EXCURSIONS FROM BANGALORE / HOP OVER DESTINATIONS
This picnic spot is located 28 kms from Bangalore on the Mysore road. Ramohalli is a beautiful picnic spot with a KSTDC restaurant. The main attraction of the place is the 400-year-old Banyan tree, which has its branches, spread over an area of three acres.
Bannerghatta National Park
This lion and tiger safari park is set amidst picturesque surroundings around 22 kms away from the city. The park is spread over an area of 104 sq. kms. One can see the lions, tigers and elephants in closed enclosures. There is also a crocodile and snake farm, which attracts many visitors. There are regular bus services from the city to this place.
This place was established as an institution for the classical dances. The famous Odissi dancer Protima Bedi had founded this place to preserve the ancient and classical dance forms of India. It is located 30 kms from the city centre. The dance village as it is called, was designed by the award-winning architect from Goa, Gerard Da Cunha. Apart from dance, this place also teaches allied subjects like philosophy, music, mythology, paintings and choreography.
The erst while capital of the Wodeyars is 140 kms from Bangalore. This city has retained the charm it had acquired during the reign of Wodeyars. Mysore is also known as the 'City Of Palace'. For centuries, Mysore has been visited for sandalwood and silk. The Mysore Palace is often compared with the Buckingham Palace in England. The St. Philomena's Church and the Mysore Dassara are added attractions of this place. Vrindavan Gardens on the KRS Dam is one of the most-visited gardens in India. The musical fountains here have fascinated not only the visitors but they have also been widely shot for the silver screen.
This place is famous for the rock-formations and is a great attraction for the rock climbers. It is 49 kms from Bangalore City. Ramanagaram is also an important silk cocoon market.
50 kms from the city centre is a hill, which provides a breathtaking view of the nearby areas. There are two famous shrines dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi.
194 kms from Bangalore is Hassan, from where one can go to Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola. Sravanabelagola is a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17m high monolith of lord Bahubali standing tall.
Aptly called 'The Garden City', due to the patronage of the Wodeyar rulers, this well-planned city with tree-lined avenues, parks, gardens and lakes attracts people from all over India. Bangalore has more than 400 gardens spread across the length and breadth of the city. In spite of all its expansions, it retains its quintessential old-world charm.
Cubbon Park (2 kms from MG Road)
Planned and laid out in 1864 AD, Cubbon Park is a beautiful 300-acres park containing the public library and the museum. The illuminated "fairy fountain" and the elegant Greco-colonial style buildings, add to the beauty of this park. The imposing, red Gothic structure within this park is Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, which houses the public library. Also situated here are the High Court, the Government Museum, the Technology Museum, the Government Aquarium and the Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan.
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens (4 kms from MG Road)
These 240-acre gardens were laid out during the Muslim era (18 century) by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, 200 years ago. They contain the largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants, century-old trees, fountains, terraces, lotus pools, rose gardens and a Deer Park. Lal Bagh has a magnificent glass house built in 1840 AD, on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. The Annual flower, fruit and vegetable shows are regularly held here. It contains one of Kempegowda's towers and a surreal lawn clock surrounded by Snow White and seven dwarfs. Lal Bagh also houses the offices of the Karnataka Horticultural Society that renders free advice to those interested in flowers and gardens.