Apart from being the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is also renowned for its urbanism, tall buildings, thriving pubs and plenty of lush green public places. Once known for the Vijayanagar Empire and the mud fort, it is now famous as the Pub capital of India. The transformation wasn’t overnight but is truly applaud worthy.
While in Bangalore don’t miss out on these iconic tourist attractions:
With lavish living rooms and aureate ceilings, the Bangalore Palace was built as a replica of England’s Windsor Castle, though smaller in size. Go here for the interactive audio tours through the part of the building that belonged to Mysore’s royal family. The tour is conducted in 5 foreign languages including English. For the best royal experience, hop on to the horse-chariot and take a round around the palace!
Built in 1956 by Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiya, Vidhana Soudha is the perfect exemplar of “Neo-Dravidian” architectural style, making it the most magnificent structure in Bangalore. The building consists of 22 departments and 300 rooms. Vidhana Soudha is built entirely with porphyry and granite with 4 domes on its 4 corners. Don’t forget to visit here between 6.00 to 8.30 in the evening.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
While in Bangalore, begin your day with an early morning walk or take an evening stroll at the famous Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. It was dirng the reign of Mysore’s popular ruler, Hyder Ali, that Lalbagh was established as a 40-acre private garden. Later, it turned into a public garden covering a sprawling area of 240 acres. The garden homes a beautiful glass house, where an annual flower show is hosted, attracting tourists from all over the city. Among the extensive flora and fauna at Lalbagh, there are several rare Persian, French and Afghani plants here.
The Innovative Film City
With a sprawling area of around 50 acres, the Innovative Film City is situated on the Bangalore Mysore highway at Bidadi. This film city is the biggest of its kind in Bangalore with numerous tourist attractions such as cartoon city, a 4D amphitheater, Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, Dinosaur world, Louis Tussad wax museum and an artificial beach named Aqua Kingdom. Not only this, the film city also has a mini golf course and a go-carting zone, making it a must visit for the tourists.
Poetry buff? Then this is the place for you! Urban Solace cafe welcomes established and budding poets every week for a poetry reading session, known as the “Tuesdays with the Bard”. The sessions are amazingly casual, undoing the usual characteristics of such events. Relax, sip some flavorsome coffee while lending an ear to the spectacular poets. Not only this, you too can discover the poet in you during the in-between Open-Mic sessions here.
Bull Temple, Basavanagudi
Located in the NR colony of South Bangalore, the Bull Temple was built in 1537 under the rule of the Vijayanagara Empire. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu demi-god, Nandi, in the form of bull. The statue of Nandi is believed to have been carved out of a single piece of granite. Measuring 15 feet in height and 20 feet in length, this statue is the biggest one in the world. The temple also houses a statue of Lord Ganesha. The Bull Temple is also popular for its yearly event called Kadalekayyi Parishe.
Close to M.G. Road, the Ulsoor lake is a must-visit on your trip to Bangalore. The lake has several temples in its vicinity, the most significant of which is the Somesvara Temple. With a surface area of 125 acres, the lake was formed for the purpose of harvesting rainwater. Over the years, the lake has become a renowned tourist spot along with the facility of hiring a boat for visiting various small islands doting the lake. While you visit the Ulsoor Lake, don’t miss out on the famous Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara for a blissfully spiritual experience.
Shiva Temple, Airport Road
Built in 1995, the Shiva Temple at Airport Road is one of the must-see attractions in Bangalore. The temple houses a 65-feet high Lord Shiva’s statue sitting in the Lotus position. The temple gets a heavenly feel due to the beautiful backdrop of Shiva’s abode.On festivals, the temple attracts over 4-lakh devotees.