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Bengaluru The Vibrant City
Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka state in Southern India. It is known as the 'Silicon City' of India owing to its popularity of information technology companies which has witnessed robust growth since 2000. Bengaluru is also home to many parks and gardens and is also known as the 'Garden City' of India. Bengaluru owes its name from the Kannada word Benda Kalooru meaning 'Boiled Beans' town.
Bengaluru has grown rapidly since the 2000s. The robust growth of the economy and trade has given a boost to wide employment opportunities. Bengaluru has since developed many information technologies and start-up companies based clusters around the areas of H.S.R. Layout, Koramangala, Whitefield, B.T.M. Layout, Electronic City, Indiranagar, Hebbal, etc. Apart from IT companies, Bengaluru is famous for shopping centers, places of worship, tourist attractions, etc.
The following are the must-visit places for a visiting tourist in Bengaluru. The list is not exhaustive and is compiled based on popularity.
- Majestic Area (Central Bengaluru)
- Kempegowda International Airport (North Bengaluru)
- Whitefield/ITPL (East Bengaluru)
- Electronic City (South Bengaluru)
- Mahatma Gandhi Road (Central Business District)
The majestic area is famous for the transportation hub of Bangalore, apart from being a commercial center and entertainment hub. The term Majestic refers to Majestic theatre near Kempe Gowda Circle in the area. The area houses many movie theatres which otherwise formed as a hub for movie lovers.
Majestic also serves as the city center for a transportation hub. The area acts as a focal point for the following modes of transport
- Kempegowda Bus Station- For local buses operated by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation or BMTC
- Kempegowda Bus Station- For intercity buses operated by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation or KSRTC
- Kempegowda Metro Stations- Interchange station for Pink Lane and Green Lane metro trains operated by Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited or BMRCL
- Kranti Veera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station- Erstwhile known as Bengaluru City Railway station, is the junction station for several trains operated by Indian Railways
The majestic area is not to be missed opportunity to witness a vibrant Bengaluru and also acts as a city center as many BMTC buses connect to various residential areas of Bengaluru from here.
Kempegowda International Airport
Bengaluru's international airport is located at Devanhalli, North of Bengaluru. The airport is named after the founder of Bengaluru Kempe Gowda. The international airport began its operation in 2008 and has witnessed the rapid growth of passenger traffic for over a decade. Many international non-stop destinations also operate from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. Some of the direct connections include flights to San Francisco, Tokyo, Singapore, Colombo, Male, Dubai, etc. Kempegowda International Airport is the gateway to Bengaluru city. Many international tourists arrive at Bengaluru airport and thus it serves as the primary touchpoint to reach Bengaluru city from the airport.
Whitefield and ITPL Software Technology Park
Whitefield houses many software technology parks. The area lies to the east of Bengaluru and houses International Technology Park Limited or ITPL complex that rents its spaces for many information technology parks. Some of the popular IT companies operating from here include Tata Consultancy Services, General Electric, SAP, Accenture, etc. Apart from IT companies the locality has famous healthcare centers like Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals and Vydehi Hospital. ITPL area also has a full-fledged BMTC TTMC bus terminal to cater to the passengers to commute from the city to Whitefield through intra-city buses.
The Electronics City lies in the southern part of Bengaluru and like Whitefield/ITPL has many information technology companies in the area. It is closer to the Bengaluru-Tamil Nadu border near Hosur. Some of the popular information technology companies located at Electronics City include Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Infosys, Wirpo, Biocon, etc. The Electonics City is connected to Bengaluru through national highway 44 and is also connected through the recently built NICE peripheral expressway. The NICE peripheral expressway connects to several areas of West Bengaluru through the network of peripheral ring road up to Tumakuru Road junction via Kanakapura Road junction, Bannerghatta Road junction Mysore Road junction, and Magadi Road junction.
Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G.Road)
Mahatma Gandhi Road is the popular gateway and commercial center of Bengaluru for many decades. The area around Mahatma Gandhi road is surrounded by lush green Cubbon Park, Ulsoor Lake, and many residential areas. Mahatma Gandhi Road houses a majestic shopping center known as Utility Building standing tall with over 20 floors and is an iconic landmark structure of Bengaluru. Cauvery Emporium at the junction of Mahatma Gandhi Road and Brigade Road is another iconic landmark that is famous for the exhibition and sale of handicrafts.
The junction between Cauvery Emporium and LIC Office/Anil Kumble circle is popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. Some of the other famous landmarks on this road include the LIC office, The Times of India office, Deccan Herald office, Higginbothams Book Store, Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro Station, and a host of trade centers selling silk sarees and men's suitings. Brigade Road is another popular shopping center known for books, electronic items, food, clothes, music stores, etc. Castle-street, Trinity Circle, Church street, Cavalry Road, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, Museum Road, Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Vishweshwaraiah Technological Museum, Government Aquarium, City Central Library, Sam Manekshaw Parade Ground, St.Joseph's Institutions, etc are the other popular attractions near Mahatma Gandhi Road.
Favorite Spot in Bengaluru
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Varun Dambal (author) from Bangalore on May 16, 2021:
Liz Westwood from UK on May 15, 2021:
This is an interesting, informative and well-illustrated article. I have learnt a lot about Bengaluru.