Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India for its position as nation’s leading Information technology (IT) hub Bangalore is marked with the lush green gardens and canopy of trees all along the pavements.
The old city developed in the dominions of the Maharaja of Mysore, and was made capital of the PrincelyState of Mysore. Following India’s independence in 1947, Bangalore became the capital of MysoreState, and remained capital when the Karnataka was formed in 1956. The city was renamed Bengaluru in 2006.
Bangalore is home to many country’s leading educational and research institutions and numerous public sector heavy industries, technology companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations, such as Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Infosys, and Wipro. Bangalore is a major economic and cultural hub and the second-fastest growing metropolis in India. The city also houses the Kannada film industry.
Some popular green parks like the CubbonPark forms many a relaxing place for the localites and tourists alike. The grassy expanse over a few hundred acres, planned and laid out by Sir Richard Sankey in 1864, named after Sir Mark Cubbon has green lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, making it a favourite place for fitness freaks. The Park houses elegant classical buildings like the Karnataka High Court, the Visveswaraya Industrial and TechnologicalMuseum, GovernmentMuseum, Aquarium, VenkatappaArtGallery and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall besides Bal Bhavan – an amusement park for children.
Lalbagh is another green and colourful park and also the venue for the annual flower show of Bangalore. The 240 acre landscaped garden has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. The CariappaPark spread over 22 acres, is a memorial to Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa, laid out in 1996 in a portion of the parade grounds between M.G. Road and Cubbon Road. The park houses a seven-feet monolithic monument of Cariappa and a huge man-made waterfall and a pond that attracts birds to the park.
The Bannerghatta National Park in the outskirts of Bangalore give nature lovers a glimpse of wild animals in their natural habitat. The main attractions are bisons, lions, bears, elephants and panthers among other wildlife. It also has a Serpentarium and a crocodile farm.
The Vidhana Soudha, also the legislative House of the State of Karnataka, a granite building built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956 is a marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture.
The other popular locations in Bangalore are the Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, the Bangalore Palace and the State Archaeological Museum also called GovernmentMuseum. The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium established in the year 1989, is amongst the popular tourist attractions of the city.
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