This is the administrative building of the State Government of Karnataka. It houses the state legislature and the secretariat. The magnificent structure was constructed in the year 1956 when the ruling Wodeyar dynasty transferred power to the central government. The then chief minister of the state, Kengal Hanumanthaiah had symbolized the structure as the reflection of power and dignity of the people. On every Sunday the buildinglooks spectacular with illumination.
This grand palace of Tipu Sultan is situated near Albert Victor Road in Bangalore. It is made up of teak wood with floral patterns on the walls and ceilings. This two-storied structure is a replica of the Daria Daulat Bagh in Srirangapattana which was the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. The magnificent structure was called as Envy of Heaven by the king. After the death of Tipu Sultan the palace was used as an administrative building by the British.
The red two storeyed building known as “Attara Kacheri” is the high court of the state of Karnataka. It was completed in the year 1864 and housed the public offices from 1868 to 1956. On the ceiling of its Central Hall you can see the portrait of Sir Mark Cubbon, commissioner of Mysore from 1834 to 1861. The Corinthian columns present in the building are wonderful. Behind the buildingyou can also see the statue of Sir Mark Cubbon designed by Baron Marochetti.
The Bangalore Palace is a worth exploring monument situated at Palace Guttahalli inBangalore. It was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore in 1887. The Palace has turreted parapets, battlements, fortified towers and arches. The palace was constructed at a price of Rs. One lakh.
The king Chamaraja Wodeyar, during his visit to England had seen several structures of architectural importance but was greatly inspired by the Windsor Castle in London; hence he decided to build a palace in Tudor style.
The entire palace is spread over an area of about 430 acres; the Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. It is surrounded by a garden all around, almost giving it a fairytale setting. The structure has fortified towers decorated with Gothic windows, battlements and turrets. Thanks to the king for his endeavor in bringing such a beautiful palace.
The rich and beautiful Lal Bagh Garden is a pleasant 240 acre park in the southern suburbs of Bangalore. One of the many gardens in the city, Lal Bagh is the most famous garden of Bangalore. The Lal Bagh rock is one of the oldest rock formationsin India and is believed to be 3000 million years old.
The pleasant and superb gardens were laid out by Hyderali in 1760 and his son Tipu Sultan added a wealth of plants and trees from many countries. It was originally called Lalbagh because the garden had a profusion of red roses. It has a very good collection of tropical & sub tropical and medicinal plants. The glass house present inside the park is designed on the same lines of London’s “Crystal Palace” and is one of the main attractions of the Park. Bal Bhavan is another small park meant for children which offers pony rides, boat rides, toy train rides and other attractions. Rose Garden, placed in the heart of the Lal Bagh has 150 different kinds of roses and is another prime attraction of the Lal Bagh Gardens.
Numerous wild animals roam freely in this densely forested, hilly area- bisons, elephants, lions, baboons, panthers, wild boars, and all sorts of buck, jackals and lion-tailed monkeys. It also has over 100 species of birds, a crocodile farm, a serpentarium, pets and many more.
Outside the city to the northwest lie the extensive ruins of the former capital of Mysore, the fortress city of Srirangapatnam, built by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan on an island in mid-Cauvery. Tipu Sultan fought the last of his battles with the British here in the closing years of the 18th century. It was constructed on a long island in the Cauvery River. A fort holds the dungeon where Tipu Sultan held British officers captive with a mosque and Shri Ranganathaswamy temple. Another important tourist attractions are Daria Daulat Bagh, Tipu's summer palace and the Gumbaz, Tipu's mausoleum.
Overlooking Mysore from a summit of 1062 meters above sea level is temple to Shri Chamundeswari. The temple on the summit is a huge structure with a seven storey gopuram 40meters high which is visible from far away. You can spend a half-day walking up the 1000 odd steps to the top of this hill. It is fairly strenuous climb but you get really wonderful view of Mysore city and surrounding countryside. At three-quarters way one come across the famous Nandi (Shiva's bull) carved out of solid rock and at five meters high, it is one of the largest in India.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is a trade centre–cum-museum in the heart of the city of Bangalore. Its management comes under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Government of India. It is the first trade centre of its kind in India. The Center has two exhibition floors housing a permanent display of all that is manufactured in Karnataka. The museum attracts close to one million visitors a year.
Each floor of the museum is dedicated to a scientific discipline. The Engine Hall exhibits used engines of various automobiles, machines used in industry, a jet aircraft engine, and other mechanical devices. The predictability and precision of mechanics is demonstrated by the rolling balls that travel endlessly within metal tracks without an external power source.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is situated in the heart of the city of Bangalore. It was founded in the year 1989. The regular shows of the planetarium are based on various themes of astronomy- twinkling stars, meteoroids, comets, constellations, rotating solar system and other cosmic events. It provides knowledge to students and general mass about astronomical and cosmic events happening in the universe.
The lectures and shows on astronomy are regular features. The dome of the planetarium is 15 metres in diameter and has a seating capacity of 225 persons. It holds two shows on daily basis and conducts special shows for school children. The planetarium remains closed on Mondays and 2nd Tuesdays. Just opposite to Nehru Planetarium, a new attraction called "Musical Dancing Fountain" is a must to see while visiting the planetarium.
This museum is located near Kasturba Gandhi Road and is one of the oldest museums of the country, established in the year 1866. The building is a Neo-classical structure built withCorinthian columns. It has 18 sections which include a collection of jewelry, miniaturepaintings, sculptures and artifacts. It is a pleasant treat for art lovers.
The Venkatappa Art Gallery is a wing of this museum which has paintings related to the Mysore style. The gallery has about 600 paintings, which are on display throughout the year. On the ground floor, the paintings of K. Venkatappa, born in 1887 to a family of court painters, are on display. His works include a panoramic view of the Ooty Lake, view from Church Hill - Ooty, Nilgiri Mountains, Kodaikanal, and Sunrise in Ooty, a painting on Monsoon and various other sketches.
On the first floor, you can see the paintings of M. F. Hussain, Vasudev, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Rekha Rao, Yusuf Arakkal and N. S. Bendre along with various other renowned artists. On the same floor is a section dedicated to C. P. Rajaram's exquisite wood carvings. .
Yediyur Lake is situated at Basavangudi area of Bangalore city. The beautiful lake provides facilities of boating and water scooter rides. A small park in the vicinity with a jogging track is also maintained. Local artists have installed modern sculptures inside the lake, thus creating a unique sight. Although not very gigantic in size, this lake attracts a lot of tourists from all over the state.
This place has beautiful surroundings with waterfalls captivating any traveler's heart. It is located 44 kms from Bangalore via Brigade road-Hosur road-Anekal. You can stay at Traveler's Bungalow 6 kms from Anekal town on the Hosur road.
Several stunning Hoysala temples are located here.The Cheluvanarayana temple at Melkote was built in 12th century and later it found patronage under Mahrajas of Mysore .The temple is beautifully decorated during the annual Vairamudi festival held in March/April.The Yoganarasimha temple up on the hill offer stunning view of the hills and valleys.The Saumyakeshva temple is located in Nagamangla town ,north of Melkote.It was built in 12 th century. Basaralu village 25 km north of Mandya is famous for its exquisite 12th century Malikarjuna temple built in early Hoysala style.Here you can find 16 armed Shiva dancing on Andhakasura's head and Ravana lifting Mt Kailash.An exquisitely carved Nandi can also be found.
Whitefield is a suburb of Bangalore, situated at a distance of approximately 24 km from the heart of the city. The place is mainly known for housing the Brindavan Ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Inaugurated by Sai Baba on 25th June 1960, the ashram lies near the Whitefield Railway Station.
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.
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.