I have been living in Bangalore for four and half years but still haven’t got the chance to explore it fully. But since now I am into blogging, I have decided to explore every nook and corner of this city and bring to you every minute detail regarding this city. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is the Garden City as well as the IT City of India. Below are the details of tourist places in Bangalore, some of which are amazing and others are ok sort of, which you can explore on your next trip to Bangalore.
1. BANGALORE PALACE:
This beautiful castle like structure, now owned by the Mysore royal family, was built by Rev. J. Garrett and the construction started in 1862 and got completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamarajendra Wodeyar X. The palace complex, including the gardens, is spread over a sprawling 454 acres. Bangalore palace is constructed on line with the Windsor Castle of England and the architecture of the palace is superb and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. When you enter the palace, you will see an open yard which has fluorescent blue ceramic tiles and also a ballroom for holding private parties in the ground floor of the palace. The beautifully decorated staircase will take you to the first floor which has a Durbar Hall, from where the king used to address his assembly. Beautiful paintings adorn the walls along the staircase and the Durbar Hall has a massive elephant head mounted in it. The hall has Gothic Style stained glass windows and the walls and furnitures are in yellow color.The huge palace grounds surrounding the Bangalore Palace is used for holding public events,music concerts and many international artists like David Guetta, Elton John, Backstreet Boys and Enrique Iglesias etc have performed in the palace grounds.
- Location: Near Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Palace Rd, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560052
- Opening Timings: All days of the week from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Entry Fee: Rs 225 for Indians/Rs 450 for foreign tourists.
- A 40 min audio guided tour which will cost you Rs 500 will explained about the history of the palace and the interior and exterior details of the castle.
- Still Camera Fee: Rs 675 / Camcorder: Rs.1000 / Mobile Camera Fee: Rs.100
My recommendation: If you are in Bangalore, do visit this well maintained palace once. You can go for Audio Guide which has the stories and the anecdotes of the era gone by.
2. LALBAGH BOTANICAL GARDEN:
Lalbagh, located in South Bangalore, is spread over 240 acres and has four entrance points. It is famous for conducting flower shows every year during the week of Republic day and Independence Day. This place has preserved some rare species of flora and some trees you will see there are over 100 years old. It also has a glass house, a lake, a hillock, lots of fountains. You can go there for a stroll in the morning.
- Location: 4 km from M.G. Road.
- Timings: Remains open 6:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
- Entry Free: Free from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m and for rest of the day, its Rs 10. During weekends, it is Rs. 40/- and during public holidays fee is Rs. 50/-
- Videography is prohibited
My recommendation: It’s a must visit place during Republic day week and Independence Day when there is a grand display of beautiful flowers.
3. CUBBON PARK:
Located in the heart of the city, Cubbon park is spread over 300 acres and is home to numerous trees and plants and also has numerous impressive buildings, museum, a toy train and statues of famous personalities. It is open to public all the time, but 5 am to 8 am is declared as silent zone when vehicles are not allowed on the park roads. People living nearby go to this park for jogging, or simply for a stroll. I found nothing great here, just go there click some photos, spend time with nature and that’s it.
- Location: Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
- Entry Free: Free for public but vehicle parking charges apply.
My recommendation: Nothing great, you can skip this one.
4. TIPU SULTAN PALACE:
This was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan.This two storied palace was sculpted entirely with teak wood, Indo-Islamic architectural features and adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. Main entrance is flanked by gardens on both sides.This palace is located deep inside the congested K R market in Bangalore. Ground floor rooms have been converted into museum which gives a sneak peak into the life of Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan . The walls of the palace is embellished with beautiful floral motifs.There is a the well-preserved Ganapati temple inside the palace.
- Address: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018
- Opening Timings: 8:30 am to 6 pm daily
- Entry Fees: Rs 5 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreigners
- Camera Fee: Rs 25
My recommendation: If you are a history buff, then you can visit this one to get an insight into the life of Tipu Sultan. It’s not a big palace and not very well maintained.
5. BANGALORE FORT:
Bangalore fort is 0.5 km away from Tipu Sultan Palace but in a dilapidated condition. Nothing great to see here.
- Location: KR City Market, Chamrajpet, Bangalore
My recommendation: Nothing great, not well maintained and is in dilapidated condition. But still if you want, you can go there and get some photos clicked and ten minutes is enough to explore this entire fort.
6. VIDHANA SOUDHA:
Built between 1951 and 1956, Vidhan Soudha covers an area of 700 feet by 350 feet making it the largest legislative building in India. Constructed in Neo-Dravidian style of architecture, this is definitely one of most imposing structure of Bangalore. The insides of the building has intricate woodwork and Sandalwood door to the cabinet room and the speaker’s chair that is made out of Rosewood from Mysore.Go there on Sunday evenings and see the breathtaking view when this entire building is floodlit.
- Location: Dr Ambedkar Rd, Sampangi Ramnagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
- Not open for public
My recommendation: Entry is not allowed but you can go almost close to the building and click photos. It has a great Neo Dravidian architecture. A Must visit place.