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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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Vipin Vc

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"Must visit, Bangalore" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Today
A very nice place to visit. Now I came to know why Bangalore is known as Green City. Climate is awesome. I saw Chinnaswamy stadium which was my dream. Will watch match there someday. Lovely people always ready to help. Travelling by road will be good if you can.
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Kumar

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Good destination to enjoy!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Bangalore is place with a pleasant weather. It is neither too hot nor too cold throughout the year. The place has got many different places to visit. There are many malls if you are a shopping freak. The city has got many good restaurants to satisfy your taste buds. There are many IT companies so if you wish you can see some big giant companies. Nandi hills is a place close to Bangalore, you can visit it for the beautiful sunrise but you have to reach before the sunrise.
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Rupeshrai Bhatnagar

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  • Lives in Surat
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"Bangalore, best of tourist spots!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Our trip to Bangalore was just superb! Climatic conditions is favourable for whole time. January to April is the best time to visit. It's best place for foreign and local tourists. Lake, Fort, M G Road and Iskcon temple are nice places to visit! Sukh- Sagar Restaurant at Majestic is the best place to eat. Chain of Kamat restaurants is very famous in Bangalore for North Indian food, while hotel MTR is famous for South Indian food. Commercial Street, MG Road, Brigade Road are very good for shopping!!
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Syed khalid

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"A nice place!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It is really good. Enjoyed the good food. Lot of tea. Attend the religious events. Had fun with the family and the friends. It is a better place to be always. I did go to markets buy stuffs, had a really green atmosphere on me feel it. But some time is also a disgusting when it comes to saving a time. Very boring to travel to one place to another.
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Sudhir Bhandari

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"Nice place with nice climate!" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It's good city good climate during Dec to Jan cold in morning as day process climate also increase. But if you have to reach any place you have to plan 1 hour in advance heavy traffic. Good digamber temple. Market for shopping & lovely dress, cheap rate, veg food good.
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Ahana Banerjee

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  • Lives in Vadodara
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"Crowded but satisfying !" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went to Bangalore all the way from Vadodara just for site seeing. I reached Bangalore by flight and planned to stay with a friend. The transportation in Bangalore is superb. The bus services are very user friendly. There is too much of traffic though which I guess is a feature of all metro cities. We visited Lal baug, Bannerghata national park, UB city, Indira market in 2 days. And then proceeded to pondicherry. It was a trip to remember I would also mention that it was me and my friend roaming around alone even late at night and we did not face any problems and I believe that Bangalore is a must visit for solo female travellers.
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Shubham Banerjee

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  • Shubham Banerjee
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Visit for weather, near-by tourist destinations & decent night life" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited Bangalore for the first time in 2012 summers and after that I am frequenting it at least once a year. The thing that stands out is the pleasant weather which hovers between 20-35 degrees. So, not a nightmare even if you visit in summers.

It is flanked by western and eastern ghats, so lot of scenic places are there with in a distance of 200-400 kms, like Coorg, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Munnar, Mangalore. Other than that nearby places have rich historic connect like Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Tirupati, Mysore etc. Within the city, one can visit Bangalore Palace, Lalbagh, Nandi hills (2 hour drive from Bangalore) and many more.

South India is famous for its silk sarees and Bangalore has decent Saree emporiums which are supported by the State Government. Nearby hill stations have good home-made chocolates and wine. Try them out. Bangalore also has lot of breweries, so d visit them for a lazy weekend eve.

City has a good vibe and atmosphere. One thing that can improve is the traffic, so plan in advance before visiting any place. Other than it is well-connected to all the near by tourist places (road, rail, air).
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Sanjay Ghanore

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  • Sanjay Ghanore
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A beautiful place in Karnataka" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is awesome and the place is very nice in the evening time. Brundavana garden also very romance. We went with friends and we enjoyed a lot while travelling also. Bangalore is a very nice tourist place don't miss it. Mysore palace is nice to see all the kingdom things.
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Yash Mohan

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  • Yash Mohan
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Beautiful Bangalore!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
awesome amazing destination. enjoyed thoroughly & one must visit it. truly amazing & a rich city of India. one more visit , that's all .everyone should visit it once. best location & unforgeable journey!
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Sharon M mathew

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  • Sharon M mathew
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"Delighted with nature, Bangalore" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Bangalore is a wonderful city, which is very well cleaned, prepared, and enlightened with its technologies. And it is a rocking city with malls, pubs, and very thing cool you can find out. Even it is included with the best amusement park in south India (Wonderla). It is a wonderful city.
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