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15 Popular Places To Visit in Bangalore

Majestic Bangalore Palace

Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka and has earned several names such as Silicon Valley of India, Pub Capital of India, Air Conditioned City and City of Gardens. It is a fine mix of leisure, work, and a hub where the vibrant colours of the youth can be experienced. For travellers, Bangalore is like a treat as there are a variety of places to experience. Some of these include restaurants, pubs, natural getaways, and architectural marvels. In short, Namma Bengaluru is simply awesome. So here is the checklist of places to see in Bangalore.

But did you know how Bengaluru derives its name?

According to legend, Hoysala King Veera Ballara lost his way during a hunting expedition met an old lady who offered him a humble meal of boiled beans. Benda Kalluru a Kannada word, which means boiled beans is kept by the king to show his gratitude to her. A hub of sprawling tech parks, posh boutiques, several pubs and restaurants, architectural marvels and natural getaways; Bengaluru is a mix of everything.

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Top 15 tourist places in Bengaluru for your next vacation.

  1. Majestic Bangalore Palace
  2. Cubbon Park
  3. MG Road
  4. Lalbagh Botanical Garden
  5. UB City Mall
  6. Bannerghatta National Park
  7. Wonderla
  8. Film City
  9. Ulsoor Lake
  10. Commercial Street
  11. Vidhan Soudha
  12. Nandi Hills
  13. Bull Temple
  14. Shiva Temple
  15. The Dodda Ganapathi Temple

1. Majestic Bangalore Palace

It is the embodiment of beauty and architecture, which is preserved in the form of the spice of old glorious fortune. Currently, the palace is a central attraction, which was built in 1878. The palace’s wooden structure along with the beautiful carvings on both sides of the palace is like a representation of the royal culture in different ways. The palace can be visited between 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

In addition to being the tourist spot, the palace also acts as a host for various cultural events, marriages, and rock shows. The main attraction point of the palace is that the seats are made up of granite, which is decorated with fluorescent blue tiles, a tale ballroom in the fairy theme, the famous painter’s painting, Durban hall etc.

Opened in 2005 for public viewing. Now it is under the ownership of the descendant of the Mysore Royal Family, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

History
The palace was purchased in 1873 by the guardians of Chamaraja Wadiyar from Reverend J Garrett and was constructed in 1874. Tourist can understand the history as audio tapes are available inside the palace, both in Hindi and English.

Attractions

  • The palace is extraordinarily vast and spread across 45,000 square feet with 35 rooms and a manual lift.
  • The Palace is home to many renowned paintings of 19-century and 20-century including those by Raja Ravi Varma, one of India’s most famous painters.
  • There is a large collection of photographs offering a glimpse of different generations of the Wadiyar dynasty along with the evolution of Bangalore over the last century.

How to reach? 
The palace is situated between in the heart of Bangalore city. Metro, bus, or cabs is connected to this place.
Tips:
Duration:
 4 hours
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Indian: INR 230, Foreigner: INR 460 (Electronics are separately chargeable)

2.  Cubbon Park

Spread over an area of 300 acres, Cubbon Park is a major sightseeing place for nature lovers. Having been laid down by Lord Cubbon, it is home to more than 6,000 trees that support a vibrant ecosystem. The park is a major sightseeing spot in Bangalore, which is rich in green vegetation. It is an ideal place for nature lovers and also for those who are looking for a calm and serene atmosphere.

In addition to this beautiful and serene sight, there are other places like the Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri etc. present inside the park. The park can be visited between 6:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening, while the two hours in the morning i.e. 6:00 am to 8:00 am. is strictly for the walkers.

How to reach?
Visitors can easily reach the park by hiring a cab or boarding the KSRTC bus that is well connected to various important points of the city.
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Timings: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 
Entry Fee: Free
Famous For: Photography, Experience Seekers and Landscape.
Note:

  • Blossoming of several species and its flowers happens during October to March, which makes it the best time to visit this place
  • Avoid taking your vehicles to reach this park from 5 am to 8 am as roads surrounding the park remains closed and only light motor vehicles are allowed.
  • Closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays.

3. MG Road

MG Road is a one-stop destination for a perfect weekend, shopping adventure and clubbing.  A plethora of cafes, food outlets and restaurants offer delectable delicacies & hub of options for foodies in Bangalore. You can enjoy a bit of both street shopping and expensive boutique shops. If you want to shop for unique local and ethnic fashion accessories, footwear, antiques, jewellery, this place won’t let you down.

One of the busiest roads in Bangalore, MG road is the hub of various commercial and recreational activities in the town. Special treats for shoppers include silk sarees, cutlery, items made of bone china etc. And when you get tired after shopping, there are various restaurants around to help you relax and rebuild your energy.

History
It was once known as South Parade during the pre-independence era but was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Road on 26th February 1948.
How to reach?
You can easily hire an auto-rickshaw, ride a bus or a taxi to reach MG Road.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Timings: Throughout the day
Entry Fee: Free

4. Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Nationally and Internationally renowned centre for botanical artwork, scientific study and also conservation of plants, it is heaven for all nature lovers.

 Lal Bagh covers an area 240 acres and has nearly 1,854 species of plants. You will find rare plants of French, Persian, and Afghani origin. The Lal Bagh Rock, which is over 3000 million years old is a major tourist attraction. Other attractions within this park is the aquarium and the lake. Apart from nature lovers, it is a heaven for photographers also as it consists of a glass house, which hosts a very famous flower show that occurs annually.  The best time to visit the Lal Bagh is in January and August.

There are a lot of attraction points in the park that are sufficient to engage a person for an entire day. One example of such an attraction is the flower clock located at the entrance of the park, tree fossil which is almost 20 million years old, glass house, lecture hall etc. There are some courses offered by the garden management, which includes post-harvest technology, cultivation of the Bonsai, mushroom cultivation, and ikebana classes etc

History
Commissioned by Hyder Ali in 1760 and completed by his son Tipu Sultan who imported trees and plants from countries all over the world and planted them here.
Duration: 3 hours
Timings: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 10, Children: Free

The park is situated on the southern side of the city, which is easily accessible by hopping on to any of the public transport.

5. UB City Mall

One stop shop for meeting all your high-end needs is UB City Mall, which is located in the Central Business District. The mall is constructed in the implausible area of around 13 acres. The place is a complete package, which is sufficient to fulfil your exclusive needs, be it high-end shopping of luxury things, spa after a tiring day or to appease your food cravings. The place is the nerve centre for almost all the global brand of luxury items like Rolex, Canali, and Louis Vuitton etc.

Attraction point

The mall is like a one-stop destination to do all the fun activities. There are lot many things to explore like the karaoke machines, open-air lounge, which is attached to the high-end dinner, grill, private party booth etc. Even there are options for peace lovers like spa, art gallery etc.
How to reach?
It is 8 km from Bangalore Airport and can be easily reached by private cabs, vehicles and rickshaw.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Timings: 11:00 AM – 11.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Note:

  • Check out the place for the regular events so that you don’t miss out on something.

6. Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park

One of the best places near Bangalore is the Bannerghatta National Park, situated around 22 kilometres from Bangalore. The national park is shelter to variety of fauna and flora. The national park is also the first butterfly park of India along with other attractions like ten Reserve Forests, zoo, aquarium, crocodile farm, museum, children’s park etc. And the most exciting part is to have an up close and personal experience with various fascinating wildlife via jungle safari.

Bannerghatta National Park is wonderful rendezvous with nature in its most unadulterated form established in the year 1971. Rediscover and learn more about the sandalwood, bamboo, eucalyptus and many more trees while visiting this park.  In addition to a natural retreat, this park has adventure sports such as trekking and hiking. Blessed with the bounty of nature it is a unique learning experience for both adults and children.

Attraction point

For all the wildlife enthusiasts, Bannerghatta National Park is the astounding destination. The park is the perfect avenue to spend your weekend as it hosts various adventure sports for the people. Even people can experience little trekking adventure here as there is a gentle hill around the park. The best time to visit the Bannerghatta Park is between the months of November to June.

How to reach?
Located 22 km away from Bangalore City Junction; Visitors can easily reach the location by using the city bus with the route numbers 365, 366 or G-4, which are available every 20 minutes.
Duration: 5- 6 hours
Timings: Butterfly Park and boating: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Safari: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Closed on Tuesdays.
Entry Fee: Indians: Adults: INR 80, Kids (6 – 12 years): INR 40, Senior citizens: INR 50,
Foreigners: Adults: INR 400, Kids: INR 300
Note:-

  • Reach park early on weekends as tickets sell out quickly.
  • The best time to visit this park is during the months of November to June when the weather is perfect and wildlife can be easily spotted.

7. Nandi Hills

 Nandi Hills are a clear example of the adrenaline rush of the youth as it is the best option for the off-road lovers. Located around 60 kilometres from the city, in the list of places to visit near Bangalore, Nandi Hills are among the top choices, which are situated at height of the 4851 feet above sea level. There are mesmerising views all around the hills and is full of monuments that make the place a perfect archetype of the wonderland or the bliss. There are a few famous temples in Bangalore located on the hills, and one must visit the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple located at the Nandi Village, one of the oldest temples in the area.

There are numerous dhabas and restaurants around the area, and the must-try of the area is the local chaat along with various numerous local dishes like Jolada roti, Dosa, Akki roti, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath etc. To visit the Nandi Hills, monsoon, summer and winter are immensely great to visit the hills. And if you plan to visit in summers, make sure you go in the early morning or late evening.

How to Reach?
Situated about an hour and a half away from Bangalore; Buses are available from most nearby cities and towns to Nandi Hills. You could also hire a cab or self-drive. There is one popular bus that travels to Nandi Hills on a daily basis, which is Anand Travels. 
Duration: 4 hours
Timings: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free

8. Wonderla

Famous for the high-thrill dry rides and fun rides; Wonderla is said to be the best amusement park cum water park in the country featuring over 60 rides.

Wonderla provide locker facility for men and women with reasonable charges of INR 170 per locker with INR 100 deposit.

You get an RFID band to access the locker, which can be can worn like a watch and used as a prepaid wallet to buy food and drinks by adding extra money.

How to reach?
Situated on the outskirts of Bangalore. The most convenient way is to drive your car or hire a car for the day.  BMTC runs a special Volvo bus service to Wonderla.
Duration: 4-5 hours
Timings: Weekdays: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Weekend: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Entry Fee: Weekdays – Adults INR 590, Children INR 460, Senior Citizens INR 390;
Weekends – Adults INR 730, Children INR 540, Senior Citizens INR 470.

Note:-

  • Wonderla has tickets called “Fastrack” – which are around 50% more than the regular tickets giving you faster access to all the rides in the park

9. Film City

Spread over 58 acres of land, The Film City is one of the famous tourist places in Bengaluru. Whether you like to shop, eat, simply walk, explore, and spend some quality time with friends, family, and kids. Other than enjoying the attractions, you can also explore some adventurous sports, museums, Bigg Boss Tour (Kannada Season).

How to Reach?
The Film City is just 40 km away from Bangalore and can easily be reached via cabs or personal vehicle or BMTC Bus.
Attractions:-Aqua Kingdom, Cartoon City, Dino Park, Mini Golf, Haunted Mansion, Mirror Maze
Duration: 4-5 hours
Timings: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 600 per person before 3:00 PM and INR 400 per person after 3:00 PM

10. Ulsoor Lake

ulsoor lake

Built by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring; Bangalore’s commissioner at that time,Ulsoor Lake is one of the largest lakes in Bangalore sprawled over an area of 123 acre. Sit back, click a few shots of the birds and relax to the tranquil ambience of this place. Boating is one of the most popular activities in Ulsoor Lake.  This place could be the best picnic spot for the weekend.

History
Kempe Gowda, a ruler of the Vijayanagar Empire, was travelling through the place decided to take shelter under a tree, which turned out to be the same tree under which Mandava Rishi worshipped God Someswara. The Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him to build a temple of Someswara Pagoda and Ulsoor Lake was created by him in the process.

How to Reach?
Ulsoor Lake can be reached by any mode of public transport.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Note:- 

  • Ulsoor Lake is also an important venue for the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi during the months of August and September every year.

11. Commercial Street

Commercial Street is a fix for all your weekend entertainment and shopping needs. Needless to say, it is one of the most popular and visited shopping destinations in Bangalore. Famous Khadi Bhandar in dispensary road is a one-stop shop for varieties of fabric. One can get dupattas in every shade and even get them dyed at Dupatta House; Narayan Pillai Street. If you are looking for silk dupattas, printed cotton checkout Pooja Collections. Lovers of silver won’t be disappointed with the extensive collection of exquisite pieces.

How to Reach?
Private cabs, buses, and auto rickshaws is easily available for Commercial Street.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Timings: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Note:-

  • Avoid this place on weekends as it is very crowded.
  • Make sure you bargain and quote at least half of the actual price

12. Vidhaan Soudha

vidhaan soudha

Popularly known as ‘Taj Mahal of South India’ it is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. The entire monument is illuminated with a million colourful lights on Sunday evenings and public holidays.

Thousands of tourists flock to witness this remarkable light show, which can be witnessed during evening time between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM.

Bearing in mind the power shortages faced by many parts of the country, Vidhana Soudha is lit up for only two hours every day and run entirely on solar energy!

History
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru along with Chief Minister K.C. Reddy laid down the first brick of establishment on 13 July 1951. It took a good five years and it was finally inaugurated in 1956 to become the largest legislative building in India.

How to Reach?
The Bangalore Railway Station is only 5 km and Kempegowda Bus Station is 2.1 km away from Vidhana Soudha.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Closed on weekends and public holidays)
Entry Fee: Free

13. Bull Temple

bull temple

Associated with mythological and religious significance this shrine is renowned and among the oldest temples in the city dedicated to Nandi, the wagon of Lord Shiva.
Built in the 16-century this Monolithic statue of deity Nandi is 4.5 metres tall and 6 metres long, carved from a granite rock, the sculpture reflects Dravidian artwork and is the largest Nandi’s sculpture in the world.

History
As per mythological stories a bull once saved farmers crops of groundnut. Every year farmers visit this temple to offer their first cultivated fruit to the deity. An annual groundnut fair is organised every year nearby the temple.

How to Reach?
This place is 6 km away from Bengaluru Railway Station.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Timings: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Note:-

  • Groundnut festival is celebrated on the last Monday and Tuesday of ‘Kaarthik Maas’. The temple is lit with 100,000 gleaming lamps, and the entire Bull Temple Road is decorated.

14. Shiva Temple

65-feet tall statue of Lord Shiva carved in white marble placed in an artificial pool of water symbolises Lord Shiva’s natural habitat. The entrance of the temple is marked with a 25 feet Linga symbolizing the sacred form of the deity. This temple is one of the most beautiful Shiva Temples in the country. 

How to Reach?
Located at the Old airport road; public transport for this place is easily available.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Timings: Anytime
Entry Fee: Free
Note:-

  • A huge celebration is held on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

15. The Dodda Ganpathi Temple

Dodda Ganpathi Temple

On the premises of the Bull Temple, there is also a beautiful temple of Lord Ganesha. An interesting fact about this temple is that the statue of Lord Ganesh is made entirely from 110 kilos of butter! What is really astonishing and noteworthy is that in the four-year tenure the butter doesn’t melt or change shape even once.

Timings: All days of the week 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Entry Fee: Free

Bangalore is one of the populous cities, as well as the IT hub of the country, has a moderate climate, which is quite pleasant for everyone. So, if you are planning to visit the city, plan it during the months of November to February. Take a trip to this young and modern city and explore the famous sites that the city has to offer.

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