The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore, was founded by a local chieftain, Kempe Gowda, in the 16th century. But its turn to prominence was under Tipu Sultan who converted it into a summer capital. The Wodeyars also contributed to the city's beautification; sprawling gardens and palaces sprung up in all corners of the city. Under the British, Bangalore underwent a personality-change: the pretty city became a well-oiled administrative centre as well.
Bangalore's climate is said to draw in the tourist. Built under a green canopy (the city has 40 per cent tree cover) so to speak, it's an inviting ambience. The numerous parks, tree-lined avenues are a soothing sight in what would have been a jungle of concrete. Brightly lit shopping malls, lively pubs and nightclubs often have their private gardens that allow people to extend their evening outdoors. A taste for nightlife has thankfully not uprooted tradition. The idea of a fun evening is still with the family at home; at discos, young and old, boogey the night away draped in rich Bangalore silks.
The directory of hotels mentioned above include 5 star hotels, Budget hotels, Deluxe hotels and Resorts in Bangalore.
- Altitude: 920 metres.
- Temperature (°C):
- Summer: Max 35, Min 20
- Winter: Max 28, Min 14
- Rainfall: 86 cms (June and October).
- Season: Throughout the year. (Sep. to March is the best time)
- STD Code: 080
HOW TO GET THERE?
Air: Indian Airlines link Bangalore with Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Pune, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Calicut and Trivandrum. Damania Airlines, East-West, Continental Aviation also operates flights from Bangalore to Bombay.
Rail: Bangalore is directly connected by rail with Ahmedabad, Bombay, Calcutta, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Howrah, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Madras, Mysore, Nagpur, Trivandrum, Vasco-da-Gama (Goa) and other cities in India.
Road: Bangalore is connected by good motorable roads with Bandipur- 220 kms, Belur- 322 kms, Madras- 334 kms, Bombay- 998 kms, Cochin- 526 kms, Dandeli 481 kms, Halebid- 214 kms, Jog Falls- 377 kms, Kodaikanal- 430 kms, Mysore 140 kms, Panaji- 595 kms, Sravanabelagola- 160 kms, Tirupati- 250 kms.
Bus: Regular bus services connect Bangalore to Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Bombay, Coimbatore, Goa, Hospet, Hyderabad, Madras, Madikere, Madurai, Mangalore, Mysore, Tirupati, Nandi Hills, Chanrajaragar, Jog Falls, Ootacamund (Ooty) Raichur, Ernakulam, Gulbarga, Pondicherry, Calicut, Dharwar etc.
Local Transport: Coaches of B.T.S., I.T.D.C., K.S.T.D.C. are available. Tourist taxis and city bus services are also available.
|What to see
- Aquarium- 5 kms,
- Bull Temple- 5 kms
- Fort & Tippu's Palace- 4 kms
- Ulsoor Lake- 2 kms
- Lal Bagh- 4 kms
- Venkatappa Art Gallery- 1 km
- Cubbon Park- 1 km
- Vidhana Soudha- 2 kms
- Vishveswaraya Industrial &TechnologicalMuseum- 1 km
- Venkatappa Art Gallery- 1 km
- Bannerghat National Park- 21 kms(Closed on Tuesdays)
- Nandi Hills-60 kms
- White Field (Kadugodi)- 16 kms
- Kolar Gold Fields- 98 kms
- Ramohalli- 25 kms
- Sati Subramanya- 52 kms
- Mysore- 140 kms
- Kaivara (Temples of Pandavas)- 79 kms