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Bangalore Tourism

Bangalore Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 920 m
  • Pincode: 560001
  • District: Bangalore Urban
  • Language: Kannada,Tulu
  • STD code: 080
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 37°C, Winter 15 to 32°C
Bangalore or Bengaluru, popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India, is the capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the Deccan Plateau, in the south-eastern part of the state, the city experiences a moderate climate.

History of Bangalore

From the 50s, this beautiful city of gardens, also known as the Garden City, with its temperate climate, lovely bungalows, tree-lined broad avenues and laid back ambience was a pensioner's paradise.

Bengaluru derives its name from the Kannada words ‘benda kalluru’, which means the land of boiled beans. According to legend, Veera Ballara, the Hoysala king, once lost his way during a hunting expedition. Wandering around, he met an old lady who gave him boiled beans to eat. In order to show his gratitude, he named the place, Benda Kalluru. Some historians believe that the name was derived from the ‘benga’ or ‘ven kai’ tree.

Bangalore, as we know it today, was formed by Kempe Gowda. Formerly, Bangalore was ruled by a number of rulers and dynasties, including the Vijayanagara Empire and Tipu Sultan. A number of temples and monuments, which were built in the earlier days, are still a part of the city’s landscape. Major towns and subdivisions were formed during various rules. The city was sold to the rulers in Mysore in the earlier days and was later in the hands of the British whose rule continued till Independence.

People & Culture of Bangalore

Bangalore has always seen a very diverse population, especially since modern times. It is a multi-cultural city permeating class, religion and language. Even though it is a cosmopolitan city, Bangalore holds on to its traditional features. Major festivals like Dasara, Deepavali, Ugadi, Sankranthi and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great pomp and fervour. There are a lot of festivals & events hosted in Bangalore like Karaga, Kadalekaye Parishe, Bangalore Habba, Lalbagh Flower Show and more. Bangalore is also a centre of renowned colleges, academic institutions, important central government establishments, scientific and research institutes and organisations.  
Bangalore has a very strong art and culture scene. It is home to various theatre groups; theatre platforms like Rangashankara and Jagriti and numerous art galleries that showcase established and emerging artists. Although Bangalore is a city rooted in tradition, it has a modern side to it. The city’s nightlife best reflects that. Various restaurants, lounge bars and pubs have been mushrooming across the city. Also, as it is a major IT hub, the city also has a huge population of expats.

Things to do in Bangalore

The city also comprises a number of attractions, among which are the two botanical gardens, Lal Bagh (Glass House) and Cubbon Park. Other attractions include Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bangalore Palace, Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta National Park and Mayo Hall. Vidhana Soudha, Visvesvaraya Museum, HAL Aerospace Museum, Bull Temple and ISKCON Temple draw a large number of tourists. The city is also home to one of the country’s biggest malls - Mantri Mall in Malleswaram.

Food & Shopping in Bangalore

There are two distinct facets to shopping in Bangalore. Areas like M.G. Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street are the lively places in the city and also paradise for shoppers. Apart from street shopping, Bangalore has a number of malls that house national and international clothes and accessories brands such as UB City, Mantri Mall and Garuda Mall among others. These brands range from high-end fashion houses to affordable labels. On the other hand, the old city has areas like Majestic, Chickpet and Cottonpet where a string of shops sell the most affordable gadgets, textiles and other items.

Tourists have a host of food options to choose from when visiting Bangalore. The city has innumerable ‘Darshinis’ in every nook and corner where South Indian treats like idlis and dosas are offered. Bangalore also has a strong food culture, which is why it has restaurants serving world cuisine, right from French to Vietnamese.

Travelling to Bangalore

Travellers can reach Bangalore from any destination in India by air, rail and road. The Bangalore International Airport is connected with almost all major cities of the country and the world. The city has three major railway stations – Bangalore City Junction, Bangalore Cantonment and Yeshwanthpur Junction. The city is also well connected by buses run by the KSRTC and other private operators to regions within the state as well as neighbouring states.

Travelling within Bangalore

The best way to explore Bangalore is by public transport. For a more organised tour, tourists can sign up for Bangalore holiday packages. The city has many Volvo buses too that ferry passengers to different areas within the city. Tourists can go on a ‘Bangalore Darshan’ organised by the State Tourism Department where they will be shown all the major attractions of the city. Local tour operators too organise such tours. Another option to travel within the city is by auto rickshaw or by hiring a taxi. The city also has the new Metro which connects M.G. Road to Byappanahalli, which itself has become a tourist hotspot.

Accommodation options in Bangalore

There are numerous hotels in Bangalore. Areas like MG Road, Old Airport Road or Ulsoor have luxury hotels and suites. For more budget options, tourists can opt to stay in hotels near residential areas like Whitefield, Jayanagar or even near the Bangalore Railway Station. Another alternative is to book a number of service apartments located in localities like Indiranagar, Kormangala and Residency Road among other areas.

Although, Bangalore is known for its pleasant weather throughout the year, winter is the best time to visit Bangalore.

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Imran khan                            
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"Beautifully maintained garden" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is really maintained beautifully, which is a main attraction of this. First we visited Meera delicacy for a lunch. What an awesome lunch that was!

Really good food with decent price, 95/- per lunch plate. Price was not the matter but food was really awesome. Every one try to go Meera Delicacy restaurant just opposite of Botanical Garden. We enjoyed sightseeing of the garden and captured really beautiful scene of the garden. Must visit place.
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Rishin Alex
  • Rishin Alex
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Nice and relaxing place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I had taken a joy ride to Nandi Hill with few of my college folks. It was really relaxing as one could feel the freshness in the air. The place is very green and misty. There are a lot of historical places spread out in the estate. Lot of monkeys can also be spotted. The place is well maintained and good to spend time.
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Ritika Desai
  • Ritika Desai
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Good metro city" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Great cosmopolitan city to visit. Is less stressful than Mumbai & not as polluted as Delhi. It has a good night life but shuts early. Some food joints are open throughout the night. People are nice, not as strung as Mumbai & not as street smart as Delhi. Conversations can be interesting in this city. Food beats Mumbai but not Delhi.
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Gaurav Kumar
  • Gaurav Kumar
  • Lives in Muzaffarpur
  • 1 Review

"A city konown for its weather" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Awesome sites like nandhi hills, amusement park wonderla makes the city awesome. Really a nice place to visit at any time in a year, 12 months they have the same weather. During day time you can wear tees and during night you can use a blanket for a comfortable sleep.
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Abhishek Burman
  • Abhishek Burman
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Experience of real holiday-Exsortic" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Bangalore is very nice and technical place with freshness all around. The city is fillup with beautiful parks, avenues, impressive buildings, heritage centres and excellent shopping. These qualities make it a magnificent place to visit, a delightful destination in its own right as well as the gateway to Southern India. Travelling and site seeing keep me busy for first time.

Must visit place
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Sri Vatsa
  • Sri Vatsa
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Amazing bike ride & breakfast" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I had been to Bangalore last month. One of my most memorable experience was the bike ride early in the morning on Mysore road with my friends. We left home around 4 in the morning. The entire plan was to take a long bike ride to Mysore road. By the time we reached Mysore, it was 5:30. We spotted a place- Renukamba Thatte Idli near Bidadi. Trust me this place serves the best thatee idlis. The idlis are very soft and hot. They are served with two dollops of butter. The place is very crowded all the time. So if you plan to try idlis in this place, you need to reach early. The ride is totally worth it.
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Avinash Avinash
  • Avinash Avinash
  • 10 Reviews

"A business trip visit to Bangalore" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have visited Bangalore in the month of February as my company sent to their head office and the Bangalore city was very neat and clean every one is correctly following traffic signals. I saw Bangalore city from cab only especially in the night the city lights are marvellous where there was a fireworks beside the road its fabulous. Moreover the trip was fun and awesome.
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G  Bhat
  • G Bhat
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A very beautiful city" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Bangalore is still a beautiful city, once it was a retirement people's paradise but the busy capital city of IT and computers. Too much of indisciplined traffic, incessantly honking, zipping through, least considerate to pedestrians, instant mob justice mentality, corrupt traffic police, inefficient system, infrastructure is clearly 10-years behind the growth in population and the ever increasing demand.

Bangalore has plenty of malls, gardens, parks to roam around. Lot of restaurants, freshly brewed beer pubs, micro-breweries etc.

Overall, I love this city. If this city had a Sherif, a CEO, one selfless-efficient-person in command, the city would do wonders.
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Simran Sinha
  • Simran Sinha
  • Lives in Ranchi
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"Pleasant weather and nice temples around" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The best thing about Bangalore that attracts the people all around the world is its pleasant weather. Many places to visit a lots of temples. The South of India holds lots of history of India. The Mysore palace reveals the beautiful Indian history, Brindavan garden, software hub, malls and everything attracts. The local people are very friendly and loving. You get delicious South Indian food and
in the whole trip to Bangalore we were busy looking at these beauties of Bangalore.
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Megha Goel
  • Megha Goel
  • Lives in Siliguri
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"Bangalore - The place for foodies" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Bangalore has a variety of options when it comes to food. The famous road side food near the koramangla police station is mouth watering. There is a row of vendors serving momos, chinese cusines, pani puri, 99 variety dosa, juices, etc. The Megha Hot Momos are a must eat, specially the chicken momos. Another place is the CTR. If you are a dosa lover, then this is a place that you should never miss. Try the butter masala dosa here. Disney bakery in BTM serves the best ginger and elaichi tea. Bangalore is lovely! The weather is beautiful!
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