Bangalore printable map of top tourist attractions & city travel guide
Map of top 10 attractions in Bangalore
The typical top ten attractions are listed below. You can find the detailed locations of these places on the maps above.
- Cubbon Park - In the heart of Bengaluru's business district is Cubbon Park, a welcome green space in the heart of the city, shaded by massive clumps of bamboo. Cubbon Park is entered from the western end of MG Road, presided over by a statue of Queen Victoria.
- Gandhi Nagar - Locally known as Majestic, Gandhi Nagar (the old quarters)is a crowded area where Bengaluru's central bus stand and the City train station are located.A few historical relics lie to its south,including Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and Tipu Sultan's palace. About 4km east are the high streets bounded by Mahatma Gandhi (MG), Brigade,St Mark's and Residency (FM Cariappa)Rds. This is Bengaluru's cosmopolitanhub, with parks, tree-lined streets, churches,grand houses and military establishments.In between are sandwiched the golf club, theracecourse and the cricket stadium.
- Mahtma Gandhi MG Road - Located some 4km east from the Gandhi Nagar. The area is bounded by MG Road, Brigade, St Marks and Residency (FM Cariappa)Rds. It is Bengaluru's retail and entertainmenthub. Here are parks, tree-lined streets,churches, grand houses and the army compoundsthat are integral to this military town.Between the two areas you'll find the golf cluband racecourse, close to which are severaltop-end hotels. MG Road Market is located right next to the BrigadeRoad. Dotted with shops of every kind, it has numerousstores selling sarees along with various showrooms.
- Commercial Street - It is a shopping area that is perfect for fashion products, junk or gold jewellery. The market is specifically known for its food outlets.
- Brigade Road - The most visited of all, the largely spread market at Brigade Road is visited by every tourist and attracts the young crowd of Bengaluru. The city's best movie theatre, Rex is also located here as is the oldest grocery store, Nilgiri's.
- Vidhana Soudha - Located on the northwest edge of Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, is the largest civic structure of its kind in the country. Kengal Hanumanthaiah, chief minister at the time, wanted a 'people's palace' that,following the transfer of power from the royal Wadiyar dynasty to a legislature, would 'reflect the power and dignity of the people'. In theory its design is entirely Indian, but its overall effect is not unlike the bombastic colonial architecture built in the so-called Indo-Saracenic style.
- Lalbagh Botanical Gardens - 4 km south of the centre. Spreading over 240 acres, the gardens are pleasant to visit during the day. Great sunsets and city views can be had from the central hill,which is topped by a small shrine.
- City Market - If you're an early riser, the one sight that is an absolute must, is a visit to the bustling City Market - an absolute riot of colors, sights, smells, and sounds, with mounds of flowers and fresh vegetables.
- Tipu's Summer Palace and Palace Grounds - Just southeast of the City Market near the fairytale-like Jama Masjid – whitewashed and rambling and still in regular use – lies Tipu's Summer Palace, a two-storey, mostly wooden structure. Next door there is the Venkataramana Swamy Temple and the gopura entranceway.
- Bull Temple - Located 6km south of the City Bus Stand, in the Basavanagudi area, Kempe Gowda's sixteenth-century Bull Temple houses a massive monolithic Nandi bull.
- Sri Radha Krishna Mandir (ISKCON temple) - Some 8km north of the centre lies ISKCON's (International Society of Krishna Consciousness)gleaming temple, a hybrid of ultra-modern glass and vernacular south Indian architecture.
- Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Art Gallery - This visual-arts gallery is Bengalurus best. You'llsee a wide range of Indian and internationalcontemporary art.
- Krishnarajendra City Market - For a pungent taste of traditional urban India,dive into this bustling wholesale fresh-producemarket and the dense gridof commercial streets that surround it. Thisis the main Muslim area of the city and you'llalso find several mosques here, including theimpressively massive lilac-painted Jama Masjid.
- Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple - One of Bengaluru's oldest temples.
- Other attractions shown on our detailed maps include: Government Museum, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technical Museum, State Central Library, Dodda Ganesha Temple, Aerospace Museum & Heritage Centre, St Mark's Cathedral, Shiva Temple, Shanthala Nagar, Ulsoor Lake, Attara Kacheri.
What are some interesting facts about Bangalore?
Bengaluru on the map - The centre of modern Bengaluru lies about 4km east of Kempe Gowda Circle (and the bus and railway stations), near MG Road, where you'll find most of the mid-range accommodation,restaurants, shops, tourist information and banks. Leafy Cubbon Park, and its less than exciting museums, lie on its eastern edge, while the oldest, most 'Indian' part of the city extends south from the railway station, a warren of winding streets at their most dynamic in the hubbub of the City and Gandhi markets. Bengaluru's tourist attractions are spread out: monuments such as Tipu's Summer Palace and the Bull Temple are some way south of the centre. Most, if not all, can be seen on a half day tour, but if you explore on foot, be warned that Bengaluru has some of the worst pavements in India.
Tourist information centre - For information on Bengaluru, Karnataka and neighbouring states, go to the excellent India Tourism Office in Trump Tower, where you can pick up free pop up maps for both city and state. Apart from booths at the City railway station and at the airport, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation also has two city offices: there's one at Badami House, NR Square. Another, the head office, is on the second floor of Khanija Bhavan, Race Course.
City orientation with our detailed maps - Finding your way around Bengaluru can be difficult at times without detailed maps. In certain areas, roads are named after their widths (eg 80ft Rd).The city also follows a system of mains and crosses: 3rd cross, 5th main, Residency Rd,for example, refers to the third lane on the fifth street branching off Residency Road.
Old Bengaluru - In spite of rapid development, vestiges of the city's historic past are still found in the streets of Old Bengaluru, south of the city centre. In contrast to the relentless modernization of the rest of Bengaluru, this area contains monuments from the period of the Gowdas to that of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, and bears witness to the city's history from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
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