Attractions in Bangalore
Bull Temple - It is one of the oldest temple
in the city and was built by Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore. This typical Dravidian style temple has a massive, monolithic
Nandi bull, 15 ft high and 20 ft long. It is made of gray granite polished with a mixture of charcoal and groundnut oil.
Tipu's Summer Palace
- Haidar Ali started the construction of this palace and this wooden summer palace completed by Tipu Sultan in 1789.The 2-storeyed
elaborate palace is made of wood.The walls and
ceilings are painted in bright colours with carvings. The building today exhibits the modern photo of Tipu and his era.
Museum - This is one of the oldest museum in the country, opened in 1886. It has 18 galleries including
Neolithic finds from the Chandravalli excavations, and from the Indus valley, especially Mohenjodaro antiquities. The museum exhibits
antique jewellery, textiles, coins and miniature paintings.
Lalbagh Gardens - This Botanical garden were
laid out by Haider Ali in 1760 while his son Tipu Sultan added plants and trees from different countries. It was originally called
Lalbagh because the garden had a profusion of red roses. It has a very good collection of tropical and sub tropical and medicinal
plants. The glass house, made on the lines of the London Crystal Palace, is the main attraction in this huge park. The Rose garden
is another attraction at Lal Bagh garden. It is placed at the heart of the Lal Bagh, near to north gate entrance. 150 different
varieties of roses are grown here.
Cubbon Park - Planned by Sir. Richard Sankey, the then
chief Engineer of Mysore and named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore's longest serving commissioner, with in the sprawling Cubbon Park
are situated the Attara Kacheri, the central library, the aquarium, the Jawahar Bal Bhavan with its mini theatre and toy train, the
museum, VITM and KSLTA tennis court.
Vidhan Soudha - It is a beautifully designed building, built between
1954 and 1958. It houses the state legislature and secretariat. Opposite to it is another attractive public building, red brick
High court of Karnataka, built in 1885.
ISKCON Temple - Built in an ornate architectural style, the Krishna Temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual
Getaways in Bangalore
- About 20 km east of Bangalore lies the summer ashram of Sri Sathya Sai
Baba, where he is usually in residence between March and May. His main ashram, Puttaparthi, is in neighboring Andhra Pradesh.
National Park - The Park was established in the year 1974, in the district of Mysore. With an area of 874 sq km, the landscape
is hilly, traversed by rivers and gorges. The tree crop consists of dry deciduous and miscellaneous species. The animals to be
seen here are tiger, leopard cat, sloth bear, four horned antelope, elephant, flying squirrel and mouse deer. The reptiles are mugger
and monitor lizard. The main birds are spoonbill, jungle fowl, partridge, bush quail, woodpeckers, teal and coot.
Lake - Situated at a distance of 27 km, this artificial lake is spread over 1,000 acres providing facilities for sailing.
A livestock breeding and poultry centers has been established here as a part of the Indo-Danish dairy project.
Nrityagram - This dance village, 30 km northwest of Bangolare, was established in the early 1990s
to revitalize Indian classical dance. Under the patronage of well-known Oddissi dancer, Protima Gauri, it offers the long-term study of
classical dance and it's allied subjects, such as choreography, philosophy, music, mythology and painting.
Nandi Hills - A small hill station about 60 kms from Bangalore, this was a popular summer retreat of both Tipu
Sultan and the British.
Channapatna - Channapatna, a small village 46 kms. from Bangalore on the Mysore highway, excels in manufacturing
lacquerware, a craft practised today by over 3000 local craftsperson. Lacquerware products include brightly coloured wooden toys, door
curtains, powder boxes and napkin rings, other than a range of distinctive jewellery.