Bangalore has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Bangalore usually enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year, although occasional heat waves can make summer somewhat uncomfortable. The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 15.1 °C and the hottest month is April with an average high temperature of 35 °C. The highest temperature ever recorded in Bangalore is 39.2 °C and the lowest ever recorded is 7.8 °C. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 14 °C, and summer temperatures seldom exceed 36 °C. Bangalore receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest monsoons and the wettest months are September, October and August, in that order. The summer heat is moderated by fairly frequent thunderstorms, which occasionally cause power outages and local flooding. Most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon/evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent
Bengaluru (also called Bangalore) is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state. The centre of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife. By Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha is a Neo-Dravidian legislative building. Former royal residences include 19th-century Bangalore Palace, modelled after England’s Windsor Castle, and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, an 18th-century teak structure.
Below are the famous places to visit in the city:
VIDHANA SOUDHA – is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as Mysore Neo-Dravidian, and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The construction was completed in 1956. The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 feet (700 m × 350 m). It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet (12 m) feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet (61 m) wide. The central dome, 60 feet (18 m) in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem.
KARNATAKA HIGH COURT – The High Court functions out of a red brick building known as Attara Kacheri. It is in front of Vidhana Soudha, which is the seat of the legislature of Karnataka.The Karnataka High Court is currently functional in Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad and Gulbarga.
STATE CENTRAL LIBRARY – The Karnataka State Central Library, standing majestically at Cubbon Park, and poised to turn 100 in a couple of years, is everything that a library should be. Established in 1915 and housed in the Seshadri Iyer Memorial Building at Cubbon Park, the library is one of the most important and largest reference libraries in India — a treasure house of over 2.5 lakh books, including some 6,000 old and rare volumes and periodicals. It records a footfall of 1,000 to 1,500 readers every day and visitors include IAS, IPS and KAS officers, those preparing for competitive exams and research scholars.
CUBBON PARK – The Cubbon Park, officially known as Sri. Chamarajendra Park, is an historic park, located in the heart of city in the Central Administrative Area. The park provides sylvan surroundings to the State Legislature building.
BANGALORE MUSEUMS – Bangalore (Bengaluru) is a city with a glorious past and a captivating present. The amazing past of the city is well-preserved in its various museums. These museums not only display a treasure trove of information and artefacts from the city’s past, they also offer a glimpse of the culture and tradition that existed in the by-gone days.
Some of the museums also chronicle and display the city’s history and progress in the fields of science and technology. For anyone who wants to know in depth about the history of Bangalore, the museums of the city have a lot to offer.
We bring to you a list of must visit museums in Bangalore:
HAL Aerospace Museum – The Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Aerospace Museum in Bangalore is the oldest aerospace museum in India. Established in 2001, the museum depicts the history of Indian aviation and HAL. The exhibits at the museum include aircrafts, air engines and helicopters. A true motion simulator inside the museum offers visitors a very realistic feel of flying fighter jets and commercial aircrafts. The museum also has an ATC Radar perched with L-band surveillance radar having a range of 200 nautical miles.
Government Museum – The Government Museum in Bengaluru is one of the oldest museums in India. Established in 1865, this museum preserves a rich collection of archaeological and geological artefacts including old jewellery, paintings, inscriptions, sculpture, etc. The museum boasts of a rare collection of ancient coins that belong to the Indus Valley Civilization. It also houses the Halmidi inscriptions, the earliest Kannada inscription belonging to 450 AD.
NIMHANS Brain Museum – The NIMHANS Brain Museum is an unusual and one-of-its-kind brain museum in the country. Dedicated completely to medical science, this museum has been in existence since 1975 but it has been opened to public since less than 5 years ago, the museum displays more than 600 specimens of brains of all shapes and sizes, preserved in jars of formalin. The brains are of people who died natural deaths or suffered head or brain injuries. There are brains that were diagnosed with certain diseases like Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART – The idea of a national art gallery to germinate and bear fruit was first mooted in 1949. It was nurtured carefully by Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Maulana Azad, sensitive bureaucrats like Humayun Kabir and an active art community. The Gallery is the premier institution of its kind in India. It is run and administered as a subordinate office to the Department of Culture, Government of India. The gallery is a repository of the cultural ethos of the country and showcases the changing art forms through the passage of the last hundred and fifty years starting from about 1857 in the field of Visual and Plastic arts. Notwithstanding some gaps and some trivia, the NGMA collection today is undeniably the most significant collection of modern and contemporary art in the country today.
VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY – The Government of Mysore had decided in 1966 that a gallery/museum was needed that could hold the paintings, musical instruments and plaster of Paris bas reliefs which formed the collection of Karnataka’s most famous artist, K. Venkatappa (1886–1965), a pupil of Abanindranath Tagore. It also houses the collections of KK Hebbar and the sculptor Rajaram. KK Hebbar, an internationally acclaimed painter from Karnataka, donated his collection to Venkatappa Art Gallery in 1993. The Government of Karnataka also bought some of his works.
NATIONAL MILITARY MEMORIAL PARK – NMM Park is a tribute by people and the government, designed by Nisha Mathew Ghosh and Soumitro Ghosh to honor the men and families of martyrs who have died in the service of the nation. National Military Memorial is located adjacent to Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park in Bangalore. Governor of Karnataka, H R Bhardwaj on Thursday hoisted what is claimed to be India’s largest tricolour anchored on the highest monumental flag pole in Karnataka, measuring 207 feet in height.The flag measuring 72 feet in length and 48 feet in width, and weighing 31 kg, was hoisted at the National Military Memorial on T Chowdaiah road opposite the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park.
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU PLANETARIUM – Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium), Bangalore, was established in 1989 by the Bangalore City Corporation, now known as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The administration of the planetarium was entrusted to Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) which was formed in 1992.
INDIRA GANDHI MUSICAL FOUNTAIN PARK – The dancing and musical fountain was commissioned in the year 1996 as part of the beautification plan for the city of Bangalore. Located in the heart of the city on the Raj Bhavan road in the old LRDE Complex, this is one of the places of tourist attraction in Bangalore. The fountain is installed amidst a landscape that synchronizes with the system. The dancing and musical fountain is one of the most advanced dancing fountains in India based on multimedia technology, with industry standard MIDI interfaces and hardware architecture.
FREEDOM PARK – It is located in the Central Business District of the city of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. It was formerly the Central Jail. It was opened to the public in November 2008. A part of it has been allotted for protests. When a state of emergency was proclaimed in India in 1975, several opposition leaders including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani were arrested and jailed at this venue. It also hosted the India Against Corruption (IAC) supported Anna Hazare indefinite fast for governmental action in the enactment of the Lok Pal bill.
LAL BAGH – Lalbagh or Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, is a well-known botanical garden in southern Bengaluru, India. The garden was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. It has a famous glass house which hosts two annual flower shows (26 January and 15 August). Lalbagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants, has a lake, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore. Lal Bagh is also home to a few species of birds. The commonly sighted birds include Myna, parakeets, crows, Brahmini Kite, Pond Heron, Common Egret, Purple Moor Hen etc.
TIPU SULTAN’S SUMMER PALACE – It is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan. Hyder Ali commenced its construction within the walls of the Bangalore Fort, and it was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1791. The structure was built entirely teak and stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. It is believed that Tipu Sultan used to conduct his durbar (court) from the eastern and western balconies of the upper floor. There are four smaller rooms in the corners of first floor which were used to known as Zenana Quarters. There are beautiful floral motifs embellishing the walls of the palace. The site also holds a painting of grand throne visualized by Tipu Sultan himself. Coated with gold sheets and stuck with precious emerald stones, Tipu had vowed never to use it until he completely defeated the English Army.
BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK – Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka, was founded in 1970 and declared as a national park in 1974. In 2002 a portion of the park, became a biological reserve, the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking and hiking.
FLOWER MARKET – Bangalore flower market takes place every day early morning from 2:00 AM till 8:00 AM. This market is also popularly known as KR Flower Market. If you want to purchase fresh flowers directly from flower farmers, this is the right place! There are many farmers nearby Bangalore cultivating flowers such as roses, gerbera, carnations, lilies, anthuriums, chrysanthemums, daisy, etc. Everyday these farmers come to the Bangalore flower market to sell their produce. These flower farmers harvest their produce every day late evening. The journey for the market starts early morning around 12:30 AM. They reach the flower market around 2:00 AM and start selling different types of beautiful flowers. When you reach the flower market in Bangalore, you can easily guess what people are selling there by the beautiful scent of fresh flowers. The market is filled with colourful flowers and leaves.
MYSORE SILK – The growth of the silk industry in the Kingdom of Mysore was first initiated during the reign of Sultan. Later it was hit by a global depression, and competition from imported silk and rayon. In the second half of the 20th century, it revived and the Mysore State became the top multivoltine silk producer in India. Karnataka produces 9,000 metric tons of mulberry silk of a total of 14,000 metric tons produced in the country, thus contributing to nearly 70% of the country’s total mulberry silk. In Karnataka, silk is mainly grown in the Mysore district.
BULL TEMPLE – Dodda Basavana Gudi (the Nandhi Temple) is situated in Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, area of South Bangalore, part of the largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka. The Hindu temple is inside a park called Bugle Rock.
The bull referred to is a sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi; Nandi is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple to Nandi in the world. The stone cult image of Nandi is continually covered with new layers of butter, benne in the local language of Kannada. There is a cult image of the elephant-headed Hindu deity son of shiva Ganesha close by.
BIG GANESHA TEMPLE – Dodda Ganesha is the famous temple in Bangalore. ‘Dodda’ in Kannada language means big, relating to ‘Big Ganesha’. It also has names like Bull Temple or Basavanagudi referring to another temple behind the Ganapati temple, a giant idol of Bull/ Nandi. Records indicate that the idol of Ganesha was sculpted on a single rock. Many folklore among locals says, Kempegowda once stumbled upon a big rock; seeing that it looked like Ganesha, he ordered a sculptor to make it an idol.
ISKCON TEMPLE – It is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. The temple is a huge cultural complex that was inaugurated in 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma. Hare Krishna Hill is the hillock on which this temple is situated. ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society with the objective of propagating Krishna Consciousness all over the world, as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
A few years ago, when home-grown wine brands started business, they found that the region around Bangalore was ideal for vineyards and winemaking. This could only mean good news for us, Bangaloreans. And surely, many of these vineyards have opened their gates for wine tours that offer guided vineyard sojourns, tastings and a peek into the whole process.
Below are the options for Vineyards:
- Grover Vineyards
- Bangalore Soma Vineyards
- Blackbuck Vine Resort
- Heritage Winery
There are countless delicious options for street food in Bangalore, a city bustling with affordable eateries and stalls. Visit the city’s all-vegetarian food street Thindi Bedi in VV Puram to feast on a wide variety of local delicacies, or head to the iconic Brahmin’s Coffee Bar for a breakfast of idlis, vadas and coffee. If you’re looking for a break from south Indian fare, there’s Hari Super Sandwich for bread lovers, Khan Saheb Grills and Rolls for grilled meats, and Shri Sairam’s Chats and Juice and Karnataka Bhel House for chaat. Also don’t miss the multi cuisine and signature restaurants in Koramangla , Indranagar & Avenue road. Wherever you go, these street food joints in Bangalore are guaranteed to leave you with a treasure trove of blissful food memories.
Bangalore has an active night culture and is home to over 800 clubs and bars. The city is also referred to by many as the “Pub Capital of India”. Bangalore has a number of elite clubs, like the Bangalore Golf Club, Bowring Institute, Century Club, Karnataka Golf Association, the Karnataka State Cricket Club and the Bangalore Club.
Popular nightspots in Bangalore include:
- Big Pitcher
- Prost Brew Pub
- Monkey Bar
- Gilly’s Restobar
It’s famous for its swanky malls, but thriving street markets ensure that there are many options for shopping in Bangalore on a budget. From bustling Commercial Street to the famous stretches of MG Road and Brigade Road, these shopping destinations offer good bargains and easy-on-wallet deals. Packed with stalls stocking a variety of accessories, shoes, apparels, books and antiques, these street markets are perfect for indulging in some affordable retail therapy.
Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking) was established in the year 1964 under Companies Act 1956.
The objective of the corporation is to preserve, develop and promote handicrafts. Government of India and Government of Karnataka are the share holders in the organization.
Karnataka State is richly endowed with widely practiced, accepted and acclaimed crafts since time immemorial. The major crafts are sandalwood carvings, rosewood inlay, channapatna lacquer ware & toys, Mysore traditional paintings, bidri ware, kinhal toys, Navalgunddhurries, stone carvings, other wood carvings, traditional jewellery, mirror and embroidery, banana fiber, terracotta, bronze icons, Pile carpets and many more.
Founded in 1981 by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 155 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people.
The programs are guided by Gurudev’s philosophy of peace: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.” To help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace, The Art of Living offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. These programs have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression and violent tendencies.
The Art of Living movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a public university for scientific research and higher education located in Bangalore, India. Established in 1909 with active support from Jamsetji Tata and H.H. Sir KrishnarajaWodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. It is also locally known as the “Tata Institute”.It acquired the status of a Deemed University in 1958. IISc is widely regarded as India’s finest institution in science, and has been ranked at number 11 and 18 worldwide (and ranked 3rd and 6th in Asia) when considering the criteria of Citations per Faculty in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
IISc ranks at number 1 in the NIRF University Rankings. IISc has made significant contributions to life sciences, advanced computing, space, and nuclear technologies.
Namma Metro (literally “Our Metro”), also known as Bangalore Metro, is a metro system serving the city of Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Namma Metro is India’s second largest metro system in terms of both length and number of stations, after the Delhi Metro. On the other hand, Namma Metro ranked worlds’s 99th largest metro system in terms of length and 92nd largest metro network in terms of number of operating stations. It also contains the first underground metro line in South India.The metro network consists of two colour-coded lines, with a total length of 31.52 kilometres serving 30 stations. The system has a mix of underground, at-grade, and elevated stations using standard-gauge tracks. The metro has an average daily ridership of 175,000 passengers.