30 Best Places To Visit In Bangalore, India - Updated 2024

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Nupur Agarwal
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Nupur Agarwal

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Bangalore (renamed Bengaluru) boasts of rich and vibrant culture and history brimming the streets, coupled with the charm of the friendly and hospitable locals here. No matter where you are from, Bangalore is one city in India that will make you feel like you belong there. From unique and interesting historical and cultural landmarks to lip-smacking delicacies to try out, to amazing science-oriented attractions to take your kids to for an educational experience, to romantic gardens and parks sprinkled with the warm, balmy vibes of a summer romance, Bangalore is filled with opportunities and experiences at every turn.

The amount of attractions and activities that this huge city has is countless, and you are sure to be left confused about what to add to your itinerary. Therefore, we bring you a list of the best places to visit in Bangalore, India, so that you are assured of the fact that this vacation will be a wonderful one filled with many dazzling memories. So read on as we explore what this city has to offer, so that you can start booking your tickets today!

1. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace (from USD 36.05)

Delve into the mysterious history of the famous Tipu Sultan as you take a trip through his magnificent summer palace and learn about the life of this 18th-century king. From discovering what happened at the Battle of Bangalore to exploring how kings lived in opulence at Tipu Sultan’s summer mansion, to learning about medieval weapons and battles at the palace armoury, a visit to this beautiful palace is sure to leave you in awe. In addition, marvel at the exterior architecture of the building that is reminiscent of traditional Indo-Islamic architecture, along with beautiful dark wood pillars and paintings lining the inside.

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A Day In The Life Of Tipu Sultan

Duration: 2hrs30 Min Duration

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2. Bannerghatta Biological Park

Recently declared a biological preserve in 2002, the famous Bannerghatta Biological Park of Bangalore is a great place to spend an afternoon if you are interested in wildlife and exploring the local flora and fauna of India. This is also a fantastic activity to engage your kids, where they can learn about the wildlife. The biological park boasts of a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles and insect species. There is a beautiful butterfly enclosure that is sure to leave you in awe, as well as a small aquarium filled with marine species.

Bannerghatta Biological Park

Address: Bannerghatta Rd, Bannerughatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Website: Bannerghatta Biological Park

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 9:30am - 5pm (closed on Tue)

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3. Wonderla Bangalore

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If you have young kids with you, this is the best place to go in Bangalore. Beat the heat by heading to this awesome water park, filled with a variety of rides and attractions to entertain you and your family all day long. You can float along happily down the lazy river that runs along the park, or give yourself an adrenaline rush on the thrilling slides and rollercoasters here. There is also a wave pool and a dance floor with sprinklers above you, so you can groove to music under the rain! Once you are tired from frolicking in the water all day, treat yourself to some exciting 3D shows. Around sunset, the park hosts a musical fountain program that you can attend, filled with music and lights.

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Wonderla Amusement Park Admission Ticket in Bangalore - Klook

4. Bangalore Palace (from USD 106.0)

The breathtaking beauty of the centuries-old Bangalore Palace is one that you simply cannot afford to miss when you visit Bangalore. Experience true regal opulence on a platter as you tour the palace and enjoy exploring the architecture and historical and cultural artefacts inside. This is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the city. Built in the year 1878, this sprawling epitome of grandeur spans more than 45,000 feet in length (13 kilometres)! You can explore the huge ballroom that looks like its straight out of Disney movie, the variety of paintings and artefacts collected by King Chamarajendra Wadiyar, the owner of this magnificent place. So if you are interested in learning about the lavish and enviable lives of kings and queens from the past, give this palace a visit and don’t forget to return home with tons of pictures!

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Bangalore Full-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Lunch Option

Duration: 8 hours

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5. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

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Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is another famous tourist destination that showcases the wonders of the universe and the natural world around us. As one of the five planetariums named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of free India, it is a great place to take your children along for a fun-filled advenure day out. Even if you don’t have young kids with you, it can be fun to let out the science buff in you and learn about the fascinating universe we live in. There is a mesmerising variety of space shows held in the main dome and other premises, along with various interesting workshops throughout the year.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Address: Sri T, Sankey Rd, High Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Website: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Opening hours Wed - Sun: 10am - 5:30pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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6. Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum

Constructed in honour of Sir M Visvesvaraya, this technological and industrial museum is a treat for any technology and engineering enthusiast. Consisting of an elaborate range of technological artefacts and exhibits, this museum is a must-visit for anyone who loves science and wishes to learn about physics and technology. Visit the Engine Hall area, which has multiple types of vehicles such as jet aircraft engines, industrial equipment and vintage cars on display. Or, you might be interesting in a section that teaches you how various machines work, as you get a glimpse of the inside of everyday machines. There is also an electronic show that displays classic physics experiments such as the Tesla coil and Faraday’s ring.

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Private Half-Day Tour of Bangalore

Duration: 4 hours

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7. HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is the ultimate destination for any aerospace and aviation enthusiast. Learn about the history of HAL and the Indian aviation industry, as well as the technological progress that aviation as a sector has undertaken in the last few decades. You can even learn about the Indian Air Force’s technological advancement, and check out replicas of modern fighter planes.

HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

Address: Near HAL Police Station, HAL Old Airport Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

Website: HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

Opening hours: 9am - 4:30pm (daily)

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8. Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park

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Enjoy one of the most popular Indian tourist activities at Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, the musical fountain. Combining lights, music and waterworks, this beautiful musical fountain is sure to be a mesmerising site for you. One of the biggest musical fountains in the country, this is the perfect place to go to in the evenings after a long lazy day of sightseeing. Watching the water dancing along to the tunes and the lights is sure to be a memorable experience no matter how old you are.

Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park

Address: Opp to Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium, Raj Bhawan Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 4pm, 5pm - 8:30pm (closed on Mon)

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9. Bangalore Aquarium

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As one of the largest aquariums in India, Bangalore Aquarium promises a wonderful time to any animal enthusiast. Displaying a variety of fish from local to exotic species including prawns, goldfish, angelfish, pearl gourami and more, as well as other aquatic flora and fauna such as octopi and lobsters, this is a must-visit site if you are interested in exploring the aquatic wonders that exist in our world. The aquarium is spread over three floors, and the architecture is also unique in the form of an octagonal building.

Bangalore Aquarium

Address: Kasturba Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 5:30pm (closed on Mon)

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10. Bangalore Fort (from USD 55.0)

For history buffs, Tipu Sultan’s Fort, also known as Bangalore Fort is a great visit on a lazy afternoon. Explore the rich and magnificent architecture of the building, then head on to the interiors to learn about the history of this fort. Although it is a great tragedy that the British dismantled most of this sort during their colonisation in India, even the remainder of the fort is well worth a visit. The Tipu Sultan summer palace is a part of this Bangalore Fort.

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Bangalore Fort heritage walk

Duration: 3 hours

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11. National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

National Gallery of Modern Art - NGMA - Bangalore 6643
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A relatively recently built art gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art hosts and displays a whopping 14,000 different paintings, artefacts, and exhibits. It is a treat for anyone who appreciates modern art or seeks to understand it. In addition to the exhibits themselves, the premises on which the gallery stands are also a work of art in and of themselves, with sprawling lush green gardens and old colonial architecture gracing the building. The building used to be a summer home for a Raja, and its grandeur reflects exactly that.

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

Address: 49, GF, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Rd, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Website: National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11am - 6:30pm (closed on Mon)

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12. Lumbini Gardens

Named as a tribute to Lord Buddha after Lumbini, Nepal, these gardens are a wonderful place to get away from the hubbub of city life in the midst of Bangalore. You can take a nice romantic walk with your spouse, get some fresh air alone or spend some quality time playing a sport with your children. There is also a boating club where you can take a boating trip along the lake, or go bird-watching early in the morning.

Lumbini Gardens

Address: Gate, Outer Ring Rd, Nagavara, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560045

Website: Lumbini Gardens

Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)

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13. Innovative Film City

If you are interested in unique and interesting theme parks, check out Innovative Film City. As an extremely popular tourist attraction, it attracts thousands of visitors every year. Spread across 58 acres of land (23 hectares), it is comprised of a huge number of stalls and markets where you can get unique souvenirs, clothes and jewellery, or get delicious street foods at one of its many stalls. There are also various theme park rides such as rollercoasters and bumper cars. So head on here to have the time of your life!

Innovative Film City

Address: 24 & 26, Kiadb Estates,birmangla cross, Bidali, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

Website: Innovative Film City

Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)

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14. Cubbon Park

One of the biggest parks in Bangalore is the Cubbon Park. Frequented very often by families, couples, friends and solo walkers, it is a lush green paradise in the midst of the urban landscape. Named after Lord Cubbon, this park has thousands of trees and a variety of flora and fauna. It is also home to the second-largest aquarium in the country, Bangalore Aquarium.

Cubbon Park

Address: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6am - 7pm; Sun: 6am - 7:45pm

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15. St. Mary's Basilica, Bangalore

Posted by Jijo Joy on Tuesday, 1 October 2019

St. Mary’s Basilica holds the title of the oldest church in the city, and it is worth a visit to simply witness its grandeur and unique architecture. If you are lucky, you might catch some of the awesome festivities that take place in this church, such as the St. Mary’s Feast. With beautiful stained-glass windows and quintessential church experience, it is a great place to just sit quietly and meditate or pray for a while.

St. Mary's Basilica, Bangalore

Address: Msgr. F. Noronha Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051

Website: St. Mary’s Basilica, Bangalore

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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16. Dodda Alada Mara

The Dodda Alada Mara or Big Banyan Tree is a massive Banyan tree and a famous tourist place near Bangalore. This...

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Dodda Alada Mara literally translates to the Big Banyan Tree. You might wonder what is so great about a tree, but this is a tree like no other. Spanning a whopping 3 acres of land (1.2 hectares), this beautiful old tree has been around for 400 years! It is considered the second-largest tree in India and spans a circumference of 250 metres (820 feet). Head over in the evenings to spend some time underneath this practically immortal plant and marvel at the beauty of nature.

Dodda Alada Mara

Address: Tavarekere, Uttarahalli Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562130

Opening hours: 8am - 5:30pm (daily)

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17. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

Chitrakala Parishath
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If you are an art enthusiast, you simply cannot miss this place on your trip to Bangalore. Located right in the heart of the city lies this quaint old building that is a hub for art and culture. It comprises of a wide range of galleries, museums, and libraries that host art of all kinds from folk to modern and everything in between. There is also an adjacent university that holds research and courses for students from around the world. Spend an afternoon amidst the hub of artistic education, and you are sure to nurture the artist in yourself!

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

Address: No.1, Art Complex, Kumarakrupa Rd, Kumara Park East, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Website: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5:30pm (closed on Sun)

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18. Ulsoor Lake

Another wonderful nature destination right in the city is the breathtakingly huge Ulsoor Lake, or Halasuru Lake. Sprawling across more than 123 acres (50 hectares) lies this beauty that is perfect for boating, fishing or just taking a long leisurely walk around. Bring along a blanket, a ton of snacks and beverages and a picnic basket, and just have a vintage-style picnic here. Don’t forget to bring along your camera, as the lake, as well as its surroundings, are extremely picturesque.

Ulsoor Lake

Address: Ulsoor Lake, Halasuru, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560042

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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19. Venkatappa Art Gallery

Located in the premises of Karnataka Government Museum

Posted by Rupali Dahatonde on Sunday, 21 July 2019

With over 600 paintings adorning its walls, the Venkatappa Art Gallery in Bangalore is another wonderful sightseeing destination for any art enthusiast. Dedicated to K Venkatappa, after whom it has been named, this art gallery spans two-storeys and also hosts various artefacts and exhibits pertaining to the life of this artist. In addition, there is an adjacent museum worth checking out that has exhibits from the Indus Valley Civilisation, ancient musical and artistic artefacts, geological exhibits and more.

Venkatappa Art Gallery

Address: Kasturba Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Mon)

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20. ISKCON Temple Bangalore

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ISKCON is a well-known organisation that has millions of devotees all over the world. The beautiful ISKCON temple in Bangalore is a very popular tourist destination that is worth a visit. Comprising of a shrine area where you can pay your respects to Lord Krishna, the Hindu god, and the beautiful green outdoor premises where you can sit in peace, this temple is sure to relax and calm your mind from the minute you step in. You can even attend lectures and prayers here.

ISKCON Temple Bangalore

Address: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010

Website: ISKCON Temple Bangalore

Opening hours: 7:15am - 1pm, 4:15pm - 8:30pm (daily)

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21. Malleswaram

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Witness a quaint old neighbourhood in the midst of a quickly growing metropolitan city by paying a visit to Malleswaram, the traditional hub of Bangalore. Constructed after the Bangalore Plague in the early 1900s, this beautiful locality is ripe with opportunity, whether you are a music enthusiast, art enthusiast, traveller, or a foodie. You can spend a whole day simply munching on the street food available, or going shopping on the street stalls available here. Pick up a classic South Indian Kanjeevaram saree, or go for some junk jewellery. The choice is yours!


Address: 3rd Main Road, Bengaluru 560003, India

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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22. M Chinnaswamy Stadium

M Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore
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M Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of the most popular cricket stadiums in the country. In India, cricket is practically a religion, and it can be an extremely fulfilling experience to go watch some cricket alongside diehard fans of the sport. Cheer along to your favourite team over the picturesque stadium, click plenty of pictures and make tons of new friends, you are sure to have a good time here!

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

Address: Cubbon Rd, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Website: M Chinnaswamy Stadium

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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23. Nandi Temple

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories

Posted by Chan Dru on Saturday, 18 May 2019

Bull Temple, also known as the Nandi Temple, is dedicated to the mount of Lord Shiva, a Hindu god. There is also an adjacent temple on the premises dedicated to Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. The statue of Ganesha is made entirely out of ghee (clarified butter), and it is remade every few years. The main attraction of this temple, however, is a huge statue of Nandi the bull, that was carved out of a single stone.

Nandi Temple

Address: Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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24. Commercial Street

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If you are looking for the modern side of Bangalore and wish to indulge in some retail therapy, there is no better place in the whole city than Commercial Street. Filled with a dizzying array of shops and stores that sell anything and everything, you are sure to find yourself confused with options here. From branded clothes and shoes available at affordable prices to traditional sarees and scarves in bright beautiful colours, you can shop till you drop at this great venue.

Commercial Street

Address: Commercial Street, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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25. Nandi Hills

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If you are looking for a true escape into nature right on the outskirts of Bangalore, there is no better destination to go on an adventurous hike than Nandi Hills. Feed your drive for adventure by bringing along your hiking gear and setting off on an early morning up these hills, with nothing but greenery all around you and the pleasant chirping of birds in the distance. Now that is what we call true relaxation!

Nandi Hills

Address: Nandi Hills, Karnataka

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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26. Jayaprakash Narayana Park

Posted by Ankit Singh on Saturday, 20 April 2019

Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park, also known as JP Park, is a picturesque and scenic park that is ideal for picnics or walks. It encompasses a sprawling 25 acres of land (10 hectares) and feels nearly endless to walk through. There are multiple lakes where you can take extremely photogenic Instagram-worthy pictures, as well as an amphitheatre. The park is very well-maintained, with lush green flora and an unlimited amount of fauna. So head over to this beautiful park for some relaxing time with your spouse, family or just by yourself with a good book.

Jayaprakash Narayana Park

Address: 22/1, Tank Bund Road, Brindavan Nagar, Bandappa Garden, Mathikere, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560054

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5am - 11am, 4pm - 8:15pm; Sat: 5am - 9am, 4pm - 8pm; Sun: 5am - 8pm

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27. UB City

Looking for some high-end shopping for branded clothes, shoes and accessories? UB City Mall, located in the central business district, promises to take care of all your shopping needs. Hosting all the fancy brands we all know and love, this mall offers a well-rounded shopping experience whether you are looking for luxury beauty products, clothes, luxury dining or accessories like watches, bags or jewellery.

UB City

Address: 24, Vittal Mallya Rd, KG Halli, D’ Souza Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Website: UB City

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 10pm

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28. Chunchi Falls

Another nature lover’s popular spot is the beautiful Chunchi waterfall. Considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in all of Bangalore, this is worth a visit on a tiring evening when you wish to get away from the city noise and just spend some quiet time in nature. It makes for a great picnic spot, and it is best to visit towards the end of the year, during monsoon and winter.

Chunchi Falls

Address: Chunchi Falls, Kanakapura, Karnataka 562119

Opening hours: 9am - 6:30pm (daily)

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29. The Art of Living

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Art of Living organisation is one of the most famous spiritual organisations all over the world, responsible for bringing peace and happiness into the lives of many people. This organisation holds yoga, meditation and Ayurveda treatments on its premises, and even just stepping into the premises is a calming experience. With well-maintained lawns, artificial lakes and multiple gardens to meditate in, the campus draws thousands, if not millions, of people from all walks of life. It is well worth a visit if you are interested in yoga, meditation or any other wellness routine.

The Art of Living

Address: Kanakapura Rd, Udayapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

Website: The Art of Living

Opening hours: 6am - 8pm (daily)

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30. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (from USD 80.0)

If you are travelling to Bangalore with your partner, you might enjoy taking a romantic walk through the most beautiful garden this city has to offer. Planned and constructed by King Hyder Ali, this beautiful garden hosts a variety of local unique species of plants and flowers that is great to check out if you are interested in botany. Boasting of over 1000 different species of plants and flowers over 240 acres of land (97 hectares), this is truly a marvel to explore. The park also has a lake where you can go boating, as well as yearly flower shows conducted on special days such as Independence Day and Republic Day in India.

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Bangalore Private 4-Hour Tour Lalbagh Garden and Tippu Palace

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy the heritage of Bangalore

Bangalore is considered the city of opportunities for many of its locals. Once a small South Indian town, it has grown into the information technology hub of the country, where thousands of youngsters from all walks of life migrate every day for jobs. This juxtaposition of electrifying modern city life with its young energy, against its rich historic and cultural backdrop creates a vibrant and spirited mosaic. The cherry on top is the friendliness and warmth of the locale, which will surely make your vacation here absolutely unforgettable!

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