Places to Visit in Bangalore:
1. Cubbon Park was originally created in 1870, when Major General Richard Sankey was the then British Chief Engineer of Mysore state. It has a rich recorded history of abundant flora and fauna plantations coupled with numerous buildings and statues of famous personages, in its precincts. The landscaping in the park creatively integrates natural rock outcrops with thickets of trees, massive bamboos, with grassy expanse and flowerbeds and the monuments within its limits, regulated by the Horticulture Department of the Government of Karnataka. The predominantly green area of the park has many tar roads, and the well laid out walking paths running through the park is frequented by early morning walkers and the naturalists who study plants in the tranquil natural environment.
2. Vidhana Soudha, located in Bengaluru, is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as Mysore Neo-Dravidian, and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The building has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 feet. It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet (12 m) feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet (61 m) wide. The central dome, 60 feet (18 m) in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem. The front of the building is inscribed with the slogan, “Government’s Work is God’s Work.” The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.
3. Bannerghatta National Park was founded in 1971 and declared as a national park in 1974. In 2002, a portion of the park became a biological reserve known as the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house, and a safari park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking. The Zoo Authority of Karnataka, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) are collaborating agencies. Within the national park area are six rural villages enclosed within three large enclosures for sheep and cattle farming.
4. Bangalore Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in India. It is located at the entrance of Cubbon Park in Bangalore, India, and was established in 1983. It has a variety of exotic cultivable, as well as ornamental fish on display. The aquarium is a diamond-shaped building and has three floors. The first floor has 14 tanks, and the second floor has two rows of 69 tanks. The aquarium is open to visitors from 10 am to 5.30 pm on all days except second Tuesdays. A minimal entry fee of Rs. 5/- is charged per head.
5. Lal Bagh or Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, meaning “The Red Garden” in English, is a well-known botanical garden in southern Bangalore, India. The garden was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. It has a famous glass house which hosts an annual flower show. Lal Bagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants, has an aquarium and a lake, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore.
6. Bangalore Palace was built by Rev. J. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamarajendra Wadiyar X. Now owned by the Mysore royal family, the palace has recently undergone renovation.
7. Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. It is 10 km from Chickballapur and approximately 60 km from Bengaluru. The hills are nestled near the town of Nandi. It is believed that the hills originated from the Arkavathy river.
8. Wonderla Holidays Limited is a leading amusement park designing and operating company in India, headquartered near Bidadi, 28 kilometres from Bangalore. Wonderla has 55 land and water-based rides. The park features a wide variety of attractions including some rides, water rides, a musical fountain and laser shows, a virtual reality show. Wonderla Bangalore has a full-fledged dance floor with a twist: electronically controlled rain showers. It uses solar-heated water for all its pools during winter.
Wonderla has conference facilities for up to 1,000 persons, and features five restaurants with a total seating capacity of 1,150. It has locker rooms with over 2,350 lockers and restrooms and showers. The park also features a first aid facility and a paging system. Wonderla, Bangalore has been ranked 1st in India and 7th best in Asia by Tripadvisor for 2014, the highest for any amusement park in India.
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