Welcome to the Big Byte Everyone has a different reason to love Bangalore.
Capital of the Southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore today is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India. The I.T industry views Bangalore as the 'byte-basket' of India. Bangalore is also home to some of India's premier scientific establishments. Blessed with a salubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and beyond. Bangalore offers something for everyone-music and dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals, conferences and more. Go disco-hopping or pub-crawling, shop till your feet give away,relax in the swankiest restaurants or with your favourite movie stars-in the movie hall or simply tee off to glory. Welcome to Bangalore.
The Bangalore Palace & Fort
The Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Gowda and expanded by Tippu Sultan. Within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple.
The Bangalore Palace was built by a Wodeyar king in 1887. Inspired by the Windsor castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style, complete with Gothic windows, the foiled windows, battlements and turrets resembling the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam, this summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for it's carving and paintings.
Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400-acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House.
This wooded and beflowered park was laid out in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then, fairy fountains, an august bandstand and a wealth of atatury have been added. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have added beauty and cultural wealth. Lush green lawns, shady flowering trees, vibrant flower beds, make Cubbon Park an ideal place for morning joggers and alike.
One of the important buildings, the Government Museum is one of the oldest in India(1886). A special attraction here are the antiquities from Mohenjodaro period. Situated nearby the museum is Visveshwaraya Industrial and Technological Museum named after the great engineer-statesman.
Next to the VITM is the Visveshwaraya Industrial Trade Center, the first of its kind in India. In addition to its trade promotional activities, the Center has two exhibition floors housing a permanent display of all that is manufactured in Karnataka.
Near the Museum is the K.Venkatappa Art Gallery which has a permanent exhibition of the works of the great artist, K. Venkatappa. The Gallery does much to encourage art in the state.
Also in the Cubbon Park are the Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, which houses the public library, the High Court and the Jawahar Bal Bhavan. The Bhavan, with its toy train, fairgrounds and theatre, is a recreational, hobby and educational centre for children.
The Bull Temple
This temple, built by Kempe Gowda, houses the magnificent stone statue of the sacred bull, Nandi. It stands over 15 feet tall and is over 20 feet long . In Nov/Dec every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple. The first groundnuts are offered by the farmers to the sacred bull.
The Gangadhareshwara Temple
Known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni, the God of fire, this temple was built by Kempe Gowda. A unique phenomena is witnessed here on Jan. 13/14th every year when the rays of the setting sun enter through the window, pass between the horns of the Nandi and shine on the Shivalingam.
The Dharmaraja Temple
Located at Nazarethpet in the suburbs of Bangalore, this temple is the starting point of the annual Karaga procession. The revered idols of this temple are the Shri Dharmaraja Swamy, hero of the Mahabharata and Lord Krishna.
Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan
This Muslim shrine,located in Cottonpet, a suburban locality, is associated with the Hindu Karaga festival too. The procession annually visits the Dargah of this Sufi Saint, Tawakkal Mastan. His tomb attracts both Muslim and non-Muslim pilgrims.
The Jumma Masjid is probably the oldest mosque in the city. It is an imposing structure with tall ornamented granite pillars adorning the elevated prayer hall. Scores of devote Muslim worshippers throng this masjid during the annual festivals of the Muslims. It is located in the busy market area of Bangalore, K.R.Market.
The Kalakshetra, built to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore's centenary, promotes cultural activity in the city. It has a superb theatre and houses the Cultural Akademi Offices. Next to it is the Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town Hall whose huge auditorium can easily accommodate over 1500 persons.
ST. Mary's Church
Established by a French missionary Abbe Dubois in 1811, St.Mary's church is the only church in Karnataka state to be elevated to the status of a minor Basilica. Every September, The Virgin Mary's festival is celebrated with a procession that attracts people of all faiths. The church is situated near the Shivaji Nagar Bus Terminal.
Indian Institute Of Science(IISc)
Also known as the Tata Institute, is one of the country's finest research institutions, specializing in advanced science and engineering studies.
The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji which depict the life and times of Gandhiji. The Bhavan is open on weekdays(10:30 Am to 5:00 PM).
A picturesque lake with several tree-shaded islands in it, is an ideal picnic spot. You can go boating or go for a swim in the nearby swimming pool that is part of the recreational complex near the lake. You can also go to the nearby Gurdhwar, the largest Sikh Shrine in Bangalore.
The Bangalore Race Course
This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon park, is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing.
The Bangalore Race Course is one of the finest in India, with racing events almost all year round (May to June and Nov to Mar). Some of the biggest field stakes in the country can be witnessed here.
Several places of tourist interest are located within easy reach from Bangalore. Distance shown in brackets is from Bangalore.
Bannerghatta National Park (22 Km)
Those interested in natural history can go to Bannerghatta. The park situated in picturesque surrounding has a wide variety of fauna. Among the attractions are crocodiles, picnic corner, serpentarium and pets corner, lion's safari.
Built in 1791, This beautiful two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies was one of Tipu's favourite summer retreats.
25 Kms. away, Hesaragatta is an interesting picnic spot offering water sports to the adventurous. Boating and wind-surfing is the major attraction. It also has a dairy & horticulture farm where you can picnic.
Ramohalli, located 28 Kms. west is a popular picnic spot. A major attraction at Ramohalli is the 400 year old giant Banyan tree which sprawls over an incredible 3 acres.
Also known as the Pearl Valley,Muthyalamaduvu is 40 Kms.away. The beautiful cascading water falls surrounded by verdant settings provide an ideal picnic getaway.
Rock-climbers and adventure seekers need look no further. 49 Kms. south-west from Bangalore, Ramanagaram, provides the ideal location with landscaped rock faces. Another major attraction at Ramanagaram is the silk cocoon marketing centre.
Sprawling across 15 acres, Janapada Loka or "Folk-Culture World" is a world of simplicity and art. Janapada Loka, a subsidiary of the Karnataka Janapada Parishath, is dedicated to preserve and promote folk art and culture. The complex has an art gallery, an open-air theatre, a studio and a museum. Janapada Loka is located near Ramanagaram and is 53 Kms.away from Bangalore.
A bustling town, 60 kms.south-west from Bangalore, Channapatna is famous for its eye-catching lacquer ware and hand-crafted wooden toys. It is also a major silk centre of Karnataka.
Gushing waters, imposing landscapes and untouched picnic spots is what Mekedatu is all about. The Cauvery river squeezing through a narrow gorge before traversing its south-bound terrain is a breathtaking sight .It is 98 Kms.south of Bangalore.
One of the popular retreats of Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, Nandi Hills offers breathtaking getaway of the weary tourist. Tipu's Drop, a 600m high cliff face provides a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful terrain. Nandi Hills is 60 Kms.north of Bangalore.
Bangalore is well connected by air, rail and road to all the major cities such as Delhi, Madras,
Bombay, Calcutta and to most other important cities and towns.
There are regular train services from Madras (4 trains per day), Mysore (7 trains per day), Calcutta(weekly twice), New Delhi (1 service daily)
Bangalore has only a Domestic Airport. Indian Airlines operates daily flights from Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Calcutta,Madras, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Goa.
Bangalore has a wide range of hotels-from five-star, luxury to economy. Listed below are just a few.
- Hotel Ashok. Kumara Krupa Rd.Tel:2069462.
- West End Hotel. Race Course Rd. Tel:2255055
- The Oberoi. 37-39, M.G. Rd. Tel:5585858
- Ramanashre Comforts. 16, Rajaram Mohan Roy Rd.Near Richmond Circle.Tel:2225152
- Taj Residency. M.G. Road . Tel: 5584444.
- Hotel Woodlands,Rajaram Mohan Roy Rd.,Tel 2225111
- Hotel Ashraya International. Infantry Rd. Tel:2261921.
- Holiday Inn. 28,Sankey Road.Tel:2262233.
- Windsor Manor. Sankey Road. Tel:2269898.
- Kamath Yatri Nivas.4,1 Main, Gandhi Nagar. Tel:2260088
Shopping is a delightful experience in Bangalore. You'll find some of the most exquisite silks here. You can also take home handicrafts in sandalwood and rose wood, available in state-owned emporia and private stores. For gold and jewellery, you can visit the quaint Jeweller's Street. Some of the favourite shopping haunts are M.G.Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and Commercial Street. Bargain hunters tend to favour K.G.Road, Malleswaram and Shivajinagar. The main shopping areas of Bangalore are:M.G.Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and Commercial Street.
Some of the popular Shopping Centres at Bangalore are: Public Utility Building and Shrungar Shopping Centre (M.G.Road), Unity Building (J.C.Rd), Pinto Towers (Residency Rd), Curzon Complex, St.Patricks Complex,Mota Chambers & 5th Avenue (Brigade Rd.), Safina Plaza and Copper Arch (Infantry Rd.), Sophia's Choice (St.Mark's Rd.)
Bangalore is a paradise for those who love good food.The city offers a wide choice of cuisines, from the traditional to the exotic. You can try the simple but excellent fare offered at the several "idli" shops, and the numerous bakeries. For a hearty meal, the city is home to several restaurants serving anything from continental to Chinese cuisine.
- Varied Menu
The Peacock, Tycoons, Manhattans, Madison Square, The Regency, Shezwan
- Speciality Continental
Lotus, Jockey Club, Le Jardin
- Speciality South Indian
Karavalli, Coconut Groove
- Speciality North Indian
Bankura Punjabi Restaurant, The Peacock Garden
- Speciality Vegetarian
Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR), Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan, Woodlands, Kamat Hotel, Chalukya Samrat, Sukh Sagar Food Complex
- Middle Eastern Cuisine
Sana's Arabian Food
- Far East
Rice Bowl, Chinese Hut, ,Chung Wah, Memories Of China, The Orient, Mandarin Room, Paradise Island, Chezan, Szechwan Court, Shangai Bar & Restaurant, Shangrila Bar & Restaurant, Ginza,Taipan, Noodles, Jade Garden,China Club
Pool Side Barbecue (West End Hotel),The Royal Afghan,The Greens, Windsor Grill
- 24 Hour Coffee Shops
Coorg, Lanai, Southern Comfort, The Central Park, Potuck Cafe
- Cocktail Bars
Jockey Club, Hibiscus, Coconut Groove Bar, The Royal Derby, Jazz Club, Sundowner, The Crazy Horse Bar, Lobby Lounge
- Fast Food & Ice Cream Parlors
Richie Rich, Donald Duck, Super Rich, Indiana Fast Foods, Mac Fast foods, Ice Station, Chit Chat, Lake View, Corner House, Koshy's Kulfi, Shreeraj Lassi Bar, Yankee Doodle, Waikiki, Casa Picola, Hot Breads,
- The Pubs of Bangalore
Pubs Black Cadillac, The Pub World, NASA, The Underground, Guzzler's Inn, The Nightwatchman, Take 5, Hi-Spirits, Scottish Pub, Pecos, Oaken Cask, Cheers, High Octane, Noon Wine, Time 'n' Again, The Pub, Crossroads, 19th Church Street, Downtown, The Brigade Pub, Oasis
Department of Tourism. 1st Floor,'F' Block, Cauvery Bhavan, K.G.Rd. Tel:2215489
Tourism Information Counter
Bangalore Airport: Tel:5268012.
Railway Station:Tel 2870068
Govt. of India Tourist Office: KSFC Building,48,Church Street. Tel:558517.
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation organizes a half-day Bangalore Sightseeing Tour. For details please call the KSTDC Head Office-Ph:2212901/2212902/2275883/2275869.Fax:080-2238016