The capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore, now Bengaluru, is a mixed bag of old culture and new trends. For its various shades, it is known by several names like City of Gardens, Silicon Valley of India, Air conditioned City and Pub Capital of India. Unlike other metros, Bengaluru does not have many heritage attractions. But it does have its own fair share of tourist attractions to visit.
This famous garden was established by Hyder Ali in 1760 and developed by his son Tipu Sultan. With a centric glasshouse the park has the most variety of flowers in the world.
Named after the Commissioner of Bangalore, Sir Mark Cubbon, the park allures nature lovers, joggers and children. It has many flowering plants of some exotic varieties and a play area called Bal Bhavan.
Built by ChamarajaWodeyar in 1887, the architecture of Bangalore Palace was inspired by the Windsor Castle of England. A royal family is still in residence at the palace and visitors are allowed for a fee. The palace is very impressive with its green lawns, fortified towers and arches and lovely wood carvings.
Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Fort:
Initially conceived and built in mud by Chikkadeva Raya, reconstructed by Hyder Ali in Indo-Islamic style and completed by Tipu Sultan, this palace is in the Bangalore Fort area. A highlight of the fort is the Hindu Temple built in the courtyard.
A landmark building of Bangalore VidhanaSoudha was built in 1954. The massive neo-Dravidan structure holds four domes in the four corners and houses many government departments besides the Legislative Chamber of Karnataka. It looks best at night in its illuminated state.
National Gallery of Modern Art:
Located on Palace Road, the gallery is the third of its kind in India. Consisting of two wings, the gallery is present in a Colonial building with a garden and café in the premises.
Constructed by Kempegowda II, the scenic Ulsoor Lake is in the heart of Bangalore city. Boating facilities and a promenade make it more attractive for tourists.
ISKCON Sri RadhaKrishnachandra Temple:
One of the largest ISKCON temples in the world, this temple is in Rajajinagar, Bangalore. The temple offers a peaceful sanctum for people who want to spend some quiet hours of meditation. It promotes spiritual learning and Vedic culture.
Innovative Film City:
Established recently in 2008, the Innovative Film City is around 40 kilometres from the heart of the city and is spread over 50 acres. It is a landmark attraction for theme parks.