Karnataka: Bangalore or Bengaluru - The Capital

 

The capital of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore, has seen a huge development since 1970 and has become one of the most important hi-tech cities of Asia. It is now the IT hub of India. Also popularly known as “the garden city”, Bangalore  or Bengaluru is one of the five most stunning garden cities of the entire world. The sixth largest city of India, located at an altitude of 921 meters, is pulling plenty of tourists for its salubrious and beautiful climate.

Bangalore was known as the fort city of India previously. The modern touch in the city decoration is prominent. Wide spread high ways, foliage at the roadsides and cottage like homes were the fortes of the well planned city. The city, however, was decorated in a new innovative way after 1950. The old cottage type homes disappeared quickly as the city was getting congested rapidly. Towering residential complexes and soaring edifices of different companies started to capture the land of Bangalore.

In yesteryears, British used to come to Bangalore from Chennai to get some relief from the scorching sun of Chennai. Bangalore, however, is now getting crowded with people of the entire world. People from all over the world throng to the majestic and charming Bangalore for their profession and are dreaming to set up their own lovely homes in and around the city. The city is now populated with young crowds who are coming to the city due to their professional needs. More than 5 million people are living their daily lives in and around Bangalore. Inhabitants who are living here in Bangalore for many years are active and able people. The cultures and mores of Bangalore are different and praiseworthy. Language is definitely not going to be a barrier for the people of other provinces. Even though the Kannada is the wide spread language here but Hindi and English are also quite popular. Nevertheless, the inhabitants follow western cultures. Tourists can plan their trip and visit Bangalore at any time of the year. The weather of the city is apt for industrial developments. Real estate prices here are one of the highest in India.

The Electronic city of India, Bangalore, is a paradise for huge industries. One of the wealthiest technological hubs and the biggest software exporting cities of India, Bangalore, was named as “The city of the Future” by the great Jawaharlal Nehru. The whole world appreciates the quality of Silk and taste of Coffee of Bangalore. But, the scarcity of drinking water and problems of power cut have become severe in Bangalore for last few years. Pollution has also increased and it has a direct impact on the weather of the “Air Conditioned city”, Bangalore.

The history of Bangalore dates back to the ancient centuries. The naming convention of the city of Bangalore is notable. The city was known as “Benda Kalo oru”, the meaning of which was “Boiled Beans”. A primeval fort, made up molding soil, was constructed by the Vijayanagar King, Veera Ballara and this was the period when the city, Bandakalooru, was built. Bangalore had probably derived its name from the old Bandakalooru.

Bangalore Palace: Located in central Bangalore, the palace was constructed by the king of Wadia way back in 1887. It was a replica of the Windsor Castle. The time-honored palace depicts the marvelous British Tudor architectural elegance and flair. General people who want to get mesmerized with the grandeur of the palace have to visit the Bangalore Palace during the first week of the month of November.

Cubbon Park: This is an oasis of the astounding Bangalore. A must visit heavenly destination for the nature lovers, hidden in darkness of the swaging bamboo trees, is Cubbon Park. It looks like an expert artist has created this Park with his adroit touch and skill. The prime and foremost attraction of Bangalore, the Cubbon Park, is located at a distance of 5 km towards the eastern side of the Railway station and bus stand. Built in 1864, covering rambling 300 acres of land in Cantonment city, the Cubbon Park, was built by Lord Cubbon.

Travelers can enjoy the horse ride and toy train ride with their loved ones. The imposing memorial hall of Seshadri Iyer now houses a library and also depicts the captivating Gothic architectures on its red structure. It’s a pleasing land for the children. The Cubbon Park is well designed with the Museum, Jawahar Balabhawan, Children’s ground and many more enticements. The attraction increases in evening when little toddlers dance with the musical tunes of the fountain and band orchestra. The old Cubbon Park is now popularly known as Joyachamarajendra Park.

Jawar Balabhawan houses plenty of items for the entertainment of the little kids. The territory of the Cubbon Park showcases foliage of 20 million years. The importance of the Park increases a lot as it houses the second largest Aquarium of the world. If you want to satisfy your taste buds then you can easily do that by having the fishes of this Aquarium. The adjoining Planetarium pulls huge crowds as it displays a striking exhibition six days a week (except on Monday).
The Musical Fountain, situated at the opposite side of the Planetarium, is enhancing the beauty of the Cubbon Park.

18 contiguous galleries of the Government Museum, built in 1886, contain the impressive sculptures and architectural articles of Halebid and Vijayanagar along with the majestic art forms of Mahenjo daro. Some of this magical architectural articles and antiques have huge historical values. History and origin of these sculptures were dated back to 5000 years. Primeval coins and ancient inscriptions are on display as well.

The adjoining Venkatappa Art Gallery is a state owned gallery which displays numerous colorful pictures, sculptures of plaster of Paris and astonishing antiques of Daru architectures. Remember that the Art Gallery is closed on Monday.

Visveswaraya Technological & Industrial Museum, adjacent to the Government Museum, is a destination for all the little kids who want to know about the effects of science on the industries. The neighboring trade centre exhibits various patent and beguiling items of Karnataka.

Bidhan Monument, built in 1954, at the north- west side of the Cubbon Park, made up of innumerable granite stones, is a majestic example of Dravidian architectures. The wonderful monument is famous for both its modishness and volume. Its volume is 505000 square feet. The titanic door of the cabinet room, built by assembling sandalwoods of different shapes, is increasing the charm and magnetism of this. Besides Assembly, the secretariat in the 4 storied Monument is also very attractive to look at. The entire historical Monument fascinate the batch of tourists with its time honored edifice and grandeur, especially, when it’s bedecked with the garlands of shimmering lights (except on Sunday and on other holidays). The ostentatious dome, located at a particular side of the Bidhan Monument, can only be accessed with a special permission of “Under Secretary”. The elegance of this magnificent and vain dome can be observed between 15:00 to 17:00 on any day of the week. This finicky portion of the Monument, however, is closed on every holiday.
The renowned two storied High Court house, made up artistically with adorning bricks and stones, at the opposite side of the Bidhan Monument, looks magical as it seems that someone has adroitly painted red color over the entire edifice.

The contiguous St. Central Library which depicts the awe-inspiring Gothic architectures is a praiseworthy creation as well. The artists, who had been really creative with the designing and decoration of the post office building, also deserve applause.

A number of city buses regularly connect the important locations of the city, such as Bidhan Monument, Shivaji Nagar, Cubbon Park etc.

Ulsoor Lake, situated towards the north- east side of the Cubbon Park, is adorned with islands. These islands look like pearls on the lucent water of the Lake. The emerald water of the Lake would not only entertain you with its pleasing splendor but also would offer a place where you can enjoy both yachting and swimming. This is a prominent place in Bangalore where city dwellers celebrate the festive season of Ganesha Chaturthi at. Bengali inhabitants who have been living here for innumerable reasons for many years have chosen this Lake for Durga idol immersion.

The patron of folk art forms should take a pain to visit the Folk Art Museum of Bangalore, situated towards the western corridor of the Kumara Park.

The newest attraction of Bangalore, is the artificial Kailash hill, on the Airport Road, covering a rambling terrain of 6000 square feet, is the park which was designed by the great architect K Kashinath. The chief enticement of the astounding compound is the 60 feet tall Shiva idol. The striking Shiva idol was inaugurated by Shankaracharya of Sringeri Math in 1995. This park and idol deserve a visit.

Lalbagh: A royal garden, decorated with the imperial red roses, is the amusement park of South Bangalore. If you have nothing to do in the afternoon, then you can easily come to this place to enjoy an evening walk. Opened as a private garden, built by the valiant king Hyder Ali in 1740, Lalbagh, was completed by his intrepid son, Tipu Sultan. The park, however, had got its final and modern shape by the British in 19th Century. Covering 240 acres of straggling territory, the rose garden, is decorated with 1800 species of trees which were brought especially for this garden all the way from Persia, Afghanistan and France.

The Glass House of Lalbagh, built in 1890, resembles the structure of the Crystal Palace of London. The marriage ceremonial hall, Fountain, Artificial Lake, Padma Pond, Rose Garden and Deer Park inside the territory of Lalbagh have contributed in increasing the charm and beauty of the lush green paradise. The flower clock which works using battery is one of the prime enticements of Lalbagh. The one week long flower and foliage exhibitions take place twice every year in Lalbagh during 26th January and 15th August. Climb up the watch tower, built by Kempe Gowda in 1539, to take pleasure in the splendor of the nearby natural environs. It opens at 8 a.m. and continues to entertain the tourists till 8 p.m.
Lalbagh is connected to the city bus stand by bus.

Spiritual crowds should visit the nearby Sri Ramkrishna Math. The Iskcon Krishna temple, covering 7 acres of expansive land, was built spending a hefty amount of 32 million and is now a coveted destination for the spirited dwellers.

Fort: About 4 km towards the southern side of the city market, the fort, was built long back in 1537 by Kempe Gowda using soil. This was the main place where from the city used to be controlled by the Kard emperors. During 18th century, the ruler, Hyder Ali, had renovated the fort and had reconstructed it with stones. The fort was again redesigned and revamped by Tipu Sultan. The fort was destructed by the British in the war against Tipu Sultan. Hordes of holiday makers can still recall the old historical days in ruins of the fort. The Ganapati temple in the vicinity is a charming allurement for the spiritual tourists.

Summer Palace of Tipu: Rashk-e-Jannat, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, located at the southern side of the fort, at the junction of Krishnarajendra and Albert Victor Roads, was built in 1778 with marbles and is an epitome of impressive Daru architectures. It is a majestic replica of the Daria Daulat Bagh palace of Srirangapatna. The Karu architecture of the time-honored palace is the chief and foremost allurement. The palace, however, has lost its old grandeur and magical shape due to the lack of proper maintenance. Tourists can watch the historical and antique items of the era of the influential king Tipu Sultan in the museum.

The adjoining ancient Venkataramana Swamy temple, depict the excellent 300 years old Dravidian architectural grandeur and flair. The Gopuram of the temple was built in 1978. The impression of gun shell of war shooter, used in the 3rd Mysore combat, can still be seen on the stone pillar, at the opposite side of Venkataramana Swamy temple.

Bull temple: Located at the southern side of the city of Bangalore, atop the Bugle hill, the Nandi temple is the oldest temple of Bangalore on the Bull temple road. The temple, built by Kempe Gowda in 16th Century, houses a monolithic idol of Nandi of 5*6 meters. The idol was built using granite stones and charcoal. The admirable Dravidian architectures would surprise the swarms of holiday makers. City dwellers opine that the size of the idol of Nandi is increasing day by day.
A holy Ganesha temple is situated adjacent to the Bull temple. This divine temple houses an idol which was built with 110 kg of butter. The reconstruction of the idol takes place once every 4 years.
Another watch tower, built by Kempe Gowda, about 400 meters towards the west of the Ganesha temple, is a nice place to watch the natural surrounds from. The temple can be accessed irrespective of the religious beliefs of the devotees.

Plenty of buses are frequently traveling to the Bull temple from various corners of the city.

Gangadhareshwara temple, situated at the north- west side of the Bull temple, built by Kempe Gowda, was famous for astrological studies and architectures. The temple is based on 4 monolithic pillars. The deity, Agni (fire), is residing on the holy throne of the temple. The basement of the temple gets enlightened with the sunlight which comes through the thorn of the idol of Nandi. Devotees flock to the consecrated premise of the temple from faraway places, especially, on 14th and 15th of January.

If you want to travel to the outskirts of Bangalore, then visit Janapada Loha Folk Arts Museum, about 53 km towards the south- west side of Bangalore. The museum displays the affluent cultures of Karnataka.

Nrityagram Dance Village, located at a distance of 30 km towards the western side of Bangalore, is a renowned destination for the tourists who love to witness the significant cultures and traditions of a particular place. Cultural tourists can get an idea and acquire knowledge about the primeval dance forms of Karnataka from the local people of the village. The skillful dancers of the village often exhibit their talents with the stunning and patent dance forms of Karnataka regularly. To watch the dance performances of the dexterous performers of the village, you have to purchase a ticket with 20 rupees.

Nandi hills: Famous for the idol of Nandi (the descendent of Shiva), the hillock Nandi hill, about 60 km towards the northern side of Bangalore, located at an elevation of 1478 meters, is an enthralling place in the middle of quietness. The captivating nature of these particular tourists’ spot was an interesting attraction for the emperor, Tipu Sultan as well. It was the summer resort for Tipu Sultan due to the excellent natural setting of this place. It is small destination away from the noisy and mundane city life. The roads of the hillock look beguiling. Salubrious climate of the hill resort is pulling huge number of people as well. The temperature of Nandi hill hovers around 22.3 degrees Celsius to 28.7 degrees Celsius. British could not even resist the temptation of visiting this fabulous destination.
Two hallowed Shiva temples are there in the vicinity for the spirited spiritual crowds. One of these temples is located at the lower acclivity of the hill where as the other is situated atop the hill.
Tourists can witness the old glory days of the palace of Nandi hill. The renovations, however, had taken place a number of times and this definitely had changed its original shape and shine.
The neighboring Amrita Sarovar is a small appealing Lake. The streams of Pennar, Chitravathi and Palar River in the hinterland are also treats to the travelers.

Tourists, who love to watch the ancient divine temples, would be satisfied visiting the Yoganandiswara Shiva temple, built by the Cholas kings, atop the hill. The temple is located at a distance of 1 km from the bus stand of Nandi hill. Later on, the kings of Vijayanagar dynasty had renovated the righteous temple.

The prayer hall of Tipu Sultan in Nandi hill has an immense historical value. Chhabotra, Kumpage orchard, Magazine and Drop of Tipu are the other coveted attractions of Nandi hill. “Drop of Tipu” is located atop the 600 meters tall hill. The soldiers of Tipu Sultan used to take the prisoners to the top most position of the “Drop of Tipu” and they were thrown from the hilltop. Zenana Mahal of Tipu Sultan is another charming destination for the travelers.

Besides the historical monuments and primeval memories, a number of pious Nandi temples, built during the Cholas dynasty, are still drawing attention of the devotees. The Eucalyptus tree was brought here all the way to India for the first time from Australia by valiant Tipu Sultan.

Conducted tours are organized by KSTDC during 15th April to 15th June to Nandi hills and the birth place of M Visveswaray. Buses from the city bus stand regularly travel to Nandi hills through Chikbalapurthy hill. Nandi hill is also accessible through Bangalore- Bangarpet railway track.
Tourists can stay at Cubbon House, PWD Guest House and Hotel Mayura Pine Top.

Ramohalli: Ramohalli means a huge Ficus benghalensis tree. This 400 years old tree is spreading across 3 acres of land. Located at a distance of 28 km from Bangalore, Ramohalli, is a pleasing and agreeable picnic spot.

Ramohalli can be accessed by bus from Kengeri, situated on Bangalore- Mysore road. Direct buses are also available to Ramohalli from Bangalore City bus stand.

Shivaganga hillock, situated at an elevation of 1380 meters, about 55 km away from Bangalore, on Tumkur road, looks different from different angles. It looks like Nandi from the eastern side, Ganesha from western side, Shiva lingam from the southern side. Two contiguous temples and fountain make this place a sought after destination.

The Patalganga, placed on the way to Ramohalli, is an appealing natural spring.

The dam on the Arkavathi River, about 35 km away from Bangalore, has created the Chamrajsagar reservoir. This reservoir is supplying water to the city of Ramohalli. This is a lovely spot for picnic and outing lovers. It is important to grant permission from Chief Engineer, BWSSB before getting an opportunity to watch the impressive sight of the reservoir.

Traveler’s Bungalow, adjacent to the Chamrajsagar reservoir, is a nice place to stay at.

The Hesaraghatta Lake, about 26 km away from Bangalore, on Nh-4, is another fascinating tourists’ spot. Here, tourists can enjoy fishing and boating on Arkavathi River.
About 35 km from Bangalore, Devanahalli, was the birth place of Tipu Sultan. To remember the glory days of Tipu Sultan and his achievements, a commemorative was built. Devanahalli, has also gained its reputation for the ancient fort of Tipu Sultan. The depiction of the Dravidian architectures on the walls of the Venugopal temple is notable and praiseworthy.

The birth place of Kempe Gowda, Magadi, about 45 km away from Bangalore, is a renowned primeval city. This ancient place was built in 1139 by the Cholas dynasty.

The excellent fine arts on the renowned Someshwar, Rameshwar, Gangadhareshwar and Birbhadra temples are treats to the eyes.

Trekkers would be entertained if they climb up the trekkers’ paradise, Ramanagaram. Rock climbers learn the process rock climbing by climbing up 400 feet tall hill. The shooting of the popular film, Sholay, had taken place here.

Puttaparthy, the petite village of Andhra Pradesh, is getting popularity for the Ashram of the saintly Sai Baba. It is accessible easily from Bangalore. Click here to know more about Puttaparthy.

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