adults. Snow city is also located close to Funworld.
Flight 4 Fantasy
Located in the forum mall in central Bangalore, flight 4 fantasy offers visitors a flight simulation experience.
Places to Shop in Bangalore
Brigade road is the commercial hub of Bangalore especially popular with tourists and teenagers with all major outlets and food joints having a presence on this small stretch of road.
As the name suggests, the street is filled with commercial shops especially pertaining to clothing and accessories.
It is one of the most popular roads of Bangalore. It intersects with many important roads like Brigade road. A boulevard and an art center make it a great place for relaxing.
Chickpet is the shopping place for value conscious shoppers where every imaginable item can be found in the various roads.