Bangalore officially known as Bengaluru (Kannada: à²¬à³†à²‚à²—à²³à³‚à²°à³ [ËˆbeÅ‹É¡É™ÉuËru] ( listen)), is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is also known as the \"Garden City of India\"
Bangalore is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state. Central business district of Bangalore consists of places MG Road, Brigade Road, Commercial street, Vidhana Soudha etc. Bangalore has many lakes and parks. BMTC offers special buses for sightseeing in Bangalore, including Cauveri - a double-decker open roof bus.
Parks[edit source | editbeta]
The Lal Bagh, famous for its flower shows
Lal Bagh is a botanical garden, commissioned by the Hyder Ali in 1760. The 240-acre (0.97 km2) park is home to over 1000 species of flora and a Glass House. The park is known for its annual flower show. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda I. The Lal Bagh Rock, dates back to 3000 million years, is another attraction.
Cubbon Park is located in the heart of the city and spreads over 300 acres (1.2 km2). The park was created in 1884, by Major General Richard Sankey. The park is home to numerous trees and plants that span over 68 general and 96 species. The park is also known for its kids train.
Historical monuments[edit source | editbeta]
The Bangalore Fort was originally built by Kempegowda in 1537 A D. It is located next to the Victoria Hospital Gate in the K.R Market area.
Tipu Sultan\'s Summer Palace was built in 1791. It is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies. It houses a museum that contains artifacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime.
Bangalore Palace (1862) is located near Mekhri Circle and Cantonment Railway station and is built to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England.
Mayo Hall was designed in memory of the Lord Mayo and is regarded as one of the finest designs of British architecture.
Government buildings[edit source | editbeta]
Attara Kacheri (Karnataka High Court)
Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing granite building, built in 1956 in the \'Neo-Dravidian\' style. It incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani Jharokha and Dravidian styles. Vidhana Soudha is the brainchild of Kengal Hanumanthaiah and built by chief engineer B.R. Manickam.
Attara Kacheri, (Karnataka High Court), overlooks Vidhana Sabha. It is a red brick and stone building in the Greco-Roman style of architecture. It houses the High Court for the state of Karnataka.
Museums[edit source | editbeta]
Government Museum, Bangalore established in 1865
The HAL Kiran on display at the HAL Aerospace Museum, it showcases six decades of aviation heritage.
Government Museum was established in 1865. It has a rare collection of archaeological and geological artifacts including old jewellery, sculpture, coins and inscriptions. The museum is also home to the Halmidi inscription, the earliest Kannada inscription ever found (450 AD).
Kempegowda Museum is dedicated to Yelahanka chieftain Kempegowda (1513-1569) who is the founder of Bangalore city. The museum is located on the first floor of Mayo Hall. The museum has Kempegowda\'s statue as well as posters and pictures of forts, temples, reservoirs and inscriptions from his time.
Karnataka Folk Museum is located in a 15 acre campus at Kumara Park West. It has an excellent collection of Folk puppets, costumes, utensils, instruments, weapons and masks, folk music collections and dance videotapes.
Gandhi Bhavan established in 1965 at Kumarapark is showcase of Mahatma Gandhi\'s life. It houses a photo gallery, his letters, a library and audio visuals.
HAL Aerospace Museum showcases the growth of the Indian aviation industry and HAL for six decades. The Museum is maintained by HAL (one of Asia\'s largest Aerospace companies). The museum houses displays of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibit of Indian aviation history.
Madras Sappers Museum & Archives was inaugurated in 1979. It showcases the history of the Madras Engineer Group (called the Sappers, established in 1803). The Madras Sappers are the oldest regiment of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. The museum chronicles the history and achievements and houses armoury used by the regiment, medals, their attire and a sports gallery.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum was instituted as part of the centenary celebrations of the engineer-statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861–1962) at Kasturba Road.
NIMHANS Brain Museum showcases the human brain and its functions. It is located at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and is run by its department of neuropathology. The Museum seeks to help visitors see the brain, understand how it works and get an insight into the kind of diseases that can affect it. The museum has a diverse collection of over 600 brain samples and is the result of over 30 years of research. The Museum is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Philatelic Museum is located at the first floor of the Bangalore General Post Office near Vidhana Soudha.
Law Museum is a museum established in 2006 and dedicated to the legal profession. It was the brainchild of Karnataka High Court Chief justice Cyriac Joseph. The museum houses an original print of the Constitution of India, articles and documents related to the legal profession, seals, insignia and books. It also showcases the history of the High Court and the development of courts over the ages.
Legends Motorcycle Museum is a collection of 20 plus vintage motorcycles in working condition whose vintage dates back to 1924. The Museum is the lifelong collection of motorcycle enthusiast SK Prabhu. The museum walls are covered with biker memorabilia and photographs. The collection includes a 1924 BSA 250 cc, a Cezeta 1962 and some rare motorcycles from World War II. The BSA M20 1942 500 cc, James ML 1942 and the Norton 500cc 1942.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the five Planetariums named after India\'s first prime minister. It was founded by Bangalore City Corporation in 1989.
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Situated at the foot of Western Ghats. Palakkad is known as the Granary of Kerala. It is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Bharathapuzha or otherwise called Nila River, which has a special effect in the psyche of the state, flows through the district of Palakkad. Telephone Access Code: 91+491
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (55 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction (5 km from the city)
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One of the famous picnic spot. Malampuzha is known as the “Vrindavan of Kerala.” It comprises of a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens and attracts thousands of tourists to enjoy the gardens. It is the home of the first Rock Garden and Rope Way of South India, a Snake Park and a water theme entertainment centre called ‘Fantasy Park’.
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Nenmara Vallangi Vela is a dazzling festival held in the Nellikulangara Bhagavathy temple every year. The festival is organised by two friendly rival ‘deshams’ or regions namely Nenmara and Vallangi as their joint invocation to Goddess Bhagavathy, the presiding deity of the temple. The ‘deshams’ vie each other to present their best in pageantry and traditional temple orchestra providing the viewers a special festival experience. The festival is also an occasion to watch some colourful folk art forms such as Kummatti, Karivela and Andivela. The gala event is on the twentieth day of the festival in which magnificent processions with caparisoned elephants are taken out from the two villages to the Nellikulangara temple. Upon reaching the temple the ‘deshams’ present ‘panchavadyam’, the traditional percussion orchestra in a competitive spirit. Fireworks are also held in the night.