6 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Bangalore

Jul 22, 2021

Bangalore, sometimes known as "India's Silicon Valley," is the financial, intellectual and cultural heart of India. The city is known for the many shopping malls and multistory hotels that cater to its high-spending tourists and business people. The city is also home to the Bina Bharati or The Association for Bangalore Literature. Many tourists and business people pass through, but with all the appeal of a destination, there's no reason to miss the best places to visit in Bangalore with our list of the top tourist attractions in Bangalore, India.

Venture to the historic downtown area and the Golden Temple, the vast and spectacular setting of the house of the Hindu goddess Karni Mata (made from 25,000 pieces of pure gold) and the Nandi Hills National Park, and enjoy the rare perspective of India's biker culture with a cycling trip to the town of Kollegal, a picturesque fishing village on the southwest coast.

If you're on the hunt for offbeat destinations, Bangalore also offers a fascinating mix of indigenous art, architecture, traditions, and rituals to find on your travels. Plan your trip with our list of the best tourist attractions in Bangalore, India.

Banashankari Temple

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Banashankari Temple in Bangalore, India is an ancient Hindu temple dating from 12th century. Located in the Hoysalas Kingdom, a religious community named Hoysala Kingdom, this temple is also known as Durgi Thirtham, temple of the black pot (or Durgi), temple of Goddess Kalyani, temple of Goddess. It is one of the oldest and biggest temples of North India. It is located at a distance of 5 kms from the city in the Karnataka state of India. The present structure of the temple dates back to the 12th century. This temple can be visited anytime during day time or evening.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, sometimes referred to as Sri Ranganathaswamy Swami Temple or simply Sri Swami Temple is one of Bangalore's most spectacular and best-known temples. Dedicated to Ranganatha, one of the Avatars of Vishnu, the temple is very popular among devotees, who flock here in large numbers to visit during the months of June, August and September. There is a huge tank (also known as Ganga Talab) in front of the temple. This is the venue for the Sharada Chauthi, an annual ceremony that dates back to the reign of the Hoysala kings, which involves the immersion of a newly married couple in the tank on the morning of the first day of the husband's honeymoon, followed by a procession to the temple in the evening. The first couple to be married using the auspicious Hindu wedding rite of the mudrรก ceremony at this temple were from Pune, while the marriage of the bride, who has now gained the honorific title of Rajya Raje, the Queen of the Kings, with her husband in the Ganga Talab was celebrated in September 2007. The temple was built in the 16th century, and much of it was damaged during the British rule. Repairs were carried out in the 19th century.

Raj Bhavan

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Situated in the heart of the Indian capital, the stately palaces of Raj Bhavan offer insight into the history of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore. Built in the early part of the 20th century, the colonial building remains unaltered from the days when it was the official residence of the Wodeyar royal family. To understand the rise and fall of the once proud state of Mysore, visit the monuments in Mysore, including the Palace of Chamaraja, which was the royal residence, and the Fort of Puttappa, which was used for defense.

Sri Venkateswara Temple

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The magnificent Sri Venkateswara temple of Bangalore is dedicated to Vishnu. According to legend, King Bitti (Bitti means "Small"), wanted to set out on a hunting expedition. He came upon Vishnu sleeping, his tail entwined around a tree trunk. Bitti, impressed by the lord's patience and humility, offered him two boons: that Vishnu will remain his savior and protector, and that he will bear his image in the world. The temple is said to have been built in 1528 by Bitti's descendant, Vijayaraya Varma. Highlights of a visit to the temple include the Shiva shrine, dedicated to the incarnation of Shiva; and the goddess Sakti shrine, where visitors may pay homage to the thousand-armed form of Shakti, goddess of power, creation, and knowledge.

Mamallapuram Beach

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Mamallapuram Beach is a perfect setting for beach lovers as it is away from the metropolitan bustle of the city and a decent drive from the main central tourist areas. This charming beach is home to a variety of idyllic beaches and quiet corners. For a perfect panorama of the beach with a view of the stunning landscape, take a walk to the lighthouse on top of a hill above the beach. This is the most popular spot for tourists. The lighthouse is home to a restaurant that serves delicious international and North Indian food.

Articles On

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There are several attractions in Bangalore. One such is "Articles on" or AO as it is popularly known. In the heart of the city, AO lies on an expansive lawn with cobbled roads and pathways. The place showcases an excellent collection of modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, calligraphic works, graphic arts and art objects. Some of the artists who have featured here are Jameel Al Altayyeb, Tanveer Singh Dua, O.P. Dev, Raghavan Krishnaswamy, Kadri M Rao, KS Nanjundaswamy, Abhimanyu, Venkatacheri Selvaraj, Ayya Vaikundar, Sudha and Uday Bhaskar.