Famous Places to Visit in Bangalore

Bangalore is a city filled with heritage of natural beauty and man-made wonders. It is the first in many genres, even in getting a city logo (source). If you are planning to visit Bangalore, you are in for a treat. It is one of the iconic destinations of southern India. Even luxury trains of the land cover Bangalore in their itineraries.

Do you want to cover Bangalore with luxury trains? Here are the top suggested tour packages of luxury trains.

  1. Pride of the South – Golden Chariot
  2. Splendor of the South – Golden Chariot

What to enjoy in such a city? Here are the top places to visit in Bangalore.

Tipu Sultan Palace, Bangalore

Located in a bustling market region, the ancient Tipu Sultan fort is famous for the artistic work of yesteryear. Constructed in 16th century with just mud bricks, it was an important monument of the past. Later, it was rebuilt using granite stones by Haider Ali. The construction was completed by Tipu sultan in 18th century and used it as his summer palace.

Tipu Sultan Palace, Bangalore

Tipu Sultan Palace, Bangalore

This two-storied building is famous for its arched balconies, carved structures, pillars and much more. Although built in an Islamic style, you can find a few Hindu temples too. The palace also holds an art gallery inside it, which includes ancient paintings, carvings, photographs and much more. After you are done with the palace, surf the city market near the palace for souvenir shopping.

When to visit: From Sunday to Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cost: Indians – INR 15 per head; Foreigners – INR 200 per head

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore

This is a cliche botanical garden filled with more than 1800 species of herbs, trees, flowering plants and much more. The main element of this garden is the lawn clock, which is unique to the country. This garden was constructed by Haider Ali and was re-designed by Tipu Sultan. The garden holds a glass house, similar to London Crystal Palace. The garden covers 240 acres of land. If you visit in January or August, you can witness flower shows in the garden.

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore

When to visit: From Sunday to Saturday; 6 am to 7 pm

Cost – INR 20 for adults and INR 15 for children

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Bangalore Palace, Bangalore

Bangalore Palace was built in 19th century, inspired from Windsor Castle of England. It was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar in Tudor style. It has woodcarvings, turrets, beautiful vintage furniture and many other iconic elements. The palace is surrounded by 430 acres of garden. Today, the palace is used for conducting concerts, exhibitions and others.

Bangalore Palace, Bangalore

Bangalore Palace, Bangalore

When to visit: From Sunday to Saturday; 10 am to 5 pm

Cost: Indians – INR 230; Foreigners – INR 460; charge for camera – INR 685

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Nandi Hills, Bangalore

This is a small hill located 60 km away from Bangalore. This monolithic granite hill is famous for its panoramic viewpoints. You can find a Nandhi temple on top of the hill. Located 1478 m above sea level, this hill station holds pleasing climate, throughout the year. Other tourist attractions on this hill are Yoga Nandeeshwara temple, origin sites of River Palar, River Arkavathi, Amruth Sarovar, Tippu Drop and so on. You can enjoy cycling, trekking, motorbike rides and other adventure activities here. Nandhi Hills and 20 other heritage sites of Karnataka are about to get augmented reality features with an investment of INR 120 crores (source).

Nandi Hills, Bangalore

Nandi Hills, Bangalore

When to visit: From Sunday to Saturday; throughout the day

Cost – no entry fee

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Cubbon Park, Bangalore

Cubbon Park covers 300 acres of land of greenery, lawns, walkway and much more. If you love romantic walks, this is the right place to enjoy. You can find a few statues here and there in the park. In the evening, the Cubbon Park becomes more mesmerizing with lights. Other attractions to enjoy in this park are aquarium visit, toy train ride, museum and others.

Cubbon Park, Bangalore

Cubbon Park, Bangalore

When to visit: From Sunday to Saturday; throughout the day

Cost – no entry fee

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National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

This gallery holds more than 500 paintings of famous artists of the past. You can also find paintings of Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore and others. You can also shop for paintings; enjoy exhibitions or auditorium shows (if any).

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

When to visit: Sunday to Saturday; 10 am to 5 pm

Cost: Indians – INR 10 for adults and INR 1 for children; Foreigners – INR 150 per head

St. Mary’s Basilica, Bangalore

This Basilica is the oldest church of the region. It is very famous for the St. Mary’s feast, which takes place in September. The church was first built in 17th century and then was rebuilt in 19th century. This is one of the six Basilicas of India. There are numerous legends associated with the church. Apart from religious anecdotes, the church is famous for its beautiful pillars, Gothic structures, stained windows and much more.

St. Mary’s Basilica, Bangalore

St. Mary’s Basilica, Bangalore

When to visit: Sunday to Saturday; 6 am to 9 pm

Cost – free to enter

Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore

It is the legislative assembly building. Built in 20th century in Indo-Saracenic style, this is one of the most famous landmarks of the region.

Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore

When to visit: Sunday to Saturday; 9 am to 5 pm

Cost – no cost; but prior permission is essential

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Chola Temples, Bangalore

Bangalore region was ruled by Cholas, in the past. It is customary for rulers to build lavishing temples to create a memoir of their name. You can find such temples in Bangalore. Most of these temples are more than 1500 years old and you can find interesting sculptures, carvings and other details in the temple. Top temples to visit are Halasuru Someshwara temple, Old Madiwala Someshwara temple, Sri Ananda Lingeshwara temple, Domlur Chokkanathaswamy temple and so on. If you are looking for some modern temples, visit ISKCON temple.

Chola Temples, Bangalore

Chola Temples, Bangalore

Do you want to enjoy more temples during your vacation? Here are some exclusive pilgrimage packages for you.

  1. 15 days – South India tour from Hyderabad
  2. 13 days – North India and Nepal

When to visit: Sunday to Saturday; depends on the temple

Cost – no cost

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Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore

Bannerghatta national park is famous for safari, eco-tourism and a small zoo, Champakadham valley and much more. You can take up buttery farm visit, jungle safari, boating and other activities too.

Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore

Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore

When to visit – Sunday to Saturday; 9 am to 5 pm

Cost – Indians – INR 260 per head for adult and INR 130 for children between 6 and 12 years; Foreigners – INR 400 per head.

This is not an exclusive list of attractions of Bangalore. You can find numerous other attractions inside and around the city. Do you want to cover Bangalore with other attractions of South India?

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Here are the top suggested tour packages:

  1. 13 days – South India trip from Mumbai
  2. 11 days – Karnataka and Kerala tour
  3. 7 days – Karnataka tour

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