Originally built in mud in 1537, by the founder of Bangalore,Kempe Gowda, Tipu Sultan's Fort is one of the most attractive monuments, located opposite the City Market. The fort was later extended and fortified by Tipu Sultan. The most fascinating part about the fort is its beautifully carved Islamic-style arches on the gateways and a well-preserved Ganesh Temple, a testament of Tipu's religious tolerance. An outer wall of the fort also bears an exquisite carving of Krishna playing his flute.
Tipu's Palace, which lies near the fort, is a replica of Tipu's Daria Daulat Palace at Srirangapatna. Built largely of wood, the Palace is known as Rashk-e-jannat, or the Envy of Heaven. The five ornately decorated arcades surmounted by minarets, and paintings on the walls and ceilings catch one's eye and are arguably the most beautiful part of the Palace.
Mysore's maharaja Chamaraj Wodeyar got inspired by the Windsor Castle in England and had his own Palace built on similar Tudor lines in 1887, which came to be known as the famous Bangalore Palace. The interiors are breathtaking with their floral motifs, cornices, mouldings and a painted ceiling. Located between Jayamahal and Sadashivanagar areas, the palace ground has become a venue for various exhibitions, concerts and cultural programmes.
One can visit the palace on weekdays and on Saturdays between 10 am and 6 pm. There is an entry fee of Rs 100 for Indians (children’s. 50) and Rs. 200 for foreign tourists (children Rs. 100).
Vidhana Soudha is one of the most famous landmarks in Bangalore. Standing tall at 46 m, it houses 22 departments in 300 rooms. Vidhana Soudha is the seat of Karnataka's Legislative Assembly, and the grand structure was built in 1956. The construction has a Neo Dravidian temple architecture style. It has India's national symbol, the four-headed lion in the middle, flanked by four domes at all four corners. Symbolizing the powers that Vidhana Soudha houses is the massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet Room. The entry to the house is restricted, and the building is lit up on Sunday evenings and on public holidays.
International Tech Park, the 69-acre International Tech Park is located in Whitefield, 12 km from Bangalore Airport and 18 km from the city centre. It currently comprises of five buildings-'Discoverer', 'Innovator', 'Creator', 'Explorer' and 'Inventor'.
Located on the NH 7 about 23 km from the city centre is the heart of the India's IT industry. It is famous for its eminent clientele that includes market leaders in the field of electronics and information technology. You can stroll outside; entry to some offices needs special permission from the concerned authorities.
Cubbon Park is one of the largest and most green areas in Bangalore. An ideal place to unwind during the weekend or a weekday evening, it has a lot in store for kids. There is a beautiful bamboo grove and a play area with some rides and eateries. There is an imposing red Gothic structure within this park called the Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, which houses the public library. Walking distance from here are the High Court, Government Museum, Technology Museum, aquarium and the Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan.
Started by Hyder Ali in 1760 and completed by Tipu Sultan, this 240-acre landscaped park is home to some very rare species of plants. The Glass House, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London, is the venue for the bi-annual flower show. Lalbagh is about 4 km from the Vidhana Soudha in the beautiful residential layout of Jayanagar. Entry to the park is free between 6 am and 9 am and 6 pm to 7pm.
Gandhi Bhavan (Kumara Krupa Road)
The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, which is housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, seeks to propagate the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The building has a picture gallery depicting Gandhi's life beginning with his childhood to the very last day. Copies of letters written by him to various personalities can also be viewed here.
Timings are 10.30 am-5 pm (lunch break1.30 pm- 3 pm). Closed on Sundays and other holidays.
Directly facing Vidhana Soudha is the elegant two-storeyed building Attara Kacheri, which accommodates the High Court. Within walking distance from here are the Public Library, the Government Museum, the Vishwesharaya Industrial and Technological Museum and the Venkatappa Art Gallery.
what's most attractive about Ravindra Kalakshetra is its shape, which is of a violin! It is housed in the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, and is an appropriate tribute to the famous violin exponent, T. Chowadaiah. Ravindra Kalakshetra has a great theatre and houses the cultural academy offices.