India’s very own ‘Silicon Valley’, Bangalore is known for being the hub of several IT giants. The city also has notoriety as being the ‘Garden City’ owing to the expansive public parks and open spaces to be found here. The third largest city of India, Bangalore is cosmopolitan yet conventional. When visiting, don’t miss these top 5 tourist sites in Bangalore.
1) Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
The lungs of the city, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is a green oasis a little less than one square kilometer. Most popularly known for its two annual flower shows held in the Glass House, the garden is a sanctuary for over a thousand species of flora, some of which are from Afghanistan, France and Iran. With lotus pools and fountains along with manicured lawns and blooming flowerbeds, the garden also attracts several kinds of avifauna. Within the grounds is the Lalbagh Rock considered to be one of the oldest metamorphic rock formations on earth.
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Free from 6:00a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Rs.20 p.p. is charged at all other times
Working Days: All
2) Bangalore Palace
Set amidst a sprawling 183 hectares, Bangalore Palace dates back to the 1800s. Built in Tudor-style architecture, the palace boasts of all things grand including towers and turrets with interior features that include fresco paintings on the ceiling, Victorian-age furniture and English stained glass. Visitors can walk through multiple rooms and halls and admire the elaborate designs and decorations. The palace grounds also host several concerts and shows and there’s also a mini amusement park called Fun World with rides and more!
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Rs.225 p.p. per head for Indians
- Rs.450 p.p. for foreigners including a nifty audio guide
- Using a still camera is another Rs.675
Working Days: All
3) Bannerghatta National Park
Enjoy exploring the wild side in Bangalore! The Bannerghatta National Park spanning over 260 square kilometers is where nature enthusiasts can find a zoo, petting center, butterfly conservatory, aquarium and reptile house in addition to an elephant sanctuary and safari park. Wildlife at Bannerghatta National Park includes the Royal Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, wild boar and Indian gazelle, among others.
Zoo Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Safari Timings: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Butterfly Park: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Rs.80 for adults p.p.
- Rs.40 for children (6-12 years old) p.p.
- Rs.50 for senior citizens p.p.
- Rs.260 p.p. for adults
- Rs.130 p.p. for children
- Rs.150 p.p. for senior citizens
- Rs.30 p.p. for adults
- Rs.30 p.p. for children and senior citizens
Working Days: All except Tuesday
4) Brigade Road
Restaurants and retailers reign supreme on Brigade Road, Bangalore’s commercial hub. The shopaholic in you will revel at both international and local brand name stores where you can get everything from apparel and electronics to footwear and home furnishings. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with options ranging from global fast-food chains to authentic South Indian eateries. If nothing else, people-watching at Brigade Road is always fun!
- Most shops open by 10:00 a.m. and shut at 9:00 p.m.
- Lounges and restaurants are open from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Entry Fee: None
Working Days: All, except a few stores and banks
5) Nandi Temple
Inside Bugle Rock park is the Nandhi Temple, one of Bangalore’s many temples. Built in 1537 by the feudal ruler of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda, the temple entrance has a large spire with Saivite figure carvings. Inside is a large statute of a bull made out of single piece of granite that stands at a height of almost five meters along with shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Entry fees: None
Working Days: All