Origin of Name & History in Brief
History is something which we can’t ignore no matter now where we are. Bangalore has it’ own rich history to tell. It’s metamorphosis from ordinary to extra ordinary transformation turned Bangalore as established city in the economy. In spite of rapid development, vestiges of the city's historic past are still found in the streets of Old Bangalore, south of the city centre. In contrast to the modernization of the rest of Bangalore, this area contains monuments from the period of the Gowdas to that of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. It bears witness to the city's history from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
A fast growing metropolis, the silicon valley city of India is the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Situated at about 1000 meters above sea level, it is known for its awesome climate where temperatures remain moderate throughout the year. It was well known as the Garden city, until its high-tech boom began in the late 1980s. Today with a growing population of young professionals, Bangalore acquired a vibrant, cosmopolitan air. The industry views Bangalore as the 'byte-basket' of India. Narrow lanes and small, twisting alleys betray its ancient origins. Growth and prosperity are mirrored in Bangalore. Now the city has grown tremendously in size and brand value, making its impact across the globe. Blessed with amazing climate, gardens parks,natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and beyond.
The place mentioned as 'Benguluru' in the Ganga record is originally a hamlet, even now called as Halebengaluru near Kodigehalli, not far away from Hebbal. It is said that Kempegowda I, when he built the new capital town in about 1537 called it Bangalore as his mother and wife belonged to the hamlet Bangalore, now called Halebengaluru. In literary works Bangalore is also called Kalyananagara or the 'City Auspicious'.
Places of Interest around Bangalore
Though the fort built by Kempegowda then has totally vanished the spots like the Yelahanka Bagilu (Mysore Bank Square), Halsur Bagilu or Gate (now a police station is named after it; the gate proper even now remains hidden in ruined condition behind the Badami House), Anekal Bagilu, and the Kengeri Bagilu or gate(again the name of a police station) etc; are still located together with the Sonde Koppa Bagilu (to the west), Yeshwantpur Gate(near Upparpet police station) and the Kanakanahalli Bagilu(near the Vokkaligara Sangha Bldg. or Sanjay Talkies).
The town was conquered by Bijapur in 1638, and Shahji Bhosle secured the town and its surroundings as a jahgir in 1638. After 50 years of Maratha rule at Bangalore, Bangalore was conquered by the Mughuls in 1686. The city was leased to the Mysore ruler Chikkadevaraya by the Mughuls in c 1689 and Chikkadevaraya expanded the fort to the south and built the
(28 Kms via Mysore Road and Kengeri): An interesting picnic spot. There is a big Banyan tree, the branches of which, spread over three acres. The 400 years old tree witnessed the penance of sage Muneshwara.Take a right turn on Mysore road at 20th Kilometer milestone and proceed 8 Kilometers to reach the spot. There is a KSTDC Restaurant alongside.
(60 Kms via Devanahalli.): A well known summer-resort. Tipu's Drop is an attraction here. Cottages are available here. Contact : Director of Horticulture, Lalbagh, Bangalore. Tel: 602231.During season (July to February) contact the Special Officer, Horticulture. Nandi Hills. KSTDC's Hotel Mayura Pine Top has restaurant and accommodation facilities. Contact KSTDC (HO).
(60 Kms from Bangalore via Tumkur Road): There are temples dedicated to Gangadhara and Honnadevi. There is a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga. Regular KSRTC buses are available from Tumkur (20 Kms) and Bangalore.
Bannerghatta National Park
(Goat's Leap) (98 Kms via Kanakapura Road): The river Arkavathi flows through a deep gorge. The Sangameshwara temple is at the confluence of the river Arkavathi and Cauvery. The river flows in a ravine over which a goat can easily leap. Hence the name Mekedatu.
(20 Kms from Bangalore via Anekal Road): Noted for its picturesque scenery and its temple. Mayura Vanashree Restaurant - KSTDC (washroom available).
Tourism Information Counter
Bangalore Airport: +91-80-5268012.
Railway Station: +91-80-2870068
Govt. of India Tourist Office: KSFC Building,48,Church Street. Tel: +91-80-558517
Bangalore is rightfully known as the "Garden City of India". Owing to the pleasant climate and topography, greenery and the presence of many public parks and gardens. Though the city has grown in many ways, it still has retained its earlier beauty through its green landscapes. Some of them have been beautified over the years. The important ones are Cubbon park, Lalbagh, Coles Park etc
Along with the modernization and more entertaining needs of Bangaloreans, there are many Amusement and Water Parks.
One of the biggest parks of Bangalore city. It is major landmark in Bangalore contributing to various Historical Monuments and Government Buildings, Cultural, Scientific Institutions other than just being a park
The Coles Park, in the Bangalore East is located in Fraser Town in Bangalore on Promenade Road. Named after the Resident of Mysore this park exists from 1914. Here residents of the area could spend many a pleasant evenings, with a Bandstand where the Band of Bangalore Rifle Volunteers played. Today the park belongs to the Municipal Corporation and has renovated for public use.
There is a jogger’s path and play corner for children to play. The Bandstand area has is beautified with benches around and a walker path. This park has been made disabled friendly. There is a ramp at the main gate to facilitate entry. There is a wheelchair track in the play space that allows easy movement for wheelchair users. A wheelchair sandpit and a Sensory Integration track are being constructed. The swing and the play equipment is designed suitable for easier access for handicapped kids.
Can you imagine that this 'Park' had three tennis courts, and one of these was used by the Y.W.C.A. Club in that area. Today there is Laughing Club activities in the Morning and Roller Skating Rink and classes are held in the evenings. Today, Kilikili (an NGO) conducts regular activities aimed at inclusion and integration with children of all abilities.
Atallah Happy Land Park:
(Jeddah Corniche). An amusement park with outdoor and indoor trips and attractions, bowling and ice skating, dining and shopping, 6D theatre and also live events. SR25.
Al-Shalal Theme Park:
(Fakieh Poultry Farms), Jeddah Corniche near end of Sary St., The Park having the biggest double looped roller coaster in the Asian continent. The park is 34 m high and caters more than 700 visitors per an hour. The two story fun building at the center of the Park features an ice skating rink and a theme place, a roller skating rink and the Amazon Ride with a forest theme, complete with life-size figures of animals, sounds and light effects. The Amazon Ride is spread over an area of 1800² m with a lagoon and 15 m high waterfall.