If you are visiting our beloved Garden City, do not miss this opportunity to take a Bangalore city tour to see amazing and historic attractions up-close. We know you’re pressed for time, so at least take a look at this list of the must-visit top 10 Bangalore tourist attractions, and visit as many of them as you can.
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No.1 - Vidhana Soudha
Vidhana Soudha, arguably the most iconic of Bangalore’s landmark tourist attractions, is the seat of the State Legislature and Secretariat of Karnataka. Built of Bangalore granite in the Dravidian style, this beautiful architectural gem of modern India was completed in 1956 after four years of inspired artistry by thousands of laborers, chiselers, wood carvers and masons.
The grandiose building plan for Vidhana Soudha was conceptualised by then Chief Minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah of the former Mysore State. The 150-foot high central dome with the four-headed lion as the Indian emblem atop it looms over the sprawling 60-acre grounds.
The dome also provides a huge 60-foot diameter roof for the State Banquet Hall. The building is ringed by domes at each corner, and an imposing array of 12 40-foot high columns stand guard outside the Assembly Hall. Photo credit:Mellisa Anthony Jones/Wikipedia
Vidhana Soudha location: Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No.2 - Lal Bagh
Lal Bagh (Red Garden) was commissioned by Haider Ali in 1740, and completed by his son Tipu Sultan, legendary King of Mysore. The stunningly beautiful landscaped gardens of Lal Bagh are considered to be among the top 3 botanical gardens in India.
Lal Bagh’s collection includes over 1,800 species of flora and fauna from different parts of the world. It’s a sight you’ll never forget if you visit in spring when the flowers are in full bloom. A glasshouse that was later added to Lal Bagh by the British houses a permanent flower show.
Don’t miss the age-old trees, the Kempe Gowda Tower, and the Lal Bagh Rock – it’s one of the oldest known rocks on the planet, dating back 3,000 million years. Photo credit: sumitra.yp/wikimedia
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden location: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No.3 - Tipu’s Summer Palace
The origins of Tipu’s Summer Place go back to 1537, when Kempe Gowda (founder of Bangalore) built it as Bangalore Fort. It was later rebuilt in 1791 as an ornate 2-story summer retreat by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. It now houses a museum on the ground floor, as a tribute to the legend and accomplishments of Tipu Sultan’s rule.
Don’t miss the picture of Tipu’s famous throne made of gold and precious emeralds. Tipu had taken a vow to never use the throne until he had completely defeated the British. Photo credit: Dineshkannambadi/wikimedia.
After Tipu Sultan’s death, the British took the throne apart and sold it in pieces, because they couldn’t find a buyer wealthy enough to buy the priceless throne.
Tipu’s Summer Palace Location: Allbert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No.4 – Shiva Temple
There’s a stunning 65-foot statue of Lord Shiva on Old Airport Road. The seated Shiva , with the beautiful backdrop of his Mount Kailash abode, is one of Bangalore’s less famous iconic landmarks. It still draws lakhs of devotees during festivals and holy days, making it one of the most popular temples in the city.
Photo credit: Vyumyum; Shiva Temple: C-132, Road No J4, DOS Colony, Jeevanbheemanagar, DOS Colony, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560075 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No. 5 - St. Mary's Basilica
St. Mary’s Basilica is one of Bangalore’s classic historic attractions - beautiful, inspiring and well worth a visit. It’s one of the city’s oldest churches, dating back to the 17th century. It’s also an architectural heritage structure with its tall Gothic spire and stained glass windows.
If you happen to be in Bengaluru in September, then St. Mary’s Basilica needs to be on your must-visit list. People here celebrate the birth of Mother Mary with festivities that last for 10 days. Photo credit: Johnchacks/wikimedia
St. Mary’s Basilica location: Msgr. F. Noronha Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No. 6. - ISKCON Temple
The ISKCON Temple for devotees of Lord Krishna is also an architectural gem of modern India. Located in a 7-acre hillock in Rajajinagar, the structure combines traditional Hindu temple elements with modern architectural features. For instance, large sheets of glazed glass connect the temple gopurams, creating within the temple a giant 10,000-square-foot hall for the prayers.
There are lots of shops to buy trinkets and devotional materials, and you can also learn more about ISKCON and the Vedas in the Vedic Theatre and museums. Photo credit: Svpdasa/wikimedia
ISKCON Temple location: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No. 7 - Cubbon Park
Cubbon Park is not only Bangalore’s green lung in the heart of the city, but also gives the intrepid tourist an opportunity to visit a collection of heritage structures in the same space. A visit to Cubbon Park, which dates back to 1864, means you will get to see iconic red brick Bangalore landmarks such as the Attara Kacheri (Karnataka High Court), the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, and the Government Museum.
In addition to tourists, joggers, nature lovers and High Court visitors, you’ll see plenty of seniors flocking to Cubbon Park for taking walks. It’s also a fun place for kids who come to visit the Government Aquarium, and play in the Bal Bhavan amusement park. Photo credit: Sniperz11/wikimedia
Cubbon Park location: Cubbon Park, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No. 8 - HAL Aerospace Museum
This is India’s first aerospace museum. The HAL Aerospace Museum will take you through 60 years of progress in India’s aviation industry and the various accomplishments of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The most popular exhibits in the museum are all the aircrafts and helicopters that are on display. You can also see flight simulators and an ATC tower. Photo credit:Rameshng/wikimedia
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum location: Near HAL Police Station, HAL Old Airport Road, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No. 9 - Bannerghatta National Park
You don’t have to go to a far-away jungle for a safari if you’re in Bangalore. Just head south, and you’ll end up in the 25,000-acre Bannerghatta National Park. Well-protected vehicles and guides will take you on a safari where you can see eye to beady eye with lions and tigers in the wild.
Slide and slither your way through the snake park, and take a break with the birds by the pond in the Zoological Garden. You’ll also get to see everything from peacocks to butterflies, spotted leopards and deer, black bears and white tigers, and a lot more. Photo credit: Abbas basil/wikimedia
Bannerghatta National Park location: Bannerghatta Zoo, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083 (see on map)
Bangalore Tourist Attraction No. 10 - Nandi Hills
Located near the Town of Nandi, close to the airport, Nandi Hills is the place Bangaloreans flock to for a getaway. It provides an ideal combination of a scenic trip in the outdoors, historic attractions, ancient temples and picnic facilities. Photo credit:Yasmeen syeda/wikimedia
Don’t miss Tipu’s Drop (prisoners condemned to death were thrown off this steep cliff) and the 11th century temples in Nandi Town. Also famous are the sunrise and sunset views at Nandi Hills. It’s a beautiful place, if you can manage to get to one of the vantage points at Nandi Hills before the sun rises, or just when the sun sets.
Nandi Hills location (see on map)