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Bangalore To Be Renamed As Bengaluru Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled

beans) after a king strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th century. A woman offered him a meal of boiled beans which the king enjoyed so much that he named the town after the dish. Bengaluru is a transliteration of the original spelling, according to state historians. Local sights:

Bangalore Palace Lakes in Bangalore Lalbagh Parks in Bangalore Temples in Bangalore Ashoka Pillar The Ashoka Pillar was inaugurated on Aug 20, 1948 by C Rajagopalachari, then governor general of the country, on the completion of eight years of the reign of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, Maharajah of Mysore. This may not be a place you need to go out of the way to visit. If you are near by Jayanagar area, it is nice to drive around it. Luckily there is greenery near Ashoka Pillar because of Lalbagh being beside it. 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. Jumma Masjid 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. Ravindra Kalakshetra 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. Gandhi Bhavan The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picturegallery 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).

Innovative Film City


Finally Bangalore has something on the lines of Universal Studios (not at that scale though). Get to see yourself how they shoot a movie and enjoy some fun rides! The Film City is on Mysore Road. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded by the Bangalore City Corporation in 1989. It is located on Sir.T Chowdaiah Road. Since 1992, it is managed by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). BASE is devoted to dissemination of science among the public and the student community. On the premises there are the Science Centre and a Science Park. The Planetarium has a 15.0 meters diameter dome with a seating capacity of 210. Ulsoor lake 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 inBangalore...More Vidhana Soudha

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. It took four years of work by 5,000 labourers and 1,500 craftsmen to finish this magnificent structure in 1956. It is a fusion of four architectural styles - Dravidian, Rajasthani, Chola and Kannadiga. It is a magnificent structure granite with 12 massive pillars, archways and a wide flight of steps leading up to its entrance. The Indian national symbol four lions stands atop the biggest dome. 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 building is open for visitors only after 3 PM. The Bangalore Race Course 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. Chikkajala Fort Is located on NH 7 between the city and Bengaluru International Airport. The tourism department is planning to showcase the history of Bengaluru through a sound and light show from Kempe Gowda to the Independence era. The tourism director also mentioned considering a three place circuit comprising Muddenahalli ( birthplace of Sir M Visvesvaraya ), Devenahalli ( birthplace of Tipu Sultan ) and Chikkajala ( a vassal fort ). The first light and sound show was started on November 14th 2010, showcasing the heritage of the Vijayanagar empire. The highlights of the show was how Krishnadevaraya began his life and coming to power. Every aspect of his life was covered, most important is the conquests during his reign. Vijayanagar was known as the richest kingdom in the world. The government is also planning to put up a permanent sound and light show at the Freedom Park ( earlier central jail ). The three shows they plan to have are Vijayanagar history,Bangalore history and about freedom fighters who were detained in Central jail. Essentials

Getting Here 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 Airport is used for both domestic and international flights.

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Department of Tourism. 1st Floor,'F' Block,Cauvery Bhavan,K.G.Rd. Tel: +91-802215489 Tourism Information Counter Bangalore Airport: +91-80-5268012. Railway Station: +91-80-2870068 Govt. of India Tourist Office: KSFC Building,48,Church Street. Tel: +91-80-558517. Conducted Tours Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation organizes a halfday Bangalore SightseeingTour. For details please call the KSTDC Head Office-Tel: +9180-2212901/2212902/2275883/2275869. Fax: +91-80-2238016

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Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is about 22 km from Bangalore in Karnataka. This zoological garden is spread over area of about 25000 acres. It consists of dense forest and scrub land becoming home for wild animals like bison, leopard, wild boar as well as being an important corridor for elephants migrating between the eastern and western ghats. more...

Bheemeshwari Bheemeshwari is a small town that lies between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls, on the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka. It is a great spot for eco-tourism and is a natural habitat for the mahseer fish found in the waters of the Cavery. Mahseer is considered as one of the finest game fish in the world. more... Channarayana Durga : Kaidala, situated a mere 9 km from Tumkur town off Gulur village on the Kunigal road, hosts two exquisite temples sculpted by Jakanachari. It is famous for a small Dravidian style Kaidala Chennakeshava Temple buit in 1150. Jakanachari, the mastersculptor was born and brought up at Kaidala. more... Chennakeshava Temple: Kaidala, situated a mere 9 km from Tumkur town off Gulur village on the Kunigal road, hosts two exquisite temples sculpted by Jakanachari. It is famous for a small Dravidian style Kaidala Chennakeshava Temple buit in 1150. Jakanachari, the mastersculptor was born and brought up at Kaidala. more...

Devarayana Durga Devarayan Durga is a rocky hill station situated in the midst of picturesque scenery at an altitude of 3940 feet, about nine miles east of Tumkur town of Karnataka State of India. It is 65 km from Bangalore, India, by road on Tumkur road There are 3 elevations and seven gates leading to the top. more...

Wildlife around Bangalore Living in Bangalore, not many of us are aware of the natural resources present in the vicinity of our city. One such location is the Jayamangali (formerly Maidenahalli) Blackbuck Conservation Reserve is Tumkur District. This reserve is only notified protected area is the part of the Deccan Plateau. more...

Namada Chilume En route to Devarayana durga is a place located called Namanda Chilume( the Spring of Tilaka/Nama) at the base of the hill road leading to Tumkur. Tilaka or Nama or Pundraka is a ritual mark on the forehead, of sandalwood paste, coloured earth or vermilion. Based on the Puranas it is believed that Sri Rama during Vanavas(exhile to forest) on his way to Lanka halted here. more...

Shivagange This is a hill which looks like the shape of the Shiva Linga from one of its sides. There are spring water spots found on this hill, it is believed that the water is Gange sacred river for Hindus. Hence the name Shivagange. Just about 60kms from Bangalore, near Dobbspet, Tumkurdistrict this hill is ideal location for a one day trek. Also it is a holy place which is known as Dakshina Kashi. more...

MM Hills Malai Mahadeshwara Betta or MM Hills is the famous for the temple of Lord Sri Mahadeshwara, incarnate of Lord Shiva. This temple is situated at an attitude of 3000 feet in the Kollegala taluk, Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka State. There are about 77 hills around the Eastern Ghats near MM Hills.

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Nandi Hills The beautiful Nandi Hills, popularly known as Nandi Betta or Nandi Durga for the locals and the people of Karnataka. This hillock is situated about 60 km from Bangalore City, about 24 kms from Chickballapur town. Nandi is the bull in Sanskrit, Kannada and Telugu. He is the sacred abode or Vahana to Lord Shiva. Nandi Hills gets its name from the famous Nandi temple situated atop this hill. more...

Around Bangalore Several places of tourist interest are located within easy each from Bangalore. Distance shown in brackets is from Bangalore. Tipu's Palace 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. Hesaragatta 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 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. The Banyan tree next to Ramohalli, off Mysore road just of Kengeri is the fourth largest in the country. A word of caution the entire area is full of monkeys so be careful with food stuff they will get snatched.

Muthyalamaduvu 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. Ramanagaram Ramadevarabetta, a hill 5 Kms from town is better known as "Sholay Gudda". Rockclimbers 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. One of the most famous Hindi moviesSholay was shot in Ramanagaram about 30 years ago. The hill also has a Rama shrine and a temple tank. Climbing up can be quite strenuous but it worth for its spectacular view. Janapada Loka Janapada Loka was set by late bureaucrat and folklorist HL Nage Gowda. 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 exhibits include a variety of agricultural, hunting and fishing implements, weapons, house hold gadgets, masks, dolls and shadow puppets. The displays a kept in three buildings namely Lokamahal, Lokamatha Mandira and Chitrakuteera. Lokamahal is the most interesting of the three it houses folk puppets, utensils, instruments, weapons and masks. Chitrakuteera has photographs covering different aspects offolk life. The complex has an art gallery, an open-air theatre, a studio and a museum. A college and research centre dedicated to folk life is also there in the same premises. Janapada Loka is located near Ramanagaram and is 53 Kms away from Bangalore. Ph 080-2720-1143 http://www.janapadaloka.org It is closed on Tuesdays Channapatna Channapatna is famous for its wooden toys and silk. These two industries form the backbone of this towns economy. Spinning tops, dolls and figures of mythological characters are made from the soft, cream coloured wood of hale tree and given a lacquered finish.

Some products such as napkin holders are popular across the globe, especially in Europe and elsewhere in Asia. A visit to the Lacquer-ware Craft Complex set up by KSHDC at Kala Nagar, provides an overview of how these crafts are made. It is located 60 kms south-west from Bangalore. Mekedatu Is a place where river Cauvery and Arkavathi meet, because this is the place of confluence of two rivers it is called Sangam. Legend has it that the channel was so narrow that sheep would jump across, and hence the name Mekedatu (Meke = sheep/goat, datu = cross in Kannada). It is located at a distance of 93 Kms from Bangalore. The first 89Kms till Sangam can be undertaken in a vehicle, but for the last 4Kms we need to cross a river and either take a different transport bus or go walking. 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 .

Mekedatu is 4 Km away from Sangam; which in turn is about 89 Km from Bangalore. You can either walk or take a bus, the bus would cost you Rs 20 per head. Food items mainly fish items are available on the road side. There is a restaurant at Sungam called Tender Coconut where you can have your lunch. Nothing much to see except water and beautiful rock formations at Sangam, and the gorge at Mekedatu. Take lots of water!!! Crocodiles exits in the water at one particular portion, so be careful and do not venture out to remote places.

Nandi Hills 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.

Other attractions are Tipu's Drop, Yoga Nandishvara Temple, a beautiful Chola temple, Dravidian-style Bhoganandishvara temple and Muddenahalli, hometown of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, architect of modern Karnataka at the base of the hill. In March 2005 the Toursim department decided to make Nandi Hills a popular destination by introducing a 5-star hotel, ropeway and para-sailing facility. Places Near Bangalore

Nandi Hills Bannerghatta National Park Bheemeshwari Cubbon Park Devarayana Durga Jayamangal Lalbagh and Lalbagh Flower Show Namada Chilume

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