Sights to See
Forts and Palaces
Fort & Tipu Sultan's Palace
The historic fort was originally built in mud by Kempe Gowda, a local chieftain in 1537. Rebuilt in stone two centuries later by Haider Ali, it was improved upon by his son Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan's Palace, inside the fort, is a two-storeyed ornate structure in wood, with a museum on the ground floor tracing the life and times of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. Open from 0600-1800 hrs, Entry Fee: Rs. 100 or USD 2 for foreigners and Rs. 5 for Indians.
Places of Worship Bull Temple
Built in the Dravidian style on the Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, it enshrines a huge bull carved out of a single grey granite stone, polished black with a mixture of peanut oil and charcoal powder. (Timing: 0600-1300 & 1600-2000 hrs, Entry free)
Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple:
This magnificent temple and cultural complex is situated on a seven acre hillock, in Rajaji nagar IST Block
St. Maryrsquo Basilica:
Parks and Gardens
The lawns laid out in 1864 and spread over 3,000 acres is named after the 19th century British representative in Bengaluru, Lord Cubbon. Tel: 080 22864125, Timing: 8 am to 6 pm, Entry free
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
These gardens were laid out by Haider Ali and further developed by his son Tipu Sultan more than 200 years ago. Today, it is one of the best botanical gardens in the country and is spread over 240 acres with over a thousand different varieties of trees and plants. There is a fine exhibition house known as the Glass House built on the lines of the Crystal Palace of London which is the venue for various public exhibitions especially the fruit, flower and vegetable shows organized in January and August every year. Timings: 0800-1830 hrs. Entry fee: Rs 10 (adults), Rs. 5 (children).
Water Features Aquarium
Tel: 080 22867440 Timings: 1000 to 1730 hrs. Closed on Mondays, festival days & 2nd Tuesdays of the month, Entry Fee: Adult Rs. 5 & Child Rs.2
Raj Bhavan Road, 1800-1830 hrs on weekdays & 1800-2000 hrs on Sunday, closed on Monday & 2nd Tuesdays, Entry fee: Adult Rs 10 & Child Rs5
Sankey Tank (9 km):
The ideal place for lazy boat rides and leisurely walks
Provides Boating and swimming facilities. Timings: 0900-1730 hrs.
Museums and Galleries
Situated next to Cubbon Park on Kasturba Road, the museum displays sculpture, coins, inscriptions, paintings, excavated items, bronzes, etc. It has a gallery on natural history
Venkatappa Art Gallery:
The Venkatappa Art Gallery has on display the works of K. Venkatappa, the noted artist at the court of the Mysore rulers. Timings: 1000-1700 hrs. Closed on Wednesdays. Entry fee: Adults Rs 4, Child Rs 2, closed on Mondays
Visveswaraya Industrial &
Technological Museum: Timing: 10 am to 6 pm, Entry Rs 20. Open on all days. Situated next to the Government Museum on Kasturba Road, it is dedicated to the memory of M. Visveswaraya, the architect of modern Karnataka. The exhibits highlight the various applications of science and technology in industry and human welfare
HAL Heritage Center &
Timings: 0900-1700 hrs, Entry fee: Rs. 20 for adults & Rs. 10 for children
House of State Legislature & the Government Secretariat
Houses the State High Court
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath:
Timing: 10.00-17.30 hrs, Saturday Half day, Closed on Sundays & other Government holidays, Entry fee: Adult Rs. 10; Child Rs. 5
Lord Shiva Statue:
(65 ft) Behind Kemp Fort. Situated on the Airport Road.Behind Kemp Fort, a shopping complex. Awesome 65 ft. high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. Backdrop of Mount Kailash. Ganga flowing from matted locks
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium:
Situated at T. Chowdaiah Road, Tel: 080 22266084, 22203234, Show Timings: Kannada-1445 hrs, English-1545-1630 hrs. Closed on Mondays & 2nd Tuesdays of every month. Rs. 25 per show.
Bengaluru City Tour:
Covers Vidhana Soudha, Lalbagh, Bull Temple, Tipu's Palace, Museum, Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple & Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium.
Timings: 0730-1330 hrs & 1400-1930 hrs daily. Fare: Non A/C Rs. 170; Volvo AC: Rs. 190.
New Bengaluru Tour:
Timing: 0715-2000 hrs. Wednesdays to Sundays. Fare: Rs. 290, Covers Rajarajeshwari Temple, HAL Museum, Bannerghatta National Park, Sankey Boat Club, Planetarium, ISKCON temple, Prasanna Anjaneya temple, Musical Fountain, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat.
Covers Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace, Zoo, Art Gallery, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, St. Philomena's Church, Daria Daulat, Gumbaz, Ranganathaswamy Temple and Cauvery Handicraft Emporium. Timings: 0715 -2300 hrs daily. Fare: Non A/C Rs. 525 , Volvo AC Rs. 675;
Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola:
Timings: 0715 -2200 hrs daily. Fare: Non A/C Rs. 660. Volvo Rs 755
Every Sunday to Thursday departure at 2200 hrs. Return 2000 hrs on 2nd day. Fare: Rs. 1455 (Inclusive of darshan & accommodation for bathing). Tour starts from KSTDC Information Counter at Badami House, Opp. City Corporation, N R Square, Bengaluru, Tel: 2275869/883, 22212098, Fax: 2238016. Email:[email protected] Website: www.karnatakatourism.org.
Bengaluru City Tour:
Covers ISKCON Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Lal Bagh, Bull Temple, Tipu's Palace, Museum, Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium, Bannerghatta N. Park and Ulsoor Lake. Timings: 0800-1800 hrs. Fare: Rs. 160 (Includes guide charges & excludes entry fee).
Covers Daria Daulat, Gumbaz, Ranganathaswamy Temple, St. Philomena's Church, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Palace, Art Gallery, Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens. Timings: 0715 hrsndash;2315 hrs daily.Fare: Rs. 390 (Includes guide charges & excludes entry fee)
(4 nights-5 days, Fare Rs 3750 per person, includes twin sharing accommodation at Mysore, Ooty & Kodai)
(3 nights-4 days, Fare Rs 2790 per person)
Mysore, Srirangapatna, Nanjanagud, Coonoor & Ooty
(3 days, 3 nights Fare: 1850 )
Tirupati & Mangapur
(1 night two days Fare: Rs.1400 )
(5 nights, 6 days, Fare: Rs. 4890 ). For more tours & resvns: All the tours operate from ITDC Office at 33, Swiss Complex, Race Course Road, Bengaluru, Tel: 22383361/62, Fax: 22383363, Email: [email protected], Mumbai Contact: 22668731 (ITDC).