Top 20 Places to visit in Bangalore in-order to explore the City

 There are numerous places to visit in Bangalore and learn about the history and have a closer look at the nature.

In this man-made and developed India, you can always find the rich cultural heritage among tall buildings and high-tech cities. One such place which has many such places is Bangalore.​

We have prepared a list of 20 famous Bangalore tourist places in Bangalore to assist you experience friendly climate conditions and for making your journey enjoyable. Quickly have a look and make your trip memorable by visiting those places.

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Places to visit in bangalore - Top 20 best bangalore tourist places

1. Tipu Sultan Fort

It is located in the most crowded area of market in Bangalore city. Tipu Sulta fort showcases the artistic talent that existed in the past.

The fort was constructed by Kempegowda in the year 1537 by utilizing mud bricks. Later, it was modified by Haider Ali, who used granite stone to enhance the look and make it strong.

Finally, it was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791 and it was used as his summer retreat. It is a two storied fort with pillars, carved arches and balconies.

The fort represents the Islamic style of making, however, you can also find Lord Ganesha temple in it. This represents the respect towards different religions of the ruler.

If you are interested in knowing the history and stories related to it, you can visit the art gallery which is in the fort. You will find historical paintings, photos and carvings here.

Entry fee is INR 15 and foreigners need to pay INR 200.

tipu fort

2. Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens

This botanical garden is one of the most beautiful gardens among tourist places in Bangalore. This was constructed by Haider Ali but later it was customized by Tipu Sultan.

It also has Glass House in the gardens which was based on the concept of London Crystal Palace.

This garden is spread across the area of 240 acres of land; this garden also has 1800 species of plants herbs and trees in it. It also has lawn clock in it, which is first of its kind.

Flowers shows are organized two times in a year, i.e., during the months of January and August. If you want to explore the garden you can visit it between 6 am to 7 pm.

The entry ticket will cost you INR 20 for adults and INR 15 for children.


3. Bangalore Palace

Chamaraja Wodeyar constructed Bangalore Garden in the year 1884 and he got this idea of constructing this palace from England’s Windsor Castle.

It is located in centre of the city and this Tudor style structure has Gothic windows, turrets and woodcarvings, which shows you the amazing display of architecture during that time. This palace is constructed on the land with area of 430 acres along with beautiful gardens.

Now days, this palace is used to organize exhibitions and concerts. Inside the palace gates, you will find amusement park and also you can see ground events like book festival and much more.

If you want to see this palace, which is one of the beautiful places in Bangalore you will have to get an entry ticket worth INR 230 for Indians and for foreigners it’s INR 460. Extra charges of INR 685 need to be paid if you want to take pictures in the palace.


4. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is one of the perfect places to visit in Bangalore, if you want to feel close to the nature. It is located at a distance of 60 km from Bangalore.

It is a hill station with numerous monuments just at one place and it offers you best view of it. You can also see the origin point of River Palar and Arkavathi on Nandi Hills.

If you are thinking how these hills got its name, the reason is because of the Nandi temple situated at the top of these hills, which is situated at the height of 1478 meters above sea level. Because of the lovely climate you can visit this place at any time of the year.

The major attractions include Tippu’s Summer Palace and Fort, Yoga Nandeeshwara Templeand Tipu Drop. You can also find the park for children where they can enjoy the time and enhance their spirits. You can even enjoy trekking, cycling and motorbike rides here.

You don’t need any entry ticket for this place.


5. Cubbon Park

This park is spread in the area of 300 acres and was built by Richard Sankey, who was the chief engineer during that time. This park has been able to make in this list of top Bangalore tourist places because of well maintained huge green parks and lawns.

The park also has beautifully made path way and is awesome place to visit in order to get rid of hectic routine. It is also known as the Paradise for Walkers.

You can also find statues of many famous personalities in this park. In the evening when lights are turned on the Cubbon Park looks mesmerizing and stunning. You can take a tour to Museum and also enjoy Toy train ride along with Aquarium visit in it.

There is no entry fee to the park and it is open 24 hours a day.


6. The Government Museum

This museum was constructed in the year 1886 and has a rare collection which represents different periods of India. It is one of the best places in Bangalore if you want to know about various periods.

The museum has 18 galleries displaying antique jewelry, Neolithic finds of numerous civilizations and much more. You can also see various carvings and old paintings in this museum.

You can visit the Venkatappa Art Gallery and also explore surrounding gardens by just paying INR 15 for Indians. If you are a foreigner you will be required to pay INR 250.


7. National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art is among the best places to visit in Bangalore if you are interested in art and history. In this gallery you can see the collection of 500 paintings.

Many works of famous artists has been on display. The name of artists include Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Shergill, Raja Ravi Verma and Jamini Roy.

To make it easy for you all the works has been labeled and arranged according to the different time periods, artists and art schools.

Here you can even by the prints of paintings, watch shows in Auditorium and visit exhibitions.

Entry ticket price is INR 10 for Indians and INR 150 for foreigners. The time to visit this Art Gallery is between 10 am to 5 pm.


8. St. Mary’s Basilica Bangalore

The oldest church in Bangalore is St. Mary’s Basilica Church and is famous for the St. Mary’s feast that is organized in the month of September.

The church was first built in 17th century and then again it was reconstructed in 1875. This is the 6th church in India that is important to minor cathedral.

The church has long history associated with it. Moreover, the two statues of St. Mary also have fascinating story behind their origin in the church. The Gothic building, fine-looking pillars, blemished windows make this church a considerable view.

The entry to the church is free of cost and it is opened from 6 am to 9 o’clock in the evening.

st mary basilica

9. Vidhana Soudha

It is one of the must visit places to see in Bangalore and a eye-catching illustration of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian architecture. The foundation stone was laid by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951 and the construction was completed in 1956.

It is the division of largest legislative building in India and for the same reason many people doesn’t even feel the need to enter the building as they are satisfied from the outer view of this monument.

You can also relax and feel fresh at the Cubbon Park. If you want to see the premises of this building, a prior permission is required. And the building is open for visitors from 10 am to 5 pm.


10. Chola Temples

Chola Dynasty ruled Bangalore for several years and was an important ruling dynasty in South.

They ruled this city for more than a century and their presence can be observed from various temples they built across the city. The temples are more than 1500 years old and represent the glorious days of Cholas in Bangalore.

This makes Cholas temples among sure places to visit in Bangalore. Some of the famous temples that are good for Bangalore sightseeing are Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Old Madiwala Someshwara Temple, Sri Ananda Lingeshwara Temple and Domlur Chokkanathaswamy temple.

To see these temples, you need to take prior permission, and you can visit the temples from p in the morning to 5 in the evening.

chola temples

11. ISKCON Temple

This is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. It is considered as the most famous tourist place in Bangalore for all the devotees of Radhe- Krishana, Hindi God. When you visit this place, you can experience the religious vehemence and beauty of architecture.

The temple organizes various activities for Lord Krishna devotees like Youth and cultural programs and many other festivals. There are 6 shrines in the temple and a 17m gold plated flag post along with 9m gold plated Kalash Shikara.

You can buy various books written on the life of Lord Krishna and also eat at many restaurants located near this temple.

Entry to this temple is free of cost. Timing to visit ISKCON temple in Bangalore is 4 am to 5 am, 7:15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8:30 pm.


12. Bannerghatta National Park

It is a biological recreational centre built near Bangalore. If you want to see tourist places near Bangalore, go to Bannerghatta National Park and watch the wildlife.

The park is built with the aim to promote eco tourism and make youth aware of the importance of wildlife conservation.

A zoo has also been created between the beautiful valley of Champakadhama hills in this National Park. You can also look forward to Butterfly farm. Here you can enjoy Jungle Safari and Boating too.

Safari will cost you INR 260 for adults and INR 130 for children. The visiting times are 9 am to 5 pm.

bannerghatta national

13. Kaivara

It is an ancient town and has been mentioned in many scriptures. It is believed that Pandavas stayed here for some time during their exile.

Also the bilingual saint poet named Saint Narayanappa used to stay here between late 18th and early 19th century. He composed many poems dedicated to Lord Vishnu, both in Kannada and Telugu.

The major attraction of this place is Amaranarayana Swamy Temple and is known for its connection with Lord Venkateshwara of Tripura. These all makes it a must place to visit in Bangalore.

Few of the well known places are Laxmana Theertha, Kailasagiri cave temples, Yoginarayana Mutt and Bheemalingeshwara Temple.

You don’t need any ticket to visit this place and shrines.


14. Shivasamudram Falls

This place has Asia’s first hydroelectric power station and this is the reason we have included this place in one of the most famous places to visit in Bangalore.

In case you love trekking, this is the perfect place. In order to reach these falls you need to trek a path of 2 km and you are really going to enjoy the journey as you passes thorough lush greenery.

The most preferable time to visit the falls is between June to September as you can really take pleasure in watching spectacular scenery of water falling marvelously. Here you can also visit Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

There are no entry fees and is 130 km away from Bangalore city and among most admirable places around Bangalore.


15. Lakes in Bangalore

The most surprising thing about Bangalore is that there are many lakes around this city. However, there is no river in Bangalore. These lakes have many fishes and a place for flora and fauna.

These lakes are the tourist hotspot because of the calmness one can feel.

Some of the famous lakes for Bangalore sightseeing places includes Ulsoor Lake, Hebbal Lake, Agara Lake, Madiwala Lake, Lalbagh Lake, Varthur Lake,Hesaraghatta Lake, Kengeri Lake, Sankey Tank and Kaikondrahalli Lake.

There is no entry ticket to visit the lakes, and these are open whole day.

lakes in bangalore

16. Bangalore Fort

This fort was built by the feudatory of the Vijayanagar Empire, who is also a founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda in the year 1537.

Hyder Ali converted this mud fort into a stone fort in 1791. Since 1791, Britishers kept on dismantling this fort for building hospitals, schools and laying roads.

What you can see now is Delhi Gate and remains of 2 bastions.

You must include this place to visit near Bangalore to know about the roots of this city.

bangalore fort

17. Innovative Film City

This is a theme park meant for entertainment and it is situated 40 km away from the Bangalore city. You can upto some extent associate it to the Disneyland of the United States of America

This is spread on 50 acres land and provides entertainment facilities to people of all age group such as Teddy Museum, Mini Golf field, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum and much more.

Variety of food options is also available at this place. There is also a Handicraft and Cultural Village, where art and crafts of different sates can be found.

The entry ticket is INR 599 for adult. There are special offers for children and school trips.


18. Wonderla Amusement Park

This amusement park is the largest of its kind in India and for this reason must be included in the list of places to visit in Bangalore.

It is located at Bidadi, about 28 km into the Bangalore-Mysore road. The park is spread across 82 acres and is packed with 56 thrill rides.

There are kid rides, water rides, high thrill ride and dry rides. This park is an attraction for children and people of all age groups to get away from busy life and enjoy the life.


19. Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR)

This is a famous brand for providing ready mix food in the market.

However, before all this was introduced into the market, tourists who go to Bangalore never miss an opportunity of visiting MTR Restaurant, which is located just few meters away from Lalbagh North Gate.

MTR is one of the famous places to visit in Bangalore for all tourists.

The reava dosas, rava idle, and coffee at MTR are most famous eatables. You will get coffee in silver traditional cups. They also have 6 other branches in Bangalore and one at Singapore.


20. UB City

With the opening of UB City, a shopping trip to Europe, Indian people seeking luxury lifestyle has got a way to enhance their standard of living.

This UB City has brought revolution in India market and has suddenly turned the tables.

It was an idea of Dr. Vijay Mallya & the Prestige Group has made changes in the Indian market in significant way.


This list does not end here. There are many places to visit in Bangalore- a happening city of Karnataka. This city is a mixture of both traditional and western culture and is considered as the IT hub of India owing to the presence of many IT companies in Bangalore.

Here we have listed the top 20 Bangalore tourist places. These can be seen within 3-4 days of visit. If you are planning to stay for more duration, you can also see many more places around Bangalore. Now back your bags, and start your journey.

About the Author Rahul Sharma

Hi all, i am Rahul Sharma – Digital Marketer, Tech-lover, Entrepreneur, Traveler, Blogger, Foodie and blah blah blah :D. The purpose of bestplacesindia it to give 100% accurate and reliable information on travel related queries in india

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