Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Base Station: Bangalore

Nearest City to Bangalore: Bangalore

Best Time to Visit Bangalore: October to May

Peak Season: March to May

State: Karnataka | District: Bangalore

Bangalore Weather: Maximum-36°C
Minimum-17°C

At a distance of 139 km from Mysore, 261 km from Tirupati, 347 km from Chennai, 348 km from Mangalore, 573 km from Hyderabad, 514 km from Kochi and 595 km from Goa, Bangalore (also known as Bengaluru) is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore is third most populous city and 5th largest City in India. It is also known as the Garden City of India. Bangalore is often referred as Silicon Valley of India due to large number of technology companies established in the city.

Bengaluru derives its name from the Kannada words 'Benda Kalluru', which means the land of boiled beans. According to legend, once the Hoysala king Veera Ballara was lost his way during a hunting expedition. He met an old lady and she offered a humble meal of boiled beans to him. In order to show his gratitude, he named the place as Benda Kalluru.

The modern city of Bangalore was founded over 400 years ago by Kempe Gowda, the Vijayanagara Chieftain of Yelahanka. Bangalore gained prominence in the 18th century, when it became an important fort city under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This area witnessed the struggle between Tipu Sultan and the British. The British defeated Tipu Sultan and took over Bangalore city. In 1831, the British made it the regional administrative city and established a big cantonment here.

It is one of the fastest growing industrial and commercial centers in India in the areas of aerospace, electronics, defense and mainly software services. Bangalore is one of the ideal places for those planning to visit southern India with many attractions nearby and perfect for excursions and day trips. There are a number of places in Bangalore that are worth visiting, including palaces, gardens, museums, temples, etc. Lalbagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bangalore Palace, Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta National Park, Vidhana Soudha, Vishveswaraiah Museum, HAL Aerospace Museum, Bull Temple and ISKCON Temple are the some of the important Bangalore tourist places.

Bangalore Airport, about 36 km from City junction, is extremely well-connected by air. It has regular flights from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Goa, Kochi, Mangalore, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. Bangalore has direct international flights to Muscat, Sharjah and Singapore. It is also a stopover for many international flights.

Bangalore has two important railway stations - Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yeswantpur Junction. Both railway stations have regular trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Nagarcoil, Mysore, Chandigarh, Goa, Howrah, Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. For travelling within Bangalore, there is Namma Metro, which is an intra-city rail network set up by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.

Bangalore is well-connected by bus from cities like Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Pondicherry and Mangalore.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 080
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
Notes/Tips:
Major festivals like Dasara, Deepawali, Ugadi, Sankranthi and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great pomp and fervor. There are a lot of festivals & events hosted in Bangalore like Karaga, Kadalekaye Parishe, Bangalore Habba, Lalbagh Flower Show and more.

Bangalore is known for its pleasant weather throughout the year, October to May is the best time while March to May is the peak season to visit Bangalore. Usually it takes 2-3 full days to explore all the places here.

HOW TO REACH BANGALORE / BENGALURU


By Air

Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (40 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Bangalore City Railway Station (0 Kms)
Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station (5 Kms)
Yasvanthpur Railway Station (6 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Majestic Bus Station (0 Kms)

71 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN BANGALORE / BENGALURU


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Tipu Sultan's Palace or Tipu's Summer Palace is situated near the Tipu's Fort at Albert Victor Road. This palace stands as one of the notable Islamic buildings and an important landmark in the city of Bangalore. This was used as a summer retreat by the Sultan, who lovingly called it the Rash-e-Jannat meaning Envy of Haven.

Hyder Ali started the construction of the palace within the walls of the Bangalore Fort and it was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. Used as a summer retreat, the structure is similar to the Daria Daulat palace of Srirangapatnam. After Tipu Sultan's death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the British Administration used the palace for its Secretariat before moving to Attara Kacheri in 1868.

The Summer Palace is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The entire palace is built of teak wood, mortar, stone and plaster. It is laid on a stone plinth. .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3.5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Vidhan Soudha is the state legislature building located on Dr. Ambedkar road at the northern end of Cubbon Park. It houses the Legislative Chambers of Karnataka State. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Bangalore and also the largest Legislative building of India. This is one of the prime attractions of Bangalore city and also most commonly used to represent Bangalore.

Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the Chief Minister of Mysore, is credited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha. The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on 13 July 1951. It was completed in the year 1956 at a total cost of around Rs. 1.75 crore.

Vidhana Soudha was built in the Neo-Dravidian architectural style and has the elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani and Dravidian designs. The magnificent white building is spread over 60 acres of land. The imposing white building comprises .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 4 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bangalore Place is situated in the heart of Bangalore city, near Sadashiv Nagar. Bangalore Place is one of the best palaces in South India. This is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city.

The Palace was first built by Rev. J. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. Spread over an area of 454 acres, the construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1887, it was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamarajendra Wodeyar X.

During a visit to England, Chamaraja Wodeyar was inspired by the Windsor Castle in London and along similar lines he built this palace in Tudor style. The Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. The interiors have awesome floral motifs, cornices, mouldings and relief paintings on its ceilings. Gothic windows, fortified towers, battlements and turrets lend a great degree of magnificence .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is located on Kasturba road in the surroundings of Cubbon Park. It was established as a tribute to Sir M Visweswaraiah, a great civil engineer. This is one of the best science museums in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city, especially for children.

The museum occupies an area of 4000 sq. m, housing various industrial products and engines, which were opened by Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962. The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme Electricity was opened to the public in 1965. An airplane and a steam engine are displayed in its compound.

VITM has 7 permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electro technic, Space - Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science. The Engine Hall exhibits engines of various automobiles, machines used in .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bull Temple also known as Basavanagudi Nandi Temple is situated on top of a hill at Basavanagudi. This Hindu temple is situated inside a park called Bugle Rock. The temple is dedicated to sacred bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. This is one of the oldest temples of Bangalore and also one of the top pilgrimages & tourist attractions in Bangalore city.

The temple was built in 1537 by Kempegowda in Dravidian style. The temple is relatively small in size, but houses one of the largest monolithic Nandi statues in the world which measures 4.5 meter in height and 6 meter in length. The temple also houses the idols of God Surya and Chandra, on their chariots. A 17th century inscription at the base of the structure mentions about a stream called Vrishabhavathi that originated here. The tower over the shrine was constructed in early 20th century and is adorned with figures of gods and motifs.

As per legend, a bull used .....


Park

At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Lalbagh Botanical Garden is situated near the Lalbagh fort road. It is one of the best gardens in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city.

The ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali commissioned the development of the garden in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan. Sprawling over an area of 240 acres, there are more than 1,800 species of flora, including plants, shrubs and trees, most of them from outside India. The garden attained status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With an intricate watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains. The Lalbagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth dating back to 3,000 million .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple Complex is located on the Hare Krishna Hill in Jayanagar. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. This is also one of the top pilgrimage sites & tourist places to visit in Bangalore.

ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna temple was inaugurated in the year 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma, then President of India. The temple was built to honor the birth centenary of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON. The project was conceived and executed by Madhu Pandit Dasa following the wishes of Prabhupada to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning. The temple is a huge cultural complex housing the temples dedicated to Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahlada Narasimha.

The temple covers an area of 7 acres and is built in Dravidian style. The temple is an exclusive combination .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Dodda Ganapathi Temple or Basavanagudi Ganesh Temple is located on the Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi. Built in 1971, the temple has a monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha with 18ft in height and 16ft in width. It is one of the popular pilgrimage & tourist attraction in Bangalore.

The deity in this temple is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi or Satya Ganapathi. The idol is believed to be growing on its right side. The most popular ceremony of the temple is the butter coating which apparently consumes about 100 kg of butter. This butter is broken up and distributed to the devotees once in every four years. This is a spectacular sight at the temple and a visit to the temple to witness this is recommended.

Timings: 7 AM to 12.30 PM and 5.30 to 8.30 PM


Wildlife

At a distance of 23 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bannerghatta National Park is the most famous wildlife park and also one of the top tourist places in Bangalore. This park is spread in reserve forests of Anekal Range with an elevation of 1245 - 1634 m under the Bangalore Forest Division. This park is part of a wildlife corridor for elephants which connects the BR Hills and the Sathyamangalam forest.

Bannerghatta National Park was founded in 1971 and declared as a national park in 1974. Spread over an area of 25,000 acre and a portion of the park became a biological reserve called the Bannerghatta Biological Park in 2002. The park consists of the main Nature Reserve, a zoo, a children's park, an aquarium, a crocodile park, a museum, a butterfly park, a snake park and a safari park. The forest consists of deciduous trees and thorny scrubs.

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Park

At a distance of 26 Kms from Bangalore (towards Ramanagaram), Wonder La is an amusement park situated on Bangalore - Mysore Express way. It is India's biggest amusement and water park and also one of the most visited among Bangalore tourist places.

Spread over 82 acres, the park offers over 50 kinds of rides - water sports and open rides. Attractions include musical fountain and laser show, virtual reality show, high thrill rides, kids' rides, heated wave pools, and numerous water rides. The Hurricane, Maverick, Wonder Splash, Techno Jump, Drop Zone rides are famous. Recently added Rain Disco, with 10,000 watts of hi-fidelity sound is a special attraction.

Wonderla offers Regular Tickets and Fastrack Tickets. Fastrack Tickets allows visitors to enjoy the rides with a shorter queue and the tickets are limited to 500 numbers in a day.

Timings: Monday to Friday - 11 AM to 6 PM. Saturday, Sunday & Holidays - 11 AM to 7 .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Jamia Masjid is the most impressive mosque in Bangalore, situated near City Market. It dazzles in the sun with its exterior of pristine white marble from Rajasthan.

Rayyaz Asifuddin from Hyderabad designed it and the foundation stone was laid by Sir Mirza Ismail (Dewan of Mysore) in 1940. Its balconies are exquisitely fashioned with carvings. It is a five-storied structure, which can accommodate up to 10,000 devotees. The atmosphere inside the mosque is cool, serene and airy, with an ablution pool in the centre.

Large number of Muslim worshippers throng this masjid during the festivals.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Gandhi Bhavan is situated on the Kumara Krupa Road. Gandhi Bhawan was started as Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (GSN), under the chairmanship of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. It is a serene place where one can get a complete insight of Gandhiji's life and teachings.

The main aim of Gandhi Bhavan in Bangalore was to propagate Gandhian philosophies and ideals among the people of the state, especially among the youth. This building houses an excellent collection of rare photographs and letters of the Mahatma. Pictures of Gandhi's childhood to the last day of his life are displayed here. This is presently used as a venue for sessions, meetings and seminars based on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Every year on 2nd October special programs are held to pay tribute to Gandhi, the great Indian Independence activist.

Timings: 10.30 AM to 1:30 PM and 3 - 5 PM. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Tipu's Fort is set in the heart of the Bangalore city opposite to the city market. The fort is originally constructed using mud and brick by Kempe Gowda in 1537 AD. Later an extension was made by Chikkadevaraya Wodeyar of Mysore and again the structure was later demolished and reconstructed by Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan in the 18th century.

The fort is a two-storied wooden structure, carved out of teakwood with decorated pillars, concave arches and balconies. Today the fort houses a museum adorned with ancient artifacts from Hyder Ali & Tipu's regime. The fort is noted for its beautifully carved arches in Islamic style and for the well-preserved temple dedicate to Lord Ganesh. Most part of the fort is in ruins.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Sundays.


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 3 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is situated at T. Chowdiah Road in Bangalore near Vidhana Soudha. Established in 1989, the Planetarium has an observatory equipped with a six inch code refractor telescope. It is one of the ideal places to visit for children in Bangalore.

The sky theatre inside with a dome of 15 m in diameter has a sitting capacity of 225. The Planetarium aims to provide an awareness of astronomy amongst students as well as the common public. Daily two shows are held here for everyone interested in knowing the mysteries of outer space. A Science Park is being developed around the Planetarium. Some of the models on display include Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, Sun Dial, Giant Kaleidoscope, Model of a Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV).

Show timings: 3 PM and 4:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.

Entry Fee: Rs 35 for Adults & Rs. 20 for Children


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Sri Dharmaraya Temple is located at Nagarathpet in the suburbs of Bangalore. This temple is dedicated to Sri Dharmaraja Swamy, the hero of the Mahabharata along with other Pandavas and Lord Krishna. It is believed that the temple was built in 16th century.

The temple is known for its colorful sculptures that adorn the walls and roofs of this huge structure on the outside. Inside the temple premise also one can find a large number of stone sculptures and carvings. Karaga Festival celebrated in the March / April is the most famous festival of this temple. Karaga is the symbol of Draupadi, wife of Pandavas. Huge processions are held that start from the temple grounds and returns over here. It starts at 2 and ends at 6 in the morning. People of all religions participate in the procession. The idols of the deities are taken out in the procession.

Timings: 5:30 to 10:30 AM & 5:30 to 9 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Sri Venkataramana Swamy temple is located adjoining to Tipu's summer palace. This temple is dedicated to Sri Venkataramana Swamy. This temple was built by Maharajah Chikka Devaraya Wodiyar around 300 years back.

This temple is a good example of Dravidian temple architecture. The ornate stone pillars, supported by splendid lion brackets. Part of the temple was ruined during the Third Mysore War (1790-1792). After the fall of Tipu in 1799, the Wodeyar dynasty restored the temple to its original grandeur.

This temple has some interesting carvings, figures of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva on the walls and an idol of Venkataramana in the sanctorum.

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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Vikasa Soudha, is one of the best buildings that Karnataka government has built. This building is situated just next to Vidhana Soudha. It is the Secretariat building of Karnataka government.

This is a dream project of former Chief Minister SM Krishna. The construction of the building was initiated in 2001. It was built to house numerous government and legislative offices which would in turn take away the load from the Vidhana Soudha. It was built over a land area of about 8 acres. The building comprises eight floors housing 15 conference halls, 360 rooms. The granite with the fantastic stone carvings was chosen from stone pits concentrated at Mallasandra, Hesaraghatta, Koira & Avalahalli.

Vikasa Soudha incorporates some of the most modern facilities not seen in any of the other legislative buildings across the country. A grid interactive solar power system, Rainwater harvesting has been adapted.

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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Attara Kacheri is a building housing the High Court of Karnataka state. Situated opposite to Vidhana Soudha, the Attara Kacheri is a beautiful 19th century stone structure. One of the major attractions of the Attara Kacheri is its Gothic Style of architecture.

It is a two-storied building, built in the European classical style. Built with red stone, it serves as the perfect contrast to the white columned building of Vidhana Soudha. Attara Kacheri was built under the reign of Tipu Sultan, the Emperor of Mysore. He named the building as Attara Kacheri, meaning eighteen offices or departments. This was completed in 1864 and housed the Public Offices from 1868 until 1956. These were later moved to the Vidhana Soudha, and this building became the high court. On the ceiling of its Central Hall is a Portrait of Sir Mark Cubbon, Commissioner of Mysore from 1834 to 1861. Behind the building is a statue of him by Baron Marochetti .....


Park

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park is situated opposite to the Nehru Planetarium. Inaugurated in 1995, it is the first computerized fountain in India and also an ideal sightseeing place in Bangalore to visit in the evening.

Spread over 17 acres, the park was created by the BNA Technology Consulting Ltd, Hong Kong. The park is equipped with latest multimedia technology and fitted with 1000 nozzles, it has 15 formations and 27 combinations of fountains. The visual delight of the light and sound show together with the synchronized rhythmic dancing of fountains provides high visual treat. The distinct patterns formed by the musical fountain are projected into a big screen using a twin projector. Laser show is also performed here.

The shows are held every evening at 7 PM and 8 PM for 30 minutes each. Closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Jumma Masjid situated in Nagarathpet is the oldest mosque in the city and is dedicated to the great Indian hero, Tipu Sultan.

Built in 1790, it is an architecture marvel with elaborate art work and floral motifs. The prayer hall of the Jumma Masjid stands on an elevated ground and stands adorned with soaring, ornate granite pillars. There are magnificent twin minarets inside the masjid that stretch upto the spherical domes above the balconies. These minarets have been ornamented with a graceful assembly of a large number of pigeon holes.

During the festive season, the minars as well as the entire building of the masjid is beautifully decorated with lights.


Park

At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Cubbon Park, officially known as Sri Chamarajendra Park is a historic park located in the heart of the city. Cubbon Park was named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore's longest serving commissioner. This beautiful park was planned and laid out in 1864 by Sir. Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. Cubbon Park is under the control of the Department of Horticulture. It is one of the popular visiting places in Bangalore with family.

Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their morning jogs or evening walks. The Park has elegant classical buildings like Attara Kacheri, the Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, Government Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, all of which are well known. It also houses Bal Bhavan - an amusement park for children.

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Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Karnataka Government Museum is located at the Kasturba Gandhi Road, quite near to the Cubbon Park. Established in 1886, it is one of the oldest museums in India. It is also known as State Archeological Museum. With great collection of artifacts, it's one of the ideal places to visit in Bangalore for history & art lovers.

There are 18 galleries showcasing a rich collection of coins, art and relics from the Mohenjodaro, Halebid and Vijayanagara. It also houses the relics dating back to 5000 years. The painting gallery includes beautiful and rare paintings in Mysore and Tanjore style and also paintings from Rajasthani and Pahari schools. The museum also preserves antiques that date back to the civilization of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Among the other artifacts on display, ivory carvings, inlay work, sandal-wood caskets are highly appreciated.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.

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Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Venkatappa Art Gallery is situated in the Karnataka Government Museum. The Art Gallery is comprised of two floors and displays 600 paintings. It houses some of the exclusive collections of scenic displays and also a must visit place in Bangalore for art lovers.

Venkatappa Art Gallery, as the name suggests has an exhibition of the great works of the famous artist K. Venkatappa. Some of the great works of the painter that one can see in the gallery include scenic view of the lake of Ooty, Nilgiri Mountains at Kodaikanal, sunrise of Ooty and so on. Works of artists like MF Hussain, Vasudev, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Rekha Rao etc are displayed here. The exquisite woodcarvings of CP Rajaram are displayed on the first floor. Other than this, there is the Hebbar Section dedicated to K.K. Hebbar to display his paintings.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is located on Sankey Road. It is said to be the first building in the shape of a musical instrument in the world.

It was established in 1980 as a tribute to famed violinist T. Chowdiah. The hall was built in the shape of a violin. With modern acoustics including floodlights and spotlights, speakers and amplifiers, it is a popular venue for plays and dance recitals as well as the occasional fashion shows. It is a multipurpose air conditioned hall which has a seating capacity of over 2500 people. It is the venue for most of the cultural events held in Bangalore.


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 4.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Aquarium situated at the entrance of Cubbon Park is the second largest aquarium in the country. Opened in 1983, the aquarium is housed in an octagonal-shaped building.

The aquarium exhibits a large varsity of aquatic life, exhibiting the largest number of indigenous and exotic, cultivable as well as ornamental pet fish. It is maintained by the State Government's Department of Fisheries. The three floors have a variety of edible and ornamental fish on display. The ground floor houses the office and laboratory. There is also a little outlet for fish feed. The first floor has 14 big tanks where the larger cultivable varieties of fish are displayed. The second floor has two rows of tanks, the upper row has 23 medium sized tanks while the lower row consists of 46 small tanks.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on all Mondays, second Tuesday and public holidays.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Sri Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple is a rock-cut cave temple located near Basavagundi. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore.

The temple is believed to have been constructed in 9th century. According to temple legend, this cave temple dates back to the Tretha Yuga. Sage Gautama had worshipped Lord Shiva in this cave temple. The central sanctum is facing south, which is a rare feature. The temple compound has shrines of Devi Parvati and Durga. The images of Shanmukha and Ayyappa and those of Chandra, Surya and Bhairava are exquisitely carved. In the front yard, there are stone monoliths of sun and moon discs. A unique phenomena is witnessed here on January 13th / 14th (Makara Sankranti day) every year when the rays of the setting sun enter through the window, pass between the horns of the Nandi and shine on the Shiva lingam.

Timings: 7 AM to 12.30 PM & 5 to 8.30 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, St. Mary's Basilica is situated opposite the Russel Market Square in Shivajinagar. This is the oldest church and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica.

It was initially a small chapel built by Abbe Dubois in 1818. Later it was re-styled by Rev. LE Kleiner. This Church was raised to the status of a Basilica in 1973 on the order of Pope John Paul VI. It was the sixth basilica in India. In 1882, it was further adorned with stained glass windows brought from Paris.

This 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. Every year on Sep 8th, the feast of the Virgin Mary is celebrated here. As a part of the feast, an annual car procession is .....


Park

At a distance of 5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Fun World is an innovative theme park located on Palace Grounds. Spread over an area of 12 acres, it is among ideal places of interest for children in Bangalore.

The park is designed on the lines of Disney Land and is equipped with a wide range of rides. This is one of the oldest amusement parks in Bangalore city. The rides like Atlanta Roller Coater, Caterpillar Rides, Rounded Train, Toy Rides etc are safe and provide lots of excitement for children. Visit to Fun World is one of the top things to do in Bangalore.

Timings: 11 AM to 9.30 PM on all days. Entrance fee - Rs. 200 on weekday and Rs. 250 on weekend.


Park

At a distance of 5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Cariappa Memorial Park is situated in a portion of the parade ground between MG Road and Cubbon road. Spread over 22 acres, it is one of the famous parks in Bangalore.

Established in 1996, it was laid in the memory of Field Marshall KM Cariappa who served Indian Army. The park has a small waterfall with a pond which attracts a lot of birds. The park has an entrance plaza and a seven feet monolithic monument of Cariappa. Six military bands perform every fortnight. The grassy dunes around the bandstand provide comfortable seating for the public. The garden is maintained by various divisions of the Army. About 3000 species of plants and trees both indigenous and imported can be found here. The park has a play area for kids.

Timings: Week days - 5:30 - 8 PM, Saturdays - 1 - 7 PM & Sundays - 9 AM - 7 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, St. Mark's Cathedral is located on the Mahatma Gandhi Road. Built in 1812, the cathedral was further expanded and rebuilt in 1927.

This cream colored Cathedral has a beautiful colonial structure. It has a graceful dome over a semicircular chancel that transports the visitor virtually into peace. It is modeled on St.Paul's Cathedral of the 17th century. This cathedral was constructed keeping in mind the spiritual needs of army personnel and civilians who had moved in from Srirangapatna.
The walls of the cathedral portray beautiful pictures of Roman archers. It has the best maintained external bells. Its entrance has elaborate woodwork and ornate carvings.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 7.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Ulsoor Lake is a man-made lake located in Ulsoor. Spread across an area of 125 acres, it is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city to spend a wonderful evening.

Though the initial lake built during Kempe Gowda's time, it was enhanced by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, the then Commissioner of Bangalore. The lake has a recreational complex that has a swimming pool. There is also a garden at one end of the lake known as Kensington Park. This lake is a center of attraction during Ganesh Chathurdi.

Boating facilities are available in Ulsoor Lake. There are many small islands spread across the lake and they can be reached by boat. The Boat Club maintained by KSTDC offers wonderful boating facilities. The boating fee is Rs 120 per hour.

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Someshwara temple is located at Ulsoor, one of the older areas of the Bangalore city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This magnificent temple was built by Hoysalas between 12th and 13th centuries, the impressive Rajagopuram and the compound of the temple was built by Kempegowdas in 16th century. The temple is being maintained by Endowment Department of the Karnataka Govt. The main temple architecture is unique, with multiple pillars and scriptures inscribed on the walls. Strike these pillars when there is pin drop silence, they sound like guitar.

This temple houses other deities of Kamakshamma, Arunachaleswara, Bhimeswara, Nanjundeswara and Panchalingeswara. The specialty of the temple is that Brahma and Vishnu are also worshipped here. On the eve of Shivarathri, devotees flock to the Someshwara temple in large numbers.

The temple celebrates Brahmotsavam and Kamakshamma Pallaki Utsava festivals in April.

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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Infant Jesus Church is situated in Viveknagar. Originally built in 1979, a new church adjacent to the old shrine was opened in 2005.

The church was designed by architects Thomas Associates. It has a fan shaped hall which can accommodate about 2500 devotees with 9 faces and openings running all round the church. In addition, there is a mezzanine area and basement parking. The interior of the church is so designed that wherever people are seated they will feel that the altar is facing them. The main mural is 6x9 meter that replicates the nativity scene in the nativity church of Jerusalem. The shrine is known as the place of miracles and divine solace.

Thousand of devotees from all faiths throng the shrine on Thursday, to honour Infant Jesus.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Sri Banashankari Temple is situated on Kanakapura Road. Dedicated to Banashankari Amma, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, this temple is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Bangalore.

The temple was constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915. Most noteworthy feature of the temple is that the deity is worshipped in Rahukala, an inauspicious time according to Hindu belief. The temple is open to public everyday but special puja is performed on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. A popular belief among the devotees is that by worshipping goddess Banashankari Amma in Rahukala, all the hardships and poverty will be removed. The deity is worshipped by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels with the pulp removed.

The temple celebrates three cultural ceremonies in a year - Sep 13th the birthday of Banashankari Amma, Dussehra Festival in October and the temple anniversary in Dec.

Timing: 6 AM - 1:30 PM .....


Lake & Backwaters | Park

At a distance of 11 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Lumbini Garden is a lake park on Nagawara Lake and amusement park located on Outer Ring Road near Hebbal flyover.

The lake offers boating facility and it's a famous activity here. The park on front side of the lake is a good hangout place. This park stretches over 1.5 kms along the outer ring road. The other attractions in the park are wave pool, kids play area, kids ride, bungy jumping, food stalls etc. The park also houses a high-tech nursery.

There is a 25 meter statue of Budda installed in garden.

Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 12 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Shiva Temple, also known as Kemp Fort Shiva Temple, is located on Airport Road. Construction of the 65-feet-tall Lord Shiva idol and the temple started in 1994. The temple was inaugurated in 1995 by Sri Shankaracharya of Sringeri on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri. It is one of the popular among Bangalore tourist places.

This temple attracts large crowd due to its grandeur, aesthetic values and majestic look. It boasts of awesome 65 feet high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. It has the backdrop of Mount Kailash, the Lord's heavenly abode and the river Ganga flowing from his hair locks.

Behind the idol is the holy cave, resembling the Cave Yatra traditionally called the Amarnath Yatra. Within the cave there are 12 beautifully decorated replicas of Jyotir Lingas. The cave is open to the public from 9 AM to 9 PM. It attracts a large number of .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 21 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Hesaraghatta Lake is a man made fresh water reservoir spread over an area of 1620 hectares. The lake among very good points of interest in Bangalore for bird watching.

Constructed across Arkavathy River, the lake has been the source of drinking water to Bangalore city since 1896. The lake was planned by the then chief engineer of Mysore MC Hutchins and the Dewan Sir K Seshadri with the plan to supply drinking water to the city.

The spot is also known for research and development farms for poultry, animal husbandry, agriculture and horticulture. Birds like kingfisher, magpie robin, little egrets, common mynas, Brahminy kites, black drangos, bulbuls, greater coucals, purple sunbirds, etc., have been reported in and around the lake periphery.

Boating and windsurfing are the main attractions of the lake.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 25 kms from Bangalore City Junction and 32.6 km from Ramanagara, The Dodda Alada Mara literally translated to Big Banyan Tree is a giant Banyan tree located in the village of Kethohalli in the Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore.

Dodda Alada Mara is a single Banyan tree that is 400 years old and has spread over 3 acres of land. This tree is said to be the largest tree in Karnataka and the second largest in India. It has a circumference of more than 250 m and has more than a thousand aerial roots. In last 10-15 years the main root of the tree succumbed to natural disease, and thus the tree now looks like many different trees. The area is fenced and well-maintained with pathways, bright cement seats and handy dustbins.

There is small temple dedicated to Lord Muneshwara (Lord Shiva). It is believed that the Big Banyan Tree symbolizes the holy .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 30 kms from Bangalore & 5.5 Kms from Hesaraghatta, Nrityagram is a famous dance village on the outskirts of Bangalore.

The village was established in 1990 by the well-known Odissi dancer Protima Bedi. The idea behind Nrityagram was to develop a traditional Gurukul to teach Indian classical dance. The school offers training in Indian classical dance forms, Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri.

One of the best times to visit Nrityagram would be during the Vasanthahabba festival held to celebrate the arrival of spring. Artists from all over the world perform at the Nrityagram amphitheater during this festival.

A temple was built in 1998, which depicts the image of Kelucharan Mohapatra, guru of founder Protima Bedi in a dancing pose. Hesaraghatta Lake is very close (about 4 kms) to Nrityagram and can be visited together.

Casual tours and guided tours are allowed in Nrityagram. Guided tours need to be booked .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 43 Kms from Bangalore (towards Hosur on NH7, diversion at Chandapura after Electronic City via Anekal), Muthyala Maduvu is a small & cute waterfall. Also known as Pearl Valley, this is one of the popular Bangalore tourist places to visit for halfday.

Muthyalu means Pearls and Maduvu means Pond or Pool in Kannada. Situated in the midst of hills, nestled deep down in a valley, this secluded place makes a fascinating picnic spot. It is known for its verdant surroundings with water falling from a height of over 100 ft. Take a dive in this crystal clear water and feel one with nature. There are a couple of waterfalls in a small narrow valley. Overlooking these falls is a small shrine dedicated to Shiva, adding a religious touch to the place.

Monsoons (Aug to Nov) is the best time to visit this place. A little walk over around 100 well laid steps from the parking place takes you to the falls. There is a restaurant and restrooms are available near parking place.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Magadi Bus station and 44.5 km from Bangalore City Junction, The Ranganatha Swamy Temple located in Magadi is an ancient temple and a protected monument. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit around Bangalore.

The Ranganathaswamy temple is situated on a hill called Tirumale. There is a vast Prakara with a gateway having tall Rajagopura. The sanctum of the Ranganatha temple was first consecrated in early 12th century by the Chola ruler and the temple has undergone renovations and expansion since. The beautiful gopuras were built by Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya in the 16th century and later renovated by King Jayachamaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. There are structures inside the sanctum which were also built by the Cholas and later renovated.

The temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha is actually a standing image of Narayana about 3 ft tall in Vijayanagara style with Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Abhaya attributes in four hands. The main deity .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Magadi Bus station and 47.5 km from Bangalore City Junction, Sri Someshwara temple located in Magadi is an ancient structure and is a protected monument.

Sri Someshwara temple is one of the oldest and famous temples situated in Magadi town. This temple belongs to early 16th century. This temple was constructed by Sri Nada Prabhu Kempe Gowda in the year 1512. The temple occupies a large area and consists of spacious inner Prakara (courtyard) with lofty lowers and several fine mantapas. These mantapas are now in ruins due to neglect and lack of maintenance.

Sri Someshwara Temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are beautiful sculptures of figures of humans, birds, animals, etc. decorating the pillars of the temple, which is built in the Hoysala style of architecture and the pillars have the typical symbols of lions, soldiers and dancing girls on them. To the left of the main temple is a small temple dedicated to Parvathi, which has small towers at .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 48 km from Bangalore City Junction, 31 km from Ramanagara and 13 km from Magadi, The Savandurga hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia. Savandurga hills are located at an altitude of 1226 m above the sea level and are also considered to be a part of the Deccan Plateau. This is one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore for trekking and also one of the ideal weekend getaways from Bangalore.

Savandurga consists of two hills, the Billigudda and the Karigudda. They serve as the base for pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple and Narasimha Swamy temple, situated at the base of the hills. The paths leading to these temples are quite uneven and thrilling. Thus, they make it to the wish-list of the rock-climbers, cave-explorers and adventurers.

Savandurga was a prominent place during the Hoysala rule. The hill fort on the top of the hill was .....


Adventure / Trekking


At a distance of 50 Kms from Bangalore (close to NH4 towards Tumkur), Shivaganga Hill lies at an altitude of 4599 ft and it is a good short trekking destination near Bangalore and a popular tourist place to visit near Bangalore.

There are also two Shiva temples, one very close to the foot of the hill, called Shivaganga Temple and another one at top of the hill, called Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. The unique feature of the hill is that it looks like a bull from the East, a Ganesha from the West, a Linga from the South and a cobra from the North. A set of well laid steps will lead you to the top of hill where the shrine of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave temple is situated. There is a ruined fort at the bottom of the hill near Shivaganga Temple.

The Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple is believed to be very ancient, built in 13th century by Hoysala's. The current structure was built during 18th century. There is a huge rock with a large .....


Museum & Gallery | Miscellaneous

At a distance of 52 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Folk Art Museum or Janapada Loka is situated on the Bangalore - Mysore highway near Ramanagaram. This is one of the popular places of interest in Bangalore.

Numerous collections of masks, artifacts, costumes, collection of folk music and videos of folk dances are exhibited in the museum. Spread over 15 acres, the artifacts in the museum are kept in three buildings namely Lokamahal, Lokamatha Mandira and Chitrakuteera. In Lokamahal the visitors can find interesting folk puppets, utensils, instruments, weapons and masks. In Lokamatha Mandira a wide variety of baskets, utensils and earthen jars are featured which were used to store & grain pickles. In the Chitrakuteera a number of photographs covering different aspects of folk life is displayed.

The other attraction of the museum is a huge elegantly carved temple chariot. The museum also has an amazing amphitheatre. .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 54 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, 6.5 km from Chikkaballapur, 9.5 km from Nandi Hills, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple situated in Nandi village is a grand temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a great specimen of South Indian temple architecture. It is one of the best temples near Bangalore and also one of the best one day trip near Bangalore.

Originally built in 9th century by Nolamba dynasty, the temple received great contributions from the rulers of Ganga, Chola, Rashtrakuta, Hoysala & Vijayanagara dynasties. The temple boasts wonderful architecture and great sculptures. The large temple complex has a vast open area in front of the wonderful gateway. The main enclosure has three shrines dedicate to Lord Shiva known as Bhoga Nandeeshwara, Arunachaleswara and Ardhanareewara (also known as Uma Maheshwara) along with several other shrines on the rear side of the temple. The large mandapa .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 54.5 km from Bangalore City Junction and 95 km from Mysore Junction, Ramanagara is a town in Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of Ramanagara district. It is base for few good short trekking trails near Bangalore.

Ramanagara is famous for its silk market, giving it the other name of Silk town. The Ramanagara district is surrounded by seven majestic hills Shivaramagiri, Yatirajagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revana Siddeshwara hill, Jala Siddeshwara hill and Sidilakallu hill. The town has an Agrahara on the left bank of the Arkavati with a temple of Arkeshwara built in later Vijayanagara style. The temple is said to have been renovated by Krishna raja Wodeyar III.

Ramanagara is one of the most popular trekking spots around Bangalore. The highest elevation is over 3,000 feet and the treks here are of moderate difficulties. It is home to some highly endangered species of birds such as the Long Billed Vulture .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 58 Kms from Bangalore towards Mysore, Channapatna is a small town famous for wooden toys. This place is also famous for door hangings, powder boxes and traditional jewellery.

Fort of Jagadevaraya family built sometime during 16th century is also an interesting place to visit in Channapatna. Timmapparaja Urs mansion, a three storied building made of brick and mortar and was home to Timmapparaja is also worth visiting. The building is a typical example of Hindu mansion from 19th century.

Other places include Varadaraja temple, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The idol was installed by Sri Ramanujacharya. Other temples that are worth visiting in Channapatna include Lakshminarayana and Nilakanteswara Temples.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 58 km from Bangalore City Junction, Ghati Subramanya is a popular pilgrim center located near Doddaballapur. This is one of the popular sites pilgrimage near Bangalore and among the well known Bangalore places of interest.

The Ghati Subramanya temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. Lord Subramanya is elder son of Shiva and Parvati. Subramanya is considered as lord of Snakes. It is believed that the idol of Shri Subramanya is self originated. The uniqueness of the temple is Sri Subramanya is facing east and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is facing west in a single idol. The devotees can view Laxmi Narasimha through a strategically placed mirror.

According to legend, Ghati is the place where Lord Subramanya performed penance in the guise of a serpent inside the caves in the mountain ranges of this area before going to kill the demon Tharakasura. Ghati is also the place where Lord Subramanya invoked protection from Lord Lakshmi Narasimha for .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 60 Kms from Bangalore (situated close to NH207 towards Chik Ballapur), Nandi Hills or Nandidurga is a popular tourist place to visit near Bangalore. It is geographically located close to Skandagiri. With an altitude of about 1,478 meter, it is one of the best places for trekking in Bangalore and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

It gets its name from the ancient Nandi or bull which is meant to be the mount of Lord Shiva. These hills are the source of the rivers Palar, Arkavati and Pennar. It was one of the Tipu's summer retreats. There are about 1,200 steps laid from foot of the hill to reach the top. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple situated at the foot of the hills is a must see place which houses a 1000 year old sculpture of Nandi.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and Tipu's Drop, a 600 ft cliff from where Tipu Sultan used to throw his prisoners, offers a spectacular view of the valley. .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 61 km from Bangalore City Junction and 5 km from Chikballapur, Skandagiri is an ancient mountain fortress lies at an altitude of about 1350 m. It is geographically located close to Nandi HIlls. This is among the best places for trekking near Bangalore especially famous for night treks, camping and bird watching.

Skandagiri is also known as Kalavara Durga. It has an ancient dilapidated fort that belonged to a local king and was later concurred and used by Tipu Sultan. After Tipu's downfall, the fort was ignored and laid in ruins. Today one can only see parts of the fort wall in some places.

The Skandagiri trek is a moderately difficult trek. There are two routes to reach the base of the hill. One is from Chikballapur town and the other as a detour from the road that leads to Nandi Hills. The trek starts from the Papagni Temple at the foot of the hill. This steep and fantastic trek through a maze of dense shrub is highly interesting. There are six series of .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 61 km from Bangalore City Junction, 18 km from Doddaballapura and 6.4 km from Ghati Subramanya Temple, Makalidurga is a hill fort situated near the village of Makali in Karnataka. This is one of the top things to do in Bangalore.

Makalidurga hill is situated at an altitude of 1350 m above the sea level. It used to be granary storage of the late 1800's palegar 'Makaliraya'. Hence it is known as Makalidurga. At the foothill there is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. This hill is filled with date plants, lemon grass and small boulders. From the hill top it is very beautiful to see the lakes on either side, curvy roads and the railway track below this hill. The glimpse of the train from here is very exciting.

Makalidurga Trek is a moderately difficult trek. There are some directions written on the rock which provide directions for climbing. The trekking trail here is not as popular as Savandurga but the experience is still wonderful. The Fort situated atop the .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 72 Kms from Bangalore (near Tumkur), Devarayanadurga is a rocky hill situated in the midst of picturesque locality at an altitude of 3940 ft. The main attraction of Devarayanadurga is the temples of Yoga Narasimha & Bhoga Narasimha. The Bhoga Narasimha temple is located at the foothills while the Yoga Narasimha shrine is located at the top of the hill. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore and also one of the best one day trip around Bangalore.

This is also an ideal place for trekking. Motorable road is available till the hill top. Many people trek the hill from the Bhoga Narasimha temple at foothill. One can driver further from Yoga Narasimha temple to the peak of the hill to capture a nice view of the valley and surrounding places.

Devarayanadurga is famous for the natural water spring called Namada Chilume which is considered as the source of Jayamangali River. .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 75 km from Bangalore City Junction, 16 km from Kanakapura & 112 km from Mysore, Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is a hill near Kanakapura town. It is one of the highest hills in the area. It is also called as Bilikal Betta means white rocks. This is a good destination for short one day trekking from Bangalore and is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore city.

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta lies at an elevation of 3780 ft. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rangaswamy at the peak of Bilikal Betta. This temple is located underneath a huge, white colored rock. The temple priest lives near to the temple and is the only person living at the peak. Every year, pilgrims from the surrounding area climb this hill to celebrate a festival at the Rangaswamy temple at the top.

The Trekking Trail starts from Konala Doddi (which is about 58 kms from Bangalore City Junction - Bilikal Betta is 6 kms from here). Bilikal Rangaswamy Trek is a moderate one with a well marked .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 80 kms from Bangalore & 4 kms from Kolar, Anthargange is a wonderful tourist place near Bangalore with religious significance as well as a nature & trekking destination. The place is famous for Anthargange Caves and Temple and which are quite famous as ideal places for trekking from Bangalore city, particularly well known for night treks and camping. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit around Bangalore.

Anthargange literally means Inner Spring, named after a spring originated in the hill and water flows through a bull statue at the temple in middle of the Anthargange hill. The temple is situated amidst thick vegetation and a wonderful spot to experience natural beauty of the area. Motorable road is available close to the temple but vehicles need to be parked at the entrance of the hill and need to walk up hill for about 15 minutes to reach the temple.

The temple is very ancient and considered sacred. There is a water pool formed by the water .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 80 kms from Bangalore, Kolar is a small town which was once famous for gold mines. Kolar has several tourist attractions like Someshwara Temple & Kolaramma Temple. Anthargange is about 4 kms from Kolar. Kolar is one of the popular tourist places to visit around Bangalore.

Someshwara Temple is a beautiful temple built in 14th century during Vijayanagara rule. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Someshwara Temple is famous for large temple tower built on a stone carved mahadwara. The temple has nice carvings on the pillars and large mahamandapa. There is also a stepped temple tank adjacent to the temple. The temple is located near Fort Area in Kolar.

Kolaramma Temple, situated at a distance of 100 meters from Someshwara Temple is another interesting place to visit in Kolar with lot of history. It is believed that the temple was constructed in 5th century during Ganga dynasty. The temple has several carvings from Chola rule (11th century). This is a protected monument and .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 83 Kms from Bangalore (near Harro Shivanahalli after Kanakapura - diversion at Kanakapura via Dodda Alahalli) & 101 Kms from Mysore, Chunchi Falls on the River Arkavathi is one of the famous weekend getaways around Bangalore and also among the most visited Bangalore tourist places.

Water drops from a height of about 100 feet through multiple tiers into a small pool creating a swimming pool with running water. It is an ideal place to swim, play & relax in water amidst naturally formed rock formations. This place is usually crowded on weekends. A little walk is required from the nearest road point to reach the falls.

The place is little dangerous due to the slippery rocks and deep gorge on the way to the falls. It is advised to be careful in the surrounding of the falls, and be careful with kids.

After Kanakpura, take a deviation towards Sangama and drive for about 21.5 kms and take another deviation after Dodda Alahalli and drive 6.5 kms via Harro Shivanahalli .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 71 Kms from Mysore, 85 Kms from Bangalore City Junction, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary is located in Mandya District of Karnataka and is about 20 km from Mandya. The name of the village is derived from Kokkare meaning stork and Bellur meaning village of jaggery. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore.

The Mandya district is famous for sugarcane fields and this village is famous for having large colonies of Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans nesting in trees within the village. It is home to cranes, painted storks and pelicans.

The best season to visit the migratory birds is October to March.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Distance (From Bangalore City Railway Station): 85 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore City Railway Station - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Nature & Scenic | Waterfall

At a distance of 93 Kms from Bangalore (via Kanakapura), 107 Kms from Mysore, Sangama and Mekedatu are two lovely places situated nearby. This is one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore. Sangama is the place where Arakavathi river merges with River Kaveri. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, Mekedatu is a place where river Kaveri flows through a deep and narrow gorge.

Mekedatu means goat's leap in Kannada. River Kaveri flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got its name. It is said that a goat being chased by a tiger saved its life by jumping over the gorge whereas the tiger did not attempt to take the risk and abandoned the chase. When reaching the gorge the river flows ferociously onto the rocks sculpting them into some amazing shapes. The river Kaveri flows through a deep ravine of just 5-10 meter wide. The water flow is very fierce at this place during monsoons making it very dangerous to swim here. .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 30 km from Kolar and 98.5 km from Bangalore City Junction, Avani is a small village in Kolar district of Karnataka. Avani is renowned for housing varied ancient temples. It is also a popular location for rock climbing. It is also an important historical sites and a popular sightseeing spot around Bangalore.

The village of Avani received a prominent place mainly due to the legends associated with it. According to mythology, goddess Sita gave birth to her twin children Lava-Kusha at Avani. It is also said that the war between Lord Rama and his sons Lava and Kusha took place in this village. As per the local belief, sage Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayana was residing here during the period of Ramayana.

Another legend has it that when Sri Narasimha Bharati IV of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham was on his sancharas', he camped here for a few days. During his .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 10 km from Madhugiri, 36 km from Tumkur and 100 km from Bangalore, Channarayana Durga is a hilltop fort near Madhugiri in Tumkur district of Karnataka. There are few temples and old structures inside the fort. Though most of the place is in ruins without any care, few monuments are still intact. This is one of the ideal sites for trekking near Bangalore.

Situated at an altitude of 3734 ft, Channarayana Durga was strategic fortress during medieval times and many battles were fought for its possession. The fort was originally built by Channapa Gouda in the 17th century, a feudal lord from Madhugiri. Later the fort fell into the hands of the Marathas. But in subsequent year's control of the fort changed several times between Marathas and Mysore Wodeyars. The British took over the fort during third Mysore war and then abandoned it.

Channarayana Durga trek can be classified as moderate. The starting point of this trail begins from the small village of Channarayana .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore, 35 kms from Kolar and 14 kms from Bangarapet, Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple is a wonderful temple situated at Kammasandra village between Bangarapet and Bethamangala. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit around Bangalore and also one of the ideal one day trip near Bangalore.

Kotilingeshwara, meaning 10 million lingas, is one of the famous pilgrimage sites around Bangalore with great religious significance. This temple is famous for huge 108 feet Shivalinga, which is one of the largest in the world and 35 feet tall Nandi in front of it. There are lakhs of shivalingas all over the temple. The temple was built in 1980 over an area of 13 acres.

There are several other shrines inside the temple complex and they are usually visited while moving towards the main shivalinga. Apart from the main shrine of Lord Kotilingeshwara, the other shrines include Lord Brahma, .....


Adventure / Trekking | Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 103 km from Bangalore City Junction and 58 km from Mandya and 84 km from Mysore Junction, Bheemeshwari is a small town in Mandya district of Karnataka. It is located between the Shivanasamudra Falls and Mekedatu on River Cauvery. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore and a well known place for the activities of trekking and adventure near Bangalore city, apart from being a famous Bangalore weekend getaway for one day trip.

Bheemeshwari is a great spot for eco-tourism and is a natural habitat for the Mahseer fish found in the waters of the Cauvery River. Mahseer is considered as one of the finest game fish in the world. A number of fishing camps have been developed here where professional and amateur anglers can catch mahseer. The surrounding lush forest cover is home to many animas like elephants, wild boars, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, otters and leopards; as well as a variety .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 21 km from Koratagere, 48 km from Tumkur and 106 km from Bangalore, Madhugiri is a town in Tumkur district of Karnataka. Madhugiri is famous for a hill which is the second largest monolithic rock hill in Asia after Savandurga. It lies at an altitude of 3,930 feet and is becoming a famous destination for trekking from Bangalore.

There is a fort on the slopes of the hill which derives its name Madhugiri from the Honey bee colonies that were abundant during those days. Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, and Mysore Gate are the three gateways of the fort. A series of doorways lead to the hilltop. There is a temple of Gopalakrishna at the top of the hill. Both the temple and the fort stand in a ruined condition today due to lack of maintenance.

The construction of original mud fort was started around 1678 during the reign of Raja Heera Gowda and was finally completed around 1740 AD. Further fortification was carried out by Hyder Ali, who added huge arches, watch towers .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 130 km from Bangalore & 81 km from Mysore, Shivanasamudra is a famous waterfall situated in Mandya District of Karnataka State. This is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore and also among popular one day trip from Bangalore. These waterfalls are also known as Siva Samudram, literally meaning Shiva's Sea. Shivanasamudra is a segmented waterfall with several parallel stream formed adjacent to each other.

Situated on River Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka. The island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two parts that form two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls are collectively called as Shivanasamudra Falls though Gaganachukki is most commonly represented as Shivanasamudra Falls. This .....

Distance (From Bangalore): 110 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 116 kms from Bangalore, 41 kms from Kolar and 11 kms from Mulabagal, Kurudumale in Kolar district of Karnataka is famous for Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple and Someswara Temple.

The Ganapathi shrine is at Kurudumale is regarded as a very powerful. The beautiful temple was built during the reign of Vijayanagara kings. The Ganesha idol in this highly revered temple is 14 feet tall. The temple attracts large crowd during weekends and special festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi (Sep) is the most famous festival celebrated here.

The Someshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is believed to be built during Chola period and older than Ganapathi temple. The temple built using rock has interesting carvings. It is believed that this temple was architected by two different artists and the difference in pattern of carvings can be noticed. The tower of the temple sanctum is built in Dravidian style. There is a bull manadapa opposite to the main temple structure with a large monolithic .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 2.5 km from Kaigal Village, 28 km from Palamaner, 55 km from Kolar, 92 km from Horsley Hills, 142 km from Tirupati, 123 km from Bangalore, 68 from Chittoor, 78 km from Kanipakam, 96 km from Vellore & 225 km from Chennai, Kaigal Water Falls, also known as Dumukurallu Waterfalls is a nice waterfall located on the Palamaner - Kuppam Highway.

The waterfall is natural, perennial and water comes from a big rock at a height of 40 feet, irrespective of seasons. But its force and beauty is increased during the Monsoon season. The name Dumukurallu waterfalls came into prominence because of its sound resembling the fall of stones from above.

The falls is formed by the Kaigal stream which is one of the two streams flowing through Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. There is a big pond below the waterfalls and this is a nice place to visit for nature lovers. It is situated in a .....

Distance (From Bangalore): 123 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore - Including Travel): 6 Hours
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 125 km from Anantapur, 124 km from Bangalore City Junction, 225 km from Tirupati, 478 km from Hyderabad & 569 km from Vijayawada, Lepakshi is a small village which lies 14 km east of Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is the one of the important heritage sites in Andhra Pradesh highlighting the legacy of Vijayanagara Dynasty. It is one of the famous Tourist places in Andhra Pradesh and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

Lepakshi was founded in the 16th century during the reign of the Vijayanagara king, Aliiya Rama Raya. Virupanna, the royal treasurer was accused of drawing funds without the king's permission from the state treasury to build the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi. However, he blinded himself .....

Distance (From Bangalore City Railway Station): 124 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore City Railway Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 18 km from Mysore, 26 km from Mandya and 124 km from Bangalore, Srirangapatna or Srirangapattana is a historical town in Mandya district of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, Srirangapatna is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka owing to its cultural, religious and historic importance. The entire town is surrounded by the river Kaveri to form a river island.

According to history, Srirangapatna was founded by the rulers of Ganga dynasty in 9th century. However, the destination came into the limelight during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. The rise of the Wodeyar kings marked the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire. During the reign of the Wodeyar kings, Raja Wodeyar conquered Rangaraya in 1610, who was then the viceroy of Srirangapatna. From 1610, the town of Srirangapattana was the capital of Mysore state. Hyder Ali defeated the Wodeyar King .....

Distance (From Bangalore City Railway Station): 124 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore City Railway Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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City | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 139 km from Bangalore, 476 km from Chennai, 247 km from Mangalore, 203 km from Coimbatore & 128 km from Ooty, Mysore is the 2nd biggest City in Karnataka. It is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled the Mysore State between 1399 & 1947. Mysore still retains its old world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions and temples. At an altitude of 763 meters surrounded by hill ranges from north to south, it is known as the City of Palaces. Mysore is one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

According to this story in the mythological Devi Purana, Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura. He was called Mahishasura, because he was a buffalo-headed monster. Hearing to the prayers of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster, Goddess Parvathi took birth as Chamundeswari .....

Distance (From Bangalore): 138 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 140 Kms from Bangalore, 50 Kms from Hassan & 83 Kms from Mysore, Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage center in South India. This place is named after the pond in middle of the town (Bela-Kola means White Pond). This is one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore and a major heritage / historical site in Karnataka.

Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill (also known as Doddabetta or Indragiri). About 620 steps provide access to this temple from bottom of the hill. The nude statue of Bahubali is carved carefully with much perfection.

Lord Gomateshwara (Lord Bahubali) .....

Distance (From Bangalore): 138 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bangalore - Including Travel): Full Day
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