Bengaluru or Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka is well-known as the silicon city of India. It is the city of temples and parks. Bengaluru city and district is highly developed. The outer section of the city is still in developmental stages, known as Bengaluru rural district.
Bengaluru City
Bengaluru City Skyline
The city district has a major attraction, Vidhana Soudha. It is located in the heart of the city. The magnificent architecture is attracting foreigners towards its location. The high court which is red colored and has Greco-Roman style architecture is another attraction opposite to Vidhana Soudha.

To the north of Bengaluru is a palace that resembles Windsor Castle of England. The entry to palace is restricted. The palace ground has ‘Fun World’ amusement spot. There is an entrance to palace ground from the TV tower side.
Namma Metro Rail
Overcrowded Bengaluru has cool weather and a peaceful atmosphere. Lalbagh is a mind soothing place to visit. It is spread across 240 acres of area. Water body in the park is spread across 30 acres area. Glass house that resembles Crystal Palace model of London, centuries old rare species of plants and trees etc. are some of the attractions in Lalbagh.  A small vehicle Harini Express is used for taking the visitors all around the park.

Cubbon Park is in the heart of the city. It has a history of more than 100 years. Spread across 100 acres of land, it has more than 6000 species of trees and plants. More than 100 species of rose plants can be found at the park. A big library is located at one end of the park. Queen Victoria statue is at the entrance from M.G. road side. Balbhavan for kids is built in a 12 acres land where variety of programmes for children takes place. Adjacent to Balbhavan is the aquarium.

The 7th century temple Gavigangadhareshwara is at Basavangudi. It is a monolithic temple with rare sculptures. Thousands gather to see the sun rays directly falling on the Shivalinga on the day of Makara Sankranthi (summer solstice) which comes in January 14th every year. A 16th century bull temple with name Basavanagudi is on the Bull temple road. At the end of monsoon, Kadalekai Parishe takes place in the temple every year. Devotees pray at the bull temple for prosperity and well being, while garland of peanuts is offered on the days of Parishe. A big temple of Lord Ganesha is near the bull temple.  It has a 18 feet height and 16 feet wide idol of Ganesha in the temple.

Ragigudda Prasanna Anjaneya swamy temple is 9km from Majestic bus stand. The temple has huge rocks that represent Bhrama, Vishnu and Maheshwara gods. Summer palace that belongs to Tiger of Mysore, Tippu Sultan period is at Charmarajpet. It is on Albert Victor road. Palace has two floors with beautiful wooden carvings in the interior which is most attractive. Kote Prasanna Venkatramana temple is adjacent to the palace.

Saint Basillica Church near the Shivajinagar bus station and the Infant Jesus Church built in 1979 is a special place of worship where people from all religions visit with great belief.

Vishweshwarayya Industrial and Technological Museum on Kasturba road provides knowledge on the progress made in the science and technology fields, Venkatappa Art Gallery on the same road exhibits the arts of well-known artists. Art exhibition takes place in the gallery on most of the days.

Iskcon Temple Bengaluru
ISKCON temple of Bengaluru is a hi-tech temple. It has been constructed on a hilly place and seven acre land. Rupees 40 crores were spent for the construction of the temple.  Viewing the temple is a feast for the eyes and it attracts people from far and wide. It is located in Rajajinagar near West of Chord road.

Location of BHEL (Bharath Heavy Electricals Limited), BEML (Bharath Earth Movers Limited), HMT (Hindustan Machine Tools) and HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) in the city has made the state proud. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium shows the wonders hidden in our universe.  Sankey Tank Lake and park is a good place for enjoyment during evenings.
City Central Library Bengaluru
The state has given ample space for drama theatres, arts and crafts. Ranga Shankara, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Ravindra Kalakshetra, Nrithyagrama at Hesaraghatta, Cauvery Emporium are places where artists have been supported and enriched. Bengaluru City Motor Transport Corporation has made bus arrangements with name Bengaluru Rounds to view the 12 attractions in the city. It has an easy booking facility to book the seats for sight seeing.

Streets in the city have much to offer for the shopping crazy. The Forum, Garuda Mall, Bangalore Central, Esteem Mall, UB City, Mantri Square, Total Mall, Phoenix Market City, Park Square Mall, Orion Mall, Royal Meenakshi Mall, Gopalan Mall, Sigma Mall, Oasis Mall, Inorbit Mall, Soul Space Arena, Lido Mall, Rockline Mall are some of the malls meant for shopping purpose. Big bazaar, K.R. Market, Russel Market in Shivajinagar, Majestic, Malleshwaram, Commercial street, Brigade road, M.G. Road are good places to shop and buy things. Middle class people buy things at chickpet. Avenue road is the place to buy old books. Majestic area has lot of lodges to stay during the official or unofficial visit.
Vidhana Soudha Bengaluru
Bengaluru is one of the fast developing cities in the world. It has kept the ancient traditions alive while it is growing at a great pace. It has therefore got the name of Indian hi-tech city, international technology park and the silicon city.

Legendary Kalyanapuri: Legends of the region expose the secret behind the progress of Bengaluru city. Lord Shiva got married to Girija (Parvathi) for the second time which is known as Girija Kalyana in the Hindu legends. The Girija Kalyana took place at Shivaganga near Dabaspet in Tumkur district. Many of the sages and devotees of lord Shiva witnessed the marriage. Shiva gifted a gem stone(mani) by name Kalyana mani to sage Mandavya. It was a very powerful mani which had a diameter of about 8 feet. The mani was powerful enough to bring prosperity and development in the place where it was established. Sage Mandavya placed it inside the earth in a location where Bengaluru city has developed today. It lies 360 feet below the earth and the radiance or power is spread across 180km across the region. It changes its place once in every 120 years. It brings prosperity and growth to those who lead a honest life in the area. But it never helps any of the cheaters or corrupt who live in the region. Instead they face all sorts of problem in their lives and get punished for the sins.

Out of the 64 Shakthi Peethas that exist in India, Jnanakshi (Rajarajeshwari) of Kalyanapuri is known to have been born when Lord Shiva's consort Sati's ear fell at the place. Goddess Jnanakshi Rajajrajeshwari was worshipped by sage Atri and his wife Anusuya. They had their ashram(or hermitage) in the place where Rajarajeshwari temple is located. Many other sages had worshipped and meditated upon the goddess during the Kritayuga or Satyayuga. 

Bengaluru got its name Kalyanapuri or Kalyananagara in the ancient times - Kalyana stands for auspiciousness and Pura / Nagara stands for town or city. It was called Bengavaluru in the 9th century during the rule of Gangas. The town was called Bendakaalooru by Hoysala king Veera Ballala-II in the 12th century. It became famous as Bendakaalooru and Devarayapatna between the 14th and 16th century, when Kempe Gowda-I, ruled under the Vijayanagara kings. It got transformed into Bangalore during the British rule.

Kannada films legend actor Dr Rajkumar’s monument is at Kanteerava Studio located in Nandini Layout. He was called Anna avaru (a special respect given to the elder person), even today by his fans and other Kannadigas all over the state.

Bannerghatta biological park is a must visit spot for any tourist. It is at a distance of 23 km from the city. The big forest can be viewed by visitors on the grand safari vehicle for a fee. While on a return trip, the butterfly park of India and zoo are places to see. Food stuff may be taken along for a whole day while visiting these places.

Pearl valley is a spot located at a distance of 55km. It got its name from the water falling down like the pearls. It is best place to visit during the rainy season. On the Savanadurga road, there is a huge banyan tree. It is hundreds of years old. A private vehicle can be taken to see the place. Nandibetta is a hill station located 60km away. It was King Tipu Sultan’s hide out place. It has secret caves, temples and a summer palace.

Bengaluru is accessible by road, train and flight. There are transport vehicles from Majestic to most of the sight seeing places. There are lodging facilities available at budget rates in the heart of the city.

Bengaluru Rural: The big city has been divided into three parts. Bengaluru rural has given away most of the tourist spots to Ramanagar district. Arkavathi and Pinakini rivers flow in the district. Flowers, vegetables and milk are the main products. Handloom and silk farming too is very popular. Devanahalli has the first international airport of the state.  It is at a distance of 32km from Bengaluru.

Ghati Subrahmanya Kshetra at Doddaballapur:
It is located 26km away amidst dense hills. East and west facing monolith sculpted with serpent faced Subrahmanya statue and Lord Laxmi Narasimha idol are the speciality of the Kshetra. Weaving is the major occupation of the taluk. Looms are seen at most of the places. Chikkamadurai Shaneshwara temple is nearby at Kanasawadi.

Jenugoodu Kshetra at Hoskote taluk: Honey comb is called jenugoodu in Kannada. Two banyan trees of which one consists of about 800 honey combs has been the place of worship for devotees. There is a belief of giving back something to the deity when wishes are fulfilled. It is at Ramagovindapura which is at a distance of 28km from Bengaluru.

Devanahalli taluk: It is the birth place of King Tipu Sultan, the tiger of Mysore. International airport has made the place more popular. There is a fort of Tipu Sultan. It is also the birth place of poet D. V. Gundappa. The poet’s house still exists. The taluk is famous for blue grapes and chakkotra fruits. There are a few ancient temples too.

Nelamangala Taluk: Shivaganga with lush green hills is very special and located 28 km away. It has 1000 steps and challenges the devotees and trekkers. It is special because the Shivalinga returns the butter to devotees when ghee is applied gently over it. There are more interesting facts about Shivaganga hills. Uddayyana betta is the hill which is actually the Nijagallina betta. It has a fort, alter stone, a temple and a granary. Manne is a historic spot of the Ganga rulers. There are temples and monuments of the times of Gangas. They are unprotected and may collapse any time. Bhattarahalli nearby is famous for the treatment of broken joints and bones. Muddala Nagamma temple is a nearby place of worship. 

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