known as the City Of Baked Beans, Bangalore, is the capital city of
Karnataka abd the fifth largest city in India, is the perfect blend
of natural beauty and man-made marvels of architecture and
technology. Blessed with a salubrious climate and dotted with
beautiful parks, its tree-lined avenues, its trendy, yuppie
downtown, and the software flood, Bangalore truly offers one a
picture of striking contrasts. Bangalore -- located 1,000m above sea
level is one of the most 'happening' places in India. Bangalore,
which literally means the 'town of baked beans', was founded by
Kempe Gowda, a chieftain of the Vijayanagar Empire, around the 16th
century. He built four towers in four directions to specify its
boundaries. However, Bangalore has far exceeded these limits since.
derives its name from an ancient legend associated with it.
According to the myth, King Veera Ballala, a ruler of the Hoysala
dynasty, was separated from his troupe, while hunting in the jungle.
Tired, he stumbled upon a tiny shack where an old woman gave him the
only food she had - a plate of 'benda kaalu' or boiled beans. The
king called this place as 'benda kaalu ooru' or 'village of boiled
beans'. This was later converted to 'Bangalore', an anglicized form.
of Bangalore's most attractive features continues to be its pleasant
weather. Like we said earlier, Bangalore is not inclined to
extremes. It meets the season's expectations, which means, it is
warm in the summer, chilly in winter and the monsoons visit
Places to visit
South of Bangalore in Basavangudi, is the Bull
Temple built by Kempe Gowda. The deity is a massive 15-foot Basava
or bull, which was believed to have been the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
The cause for wonder about this Nandi is that it has been carved
from a single boulder.
- Lal Bagh
240-acre gardens were laid out during the Muslim era (18th century)
by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, 200 years ago. They contain the
largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants with
many awesome century-old trees. Fountains, terraces, lotus pools,
rose gardens and a deer park surround the magnificent glass house
built in 1840, on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. The Annual
flower, fruit and vegetable shows are regularly held here. Lal Bagh
also houses the offices of the Karnataka Horticultural Society that
renders free advice to those interested in flowers and gardens. A
giant Electronic Quartz Flower clock is also in the garden.
Situated near the fort, construction of this
palace was begun by Tipu Sultan's father Haider Ali, and completed
by Tipu himself in 1791. It resembles the Daria Daulat Palace at
Srirangapatna, Tipu's capital. It was known as `Rashk-e-jannat' -
the Envy of Heaven. Constructed largely of wood, it is known for its
five elaborately decorated arches surmounted by exquisite minarets,
and paintings on the walls and ceilings. It is open to the Public
from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Bannerghatta National Park
25,000 acre park houses elephant, gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild
pig, sloth bear, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur,
bonnet macaque, porcupine and the hare. North of the Park lies
interesting features for tourists that includes lion and tiger
safari, a herbivore safari, a mini zoo, a reptile park, a museum and
a mini aviary.
How to Reach
- By Air
airport is 13 km from the city and flights are available to all
- By Road
The Karnataka State Road
Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses and goa roadways operate here.
Banglore has two major railway staion and are
connected to all major cities
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