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Bangalore City

Bangalore Tour

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Karnataka
Location: South-Eastern part of Karnataka
Altitude: 920 m
Population: 8,474,970
Area: 741 km2
Languages: Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam Telugu, Konkani, Hindi
Known as: Silicon Valley of India, Garden City of India
Nearby Cities: Mysore, Tumkur, Hassan

Located in the south-eastern part of Karnataka on the Deccan Plateau, Bangalore is third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration of India. The city is not only popular as the capital of state Karnataka but it is one of the most developed hubs as information technology sector of India. Surprisingly, it is categorized as top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations of the world.

Though, the city has long historical past but during the British period, it had been used as the cantonment region of the Princely State of Mysore. After the independence of India, primarily, it served as the capital of Mysore state and when Karnataka formed as an Independent state (1956), it became the capital of Karnataka state.

Recently, the name Bangalore is modified as “Bengaluru.” The hi-tech city Bangalore is the centre of information technology; therefore, it is also known as ‘Silicon Valley of India.” Likewise, it is home of many research institutes, software companies, aerospace, defence organizations, telecommunications, and heavy industries. Some of the significant companies which regional offices located in the city are Infosys, Wipro, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Yahoo, Tata Consultancy Services, Accenture, iGate, Nokia Siemens, Honeywell, Oracle Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Intuit and many more. So, Bangalore is a place that entertains all classes of people including researchers, students, and IT professionals and many other classes of professional people.

Bangalore Tourism

Located at high altitude, it has typical Tropical Savanna Climate that experiences wet and dry seasons periodically. Likewise, it has moderate type of climate that is good for tourism purpose as well. Interestingly, the city has varieties of old and modern tourists’ attractions that fascinate tourists from all over the world.

Major Religious Places in Bangalore

• Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: Located nearby OTC Road, the temple is very much popular for the annual Karaga festival.
• Ranganathaswamy Temple: Built by Vijayanagara dynasty, it is a popular 16th-century temple located nearby Avenue Road.
• Halasuru Someshwara Temple: Located nearby Ulsoor, it is a 16th century temple. The temple is built in Dravidian style.
• Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple: It is popular as Dakshina Kashi.
• ISKCON Temple: Built in modern architectural style, it is popular Krishan Temple.
• Bull Temple: Located nearby bull temple road, it is popular temple of 16th century. The temple is built by Kempe Gowda.
• Kote Jalakantheshwara Temple: It is one of the oldest ancient temples of Bangalore.
• Kote Venkataramana Temple: The 17th century temple is pretty popular for its beautiful granite sculptures.
• St. Mary's Basilica Church: it is the oldest church in Bangalore. In addition, it is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica.
• Infant Jesus Church: Built by the famous Archbishop Rev, Dr. Lourduswamy in the year 1979, it is one of the most popular churches of Bangalore.
• Masjid-e-Khadria Mosque: It is the most popular mosque of the city located nearby Miller Road.
• Kadu Malleshwara Temple
• Nimishamba Devi Temple
• St Patrick's Church
• Memorial Church
• Christ Church

Historical monuments in Bangalore

• Bangalore Fort: Located nearby the Victoria Hospital, it is built by Kempegowda during the year 1537.
• Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace: Built in the year 1791, it is one of the most beautiful structures adorned with wooden structure, arches, balconies, and beautifully carved pillars. You can see here museum which stores various artefacts of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and their regimes.
• Bangalore Palace: Looks like the Windsor Castle of England it is located nearby Mekhri Circle. Because of its architecture, it is also known as the replica of Windsor Castle.
• Mayo Hall: Example of one of the finest British architectures, it was built in the memory of Lord Mayo.

Museums and Galleries in Bangalore

• Government Museum: Founded in the year 1865, the museum is the store house of rare archaeological and geological items such as sculptures, coins, inscriptions, jewellery etc. In addition, you can also see here the Halmidi inscription; it is the earliest Kannnada inscription.
• Karnataka Folk Museum: It is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The museum campus covers about 15 acre where you can see the collection of costumes, folk puppets, utensil, weapons, utensil and many more.
• Gandhi Bhavan: Built in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1965, it is the show case of Mahatma Gandhi.
• HAL Aerospace Museum: It is the museum where you can see various aircraft, helicopters and many other parts of flight.
• Legends Motorcycle Museum: Interestingly, it is the museum where you can see the 20 plus vintage motorcycles (1920s and 1930s etc).
• Venkatappa Art Gallery
• Philatelic Museum
• Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

Natural Sites in/nearby Bangalore

• Dodda Alada Mara: Located in Ramohalli, it is 400 years old Banyan tree that surprisingly covers 3 acres.
• Bugle Rock: About 3000 million years old, it is a massive rock located in Basavanagudi.
• Thottikallu Fall: Located at the distance of about 25 kms from city, it is popular site for picnic.
• Tippagondanahalli Reservoir: Located at the distance of 35 kms west of the city, it is pretty popular site.

Parks in Bangalore

• Lal Bagh: It is one of the most diversified botanical garden where you can see more than 1000 species of flora and Glass House. Lal Bagh is also popular for its flower show.
• Cubbon Park: Located in the central part of the city, the park covers 300 acres. Surprisingly, the park has more than 68 general and 96 species.
• Electronics City: It is an IT Park and the centre of the Silicon Valley of India.

Amusement Parks in Bangalore

• Innovative Film City: With the studio facility, it is a popular tourists’ attraction.
• Wonderla: Located at the distance of about 28 kms from the city, it is a popular as amusement park.
• FunWorld: It is popular for water world and snow city.
• FeverPitch Basecamp: It is pretty popular tourists’ destination for watersports, paintball, and many other adventure activities including trekking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, coracle ride etc.
• Iplay: It is pretty popular ice-skating rink nearby the phoenix market city.
• Lumbini Garden
How to Reach??

By Road: By virtue of being one of the important centres of South India, it is well connected with dense road network. The city is linked with all major and minor cities of Karnataka and as well as neighbouring states by State Highways and National Highways. The internal road network of city is pretty dense and well managed. By Rail: Bangalore is a major railway station that connects the city with all major and thousands of minor cities and towns of India. The Bangalore Rajdhani Express connects the city directly with New Delhi. Besides, the internal rail system i.e. rapid transit system namely ‘Namma Metro’ work is also on progress that will connect entire city.

By Air: The Bengaluru International Airport is the fourth busiest airport of India. It serves international as well as domestic flights. Likewise, Bangalore city is directly linked with many major cities of India as well as major cities of many Asian and European countries.