Bangalore: The Garden City

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Bangalore – a city that was once recognized by its tech industry, is now a colorful collage of cultures and businesses. With the fast-moving urban life weaved into its colonial heritage, Bangalore has now evolved to be a popular travel destination and the most vibrant metro city in the south. From its high octane nightlife to the quaint local culture, the city offers something to every kind of traveler

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Introduction

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Bangalore, the capital city of the state of Karnataka is spread across an area of around 741 square kilometers on top of a ridge in the Karnataka plateau. The city has an average altitude of nearly 3100 feet. The city has numerous gardens and parks.

Bangalore History

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Lalbagh

According to an apocryphal story, the twelfth century Hoysala king Veera Ballala II was on a hunting expedition and lost his way in the forest. He was tired and hungry and he came across a poor old woman who served him boiled beans. The king named the place in honor of this experience as “benda-kaal-uru” (literally, “town of boiled beans”), which eventually evolved into “Bengaluru” or “Bangalore”. There are various other stories that explain the origin of the name of the city. The origin of present-day Bangalorecan be traced back to the early 16th century. However, it gained prominence as an important fort city in the 18th century under the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore.

Known Facts of Bangalore

Here are some interesting facts about Bangalore:

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Bangalore Palace
  • Bengaluru is known as the Garden City since there are hundreds of gardens and parks in the city. Over time, it has also earned the name of being the Pub Capital of India.
  • It is known as the Silicon Valley of India since it is home to the most number of software companies in the country.
  • In 1906, Bengaluru was the first city to be electrified.
  • It is one of the cleanest cities in India.
  • Bengaluru has numerous monuments that narrate the tale of its past. There are many museums that chronicle its rich history too.
  • Palatial shopping malls and ancient markets make the city an attractive destination for shoppers.

Places to visit in Bangalore

Here is a quick list of things to see in Bangalore:

  • Parks and Wildlife Areas
    • Cubbon Park – This Park is spread across an area of 300 acres and houses over 6000 plants and trees. There is no entry fee and visitors are allowed from morning to evening. It is one of the most popular picnic spots in Bangalore.
    • Lalbagh Botanical Garden – This garden was developed in 1760 by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali, and subsequently expanded by Tipu Sultan. It is the perfect place to seek respite from city life.
    • Bannerghatta National Park – This national park is situated on the outskirts of Bangalore. There is a zoo, butterfly park, and an option to book a safari through the park.
    • Other parks like Freedom Park, Lumbini Gardens, Bugle Rock Park, Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park (JP Park), etc.
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Vidhana Soudha
  • Monuments
    • Bangalore Palace – This is one of the most famous monuments in Bangalore. It was built in the latter half of the 19th century and is designed in the style of a medieval palace. There is a large park in front of the palace that regularly hosts rock shows.
    • Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace – This was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of the region.
    • Vidhana Soudha – This is one of the most impressive things to see in Bangalore. The Vidhana Soudha is a marvel built in granite using the Neo-Dravidian style of architecture. While you cannot enter it since it is a government building, you are sure to be spellbound by its sheer grandeur.
    • Other monuments like the ISKCON temple, Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Shivoham Shiva Temple, Nandi Temple, Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall or the State Central Library, Bangalore Fort, etc.
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HAL Aerospace
  • Museums
    • Government Museum – One of the oldest museums in the country, the Government Museum in Bangalore has an impressive collection of geological and archaeological artifacts.
    • HAL Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum – For aviation enthusiasts, this place can take you through a journey of your lifetime – the evolution of the aviation industry and aircraft.
    • Other museums like NIMHANS Brain Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, etc.
  • Amusement Parks like Wonderla, Fun World, Innovative Film City, etc.
  • Natural Attractions like Manchanabele Dam, Ulsoor Lake, Dodda Aalada Mara or the Big Banyan Tree, etc.

There are many other famous places in the city that can be explored based on your preference.

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Wonderla

Best time to Visit Bangalore

The city enjoys a pleasant climate around the year. Winter is the best time to visit the wonderful city since the Bangalore weather is more pleasant allowing travelers to move around during the day without worrying about the sun. The temperature ranges from 12 to 29 degrees C during the winter months of November to February. Summers (March to May) are relatively hotter with the Bangalore temperature ranging from 20 to 38 degrees C. Monsoon can be a great time to visit the city if you like rains.

How to Reach Bangalore

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Bangalore is connected to all important cities via a network of highways and well-maintained roads. Here are some ways to travel to Bangalore:

By Train

The capital city of Karnataka has 12 railway stations. You can take a train from almost all corners of the country to reach Bangalore. You can avail a taxi in Bangalore to go around the city with ease.

By Road

Bangalore is well-connected with most cities in the region. You can reach Bangalore from the following cities with ease:

  • Mysore to Bangalore – 145 km (via Mysore Road)
  • Mangalore to Bangalore – 352 km (via NH75)
  • Coimbatore to Bangalore – 315 km (via Mysore Road)
  • Pondicherry to Bangalore – 320 km (via NH44/48)
  • Madurai to Bangalore – 440 km (via NH44)

By Flight

Bangalore has an airport. Kempegowda International Airport is an international airport that serves Bangalore. There are flights from around the country and major parts of the world to Bangalore. You can book a Bangalore airport taxi to take a convenient ride to your hotel in the city. The city center is located at a distance of 40 km from the airport.

Things to Do in Bangalore

Bangalore has something to offer to all kinds of travelers. Here are some things that you can do while in Bangalore.

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Ulsoor Lake

Shopping in Bangalore

Bangalore is a shoppers’ paradise. It has street markets and palatial shopping malls. You can buy handicrafts made using local craft and international brands too. There are numerous options when it comes to shopping in Bangalore. Some popular ones are Commercial Street, Brigade Road, MG Road, Residency Road, Marathahalli, or any of the huge malls spread across the city like the Forum, Orion, Phoenix, UB City and Garuda amongst others.

[Also Read: Best Bookstores in Bangalore]

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Commercial Street

Nightlife in Bangalore

Bangalore is also known as the Pub Capital of India. There is no dearth of options to enjoy the exciting nightlife in the city. Some bars and pubs that you can consider are Shiro Lounge, Toit, Legends of Rock, Firangi Paani, Monkey Bar, Library Bar, Liquid Lounge and Bar, The Biere Club Chophouse, Skyye, Olive Beach, and Geoffrey’s at the Royal Orchid.

[Also Read: 30 Places to Visit Before You Turn 30]

Places to Eat in Bangalore

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Bangalore is synonymous with delicious food. Here are some places that you can eat in the city.

  • Street Food
    • Mosque Road– a must-visit during Ramadan
    • Khan Saheb Grills and Rolls, Indira Nagar – Mughlai food
    • Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Basavangudi– for breakfast and an evening snack
    • Thindi Beedi, Between Sajjan Rao Circle and Minerva Circle in VV Puram– snacks from Karnataka and across India
  • Restaurants
    • Kebabs & Kurries, ITC Gardenia Hotel – Indian food with vegetarian and vegan options
    • Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia – Indian, International, and European cuisines
    • Time Traveller, Kirloskar Road, Bommasandra – Indian and Asian food
    • The Royal Afghan, Golf Course Road – Afghani and Indian cuisines
    • Tiamo, Kensington Road – Italian food

[Also Read: Top 7 Sportsbar in Bangalore]

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Popular Places to Visit Near Bangalore

Bangalore is well-connected to surrounding cities and states, making it a good starting point for many interesting locations.

Weekend getaways from Bangalore

Here are some tourist places near Bangalore for quick reference.

Kollegal

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Located at a distance of around 140 km, Kollegalis one of the most interesting tourist places near Bangalore. Popularly known as the Land of Black Magic in Karnataka, there are hundreds of people here who claim to have superpowers. Not for the faint-hearted. Kollegal is also famous for the Shivanasamudra Falls – the second-largest waterfall in India and the 16th-largest waterfall in the world.

Dharampuri

Located at a distance of around 139 km, Dharampuri is famous for its scenic beauty and ancient temples. Some places to visit in Dharampuri include Hogenakkal Falls, Theerthamalai Temple, Mallikarjuneswara Temple (Kottai Kovil), Kalavairavar Temple, Chenraya Perumal Temple, and Subramanya Shiva Memorial.

There are many other getaways near Bangalore. Ensure that you research well.

Lepakshi

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Situated about 120 kilometres from Bengaluru, Lepakshi is home to a temple built between the 12th and 15th century. The temple is known for its hanging pillar, gorgeous murals on the ceiling and intricate carvings on its walls and pillars. The nearby monolithic Nandi is considered the biggest Nandi carved from a single stone in India. Though the temple is not a live one anymore, it continues to draw crowds of tourists and history buffs alike.

Agumbe

Agumbe or fictional Malgudi is quite a name for sunsets, king cobras and rain. This tiny village has the vibes of the 1960s. It’s like visiting a place that is stuck in time! With no cell reception to connect to the modernities, Agumbe offers the perfect detox from the overwhelming city life. One of the most recommended things to try in Agumbe is to head to the sunset point and watch some of the most gorgeous sunsets against the panoramic views of the valley below.

Bandipur

Bandipur plays host to over 30 tigers, 3,000 asian elephants and has an area of over 874 square kilometers. Bandipur National Park is one of the most well preserved and efficiently run natural reserves in the country. Situated between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, this reserve is separated by Nagarhole national park near the Kabini Reservoir. The most picturesque way to travel to this region and this world-famous national park is by either hiring cabs from Mysore to Bandipur or finding some car rentals that allow for a more leisure journey. The best time to visit the park is around the months of November to February, this ensures the monsoons have passed and the weather clears up during the winter months which allow for a better opportunity to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife.

Places To Stay In Bangalore

  • ITC Windsor, Golf Course Road
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Residency Road
  • Family Friendly Studio, Castle street
  • Apollo House, 11th Cross Rd, Indira Nagar II Stage
  • Cuckoo Hotel, Koramangala
  • Redstone villa and suite, 4th sector, HSR Layout

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