Space city, Garden city of India, Silicon valley of India, Electronic city of India. Be it any name all refers to the capital city of Karnataka- Bengaluru, formerly referred as Bangalore. The city enjoys the cool and cozy weather as it is situated at an elevation of 3000 ft above sea level, which is highest for any of the Indian major cities. It is located on Deccan plateau of Southern India. From the establishment of mud fort which is now considered to be the foundation of modern Bengaluru by Kempe Gowda to the establishment of most renowned IT companies. This mega city witnessed many historic events and is also a home of many natural wonders and monuments. The city’s balanced rich cultural heritage along with highly advanced infrastructure forms a major tourist destination. It’s friendly environment and cosmopolitan nature makes one’s journey more joyful and worth visiting. If you are planning a trip to Bengaluru then the below mentioned top 10 best places to visit in Bengaluru must and should be in your bucket list, because visiting Bengaluru and missing any one of them is no lesser than a crime.
Lal Bagh Gardens
Lal Bagh Gardens is located in the Bengaluru urban and is well connected with BMTC, Kempe Gowda bus station. This botanical garden is the most beautiful one with ancient history. Hyder Ali started the building of this gardens in 1760 but his son Tippu Sultan completed it. This gardens is credited with the acquiring of India’s first lawn clock. Spreading out over 240 acres of land, accounts to a wide variety of Flora ( nearly 1000 species ). Lal Bagh Rock gardens is known to be one of the oldest rock formations of Earth dating back to 3000 million years, is an added attraction that attracts tourists. This gardens conducts biannual flower shows on the months of January 26 and August 15
Ticket price – 20 INR for Indians and 15 for children
Timings – 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM
The palace was constructed by Chamaraja wodeyar purchasing it from Rev.J.Garrett and later renovated it in Tudor style in 1884. The construction has fortified towers, turrets, elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. It’s interior decors will leave you spell bound with stained glass Windows reflecting Gothic style. Sprawling over 454 Acres the fort stands still along with beautiful Gardens. One can also observe Raja Ravi Verma’s paintings inside the palace.
Ticket price – For Indians – 230
Foreigners – 460
Extra charge for still camera – 685
Timings :- Open all days 10 AM to 5PM
Location :- 60 km from Bengaluru, 10 km from Chikkaballapur town.
Nandi hills is a perfect spot where one can retreat from daily mundane and rejuvenate themselves in the lap of nature. Nandi hills is one of the hill stations near to Bengaluru with solid monolithic graphite mass that offers spectacular scenic views. It is the birth place of rivers Palar and Arkavathi. Very ancient Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple in Nandi village and Dravidian style depicting Nandi temple on the hill top which is at altitude of 1,478 meters above sea level ( name came from it ). Tippu sultan’s summer palace and fort, Yoga Nandeeshwara temples are the another attractions. There is also a place ground with all eminent facilities that nurtures their skills and to lift the spirit in them.
View points of hills
Cubbon park is situated right with in the heart of Bengaluru city and is regarded as lung area of city it is covered with abundant Flora and Fauna plantation along with famous personalities in the way for walking in the park. It is a perfect place where one can get rid off from hectic schedule and to take a beautiful walk in this park. It’s often called as “Walker’s Paradise”. The real beauty of the park is after turning on the lights, it’s mesmerizing sight for ones eyes. The park also having a toy train ride to visit the whole park and to have fun. It is also had an aquarium tank.
Being constructed in the year1865 is one of the oldest museums in India, and second oldest in South India . This archaeological museum has two exhibition floors which are divided into 18 galleries with a rare collection of archea and geological articrafts, The museum is credited with having 70 paintings , 84 sculptures and many other antique articrafts which were unique to the museum. The galleries cover the sections like natural history, geology, art, music and numismatics and is also the home of earliest kannada inscription-The Halmidi (450CE). This is also popularly called as Tamasha house.
Timings :- 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM
Holiday on Friday
Ticket price :- 15INR for Indians and 250INR for foreigners.
St. Marry’s Basilica church
It is the oldest church in Bengaluru. This church had it’s initial foundation as a thatched hut in 17th century and progressed later on slowly into a marvelous in to it’s present shape and structure in 1882. Credits to Review.L.E Kleiner. The church is 1st in the state elevated to minor Basilica. St. Marry’s Basilica church has been Constructed in Gothic style with Arches, ornamental and stained glass windows. The church celebrates a festival in the month of September which celebrates the birth of mother Mary which attracts tourists all round the city and indeed is very popular.
No entry fee
Timings :- 6.00 AM – 9.00 PM on all days
Vidhana Soudha is legislative assembly of Karnataka hence prior permission is required to enter inside it. The building stands talk in stature and was iconic landmark of Bengaluru. The construction style reflects Indo – Saracenic and Dravidian architecture. This marvelous granite building has it’s foundation laid by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951 and was completed in 1957. It is known as largest legislative assembly building in India. But it’s entry is restricted, view from outside is enough to satisfy our kin. Cubbon park is well near to this bulidong.
ISKCON Temple located on Bengaluru is one of the largest temples in the world. The temple was inagurated by Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1997. The temple is situated on the hillock named Hare Krishna Hill. The key feature of temple is a gold plated Dhwaja-sthamba ( flag post ) 17m (56 feet) high and a gold plated Kalash Shikara 8.5 meters ( 28 feet ) high
ISKCON Bengaluru has six shrines
- Main shrine dedicated to Radha Krishna
- Krishna Balram
- Nitai Gauranga
- Srinivasa Govinda
- Prahlada Narasimha
- Srila Prabhupada
Timings :- 4.00 AM – 5.00 AM, 7.15 AM – 1.00 PM, 4 PM – 8.30 PM
Bannnerghatta National Park
This biological reserve was founded in 1970 and dedicated as a national park in 1974. Covering an area of 260 km is aimed at promoting ecotourism and to teach the younger generation about the importance of wildlife conservation. It consists of a zoo, safari, elephant sanctuary, Butterfly park showcasing a wide variety of Flora and Fauna. It’s strategic location to the city of Bengaluru is key factor.
Open all days from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Ticket price :- Safari cost – 260 adult Indian and 130 for child
Foreigners from non – SAARC countries is 400
As we know Bengaluru is the first electrified city back in 1906. This place is credited for having Asia’s first hydro electric power station. It is located at about 182km from Bengaluru. A nature lover and one who is seeking a thrilling experience should visit this beautiful waterfalls . To reach this waterfalls one has to trekk a distance of 2km with lush greenery . Day visit is recommended to this place. Best time to visit is between June to September where you can witness the magnificent view of free falling water.
Not only these places like kaivara, Chala temples, National gallery of modern art, Tippu Sultan fort, wonderla, vishweshwaraya industrial and technological museum, are other destinations to watch out for. As the city is gifted with cool and comfortable climate it is best place to visit any time of the year.