Places of Interest in Bengaluru

Tipu Sultan Fort

Located in the most crowded market area, Tipu Sultan Fort represents the artistic talent that prevailed in the past. It was originally constructed by Kempegowda in the year 1537 using mud bricks. It was modified and extended by Haider Ali, who used granite stones in the process. It was Tipu Sultan who completed it during 1791 and it served as his summer retreat. The two-storied structure has pillars, carved arches and balconies. It represents Islamic style and you could find a temple of Ganesha, a Hindu god. This throws light on the religious tolerance exhibited by the ruler.


Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens

This botanical garden is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens you could find in India. Constructed by Haider Ali, it was later modified by Tipu Sultan. The Glass House in the gardens was inspired by the London Crystal Palace. Spread across a sprawling 240 acres of land, the garden has above 1800 species of plants, herbs and trees. The lawn clock in the garden is the first of its kind in India.


Bengaluru Palace

Bengaluru Palace was constructed by Chamaraja Wodeyar in the year 1884 and he had his inspiration from England's Windsor Castle. Located at city's center, the Tudor style construction has Gothic windows, woodcarvings and turrets, which stand proof of the stunning architecture during the period. The 430-acre land that holds the palace has beautiful gardens. The palace is now used to conduct exhibitions and concerts.



Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is a perfect location to feel one with nature. Located 60 kms away from Bengaluru, it is one of the hill stations near Bengaluru with the solid monolithic granite mass that offers the best view. Rivers Palar and Arkavathi originate from here. The hill was named after the renowned Nandi temple, which is situated at the top of the hill. It is situated 1478 meters above sea level. Some of the tourist attractions here include Amruth Sarovar, Tippu's Summer Palace and Fort, Horse Way, origins of Palar and Arkavathi rivers, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Tippu Drop


Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park is situated in 300 acres of land. It was constructed by Richard Sankey who was the Chief Engineer of Mysore. The massive green parks and the lawns that are well maintained need special mention. The Park offers beautiful walk way. It is a perfect place for you to be during your hectic holiday tour. It deserves to be called a Paradise for walkers. Statues of famous personalities are situated here. You will be mesmerized by the sight of Cubbon Park in the evening when the lights are turned on.


The Government Museum

It was built in the year 1886. The museum houses rare collections, which represent various periods. The 18 galleries in the museum have antique jewellery, Neolithic finds of various civilizations and so on. You will find amazing sculptures and old paintings here.


National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art in Bengaluru is a must visit for all art and history lovers. It has a collection of about 500 paintings. Some of the famous artists whose work has been displayed are Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Shergill, Jamini Roy. For ease of viewing, all the artworks have been labelled and displayed according to different time periods, art schools and by artists.



St. Mary's Basilica Bengaluru

St. Mary's Basilica is Bengaluru's oldest church is famous for St. Mary's Feast in the month of September. The church’s first foundation was laid in the 17th century and it was rebuilt to its original glorious structure in 1875. The church is only the sixth church in India which has been elevated to a minor basilica. A long history is associated with the church; The two statues of St. Mary also have an interesting legend behind their inception in the church. The Gothic architecture, beautiful pillars, stained windows make this church a sight to behold.


Vidhana Soudha

A stunning example of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian architecture, Vidhana Soudha is one of the most visible landmarks of Bengaluru. The foundation stone was laid by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951 and it was completed in 1956. It has the distinction of being the largest legislative building in India and therefore many people don’t even enter the premises and a glimpse from outside is enough to satisfy them.


Chola Temples

Bengaluru was ruled by Chola dynasty, an important ruling dynasty in South. They ruled Bengaluru for over a century and their imprint on the city can be viewed from the many temples they built around the city. These temples are more than 1500 years old and showcase the once glorious empire of Cholas in Bengaluru. Some of the Chola temples that can be visited are Old Madiwala Someshwara Temple, Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Domlur Chokkanathaswamy temple and Sri Ananda Lingeshwara Temple.


ISKCON Temple

One of the largest ISKCON temples in the world, ISKCON Bengaluru is a must visit to experience religious fervour and architectural beauty. The temple organises many activities for Krishna devotees; these include youth programs, cultural programs and many festivals. The temple has six separate shrines and a 17 m gold-plated flag post; a 9 m gold plated kalash shikara.


Kaiwara

Kaiwara is a small town in the Chickballapur district of Karnataka state, located northeast of Bengaluru.

The ancient town of Kaiwara finds mention in many scriptures. Pandavas stayed here for some time during their exile and the bilingual saint poet Saint Narayanappa lived here for between the late 18th to the early 19th century. Many of his poems dedicated to Lord Vishnu were composed both in Telugu and Kannada in this city. The Amaranarayana Swamy Temple here is a major attraction for its connection to Lord Venkateshwara of Tripura.