Tourism

 Karnataka Information

Comprising the former princely State of Mysore and some districts of the erstwhile State of Bombay in the north and Chennai in the south, Karnataka is a land of scenic splendour and great human endeavor. Its chequered and tumultuous history is like a mosaic of kings and their kingdoms, inter woven with time honored traditions, rituals and customs. Its rulers were great builders both of empires and monuments. They founded grand temples, splendid stupas, sepulchres, palaces, lofty minarets and magnificent mausoleums and mosques. It is a land of religious harmony, mutual tolerance and vast inter-religious cultural heritages. Geologically, Karnataka has been one of the World’s most ancient civilization and people have been living here all these millennium. This land has many attractions for the tourists. Some of the prominent ones have been listed below:

Karnataka Tourism Information

Bangalore

This is one of the most cosmopolitan and modern cities of the country. Also known as the garden city, this is an industrial town as well with least pollution among all the metropolis cities of the country. There are a number of places of tourist interest in and around Bangalore which can be conveniently visited by a car, taxi or conducted tours operated by the Karnataka State Trading Corporation and many other private agencies.

Vidhan Saudh

Situated at the northern extreme of Cubbon Park, Vidhan Saudh is an imposing post-independence granite structure post-independence granite structure incorporating traditional Dravidian features of the architecture. Now it houses the State Legislature and Secretariat. Weekend illumination of the Vidhan Saudh is a great attraction for tourists. Prior permission is required to see its interior.

Cubbon Park

This beautiful park was laid out in1864. Sprawling over an area of .300 acres, one of the main lungs of Bangalore, this park has some Greco Colonial style structures like the public Library, the High Court and the Government Museum.

Lal Bagh

The botanical gardens of La! Bagh were laid out by Hyder Ali, who taking advantage of the then prevailing confusion overthrew the Wodeyar Dynasty. His son and successor, Tipu Sultan later developed the Gardens into a summer resort almost two centuries ago. To-day Lal Bagh is one of the best parks of the country and contains over ,000 varieties of plants and trees, many of them are rare. In the centre of the garden is a glass house, where flower shows are held in the months of August and February.

Tipu‘s Palace and Fort

The palace made largely of wood, with elaborate arches, is situated on Albert Victor Road and about 4 km. from the Govt. of India Tourist Office, KFC Building, 48, Church Street. The palace was once the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. The palace is open between 8 AM to 6 P.M. and there is no admission fee. The historic Fort, close to the city market was originally built in mud by a local Chieftain Kempegowda in 1537. Later it was rebuilt in stone in 1761 by Hyder Ali, and further improved upon by his son Tipu Sultan, but much of it was damaged in the war with the British in 1791. Still it is a fine specimen of the 18th Century military structures. It remains open between 8AM to 6P.M. There is a temple dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of wisdom and learning.

Bull Temple

At the end of the Bull Temple Road and about 5 km. from the Tourist Office, Bull Temple is a Dravidian style structure on Bugle Hill and houses a huge monolith Nandi, the Bull Mount of Lord Shiva. It is said to have been built by Kempegowda.

Other places worth visiting are Ulsoor Lake, the Govt. Museum (established in 1864 and houses fabulous collection of rare antique items) and the Industrial Museum also called Visveshwariyya Industrial Technological Museum (devoted to science and technology).

Bangalore is well-connected to all the major cities of the country by air- flights and train-routes. The Karnataka State Road Transportation has a good network of buses all over the State and to neighboring States. The metropolis has a wide range of accommodation suiting ‘to all preferences including a few 5 star hotels.

One can visit nearby spots also in a taxi or bus. The important spots are:
White Field (16 km. away and the Ashram of Sri Satya Sai Baba):
Bannerghata (19 km. away having a National Park and lion safari); Nandi Hills (68 km. away, for ancient temples and bracing climate; also Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat). These spots also have lodges and hotels for the overnight stay.

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