Bangalore, the garden city of India, welcomes many visitors every year. The grandeur of its monuments, its buzzing city-life, and pleasant climate make it a popular destination with most tourists. While the city has much to offer in terms of shopping, historical monuments, and other activities, Bangalore also has lush greenery, spectacular views, and wildlife for those who wish to actually explore the city.
Here is a list of 10 must-visit places in Bangalore:
1. Vidhana Soudha
Vidhana Soudha is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bangalore. It is 46-meters tall and has 300 rooms. The structure is made of granite and porphyry. The building may be reached from all four directions. There is a dome structure in each direction. Around 22 departments of the State Government operate from this building.
There are many gardens in Bangalore, but this vast botanical garden, spread across 200 acres, is a must-visit. The garden was built in the 18th century, by Hyder Ali and was further embellished by his son Tipu Sultan. The British set up a charming glass house in the garden. The glass house now hosts famous flower shows during Independence Day and Republic Day.
3. Bangalore Palace
Bangalore Palace is situated at the heart of North Bangalore. Made of stone, the construction of the palace started in 1862 and completed in 1944. The Maharaja of Mysore bought the palace before its completion. The palace is so stunning that it reminds the beautiful luxurious hotel in Bangalore – The Taj West End. Bangalore Palace has around 30,000 paintings. Spread across 450-acres, it also has a large garden in its compound that is home to various species of trees.
4. The Bull temple
The Bull temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest temples in the city. Located at Basavanagudi, the temple was built by Kempe Gowda, who founded the city of Bangalore. The architecture of the temple is inspired by the Dravidian style. The idol of Nandi bull is 4.5-meters tall and 6.5-meters wide. It is carved out of a single rock.
5. Ulsoor Lake
Ulsoor Lake is one of the oldest lakes of Bangalore. It is the only existing lake from the Gowda dynasty. The beautiful lake is 123.6-acres long and presents a mesmerizing view to visitors. Some of the best 5-star hotels of Bangalore like Vivanta by Taj – MG road is located near the lake.
6. Attara Kacheri
Attara Kacheri is another attractive building of the city, situated just opposite Vidhan Soudha. This High Court building was built in 1867, during the rule of Tipu Sultan. The architecture of the building reflects the distinctive Gothic style of the period.
7. The Fort
The Bangalore Fort has a lot of historical significance. Kempe Gowda and the Vijaynagar Empire were responsible for the construction of the mud fort, while Hyder Ali converted it into a stone fort. The fort also underwent a number of alterations, while occupied by the British.
8. Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park has one of the richest zoological reserves. It is located 22-km away from the city and is spread across 25,000 acres. Animals, birds and plants of varied species are found here. The park also houses a tiny museum, a Zoological Park and a Biological Park. A definite must-do in Bangalore is the Bannerghatta National Park Safari ride.
9. The Big Banyan Tree
Located in the Ramohalli Village, which is 28-km away from the city, this Banyan tree is 4 centuries old. The tree is spread out over 3 acres! It is the fourth largest Banyan tree in the country.
10. Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills is situated 60-km away from the city. It is a popular picnic spot, with its rich flora and fauna. It presents a lush green landscape and a rejuvenating experience to visitors.
When planning a visit, try not to worry too much about accommodation, as there are plenty of luxury, budget, and business hotels in Bangalore. Instead, try and figure out a way to include as many of these sites in your itinerary as you possibly can.