Major Tourist Places in Bangalore
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens
Lal Bagh is regarded as the best garden in the east due to its significant contribution in development and promotion of horticulture in India. Built in an area of 240 acres. The garden has a rare collection of 1854 species of plants and is also a house to a library which has a wide range of books on horticulture. The glass house designed on the lines of Crystal Palace of London is another major attraction of the garden. You can visit the garden in January or August to witness biannual flower shows which attract a large crowd.
Vidhan Soudha or the Secretariat State
Bangalore Vidhan Soudha was built in 1956. It is a marvel of modern architecture and is a fine amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and modern styles. This four floored building is the largest legislative building in India. The central dome of building bears a resemblance to the National emblem of India.
Tipu Sultan's Forts and Palaces
The fort was built by Kempe Gowda in the year 1537 and Tipu Sultan's father Hyder Ali used the fort to imprison many British officials in his battle against the British. The palace was later extended by Tipu Sultan. The fort also houses a Palace of Tipu Sultan and a Ganapati Temple. The palace built in teakwood is decorated with beautiful floral patterns.
The garden built in 1870 hosts around 6000 species of plants. There are many monuments located inside the park namely 'Attara Kacheria', a museum and 'Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall' among others. The garden is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, the longest serving commissioner of British India.
The city of Bangalore has many lakes with Bellandur Lake being the largest. Ulsoor Lake in the city is spread over an area of 1.5 sq kms. The lake is also popular for boating and there are several important monuments located near the lake including a gurudwara and a temple. Other popular lakes in the city are Sankey Tank, Madiwala Lake, Lal Bagh Lake and Nagavara Lake among others.
Whitefield Ashram, the summer abode of the Shri Sathya Sai Baba, 20 km east of Bangalore, and the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple are important spiritual centers in the city which are definitely worth paying a visit. Another popular ashram in Bangalore is the Art of Living Ashram of Sri Sri Ravishankar, situated on the outskirts of Bangalore on Kanakapura Road.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
This museum is known for its technological excellence and is a tribute to work of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, an architect of modern Karnataka. The museum has five galleries: Childrens' Science Gallery, Electronic Technology Gallery, Engine hall, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery and Popular Science Gallery. Periodic exhibitions and seminar conducted here are among the main attractions of the museum.
Over 110 years old monument, Bangalore Palace covers around 45,000 square feet of area and is a popular tourist attraction in Bangalore. Its architecture was inspired by Windsor Castle and was constructed with a cost of one million Indian Rupee in the year 1880.
It is among the oldest museums in India and houses exquisite collection of coins, paintings, excavated antiques and sculptures made of wood and Plaster of Paris.
Temples in Bangalore
Nandi Temple in Bangalore is one of the most renowned temples in Bangalore. The temple was built to appease a furious bull. Banashankari Temple built in 1915; Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy Temple and Gavi Gangaderashwara Temple are among other popular temples of the city.
Tourist Places near Bangalore
When in Bangalore, you will find many tourist attractions near the city for excursion trips and picnics. They lie with in a range of 500 km from Bangalore and are among the popular tourist spots.
Bannerghatta National Park
Located at a distance of 22 km from the city of Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is situated in an area of 25000 acres. You will also find the first butterfly park of India in Bannerghatta National Park. A biological reserve dedicated to protect the wildlife is another important attraction of the park.
Bangalore has a number of cultural centers near it, which offer to the tourist a number of traditional craft items. Ramanagaram is a silk cocoon-marketing center.
Janapada Lok (near Ramanagaram) and Channapatna (60 km southeast of Bangalore) are famous craft centers.
Located at a distance of 65 km from the city of Bangalore, Devarayandurga is a popular hill station. This hill station has several temples situated in its periphery including Yoganarasimha, Bhoganarasimha and Mahalaxmi temple. The place is known for its picturesque beauty and tranquil surroundings.
Dodda Alada Mara (Big Banyan Tree
This approximately 400 years old tree is spread over an area of 3 acres. You can find this one of its kind treat a distance of 28 km from the city of Bangalore in a village called Ramohalli.
Mekedaatu is a piece of land located at a distance of about 90 km from the city of Bangalore. The place is bound to leave the visitors awe-struck for there flows River Kaveri around which there are two pieces of rocks standing opposite to each other and they are so close to each other that a goat could leap from one side to the other as per a belief.
Popular as the 'Pearl Valley', it is a tourist spot not to be missed. It is located near Anekal, 40 km away from Bangalore. The place gets its name because of a 92 m waterfall which looks like the drops of pearls falling from a height. The view is mesmerizing and a visit to this place would be perfect for a weekend.
The historic city of Mysore is 139 km from Bangalore offers the tourist a number of monuments belonging to Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile rulers of the place.
Nandi Hill Resort
Sixty kilometers from Bangalore is the Nandi Hill Resort, which is famous for its temples and fort.
Nrityagram Village in Bangalore is one of the most renowned dance and martial arts schools in India. Established in 1990 in an area of around 10 acres, Nrityagram Village has been striving to promote ancient Indian art forms through a unique system of 'Guru Shishya Parampara.' The ambience of the village is perfect for its purpose and the village conducts an annual festival called Vasantha Habba where some very famous personalities belonging to the world of music are invited to perform.
If you are and adventure seeker, Ramanagaram is a place to be. It is located at a distance of 45 km from Bangalore. It has facilities for all kinds of adventure sports including rock climbing.
Spread over 4 acres of land, the Big Banyan Tree is the main attraction of Ramohalli which is located at a distance of 28 km from Bangalore. This tree is 400 years old with innumerable branches and plentiful leaves. There is also a Banyan Tree Restaurant in the vicinity, having a rustic ambiance and serves the tourists. The cool atmosphere and the view of Savandurga hill is pleasing.
Last Updated on 07/12/2012
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