Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days
Nearest City to Bangalore: Bangalore
Best Time to Visit Bangalore: October to May
Peak Season: October & December to January & May to June
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 Sri Lanka, Muscat, Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA & Europe. 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.
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.