‘Tourist Hotspots’ Articles
On a grassy expanse over a few hundred acres in the centre of the city, planned and laid out in 1864 by Sir Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. It is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore’s longest serving Commissioner. Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their mornings jogs or evening walks.
On the fringes of the Park are elegant classical buildings like Attara Kacheri (the Karnataka High Court) and the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Government Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall all of which are well known. Besides these, it also houses Bal Bhavan – an amusement park for children. Cubbon Park is open to the public at all times, but is closed to traffic from 5am to 8am everyday. Situated close to the High Court is the State Central Library; worth a visit for its rare treasure of books and the building has “pompeian red” coulour and architechtural style of stone and fluted pillars, with walls finished in lime plaster.
Situated on T. Chowdaiah Road, it is the largest and first computerised musical fountain in India. Since its establishment in 1975, it has been a great attraction for the tourists. Daily two shows are held at 7pm and 8pm. Entry fee for adults Rs.10/-, for children aged between 6 and 12 years is Rs.5/-.
This temple on Airport Road features a 65 ft statue of Lord Shiva in lotus pose, against the backdrop of Mount Kailash. Wonderful to look at, specially in the evenings, when the pristine white statue is illuminated.
This museum, with a collection of airplanes and helicopters, a mock air-traffic control tower, aircraft models and simulators, claims to be the second-largest public aviation museum in the country. It also has a gallery of rare photographs that chronicles the history of aircraft manufacturing and aviation in India, a reference library with aviation books and magazines and a unique aero-modelling club for children. A must-stop for fans of all things airborne.
This pretty lake is located right in the heart of the city and is a balm for the eye and soul of the harried Bangalorean. The lake has recently been spruced up and beautified. It is bordered with a neat park and a walking track, making it ideal for early morning strolls.
An ornate two-storey wooden structure adorned with fluted pillars, arches and balconies, this was the summer residence of one of South India’s greatest rulers, Tippu Sultan. Check out the intricately carved ceilings painted in bright hues.
Modelled along the lines of Windsor Castle in England, the Bangalore Palace is somewhat of an aberration on the city skyline. Sprawling over 45,000 sq.ft., flaunting elaborate Tudor-style architecture and set within 400 lush acres, it is an impressive anomaly nevertheless. If the Palace serves as the backdrop for many a Kannada film, the expansive Palace Grounds is the venue of choice for everything from trade fairs to rock concerts.
Perched atop a hillock and dominating the landscape around it, here is a 21st century avatar of the Indian temple. If neo-classical architecture is not your thing, wait around to partake of the New Age prasadam, which includes dry fruits and egg-less cake.
One of the best science museums in the country, VITM has an Engine Hall, Electro-Technic Gallery, Space Gallery and a Fun Science Gallery, all with plenty of working models and lots to explore and discover. Don’t miss the moving dinosaur exhibit.
This 240 acre park in the heart of the city is Bangalore’s favourite lung space. Within its lush environs is a 30 acre lake, a 3000 million year old rock formation, a Glass House, a watchtower erected by Kempegowda and a mind boggling array of plants, flowers and trees.
The highlight of this 16th century shrine is the monolithic granite statue of Nandi, about 15 ft in height and 20 ft in length. The temple was built by Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore. Just below the Bull Temple is the Dodda Ganesha Temple, where a monolithic Ganesha idol, 18 ft high and 16 ft wide, towers above devotees.
Just opposite the Vidhana Soudha is Attara Kacheri, the more humble but equally magnificent red Gothic building which houses the High Court.