Lush tree-lined avenues, pleasant climate and an easy-going laidback attitude used to characterise Bangalore (as it is still referred to by most people who live here), but over the years, as the name changed to Bengaluru, the pensioner’s paradise too changed and has become a sprawling IT hub with several multinational companies having their offices here. But despite all that, there’s an essential element to Bengaluru, a somewhat laissez faire attitude that retains the charm of the old days. So even though the city might be overrun with traffic, there are places to visit in Bengaluru which will remind you of how it all used to be and how it still is.
When it comes to tourist places in Bangalore, it’s the historical monuments and buildings that will capture your interest. At the same time, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is relatively new but it’s a gorgeous space that will spur your interest while Nandi Hills nearby is a quick getaway from the city, offering some splendid views of the city spread out below you. If you’re planning to visit Bengaluru, then do make it a point to visit the SOTC website for some excellent offers and deals on Bengaluru holiday packages and Karnataka tour packages.
Here are some of the famous Bangalore tourism places.
In a city renowned for its green spaces, Lalbagh still stands out. This botanical garden is a place that all nature lovers should head to and is spread across 240 acres. With its 1854 species of plants, with some even rare plants of French and Afghani origin, it’s no wonder this is one of the top tourist places in Bangalore. The annual Flower Show is held in Lalbagh’s famous glass house. Thousands of people throng to see the mind-boggling varieties of beautiful flowers on display.
The Vidhana Soudha is certainly one of the most famous Bangalore tourism places, although its functions are quite serious. It is the home of the State Legislature and Secretariat of Karnataka and it’s an immense, stately building. In fact, it is said to be the largest state legislative building in India. It’s also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of South India and located centrally in Bengaluru, it’s an arresting sight indeed. Every Sunday, it’s illuminated beautifully.
This is certainly one of the places to go in Bengaluru if you’re looking for some gothic-style architecture. St. Mary’s Basilica is the oldest church in Bengaluru and has been elevated to the status of basilica. It holds the St. Mary’s feast every September. This is a spectacular event that draws devotees from all over the state. The building itself is splendid, with its towering façade, the statues of Mother Mary and the glass windows.
Yet another green lung of the city, Cubbon Park is 300 acres of lush green in the centre of the city, making it one of the best places to visit in Bengaluru. With more than 6000 trees, it also houses some of the major attractions such as Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park Musuem and the Bangalore Aquarium which is said to be the second largest aquarium in India. There’s also a play area for children which is quite popular especially because of the toy train ride that takes you around a large section of the park.
One of the famous tourist places in Bangalore is the Bangalore Palace. This massive palace is a grand monument that has been built in the combined styles of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architecture. There’s a sense of royalty about the palace which stands true even today. Nowadays the palace hosts a number of cultural events, rock shows and even weddings. The inspiration for this extraordinary palace has apparently been taken from the Windsor Castle of London. Truly, this is one of the must-visit places in Bengaluru.
Not too far from the city, around 22kms actually is one of the best tourist places of Bangalore – Bannerghatta National Park. The park is home to a number of animals like sloth bears, tigers and lions. There’s an aquarium here as well as zoo, crocodile farm, snake park but the most famous activity here is the safari which takes you on a bus ride inside the sanctuary where you can see deer as well as tigers and lions exploring their natural habitat. There are different types of safaris here – Grand Safari as well as Lion and Tiger Safari. Tickets are sold out quickly on weekends and holidays, so try to get there before 2 pm.
NGMA is a recent addition to Bengaluru but this beautiful building is worth seeing. While it houses around 14,000 works of contemporary and modern artists, the building itself is an architectural delight. The two storied building used to be the summer home for the Raja of Mysore. With its pleasing and aesthetic designs, a stunning water feature at the entrance and the numerous paintings inside, this art gallery is a favourite stop for many an art-lover.
Science enthusiasts will simply love the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium which is a great place to learn how stars are formed and how planets evolve. Numerous other things can be learned here as well, such as how eclipses take place or how gravity works. The Sky Theatre is of course, the main attraction here, and this is a fascinating place to understand how science works, in a fun and exciting way.