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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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Praveen

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"A place for shopping lovers" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Hope i'm not a right person to comment about this place because my visit was to attend two days conference. Personally I don't like Bangalore because of hectic traffic and crowd. This place is only for travelers who loves shopping & city riding. Good thing about Bangalore is pleasant weather. Be careful about autowalas.
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"A city with amazing weather" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Bangalore has amazing weather. Lots of places to visit from malls & markets to eateries. I usually prefer to travel by car. Main reason is airport and city distance during traffic hours. It will take more than two hours to reach city from Bangalore airport. By car we can avoid that traffic by matching the timing either by entering city early morning or late night.
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"Great weather, but traffic sucks; avoid autos" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The city is known for its weather and deservedly so. Winters are on the colder side (for someone in India) - so carry a jacket/sweatshirt. The traffic completely sucks, though. Driving is stressful, so you're better off hiring an Uber. Avoid rickshaws since they're usually overcharging dramatically.
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Pushpreet Singh

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Pleasant experience" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Best part about Bangalore was its weather and cleanliness. No humidity and drizzle makes it perfect. Plenty of options to hang out and dine out. Please be cautious of traffic. Only weekends are good but weekdays are really bad. Do try some local sweets.
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"Food was a big problem for me as Punjabi (North Indian)" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
It was a business trip for me. Stayed there for 3 days. And food was a big trouble for me. I didn't want to spent much on food in expensive hotels or restaurant. So I tried my local places there. But I was so disappointed with food taste and quality. That was all bit sweet in taste. Even sambhar is the specialty of south. I didn't find even good sambhar there. But had no other option. Otherwise that was a good trip. And one more suggestion, If you don't have car there for local travel And you know driving and want to drive self then I strongly prefer ZoomCar there. Good service and great value for money. You must try. Also I prefer to visit Iskcon Temple.
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"A city with nice weather" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its better to be in Bangalore rather than on hill stations of north in the peak times of north's summer as you get a very nice airy weather. With a wide variety of menu on the platter.

For a movement you are surprised by the weather all of sudden the mood of weather changes like your own mood.

The worst is the traffic of the city but still better than the other metros of the country.
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Smita Singh

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"A pleasant experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a good break from the busy office life I have. A nice place and I have lots of friends there so a fun place to spend some time at. The place is full of good eateries and malls to do some great shopping. I love the nightlife there especially the area near Indiranagar is full of great pubs to hang out for a few drinks. In all a pleasant experience. In all would love to be back.
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"All most like my home town" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I work and stay here for more than 6 years now. It is a beautiful city with noce weather, Known for its many IT Companies and techies. There are many bars and pubs and good night life here. City is having many good shopping malls and attractions to visit. As a Tourist you can spend good 3-4 days to explore the city, City has many Management and Engineering colleges. City is India's Knowledge Capital and IT Capital. Lots and lots of Youngsters from all over India resides, stay, settled and work in Bangalore. There are infrastructure woes and city is dirty because of garbage, footpaths are not so good and dirty. Population is ever increasing, Sometime people worry there long term future in the city which may not offer such a bright prospects to other global and Indian counterparts.
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"Good place to take a break" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Must visit once in a year type of place for an Indian. Everything except for the traffic is beautiful. Got all the goodies in one place. Big big malls, cars, shops for everything, awesome scenery when you get out of the city, good people volvo buses for in the city transport. It was a good experience.
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"Enjoyable place with many good malls" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I enjoyed in Bangalore with my friends. The hotel and restaurants in Bangalore are good. The infrastructure is very high. The roads and flyovers are very broad. I also visited malls in Bangalore like Orion mall, Forum mall, etc which are really awesome.
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