Bagmane Tech Park
HAL Aerospace Museum
Lal Bagh Lake
Neeladri Amusement and Water Park
St Patrick's Church
Welcome to Bangalore(Bengaluru),
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore is nicknamed "The Garden City of India" and was once called a pensioner's paradise. As of 2009, it was inducted in the list of Global cities and ranked as a "Beta World City". Today as a large city and growing metropolis, Bangalore is home to many of the most well-recognized colleges and research institutions in India. Numerous public sector heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations are located in the city. Bangalore is known as the "Silicon Valley of India" because of its position as the nation's leading IT exporter. Bangalore today is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city.
Apart from this, Bangalore is one of the most important tourist destination for Nature, Historical and Pilgrimage in India. In the Nature Tourism Lal Bagh,Cubbon Park etc are famous points. In the Historical Tourism Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore Palace, Mayo Hall, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum etc are renowned places. In the Pilgrimage Tourism Bull Temple, St. Mary's Basilica, Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple etc are quite attractive.
Alley 365 is an entertainment centre for bowling located on K.H road. It offers four lanes bowling alley, glow lanes, pool tables, video games and an exclusive multi-cuisine restaurant. It opens from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm on all days.
The Ashoka Pillar was inaugurated on Aug 20, 1948 by C Rajagopalachari, then governor general of the country, on the completion of eight years of the reign of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, Maharajah of Mysore.
This may not be a place you need to go out of the way to visit. If you are near by Jayanagar area, it is nice to drive around it. Luckily there is greenery near Ashoka Pillar because of Lalbagh being beside it.
The Karnataka High Court is the High Court of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. The High Court functions out of a red brick building known as Attara Kacheri. It is in front of Vidhana Soudha, which is the seat of the legislature of Karnataka.
The High Court is located in a building called as Attara Kacheri (meaning Eighteen offices). It is a two-storied building, red in colour and has been built in the neoclassical style. The construction of the building was supervised by Rao Bahadur Arcot Narayanaswamy Mudaliar and completed in the year 1868. It was earlier named as Old Public Offices and got its name of Attara Kacheri when the eighteen departments in the general and revenue secretariat of the Mysore Government were shifted here from their crowded premises in Tipu Sultan's summer palace.
Bagmane Tech Park is a Software technology Park in India. The park is situated at Sir C V Raman Nagar in Bangalore. This park is built and maintained by Bagmane Group. It is equipped with all modern class facilities and is surrounded by a lake near the entrance. It also contains a Shopping mall, and a 4.7 hectare lake in its centre. The park consists of 10 Large Buildings.
The park is home to some of the most prominent companies in world like Dover Corporation, Yahoo!, Oracle Corporation, HP, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Motorola, Texas Instruments, MphasiS, Samsung India Software Operations, First Indian Corporation, Sasken, Novell, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Volvo, Dell, Tesco Hindustan Service, Lifetree, and Phoenix Technologies.
The centre of Bahai faith located at Coles Road in Bangalore is the administrative headquarters and Secretariat of all Bahai activities in the state of Karnataka. Prayer meetings, classes on Bahai studies, group discussions on the teachings of Bahai Faith etc are held here on a regular basis.
The shrine of the goddess at the southern limits of Bangalore is much sought after by devotees. The deity is seen mounted on a lion, her `vahana.` Hundreds of people congregate here for the Raahukaala puja on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Bangalore Aquarium is a diamond shaped building and was opened in 1973. It is situated in Cubbon Park on Kasturba Road. The Bangalore Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in India. The aquarium houses an assortment of alien cultivable fish. It also has ornamental fish.
The aquarium consists of three floors. The first floor has 14 tanks and the second floor has two rows of 69 medium and small tanks. The unique feature of the Aquarium is that it puts up a similar habitat to which the fish is accustomed.
Bangalore Palace, a palace located in the city of Bangalore, India, was built to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England. It was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar.
The sprawling grounds surrounding the palace are used for holding public events including music concerts. Some of the well known international music bands and rock stars that have performed here include heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Sting, Scorpions, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams.
Bangalore Town Hall is a Greco-Roman municipal building in Bangalore, India. The town hall is named after the philanthropist and former president of Bangalore city municipality, Sir K.P Puttanna Chetty. The foundation stone for the building was laid by the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishna Rajendra Wodeyar, on March 6, 1933. The building was completed on September 11, 1935. It has an auditorium which has two floors of 1000 seats capacity.
Bannerghatta National Park is situated 22 km south of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. This hilly place is the home for one of the richest natural, zoological reserves. The 25,000 acre (104.27 km?) zoological park makes this a major tourist attraction of Bangalore. The Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve has a reserve of Indian tigers including white tigers, lions and other mammals. Safaris - Tiger and Lion Safari and Grand Safari(including herbivores).
There is a small museum in the zoo which showcases zoological exhibits. The zoo, which is a major attraction in this area, also has a reptile park and a small theatre. The zoo has been criticised for the maintenance of its exhibits. The country's first Butterfly Park was established at the Bannerghatta Biological Park.
Bellandur Lake (or Bellandur Kere) is a lake which lies to the southeast of the city of Bangalore, and is the largest lake in the city. It is a part of Bellandur drainage system that drains the southern and the southeastern parts of the city.
The lake is a receptor from three chains of lakes upstream, and has a catchment area of about 148 square kilometres (37,000 acres). Water from this lake flows further east to the Varthur Lake, from where it flows down the plateau and eventually into the Pinakani river basin.
Bugle Rock is a massive rock situated in Basavanagudi ("Basava" means ?bull' and ?gudi? means ?temple'), area of South Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, which is an abrupt rise above the ground of peninsular gneiss as the main rock formation and with an assessed age of about 3000 million years.
Bugle Rock has generated wide interest among the scientific community. Kempe Gowda II (who came to power in 1585), the feudal ruler of Bangalore, is credited with building four watchtowers setting limits for Bangalore's expansion, which included a tower on the Bugle rock (on the southern boundary) as it commands a panoramic view of the Bangalore city. It is said that at sunset a sentry would blow the bugle and hold a torch (Kannada:panju) which was visible from the other three watch towers.
Amidst the natural rock formations, a small park with waterfalls and fountains has been developed as one of the green lungs of the garden city of Bangalore, which is frequented visited by children, families and the elderly. The park houses three temples.
The Bugle Rock garden is located behind the Dodda Ganesha temple and adjacent to the Bull temple. The garden gets its name from a bugle call made on top of a very large rock formation to alert the nearby dwellers. It is densely covered with trees and one can usually see (and hear) a number of bats perched on the trees. There is a water tank with motifs of famous people from Karnataka.
The country's first Butterfly Park was established at the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It was inaugurated on Saturday November 25, 2006 by Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Science and Technology.
The Butterfly Park is spread across 7.5 acres (30,000 m2) of land. It comprises a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. The butterfly conservatory has a polycarbonate roof and is a 10,000 sq ft (1,000 m?). circular enclosure, inside which the living environment has been carefully designed to support over 20 species of butterflies.
Situated in a portion of the parade ground between M.G Road and Cubbon road, is the Cariappa Memorial park. Spread over 22 acres, the park was laid out in 1996 as a memorial to Field Marshall K.M Cariappa. The unique attraction is a huge man-made 27-foot waterfall situated on left side of the park. In order to enhance the physical strength and mental co-ordination of children, the play areas are created in military style.
About 3000 species of indigenous and imported plants and trees can be found in the park. The garden is maintained by various divisions of the Army and every fortnight six military bands perform at the bandstand or the elevated lawns. A seven-feet monolithic statue of Cariappa can also be seen here. The park is open to public on all days between 5:30 pm and 8 pm except Saturdays and Sundays. On that days the timings are 1 pm to 7 pm and 9 am to 7 pm respectively.
Chowdaiah Memorial Hall built in the shape of a violin, is named after Karnataka's violin maestro T. Chowdaiah. This multipurpose air-conditioned hall is a popular venue for cultural events. Located at Gayathri Devi Park Extension below the Sankey Tank Bund Road, it is said to be the first building in the shape of a musical instrument in the whole world.
The city bursts in natural grandeur, and that is evident in the showers of the colorful Chunchi Falls. The falls is settled 90 km away from Bangalore city. It is 16 km before the Sangama and is located in the Kanakapura town. The waterfall is nestled among the amazing ranges of rocks on the banks of the River Arkavati. It is located on the way to Yelehalli from Sangam. One can reach to Chunchi falls from Kanakapura. The waterfall is in the backdrop of scenic settings and it offers eye catching panoramic views of the surroundings.
The waterfall has quicksilver flow of gleaming ripples and is placed in an exquisite rocky valley. It is surrounded by dense and green forests. The falls is a popular picnic spots. The bird's-eye view of eposes of the rippling Chunchi Falls is a sight to behold. Even though it is a small waterfall, the beauty of its rushing cascades of water in a green setting enchants tourists.
Commercial Street in Bangalore is one of the main shopping complexes in India. The whole of the street is lit by a covering of lights that are threaded from lamppost to lamppost. The energy of the people shopping here is high and one can get a good sense of the chaos that is prevalent there.
The Commercial Street is one of the busiest areas in Bangalore. It is placed between Shivaji Nagar and Kamaraj Road. Garments, hosiery and textile stores form the major part of the shops. In addition there are shops selling shoes, art materials, jewellery, sport goods and other general goods.
Cubbon Park is a landmark 'lung' area of the Bangalore city, located within the heart of city. This public park was first named as 'Meade's Park?' after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysore in 1870 and subsequently renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon. and it covers 300 acres of land.
This beautiful park is visited by all tourists who seek calm and quiet atmosphere. Nature lovers, walkers and joggers enjoy the park as it is an ideal place for them. After its institution additions to the park in the form of fairy fountains and grand band stand have been made. New buildings have added beauty and cultural wealth to the park.
The Daly Memorial Hall, located in Bangalore, Karnataka was built in 1917 to house the Mythic Society (founded 1909). It was the creation of both the British as well as Indian residents who were eager to know India's life, society and history, in the hope that useful and interesting information might be gathered of the history, growth and source of the civilization in which people lived.
This Muslim shrine,located in Cottonpet, a suburban locality, is associated with the Hindu Karaga festival too. The procession annually visits the Dargah of this Sufi saint, Tawakkal Mastan. His tomb attracts both Muslim and non-Muslim pilgrims.
Suburban Banashankari Stage is identified with this famous Balaji temple. An attractive gopuram beckons the visitors. The image of Lord Balaji appears to be a replica of the idol at Tirumala. Vinayaka and Alamelumanga Thayar are enshrined on either side of the sanctum. Navagrahas and Hanuman have separate shrines.
Vaikunta Ekadasi and Saturdays attract a large number of devotees. Thirukalyana Seva is an important offering.
Dharmaraya Temple, known for Bangalore's colourful Karaga festival, is located in Nagarathpet. The temple dedicated to Sri Dharmaraja Swami, the hero of the epic Mahabharata houses the fine images of the deity itself and Lord Krishna.
The Doda Alada Mara (also spelled Dodda Alada Mara), literally translated to Big Banyan Tree, is a giant Banyan tree located in the village of Ramohalli, near kengeri approximately 28 kilometers west of the city of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. This single plant covers 3 acres (12,000 m2) and is one of the largest of its kind. It is said to be at least 400 years old.
The nerve of the Silicon Valley of India. Electronics City is one of India's largest electronic industrial parks, spread over 332 acres (1.3 km?) in Konappana Agrahara and Doddathogur villages, just outside Bangalore, India. It houses more than a hundred industries, including IT industry leaders such as Wipro, Hewlett-Packard, Infosys, HCL Technologies, Patni Computer Systems, CGI, Siemens, Yokogawa Electric etc.
Finally Bangalore has something on the lines of Universal Studios (not at that scale though). Get to see yourself how they shoot a movie and enjoy some fun rides! The Film City is on Mysore Road.
The Freedom Park of Bengaluru, is a park located on Sesahdri Road, opposite Maharani College in the Central Business District of the city of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. The park was earlier the city's Central Jail. It was opened to the public in November 2008. A part of it has been allotted for protests.
Situated at the Palace Ground in Bangalore is the Fun World which is a famous amusement park. The park is spread over an area of 12 acres. The Fun World is an ideal destination for kids.
The park is similar to Disney Land. Wide range of rides can be experienced in the park. The Atlanta Roller Coaster, Caterpillar Rides and the Rounded Train Rides provide perfect merriment for the visitors. Safety is an assured fact for all the rides. There are surprises abounding the park for kids of all ages. The park remains open from 11 am to 9.30 pm on all days.
The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji which depict the life and times of Gandhiji. The Bhavan is open on weekdays(10:30 Am to 5:00 PM).
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple (also Gavipuram Cave Temple), an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, is located in Bangalore. This temple was built in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is an exquisite piece of architecture and attracts devotees from all the country.
The temple is so constructed that on Sankaranti, the sun's rays enter the temple between the horns of Nandi outside the temple. This helps in illuminating the image of Lord Shiva. This rare phenomenon attracts large number of devotees. The architecture of the temple is a combination of ?Vastukala' with astronomy. This rare and amazing phenomenon is a gift to the world. The temple in all contains 33 idols.
The Government Museum, one of the oldest museum in India, is situated at Kasturba Gandhi Road near Cubbon park. The original block was designed and built by Colonel Sankey in 1876 and in later years several wings have been added to it. Opened to public in 1886, it contains 18 galleries including Neolithic findings from the Chandravalli excavations and from the Indus valley, especially Mohanjedaro antiquities.
As the museum displays a huge collection of archeological artifacts, it is also known as State Archeological Museum. The museum also houses a unique collection of scuptures, inscriptions, paintings, icons, antique jewellery, textiles, coins, miniature paintings etc. Opens to public from 10 am to 5pm except Wednesdays.
The largest Sikh shrine in Bangalore, the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, is situated on the banks of the picturesque Ulsoor Lake. The sprawling white building on the edges of the lake, is indeed a well known place on the City's landscape. Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara at Ulsoor was built in 1943 by A G Russell and was inaugurated in 1945. ?While the Jollys and the Sahani families were the main forces behind the construction of the Gurudwara, all the community members and the Kohli and Chandoks families financed it under the leadership of Ahulwalia.
It was only later in 1975, that the first floor of the Gurudwara was built. The monument is known for its splendid structure. Being the biggest Gurudwara in City, a huge gathering of Sikhs come here on Wednesdays for prayer and the ?langar' on Sundays. All the devotees are offered free meals on Sundays, in what is known as the ?Langar Sewa'. Around 500 people visit the Gurudwara on Sunday mornings, while more than 1,000 people visit in the afternoons and have their meal.
HAL Aerospace Museum is India's first aerospace museum located at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited premises, in Bangalore. Established in 2001, the Museum is part of the HAL Heritage Centre and Aero Space Museum, and 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.
Hebbal Lake is located in the north of Bangalore at the mouth of National Highway 7. It was one of the three lakes created in 1537 by Kempe Gowda. Like most lakes or "tanks" in the Bangalore region it was formed by the damming natural valley systems by the construction of bunds. The spread of the lake in a study in 2000 was found to be 75 ha with plans for extending it to make up 143 ha.
Hesaraghatta Lake is a manmade reservoir located 18 km to the north-west of Bangalore in Karnataka state, India. It is a fresh water lake created in the year 1894 across the Arkavathy River to meet the drinking water needs of the city. Sir K. Seshadri Iyer, the then Dewan of erstwhile Mysore state and the then Chief Engineer of Mysore, M. C. Hutchins, planned to build the scheme called the ?Chamarajendra Water Works? to store a three-years' water supply to the city.
Holy Trinity Church, regarded as the largest military or garrison church in Southern India, is a historical landmark of Bangalore. Located east of the Parade Grounds and Richmond Road towards the Cavalry Barracks, it was built in 1848-51 for the British Regiment stationed in Bangalore. After Independence, the church was taken over by the Christian Indian Military personnel and became part of the Church of South India (CSI). Now it is under the Karnataka Central Diocese.
Holy Trinity Church is a majestic piece of architectural grandeur. The walls are lined with ornate marble murals and tablets. The wooden carved pairs of angels on the roof above the choir pews and the altar, baptismal pond at the entrance, stained glass which depicts the baptism of Jesus in splendid colour are worth seeing.
The Hulimavu Cave Temple is a temple in Bangalore, India. The cave temple is administered by the Sri Sri Bala Gangadaraswami Mutt. It is stated that a saint did tapas in the cave for many years and his samadhi is also found inside. One can feel the vibration if one enters the cave and stands before the samadhi. There are three main deities consecrated inside. While a Shiva Lingam occupies the centre, on one side there is a Devi idol and on the other side, the idol of Lord Ganesh has been consecrated. On the other side of he cave a very old dhyana mantap is also found. The cave appears to be centuries old.
When one goes inside the cave and sits in meditation for few hours they are sure to feel the vibration of the god and get mental peace. The temple is inside the naturally available cave inside the rocks . The detailed history of the temple was however not available but it was stated that the temple is as old as 4-5 hundred years and has been found and built by Sri Sri Balagangadaraswami mutt.
The Temple is a dainty blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony with a unique combination of glass and gopurams. It is built on a hillock. The surroundings are beautiful. This temple was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning.
Thousands of devotees attend the annual Krishna and Balarama Rath Yatra. The temple is built in a seven acre hillock. This area was discarded by the Bangalore Development Authority as waste land. A person by the name Pandit Dasa purchased the hillock from the BDA at a cost of Rs 11 lakhs and this temple was constructed.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a research institution of higher learning located in Bangalore, India. It was established in 1909. Formally it was known as The Tata Institute. It was instituted by Jamsetji N. Tata.
The campus houses more than 40 departments, six canteens (cafeterias), a gymkhana (gym), three dining messes (halls), one multicuisine family restaurant, nine men's and five women's hostels (dormitories), an air strip, a library, two shopping centers, a massage parlour, a beauty parlour and residence areas for faculties and other staff members. The IISc campus harbors both exotic and indigenous plant species with about 110 species of woody plants, including quite a number of Jackfruit trees.
Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, the first computerized fountain in India situated opposite to the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was inaugurated in 1995. Located in the heart of the city on the Raj Bhavan road in the old LRDE Complex and spreading over an area of 17 acres, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore. Based on the latest multimedia technology and fitted with 1000 nozzles, it has 15 formations and 27 combinations of fountains on a bed area of 30 meters by 10 meters.
The visual delight of the light and sound show together with the synchronized rhythmic dancing of the fountains, provides high versatility in programming as well as in play back to various Indian and Western musical themes. The distinct patterns formed by the musical fountain are projected into a big screen using a twin projector. Laser show is also performed here, which adds glamour to the musical fountain. Two shows are held at 7.00pm and 8.00pm, each lasting for half an hour. Apart from the musical fountain, there is also a garden and a den's park. There is a railway engine placed at the entrance to the park, in honour of the then Central Railway Minister, C K Jaffer Sharief, who presented the musical fountain.
Established in 1979 by Rev. Dr. Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, the church draws huge crowds on Thursday, the day dedicated to Infant Jesus.
Jaamba Jungle located on Dickensin road is an ideal place which provide lots of fun and entertainment to both kids and adults. Opened from 10 am to 10 pm, it has coin operated amusement games, video games and soft play centres, which is a huge hit among kids. It also houses a multi cuisine restaurant, an ice cream parlour with wide variety of mouth watering desserts and a spacious party hall ideal for any occasion.
The five storeyed massive mosque Jamia Masjid was built in 1940. Situated near city market, the mosque dazzles in the sun with its exterior of pristine white marble. The balconies of Jamia Masjid is elegantly decorated with jali work.
Jawahar Bal Bhavan within the Cubbon Park is an amusement park cum recreation centre with full of surprises for the children. The main attractions are the toy train and Vijayaranga theater which conducts film shows and theatre performances. The Doll's museum in the Jawahar Bal Bhavan has an exciting dolls and toys collection from all over the world. The mini park has a 20 million year old fossilized tree. One can enjoy horse rides here or take up craft and hobby classes for children which are conducted here. Bal Bhavan is open on all days, except Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was built in the year 1989. The planetarium presents the visitors an opportunity to unscramble the myths of outer space.
The planetarium is a sky theatre with a dome of 15 meters in diameter. Around 225 people can be seated at a time. It provides an awareness of astronomy among the students and the common public. The shows are a combination of entertainment and instructions. It provides a pleasant experience. The narration, music and the sound effects creates among the viewers a sense of total participation.
This Masjid is the biggest mosque in Bangalore City. It is located in K.R. Market, which is located in heart of the city. It is managed by a community trust led by its long time iman, Moulana Riyaz ur Rahman Rashadi.
The elevated prayer hall in the mosque is adorned with tall ornamental granite pillars. This imposing brick and mortar structure with ornate jali-work and floral motifs in plaster on the facade was built in 1790. During the festivals, the minars and the whole mosque is adorned with lights which adds to the beauty of the place. Scores of devote Muslim worshippers throng this masjid during the annual festivals of the Muslims.
Also known as the peanut festival, 'Kadalekeya Parishe' is celebrated at the Bull temple in the month of November/ December. Farmers seek blessings by offering their first harvested groundnuts to the sacred bull. On that occasion, Peanut eating contest is also organised. Other festivals like Ugadi, Dussera, Makar Sankramana, Ganesh Chaturthi etc. are also celebrated here with great enthusiasm.
Anekal is a town of Bangalore district. Kambada Ganesha Temple located in the town center, is well known for its monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha on a long pillar.
Other temples in the town are Sri Amrutha Mallikarjuneshwara Temple, Sri Bhramarambika Temple, Lord Chennakeshava Temple, Sri Madhuramma Temple, Sri Bandi Mahakaliamma Temple, Lord Srirama Temple, Sri Thimmaraya swamy Temple etc.
Kanva reservoir is an artificial lake and tourist attraction 69 kilometres (43 mi) from Bangalore, India and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Ramanagara. The reservoir has been formed from the damming of the river Kanva and is well known as a tourist destination for its birdlife. It is surrounded by wooded hills.
Alongside the dam is a fisheries training and research center, aimed at making the local villagers self sufficient through fish farming. The cave temple of Purushotthama Thirtha Gavi is 3 km away. It is an important pilgrimage center for Madhwa Brahmins, as it is believed that a saint performed penance here. A statue of Hanuman has been installed inside the cave.
Kanva Dam was built in 1946 across the Kanva river, it is 15 km long covering 776 hectares. The Kanva river (a tributary of the Cauvery river) is named after the sage Kanva, who is believed to have lived in the caves in the mountains and forests around the dam in the time of Ramayana.
Karaga is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in the heart of Bangalore. Bangalore Karaga is primarily a well-known tradition of Thigala community. The Karaga festival is generally led by the men of this community. Anekal Town is known for the karaga festivals.
Thigalas believe that in the last part of the Mahabharatha, when the Pandavas were shown a glimpse of hell, one last Asura (Demon) called Tripurasura was still alive. At this time, Draupadi, the Pandava's wife, took the form of Shakthi devi. She created a huge army of soldiers called the Veerakumaras. After defeating the Asura, the soldiers asked Shakthi Devi to stay back with them. Though she had to go back, she promised them that she would come to stay with them every year during the first full moon of the first month of the Hindu calendar. Thigalas believe that they belong to this community of soldiers. So they celebrate this festival.
Kempegowda Tower is situated in Lal Bagh premises. Kempe Gowda I(1513?1569) was a chieftain of Yelahanka (now in present day Bangalore), a feudatory of the Vijayanagara Empire. Kempegowda built the four towers that mark the boundaries of Bangalore. He built more than 100 lakes and many markets in and around Bangalore. He also built many monuments in and around Bangalore, including the Nandi Temple. One of the towers stands in Lalbagh which has been rebuilt to look like a temple.
India's largest and oldest gold mine, Kolar Gold Mines is located 98 Km east of the city and south of Kolar town. The gold mines here are the deepest mining pits in the world, reaching down to a depth of about 10,000 feet below the surface of the earth. Prior permission is required to visit the field. Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, Bangalore may be contacted for permission. Visitors are permitted only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from October to February.
Devarayanadurga is a hill station near Tumkur in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple, built in the Dravidian style of architecture, faces east and is said to have been constructed by Kanthirava Narasaraja I. The TVS Group, a south Indian automobile company, has helped a great deal in the improvement and maintenance of the temple environs. BhogaNaraishma temple is at the base of the hill and Yoga Narasimha temple is on top of the hill.
On the third elevation stands, facing east, a temple of Narasimha, known as the Kumbhi. This Narasimha temple consists of a Garbhagriha, a sukanasi, a navagraha and a mukhamantapa and is similar to the plan of the temple below. In addition to the temple there are three sacred ponds or Kalyani here known as Narasimha-teertha, Parasara-teertha and Pada-teertha. There is also another temple, said to be older than Lakshmi Narasimha swamy, dedicated to Hanuman, also known as Sanjivaraya, who stands with folded hands.
Sri Lakshminarasimhaswamy's Narasimha jayanthi, an annual celebration of Narasimha avathara day takes place during Chaitra Shudha chathurdashi (May month) at which thousands of people gather and many pendals are built to serve then with summer drinks like Panakam, buttermilk, phalamruth and free feeding is done to all devotees coming for the darshan of lord.
Lal Bagh or Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, translated literally in to English as; "The Red Garden", is a well known botanical garden in Bangalore, India. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. It has a famous glass house which hosts yearly flower show. It also has an aquarium and a lake, and is one of the tourist attractions in Bangalore.
Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species. Lalbagh was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856, and since then, it has been an internationally renowned centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants. Today, the garden is a lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city.
Lal Bagh Lake is situated in Lalbagh garden. The scene around the lake is quite mesmerising. There are some birds also there near the lake.
Lumbini Gardens is situated on the Outer Ring Road. It is located on the banks of the Nagawara Lake. Lumbini Gardens is a wave pool with an artificial beach. Visitors without any age restrictions are allowed inside the gardens. The pool provides the best and safest form of entertainment. It also has a children's pool. The pool is situated in an area of 12,500 square feet.
A modern filtration plant is used to maintain the quality of water in the pool. A specialized lifeguard is also employed through a master agency. He is always on the standby for extra safety.
The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, located in Bangalore, Karnataka, is one of the premier cricket stadiums of India. Flanked by the picturesque Cubbon Park and uptown MG Road, this three-decade-old stadium is situated in the heart of the city of Bangalore.
Madiwala is a locality in Bangalore, India. It is a center of bustling activity from grocery markets to IT to shopping malls like Total mall.
Madiwala lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore, India spread over an area of 114.3 hectare. It is a home to many migratory birds. The Madiwala lake sees a huge number of Spot-billed Pelican migration in the winter(November-December). These Spot-billed Pelicans live in groups. The main food is fish. Pelicans take small flight across the lake for fishing.
The `Garden City of India`, Bangalore is a historical city forming the `twin city` in the 19th century. As such, Bangalore is a treasure house of ancient objects collected from various places of Karnataka.
The Madras Sappers Museum and Archives at Bangalore in the state of Karnataka is an army museum housing the objects related to army. It was established in the year 1979. Presently it exhibits military history records and artifacts of army engineers for motivation of troops.
The Maha Bodhi Society Temple is a comparatively new social system. The main shrine is built as a reproduction of the historical stupa at Bodh Gaya. The grounds of the temple are very peaceful. Visitors usually take a stroll around the temple before leaving. The temple also has a library with books on Buuddhism.
Mahabodhi Society Temple is built of bricks and it is one of the oldest brick structures. It is an example for the best Indian brick work. This brickwork became the base for the later architectural traditions. The Temple's central tower is 55 meters.
One of the most beautiful mosques in Bengaluru, located on Millers Road, this mosques hosts the prayers on Eid and also hosts the Haj camp.
Mayo Hall, also known as Boys' Dormitory or Men's Dormitory, is a building in Commerce, Texas that was built in 1936. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
Nandi Temple(Bull Temple/Dodda Ganapathi Temple) is located in Basavanagudi, a neighborhood of Bangalore. It is also known as Dodda Basavana Gudi. The temple is exclusively for the worship of the sacred bull in Hinduism, known as Nandi, Lord Shiva's vahana, or animal mount. The word "Nandi" means "joyful" in the Sanskrit language. An annual Groundnut Fair is held here during November-December. Dodda Ganapati, a magnificent image of the Lord, is enshrined adjacent to the Bull temple. Near this temple the pilgrims will also come across Karanji Anjaneya Temple.
The temple was built in 1537 by a local ruler under the Vijayanagara empire in the Vijayanagara architectural style. The temple is named after the large granite Nandi monolith placed on a plinth in the temple shrine (garbhagriha) which has become blackened from years of being rubbed with charcoal and oil. It is said to house one of the largest Nandi murthis in the world. The height of the murthi is approximately 15 ft (4.6 m) and it is approximately 20 feet (6.1 m) long.
Spread over a splendid landscape of 30 areas, Neeladri Amusement and water park, is a thrilling place for enjoyment with fun-filled atmosphere. Located about 14 km from the city, on Hosur Road, the park consists of 45 different mind boggling fun rides, video games, Roman type amphitheatre, restaurants as well as locker facilities for the visitors. It is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Mondays to Saturdays and up to 7:00 pm on Sundays and Public holidays.
Nrityagram, situated at Hesaraghatta around 28 kms from Bangalore, is the the dance village founded by the Odissi dancer Protima Guari. It is dedicated to the gurukula tradition of dance, music, choreography and painting. Nrityagram is the venue of the annual musical fest ' Vasantha Habba' or the festival of spring where artists from all over India showcase their talents.
It is located 40 km (25 mi) from Bangalore. Just one hour from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore, Omthara Kala Kuteera is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Built as homage to India's ancient culture and its vibrant art, this masterpiece is a monument like none other.
Located amidst 30 acres of lush gardens in rustic surroundings, Omthara Kala Kuteera offers an environment that soothes the soul and energizes the mind. A visit to Om Thara Kala Kuteera has been described variously by guests as "Heaven on Earth", "Temple like none other", "Place of Divinity", "Uplifts my Soul", and "Source of Peace and Happiness".
There is abundance of opportunities for parasailing in Bangalore. As the water bodies around the city are not very aquatic, parasailing is not possible in Bangalore. However, land parasailing is arranged in the city all over the year except in monsoon season. Many adventure clubs such as Venture Adventure Club, Horizon Adventure Club and India Adventure Club offer parasailing for those who love adventure.
Parasailing is organised at Jakkur Aerodrome in Bangalore. However, due to hostile wind conditions at Jakkur aerodrome, parasailing is not so easy here. Parasailing is also done at a dry lake bed at Hoskote. This dry area of vast flat lake bed with almost no hitches can be considered as a god's gift to par ascenders, aero modelers and Para gliders.
Pearl Valley(Muthyalamaduvu) is a picnic spot near Anekal, 40 km from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Muthyalamaduvu means 'pearl valley' (muthu = pearl and maduvu = valley), apparently named for its 92 feet waterfall, whose falling water appears to look like drops of pearl.
The source of the water is the nearby Onakanahalli Tank. Overlooking Pearl Valley waterfalls is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, adding a religious touch to the place. If you are staying in Bangalore and just want to chill out, Muthyala Maduvu is a nice place to visit.
It is on a hillock at Raagi Gudda in Jayanagar IX Block. Enshrined here are Lord Shiva and Rama. At the foothill there are shrines for Vinayaka, Navagrahas and Rajarajeshwari. Hanumat Jayanti and Ramanavami are celebrated with lot of pomp.
The Public Utilities Building is located on M.G. Road, a major commercial center in Bangalore. It is one of the tallest buildings of Bangalore.The Public Utility building situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road is an all in one shopping complex.It has 24 floors. The entire scenic beauty of Bangalore can be viewed from the top floor.
It houses a variety of business centres like handicrafts, jewellery, garments, hotels, restaurants and many more on the ground floor and first floor. It has a theatre (Shankar Nag Ranga Mandira) on the second floor and a hotel on its 24th floor to boast off. The other hotel present in this building is 'Ullas' Refreshments on the first floor.
Puttenahalli WS Lake is a 10-hectare water body near Yelahanka, 14 km north of Bangalore. It may soon become the first Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka. Biodiversity experts have discovered 49 species of birds breeding here. Puttenahalli Yelahanka Lake is prominent because more than 7,000 birds can be sighted during the breedingseason. The 'avifauna' of this lake also includes some of the endangered and migratory birds from the Northern Himalayas and Siberia.
Pyramid Valley is the biggest pyramid shaped meditation hall in the world, along with being the largest pyramid in Asia. It stands proud at above 101 feet (31 m). Its base measures 160 ft (49 m) by 160 ft (49 m) with the main meditation area spanning 25,600 sq ft (2,380 m2). Maitreya Buddha Pyramid, is the International Centre (Bangalore), of the Pyramid Spiritual Society's Movement in Pyramid Valley. It is located 30 km from Banashankari Temple, 4 km before Harohalli and 1.2 km just after Kebbedoddi bus stop, on Kanakapura Road.
The Raghigudda Anjaneya temple is a temple dedicated to Hanuman and is located in 2nd Phase, J P Nagar suburb of Bangalore. It also has a Shiva linga and the Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman shrine in the same precinct. The temple is situated on a hillock.
There is a smaller temple dedicated to Ganesh, Surya and Rajarajeshwari at the base of the hillock. The temple has two halls - the smaller one that can be rented for performing small Hindu ceremonies like the thread ceremony, seemantham, etc. and the bigger one for major events like marriage.
Located about 28 kms from bangalore on the Mysore road, is a popular picnic spot Ramohalli famed for its big banyan tree. The fabled 400 years old tree has an awe-inspiring appearance and its branches spreads over an area of nearly 4 acres. It is believed to be the place where the sage Muneshwara performed his penance.
The Kalakshetra, built to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore's centenary, promotes cultural activity in the city. It has a superb theatre and houses the Cultural Akademi Offices. Next to it is the Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town Hall whose huge auditorium can easily accommodate over 1500 persons.
Residency Road is known for some of the famous emporiums like Gangotri, Uttar Pradesh Government Handicrafts Showroom; Mrignayani, Madhya Pradesh Government Emporium; Utkalika, Orissa Government Handicrafts Emporium and Gurjari, Gujarat State Handicrafts Emporium. These emporiums have a good collection of stuff from decorative items to brassware, wooden furniture, antique jewelry, ethnic printed fabrics and saris.
Apart from the main shopping areas, the city has a lot of other commercial areas famous in their own way for some special products. Some of these areas are Richard Square in Russell Market known for household items like cutlery, crockery etc; Chickpet for pure silk saris, jewelry in gold and silver, dress materials; Arcot Srinivaschari Street for brassware, silverware and copperware and B.V.K. Iyengar Road for paper and wood products, plywood, electrical goods.
Sankey Tank, a manmade lake or tank, is situated in the western part of Bangalore in the middle of the suburbs of Malleshwaram, Vyalikaval and Sadashiva Nagar. The lake covers an area of about 15 ha (37.1 acres). At its widest, the tank has a width of 800 m (2,624.7 ft).
Sankey tank was constructed by Col. Richard Hieram Sankey (RE) of the Madras Sappers Regiment, in 1882, to meet the water supply demands of Bangalore. The tank was also known as Gandhadhakotikere, as the Government Sandalwood Depot used to be located near the lake.
The Sashwathi Museum located at Bangalore in the state of Karnataka is a real place of interest for historians, research scholars and other interested people. Built in the year 1974-`75, this museum is a storehouse of various art objects, books, photographs, etc. relating to women. The museum welcomes its visitors from 10 o`clock in the morning to 4 o`clock in the evening. It remains closed on Sundays and other public holidays.
Savandurga is a hill 33 km west of Bangalore Karnataka in India. The hill is famous for a temple and is also awarded to be first among the largest monolith hills in the world. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level. Savandurga is formed by two hills known locally as Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill).
The Savandurga hills are frequented by pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple sited at the foothills. Picnickers come to spend time among the serene environs of the hill. Rock climbers, cave explorers and adventurers are among others who frequent the locale.
Seshadri Iyer was a Dewan of Mysore from the year 1883 to 1901. The memorial is built to immortalize the Dewan. It is constructed of red bricks and the whole building looks red. The Memorial is situated in Cubban Park.
The statue of Seshadri Iyer can be seen in a small rose garden. It was put up in the year 1913. The construction with the statue in front constitutes a central point of a long boulevard approaching from Hudson Circle.
It houses the Seshadri Memorial library which was set up inside the Memorial in the year 1915. The memorial building is ensconced in the middle of the park, framed by the greenery of the park and with a beautiful frontage of the rose garden.The Library has an area of 300 km?. The library has presently a collection of 2.65 lakh books and also Brellie division.
Set up on two and a half acres of green plot on Kanakapura Road, Shankara is a fascinating cultural centre for artists, artisans and art lovers. Founded by renowned classical dancer Ms Rashmi Gopi Hegde, this recently established foundation showcases craft melas, art exhibitions, regular classical performances by renowned upcoming classical dancers, fusion groups etc. There is also a department for children called 'Ranga Guccha' which was established for the benefit of rural and urban children. Now the department hosts martial arts workshops, painting, music, handicrafts, short-term courses in performing arts for children.
This foundation has an art studio, craft stalls, open-air amphitheatre (Bhoomandala) and a lovely open air circular cafe Nakshatra (where Indian food is served), decorated with lanterns and a contemporary art studio (a place for those who wish to display their art work).
The Shiva Statue is 65 feet. It is located on the Airport Road just behind Kemp Fort. The statue depicts Lord Shiva who is seated in Padmashan or Lotus position. This is the largest Shiva statue in India. The statue looks majestic during the night with its lighting. On occasions such as Mahashivratri, Holi, etc. special pooja's are offered and during Shivaratri, a grand festival is held here. It is believed that dropping a coin in the pond in front of the idol by chanting 'Om Nama Shivaya' 7 times with a lighted candle fulfills one's wishes. A holy cave is located behind the idol and the cave yatra traditionally called Amarnath yatra, open to the public from 9 am to 9 pm attracts huge crowds.
The background has been made to look as if it is Kailash. The River Ganga flows from the entangled rocks. The statute looks majestic during the night when it is lighted. The whole area and the statue give the visitors a picture which clearly depicts the fabulous fable which is related to it.
Shivaganga, also known as Dakshin Kashi, located 56kms from Bangalore is an interesting hill with four faces. Rising to a height of 4599ft, the hill looks like a Nandi from the East, Ganesh from the West, A Linga from the South and Cobra with it hood spread from the North side. The hill has two famous shrines dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi. There is also a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga.
Halasuru Someshwara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Someshwara built by the Hoysalas between the 12th and 13th centuries CE in Halasuru, Bangalore. It was renovated and beautified by the Kempe Gowda I and II in the 16th century and is a mixture of Hoysala, Chola and Vijayanagara architecture.
It is the oldest temple in Halasuru and among the oldest in Bangalore. It is said that Kempe Gowda, tired after hunting, rested under a tree and fell asleep on the present site of the temple. Lord Someshwara appeared to him in a dream, revealing the existence of hidden treasure and told him to build the temple dedicated to him with it.
Built in 1844 this is one of the oldest churches in Bangalore and is situated on Residency Road.
St. Mark's Cathedral, the oldest Anglican Church under the governing body of the Church of South India (CSI) is situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road. Founded in 1808 and completed in 1812, the church was consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in 1816. Modelled on St. Paul's Cathedral of the 17th century and built in a beautiful colonial structure, the church is having an elegant dome over a semicircular chamber.
It was rebuilt in 1927 and the new structure is known for its stained glass work. The notable features of the church are the well maintained external bells and Roman archers along the walls. Its entrance has elaborate woodwork and ornate carvings coupled with majestically done ceilings and domes.
St. Mary's Basilica is a basilica located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities held during the St. Mary's Feast in the month of September each year, an event that attracts a number of devotees from in and around Bangalore.
Established by a French missionary Abbe Dubois in 1811, St.Mary's church is the only church in Karnataka state to be elevated to the status of a minor Basilica. The basilica has been built in Gothic-style with arches, ornamental motifs and stained glass windows. Multiple columns and tall spires of the basilica can be seen from quite a distance. The stained glass windows were removed during World War II and were subsequently restored in 1947.
St. Mary's Feast which celebrates the birth of Mother Mary is the most important festival celebrated in the basilica and is attended by thousands of people. Held in the month of September, the festivities go on for 10 days culminating in a grand chariot procession on the last day. The festivities begin with the hoisting of a traditional flag.
The Bangalore Race Course is one of the finest in India, with racing events almost all year round (May to June and Nov to Mar). Some of the biggest field stakes in the country can be witnessed here.
The Forum is a popular shopping mall located on Hosur Road in Koramangala, Bangalore city in Karnataka, India. The Mall is popular among the youth in Bangalore and an attraction to those coming to Bangalore. The shopping mall houses 625,000 sq ft (58,100 m2) of shops over four levels.
The mall has everything from shoes to exercise equipment. A major attraction at the mall is the multiplex, PVR, which houses 11 screens and it features the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and Kannada movies. The food court is called The Transit Lounge and is designed like an airport Transit Lounge. One can indulge one's taste buds at Transit, KFC, Pizza Hut or Mc Donald's.
Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, also known as T G Halli Dam or Chamarajsagar, is located at the confluence of the Arkavathy River and Kumudavathi River, 35 km west of Bangalore, India. It is used by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) as a major source of drinking water for western Bangalore. The lake is a man-made reservoir, created by the building of a dam which was inaugurated in 1933. Bharath Rathna Sir M Visvesvaraya supervised the construction work.
Manchanabele dam is near by downstream. It is a trekking location. It provides water to Magadi town, Kayaking also conducted here.
Thottikallu is a place near Bangalore which is famous for a falls called Thottikallu falls more popularly known as TK falls. The place also has a small shrine. A lot of biking expeditions are conducted to this place.
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is located in heart of Bangalore City. This Majestic structure is completely built in Teak Wood. It served as guest house for Tipu Sultan during summer. The structure was built more than 200 years ago. It is a popular Tourist spot located in Bangalore. It is now converted to a museum. The building of the palace was started by Hyder Ali and it was completed by Tipu Sultan. The construction of the Palace was completed in the year 1791 and it took ten years to plan and construct the palace.
It is a double storied flowery wooden structure. It has columns, curves and balconies which are laid with gardens on both sides of the path which leads to the palace. A dedication on the wooden screen reports the palace to be an "Abode of Happiness".
UB City is the biggest commercial property project in Bangalore, India. Pioneered by the chairman of UB Group, Dr.Vijay Mallya , it is built on 13 acres (53,000 m2) of land and hosts 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) of high-end commercial, retail and service apartment space. UB City has four towers namely, UB Tower(19 Floors), Comet(11 Floors), Canberra(17 Floors) and Concorde(19 Floors).
Halasuru Lake, one of the biggest lakes in Bengaluru, is located on the eastern side of the city. It derives its name from the name of the locality it is situated, namely, Ulsoor, close to M G Road, Bangalore. It is spread over 50 ha (123.6 acres)) and has several islands. Even though the lake is dated to Kempegowdas' time, the present lake was created by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, the then Commissioner of Bangalore.
A picturesque lake with several tree-shaded islands in it, is an ideal picnic spot. You can go boating or go for a swim in the nearby swimming pool that is part of the recreational complex near the lake. You can also go to the nearby Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha the largest Sikh shrine in Bangalore.
The Venkatappa Art Gallery is situated in the Karnataka Government Museum. It exhibits some of the rich art of Bangalore. The Art Gallery is comprised of two floors and displays 600 paintings.
The government museum was established in the year 1865. The museum has exhibits of antiquities from Mohenjadaro and terracotta from Mathura. It contains traditional paintings also. The museum is a must visit place for art lovers. It has some of the exclusive collections of scenic displays. The museum also has some of the great works of the famous artist K. Venkatappa.
The Venkataramana Swamy Temple was built by Maharajah Chikka Devaraya Wodiyar. The temple is 300 years old. Some of the best characteristics of the Dravidian temple art is depicted in the temple. The temple is situated adjacent to Tipu's summer palace.
The beautiful stone pillar which is supported by lion brackets was ruined by the cannon balls. The flowery stone pillars which are supported by lion brackets have imprints of the cannon balls which struck it. This took place during the third Mysore war. After Tipu Sultan fell the Wodiyar dynasty repaired the temple to its original magnificence.
The Vidhana Soudha, located in Bangalore (Bengaluru), is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as 'Neo-Dravidian', and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani Jharokha and Dravidian styles. It was built in the 1950s. The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.
The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 700 by 350 feet. It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet wide. The central dome, 60 feet in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem. Opposite to Vidhana soudha is The High Court of Karnataka. Both buildings are in the Cubbon park.
Vikasa Soudha is a building which is located adjoining to Vidhana Soudha follows the super-modern construction. Vikasa Soudha is also built in the same classic style as that of Vidhana Soudha. The building was dedicated formally in February 2005.
The South Block of the building is built in an area of about 7.5 acres. The building has eight storeys. The outer walls are made of ornamental stone work. It resembles Vidhana Soudha frontage. The granite stones were selected specially from the quarries of Hesaraghatta, Avalahalli, Mallasandra and Koira. The three basement floors have the facility to park about 600 cars.
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is a museum in Bangalore, India. Its management comes under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Government of India. The museum was instituted as part of the centenary celebrations of the engineer-statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861?1962). It was handed over to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1962. In 1978 when the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) was formed, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum became its southern head quarters. The Council has a chain of 28 centers spread all over India. The objective of the Council is to popularize science through interactive exhibits.
Different floors of the museum exhibit different objects of science. As such, the `Engine Hall` is a storehouse of various automobiles, machines used in industry, a jet aircraft engine, and other mechanical devices. The other gallery named as the `Electro Technic Gallery` boasts interactive electrical exhibits that work on electricity, electronics and communication. There is also the `Fun Science Gallery` displaying the sciences of sound, optics, fluids and perception.
Other than these galleries, there is the most interesting `Space Gallery` that shows the history of space exploration and rocket science. The exhibits in the `Biotechnology Hall` are those of applications of Biotechnology. There are also other displays on Electronics housed in the `BEL Hall of Electronics`. 3D films along with a mini planetarium show called `Taramandal` are also showed at regular intervals.
From 30th April 2007, a new gallery `Science for Children` has been opened for visitors to enjoy. This gallery includes a giant piano over which children can dance to play music, a virtual game area for playing music using virtual instruments, an attractive fresco made of colored beads welcome the visitors to enjoy at their full heart in this gallery.
The most interesting point to note is that this museum is the only museum in the world other than the Smithsonians Institution in US to boast a full-scale facsimile of the 1903 flyer of Wright Brothers.
The Vrishabhavathi River is a minor river that flows north of the Indian city of Bangalore. The Vrishabhavathi is a tributary of the Arkavathy River. Most of the sewage emanating from Bangalore is carried by these two rivers.Nandikeshwara Theertha Kalyani (Basava Theertha) in front of the kadu malleshwara temple is said to be the main source or birthplace of this River. The Kalyani faces to the south.
Wonderla Amusement Park is currently the largest and safest amusement park in India, spanning over 82 acres of land. It is located near Bidadi, 28 kilometres from Bangalore. The park is divided into two parts: Dry Rides and Wet Rides. Dry rides has lots of scary stuff, rides turning you upside down. There are few cool ones in this section that include Musical Fountain, Crazy car and Virtual Reality. Wonder La is a theme park which has pleasant surprises and is full of fun. It has thrill rides and the water is really refreshing and clean. The laser and the musical fountain are really fantastic.
Water Pendulum is a real thrill. The water rides have twisters, racers and vertical falls. Land rides are the Bamba and the bus, that gets raised. The roller coaster is a real thrill. The drive is, height of insanity. The hurricane game is whirly and high. The wonder splash leaves the visitors soaking wet. Wonderla has 53 land and water based rides, the most for any amusement park in the country. Theme park has the highest number of imported high thrill rides in India. Wonderla also features India's tallest Ferris wheel located on top of a 13 floor tower, known as the sky wheel.
Yakshagana is a musical dance drama popular in coastal and Malenadu regions of Karnataka, India. It is believed to have evolved from pre-classical music and theatre. Yakshagana is popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada,and Shimoga of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala. Yakshagana is gaining popularity in Bengaluru since a few years. It has drawn comparisons to the Western tradition of opera. Actors wear costumes and enact various roles.
Yakshagna costumes are rich in color. The costumes or Vesha in Kannada depends on characters depicted in the play or prasanga. It also depends on Yakshagana style or tittu. Badagutittu Yakshagana Ornaments are made out of light wood, mirror work, colored stones. Though, lighter materials like thermocol are used in modern days, ornaments are still predominantly woodwork.
- Agara Lake : It is in Agara Town.
- Lakes in the City : Vengaihnakere, Jarganhalli, Nagavara, Kempambudhi, Allalasandra, Attur, BTM, Chinnappannahalli, Doddanekundi, Kalkere, Kowdenhalli, Keravanhalli, Karithimmanhalli, Kaikondanahalli, Kodigenahalli, Mahadevpura, Uttarahalli, Doraikere, Dipanjali, Malgan and Yelahanka etc.
- IT Parks in the City : ITPL, Manyata Tech Park, Global Village Tech Park, Embassy Golf Links, Kalyani Tech Park, Eco space Tech Park, Prestige Tech Park, Salarpuria Tech Park, Brigade Tech Park, Vrindavan Tech park etc.
- Some Temples in the City : Sri Subramanya and Devi Kanyaka Parameswari temples at Sajjan Rao Circle, Kaadu Mallikarjunaswamy and Venugopala Krishnaswamy shrines at Malleswaram, Chinmaya Mission`s Sri Krishna temple at Indirangar, Sri Anjaneya temples at Mahalakshmi Layout and Banaswadi etc.
- Some Towns : Dasarahalli, Gottikere, Herohalli, Konanakunte, Agara (Bangalore East), Channapatna etc.