Bangalore Travel Guide
Places of Interests in Bangalore
magnificent building of the Neo-Dravidian style ,houses
the State Legislature. It was conceived and executed by
Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the former Chief Minister of
Karnataka in 1956.
Attara Kacheri (High Court):
"Eighteen offices" is the literal meaning of this very
elegant two storied building facing Vidhana far from there
is the sprawling Cubbon Park, Vishveshwarajap Museum of
Science and Technology and Venkatappa Art Gallery.
This expanse of greenery is one of India's most beautiful
botanical gardens. It was laid out by Hyder Ali and Tippu
Sultan in the 18th century, Within the Gardens there is a
beautiful lake with a water spread area of 1.5 Sq.Kms
dotted with picturesque tiny islands. It is a good picnic
This beautiful park, which spreads over 300 acres in the
heart of the city, serves as the lung space of the
evergrowing Banglore city. Designed by Lt. General Sir
Mark Cubbon, in 1864, is dotted with beautiful statues,
flowering trees, fountains and a library its midst.
The Government Museum:
One of the oldest museums in the country, established in
1886, has a unique collection of sculptures, inscriptions,
paintings, icons and also some relics from Mohenjodaro.
Visweswaraiah Industrial & Technological Museum:
This museum is tribute to Sir. M. Vishweswaraiah the
Architect of modern Karnataka, a must see for students and
Science buffs, Which presents the amazing wealth of modern
Venkatappa Art Gallery:
The Art Gallery has a permanent display of paintings and
sculpture by the renowned artist K.Venkatappa.
Karnataka Folk Museum:
Karnataka janapada trust manages this museum where many
rare masks, artifacts and costumes are displayed. It also
boasts of an impressive collection of folk music and
videos of folk dances. It is located at Kumara Park West,
A variety of exotic fishes are the attraction in this
diamond shaped Aquarium, which is at the enterance of the
Jawahar Bal Bhavan:
A children's theatre, an amusement park and a toy train
are the main attractions here. Closed on Mondays and
second Tuesdays of the month.
Bull Temple (Dodda Basavanna Temple):
The gigantic image of the celestial bull, Nandi, which
stands at 4.57 meters. in height, is a classic example of
Dravidian architecture. A yearly festival to celebrate the
harvesting of peanuts, (Kallekai parse) is held here
during the month of Nov-Dec. which attracts large crowds
from all over the state.
Dodda Ganapathi Temple:
A huge monolithic statue of Gapnapati, which attracts
thousands of devotees every day. One of the oldest temples
This rock stands as a mute witness to the bygone era of
the founder of Bangalore, when it served as the watchtower
and incase of any attack, a bugle call from here alerted
the inhabitants of the town.
Sri Gavi Gangadareshwara Temple:
A unique phenomenon of this cave temple is the sunlight
passes through the horns of the bull to light up the Gavi
Ganagadareshwara idol on the day of Makara Sankranthi i.e.
January 14th or 15th every year.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium:
The sky threatre with a dome of fifteen metres in diameter
attracts all the amateur astronomers and the commoners to
this Planetarium, founded in 1989 to commemorate the birth
centenary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the First Prime Minister of
Another attraction opposite the planetarium is the musical
fountain and its dancing waters. The Bangalore Palace:
Modeled after the Windsor Palace, this beautiful granite
palace was built by the Wodeyars, the erstwhile rulers of
A blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony is the
Hare Krishna Temple, built on the hillock with a panoramic
beauty, which attracts thousands of devotees.
Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace:
A very small portion of the mud fort built by Hyder Ali
and his son Tipu Sultan, stands to this day, which is a
far cry from the original. But the summer Palace of the
great hero, Tipu Sultan, built in wood and ornately
decorated, remains untouched by the vagaries of time.
This ancient temple built by Maharaja Chikka Devaraya
Wodeyar, situated next to the summer palace of Tipu
Sultan, is a fine example of Dravidian architecture.
A religious festival celebrated every year during
March/April with lots of religious fervour by the people
of Bangalore is celebrated in the night.
Thavakkal Mastan Saab Dargah:
This Durgah of the Sufi saint Thavakkal Mastan is
associated with the Karagega festival as the procession
always stops to pay respects before it proceeds to the
temple of Dharmaraya. A true symbol of the unity that
exists amongst the people of different faiths.
Infant Jesus Church:
Infant Jesus Church in Viveknagar is another world famous
wonder, which attracts thousands of devotees from all
castes, creeds and religions for thanks giving and
It is synonymous with the Ashram of Sri Satya Sai Baba,
which is thronged by devotees from the world over.
International Tech Park:
Located at Whitefield, it is most modern and successful
software tech park, acting as the frontline Institution
for export oriented software units, thus emphasizing the
status of Bangalore as the IT capital, as also the Silicon
Valley of India.
This lake is the heart of the city which attracts people
for its boat rides and its picturesque tiny islands. The
Someshwara Temple, built by Kempegowda is located nearby.
St. Mary's Basilica:
Abbe Dubois, a French missionary built a small chapel in
1818 and later this was transformed into a huge Gothic
style church by Rev. Kleiner in 1882 which is decorated
with stained glass from Europe. The Church was given the
status of a Basilica in 1973 through a papal order by Pope
John Paul IV.