Tourist attractions of Bangalore

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From the awe inspiring Himalayas in the north to the fairway southern area of Kerala, India is full of great travel and tourism destinations. One reason India is this kind of well-liked destination is that every corner of the countryside and the cities provide the visitor a unique experience.  Bangalore is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions for the tourists. Bangalore, was originally built when the king of Vijayanagar gave a gift to Kempagowda, the Yelahanka Prabhu chief which was a large parcel of land. He used the massive revenue gained from that land to develop a new the city. The city of Bangalore is popular as the IT hub of India and has earned itself sobriquet of Silicon Valley of India. Besides, the city also has some significant tourist attractions which attract numerous tourists all across India and even abroad. Existence of a large number of gardens in the city has popularized it as the “Garden City of India.”

 

 Bangalore (Benguluru), currently the capital of Karnataka State in southwest India, is also regarded as the Garden City of India, and is without a doubt one of the most happening, advanced and developed cities positioned within the southernmost part of India and the foremost hub for IT business, as such is also regarded as the IT Capital of India. The city of Bangalore is popular as the IT hub of India and has earned itself sobriquet of Silicon Valley of India. Besides, the city also has some significant tourist attractions which attract numerous tourists all across India and even abroad. Existence of a large number of gardens in the city has popularized it as the “Garden City of India.”Bangalore has its mild pleasant climate all throughout the year and because of that is one of the best hubs for a tourist destination across India and throughout the region, which makes frequent Bangalore flights available all year long. The economic value of Bangalore is further enhanced with the presence of a lot of heavy industries, software, outsourcing corporations, and aerospace, telecommunications, and defense corporations creating a lot of business travel and is without a doubt one of the most visited cities in India.

 

 

For tourists, Bangalore is really a paradise as it has a whole lot of activities to offer you. Some of the renowned tourist attractions in Bangalore include – Ashoka Pillar, Dargah Hazarath, Tawakkal Mastan, Jumma Masjid, Ravindra Kalakshetra, St Mary’s Church, Gandhi Bhavan, Innovative Film City, Vidhana Soudha, The Bangalore race course, and Chikkajala Fort.

 

 

Vidhan Soudha or the Secretariat State:

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 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. This imposing edifice built almost entirely of dressed Bangalore granite is a tribute to temple architecture. Housing the Legislative Chambers of the State Government this 46 meter high seat of the government is Bangalore’s best known landmark. This is one of Bangalore’s most important buildings. Mr. Kengal Hanumanthaiah the then chief minister of Mysore decided to construct the Vidhana Soudha entirely along Indian style of architecture. There are four domes on all the four corners. The main entrance is overshadowed by the four headed lion, the symbol of Indian sovereignty. It houses 22 departments and 300 rooms. Built of Granite and Porphyry this imposing building houses the Secretariat and the State Legislature of Karnataka. Constructed in 1956 after the transfer of power from the ruling Wodeyar dynasty to the central government, it was designed by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the then Chief Minister, who intended it to “Reflect the Power and Dignity of the People”. It is capped by a 20-m (66ft) dome, which is surmounted by the four-headed Asoka lion, symbol of the Indian State. With Rajasthani Jharokhas, Indo-Saracenic pillars and other decorative elements, the Vidhana Soudha exemplifies the Neo-Dravidian style of Post-Independence Bangalore. The woodwork inside is noteworthy. Especially the sandalwood door to the Cabinet Room, and the Speaker’s Chair was made of rosewood from Mysore. The Building looks spectacular on sunday evenings when it is beautifully illuminated.

 

The Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Palace:

 The Fort of Bangalore was built by Kempe Gowda and was later expanded by the legendary king Tipu Sultan. .Only parts of the fort remain standing in mute testimony to the struggle of Tipu Sultan against British domination. The fort is noted for its beautifully carved arches in Islamic style and for the well preserved Ganapati temple. Originally, built by Kempe Gowda in 1537. It was extended and fortified by Tipu Sultan. Hyder Ali, Tipu’s father had imprisoned David Baird along with a number of British army officers here. Tipu Sultan’s Palace close to the fort is now a museum. The palace was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791 it took ten years of planning and construction. This was one of Tipu Sultan’s summer retreats. It is a two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with pillars, arches and balconies flanked

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by gardens on either sides leading to the palace. The eastern and western projecting balconies of the upper floor contained the seat of state from where Tipu conducted affairs of the state. An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the “Abode of Happiness”. This summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for its carving and paintings. The Venkataramanaswamy temple, built in the 17th century by the Wodeyar family is a splendid example of Dravidian temple architecture. Within its periphery is the well preserved 16th century Ganapati Temple. Nearby is The Palace Hyder Ali begun and Tipu completed. The Palace was one of Tipu Sultan’s summer retirements. It is a double storied flowery wooden structure. It has columns, curves and balconies which are laid with gardens on both sides of the path which leads to the palace. A dedication on the wooden screen reports the palace to be an “Abode of Happiness”.

 

 

Lalbagh Botanical garden:–

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Hyder Ali, the Emperor of Mysore, laid down the foundation of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens in the 18th century. The gardens were later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan. He imported trees and plants from different countries of the world, like Persia, Afghanistan and France, to add to the wealth of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens of Bangalore. The gardens encircle one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. This botanical gardens has over 1000 species of flora. The Glass House is the center of attraction in this 2400-acre park. The ancient ruler Hyder Ali laid it out and later his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The others attractions of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens include the Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth. It is believed to be approximately 3000 million years old. The garden is beautifully designed, with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains adding to its splendor. Flower extravaganzas are held every year in the botanical gardens, as a part of the Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations. The entry to the gardens is free between 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 7 pm, for the benefit of the joggers and fitness freaks. There is also no charge for children and disabled throughout the day. The magnificent landscape of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens truly mesmerized its visitors. Sit by the lakeside, savor the view from the hilltop, take long walks in the nursery and enjoy the beauty of the nature!

 

 

Cubbon Park:–

Cubbon Park is one of the biggest parks of Bangalore city. It is major landmark in Bangalore contributing to various Historical Monuments and Government Buildings, Cultural, Scientific Institutions other than just being a park. occupies over 300 acres with flowering plants, towering trees, shaded groves and vast expanse of green. Though this park is in the heart of the city it contributes to the vast expanse of greenery, protecting environment for Bangaloreans, a great lung space for morning joggers. So also for naturalists who study plants in the serene natural environment. It also has motor able roads, and well laid out walking paths running through

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the park. Lush green landscapes contribute to the rich plant wealth. Many exotic botanical species and genera grow here. They are over 6000plants and trees in the premises attributing to 68 genera and 96 species. The onus of maintenance and development the park is on the Horticulture department which they have done it with pride and dedication. In addition, many ornamental and flowering trees both exotic and indigenous are found in the park

 

Attara Kechari:–

Among the many gems in the crown of Bangalore is Attara Kacheri. Attara Kacheri is a popular monument in Bangalore that provides insight into the brilliant architectural past of the city. The Karnataka High Court locally known as Attara Kacheri is located opposite to the Vidhana Soudha. Attara Kacheri literally means “eighteen offices” or departments. The Attara Kacheri, is an attractive 19th century red stone edifice that was built during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1864. It is believed that during the reign of Tipu Sultan the offices of the eighteen revenue departments of the

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state expanded considerably which his palace could not accommodate. In order to accommodate the eighteen revenue departments the Emperor of Mysore that is Tipu Sultan ordered for a new establishment. The offices were shifted to the new building which came to be known as Attara Kacheri. The Attara Kacheri  is an elegant two storied structure that comprises eighteen offices or departments, hence the name Attara Kacheri. The Attara Kacheri is an attractive building that exhibits the true Gothic style of architecture. Strategically located at Cubbon Park just opposite the Vidhana Soudha the Attara Kacheri enjoys prime location in the city.  Easily accessible from all corners of Bangalore the monument shares close proximity to one of the famous roads in the city; MG Road. Attara Kacheri radiant in its vibrant hues boasts of Karnataka’s history from the glorious days of Tipu Sultan’s reign and hence is one of Bangalore’s most popular tourist spots.

 

The Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum:–

Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is situated on the Kasturba Road in Bangalore. Named after M. Visveswaraya, the Dewan of Mysore, it comprises of five galleries, namely Popular Science Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Children’s Science Gallery, Electronic Technology Gallery and Engine Hall Gallery. Visveswaraya Museum is the perfect place to get an idea about the working of different types of machines. Apart from airplane and steam engine, a number of other items are also on display inside the museum. For example, exhibits on electronics, motor power, uses and properties of wood and metal, etc. If you have an interest in popular

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science, you can also work on some of the exhibits. A major attraction of the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum comprises of its mobile science exhibition.

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2 Responses to Tourist attractions of Bangalore

  1. Abhishek says:

    Bangalore is very nice city where the city is dream location for IT professional.By watching the botanical garden really one has to think that city is ‘Garden city’.Tipu Sultan’s Palace still has it’s glory.

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