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Bengaluru is home to many great architectural heritage of India. Some of the greatest monuments and forts of India reside in the heart of Bengaluru. These monuments and forts serve as a reminder of legacies of great empires and dynasties who have ruled over this great city for centuries. They not only evoke history but also awe & admired for their sheer architectural beauty.
Bengaluru city is indeed immensely indebted to these great forts and monuments, as they have contributed immensely in making Bengaluru one of the popular tourist destinations of India. Given below is brief description of some of the most famous monuments and forts in Bengaluru city.
This is a very majestic and beautiful palace. Although this majestic palace has been in existence for more than a century, it was opened to the public only in 2005. And such is the sheer architectural beauty of the Bangalore palace that in less than one decade it has become one of the major tourist attractions of the city.
The sheer grand size and royal feel exhibited by the palace is a mere teaser of how immensely beautiful this palace is from inside. The interior of palace - containing of 35 rooms including Courtyard, Ball Room & Durbar Hall – is laced with precious paintings and beautiful antique things that will completely overwhelm you.
Important facts and information: Spread over area of 800 acres of land. Total 35 rooms in palace. Construction started in 1862 and completed in 1944. This royal palace is a private property of Mysore royal family.
Visiting hours: 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday closed)
Entry fees: (please note entry fees are subjected to change/revision)
Indian tourist: Rs 225 per person
Foreign tourist: Rs 450 per person
If you’re carrying still camera: Rs 675
If you’re carrying camcorder: Rs 1000
Additional (optional) charges: tourists have to pay extra charges for audio and video tours.
Phone no: +91-80-2336 0818, 2331 5789
Attara Kacheri is a beautiful gothic style building that houses the Karnataka High Court. This two storey building painted in complete red color and built in Greco-Roman gothic style of architecture is sheer delight to watch. Today it is one of the important monuments of Bengaluru and everyday thousands of tourists visit it to capture and experience this exquisite structure.
The construction of this beautiful monument was completed in year 1868. An interesting fact about this building is that in the initial decades it was home to General and Revenue Secretariat of the Mysore Government, which was then under the rule of legendary King Tipu Sultan.
Important information: Since this is an important government building, there is a huge presence of security guards and there are strict rules for entering premises with camera & camcorders.
This is unarguably one of the most beautiful buildings (monuments) not only in Karnataka state but also in entire India. Vidhan Soudha is actually seat of the state legislature of Karnataka and hence is the most important government building in entire state.
Strikingly & impressively beautiful, this is one of those rare monumental structures that must be visited & experienced at least once in entire lifetime. One of the highlights of this landmark building is that it boosts Dravidian architectural style and is built purely out of granite & porphyry.
Important information: Vidhan Soudha is illuminated with flood lights during Sunday evening and also public holidays; so it is advisable to visit on these days to experience spectacular & breathtaking view of this building.
Address & location: Dr Ambedkar Road, opp Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park.
Entry: Since this is an important government building, common public are prohibited from entering the premises.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan’s summer palace lies inside Tipu Sultan’s Fort, also popularly known as Bangalore Fort. The Palace gets its name from the fact that Legendary King Tipu Sultan used to spend his summer vacations in this palace. Although in terms of architectural beauty this palace is less impressive than Tipu Sultan’s palace at Mysore. Nevertheless it is still worth visiting as it has its own charm.
The interior as well as exterior of this palace has characteristics of indo-Islamic architectural style. The interior of this palace is especially majestic & is also quite well maintained. Besides, palace is surrounded with lush green garden, providing a scenic ambiance for visitors.
Legend has it that Tipu used to love this palace so much that once he called it ‘Abode of Happiness’.
Location: KR City Market, Chamrajpet, Bangalore
Visiting Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday – closed)
Entry fees: Rs 5 per person (entry fees are subjected to change)
Why to visit: Although this place could have been better maintained, it is beautiful and worth visiting. Besides, one of the greatest kings of Southern India Tipu Sultan was famously associated with this palace.
Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall
‘Profoundly beautiful’ is an apt word to describe Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall. Built in classical European style and overlooking beautiful rose garden is what makes this place worth visiting. The construction of this legendary building was completed 1915 and was built in the memory of Sir K.Seshadri Iyer, who was Dewan of Mysore State from 1883 to 1901.
At the heart of this building is a library, which has huge collection of 2.65 lakh books – making this place an abode for avid readers.
Location: Cubbon Park.
Visiting time: if you are visiting the library, it is closed on every Monday. On rest of the day it is opened 8:30 am to 07:00 pm.