Known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. Thanks to the diversity in its character, the city has earned names like garden city of India, pub capital of India and air conditioned city. It offers an amazing mix of historical and modern era, with flavors of architecture, culture, spirituality and nature.
Nature lovers can visit and enjoy the scenic beauties of Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park, the two biggest and most famous gardens. Lal Bagh boasts of 240 acres area full of diverse species of plants, especially red roses. It features a majestic glasshouse and showcases over 200 varieties of flowers and hybrid vegetables as part of festivities on India’s Independence Day and Republic Day. Cubbon Park is very popular among walkers and joggers. Covering over 300 acres, the park has Bal Bhavan play area and an aquarium for kids to enjoy.
If you enjoy water bodies, you must visit the picturesque Ulsoor Lake in the heart of the city, near M.G. Road. You can enjoy boating or take a walk around the lake or just feel the refreshing cool breeze to beat the stress of daily life. Wildlife lovers and admirers must visit Bannerghata national park and the butterfly park.
If you like architecture and monuments, visit Bangalore Palace. Built in 1887, the palace is inspired by England’s Windsor Castle. It has Tudor-style architecture, and the royal family still lives there. You can also visit Maya Hall, which is also a colonial era structure. Then there is Vidhana Soudha, which was built in the neo-Dravidian style in 1956. Tipu Sultan’s palace might also interest you if you like Indo-Islamic architecture. For something older than these structures, you can always visit the Bangalore fort that was built by the founder of the city, Kempegowda.
Bengaluru has been the home to theatre enthusiasts and remains a place where the best plays in India are staged. Head to RangaShankara, Jagriti, KH Kala Soudha and Chowdiah Memorial hall to watch the best names in theatre and get mesmerised by their performance.
If you are an art connoisseur, head to NGMA (National gallery of Modern Art), Venatappa art gallery or Chitrakala Parishat to enjoy an evening of colours and strokes.
The city has a rich spiritual and religious heritage of all faiths. Prominent among such places is the ISKCON temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Built in Dravidian and modern architecture, the temple is located on a seven acre hill known as the ‘Hare Krishna Hill’. You can also visit the bull temple to get a feel of the Hindu culture. If you are interested to attend a mass, visit the St. Mary’s Basilica, it is one of the oldest churches in the city and for splendid Muslim architecture, visit the Masjid-e-Khadria, one of the most beautiful mosques in the city.
If you are the kind of person who likes to shop till you drop, then head to MG road, Brigade road or Commercial Street. For traditional Indian shoppers, Chikkapete is an ideal place.
Apart from Bangalore, Karnataka also boasts of India’s own Scotland, Coorg. You can also visit Mysore, which houses the royal family of Wadiyars. Mangalore and Karwar can be your ideal destinations if you love sun and sand, as they host wonderful beaches. For an adventure seeker, staying in the forests of Bandipur is a divine experience. Apart from these places, you can go to the neighboring states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Goa to enjoy India’s natural and cultural heritage.