1. Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Lal Bagh is a popular tourist attraction in Bangalore that spans over 240 acres. Lal Bagh serves as the home for nearly 1,854 species of flora that are of French, Afghan and Persian origin. Commenced as a pet project of Sultan Hyder Ali, it was eventually concluded by his heir Tipu Sultan.
Lal Bagh turns into a sight to behold in the month of January with dazzling flower displays. While the glass house is the regular venue for flower-shows, the Lal Bagh Rock, considered to be millions of years old, is said to attract a horde of visitors.
Famous for: Bird-watching, Flower displays, Annual flower shows
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM throughout the year
2. Cubbon Park
Nature enthusiasts are bound to have a field day at Cubbon Park in Sampangirama Nagar. Deemed an ideal picnic spot for families/groups, the Cubbon Park you see today is the result of Richard Sankey’s vision. Well-maintained lawns and patches of green are bound to awaken the true nature-lover in you.
Bring your pets to Cubbon Park on Sunday mornings and let them enjoy a run as well. The light displays in the evening are sure to leave you spellbound. Toy rides and aquarium visits are added attractions.
Famous for: Long Walks, Cycling, Nature
Timings: Open on all days
3. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
A must-visit for all you science geeks out there, VITM at Kasturba Road promises a mesmerizing experience. The museum contains artifacts, prototype machines and replicas relating to the field of science and technology.
Relish exploring the numerous electrical, space-related and biotechnological exhibits (depicting the various respective forms and utilities). Treat your eyes to a 3-D film show or one of the many science shows held at the place. Keep an eye out for the mammoth animated dinosaur when you’re busy exploring the museum.
Famous for: Technological artifacts
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM every day
4. HAL Aerospace Museum
The museum, established in the year 2001 by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), aims to shed light on the major developments in the Indian aviation industry.
Exhibits here include various life-sized aircraft/chopper models from different periods, besides flight simulators, engine models and a mock Air Traffic Control Tower. Maintained by the HAL, the museum, located at Marathahalli, is bound to impress all and sundry.
Famous for: Aircraft displays
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM every day
5. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Aiming to familiarize visitors with the study of science, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium at High Grounds hosts various shows and events on a day-to-day basis. If you’re someone who is enthralled by scientific and astronomical discoveries, then a visit to the planetarium certainly needs to be part of your tick-off list.
The on-site science park is a nice addition to the list of learning experiences. Kids are bound to have a great time here. ‘The Sky Theatre Show’ elucidating the mysteries of the universe, is also part of the visit.
Famous for: Lessons in astronomy and science
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday (second Tuesday of every month is a holiday). Shows held at 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM (additional shows at 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM on Sundays)
6. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
A perfect example Indo-Islamic architecture, the construction was initiated by Sultan Hyder Ali and completed during Tipu Sultan’s time, who adjudged the palace to be a summer residence. Described by Tipu Sultan as the ‘abode of happiness and envy of heaven’, the structure positions itself within a fort and continues to bring tourists in, owing to its rustic charm.
Fully constructed using teak, the balconies and arches at the palace have been exquisitely carved. Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the palace, situated at Chamrajpet, also holds a few of the Emperor’s personal belongings.
Famous for: History, Heritage
Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 AM
7. Bangalore Palace
Erected in 1878, this palace tends to remind one of the Tudor architectural styles. Surrounded by lush gardens, this palace lets you cast a brief look at the posh lifestyle of Mysore’s royal family – the Wadiyar’s. Bangalore Palace, located on Jayamahal road, is the venue for a multitude of cultural events planned in the city every year.
Famous for: History, Architecture
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM every day
8. Devanahalli Fort
Situated quite close to the Kempegowda International Airport, the fort is thought of as the birthplace of Tipu Sultan and its initial construction dates back to the 15th century, with extensions and alterations done thereafter.
The blend of (Hindu & Muslim) architectural styles can be clearly noticed at the fort, indicating the Emperor’s religious tolerance. Post the Anglo-Mysore war, the fort now stands dilapidated.
Famous for: History, Architecture, Tipu Sultan
Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM every day
9. Bannerghatta National Park
Considered a paradise for nature-buffs and wildlife enthusiasts, the Bannerghatta National Park (located on Bannerghatta Road), seeks to uphold ecotourism and impart the significance of conserving wildlife to the upcoming generations.
You can either choose to roam around the zoo on foot and observe the different animal and bird species, or hop aboard a jeep/bus and enjoy a safari. The newly added butterfly farm is will serve as an added attraction.
Famous for: Adventure, Wildlife
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM every day except Tuesday
10. ISKCON Temple
Situated at Rajajinagar, ISKCON Bengaluru is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world and a showcase of zealous devotion for Lord Krishna.
The temple plays host to a number of activities/programmes such as prayer meets, sloka recitals, cultural events and festival celebrations. The notable aspects of the temple are its six separate shrines, a 9 m gold plated Kalash shikar, and a 17 m gold-plated flag post.
Famous for: Architecture, Krishna Consciousness
Timings: 7:15 AM – 1 PM & 4:15 PM – 8:15 PM everyday.
11. Bull Temple
The Bull temple in Basavanagudi was built by the founder of Bangalore – Kempe Gowda. Boasting an exemplary display of the Dravidian architectural style, the temple houses a massive idol of Nandi (the bull) which is said to be carved out of a single rock piece. The famous groundnut fair takes place at the Bull Temple on a yearly basis.
Famous for: Architecture, History
Timings: 6 AM – 12 PM & 5:30 PM – 9 PM every day