houses the Bull temple, ISKON temple, Shiva temple, Venkataramanaswamy
Temple, Gavi Gangadhareswara cave temple, and the Someshwara Temple. Bangalore, India also has the
aquarium and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium for the science freaks. For picnic spots from Bangalore, Ulsoor Lake is the perfect
location. For the fitness freaks there are ample yoga centres in Bangalore. While on a shopping spree while in Bangalore try
out the traditional handicraft items, like silk saris, elegantly carved sandalwood items and tribal jewelry.
For all those with a tilt towards music and dance Nrityagram village,
which is home to a classical dance academy is a must see. If you seek adventure Devarayandurga and Ramanagaram are ideal spots
for trekking and rock climbing. Nandi Hill is a health resort popular with the people of Bangalore. The lovely lake and the
gorgeous green valley present a picture perfect setting for holidays. Close to Bangalore is Ramohalli renowned for its big Banyan tree
called Doda Alada Mara. The tree is spread across three acres of land and is worth visiting.
The Banerghatta National Park is a natural retreat close to Bangalore, India. The fabulous flora, fauna and the birds at
the Banerghatta National Park attract tourists and naturalists time and again.
The best part of this city is that it is traveler friendly all year round. It's never too hot or too cold in Bangalore.
It's just right. As Bangalorites will tell you - "It's the coolest destination!"
Legends say that this city is named after an old woman, who lived in this area and offered a humble meal
of boiled beans to King Ballala, a Hoysala ruler. The king was so pleased with her hospitality that he named the entire city as bele-benda-kalu-ooru
which in the local language of Kannada literally means, ‘the place of boiled beans’. The historical evidence of the name "Bengalooru"
can be found in a 9th century inscription found in a temple in the village of Begur. Today the name has been shortened and anglicised after the
British influence and has come to be called Bangalore.
The source of the present-day city of Bangalore can be traced to the early 16th century, when Kempegowda, a local chief, built a small
mud fort here. Bangalore gained prominence in the 18th century, when it became an important fort city, under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan
of Mysore. This area was witness to the struggle between Tipu Sultan and the British. The British defeated Tipu Sultan and took over Bangalore
city. In 1831, the British made it the regional administrative city and established a big cantonment here.