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Location : Karnataka
Languages : Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi & English
Altitude : 3000 ft.
Population : 5.4 million
Rainfall : 859 mm
Major Attraction : Bull Temple, Ulsoor Lake
Best Visiting Time : Through out the year
Bangalore, capital of Karnataka, is one of the cosmopolitan cities of Asia. In the recent years, it has emerged as the hi-tech power of the country. Also called by the name" byte basket", the city is credited for bringing the software boom to India. With the economy of this "electronic city" growing at a very fast pace, it has emerged as silicon power with its stronghold on IT industry. As far as nature and climate are concerned, you will find the place quiet rejuvenating; its salubrious climate and abundant natural beauty that play with your senses will make your visit worth remembering.
Legend after Name :
It is said that once King Veeraballa who ruled at Vijaynagar got lost on his way to a forest. In order to take shelter, he reached a small hut in the forest. The hut was inhabited by an old woman. As the king was quiet hungry, she offered a meal of beans to him. The king found the food extremely tasty and a gesture of thanksgiving, he named the city of Bangalore as "city of baked beans".
Bangalore was ruled by Kempegowda in the 16th century. He constructed a small fort here. The 18th century saw the emergence of the place as a popular fort city. At that time, it was ruled by Tipu Sultan; soon the city became the bone of contention between him and British colonizers. Under the rule of British, the city soon got recognization as a strong administrative center.
Bull Temple :
Constructed by Kempegowda, this exquisite temple is popular for a 4.5 meter high image of Nandi bull; it has been carved from a single piece of granite rock. Numerous ceremonies are organized in the premises and the Bull is worshipped by applying coconut oil. The entry is prohibited for Non- Hindus.
Vidhaan Soudha :
A major tourist attraction of Bangalore that is built in neo-Dravidian style looks quite magnificent. The construction of this building involved skilled craftsmanship and labor. More than 150 laborers were involved in the completion of several styles of architecture including Dravidian, Kannadiga, and Rajasthani. Have a look at the 12 pillars that have been erected to support the structure. The building carries immense significance as it is the seat of state legislative assembly and Secretariat. The cabinet room has carved doors that are built in sandalwood. As the structure is lighted on Sundays, the entire view appears splendid.
Jumma Masjid :
This imposing mosque is adorned with granite pillars that act as supporting structures in the prayer hall. You will see a congregation of Muslims who gather here on special occasions.
Tipu's Palace :
Another remarkable structure that interests the visitors coming to Bangalore is the palace of Tipu Sultan. Teakwood has been used in its construction; the walls are fancified with motifs. You will see pillars, balconies and arches everywhere. The oddments of the fort make one reminiscent of the battle between Sultan and British power.
Ulsoor Lake :
The lake is a perfect picnic spot and is dotted with numerous small islands. Here you can spend time in swimming and other recreational activities. Every year, in the months of August or September, a Ganesha festival is celebrated. The lake occupies an area of 1.5 square kilometers.
Venkatappa Art Gallery :
Here you will get a chance to see the works of Venkatappa and other modern artist. Most of the paintings are made in water colors; you can also get to see several wooden sculptures that have been kept in separate section. You can also visit the exhibition hall that allows the artists to display their art works.
J.N. Planetarium :
Managed by BASE, this planetarium at Bangalore was constructed in 1989 and aims at dispersal of scientific information to general public. Apart from this, people can get an opportunity to visit the Science Park and Science Center also.
Race Course :
Famous throughout India, this race course organizes big racing events. You can witness some of the major staking events that are held here from time to time.
Cubbon Park :
This impressive park is the major landmark of the city and is stretched over an area of 300 acres. You will be pleased to see the wide variety of flora as well as fauna that thrives here. You can take a vehicle as there are many motorable roads that criss cross the park area. The placed is blessed with 6000 exotic and local species of plants.
Lal Bagh :
These 200 years old extensive botanical gardens comprise of a huge number of tropical plants, rose gardens, fountains, and terraces. Another outstanding feature of the place is a glass house. You can be a part of fruit and flower shows that are held here.
Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple :
This monolithic cave temple of Lord Shiva is famous for the illumination of its interiors by a light ray that after passing through the horns of the Nandi bull enlightens the whole sculpture. You can have a glimpse of this marvelous site every year on the day of Makar Sakranti.
This lovely spot of Bangalore is situated at 28 kilometers from the destination. Known for its tranquil surroundings, the place has a restaurant run by KSTDC. Don't forget to look over an old Banyan tree which is sprawled over an area of 300 acres.
The place is meant for preserving several classical dance forms. In addition to dances, the dance village also teaches the trainees subjects like paintings, philosophy, mythology etc.
Excursion to Hassan involves a distance of 194 kilometers. Upon reaching there, you can visit several tourist places like Halebid and Belur. Another place worth visiting is Sravanbelagola which is an important Jain pilgrimage center.
This charming city is renowned for its exquisite palaces. Among the main attractions that lure you include Mysore Palace and Philomena's Church. Vrindavan gardens present a catchy site. The place is frequented by the tourists who visit the place for having the spectacular look of the musical fountains.
Bannerghatta National Park :
Famous for safaris, this national park of Bangalore is spread over a big area. Here you can see a number of wild animals like lions, elephants, tigers etc.
This lively city celebrates all its festivals with great fanfare.
This festival of Karaga has been celebrated since several centuries. Started by Thigala community, this festival is meant for worshipping Draupadi (wife of Pandavas). Karaga stands for a cone of flowers which is taken out in a processional ceremony. This cone is worshipped. The festivities continue for a period of 8 days. The marriage ceremony of the deity is also organized and is followed by dance revelries.
Festival of Ulsoor Someshwara :
It is accompanied by musical and bhajan performances by the inhabitants. It is celebrated every year in the month of either March or April.
Ayyappa Bhajans :
These Bhajans are recited by the pilgrims flocking to Sabarimala.
Sri Ganesha Festival :
In several parts of the city, this festival is celebrated in the month of August.
The other important festivals that are celebrated with joy and gaiety are Diwali, Dussehera, Ramzan etc.
Silicon City :
Bangalore is aptly called the Silicon City; the presence of a Silicon Park on the fringes of the city has made it a giant of the IT industry. Apart from being an electronic player of the country, the city's software industries have grown by leaps and bounds. It houses some of the hi-tech industries as well as multinational companies that are responsible for the boom in information and technology. In fact, Bangalore occupies second position in the world for being a software exporter. This techno savvy city abounds in cyber joints and technology based institutes.
The metropolitan city of Bangalore is open to nightlife. Numerous picture halls, pubs, restaurants, bars, discotheque, and nightclubs attract large crowds remain open till late night. If you have money to blow away, this place will suit you. Apart from these, the city abounds in malls and shopping centers that attract large crowds.
Like many other metropolitan cities of India, Bangalore is famous for its trade and commercial activities. You can buy items like carpets, antique pieces, incense, jewelry, sandalwood objects and handloom fabrics. The silk saris of the city are famous throughout India. The famous Priyadarshini handlooms are situated at many places. Some of the other popular shopping points that you may love to go are listed below:
Commercial Street :
Here , you will find many shopping outlets that sell cloths, food items and ornaments.
MG Road :
Apart from sari stores, you will come across a bookstore named Gangaram and some movie theaters.
Besides these, Bigade Road and Residency Road are also good option for doing shopping.
Cities Nearby :
Mysore is at 139 kilometers, Hassan at 187 kilometers and Chennai is at 331 kilometers from the destination.
Bangalore is a tourist hot spot. This multilingual city is a unique blend of culture and technology.