The lovely city of Bangalore, or Bengaluru happens to be the capital of the state of Karnataka. The city has beautiful weather, which is never too cold or too hot. The city is also called the Silicon Valley of India, because of its growth in the electronics sector. The city of Bangalore echoes the general feel of the state. The city is not too crowded, and yet it has all the best qualities of being a metropolitan. One visit to Bangalore is sure to make you fall in love with its ambience, and its people.

Travel Tips

The language can be a slight problem in Bangalore, although basic English is understood by most people. The weather in Bangalore is pleasant all year round, but do carry light woolens during the winters.  

When to visit

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  • 28.2° Max
  • 15.9° Min
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  • Carry Light Woollen
Things to do

Bangalore Fort was originally built by the founder of the city, Kempe Gowda in 1537. He had built it as a fort made of mud. Haider Ali, in 1761, converted the mud fort into one made of stone, and it had, at one point, served as a stronghold for Tipu Sultan when he was battling the British Army. This fort is reminiscent of the history of Bangalore ever since its inception, and the various stages of this city’s history can be traced back through this fort itself. The Bangalore palace which now belongs to the Mysore Royal Family should also be visited.

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is also an important tourist destination in Bangalore. Its construction was finally completed in 1791. The place is built exclusively out of Teak, and there are beautiful floral motifs all over the palace. This structure is a very important example of the unique Indo-Islamic architecture and art that developed out of the melding and meeting of two different kinds of cultures. The summer palace also contains a small museum of artifacts pertaining to Tipu Sultan and his times. The Mayo Hall must also be visited for its beautiful colonial architecture.

The Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore is the largest legislative building in the whole country. This imposing structure is beautiful and awe-inspiring at the same time, and a visit to this site will tell you why the building is so famous for its novel architecture and design. The Government Museum, which was established in 1865, should also be mentioned as one of the best tourist locations in the city. One of the oldest museums in India, the Government Museum here contains various precious aspects of the city’s history, and it also preserves the earliest Kannada inscription ever found, called the Halmidi inscription. The Kempe Gowda Museum too, is a wonderful place to visit, because it contains paintings and artifacts from the times and the life of the founder of Bangalore.

Thottikallu Falls is 25 kilometers away from Bangalore, but you must visit the site to gaze upon the natural beauty of the falls which can thrive on so seamlessly despite being so close to a bustling metropolitan city. Dodda Alada Mara is in Ramohalli, which is about 28 kilometers away. It is a huge Banyan Tree which has spread itself to over 3 acres of land, and it is a spectacular site for nature-lovers.

The Bangalore aquarium is the second largest in India, and is located in Cubbon Park. If you like aquatic life, you must pay this place a visit. The butterfly park in Bangalore too, is a phenomenal site to visit for those who love nature. It is filled with various colourful butterflies, some of which are very rare. The Hebbal lake is favored by many diverse kinds of birds, and one visit to this site will leave bird-watchers delighted at seeing so many different kinds of birds within the precincts of a large metropolitan city.  

Places to Stay

High-Range: if you want your stay in this city to be a luxurious one, then opting for ITC Royal Gardenia or Grand Mercure Hotel might be a good idea. The latter has room prices starting from 5,500 INR, and the former has room rates which begin from 10,000 INR. Both are 5-star hotels, equipped with all the basic facilities, plus luxurious additions such as outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor sports options, travels desks, and much more.

Mid-Range: For a comfortable, affordable stay in Bangalore, you can opt for the Goldfinch Hotel or Nahar Heritage. The former offers air-conditioning in all rooms, free Wi-Fi connectivity, a gym, room service at all times and a breakfast station. Room rates begin from 3,900 INR. The latter too, offers most of these comforts, and the room rates begin from 2,700 INR.

Low-Range: The Royal Regency Lodge provides all the basic comforts of accommodation without charging a bomb for it. With room rates beginning from 780 INR only, the hotel provides clean, comfortable rooms, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The Golden Guest House is also another good option, with room rates starting from 500 INR only.  

How to Reach

  • The Kempe Gowda International Airport in Bangalore is very well connected both internationally, and nationally. Getting here by flight is not a problem at all.
  • The railway station at Bangalore too, receives trains from all over the country, and it is therefore, not a problem to get on a train which is on its way to this beautiful city.
  • Bangalore is close to a number of cities by Road. It is 247 kilometers away from Mangalore, 391 kilometers away from Thanjavur, 296 kilometers away from Pondicherry, and 562 kilometers away from Hydrabad. There are buses and cars which will help you travel from these cities to Bangalore, but it is always best to opt for other modes of transport.

Surrounding Attractions

Bangalore is very close to Goa, which is a wonderful haven of sand and sea. It is a night’s journey by train. It is also very close to Pondicherry.  

Important Numbers

Police Commissioner’s numbers: 22260707 /22942215 / 98440-99707

Women’s Helpline: 1099