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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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Varun Reddy
  • Varun Reddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 13 Reviews

"The green city of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Bangalore, the other name for this city is green city and well known for its greeneries and it is one of the metropolitan cities in India with all facilities. I am here for days and cant visit all the places apart from that I visited iskon temple and it was very beautiful but the main difficulty I faced here is travelling as the traffic was pathetic.
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Debkumar Sinha
  • Debkumar Sinha
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews

"Hotel Hindusthan Internation - Bangalore." new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
During my last visit to Bangalore, decided to stay at Hotel Hindusthan International. The hotel is very good. Though I stayed for short period we enjoyed our stay. The food, service and room were too good. The ambience at the hotel is very good and very clean. I plan to stay there again during my next visit.
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Shazia Hussain
  • Shazia Hussain
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"So many places to visit near Bangalore" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It's a lovely place to visit. It's a big city with so many malls to shop for your loved ones, very clean, with some greenery in some places. Many tourist locations are nearby which include Mysore, Ooty, madikeri and coorg, etc. People are very friendly and mostly it has a young crowd. Climate is very sober, neither too hot nor too cold. Has good transport facility which include buses, auto's and cabs.
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Vinayak Megharaj
  • Vinayak Megharaj
  • 1 Review

"amazing experience at Bangalore" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
In this year I celebrated my memorable Birthday in the Bangalore with my friends. Places are to see are amazing. Wonder la was an amazing experience. We had gone to Wonder la in the morning and we were walked inside into the park. We played in swimming pool. I was scared in rides which was going in air. The place was amazing
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Sunny Singh
  • Sunny Singh
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice City with Good people" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Bangalore was great place to be in India.
I had traveled to the city for the first time and I like my stay over there for 2 months.
The city is happening place.
Places like Brigade Road , MG road are really bursting with pubs and bars with some young people and is most active place in Bangalore.
Bangalore palace is awesome and so are the malls-Forum mall,Orion mall, Park Square, Inorbit,Total mall are really good.
Koramangala, White field, HSR layout are one of the best places .My stay at HSR is very satisfying.The place is hub for food places.
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Harish Pala
  • Harish Pala
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful Bangalore Parks" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
If you you are going with family for outing. Use the following parks in Bangalore. All these parks are very good for enjoy with family. Cubbon park, Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Indira Gandhi musical fountain, Lumbini park, JP park and Sankey Tank. Parking are available. Foods are available. Very good security.
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Roshan Kumar
  • Roshan Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
  • 3 Reviews

"Lots of good place to see !!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
There are lots of goods places to visit like iskcon temple , isro office , etc. but there are lots of problems also like hotels are not of that standard which we expect services are very poor and also auto fees is very high here but there are some good things also like the delicious masala dosa umm !!!!.....idli sambhar....etc. was tasty.
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Satyendra Dwivedi
  • Satyendra Dwivedi
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews

"City with a charm" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Bangalore does not have many places from tourism point of view but it has a charm. One of the best places to live. So we planed the visit Bangalore, ensure you have few days. Roam around brigade road, MG Road, Indira Nagar etc. Enjoy South Indian Veg food at VV Puram and non veg food in Frazer town was amazing. Enjoy night life in Church Street and Indira Nagar.
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Mohit sharma
  • Mohit sharma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing Place! best place to relax" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had the best time of my life in Bangalore- the city is alive almost 24/7. Only con can be traffic. Otherwise connectivity is great. Nice people, ready to help if required and the best part is the diversity with respect to everything- people, food, shopping things, places, etc. Be it the tourist spots, be it availability adventure sports, eating outlets, parks, mountains, everything is in vicinity. And the best part is the weather. Love the weather there in December.
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Madasamytd Raj
  • Madasamytd Raj
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Shopping a lot in bangalore" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Bangalore is a very good cool place.
I enjoy lot. During this occasion, I visited Lalbagh International flower show amazing. I visited Murugesh Palya near SHIVA temple good place.
SHOPPING, LOT of good malls in Bangalore. I visited Gopalan Mall near Tin Factory and Mantri Mall near Central both are good experience in sopping. I purchase lot of things in Auchan shop with good discounts.
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