Introduction to Bengaluru City
Bengaluru is the fastest growing cities in South Asia. Bengaluru city is popularly known as Silicon City as it is now a hub for Start-up firms and IT firms. Some of the biggest IT firms such as Infosys, Wipro, Flipkart have their headquarters based in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru is also a popular tourist destination attracting domestic and international visitors. Bengaluru's weather is moderate thus attracting lakhs of tourists to visit the city. The city of Bengaluru derives its name from Kannada words 'Benda Kaloorur' meaning the town of boiled beans. The city was developed and fortified by its founder Kempegowda in circa 1537. Kannada is the native language spoken extensively across the city.
Bengaluru has many famous tourist attractions exciting tourists to visit them. The attractions include parks, museums, and hillocks situated within and outside the city. This article discusses some of the popular tourist attractions to visit in Bengaluru.
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens (Jaynagar)
Lalbagh botanical garden was established by Hyder Ali in the late 18th Century. The park boasts of flora spread across a vast area. The park is often visited by tourists especially during its peak season on 26th January (Republic Day) and on 15th August (Independence Day). The park boasts of a water body, floral clock, the glasshouse, and Kempegowda Tower.
The Glass House is the most popular attraction enthralling visitors.
The Glass House hosts an annual flower show exhibiting various types of flora. The flower show is hosted regularly every year on the Republic Day celebrations and Independence Day celebrations. The flower show lasts for nearly three days attracting many visitors and lasting an impact on them.
Apart from domestic and international visitors, the park is dominated by regular walkers who visit the park in the early morning and late afternoon, to keep themselves fit and healthy.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is maintained by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka.
Entry is restricted between 6 am to 6 pm. Entry is visitors is through West Side Gate located on RV Road, Basvangudi, and Northern Gate, located on KH Road, Shantinagar. Please check with the entry gate officials regarding entry fees for domestic and international tourists and also obtain permission to shoot the videos and take pictures.
Cubbon Park (Central Business District)
Cubbon Park is the centrally located children's park in the Central Business District of Bengaluru. The children's park is maintained by Jawahar Bal Bhawan, named after former Prime Minister of India Sri. Jawahar Lal Nehru. He was aptly called 'Nehru Chacha' by the children and every year on his birthday on November 14th is widely celebrated as 'Children's Day'. The title Jawahar Bal Bhawan to the children's park is thus named after him. The Children's park in Cubbon Park has a wide variety of play areas and a toy train suitable for the children to play and enjoy themselves.
Cubbon Park also boasts of a sprawling area converted into a park for leisure and recreation. The park witnesses visitors on festive weekends and regular weekends. As otherwise the park also witnesses people interested to keep fit through walking and jogging in the early morning. Entry to the children's park is from Kasturba Road located opposite to M.Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium. Entry to the park is also available through the gate of Karnataka High Court and Hudson Church.
The park also boasts of Bengaluru's Tennis Court owned by Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association located within the park and the state-owned Government Library located on the southern side of the park. The park is maintained by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka, and is open on all the days of the week.
Bannerghatta National Park (South Bengaluru)
Bannerghatta National Park or BNP is a popular tourist attraction widely know for its flora and fauna. The national park is located in the southern part of Bengaluru on the outskirts of the city. The park is well connected through public transport shuttles operated by the city's Bengaluru Metropolitan Transporation Corporation or popularly known as BMTC shuttles.
The sprawling national park has numerous species of fauna that includes a butterfly park and a Tiger/Lion safari. Entry to the national park has a ticketed entry to both domestic and international tourists. The tariff can be found on its website www.bannerghattabiologicalpark.org/tariff.html
The park offers numerous facilities to the visiting tourists. Some of the facilities include a parking area, recreational area, restaurant, public transport shuttles, information desk, etc.
Bannerghatta National Park also has an excellent BMTC shuttle connectivity. Some of the BMTC route numbers that connect to Bannerghatta National Park include routes 365, 366, and 368 conveniently operating from 6 am to 6 pm suitable to the park timings. Vayu Vajra air-conditioned services from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport operate route number KIAS-14 that terminates at Meenakshi Temple. One has to interchange the buses at Meenakshi Temple to reach Bannerghatta National Park.
Nandi Hills (North Bengaluru)
Nandi Hills is the popular hill station and a destination most visited by tourists, especially on weekends. Nandi Hills is a 60-minute drive from the city center located adjacent to National Highway 44 in Chikaballapura District (North of Bengaluru). The hill station offers a picturesque view of Bengaluru and its surrounding views from the hilltop.
The hilltop was erstwhile a fort of Tipu Sultan and has few landmarks within the hill such as Tipu Sultan lodge and Tipu drop. The hilltop is now a government-owned property under the ambit of the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka.
The hill-top is a visual treat offering a 360-degree view of Bengaluru and popularly visited to view the sunrise and sunset. The hilltop offers basic amenities such as a restaurant and parking facility. Entry to the hilltop is from 6 am to 6 pm on all the days of the week, except as notified on a timely basis.
Savanadurga (West Bengaluru)
Savanadurga is Asia's largest monolith structure located near Magadi Town in West of Bengaluru and is located at a distance of 40-50 km from the city center. Savandurga is visited mostly by the weekend crowd and boasts of Savandi Temple and a recreational park.
Savanadurga Hill is adorned by Kempegowda Tower established by Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru city who hailed from the nearby Magadi Town. The park is maintained by the Department of Forests, Government of Karnataka.
Entry to Savanadurga is free and timings are restricted as enforced by local authorities.
Kempegowda International Airport (North Bengaluru)
Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport or KIA is one of the fastest-growing airports in the world. KIA became operational in May 2008 and has since then catered to millions of passengers across the world. Bengaluru city was erstwhile operating from the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Airport or HAL Aiport located near Marahtalli in East Bengaluru. The airport now caters to chartered flights and occasionally some VIP flights.
Some of the popular destinations KIA caters to include Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, London, Dubai, Muscat, Doha, Male, Colombo, Frankfurt, Bangkok, etc. The airport is enthralled by visitors often to see-off the guests at the entry of the domestic departure hall. KIA is well connected to the city center by the public transport shuttle buses operated by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
Visitors are allowed with restrictions only up to the domestic departure hall. The area opposite to domestic departure hall boasts of various eateries offering a variety of food to the passengers and visitors. The airport concourse also has neat and clean restrooms. The airport also has the facility to park the vehicles at the designated parking lot next to the airport's BMTC bus terminal.
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