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Why Bengaluru Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Updated on September 13, 2018
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Srikanth likes Bengaluru. He is passionate about helping people make the most of their trip to this wonderful city.

Glass House in Lalbagh

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From the peace-loving people thronging to the beautiful parks of the garden city of India to various attractions and experiences unique to the lovely city, Bengaluru serves as the perfect introduction to travellers seeking to get a feel of the great country, India.

Nature Lovers' Heaven

Parks and gardens in Bengaluru are lush green, full of trees, plants and flowers. Locals use these these lung spaces for their morning walk, jogging and exercise.

Visit to Bengaluru is incomplete without seeing the botanical garden Lalbagh and the landmark lung area Cubbon Park. Parks and gardens are aplenty in the Karnataka capital, giving the city its unique beauty. Here are some of the popular parks and gardens to visit:

Lalbagh

Located in Southwest Bengaluru, Lalbagh houses India's largest collection of tropical plants and trees. This haven for nature lovers covers an area of around 240 acres. It has 673 genera and1,854 species of plants.

Exotic species include Agathis sp., Amherstia nobilis, Araucaria sp., Averrhoa bilimbi, Bambusa sp., Bixa orellana, Brownea grandiceps, Castanospermum australe, Cola acuminata, Corypha umbraculifera, Couroupita guianensis, Cupressus sp., Eriobotrya japonica, Magnolia sp., and Swietenia mahagoni.

Artocarpus heterophyllus, Bombax ceiba, Butea monosperma, Cassia fistula , Dillenia indica, Ficus sp., Lagerstromia speciosa, Michelia champaca and Mesua ferrea are some indigenous species in Lalbagh, which is a pendant in the necklace of the city's gardens and parks.

Lalbagh is internationally renowned centre for botanical artwork, scientific study of plants and also conservation of plants. Various birds, including myna, parakeets, crows, brahminy kite, pond heron, common egret and purple moor hen have made this expansive garden their home. Lalbagh has well-laid out roads, paths, open spaces and shade.

Lalbagh rock (which is more than 3,000 years old), Glass House (which is inspired by Crystal Palace in London), Floral Clock, topiary park, 20-million-year-old coniferous tree fossil, lake, bandstand, Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar and Kempegowda Tower are the main attractions in Lalbagh. You will also find various stalls selling seeds, gardening equipment, flowers, plants, natural fruit juice, sweets, snacks and Vetiver handcrafts.

Lalbagh can be easily reached by Metro, BMTC bus, auto rickshaw and cab. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate. The garden offers ample parking space. Try to visit Lalbagh in the early morning. You will enjoy the bird chorus. Take care not to disturb beehives.

Trishal Residency Hotel, City Crown Lodge, Hotel T A P Gold Crest, Hotel Sabharwal Viceroy, Hotel Raaj Residency and Hotel Nandhini Minerva Circle are top rated places to stay near Lalbagh.

Flowers in Lalbagh

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Lalbagh Bangalore Timings

Opening
Closing
6.00 am
6.00 pm

Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park is officially known as Sri. Chamarajendra Park. This historical park was originally created in 1870 by the British Chief Engineer of Mysore, Major General Richard Shankey. It is spread over an area of around 1.2 square kilometers and is a major lung space in Bengaluru. It is located at the heart of the city.

Cubbon Park is a pleasant blend of natural and man-made sites. It houses around 68 genera and 96 species, with a total of around 6000 plants/trees growing in its locale.

Indigenous species such as Artocarpus, Cassia fistula, Ficus, Polyalthias etc., and exotic species such as Araucaria, Bamboo, Castanospermum australe, Grevillea robusta, Milletia, Peltophorum Schinus molle, Swietenina mahagoni, Tabebuia sp. etc., have made this park their home.

Multicoloured exotic floral beds line the park's various avenues. The avenue of Araucarias along with Canna beds on either sides of the road from the Library to Hudson circle is beautiful. The park's landscape integrates natural rock outcrops with thickets of trees; massive bamboos, with grassy expanse and flowerbeds.

The Bangalore Aquarium (the second largest aquarium in India), Cubbon Park Museum, Central Public Library, Jawahar Bal Bhavan (well-known for its toy train), Sir M Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, lotus pond, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo groove nook, Dancing Fountain, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park are among the main attractions in and around Cubbon Park.

You will find statues of famous people like Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, Rajya Dhurandhara Sir K. Sheshadri Iyer and Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar here.

Cubbon Park is open all the time. It has been declared a silent zone between 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. It is accessible from M.G. Road, Kasturba road, Hudson Circle, and Ambedkar Veedhi. You can reach the park by BMTC bus, metro, cab and auto rickshaw.

Java Pink Cassia in Cubbon Park

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JP Park, M N Krishna Rao Park, Turahalli Forest, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Bugle Rock Park, Banagiri Park and Ranadheera Kanteerava Park are among many popular parks and gardens in Bengaluru.

A Child's Delight

Trip to Bengaluru can be an enriching and entertaining experience to your children. The city offers many opportunities to have fun and learn.

Bannerghatta National Park

Founded in 1970, this park is a treat to children. It includes Zoo, Safari, Butterfly Park and Rescue Center. It covers an area of around 104.27 square kilometers.

Zoo is open between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm. I have fond memories of this park. I have visited here many times with my family. My son enjoys each and every moment he spends here.

The park houses tigers, lions, Thamin deer, hog deer, king cobra, Himalayan black bear, Malabar giant squirrel. elephant, gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild pig, sambar, chital, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, porcupine, hare, pangolin, slender loris, cobras, pythons, kraits and Russell vipers

Bannerghatta National Park is around 22 kilometers from the city; in fact it is one among the few places in the world where wilderness is preserved so close to a big city. You can reach the park by BMTC bus or cab. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Bannerghatta National Park Tickets

 
Adults
Children Aged between 6 and 12 years
Senior citizen 60 years above
Foreigners (Non-SAARC countries)
Weekdays
 
 
 
 
Zoo
₹80
₹40
₹50
Adults: ₹400/-; Children: ₹300/-
Butterfly Park
₹30
₹20
₹20
 
Grand Safari (through normal bus) (Tiger , Lion, Bear & Herbivore Safari) + Zoo
₹260
₹130
₹150
 
Weekends and Government Holidays
 
 
 
 
Zoo
₹80
₹40
₹50
Adults: ₹400/-; Children: ₹300/-
Butterfly Park
₹30
₹20
₹20
 
Grand Safari (through normal bus) (Tiger , Lion, Bear & Herbivore Safari) + Zoo
₹280
₹140
₹150
 

Wonderla

This loud, crazy and charming amusement park is located in Mysore Road. It covers an area of around 82 acres and is famous for its 60+ exciting rides. Many say that it is the largest amusement park in India. It houses the largest indoor musical fountain and laser show in the country.

While here, you should definitely not miss Jungle Lagoon, Lazy River, Boomerang, Harakiri, Fun Racers, Uphill Racers, Banded Kraits, Twisters, Water Pendulum, Rain Disco, Wave Pools, Play Pools and Wavy, Vertical Fall, XD MAX, Cinemagic 3D, Musical Fountain and Laser Show, Hang Glider, Pirate Ship, Net Walk, Wonder Splash, Techno Jump, Sky Wheel, Toon Tango, Termite Coaster and Train, Dungeon Ride, Crazy Car, Crazy Wagon, Flash Tower, Equinox, Insanity, Hurricane, Y-Scream, Maverick, Mixer, Drop Zone, Wonderla Bamba, Magic Mushroom, Mini Venice, Mini Pirate Ship, Merry Ghost, Kiddies Wheel, Mini Express, Moon Walker, Jumping Frog, Flying Jumbo, Lion Swing, Funky Monkey, Carousel and Convoy.

You can reach Wonderla, which is around 28 kilometers from the center of the city, by BMTC bus, train, cab or auto rickshaw. There is enough parking space for cars and two wheelers. The park is open between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm on weekdays; and 11.00 am and 7.00 pm on weekends.

Wonderla Timings

The park is open between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm on weekdays; and 11.00 am and 7.00 pm on weekends.

Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Lumbini Gardens, Dodda Alada Mara, Basavanagudi Temple, Innovative Film City, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and Bugle Rock Park are the main attractions for children in the city.

Art Lovers' Paradise

Art galleries in Bengaluru showcase everything, from contemporary Indian art to dust sculptors. They have the ability to continually challenge the way things have been done in the past, whether through a reinvention of what is done within gallery walls or what is created outside of them, supporting new artists, and embracing the expansion of existing and new mediums.

National Gallery of Modern Art, Coral Art Gallery, Gallery Sumukha, Crimson Art Gallery, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath are some well-known art galleries in Bengaluru.

The city does not disappoint people who love the thrill of theatre and live drama. Ranga Shankara, Atta Galatta, Jagriti Theatre, Ravindra Kalakshetra and Alliance Francaise De Bangalore are among popular theater spaces in Bengaluru.

National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art, which was inaugurated in 2009, displays paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and many modern artists. It houses over 500 exhibits.

Located in Palace Road, this popular art gallery covers an area of around 3.5 acres. It is a repository of the cultural ethos of India. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, graphic prints and examples of early photography in India.

This world-class art gallery has an auditorium, a public art reference library, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitation block. It blends modern functionality with the elegance of the past.

The building is surrounded by trees, fountains and a mirror pool. It has an Old Wing and a New Wing, which are interconnected by a walk bridge. You can reach the art gallery by metro, BMTC bus, cab or auto rickshaw. It is open between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.

Coral Art Gallery, Gallery Sumukha, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Crimson Art Gallery, Mahua, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Abstract Art Gallery are other popular art galleries in the city.

Ranga Shankara

Located in J P Nagar, 2nd Phase, this theater is dedicated to showcasing theatrical performances from India and abroad, to producing and commissioning new and innovative theater forms and productions, and facilitating outreach programmes to build audiences for theater and to impart theater skills.

Ranga Shankara was opened in the year 2004. The floor area of the auditorium is around 1,750 sq ft. It can seat 320 people. You can reach the theater by BMTC bus, cab or auto rickshaw. It is closed on Mondays.

Bangalore School of Speech And Drama, Jagriti Theater, Yours Truly Theater, Alliance Française de Bangalore and KH Kala Soudha are other popular theaters in Bengaluru.

Awaken the Scientist in You

Bengaluru does not disappoint science nerds. It houses many science museums that feature incredible exhibits.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

This museum was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya. It is located in Kasturba Road, near M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Opened in 1962, it houses many scientific experiments and engines.

The museum has seven permanent exhibition galleries: Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electrotechnic, Space – Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science. Dinosaur Corner, a 1:1 scale replica of the Wright Brothers’ Flyer “Kitty Hawk” and Science on a Sphere are among the main attractions in the museum.

The museum is open between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. It is accessible by metro, BMTC bus (route numbers: 150, 154, 155, 291, 293 & 294C), cab or auto rickshaw. You may call 91-080-22866200 for more information regarding the museum.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum Ticket

 
 
General visitors
₹50
Organised school groups
₹25
Organised govt./municipal school groups
₹10

HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

Established in 2001, the HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is the first of its kind in India. It features photographs and models that trace aviation and aeronautics history.

Located in Marathahalli, this museum is spread over 4 acres of lush green land. Engines like Garret (Dornier), Adour (Jaguar) and Orpheus (Kiran) are among main attractions of the museum.

You can reach the museum by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw. It is open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.

Answer Your Inner Calling

In this competitive, stressful world, between the craziness of family, profession and life, we, human beings need time and place to meditate. Bengaluru houses some world-class meditation centers.

Heartfulness Meditation Center

Also known as Param Dham Ashram, this Heartfulness Meditation Center is ideal for those who seek to refine themselves, to evolve, to grow spiritually. It was inaugurated by Raja Yoga Master Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari. Here you can learn immensely useful techniques like relaxation technique, meditation and cleaning.

Param Dham Ashram is one among the many Heartfulness Meditation Centers in the city. It is located in South East Bengaluru. You can reach here by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw.

Shri Ram Chandra Mission

This non-profit organization, which was founded in 1945 by Shri Ram Chandra of Shahajanpur, in honor of his spiritual teacher and guide, Shri Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, offers you techniques to relax, rejuvenate and evolve.

The Mission is formally associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) as an international non-governmental organisation. SRCM and the UN share a common goal of peace, human integration and harmony, and thus SRCM’s objectives fulfil the principles outlined in the UN Charter.

Shri Ram Chandra Mission is located in Banashankari 2nd Stage. It is easily accessible by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw. There is no entrance fee.

The Art of Living International Centre, Dhamma Paphulla Vipassana Meditation & Research Centre and Isha Yoga Center are other popular meditation centers in Bengaluru.

Food Lovers' Nirvana

A delicious meal at an outstanding restaurant is an immensely satisfying experience. Bengaluru offers you many such experiences because it has top-class restaurants that are worth your time - and hard-earned cash.

Alto Vino

Located in Whitefield, this warm and inviting contemporary Italian restaurant is well-known for its tiramisu, baked salmon, chicken pasta, ravioli, quinoa salad, spaghetti and chocolate mousse.

The restaurant is open between 6.30 pm and 11.00 pm. It is easily accessible by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw. Cost for two people is ₹3,000.

Ssaffron, K & K, The Raj Pavilion, MCafe, Yataii, Bene, JW Kitchen, Citrus at the Leela Palace Bangalore, Karavalli and Edo - Japanese Restaurant and Bar are other fine dining restaurants in Bengaluru.

Time Traveller

Time Traveller is located in Bommasandra Industrial Area, this air conditioned restaurant is well-known for its vegetarian spread of Continental, Chinese & North Indian dishes. It is open between 7.00 am and 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 3.30 pm, and 7.00 pm and 10.30 pm. You can reach the restaurant by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw.

If you want to enjoy local delicacies, you need to visit Upahara Darshini in Basavanagudi. It is open between 7.00 am and 1.00 pm, and 4.30 and 10.00 pm.

Brahmin's Coffee Bar, Shri Sagar (C.T.R), Taaza Thindi, Vidyarthi Bhavan, Veena Store, Kota Kachori, Food Street and Kaapi Katte are among popular cheap eats in the city.

Bengaluru houses many moderately priced restaurants, including The Druid Garden, Toit, MTR - Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, Nagarjuna, The Permit Room and Mango Trees.

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      Louise Powles 

      9 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh my gosh, what a beautiful place. I could very easily live in India!

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