Bangalore , known as the
fifth largest city in India is the capital of Karnataka.
The presence of many parks and botanical gardens gave the
name of ' Garden city ' to Bangalore. The tourist can
start his tour from Bangalore with its ancient forts,
temples, gardens and shopping. All important tourist
attraction in Karnataka can be reached with in a day's
journey from Bangalore.
Bangalore is now a part of
the great Silicone Valley, is a beautiful city filled with
the serenity of its greenery. Bangalore can be defined as
the centre for the Information & Technology revolution in
India… Moderate and pleasant climate throughout. With all
this and much more, Bangalore has grown into a major
tourist spot in India.
Bangalore is also an ideal
place for the spiritually inclined people too, because it
houses many of the temples like, Bull Temple, Gavi
Gangadhareswara Cave Temple, ISKON Temple, Shiva Temple,
the Someshwara Temple, Venkataramanaswamy Temple.
For the fitness freaks there are Ample Yoga Centres in
For the naturalists and tourists the
Banerghatta National Park
is a natural retreat close to Bangalore. The fabulous
flora, fauna and the birds at the Banerghatta National
Park attract all.
The Lalbagh garden is particularly beautiful and
well laid out. It has one of the largest collections
of exotic Indian Tropical and Sub-tropical
vegetation, Lakes and Lotus-filled pools.
For the science freaks, Bangalore houses the
Aquarium and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.
For a shopping extravaganza in Bangalore the traditional
handicraft items, like silk sarees, elegantly carved
sandalwood items and tribal jewelry can be tried out.
Cubbon park, Mysore arts & crafts centre are worth
For picnic spots Ulsoor Lake is the perfect location
near Bangalore. Nandi Hill is a health resort popular
with the people of Bangalore. The lovely lake and the
gorgeous green valley present a picture perfect
setting for holidays. Close to Bangalore is Ramohalli
renowned for its big Banyan tree called Doda Alada
Mara. The tree is spread across three acres of land
and is worth visiting.
For all those who have a lean towards music and dance
is ideal to visit, which is known to be the home to a
classical dance academy.
For adventure seekers Devarayandurga and Ramanagaram are
ideal spots for trekking and rock climbing.
The best part of this city is that it is traveler friendly
all year round. It's never too hot or too cold in
Bangalore. It's just right.
There is a history behind the naming of this city. Legends
say that this city is named after an old woman, who lived
in this area and offered a humble meal of boiled beans to
King Ballala, a Hoysala ruler. The king was so pleased
with her hospitality that he named the entire city as
which in the local language of Kannada literally means,
‘the place of boiled beans’. The historical evidence of
the name "Bengalooru" can be found in a 9th century
inscription found in a temple in the village of Begur.
Today the name has been shortened and anglicized after the
British influence and has come to be called Bangalore.
The source of the present-day city of Bangalore can be
traced to the early 16th century, when Kempegowda, a local
chief, built a small mud fort here. Bangalore gained
prominence in the 18th century, when it became an
important fort city, under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of
Mysore. This area was witness to the struggle between Tipu
Sultan and the British. The British defeated Tipu Sultan
and took over Bangalore city. In 1831, the British made it
the regional administrative city and established a big
The modern city of Bangalore ('Bengaluru') was founded by
Kempe Gowda, the Vijayanagar Chieftain of Yelahanga, over
400 years ago. But ancient inscriptions pointing to the
existence of a village called 'Bengaluru' prior to the
10th century AD.
Gowda built a mud fort in his city with 8 gates which lent
their names to different areas inside the fort. Inside the
fortress walls, the city grew into a commercial haven
divided into localities ('Pet') where individual trades
dominated each area. To this day these areas bear their
old names such as Chickpet (little town), Dodda pet (big
town ), Taragupet (grain market ), Halipet (cotton market)
etc. Kempe Gowda also built several temples including Gavi
Gangeswara Temple at Gavipuram and the Bull temple at
In 1687 the Moghuls captured
from the Sultan of Bijapur and gave it on lease and later
sold to King Chikkadevaraya Wodiyar of Mysore. In 1761
Hyderali rebuilt the fort with stone. It was the
stronghold of Hyderali and Tipu Sultan. In 1807 the
British shifted their cantonment from Srirangapatnam to
Bangalore. The 19th century saw Bangalore growing into an
administrative center and a prime residential area. Mysore
State was acceded to the Indian Union in 1947 with
as its capital. In 1973 Mysore State was renamed
Bangalore is located at an altitude of 920m (3021ft) from
the sea level. It has a moderate and pleasant climate
throughout the year. During summer the temperature reach a
maximum of 27o Celcius. Winters are colder when
temperature goes down to 20o C. Bangalore
enjoys both southwest and northeast monsoons. October and
November are the wettest months. The Monsoons are during
Bangalore has a domestic airport that connects most of the
major cities of the country. A few international flights
are also operated from here. The city is connected by rail
and roads to all parts of the country.
is Regional Language
English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil are widely spoken
- 33°C (Summers)
14°C - 28°C (Winters)
Latitudinal parallels: 12 degree 8' N
Longitudinal meridians: 77 degree 37' E
to May (warmest months)
December to January (coldest months)
June to September (rainy - southwest monsoon)
November to December (rainy - northeast monsoon)