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  • If you have been seeing it as the IT Hub of India with not much in terms of heritage, let us tell you there is a sea of historical places in Bangalore waiting to be explored by history aficionados. Even though it is ranked among the most advanced cities in the country, Bangalore has done a great job of preserving its jewels from the past.

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    From monuments mere looking at which will compel you to imagine the city during the era of the British and Tipu Sultan to palaces that still feel regal in a true sense - Bangalore historical places are many and various. If you are eager to learn about the lifestyle of the rulers from the past, there are iconic structures like the Summer Palace and Bangalore Palace that will give you some useful insights.

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    On the other hand, if you are interested in exploring the great range of architectural designs Bangalore boasts of, you have tempting choices like Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri. Furthermore, you can also visit the National Gallery of Modern Art and Venkatappa Art Gallery to supplement your historical and cultural knowledge of the region. 

    Here are some of the best historical places in Bangalore:

  • 01Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

    Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

    This exquisite royal palace tops the list of historical places in Bangalore. One of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture in Bangalore, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace served as the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.

    Like other Indo-Islamic buildings in different parts of the country, the ceilings and walls of the palace feature beautiful floral patterns and the arches display an intricate design. With a museum occupying its ground floor, the Summer Palace is an excellent treat for anybody who would like to learn about Tipu Sultan and the days of his reign.

    Location: Chamrajpet, Bengaluru

    Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 15 per person

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 4 km/ 6.6 km

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  • 02Bangalore Fort

    Bangalore Fort

    Founded as a mud fort in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, this fort was rebuilt in 1761 by Haider Ali. Holding a great historical significance, Bangalore Fort is admired by all kinds of visitors, especially history buffs.

    This imposing has stood through many important events in the past including the struggle of the Mysore Kingdom against the British. Islamic inscriptions and murals depicting Tipu Sultan’s contempt towards the British adorn the fort’s walls. Most part of the fort could not withstand the test of time except Delhi Gate and 2 bastions.

    The Summer Palace, Fort Church, and Ganpati Temple are the major attractions located within the fort complex.

    Location:
    New Tharagupet, Bengaluru

    Timings:
    8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee:
    INR 15 per person

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 
    4km / 6 km

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  • 03Bangalore Palace

    Bangalore Palace

    The magnificent Bangalore Palace was built in 1887 and is spread across the vast area of 45000 square feet. The exceptional work inspired by Tudor and Scottish Gothic architecture enhances the beauty of this impressive palace with imposing towers, battlements Gothic styled windows and so much more.

    The wooden interiors are carved brilliantly and showcase multiple paintings; floral motifs display the royal customs. The palace is surrounded by vast green gardens which add to the beauty of this exceptionally exquisite palace. Furthermore, this palace hosts many rock concerts, cultural programs, and exhibitions. Owing to its distinctive antique stature and royal aura, Bangalore Palace is among the best historical places in Bangalore.

    Location: Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore

    Timings: 10:30 am to 5 pm

    Entry fees: INR 230 per person

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/railway station: 5 Km/ 4.6 km

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  • 04Devanahalli Fort

    Devanahalli Fort

    A magnificence fort that takes you back to the days of royal era, Devanahalli Fort is regarded as the birthplace of ‘The Tiger of Mysore’ or Tipu Sultan. It was built in 15101 by Mallebyre Gowda when Saluva Dynasty was reigning the region.

    The complex sprawls across an area of 20 acres and is essentially built from stone and mortar. Centuries of negligence, fights, and battles have reduced the fort to ruins but the chief residence of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali are worth checking. In addition to being one of the most visited historical places in Bangalore, this fort is also important from an archaeological point of view.

    Location: Bangalore - Hyderabad Highway

    Timings: Opens from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM.

    Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 37.2 km 

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  • 05St. Mary's Basilica

    St. Mary's Basilica

    Take a walk through history and spirituality both at once at St Mary's Basilica in Bangalore. Standing tall like a proud symbol of diversity, this church consecrated in 1882 is one of the oldest in the region. The church amasses built in not only Christians but people belonging to all faiths.

    If you are on a quest to discover the major historical places in Bangalore, this church has a lot to offer to not just history buffs but also to patrons of architecture. The Gothic style architecture gives the building a stunning appearance. Upon stepping inside the church, you will be delighted to witness the beauty created by statues of Mary and stained glass windows.

    Location: Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru

    Timings: 6 am to 9 pm

    Entry Fee: Free

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 5.4 km/ 5.5 km

  • 06Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

    Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

    If you do not mind adding some shades of science to your overall experience palette in Bangalore, you cannot find a better place than Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. An ideal place for kids as well as adults, this planetarium will virtually take you on a space tour and fill your head with some interesting facts pertaining to the science of astrology.

    History enthusiasts will have a great time learning about the journey of human toward understanding outer space better and the advancements that have taken place since then. With brilliantly designed shows and a great wealth of information, this planetarium is worth visiting regardless of where your interest lies.

    Location: Sankey Road, Bengaluru

    Timings: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 35 per person

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 3.7 km/5.1 km

  • 07Lal Bagh

    Lal Bagh

    The aspect of this botanical garden that makes it important from a historical point of view is that its origin dates back to the era of Hyder Ali. It was developed by him in 1760 across an area of 40 acres which was later extended to 240 acres by his son Tipu Sultan.

    Lal Bagh or 'Red Garden' got its name from red roses that are found here in abundance. The garden has an extensive range of attractions including a beautiful glass house, a rare collection of ancient trees, and some unique species of tropical plants.

    Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru

    Timings: 6 am to 7 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 20 per person

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 5 km/ 7 km

  • 08Vidhana Soudha

    Vidhana Soudha

    If you are setting out to explore historical places in Bangalore and its architectural gems, Vidhana Soudha deserves to be on top of your checklist. This magnificent structure designed in Neo-Dravidian style is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka and was constructed in 1956.

    Elements from British, Indo-Islamic, and Dravidian architectures can be seen in the design. Spread over an area of 60 acres, the grand edifice encompasses a total of 300 rooms. History buffs will have a rewarding experience exploring the classy nooks and crannies of Vidhana Soudha. However, it must be kept in mind that prior permission is needed to enter the building.

    Location: Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore

    Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm

    Entry Fee: Free but prior permission required

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 2 km / 4 km

  • 09Attara Kacheri

    Attara Kacheri

    Built between 1864 and 1868 during the rule of Tipu Sultan, Attara Kacheri housed various public offices initially. At present, the colossal red structure designed in Gothic Architecture is the High Court of Bengaluru.

    Located opposite the building of Vidhana Soudha, Attara Kacheri appears absolutely stunning, confirming that the time could not steal away its magnificence.

    Unfortunately, it is not open to the public for the purpose of tourism, so you will have to settle at admiring it from the outside. Owing to its praiseworthy design and historical significance, Attara Kacheri is definitely one of the best historical places in Bangalore.

    Location: Opposite Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee: Entry not allowed

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 3.5 km/3.7 km

  • 10Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall

    Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall

    One of those Bangalore historical places that receive huge praise from history lovers visiting the city is Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall. Exhibiting a fine specimen of European Architecture, the building was built in 1915 to immortalize the memory of the Dewan of Mysore, Sir K. Seshadri Iyer.

    The building currently houses State Central Library with approximately 2,65,000 books and receives guests in huge numbers all around the year. Since it is located within Cubbon Park, a visit to this memorial hall can be clubbed with other prominent sites nearby.   

    Location: Cubbon Park, Bengaluru

    Timings: 8:30 am to 7:30 pm

    Entry Fee: Free

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 3.5 km/3.7 km

  • 11Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

    Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

    In addition to being a prominent religious site for Hindus, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also one of the most interesting Bangalore historical places. This brilliantly designed ancient cave temple puts on display one of the finest examples of rock-cut architecture in the country.

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the study reveals that the history of the temple traces it back to the 9th Century. The complex designs made on the rocks through carving will make you stare in disbelief. Certain aspects of the temple’s architecture involving astrological elements are nothing short of an unsolved mystery.

    Location: Gavipura, Bengaluru

    Timings: 6 am to 8 pm

    Entry Fee: Free

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 4km/5.7 km

  • 12Venkatappa Art Gallery

    Venkatappa Art Gallery

    Venkatappa Art Gallery, as the name indicates, showcases the work of one of the most celebrated artists of India, K. Venkatappa. The two-storeyed gallery and museum were inaugurated in 1975. In 1996 the government of Mysore decided to make a gallery to exhibit the paintings, musical instruments and work of various artists here.

    Apart from Venkatappa’s famous paintings- the Ooty sunrise, the dazzling Nilgiri hills etc., work of various famous artists M.F.  Hussain, Rekha Rao, Vasudev to name a few are also commendable. Artworks dating back to the Stone Age give the visitors a clear understanding of the craftsmanship of ancient times.

    The museum displays various sculptures, exquisite wooden work, antiques from Harappan civilization and so much more which will definitely amuse the history lover in you.

    Location:  Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore

    Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Entry fees: INR 10 per person

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/railway station: 4.9 Km/4.4 km

  • 13Bugle Rock Park

    Bugle Rock Park

    Bugle Rock Park is one of the most famous places among Bangalore historical places. Bugle Rock, also known as the peninsular gneiss, is a formation of rock which is approximately 3000 million years old. During the reign of Kempe Gowda, a tower was built on this rock which gave a bird’s eye view of the city to make sure that no intruders were attempting to break in.

    Here you can find many hollow rocks which were mainly used for lightning at that time. Bugle Rock Park also referred to as “walker’s paradise” has a serene atmosphere with a gushing waterfall and greenery all around. The park also houses a small Hindu temple.

    Location: Basavanagudi, Bangalore

    Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 AM

    Entry fees: Free

    Distance from Bangalore railway station: 4.7 Km/5.3 km

  • 14Government Museum

    Government Museum

    Government Museum is the second oldest museum in South India which showcases exquisite works of art. Government Museum first opened in a rented building in 1865 and later in 1879 construction of the new building designed by Colonel Sankey was completed which became functional in 1980.  

    Explore the galleries of this hub of knowledge which has a wealth of information pertaining to various sections like ethnology, natural history, architecture, sculpture, etc. It is now known as an archaeological museum with antiques from Indus Valley Civilization, specifically from Mohenjodaro and Vijayanagar and inscriptions, old jewellery, coins, sculptures are exhibited here.

    Location: Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore

    Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Note: Closed on Wednesday

    Entry fees: INR 10 per person

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/ railway station: 4.9 Km/4.2 km

  • 15HAL Aerospace Museum

    HAL Aerospace Museum

    HAL Aerospace Museum inaugurated in 2001, provides you with a chance to come across the legacy of aerospace and aviation of India. Get ready to go on a virtual trip while exploring the growth of the aviation industry and hall of fame.

    You will also get to see models of aircraft like MIG-21, KIRAN, LAKSHYA, MARUT and many more assets of Indian Air Force. Visit this museum for an extraordinary experience which will enlighten and amuse you at the same time. Owing to its exceptional exhibitions and pieces of valuable information from the past, it is one of the best historical places in Bangalore.

    Location:
    Sector 3, Marathahalli, Bangalore

    Timings:
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Entry fees:
    INR 50 per person

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/railway station:
    17 Km/14.3 km

  • 16Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park

    Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park

    Although not essentially a historical place, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, constructed in 1955, should be visited to spend some easy moments with your dear ones. Encompassing vast space of the landscaped garden, this spot in Bangalore is an impressive combination of technology and creativity.

    The most interesting thing about the park is the choreographed show involving lights, music, and fountains. Spending an evening enjoying the fountain show and leisurely strolls in the gardens will set your mood right.

    Location: T. Chowdaiah Road, Bengaluru

    Timings: 10 am to 8:30 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 3.8 km/3.9 km

  • 17Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

    Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

    Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is a marvel of science and technology. The museum has various interactive sections like Fun Science Gallery, Engine Hall, Electro-Technic Gallery, Space Gallery and the most thrilling Dinosaur Enclave which is informative and fun at the same time.

    For children, there is a section called Science for Children featuring fun science activities and various musical games. Do not miss to watch the exciting 3D show which shows you fascinating films using light speed and 3D effects.

    Location: Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore

    Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Entry fees: INR 40 per person

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/railway station: 4.8 Km/4.3 km

  • 18Big Bull Temple

    Big Bull Temple

    Big Bull Temple is the biggest and one of the oldest temples in India dedicated to sacred bull Nandi, a devotee of Lord Shiva. An enormous statue carved out on a single granite rock is a spectacular work of art. The imposing statue of the bull is 6 m long and has a height of 4.5 m.

    The legend has it that Lord Shiva placed an iron rod on the head of the statue so that it would stop growing. This temple with an interesting background is an excellent site for history buffs as well as for those who enjoy marvels of architecture and archaeology.

    Location: Basavanagudi, Bangalore

    Timings: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Entry fees: Free

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/railway station: 4.7 Km/5.3 km

  • 19National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore

    National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore

    National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore inaugurated in 2009 houses more than 14000 implausible works of art from various famous artists like Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Verma and many more. It is a perfect blend of art dating back to the 18th Century to a modern piece of work which showcases the cultural roots of India with passing time through many variations.

    This gallery also hosts many workshops, educational tours, seminars, talks all related to art and culture which represents India. This gallery offers you an insight into the exceptional work of art which makes it a delight for history buffs and art lovers.

    Location: Manikyavelu Mansion, Bangalore

    Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry fees: INR 20 per person

    Distance from Bangalore bus stand/railway station: 4.5 Km/4 km

  • 20Mayo Hall

    If your plan is to cover all aspects of the history of Bangalore, Mayo Hall surely deserves to be on your bucket list. The building was constructed in the memory of the 4th Viceroy of India, Lord Mayo. A rich amalgamation of history vibes and great architecture makes it find its name among the most visited tourist spots in Bangalore.

    Enhancing the visual appeal of the building, its chandeliers, furniture,  and stone arches are worth seeing. From here you can enjoy panoramic views that cover some prominent sites like Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore Race Course, and Parade Grounds.

    Location: M.G. Road, Bengaluru

    Timings:
    10 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee: Free

    Distance from Bangalore Bus Stand/Railway Station: 5.4 km/6.7 km

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was begun at first as a private garden in a region of 40 sections of land by Hyder Ali, most famous rulers amongst the most well known leaders of old Mysore in 1760. At first planned in Mughal style, on the model of a broad garden at Sira in Tumkur close Bangalore, this garden was additionally created by Hyder Ali's child Tipu Sultan and hence by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by an expansion of range and option of various plant species.

Lalbagh, for its one of a kind garden in supporting the idea of agriculture and helping the advancement of cultivation, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be viewed as one of the best gardens in the East for its design, maintenance, scientific treasure and scenic beauty. This place is magnificence in Bangalore which holds some of the best genetic resource centre for introduction, acclimatization and maintenance of plants; it envisages documentation of the variations available in plants of ornamental and economic value.

It helps the advancement of cultivation in the state. It is a significant assistant to botanic study in educational institutions, an imperative lung space of Bangalore, a position of excellence that gives sound entertainment to the general population and it gives a scene to individuals to draw near to plants and nature.

The garden with well-laid out streets, ways, open spaces, shade and a decent accumulation of many sorts of plant species draws in an extensive number of guests. Lalbagh is all around secured with stone walls as fenced-in areas and it has four approach entryways. The principle entryway is at the North confronting towards Subbaiah circle, the West door is towards Basavanagudi, the South entryway is towards Jayanagar and the East door is towards the Double Road.

Location: Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is located at Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Best Time to Visit:
  All day from 6 am to 6 pm is the best time

Price:
 The entry price is Rs 20

Timings:
 Opens from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Average time required to visit the place: Around an hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.

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Brigade Road

At the intersection of MG road and Residency road lies Brigade road which is considered a shopping paradise for the city dwellers. 

There is a long stretch of standalone shops, individual retailers, and outlet selling almost everything you need. 

This commercial hubs houses myriads of global brand outlets as well and it has been a hub for celebrating New Year in the almost every year. The place has ample parking space and uncountable branded and non-branded outlets.

Location: Brigade Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

Price: There is no entry fee for the market.

Timings: The market runs throughout the day, closes at midnight.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 km

Suggested Read: 20 Best Places for Shopping in Bangalore

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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM

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Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km.

The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

Location:
Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083fdghjk

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season.

Price:
INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

Timings:
9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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Wonderla

Take a day out and get charged at this craziest amusement park in Bangalore. Wonderla is one of the largest amusement parks in the entire country with more than 60 exhilarating rides such as Hurricane, Equinox, Insanity Twister, Recoil, Dropzone, Flash Tower, Mixer, Y-scream, Maverick etc. 

These high-tech rides will swirl, twist and turn you in around 360 degrees and will pump adrenaline rush to a next level. The water rides like splurgy and frolic with speedy drops and to and fro motion. 

Wonderla not only tops Bangalore tourist places list but it is loved by the local population as well. From rain disco to fun pools and wave pools, from roller coasters to boomerang rides; even an entire day at Wonderla is not enough to satiate the thrill junkies in you.

Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

Best Time to Visit: November to February.

Price: Ranging from 850 to 2000

Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and 11 AM to 7 PM on every Saturday and Sunday.

Average time required to visit the place: An entire day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM

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Vidhana Soudha

Vidhana Soudha is situated in the center of the city, painted in white and spread over an area of 60 acres. Vidhan Soudha is the most renowned landmark in Bangalore which houses the state secretariat and state legislature under one roof. 

This dome-like structure has two chambers where the first floor (central wing) can accommodate 268 members at a time and the southern wing can accommodate 88 members. 

The building is a marvelous amalgamation of Dravidian, British and Indo-Islamic style architecture. One must not miss the lighting up of the building on Sunday evenings and the inscription that reads “Government work is God’s work.” 

Please note that it is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore that needs prior permission or a pass nowadays. The grandeur of Vidhana. Soudha is visible after sunset when the entire building is well lit and it resembles a grand palace

Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Best Time to Visit:
September to February

Price:
No entry fee.

Timings:
 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Sunday.

Average time required to visit the place:
1 hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Approximately 3.5 Km

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Nandi Hills

This is a set of breathtaking hillocks which is a complete nature retreat. From cycling and paragliding into the stunning mount to the Yoganandeeshwara Temple that sits atop the hill with a huge Nandi statue, these small mounds have a lot to offer, even the name of the hills was coined after the temple statue. 

Nandi hills are set small hillocks which serves as a great trekking or weekend getaway from Bangalore. It bestows the visitors with the sight of some endemic flora and fauna and magnificent vistas of the surrounding. 

Trek through the paved roads, rocky terrain, small streams and grasslands to reach the top of the hills but one must be careful of the steep descent and sharp turns while returning. Hordes of monkeys will accompany you throughout the trek to Nandi Hills, hence do not keep eatables in your hands.

Location: 10 km from Chikkaballapur town, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

Best Time to Visit Nandi Hills: October to March.

Price: Entry to the hills is Rs 5, Parking charges for two wheelers are Rs 15 and Rs 60 for cars and Camping in Nandi Hills starts from Rs 1250

Timings: Entry to the hills are between 6 AM to 10 PM and trekking hours are between 6 AM to 6 PM

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.

Suggested Read: 1. Bangalore to Nandi Hills Tour Complete Guide 
                              2. 11 Best Resorts in Nandi Hills

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Skandagiri

Skandagiri locks one of the most mesmerizing views of the sky and earth that meet at sunrise with clouds at an eye-level height urging you not to leave. A night trek in Bangalore, Skandagiri is a must for adventure and nature lovers, who can spend the night with a camp stay in front of an amazing bonfire.

This 10km Skandagiri trek begins two hours before sunrise, where one has to climb up these hills by passing the wilderness until you to reach the absolute top. The view that you will witness thereafter maybe one you would have never thought of before, and thus this is one of the most serene places to visit in Bangalore whenever you need a break from the noise and traffic!

Location: 62 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur off Bellary Road, Karnataka

Best time to visit: November to January or summer season

Price: Sunrise trek starts from Rs 967.

Timing: 11.30 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. (next day)

Average time required to visit the place: A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 60.5 km

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Toit

Grab the best beer in town at Toit that is designed to offer to the people of Bangalore with a non-step brewery that keeps the partying crowd crawling in. Claiming to have magical powers in being able to produce varied kinds of breweries for the people of this fun city, this has turned out to be one of those places to visit in Bangalore where people flock to, especially over the weekends.  Here’s the most exciting thing about Toit, they allow your furry buddies, your pets, in with you, while you grab a drink or two.

Location: 298, 100 Feet Road, Near KFC Restaurant, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038

Best time to visit: If knowing how beer is brewed and witness the whole process then visit on the first Saturday of every month to attend the Brewery tour.

Price: Drinks starting at Rs. 225

Timing: 12.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 9.8 km

Suggested Read: Fascinating Nightlife Tours in Bangalore

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Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities.

Snow city is the first indoor theme park in Bangalore which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

You may also like: 25 Best Attractions in Bangalore with Family

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Innovative Film City

This opulent marvel is situated off Bangalore -Mysore highway at Bidadi and is loaded with activities such as net cricket, kids boating, Go-karting, bull ride etc. 

There are around three refreshing water pools one of which is a wave pool. It is thronged with interesting activities and attractions such as  Dino Park, Mirror Maze, Haunted Mansion, Tribal Museum, Kabali Walkthrough, Fossil Museum coupled with Catapult, bow, and arrow etc. 

Innovative Film city is one of the attractions in Bangalore which is recommended at least once in your visit to this Silicon village.

Location: 24 & 26, Bidadi Industrial Estate, Bengaluru 562 109, India

Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

Price: INR 600 per person before 3:00 PM and INR 400 per person after 3:00 PM

Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM on all the days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 4 to 5 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 40 KM

Recommended Read: 24 Activities And Locations For Corporate Team Building in Bangalore

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VV Puram Food Street

This stretch of a lane is a foodie’s paradise which is located close to the famous Lal Bagh at Sajjan Rao circle in Bangalore which is famous as Thindi Beedi, Chaat Road/Street, VV Puram. 

From North Indian chaat items to South Indian healthy delicacies, this food streets caters from each corner of India and serve only vegetarian food items. 

VV Puran Food street hosts around 15 eateries serving various types of items such as Ragi Roti, Akki Roti, Kodu Bele, Paniyaram or paddus, Idli, Vadas, Pav Bhaji, Dabeli, Uttapams and Dosas (topped with pure ghee), Curd Rice, Lemon Rice, Vermicelli Upma, Rose milk, Parathas, Lassis, fried rice and noodles, the  chaat, bread pakora, cutlets, pani puri etc.

If you are a gastronaut and love sampling out the food street then this is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy the steamy, succulent and relishing taste of Indian street food.

Location: Old Market Road, Sajjan rao Circle, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Best Time to Visit:
Evening

Price:
Street entry is free and food Starts from INR 30 and upwards

Timings:
12:30 PM to 1 AM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place:
 4 to 5 hours to half a day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Approximately 4 Km.

Also Read: 15 Best Restaurants for Candle Light Dinner in Bangalore

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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

This summer residence of Tipu Sultan was built in the year 1791. The ceilings and walls of the palace have a floral touch with Islamic carvings and decorations. 

The uniqueness of this two storey building is that it is entirely made of teak wood with wooden pillars supporting the foundation of the palace. It is said that Sultan used the eastern and western balconies to conduct the mass and state affairs. 

The intricately carved wooden balcony and the majestic staircases are great examples of architectural marveling and the size of the palace is not magnanimous yet it gives a rustic touch to the state of Karnataka. It is one of the Bangalore tourist places which is included in almost all the itineraries.

Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Near Bengaluru Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018

Best Time to Visit: November to February.

Price: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4 KM.

Must Read: 10 Popular Forts in Bangalore

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Ramanagara

If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the best attractions in Bangalore within 100 km to enjoy heaps of adventure like camping and trekking, and there is also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location:
50 Km south-west of Bangalore, Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season (November to March)

Price:
Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge while camping in Ramanagara starts from INR 1,200

Timings:
The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 55 KM

Suggested Read:
 1. Top 35 Adventure Activities in Bangalore
                              2. Best Resorts in Ramanagara       

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Guhantara Underground Cave Resort

Guhantara Underground Cave Resort is a poetic paradise which is very apt for your next picnic with friends or colleagues in Bangalore. Being India’s first one of this kind, it has gained quite a lot of popularity since its launch, and everything that you will experience shall be in an underground cave.

But that doesn’t mean living like in the olden times; this resort has designed a luxury stay for their guests along with the facility of indoor games, outdoor games, horse riding, a cave discotheque, rope walking, etc.

Location: 18, Sy. No. 177 & 177, Off, Kanakapura Rd, Nowkal Palya, Kaggalipura, Karnataka 560082

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Starting from 1,120 Rs

Timings: Open twenty-four hours

Average time required to visit the place: A day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 34.3 km

Suggested Read: Top Resorts Around Bangalore for Day Out

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Kanakapura

Sets amid the lush green terrain 55 kilometres off  Bangalore on the southern side of the city along the bank of Akravati river. It is the largest producer of granite and silk and is also gaining popularity as a major hotspot for tourists. 

During the rainy season, the terrain is blanketed in green and is dotted with a galore of waterfalls. 

There are few temples as well as historical sites and attracts wildlife enthusiasts and water sports lovers from Bangalore and nearby states because of its proximity to Akravati river. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Bangalore that is away from the city rush and is an hour drive away.

Location: 50 km away from Bangalore in Ramanagar district, Karnataka.

Best Time to Visit: August to February

Price: Camping in Kanakpura starts from Rs 935.

Average time required to visit the place: Full day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM.

Suggested Read: 121 Places to Visit Around Bangalore During The Monsoon Season
                              2. Best Things to do in Kanakapura

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