Diwali, Ugadi, Navratri, Pongal,
Varamahalakshmi, Navratri, and Mahashivratri
Major Tourist Attractions
Cubbon Park, Bangalore Palace,
Ulsoor Lake, Bull temple, The Fort and Tipu
Sultan's Palace, and Visvesvaraya Industrial
and Technological Museum
Best time to Visit
October to February
on theDeccan Plateau in the south-eastern part
of Karnataka, Bangalore is India's third most
populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration.
Bangalore is well known as a hub for India's information
technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred
entrepreneurial locations in the world.
A succession of South Indian dynasties ruled
the region of Bangalore until in 1537 AD,Kempé
Gowd?-a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagara
Empire-established a mud fort considered to
be the foundation of modern Bangalore. Following
transitory occupation by the Mar?th?s and Mughals,
the city remained under the Mysore kingdom,
which is now a part of the Indian state of Karnataka.
Bangalore continued to be a cantonment of the
British and a major city of the Princely State
of Mysore which existed as a nominally sovereign
entity of the British Raj. Following the independence
of India in 1947, Bangalore became the capital
of Mysore state, and remained capital when the
new Indian state of Karnataka was formed in
As a large and growing metropolis, Bangalore
is home to many well-recognized colleges and
research institutions in India. Numerous public
sector heavy industries, software companies,
aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations
are located in the city. Bangalore is known
as the Silicon Valley of India because of its
position as the nation's leading IT exporter.A
demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a
major economic and cultural hub and the second
fastest growing major metropolis in India.
Airlines links Bangalore with Calcutta, Delhi,
Madras, Bombay, Pune, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Goa,
Hyderabad, Calicut and Trivandrum. Damania Airlines,
East-West, Continental Aviation also operate flights
from Bangalore to Bombay.
Rail: Bangalore is directly connected
by rail to all major cities like Ahmedabad,
Bombay, Calcutta, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Howrah,
Hyderabad, Mangalore, Madras, Mysore, Nagpur,
Trivandrum, Vasco-da-Gama (Goa).
Road: Bangalore is connected by good
motorable roads with Bandipur- 220 kms, Belur-
322 kms, Madras- 334 kms, Bombay- 998 kms, Cochin-
526 kms, Dandeli 481 kms, Halebid- 214 kms,
Jog Falls- 377 kms, Kodaikanal- 430 kms, Mysore
140 kms, Panaji- 595 kms, Sravanabelagola- 160
kms, Tirupati- 250 kms.
Bus: Regular bus services connect Bangalore
to Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Bombay, Coimbatore,
Goa, Hospet, Hyderabad, Madras, Madikere, Madurai,
Mangalore, Mysore, Tirupati, Nandi Hills, Chanrajaragar,
Jog Falls, Ootacamund (Ooty) Raichur, Ernakulam,
Gulbarga, Pondicherry, Calicut, Dharwar.
History of Bangalore
From the 50s, this
beautiful city of gardens, also known as the Garden
City, with its temperate climate, lovely bungalows,
tree-lined broad avenues and laid back ambience
was a pensioner's paradise.
Bengaluru derives its name from the Kannada
words benda kalluru, which means
the land of boiled beans. According to legend,
Veera Ballara, the Hoysala king, once lost his
way during a hunting expedition. Wandering around,
he met an old lady who gave him boiled beans
to eat. In order to show his gratitude, he named
the place, Benda Kalluru. Some historians believe
that the name was derived from the benga
or ven kai tree.
Bangalore, as we know it today, was formed
by Kempe Gowda. Formerly, Bangalore was ruled
by a number of rulers and dynasties, including
the Vijayanagara Empire and Tipu Sultan. A number
of temples and monuments, which were built in
the earlier days, are still a part of the citys
landscape. Major towns and subdivisions were
formed during various rules. The city was sold
to the rulers in Mysore in the earlier days
and was later in the hands of the British whose
rule continued till Independence.
Bangalore is among
the most cosmopolitan cities in India. It is the
melting pot of a number of cultures and traditions.
It is believed that almost 62 percent of the cities
population is immigrants, making it one of the
most ethnically diverse cities in India.
The advent of liberalization also has a huge hand
in shaping the modern culture of the city. The
culture of Bangalore can be clearly reflected
in the food habits, nightlife and language of
the people. The culture of the city has undergone
a sea change over the last few years but still
the traditions and moral values remain intact.
Dance and music which are an inseparable part
of the culture of Karnataka still hold an important
place in the city. Bangalore is an important center
for Indian classical dance and music. Dance recitals
and classical music are held all through the year
and specially during Ramanavami or Ganesha Chaturthi.
Bangalore has a lively Kannada Theater
that organizes various theatres and programs.
Rock concerts also take place in Bangalore. Thus
cultures and festivals in Bangalore are something
to be watched for and an experience worth remembering.
Bangalore has a wide
and varied mix of restaurant types and cuisines,
among that Udupi restaurants are very popular
and serve predominantly vegetarian, regional cuisine.
Bangalore is one of the premier economic centre
in India with an economic growth of 10.3%. Bangalores
Net District Income is approximately 11 Billion
US dollars (52 thousand crores rupees). This
City is India's fourth largest FMCG(fast moving
consumer goods) market. It is the third largest
hub for high net worth individuals with a per
capita income of 1.6K US dollars(74 Thousand
rupees).It is the home to over 10,000 dollar
millionaires(4.5 crores rupees).