Best Places To Visit In Bengaluru : “Silicon Valley Of India”
Bengaluru the capital city of the Karnataka state is the third most populous city of India. Originally known as Bangalore at present is termed as the “Silicon valley of India” because of the IT industries hub. Throughout the time Bengaluru has been awarded with different yet interesting nicknames describing the beauty within the city, some of the names to be mentioned are : Garden city, Pub city, Shopper’s paradise, Pub hopper’s paradise, Air-conditioned city, Gourmet’s delight etc. With a pleasant climate it’s an ideal place to visit throughout the year. Some of the best places to visit in Bengaluru are listed below:
Bangalore Palace :-
Bangalore palace was built in the year 1887 by King Chamaraja Wadiyar is inspired by England’s Windsor Castle. The excellent wooden carvings both interior and exterior, fortified towers, green lawns and the artistic paintings on the ceiling attracts every visitors eye. It was opened for public view in the year 2005. Apart from that the palace is a host to several cultural, social, rock shows and sports functions. Artist like Elton John, Backstreet Boys, Akon and Iron Maiden have performed here. The palace is a royal heritage that attracts every visitors eye and is the gem of the city.
Timings – Opens from 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Entry fee – Rs. 250/person for Indians & Rs. 450/person for Foreigners.
Cubbon Park :-
Cubbon Park is the lung area of Bangalore city spread over 300 acres of land. It is located in the city administrative area and is under the maintenance of Horticulture department. Spread across a quiet and calm atmosphere it is a great place for nature lovers, joggers, botanist and naturalists. Different flower trees, majestic buildings, statues of famous personalities and more than 6000 trees and plant cover the park attracting viewers to engage with nature. It is a place rich in flora and fauna and famous attraction of the city like Attara kacheri, Cubbon park museum, Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park are situated here along with Bangalore Aquarium, the second largest aquarium in India is located in the park. The term “Garden City” resembles in a pitch perfect way after view of the park.
Timings – Opens from 6.00am to 6.00pm and remains closed on Monday and second Tuesdays.
Entry Fee – Children below 10 years free and for adult Rs.10 per person.
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden :-
Lal Bagh was established in the year 1760 by Hyder Ali and was later completed by his son Tipu Sultan. Spread over 240 acres of land is located in southern Bengaluru. It is built around a tower, which was built by the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda. A royal heritage garden inspired from Mughal gardens architecture is the pride of Bengaluru. It has diverse species of plant from all over the world, which were imported from places like Persia, Turkey, Capetown, Mauritius, Kabul etc. and there are about 1854 species of plants, flowers and trees (which are 100 years old). The main attraction being the Glass house which showcases 200 varieties of flowers and hybrid vegetables and the Lalbag rock, the oldest rock formation on earth dating back to 3000 million years.
Timings – Opens from 6.00am to 7.00pm throughout the year.
Entry fee – Rs. 20/-.
Vidana Soudha :-
Vidana Soudha is situated next to Cubbon park, and houses the state legislature and secretariat of karnataka government. It’s foundation stone was laid by then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru along with then Chief Minister K. C Reddy in the year 1951 and the construction was completed in 1956 and is the largest state legislative building in the country. Regarded as the “Taj Mahal of South India” is a magnificent monument and is illuminated on Sunday evenings and on Public holidays.
Timings – Opens from 8.00am to 8.00pm.
Entry fee – Not open for public view, special permission may be required.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace :-
Tipu Sultan summer palace is located inside the Bangalore fort and was the summer residence of Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. The construction was started by Hyder Ali after his demise it was later completed by his son Tipu Sultan in 1791. Built in Indo – Islamic architecture style, with huge wooden pillars, ornamental frescoes, balconies and the palace layout resembles a great history of the past. The front area is a lavish green garden which is maintained by the horticulture department and a small part is converted into museum which portrays the life, glory and accomplishment of Tipu Sultan.
Timings – Opens from 10am to 6pm on all weekdays, while on Sunday it opens from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Entry Fee – Rs.15/ person for Indians and Rs.200/person for Foreigners.
Bannerghatta National Park :-
Bannerghatta national park situated at a distance of 22km from Bengaluru was founded in 1970 and was given the title of national park in 1974. The tourist attraction in Bannerghatta include a zoo, an aquarium, children’s park, crocodile farm, snake park, prehistoric animals park, museum, biological park and jungle safari. It is a great place for animal and nature lovers to explore the rich flora and fauna. Country’s first Butterfly park is situated here. Other activities like river rafting, trekking, fishing, coracle boat rides, bird watching, outdoor camping can be enjoyed at the place.
Timings – Opens from 9.30am to 5.00pm, and is closed on Tuesdays.
Entry fee – For Indians :- Rs.260/ person for adults, Rs.130 for children between 6 to 12 years, Rs.150 for senior citizens.
For Foreigners :- Rs.400/ person for adults, Rs.300 for children.
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This are some of the best places to visit in Bengaluru which can make anyone fall in love with the so called “Garden city” with a pleasant climate throughout the year. The city has undergone a remarkable change from “Garden city” to “Silicon valley of India” because of the blooming IT industries which are top contributor to nation’s economy. With so much to explore in this beautiful air- conditioned city, Bengaluru is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India.
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