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Bangalore is a ‘Garden City’ when it comes to its lavish parks and ‘Silicon Valley of India’ when the IT sector comes into play. Between both the opposing sides of the spectrum, Bangalore is nothing but a charming city that has a lot more to offer.

Best Places To Visit In Bangalore

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

First laid out during the rule of Hyder Ali and later adorned with unique plant species by his son Tipu Sultan, it was later managed under British Superintendents before Indian Independence. It served a social function as a park and recreational space, with a central glass house used for flower shows. Lalbagh, for its unique achievement in nurturing the concept of horticulture and aiding its development, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be regarded as one of the best gardens in the East. It is an important genetic resource centre for introduction, acclimatization and maintenance of plants.

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking and hiking.  This park offers a wide range of diverse wildlife to the exploradoras. Coming from the finest of Bengaluru, Karnataka, this park offers a guided bus tour all along the 6 km safari roads, which is specially made for safarists and foreign tourist gatherers.

Vidhana Soudha

The Vidhana Soudha located in Bangalore, is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. Constructed purely out of granite and porphyry, Vidhana Soudha is adorned with four domes on its four corners. Embellishing the entrance of the buildings is the Four-headed Lion, the national symbol of India. The Cabinet room has a huge sandalwood door, which has been beautifully carved.  Vidhan Soudha looks breathtakingly beautiful on Sunday evenings and on public holidays, when it is floodlit. A sightseeing tour of Bangalore is incomplete without a visit to the Vidhana Soudha.

Tipu Sultan Palace

Tipu Sultan Palace stands on a strong stone plinth and is constructed with teak wood, stone, mortar, and plaster. The palace is a two story structure aided by exquisitely carved wooden pillars which rest over the stone base.The delicately carved pillars are combined together with bracket and curved arches intricately carved and painted in two colors portraying indo- Islamic work of Architecture. The site also holds a painting of grand throne visualized by Tipu Sultan himself. After Tipu Sultan’s death, the British dismantled the throne and auctioned its parts as it was too expensive for a single person to buy whole.

Bangalore Palace

The palace was built in the year 1887 by King Chamaraja Wadiyar and is open to the public who come to witness the lavish and elegant splendour of one of South India’s most enduring dynasties. The palace features mainly wooden interiors and is surrounded by gardens. The architectural style is a mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic with many physical elements inside imported from Britain. Roman arches greet visitors at the entrance. The facade of the building boasts many different shapes and projections. The vine -covered walls make the palace look like it was lifted out of the English countryside.

Best Places To Visit Around Bangalore

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills or Nandi betta  is an ancient hill fortress in southern India.  Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort built here by the ruler Tipu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hills resemble a sleeping bull (Nandi). The Nandi Hills located near the city of Bangalore is one such paradise for every traveller around the world. The breathtaking view and the entire trekking experience that you get here is matchless and quite popular among the residents of the city and its surroundings.

Shivanasamudra Falls

The Shivanasamudra Falls is on the Kaveri River after the river has found its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfalls. The island town of Shivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. This creates the fourth largest island in the rivers course. A group of ancient temples are located here and there likely was a village. It is a perennial waterfall. The time of best flow are the monsoon season of July to October.

Mysore

Mysore is located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills about 145.2 km towards the southwest of Bangalore. It served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 until 1956.  Mysore is noted for its heritage structures and palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists from around the world. It lends its name to various art forms and culture, such as Mysore Dasara, Mysore Painting; the sweet dish Mysore Pak, brands such as Mysore Sandal Soap, and styles and cosmetics such as Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore Silk sarees.

Madikeri

Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg, Madikeri is a quaint hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee and tea plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view. This hill station is a perfect getaway for those looking for a picturesque and relaxing holiday ornamented by awe-inspiring sceneries and splendid views made up of abundant and beautiful vegetation all across. The most famous place of Madikeri is Raja’s Seat- a famous viewpoint from where you can grab the all the striking beauty of Madikeri at one go. Madikeri fort and various water cascades are among the other must-visits of the place.

Hassan

Located in the state of Karnataka in India, Hassan is the headquarters of the district of Hassan. This city gets its name from the Hindu goddess Hassanamba. For a lover of history, monuments and temples this is the right place to be. Hoysala Empire ruled this city for a long time and their influence can be seen in the art and inscriptions on the different monuments. This is one place in India that’s covered in temples and monuments that are several centuries old and hence extremely popular among tourists, pilgrims, and history lovers. 

Channapatna

Famous for its wooden toys and lacquerware, Channapattana is called Town of toys. The toys are made with wood mainly ivory wood giving it a polished look. On the streets of the Channapatana, one can witness the numerous wooden toys displayed all along the road side shops. These toys are manufactured in traditional and advanced small-scale industries. Channapatna toys are made of wood and vegetable dyes . The woodwork is colored using vegetable dyes and the wood used is the Milkwood which is precisely white in color and easy to carve out the shapes. For the glazing of the toys, the polishing is done with high abrasive property grass. Hence the toys are completely environment-friendly.

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