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Tourist Attractions in Bangalore

Bangalore or Bengaluru is a favorite, with tourists visiting South India. It is also known as the 'City of Gardens' as it’s replete with many famous gardens and parks. Not just this, Bangalore is called the 'Silicon Valley of India' due to its thriving IT industry. This bustling metropolis attracts many vacationers as it houses gardens, wildlife, nightlife, adventure, shopping, dining, and endless opportunities. Moreover, the tourist attractions of Bangalore range from gardens to palaces to museums, from historical to modern buildings, which are worth seeing.

Whether you are in Bangalore for business purposes or leisure, we have curated a list of the best tourist places in Bangalore you must make time to visit. So without any further ado, let's look at the diverse range of places to visit in Bangalore.

Best Tourist Attractions in Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha

Lying at the city's center, Vidhana Soudha houses the state secretariat and legislature under one roof. Spread over 60 acres, this is one of the best tourist places in Bangalore, with a dome-like structure. It has two chambers - on the first floor is the central wing which can house 268 members at a time.

The southern wing can house 88 members. The building is worth looking at due to its exquisite blend of Dravidian, British, and Indo-Islamic style of architecture. On Sunday evenings, the building lights up, and an inscription reads, "Government work is God's work."

Bangalore Fort

The fort is an architectural masterpiece built in Tudor-style architecture. It features fortified arches, towers, and green lawns, making it a visual feast for your eyes. However, the wood carving in the interior is an eye-catching element that makes it one of the top tourist attractions in Bangalore.

It was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1887 and got inspiration from Windsor Castle in England. Hence, it is the ideal place for art lovers and history buffs to visit in this  country.

ISKCON Temple

This temple is counted as one of the most significant temples in the country and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. ISKCON is well known for rediscovering spirituality and fostering growth and holds the honor of being the largest in the world. It was built in 1997 and reflects neo classical architecture.

In the main complex of this temple, you will find ethereal idols of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna. Tourists from different corners of the world visit here to get spiritual guidance. This divine temple is one of the Major tourist attractions in Bangalore that you should visit while enjoying your vacation here.

Cubbon Park

A 300-acre park, Cubbon park is one of the major Bangalore sightseeing places as it has rich green foliage. This park acts as a green belt region for the city and is perfect for peace and nature lovers who wish to spend time in calm surroundings.

The park has over 6,000 trees that support a rich ecosystem. Therefore, it is a great place to take kids on a Bangalore holiday, as they will learn more about nature. Not to mention the prominent attraction at Cubbon Park - The Bangalore Aquarium - India's second largest aquarium with exotic fishes like Freshwater Prawns, Siamese, Goldfish, Fighters, Red Tail Shark, etc.

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

A renowned botanical garden, Lal Bagh is known for its species of plants and their conservation. Heaven for botanists, this garden is built on 240 acres in Bangalore's heart and is home to approx. 1,854 species of plants. You'll also see rare Persian, French, and Afghani plants that have gained the status of a Government Botanical Garden.

If you are a photographer, this place will delight you. In addition to the plants, Lal Bagh houses birds like Myna, Parakeets, Pond Heron, Purple Moorhen, and more, making it one of the major tourist attractions in Bangalore. Also, do not miss the Annual Flower Show in the glass house.

Tipu Sultan's Fort & Palace

Commissioned to be built by Hyder Ali, the summer house of Tipu Sultan was completed in 1791 under Tipu Sultan's reign. Located in the Bangalore Fort, Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace is an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Once used by the king, it was often called the 'Abode of Happiness' and 'Rash e Jannat', meaning 'Envy of Heaven'.

The prominent attractions inside the palace are ornamental frescoes, beautiful balconies, lovely motifs, and stunning arches. If you are a history buff, this is one of the best tourist spots in Bangalore to get a glimpse into the royal lifestyle of Tipu Sultan.

Government Museum of Bangalore

Among India's oldest museums, Bangalore Government Museum is a remarkable place to see archaeological items like coins, stone carvings, pottery, and inscriptions of ancient times. This is what makes it a must-visit place for sightseeing of Bangalore.

There is also a first-ever recorded Kannada inscription here, the Halmidi inscription (450 AD) and Atakur inscription (949 AD) slabs. Other key attractions include 600 paintings under the Venkatappa Art Gallery, weapons used by Kodagu warriors, artifacts found during the excavation of Mohenjo Daro, Chandravalli, Hampi, and Halebeedu, and much more.

National Gallery Of Modern Art

If art interests you, visit the National Gallery of Modern Art. It is a sprawling mansion built on 3.5 acres and was opened to the public in 2009. Since then, many art lovers from Bangalore and nearby cities have visited here. The Manikyavelu Mansion is among the country's three National Art Museums (the other two are in Delhi and Mumbai).

On your visit, you will come across old trees, mirror pools, and a fountain that enhances the location's appeal. Moreover, photographs of the old times, sculptures, paintings, and graphic prints are on display.

Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple

Pay a visit to Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Lord Sri Venkateshwara's abode. Other than Him, Anjaneya and Padmavathi (Lord Venkateshwara's wife) are worshiped here. It is one of the ancient temples in Bangalore, with a spacious courtyard.

Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar built this temple in the 1600s in the Dravidian and Vijayanagar architectural styles. A huge influx of devotees visits this temple during the Vaikunta Ekadashi Day (a festival devoted to the lord of Vaikunta - Venkateshwara). You can club its visit with Tipu Sultan Summer Palace as it shares its wall with the temple.

Nandi Hills

Also called Hillocks borrowed from heaven, Nandi hills are approx. 60 km from Bangalore and must be considered for a peaceful getaway. It is one of the major places to visit near Bangalore for those tired of the city's constant honking and crowds. It was discovered by visitors many decades ago and has become a well-known tourist hotspot.

Nandi Hills has many shrines with a mesmerizing backdrop of rolling hills, making it look like a paradise.The altitude of 4851 feet blessed this place with pleasant weather, and it is an ideal location near Bangalore to catch a glimpse of sunrise.

Halasuru Someshwara Temple

This temple's beautiful Vijayanagar style of architecture attracts many admirers from different cities near Bangalore. Plus, the interiors have stunning carvings on the walls. The main deity of Halasuru Someshwara Temple is Lord Shiva. The shrines have many smaller shrines of other deities like Arunachaleswara, Kamakshamma, Bhimeswara, Nanjundeshwara, and Panchalingeswar.

On the occasion of Mahashivratri, many devotees come to pay homage to Lord Shiva along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. The temple's rich history includes the fact that it was built around the 12th and 13th centuries by the Hoysalas.

The Ulsoor Lake

Plan a picnic at Ulsoor Lake, one of the best places to visit in Bangalore with kids. Over 60 hectares of Ulsoor Lake is the city's biggest lake, located near MG Road. The lake is situated in the Ulsoor Village, also known as 'Halasuru'. Sit Lewin Bentham Bowring constructed this lake to enhance the surroundings of small islands.

Also, Ulsoor Lake invites many exotic birds and has a thriving flora. Picnickers who visit the lake also indulge in boating that takes stops at small lake islands. Moreover, the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bangalore is held at Ulsoor Lake, making it look heavenly.

Now that you know the best tourist attractions in Bangalore, it's time to book a Bangalore tour package with Indian Holiday. We offer tailor-made tours to Bangalore catered to your liking. So why wait? Drop a query and connect with our travel experts.




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FAQs on Tourist Attractions in Bangalore

Q: Can you suggest an itinerary for Bangalore?

Ans: Here are some of the best Bangalore itineraries we offer - 

Q: How many days are enough for Bangalore?

Ans: Plan at least a 3-day tour to Bangalore. This will give you the time to visit the top tourist attractions in Bangalore and indulge in fun activities.

Q: What are the top sightseeing places in Bangalore?

Ans: Here is a list of the best sightseeing places in Bangalore -

  • Cubbon Park
  • Bangalore Palace
  • Nandi Hills
  • Lalbagh Garden
  • Ulsoor Lake
  • Vidhana Soudha 
  • Bannerghatta National Park and Zoo (Biological Park)
  • ISKCON Temple 
  • St. Mary's Basilica
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Q: Which is the most beautiful place in Bangalore?

Ans: Bangalore has many beautiful places to visit, including Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Nandi Hills, and Cubbon Park.

Q: What are the best places to visit at night in Bangalore?

Ans: 24/7 Coffee shop in Manipal Centre, Empire hotel in Shivajinagar, Kentacky Chicken in Mallya Road, and Dosa Camp at Avenue road are some of the top places to hang out in Bangalore at night.