Generally, people regard Bangalore as a major IT hub, as it is nicknamed Silicon Valley of India. However, this city is also a popular tourist destination, due to many tourist attractions in and around this place. It has earned the title ‘Garden City of India’ because of its several well-planned parks. There are also many historical monuments, temples, war memorials, museums, and amusement parks in Bangalore which attract tourists from all over India and even abroad.
How to reach Bangalore
Kempegowda International Airport to the south of Bangalore is connected to all the major Indian cities and many important cities of other countries. IndiGo, Go Air, SpiceJet, and Air India are the prominent airlines that run multiple regular flights to and from this city. Many tourists prefer Go Air flight booking due to its cheap price, as it is an ultra-low-cost airline in India. People can also reach Bengaluru City Railway Station or Yesvantpur Junction by trains from different Indian cities. Regular buses and Volvo AC sleeper buses are run by Karnataka State Board Transport Corporation and some private transport operators, to carry passengers to and from various neighboring cities, like Mangalore, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Pune, and Goa.
Bangalore is famous for
Silicon Valley in India – Bangalore houses 45 renowned IT companies, among which Infosys, Wipro, HCL, Accenture, TCS, Capgemini, Oracle, HP, and Tech Mahindra are a few notable ones. This rapid growth of the IT sector in this city has helped it earn this title, after the famous Silicon Valley in San Francisco. Lots of foreign companies, like Google, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Sonata Software, have branches in this city.
Chinnaswamy Stadium – This famous cricket stadium in Bangalore has seating arrangements for 40000 people. It is the first stadium in the world to install solar panels for generating a large amount of electricity. It hosts plenty of International Test Cricket Matches, One-Day Internationals, and Twenty-20 Internationals, along with occasional musical concerts and other cultural events.
Lalbagh botanical garden – This garden was built by Hyder Ali in 1760 over an area of 240 acres. It holds a large Glasshouse and more than 1000 species of plants. A tower made by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore also stands in this garden. The 3000 million years old Lal Bagh rock is also a tourist attraction in this huge garden. The annual flower show held at this garden is a major tourist attraction.
Vidhana Soudha – This building is the seat of the Karnataka state legislative assembly. It was built in 1956, out of black granite following the classic Dravidian architectural style. However, it also contains Jharokha or stone windows in Rajasthani style and some features of the typical Indo-Saracenic style. The idea of this construction was suggested by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, who was the chief minister of Karnataka at that time and he also contributed a lot to its construction.
Kannada film industry – Several films are produced every year in the Kannada language, under the brand of Kannada Film Industry, which is also nicknamed Sandalwood or Chandanavana. The first film of this industry was Sati Sulochana released in 1934 and directed by famous director Y.V. Rao. Several films of this industry had won national and international awards for excellent entertainment and thoughtfulness.
Cubbon Park – This huge park is located in the city centre, over an area of 300 acres. It was created by Major General Richard Sankey in 1870. It contains more than 6000 trees and small plants of a huge variety of species. It is now renamed Sri Chamarajendra Park, after the Maharaja of Mysore at the time when this park was created. Several important buildings are located in or around this park, including Attara Kacheri housing Karnataka High Court, State Archaeological Museum, Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall housing the Central Library, the Aquarium, Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, and Venkatappa Art Gallery.
Bannerghatta National Park – This large park was established in 1970, very close to Bangalore city. It was declared to be a national park in 1974, comprising a huge diversity of wildlife. Later, a zoological garden named Bannerghatta Biological Park was opened in 2002 within this national park. Tourists can go on a forest safari in a bus or they may also enjoy trekking or hiking through forest routes.
Therefore, many people choose Bangalore as the destination for spending their vacations, exploring all the tourist attractions of this city.