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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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Suhaib Damudi
  • Suhaib Damudi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"SILICON CITY OF INDIA" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Yes, Thats what Bangaluru is called now a days. It is also called an IT HUB. Because of 100's IT companies are installed in this city with lots of job opportunities. Apart from Malls, Industries, Companies, 5* star hotels there is a Hill station called NANDI HILLS its is the most beautiful place I have been to in Bangalore. The feeling you get when you see yourself surrounded by clouds and cool breeze passing by you filled with water vapours as if you are riding on clouds. AWESOME!!
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Rakesh Prabhu
  • Rakesh Prabhu
  • 1 Review

"A nice city to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Superb city to live. Very good transport systems like passenger trains connecting different places within the city and the progressing Metro is just superb to travel. Whitefield region is full of IT companies. But only problem that there is great traffic. There are great attractions like M Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium. The crowd in this stadium is just awesome. There are various Malls located in various parts of the city which include Mantri Square, Garuda Mall, Phoenix Market City, Inorbit Mall.
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Sunder Raj
  • Sunder Raj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews

"Loads of sightseeing and shops" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The Bangalore city is huge and has loads of places to visit. A must visit place is the Cubbon Park. We were inspired to take a load of photography. The malls, wow had everything. And the roads are in neat condition to travel. We visited the commercial street, that's a must visit place. Food, dresses, accessories. Anything you want. The metro railway ride was a happy experience. On the whole we had a incredible, wonderful and a memorable time!
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Mithravindh Somappa
  • Mithravindh Somappa
  • Lives in Madikeri
  • 1 Review

"Best weather, has lot of sightseeing" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It has the best weather conditions in the country. The people here are friendly and helpful. Even if you are not familiar with language, they will somehow try to communicate.
There are many places you can visit. The first place is the iconic 'Vidhana Soudha', the architecture is mindblowing and one of the best govt buildings in the country. Traditional places include lal bagh, tipu sultan palace, cubbon park and many more. Others include wonderla, innovative film city, UB city and host of malls.
Bangalore is also known for cuisines. Foodies never get disappointed. The famous MTR restaurant is a must visit. Travelling is easy with public transport as BMTC is one of the best in the country. Many transport modes are available. However, you have to be patience with the traffic and roads. Greenery is the hallmark of Bangalore. Travelling to city has no problems.
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Roy Oliver
  • Roy Oliver
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 3 Reviews

"One of the best cities in India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This was my first visit to Bangalore. I must say it was impressive. Starting with the beautiful weather in June, with the delayed rains, I could still go outdoors and appreciate the beautiful city. Its one of the greenest cities I have ever visited. Bangalore has many attractions of which I went to the Bangalore Palace, Snow City, St Marys Cathedral, and overall its a great place. If like me you want to explore all of India, the Bangalore is a must visit.
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Deepashri
  • Deepashri
  • 5 Reviews

"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall experience is too good for bangalore and you can go any time as because the weather of Bangalore is always good. Please don't miss wonderla if you are going bangalore. In bangalore you can get all kind of foods in every restaurant so can enjoy different types of dishes.
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Keithar
  • Keithar
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 9 Reviews

"Very nice visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The overall experience in this trip is not only good also very nice in terms of accessibility to places wherever I wanted to move. This trip was official but enjoyable as I could see some nearby interesting places. The journey was comfortable as flight could maintain proper time and hospitality. The shopping experience is yet to be explored.
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Shankar
  • Shankar
  • Lives in Bikaner
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to stay"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have stayed in Hotel Grand continent in Bangalore in BTM Layout. Hotel housekeeping is excellent. The Hotel is having a roof restaurant ( MTR) and had very good food. Overall the stay was fine. The counter staff are very friendly and very elegantly deal the customers.
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Sauhard Verma
  • Sauhard Verma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Perfect for peace and happiness"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a complete enthusiasing and wonderful experience. I went with four of my friends. We all enjoyed a lot. People of the city are very good and kind hearted. One should know to speak English to prevent language problems there if he/she doesn't know kannada as very less amount of people in karnataka know Hindi well. While travelling there, one should keep sufficient money in pockets and in debit cards because anyone can run out of money as it is a costly city.
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Sumit Roy
  • Sumit Roy
  • 2 Reviews

"A pace with maddening weather"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The weather will make you mad. I never experienced such kind of weather. Aity is full of malls, so no complain for entertainment. And you will see various kinds of cultures living there. Hotels are very high rated. There is a guarantee that nothing will be stolen there, you will see the cars and bikes are lying on the street sides, but none of them have any problem.
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