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Bangalore today is getting popular though for a different
variety of Beans-JavaBeans.Capital of the Southern stateof
Karnataka, Bangalore today is Asia's fastest growing
cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech
industries in India. The I.T industry views Bangalore as the
'byte-basket' of India. Bangalore is also home to some of
India's premier scientific establishments. Blessed with a
salubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes,
architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best
restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe,business
opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and
beyond. Bangalore offers something for everyone-music and
dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions,
conferences and more.Go disco-hopping or pub-crawling, shop
till your feet give aways, relax in the swankiest
restaurants or with your favourite movie stars-in the movie
hall or simply tee off to glory. Welcome to Bangalore.
Places of Interest
Bangalore To Be Renamed As Bengaluru
Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name
from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king
strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th
century. A woman offered him a meal of boiled beans which
the king enjoyed so much that he named the town after the
dish. Bengaluru is a transliteration of the original
spelling, according to state historians.
Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his
son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees
and plants from several countries. The garden today houses
over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting
collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass
House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center
of attraction in this 2400 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows
attracting participants from all over India is held in the
Glass House. In July, 2003 it was decided that the
Department of Horticulture and Bangalore Development
Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal
Bagh Botanical Gardens.
Situated on Chord Road, it is a must visit temple in
Bangalore. It stands over a small hill and is a very clean
and well maintained temple. Akshaya Patra program sponsored
by the temple is very popular.
The Bull Temple
This temple, built by Kempe Gowda, houses the magnificent
stone statue of the sacred bull, Nandi. It stands over 15
feet tall and is over 20 feet long . In Nov/Dec every year,
when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is
held near the temple. The first groundnuts are offered by
the farmers to the sacred bull.
The Gangadhareshware Temple
Known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni,
the God of fire,this temple was built by Kempe Gowda. A
unique phenomena is witnessed here on Jan 13/14th every year
when the rays of the setting sun enter through the window,
pass between the horns of the Nandi and shine on the
The Dharmaraja Temple
Located at Nazarethpet in the suburbs of Bangalore, this
temple is the starting point of the annual Karaga
procession. The revered idols of this temple are the Shri
Dharmaraja Swamy, hero of the Mahabharata and Lord Krishna.
Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan
This Muslim shrine,located in Cottonpet, a suburban
locality, is associated with the Hindu Karaga festival too.
The procession annually visits the Dargah of this Sufi
saint, Tawakkal Mastan. His tomb attracts both Muslim and
The Jumma Masjid is probably the oldest mosque in the
city. It is an imposing structure with tall ornamented
granite pillars adorning the elevated prayer hall. Scores of
devote Muslim worshippers throng this masjid during the
annual festivals of the Muslims. It is located in the busy
market area of Bangalore, K.R.Market.
The Kalakshetra, built to commemorate Rabindranath
Tagore's centenary, promotes cultural activity in the city.
It has a superb theatre and houses the Cultural Akademi
Offices. Next to it is the Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town
Hall whose huge auditorium can easily accommodate over 1500
St. Mary's Church
Established by a French missionary Abbe Dubois in 1811,
St.Mary's church is the only church in Karnataka state to be
elevated to the status of a minor Basilica. Every September,
The Virgin Mary's festival is celebrated with a procession
that attracts people of all faiths. The church is situated
near the Shivaji Nagar Bus Terminal.
A picturesque lake with several tree-shaded islands in
it, is an ideal picnic spot. You can go boating or go for a
swim in the nearby swimming pool that is part of the
recreational complex near the lake. You can also go to the
nearby Gurdhwar, the largest Sikh shrine in Bangalore.
This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that
dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon park, is the
home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The
massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular
feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is
bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is
a sight worth viewing. The building is open for visitors
only after 3 PM.
The Bangalore Race Course
The Bangalore Race Course is one of the finest in India,
with racing events
almost all year round (May to June and Nov to Mar). Some of
the biggest field stakes in the country can be witnessed
Several places of tourist interest are located within easy
each from Bangalore. Distance shown in brackets is from
Built in 1791, this beautiful two-storeyed ornate wooden
structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and
balconies was one of Tipu's favourite summer retreats.
25 Kms away, Hesaragatta is an interesting picnic spot
offering water sports to the adventurous. Boating and
wind-surfing is the major attraction. It also has a dairy &
horticulture farm where you can picnic.
Ramohalli, located 28 Kms west is a popular picnic spot.
A major attraction at Ramohalli is the 400 year old giant
Banyan tree which sprawls over an incredible 3 acres.
Also known as the Pearl Valley, Muthyalamaduvu is 40 Kms
away. The beautiful cascading water falls surrounded by
verdant settings provide an ideal picnic getaway.
Rock-climbers and adventure seekers need look no further. 49
Kms south-west from Bangalore, Ramanagaram, provides the
ideal location with landscaped rock faces. Another major
attraction at Ramanagaram is the silk cocoon marketing
centre. One of the most famous Hindi movies Sholay was shot
Sprawling across 15 acres, Janapada Loka or "Folk-culture
World" is a world of simplicity and art.Janapada Loka, a
subsidiary of the Karnataka Janapada Parishath, is dedicated
to preserve and promote folk art and culture. The
complex has an art gallery, an open-air theatre, a studio
and a museum. Janapada Loka is located near Ramanagaram and
is 53 Kms away from Bangalore.
A bustling town, 60 kms south-west from Bangalore,
Channapatna is famous for its eye-catching lacquer ware and
hand-crafted wooden toys. It is also a major silk centre of
Gushing waters, imposing landscapes, and untouched picnic
spots is what Mekedatu is all about. The Cauvery river
squeezing through a narrow gorge before traversing its
south-bound terrain is a breathtaking sight .It is 98 Kms
south of Bangalore.
One of the popular retreats of Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of
Mysore, Nandi Hills offers breathtaking getaway of the weary
tourist. Tipu's Drop, a 600m high cliff face provides a
magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful terrain. Nandi
Hills is 60 Kms north of Bangalore.
Other attractions are Tipu's Drop, Yoga Nandishvara Temple,
a beautiful Chola temple, Dravidian-style Bhoganandishvara
temple and Muddenahalli, hometown of Sir M. Visvesvaraya,
architect of modern Karnataka at the base of the hill.
In March 2005 the Toursim department decided to make Nandi
Hills a popular destination by introducing a 5-star hotel,
ropeway and para-sailing facility.
How to Reach
By Air: Bangalore international Airport, known as
'HAL Airport' is situated on Airport Road about 6km from the
city centre. A busy Airport with over 70 international and
domestic flight landings everyday, this airport is divided
into three terminals. Terminal I contain the Departure
lounge for the Domestic Flights and Terminal II is for
Arrival of Domestic Flights.Indian Airlines and private
carriers operate regular flights from Delhi, Bombay,
Calcutta, Madras, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Goa, Kochi,
Ahmedabad and Mangalore. International Terminal handles
Departure and Arrival of International flights to and form
Singapore, Dubai, London, Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
By Rail: Bangalore is connected to all major Indian
cities by rail. Several super fast trains such as Shatabhi,
Bridavan, Lalbagh express connect Bangalore to Chennai. The
City Railway Station is the main terminal in Bangalore.
By Road: Major National Highways connects Bangalore
to Chennai and Mumbai. Other cities and towns of the state
and neighboring states are also connected by road. The Main
bus terminal in the city is opposite City Railway Station.
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