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BENGALURU CITY kms, Hosdurg 210 kms, Hospet 332 kms, Hubli 434 kms,

Karwar 531 kms, Kolar 67 kms, Koppal 358 kms, Kozhikode


oped by his son Tipu Sultan. During the British period, Lalbagh
received some extra area and many new species of plants; it
was later turned into a botanical garden. Today the entire area
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Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation
362 kms, Madikeri 251 kms, Mandya 101 kms, Mangalore evathu chaliya dinna (KSTDC)
356 kms, Mysore 148 kms, Raichur 418 kms, Shimoga 280 is spread over 240 acres and is a green haven in the midst of Corporate Office
kms, Sringeri 333 kms, Tumkur 74 kms, Udupi 406 kms. skyscrapers. One of the most attractive features here is the Glass ACCOMMODATION #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhawan, Race Course Road,
House. Lalbagh serves as a venue to the famous flower show or-  : +91-80-22352901/ 02/ 03 Fax: +91-80-22352963
GETTING AROUND ganised two times a year, in the months of January and August, Wide range of hotels in all categories is available. Contact
@ : info@karnatakaholidays.net
as an addition to the celebrations of Republic and Independence nearest tourist office or www.incredibleindia.org
Buses in Bengaluru are economical and usually frequent, but it (w) : www.karnatakaholidays.net
is advisable to discuss your travel plans with a local to know bus Days.
routes before you board a bus. For tourists who are heading to FAIRS & FESTIVALS LIST OF MUSEUMS
and from the airport, ‘Vayu Vajra’ a red coloured Volvo bus with
Makara Sankranthi - Pongal (January) Gandhi Bhawan (Map Grid C3 No.22)
a photo of aeroplane is an excellent option. Run by the Banga-
The auspicious festival of Makara Sankranthi marks the harvest- Behind Shivananda Circle, Kumara Park East
lore International Airport Limited (BIAL), these buses with lim-
ing season. The day begins by visiting temple in the morning : +91-80-22261967 Timings: 10.30am-1.30pm,
ited stops are a comfortable mode of travelling. Though slightly 3pm-5.30pm Closed: Sunday and National Holidays
and receiving blessings. Thereafter cows are duly bathed, deco-
expensive than local buses, the luxuries they provide are worth
rated and fed with a sweet dish of rice known as ‘Pongal’. In Government Museum & Venkatappa
the fare. the evening they are taken out in a procession and later some Art Gallery (Map Grid C3 No.1)
Auto-rickshaws and taxis are available in every nook and corner interesting community programs are held. Kasturba Road : +91-80-22864483/ 22863737
of the city. Most of them are metered and they do have their own Karaga Festival (March-April) Timings : 10am-5pm Closed: Monday
packages for visitors. Taxis in Bengaluru are a convenient way to HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace
During the festival an earthern pot Karaga is worshipped, which
travel; travellers can choose from radio cabs run by Meru, Easy Museum (Map Grid D3)
is believed to represent Draupadi, the Pandava queen as God-
Cabs, KSTDC and others, which are available at doorstep on call. dess Shakti. On this day, devotees follow the main priest of HAL, Old Airport Road
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Dharmarayaswamy temple, carrying karaga on their heads and : +91-80-22318341 Timings: 9am-5pm
immerse them in the river. The occasion also attracts people Closed: National Holidays and Indian Festivals
Sankey Boat Club (Map Grid C3) (Sankey Tank) with the nerve-wracking stunts of Veerakumaras. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishadh (Map Grid C3 No. 18)
Planning a day out for weekend? There cannot be anything Ugadi (March - April) Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road,
better than a boating picnic on the Sankey lake. Sprawling over : +91-80-22261816/ 22263424
an area of about 37 acres, the lakeside has beautiful benches, Celebrated as the birthday of the universe, it is believed that on
this day Lord Brahma – the creator of this universe contrived it. @: chitrakalaparishadh@gmail.com
where one can laze away doing nothing but relaxing. There is
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens It also marks the Kannada New Year and welcomes the spring Timings: 10am-5.30pm Closed: Sunday,
also a boat club where one can choose from abundant varieties
season. People begin this day by taking a holy bath, going for Half day on Saturday and National Holidays
of pedal, row or motor boats. Shiva Temple (Map Grid D3) (Hoysala Nagar)
Vidhan Sabha prayers in temples that continue till day end. It is also heard that Lalbagh Botanical Gardens (Map Grid C3)
Bangalore Palace (Map Grid C3) (Jayamahal Road, Armane Nagar; The temple is famous for its 65 ft Shiva statue and an
Cubbon Park (Map Grid C3) (Katurba Road; silent zone: 5am-8am) this was the day Lord Vishnu chose to incarnate in his Fish or Lalbagh : +91-80-26578184 Timings: 8am-6pm
Indian/ Foreigner: `175/ 350, : 10am-6pm; closed on Sunday) artificial pond resembling the Mansarovar Lake. It draws a huge
Matsya avatar.
One of the prominent parks of Bangalore, the Cubbon Park with number of pilgrims as it houses replicas of the Jyotirlingas. Seshadri Memorial Hall (Map Grid C3 No.3)
Built by the Wodeyar dynasty rulers in the year 1887, Bangalore Varamahalakshmi (August)
City Map about 300 acres area, claims to be the green zone of the city. City Central Library, Cubbon Park
Palace is known for its Tudor architecture and woodwork. It is
Must see Sites Replete with landscaped gardens, blooming flowers and tall Performed only by married women, Varamahalakshmi or festival : +91-80-22293401 Timings: 8.30am-7.30pm
said the Windsor Palace of England fascinated King Chamaraja
shady trees, the garden provides a fresh breath to its visitors. of Goddess Lakshmi is quite popular in Karnataka. The age old Closed: Monday, 2nd Tuesday and National Holidays
Wodeyar so much that he decided to duplicate it in Bangalore.
Well equipped with long and wide jogging tracks, walking lanes tradition from Vedic period ends with females putting sindoor or Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological
The hub of Information Technology, the ‘byte basket’ His ceaseless desire created a magnificent palace based on a
and comfortable benches, this is the first place visited by Banga- kumkum (a red powder worn by married women only) on 5 other Museum (Map Grid C3 No.2)
of India; these are the phrases that define Bangalore wooden structure and has the most visually surprising carvings
loreans in the morning and after a tiresome day in the evening. married women. Dishes of vermilion are also served. Kasturba Road, Next to Cubbon Park and State
or Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka. The rapidly and colourful paintings. With passing time the palace was turned
into a museum which venues various cultural programs, exhibi- Tipu Sultan’s Palace (Map Grid C3) (City Market; Indian/ Foreigner: `5/ Ganesh Chaturthi (September) Government Museum
growing multi-ethnic city is preferred by most of the
tions and concerts for art lovers. An audio tour is also available : +91-80-22864009/ 22866200 Timings: 10am-6pm
people because of its salubrious weather, the land- 100; video: `25; : 8.30am-5.30pm) One of the most joyous festivals in India, Ganesh Chaturthi is
here for tourists. Closed: Ganesh Chaturthi & Durga Puja
scaped gardens, natural and artificial lakes, huge celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh (the elephant
The double storied palace in the locality of City Market used to
shopping malls, skyscrapers, multi-cuisine restau- headed son of Lord Shiva). Various cultural functions are organ-
be Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat. Constructed sometime in 1791, IMPORTANT NUMBERS
rants and pubs. ised during this time to please the Lord and appeal to him to ease
the age old palace still attracts people with its wooden carvings,
their troubles and sufferings. Ambulance 102
Going back to the yesteryears, traces of this land fluted pillars, arches and balconies. The edifice also has a mu-
began to show up as Bendhakaa Looru, which seum which preserves various assets that belong to the times of Dussehra/ Diwali (October-November) Police 100
later came to be known as Bengalooru. The later Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The symbol of victory of good over evil, ‘Dussehra’ is celebrated Fire Brigade 101
historical references take one to the period of Kempe all over the country, including the state of Karnataka. The grand- Traffic/ Accidents 103
Gowda I, the skillful subordinate of Vijayanagara est festivities in the state are held in the city of Mysore. The 10- Helpline DG’s office (Toll Free) 1800 4250100
Empire in the 16th century. He constructed a mighty day festival is known for the traditional processions called Jam-
Commissioner of Police +91-80-22260707/
fort made of brick and mud which encircled his boo Savari, an exhibition and various music and dance concerts.
province. The place later became an axis of colonial Dussehra is followed by Deepawali, when devotees bring home 22942222
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lifestyle, hopping discos, malls and colourful carni- they worship and seek blessings for a successful cultivation and Indira Gandhi Institute of
vals, the city introduces every visitors with what we mechanisation. Child Health Hospital +91-80-22442421/
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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (Map Grid C3) (Gavipuram)
was refurbished by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, who was the Natural’s, this street is a foodie’s paradise. Pre Paid Taxi Counter +91-80-43464346
Average annual Built during the reign of Kempe Gowda, the ancient temple of Shiva Temple
Precipitation : 85.9 cms Commissioner of Bangalore during the Raj. Brigade Road (Map Grid C3) 43434343/ 44224422
Lord Shiva was carved out from a single cut-out of a monolithic
Jamia Masjid (Map Grid C3) (KR Market; : sunrise to sunset) Foreigners Regional Regn. Off. +91-80-22001302
Best Season : October to March rock. There is a shivalinga, a Nandi sculpture, a rare idol of Ag- FEW WORDS FROM INDIAN LEXICON The most visited of all, the largely spread market at Brigade Road
STD Code : 080 A majestic five-storey mosque located in the heart of Bengalu- nimurthi-the God of Fire and other idols. The most impressive is visited by every shopper, no matter what he is looking for.
From a variety of delicious food to even better entertainment Note: Due to space constraint, all places of interest could not
ru’s city market area, the Jamia Masjid is the largest in the city. is the Agnimurthi; it has two heads, three legs and seven hands. English to Hindi/ Kannada
Language : Kannada, Hindi, English be included here. For more up-to-date information, contact
Sparkling by the famous white marble of Rajasthan, the spacious The temple is visited by throngs of devotees on the occasion of Address : Pata/ Patte facilities, this market attracts the young crowd of Bengaluru. The nearest India Tourism office. Or visit www.incredibleindia.org
GETTING TO BENGALURU prayer hall can have room for more than 10,000 namazis at one Makar Sankranti to witness the mystic view of sunlight passing Answer : Jawab/ Uttara
city’s best movie theatre, Rex is also located here as is the oldest
time. through the horns of Nandi bull and falling on the shivalinga. grocery store, Nilgiri’s.
By Air Arrival : Pahunchna/ Aagama

The international airport of Bengaluru is about 35


kms from the north centre of Bengaluru City. Fall-
Attara Kacheri (Map Grid C3 No.4) (Kasturba Road)
Attara Kacheri meaning ‘eighteen offices or departments’ was
Bull Temple (Map Grid C4) (Basavanagudi; : sunrise to sunset)
Dedicated to the vehicle of Lord Shiva, the temple has the heav-
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:
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Tyohar/ Utsava
BENGALURU CITY
ing on the NH 7, the airport is well equipped with all built in 1867 at the behest of Tipu, the mighty Sultan of Mysore, enly bull Nandi as its presiding deity. Constructed by Kempe
as an additional office building. Standing on the opposite side of Food : Khana/ Anna
modern amenities and is one of the busiest in India. Gowda, the Dravidian style temple houses the splendid statue
It caters to flights to domestic, Asian and European Vidhan Sabha, today the Attara Kacheri houses the High Court. of the bull. Carved from a single stone, the idol is 5 ft tall and is Friend : Dost/ Geleya
countries. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corpo- Its iconic Gothic style of architecture serves as a perfect contrast over 20 ft long. In November-December every year, a Groundnut Fruit : Phal/ Phala
ration (BMTC) operates buses from major localities to the white columned building of Vidhan Sabha. Fair is held near the temple; the first harvested ground nuts are Gift : Uphar/ Amgachitta
in the city at an interval of 15 minutes to the airport. offered to him. Hungry : Bhukha/ Kshuddhita
Radio cabs such as Meru and Easy Cabs provide ba- Hurry up : Jaldi Karo/ Adaavudi
sic taxi services. Self driven cars are also available. Water : Pani/ Amkura
Price : Mulya/ Kraya
By Rail
Purchase : Kharidna / Kollu
Bengaluru has two major railway terminals - the Ban- Question : Sawal/ Prashnisu
galore City Railway Station is the hub of most of the Safe : Surakshit/ Anapaya
long distance trains. Situated opposite to the Majes- Brigade Road
Shop : Dukaan/ Amgad
tic Bus Stand, it also caters to the daily local com- MG Road (Map Grid C3)
Thank You : Dhanyavad/ Vamdisu
muters. The other station is Yeshwantpur Junction,
Toilet : Jan Suvidha/ Paayakhane A very popular market, MG Road is located right next to the Bri-
which also receives long distance trains but in lesser gade Road. Dotted with shops of every kind, it has numerous
Vegetable : Sabzi/ Kaayipalya
frequency. Travellers can make a booking online or stores selling sarees along with various showrooms. Two movie
at the railway stations. To avoid services charges, Your : Tumhara/ Ninna
theatres account for the entertainment facilities here.
one can log on to www.irctc.co.in (Indian Railways CONVERSATIONAL PHRASES
website) and book tickets online. TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
English to Kannada
By Road At the Airport : Vimana nildana dallli India Tourism, Bengaluru (Govt of India)
Where is the exit? : Horage hegae hogabeku? KFC Building, 48 Church Street
Bengaluru is served by National Highway 4, 7 and 48 Attara Kacheri How far is the hotel? : Hotel illi indha yeshtu dhura vidde?
of India’s National Highways system.  : +91-80-25585417/ 25321683/ 25583030 Fax: +91-80-
Vidhan Sabha (Map Grid C3) Bull Temple What is the rent? : Badige yeshtu? 25585417
Distances of various cities and villages from Also See: Dodda Ganesha Temple- Very close to the Bull Please call taxi : Dhayavitu taxi annu karithera? @ : indtour@kar.nic.in/ indtourblr@dataone.in
Bengaluru are as follows: The huge granite edifice in Sampangi Ram Nagar, is the legisla-
ture of Karnataka. Fabricated by Sri K Hanumanthaiya, the Chief Temple lays the Dodda Ganesha Temple, with a stone cut Please stop here : Illi nillisi (w) : www.incredibleindia.org
Badami 456 kms, Bagalkot 471 kms, Belgaum 506 Ganesha idol which is about 18 ft tall and 16 ft wide. Place worth visiting : Iddhu nodale bekada sthala Karnataka Tourism
Minister of Mysore during the period of 1951-1956, Vidhan Sab-
kms, Bellary 313, Belur 224 kms, Bidar 694 kms, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens (Map Grid C3) (Lalbagh; : 6am-7pm) Want city guide map : Naanage sthailya nakshe beku Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka
ha is a perfect representation of Dravidian architecture. The most
Bijapur 525 kms, Chamrajanagar 182 kms, Chik- Show me the way : Dhariyanu thorsthira #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhawan, Race Course Rd,
striking feature are its granite pillars in the façade and imposing Once the private garden of Hyder Ali, Lalbagh was initially laid
magalur 250 kms, Chitradurga 202 kms, Dandeli Please do booking : Neevu kaydirisi  : +91-80-22352828/ 22352525
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stairs that climb up the porch. The entire structure is embellished as per the typical Mughal style. Landscaped over an area of 40
488 kms, Davangere 265 kms, Gadag 417 kms, Which is the main : Illi yavdhu mukhiyavadha Fax : +91-80-22352626
with carved bases, designs on columns, mouldings, kapotha acres, the 18th century garden was later renovated and devel-
Gulbarga 577 kms, Hassan 187 kms, Haveri 338 shopping centre? karidhi sthala? @ : info@karnatakatourism.org City Map
cornices, groundwork, chaithya arches etc.
Must see Sites
Hosdurg 210 kms, Hospet 332 kms, Hubli 434 kms, Kar- oped by his son Tipu Sultan. During the British period, Lalbagh I want to send an e-mail : Nannu e-mail kallisbeku (w) : www.karnatakatourism.org
war 531 kms, Kolar 67 kms, Koppal 358 kms, Kozhikode received some extra area and many new species of plants; it It is hot/ cold today : Evathu bisilu dinna/ Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation
362 kms, Madikeri 251 kms, Mandya 101 kms, Mangalore was later turned into a botanical garden. Today the entire area evathu chaliya dinna (KSTDC)
356 kms, Mysore 148 kms, Raichur 418 kms, Shimoga 280 is spread over 240 acres and is a green haven in the midst of Corporate Office
kms, Sringeri 333 kms, Tumkur 74 kms, Udupi 406 kms. skyscrapers. One of the most attractive features here is the Glass ACCOMMODATION #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhawan, Race Course Road,
House. Lalbagh serves as a venue to the famous flower show or-  : +91-80-22352901/ 02/ 03 Fax: +91-80-22352963
GETTING AROUND ganised two times a year, in the months of January and August, Wide range of hotels in all categories is available. Contact
@ : info@karnatakaholidays.net
as an addition to the celebrations of Republic and Independence nearest tourist office or www.incredibleindia.org
Buses in Bengaluru are economical and usually frequent, but it (w) : www.karnatakaholidays.net
is advisable to discuss your travel plans with a local to know bus Days.
routes before you board a bus. For tourists who are heading to FAIRS & FESTIVALS LIST OF MUSEUMS
and from the airport, ‘Vayu Vajra’ a red coloured Volvo bus with
Makara Sankranthi - Pongal (January) Gandhi Bhawan (Map Grid C3 No.22)
a photo of aeroplane is an excellent option. Run by the Banga-
The auspicious festival of Makara Sankranthi marks the harvest- Behind Shivananda Circle, Kumara Park East
lore International Airport Limited (BIAL), these buses with lim-
ing season. The day begins by visiting temple in the morning : +91-80-22261967 Timings: 10.30am-1.30pm,
ited stops are a comfortable mode of travelling. Though slightly 3pm-5.30pm Closed: Sunday and National Holidays
and receiving blessings. Thereafter cows are duly bathed, deco-
expensive than local buses, the luxuries they provide are worth
rated and fed with a sweet dish of rice known as ‘Pongal’. In Government Museum & Venkatappa
the fare. the evening they are taken out in a procession and later some Art Gallery (Map Grid C3 No.1)
Auto-rickshaws and taxis are available in every nook and corner interesting community programs are held. Kasturba Road : +91-80-22864483/ 22863737
of the city. Most of them are metered and they do have their own Karaga Festival (March-April) Timings : 10am-5pm Closed: Monday
packages for visitors. Taxis in Bengaluru are a convenient way to HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace
During the festival an earthern pot Karaga is worshipped, which
travel; travellers can choose from radio cabs run by Meru, Easy Museum (Map Grid D3)
is believed to represent Draupadi, the Pandava queen as God-
Cabs, KSTDC and others, which are available at doorstep on call. dess Shakti. On this day, devotees follow the main priest of HAL, Old Airport Road
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Dharmarayaswamy temple, carrying karaga on their heads and : +91-80-22318341 Timings: 9am-5pm
immerse them in the river. The occasion also attracts people Closed: National Holidays and Indian Festivals
Sankey Boat Club (Map Grid C3) (Sankey Tank) with the nerve-wracking stunts of Veerakumaras. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishadh (Map Grid C3 No. 18)
Planning a day out for weekend? There cannot be anything Ugadi (March - April) Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road,
better than a boating picnic on the Sankey lake. Sprawling over : +91-80-22261816/ 22263424
an area of about 37 acres, the lakeside has beautiful benches, Celebrated as the birthday of the universe, it is believed that on
this day Lord Brahma – the creator of this universe contrived it. @: chitrakalaparishadh@gmail.com
where one can laze away doing nothing but relaxing. There is
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens It also marks the Kannada New Year and welcomes the spring Timings: 10am-5.30pm Closed: Sunday,
also a boat club where one can choose from abundant varieties
season. People begin this day by taking a holy bath, going for Half day on Saturday and National Holidays
of pedal, row or motor boats. Shiva Temple (Map Grid D3) (Hoysala Nagar)
Vidhan Sabha prayers in temples that continue till day end. It is also heard that Lalbagh Botanical Gardens (Map Grid C3)
Bangalore Palace (Map Grid C3) (Jayamahal Road, Armane Nagar; The temple is famous for its 65 ft Shiva statue and an
Cubbon Park (Map Grid C3) (Katurba Road; silent zone: 5am-8am) this was the day Lord Vishnu chose to incarnate in his Fish or Lalbagh : +91-80-26578184 Timings: 8am-6pm
Indian/ Foreigner: `175/ 350, : 10am-6pm; closed on Sunday) artificial pond resembling the Mansarovar Lake. It draws a huge
Matsya avatar.
One of the prominent parks of Bangalore, the Cubbon Park with number of pilgrims as it houses replicas of the Jyotirlingas. Seshadri Memorial Hall (Map Grid C3 No.3)
Built by the Wodeyar dynasty rulers in the year 1887, Bangalore Varamahalakshmi (August)
about 300 acres area, claims to be the green zone of the city. City Central Library, Cubbon Park
Palace is known for its Tudor architecture and woodwork. It is
Replete with landscaped gardens, blooming flowers and tall Performed only by married women, Varamahalakshmi or festival : +91-80-22293401 Timings: 8.30am-7.30pm
said the Windsor Palace of England fascinated King Chamaraja
shady trees, the garden provides a fresh breath to its visitors. of Goddess Lakshmi is quite popular in Karnataka. The age old Closed: Monday, 2nd Tuesday and National Holidays
Wodeyar so much that he decided to duplicate it in Bangalore.
Well equipped with long and wide jogging tracks, walking lanes tradition from Vedic period ends with females putting sindoor or Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological
The hub of Information Technology, the ‘byte basket’ His ceaseless desire created a magnificent palace based on a
and comfortable benches, this is the first place visited by Banga- kumkum (a red powder worn by married women only) on 5 other Museum (Map Grid C3 No.2)
of India; these are the phrases that define Bangalore wooden structure and has the most visually surprising carvings
loreans in the morning and after a tiresome day in the evening. married women. Dishes of vermilion are also served. Kasturba Road, Next to Cubbon Park and State
or Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka. The rapidly and colourful paintings. With passing time the palace was turned
into a museum which venues various cultural programs, exhibi- Tipu Sultan’s Palace (Map Grid C3) (City Market; Indian/ Foreigner: `5/ Ganesh Chaturthi (September) Government Museum
growing multi-ethnic city is preferred by most of the
tions and concerts for art lovers. An audio tour is also available : +91-80-22864009/ 22866200 Timings: 10am-6pm
people because of its salubrious weather, the land- 100; video: `25; : 8.30am-5.30pm) One of the most joyous festivals in India, Ganesh Chaturthi is
here for tourists. Closed: Ganesh Chaturthi & Durga Puja
scaped gardens, natural and artificial lakes, huge celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh (the elephant
The double storied palace in the locality of City Market used to
shopping malls, skyscrapers, multi-cuisine restau- headed son of Lord Shiva). Various cultural functions are organ-
be Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat. Constructed sometime in 1791, IMPORTANT NUMBERS
rants and pubs. ised during this time to please the Lord and appeal to him to ease
the age old palace still attracts people with its wooden carvings,
their troubles and sufferings. Ambulance 102
Going back to the yesteryears, traces of this land fluted pillars, arches and balconies. The edifice also has a mu-
began to show up as Bendhakaa Looru, which seum which preserves various assets that belong to the times of Dussehra/ Diwali (October-November) Police 100
later came to be known as Bengalooru. The later Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The symbol of victory of good over evil, ‘Dussehra’ is celebrated Fire Brigade 101
historical references take one to the period of Kempe all over the country, including the state of Karnataka. The grand- Traffic/ Accidents 103
Gowda I, the skillful subordinate of Vijayanagara est festivities in the state are held in the city of Mysore. The 10- Helpline DG’s office (Toll Free) 1800 4250100
Empire in the 16th century. He constructed a mighty day festival is known for the traditional processions called Jam-
Commissioner of Police +91-80-22260707/
fort made of brick and mud which encircled his boo Savari, an exhibition and various music and dance concerts.
province. The place later became an axis of colonial Dussehra is followed by Deepawali, when devotees bring home 22942222
rule down south for the British East India Company. Lakshmi and Ganesha and worship them with ritualistic customs. Railway Enquiry 139
The Silicon Valley of India stockpiles everything Airport Enquiry +91-80-66782425/
Kadalekaye Parishe - Peanut Festival (November)
that fascinates the generation of today. From career 66782251/ 66782255
Kadalekaye Parishe or the Peanut Festival marks the first fruiting
booming opportunities, attractive packages, leisured ESI Hospital +91-80-23324112
of groundnut. It is offered at the Bull temple by the farmers as
lifestyle, hopping discos, malls and colourful carni- they worship and seek blessings for a successful cultivation and Indira Gandhi Institute of
vals, the city introduces every visitors with what we mechanisation. Child Health Hospital +91-80-22442421/
Bangalore Palace
call ‘Life in a Metro’.
Ulsoor Lake (Map Grid C3) (: sunrise to sunset) SHOPPER’S PARADISE 22443143
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Positioned on the eastern face of the metropolis, Ulsoor is be- Commercial Street (Map Grid C3 No.19)
Area : 210 sq kms Hospital & Research Institute +91-80-26564516
lieved to be one of the largest water bodies in the city. Owing its Strictly a shopping area, the Commercial Street is perfect for
Altitude : 949 m above sea level 2656600/ 26562500
name to the locality where it lays, the whole lake, about 124 acres fashion products, junk or gold jewellery and sumptuous food.
Temperature : Summer-Max: 33.6 C Min: 21.5 C
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in area, has beautiful islands. Although the historical records The market is specifically known for its food outlets. From the
: Winter-Max: 270C Min: 15.10C show the lake to be of Kempe Gowda’s period, the present one South Indian food of Woody’s to the delicious ice-creams of 26568121
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (Map Grid C3) (Gavipuram)
was refurbished by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, who was the Natural’s, this street is a foodie’s paradise. Pre Paid Taxi Counter +91-80-43464346
Average annual Built during the reign of Kempe Gowda, the ancient temple of Shiva Temple
Precipitation : 85.9 cms Commissioner of Bangalore during the Raj. Brigade Road (Map Grid C3) 43434343/ 44224422
Lord Shiva was carved out from a single cut-out of a monolithic
Jamia Masjid (Map Grid C3) (KR Market; : sunrise to sunset) Foreigners Regional Regn. Off. +91-80-22001302
Best Season : October to March rock. There is a shivalinga, a Nandi sculpture, a rare idol of Ag- FEW WORDS FROM INDIAN LEXICON The most visited of all, the largely spread market at Brigade Road
STD Code : 080 A majestic five-storey mosque located in the heart of Bengalu- nimurthi-the God of Fire and other idols. The most impressive is visited by every shopper, no matter what he is looking for.
From a variety of delicious food to even better entertainment Note: Due to space constraint, all places of interest could not
ru’s city market area, the Jamia Masjid is the largest in the city. is the Agnimurthi; it has two heads, three legs and seven hands. English to Hindi/ Kannada
Language : Kannada, Hindi, English be included here. For more up-to-date information, contact
Sparkling by the famous white marble of Rajasthan, the spacious The temple is visited by throngs of devotees on the occasion of Address : Pata/ Patte facilities, this market attracts the young crowd of Bengaluru. The nearest India Tourism office. Or visit www.incredibleindia.org
GETTING TO BENGALURU prayer hall can have room for more than 10,000 namazis at one Makar Sankranti to witness the mystic view of sunlight passing Answer : Jawab/ Uttara
city’s best movie theatre, Rex is also located here as is the oldest
time. through the horns of Nandi bull and falling on the shivalinga. grocery store, Nilgiri’s.
By Air Arrival : Pahunchna/ Aagama
Attara Kacheri (Map Grid C3 No.4) (Kasturba Road) Bull Temple (Map Grid C4) (Basavanagudi; : sunrise to sunset) Baggage : Saaman/ Sainikaragam Tum Ute
The international airport of Bengaluru is about 35
Directions : Dishayen/ Digdarshana
kms from the north centre of Bengaluru City. Fall- Attara Kacheri meaning ‘eighteen offices or departments’ was Dedicated to the vehicle of Lord Shiva, the temple has the heav-
built in 1867 at the behest of Tipu, the mighty Sultan of Mysore, Festival : Tyohar/ Utsava
ing on the NH 7, the airport is well equipped with all enly bull Nandi as its presiding deity. Constructed by Kempe
as an additional office building. Standing on the opposite side of Food : Khana/ Anna
modern amenities and is one of the busiest in India. Gowda, the Dravidian style temple houses the splendid statue
It caters to flights to domestic, Asian and European Vidhan Sabha, today the Attara Kacheri houses the High Court. of the bull. Carved from a single stone, the idol is 5 ft tall and is Friend : Dost/ Geleya
countries. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corpo- Its iconic Gothic style of architecture serves as a perfect contrast over 20 ft long. In November-December every year, a Groundnut Fruit : Phal/ Phala
ration (BMTC) operates buses from major localities to the white columned building of Vidhan Sabha. Fair is held near the temple; the first harvested ground nuts are Gift : Uphar/ Amgachitta
in the city at an interval of 15 minutes to the airport. offered to him. Hungry : Bhukha/ Kshuddhita
Radio cabs such as Meru and Easy Cabs provide ba- Hurry up : Jaldi Karo/ Adaavudi
sic taxi services. Self driven cars are also available. Water : Pani/ Amkura
Price : Mulya/ Kraya
By Rail
Purchase : Kharidna / Kollu
Bengaluru has two major railway terminals - the Ban- Question : Sawal/ Prashnisu
galore City Railway Station is the hub of most of the Safe : Surakshit/ Anapaya
long distance trains. Situated opposite to the Majes- Brigade Road
Shop : Dukaan/ Amgad
tic Bus Stand, it also caters to the daily local com- MG Road (Map Grid C3)
muters. The other station is Yeshwantpur Junction, Thank You : Dhanyavad/ Vamdisu
which also receives long distance trains but in lesser Toilet : Jan Suvidha/ Paayakhane A very popular market, MG Road is located right next to the Bri-
frequency. Travellers can make a booking online or Vegetable : Sabzi/ Kaayipalya gade Road. Dotted with shops of every kind, it has numerous
at the railway stations. To avoid services charges, Your : Tumhara/ Ninna stores selling sarees along with various showrooms. Two movie
theatres account for the entertainment facilities here.
one can log on to www.irctc.co.in (Indian Railways CONVERSATIONAL PHRASES
website) and book tickets online.
English to Kannada TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
By Road
At the Airport : Vimana nildana dallli India Tourism, Bengaluru (Govt of India)
Bengaluru is served by National Highway 4, 7 and 48 Where is the exit? : Horage hegae hogabeku? KFC Building, 48 Church Street
of India’s National Highways system.
Attara Kacheri How far is the hotel? : Hotel illi indha yeshtu dhura vidde?  : +91-80-25585417/ 25321683/ 25583030
Vidhan Sabha (Map Grid C3) Bull Temple What is the rent? : Badige yeshtu?
Distances of various cities and villages from Fax : +91-80-25585417
Bengaluru are as follows: The huge granite edifice in Sampangi Ram Nagar, is the legisla- Also See: Dodda Ganesha Temple- Very close to the Bull Please call taxi : Dhayavitu taxi annu karithera? @ : indtour@kar.nic.in/ indtourblr@dataone.in
ture of Karnataka. Fabricated by Sri K Hanumanthaiya, the Chief Temple lays the Dodda Ganesha Temple, with a stone cut Please stop here : illi nillisi (w) : www.incredibleindia.org
Badami 456 kms, Bagalkot 471 kms, Belgaum 506 Ganesha idol which is about 18 ft tall and 16 ft wide. Place worth visiting : Iddhu nodale bekada sthala
Minister of Mysore during the period of 1951-1956, Vidhan Sab- Karnataka Tourism
kms, Bellary 313, Belur 224 kms, Bidar 694 kms, Want city guide map : Naanage sthailya nakshe beku
Bijapur 525 kms, Chamrajanagar 182 kms, Chik- ha is a perfect representation of Dravidian architecture. The most Lalbagh Botanical Gardens (Map Grid C3) (Lalbagh; : 6am-7pm) Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka
Show me the way : Dhariyanu thorsthira #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhawan, Race Course Rd,
magalur 250 kms, Chitradurga 202 kms, Dandeli striking feature are its granite pillars in the façade and imposing Once the private garden of Hyder Ali, Lalbagh was initially laid Please do booking : Neevu kaydirisi  : +91-80-22352828/ 22352525
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488 kms, Davangere 265 kms, Gadag 417 kms, Gul- stairs that climb up the porch. The entire structure is embellished as per the typical Mughal style. Landscaped over an area of 40 Which is the main : Illi yavdhu mukhiyavadha Fax : +91-80-22352626
barga 577 kms, Hassan 187 kms, Haveri 338 kms, with carved bases, designs on columns, mouldings, kapotha acres, the 18th century garden was later renovated and devel- shopping centre? karidhi sthala? @ : info@karnatakatourism.org
cornices, groundwork, chaithya arches etc.