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Bangalore Travel GuideKempe Gowda was the founder of Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka state. It is a major cosmopolitan city and an industrial and commercial centre of the country. The origin of the city is traced back to the 16th century. And about two centuries later it became the capital of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Just as we walk along the Bellary Road at Lal Bagh the ancient ruins can still be found.
Popularly known as the Silicon Valley, Bangalore is the core center for India's software industry. Plan and design of the city is perfect making Bangalore an attracting place to see. The trees laid on both the sides of the roads, well maintained parks, lined avenues, gardens and lakes and the rich greenery surrounding the city make it a heaven. The city is mainly sought by people who are seeking for higher opportunities and higher studies. Though thousands of industries are there and are coming up in the name of IT, Bangalore still remains the same with its old unspoiled beauty.
<5>Places to visit in Bangalore
The Vidhana Soudha
Located at the North West end of the Cubbon Park, is the splendid architectural creation of India known as the Vidhana Soudha built in a Neo-Dravidian style. It was opened by Kengak Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister. It houses both the State Legislature and Secretariat.
Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park
Lal Bagh is the beautiful garden laid by Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. It is about 240 acres of land filled with plenty of plants and trees even including the rare sub-tropical plants. A deer park is also within the premises. Later, a large glass house conservatory was built to exhibit the annual flower and fruit shows. Covering an area of about 300 acres is the beautiful Cubbon Park laid out in the year 1864. The Public Library, the High Court, the Government Museum and the Visveswaraiah Technological & Industrial Museum are inside the park campus. The High Court building was built in 1864 and the Government Museum in 1886 with huge collections from the ancient period. Coins, art from the Halebid and Vijayanagar period are preserved well and are notable things in the museum.
The Summer Palace
Close by the City Market we can see the ruins of the fort which was once the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. The palace is an elaborately decorated structure with stunning appearance. It also has an in-built museum that contains the display of the life times of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali.
Temples of Bangalore
Bangalore is filled with many beautiful temples in the country. At the south of the city is the Basavangudi, a Bull temple built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of the city. It is a 15 foot craved structure resembling a bull carved from a single bolder. Near by the summer palace is the 300 year old Venkataramanaswamy Temple built by the Wodeyars. The condition f he temple is still excellent.
The Gavi Gangadhareswara temple is another inspiring attraction to visit. Being a cave temple it is designed in such a manner that during the Sankranti festival the sun rays pass between the horns of the bull placed outside the temple and thereby, illuminate the image of Lord Shiva. Built by Kempe Gowda in Ulsoor is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva known as the Someshwara Temple.
Lakes in Bangalore
There are some lakes around the city and some even offer boating facilities. The must see lakes are the Ulsoor Lake, Sankey Tank, the Yediyur Tank and the Lal Bagh Lake. Visit to these lakes would make the travellers feel the cool breeze and would provide a comfort relaxation.
Places around Bangalore
Nritya Gram and Lake
About 35 km from the city is the splendid rustic village namely Hesaraghatta where we can see the man-made lake which is another tourist attraction. The place also homes the famous Nritya Gram, a dance centre providing excellent training in different disciplines of dance. This lovely village is a spectacular sight for the tourists.
Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is about 21 km away from the city. A part of the Bannerghatta forest, the Park includes a mini zoo, a crocodile farm, lion and tiger safari parks.
Nandi Hills Resort
The Nandi Hills Resort is located of about 60 km from Bangalore at a height of 1478 metres above sea level. It is a impressive spot for all the visitors.
Shivaganga and Savandurga are the notable rock formations that can be seen easily in the outskirts of the city. It is believed that one of the places was used as a fortress and hideout by Kempe Gowda. The visitors can see these amazing formations of rocks and marvel at their beauty.
Mysore Tourist Spots
At about 141 km from the city of Bangalore is the captivating place called Mysore which was once the capital city of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The city has many tourist spots and some of them are extraordinarily beautiful such as the Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens and so on. Some of the other famous locations include the Chamundi Hills, the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Jaganmohan Palace, the Mysore Zoo and St. Philomena's Church.
,br> The Somnathpur Temple
About 40 km away from Mysore is the famous star-shaped temple built in 1260 A.D. that exposes the grandness of the Hoysala architecture. And other minor places include the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapatna.
Festivals of Bangalore
In the month of March or April the Karaga Festival is celebrated grandly at the Dharmaraya Temple. The Karaga refers to a pot dedicated to goddess Sakti, which is taken out at a particular time and is immersed in the Sampangi Tank located of about 20 km away from the city.
Map of Bangalore
Travel to Bangalore
Bangalore being a major city transport facility is rich in transportation facilities. It has a wide connection for all major destinations. All means of transport is available.