India is a land of varied people, culture, cuisine, and religions. The vibrancy present in India is unparalleled and it is hard to find diversity so unique in any other place on earth. Every district, state, and city has an unmatched quality that attracts more visitors every year to this magnificent country.
Bangalore is one such city of India that attracts many tourists round the year and we bring to you a list of every good place you must pay a visit to in this historical place.
Bangalore at a glance:
Bangalore aka Bengaluru is the celebrated capital of the Karnataka state of India. Famously known as the silicon valley of India, Bangalore is the IT hub of the country with many international companies setting up their offices here. Another interesting aspect of Bangalore is its vibrant nightlife. Home to many former royal families, Bangalore has a rich cultural history. The city has witnessed various tests of time and has been ruled by many famous dynasties such as the Marathas, the Sultans and the British. Post independence, Bangalore has seen tremendous growth and infrastructural development.
Tourist Places of Bangalore:
Lal Bagh Botanical garden
Started initially as a private garden for the royals in the 17th century, Lal Bagh has seen many developments from time to time. With an extremely rare collection of sub-tropical and tropical plants and trees, Lal Bagh also houses a majestic glass house that resembles the Crystal glass house of London. The name Lal Bagh is derived from the red roses that bloom in the garden throughout the year.
Attara Kacheri and surrounding areas
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Built in the rule of Tipu Sultan, this beautiful building has two stories and has a high court and many lower courts. The building has a beautiful finish. The nearby Government Museum has an exotic collection of coins, paintings, sculptures and inscriptions. Venkatappa gallery next to the museum displays the masterpiece art work by the noted artist Venkatappa and many others.
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Chamaraja Wodeyar built the Bangalore Palace in the year 1887 after getting inspired by the Windsor castle in England. With magnificent Tudor style architectural built, lush green lawns, fortified towers, and beautiful carvings of wood makes this place a must visit. It is now owned by the royal family of Mysore. The sprawling beautiful ground of the palace is now used to hold concerts and events.
Tipu Sultan’s Fort & Palace
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Tipu Sultan’s fort and summer palace is one of the most famous places to visit in Bangalore. The famous ruler of India- Tipu Sultan’s fort and palace was originally built by the architect Chikkadeva Raya in mud. Later it was renovated by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan’s son. Many Indo-Islamic changes were made in the structure, but the temple in the premises was left untouched.
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Spread over an area of 125 acres, the lake was constructed by Kempegowda II. It is a well maintained lake with various attractions for tourists such as boating and swimming. Many people gather in the evenings to witness the beautiful sunset at the lake. It is a great place to relax and witness different species of birds.
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Located in the heart of the city, the Cubbon Park was originally built in the year 1870 by a British Engineer. The park boasts of great landscapes, natural rock outcrops, massive bamboos and thick trees. The park has motorable roads with beautiful flower beds on the sides. The park is loved by early morning walkers and is a great place to relax and have a family picnic.
Bannerghatta National Park
Located in the outskirts, the Bannerghatta National Park is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore. It is a perfect destination for animal lovers. It has a zoo, a pet corner, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house, a safari park and an animal rescue center. A portion of the park is declared as a biological reserve. The National Park also has 6 rural villages that carry out sheep and cattle farming.
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Counted amongst the most beautiful and famous buildings of the city of Bangalore, the Vidhana Soudha houses the legislative chambers of the state government. There are 300 rooms in the building that are divided into 22 departments of the government of the state. With a height of approximately 46mtrs, the building is a design marvel built in the year 1956 boasting of the gorgeous Dravidian architecture.
The Freedom Park is located in the Central Business District of Bangalore and was opened to public tours in the year 2008. Formerly a central Jail, this place has seen many prisoners right from the British rule. It was extensively used by the British army during the freedom fighting years to keep the fighters jailed here. Spread in an area of 21 acres, the park has many sections including a children’s play area, sculpture section, book museum, water fountain, people courtyard and a Jail Museum.
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Located just 35kms away from Bangalore city, the Devanahalli fort was built in the early 1500s by Mallabairegowda and was subsequently occupied by Tipu Sultan’s army. The fort spread in the area of 20 acres, has the influence of the various rulers who have occupied it before finally getting in to the hands of the British Army.
Other than the historical sites, Bangalore boasts of many modern and contemporary structures that are sure to make your trip more exciting and thrilling. There are many attractive weekend getaways from Bangalore and tourists visiting Bangalore can enjoy many other beautiful and historical places like Mysore, Ooty etc which are located just a few hours away. Chennai, the capital of the Tamil Nadu state of India is also near to Bangalore.
So, next time you plan to travel to Bangalore, make sure you have enough time to visit the beautiful city and its neighboring areas as well.