Bangalore - the capital of Karnataka – has grown to become one of the busiest and most popular cities in India. Bangalore is one of the few cities in India that offer a perfect blend of history, culture, architecture, and spirituality with cosmopolitanism, altruism, urbanism, and technological augmentation. One side of the city shows the ever-growing, thriving IT industry. While the other side exhibits a more traditional, culture-sensitive facet of the city. There are uncountable places of tourist interest that will give a glimpse into both the sides of the city. Some of the most fascinating and interesting places to visit as a tourist in Bangalore are listed below in no particular order.


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1. Tipu Sultan Fort


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This famous fort has been a place of cultural pride and integrity for the people of India. Built by Tipu Sultan himself, this fort was initially named ‘Rash-e-Zannat' which translates to ‘Envy of Heavens’. This fort gives us a quick glimpse into the intricate Islamic Architecture of Late Medieval India. The fort is located near the bustling Krishna Rajendra City Market.
● Opening Time – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Open throughout the week)
● Entry Fee – INR 15 for Indian Citizens
● INR 200 for Foreigners
● Camera Fee – INR 25 per camera
● Visiting Duration – 1-2 hours



2. BANGALORE PALACE

The Bangalore Palace located at the heart of the city was built with both the Colonial Architecture and Traditional Indian Architecture in mind. It was built in 1884 and England’s Windsor Castle was the inspiration behind this historical gem. This palace is built over an enormous 430 acres of land. The Bangalore Palace is popular for its Palace Tour, the Amusement Park and the different events, concerts, festivals and exhibitions that are often held there.
● Opening Time – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (Open throughout the week)
● Entry Fee – INR 230 for Indian Citizens
● INR 460 for Foreigners
● Camera Fee – INR 680 for still camera
● Visiting Duration – 1.5-2.5 hours



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3. LAL BAGH BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens of Bangalore is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most mesmerizing botanical gardens in India. Originally constructed by Harder Ali and later modified by Tipu Sultan, this Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 240 acres. There are over 1800 species of fascinating plants, herbs, and trees that you can feast you’re upon. This tourist attraction will definitely be worth your time.
● Opening Time – 6:00 AM-7:00 PM (Open throughout the week)
● Entry Fee – INR 20 for Adults
● INR 15 for children
● Visit Duration – 1.5-2.0 hours



4. NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART

If you are an art enthusiast or a history lover, this museum is most definitely a place that you should go and see. The museum exhibits over 500 mind-boggling artworks by some of the most famous artists of India. You have the opportunity to see paintings made by Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Shergill, and Jamini Roy. To make your experience more informative and convenient each artwork has been categorized according to the time period, art school and artist.
● Opening Time – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (Open throughout the week)
● Entry Fee – INR 10 for Indians
● INR 1 for children
● INR 200 for foreigners
● Visiting Duration – 2 hours



5. SHIVASAMUDRAM FALLS

The Shivasamudram Falls is a place of national pride as it housed the first ever hydroelectric power station of Asia. If you’re a nature lover or have always loved adventures and trekking, you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Shivasamudram Falls. You will get to trek through 2KM of blissful and heavenly greenery. The best time to go to the Shivasamudram Falls is anywhere between June and September for a clearer view of the waterfalls.
● Opening Time – Open on all days. A day visit is ideal for tourists.
● Entry Fee – Entry is free of cost for both citizens and foreigners.
● Visiting Duration – subjective depending upon on the tourist.



6. ST. MARY’S BASILICA

St. Mary’s Basilica Church is known to be Bangalore’s oldest church. It was initially built back in the 1600s. But the beautiful architecture we see today is actually a result of the reconstruction of the church in 1875. This church is known for the St. Mary’s Feast held in September. Several tourists that visit this church look forward to the mass and the St Mary’s Feast.
● Opening Time – 6:00 AM-9:00 PM (Open throughout the week)
● Entry Fee – No entry fee is charged.
● Duration – 45-60 mints



7. CHOLA TEMPLES

The Chola Dynasty ruled over Bangalore for nearly an entire century. The impact they had on the inhabitants, culture, and history of Bangalore is evident through these temples. These temples have stood the test of time for over 1500 years and still leave tourists in awe of its beauty.
● Opening Time – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (From Monday through Friday)
● Entry Fee – Prior permission is required
● Duration – 45-60 mints



8. BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK

Visiting the Bannerghatta National Park will paint a whole new picture of Bangalore for you. This national park is an escape from the busy and chaotic life in Bangalore. This place will be a treat for anyone who loves wildlife, photography, and nature. This park was built with the motive of protecting and conserving Karnataka’s biodiversity.
● Opening Time – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Open throughout the week)
● Entry Fee – INR 260 for Indian Adults
● INR 130 for Children
● INR 400 for foreigners
● Duration – 2 hours



9. CUBBON PARK

Cubbon Park is spread over a huge area of 300 acres which you can explore. It’s a place you can visit to relax and unwind after a hectic day of sightseeing. The park is covered with massive lawns and beautiful walkways. If you love to go for jogs or walks, you should definitely give this place a try.
● Opening Time – Open throughout the week
● Entry Fee – No entry fee is charged
● Duration – 1.5-2.0 hours



10. THE GOVERNMENT MUSEUM

Built in 1886, this museum harbors over 18 galleries that display various rare historical artifacts of archaeological significance from different periods throughout history. Antique Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, etc., are some of the things you’ll get to see here.
● Opening Time – 9:30 AM-5:00 PM (All days except Friday)
● Entry Fee – INR 15 for citizens
● INR 250 for foreigners
● Duration – 2.5-3.0 hours



These are only a tiny fraction of the tourist attractions you can see in and around Bangalore. The above-mentioned places are definitely recommended to anyone who loves exploring different cultures, and is always on the lookout for a new adventure!


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