The city of Bangalore is popular as the IT hub of India and has earned itself sobriquet of Silicon Valley of India. Besides, the city also has some significant tourist attractions which attract numerous tourists all across India and even abroad. Existence of a large number of gardens in the city has popularized it as the “Garden City of India”.
Bannerghatta National Park
The Park is located in a picturesque surrounding with a variety of fauna, at a distance of 22 km from Bangalore in Anekal Road. The National Park is one of the major Bangalore Tourist Spots. The main attractions of Bannerghatta National Park are bisons, Elephants, Baboons, Panthers, Jackals and Lion taled Monkeys. Inside this park has a snake park, lion and tiger safari. It covers a 100 sq km, has a lion and tiger ‘safari’. The park will be closed on Tuesdays.
The Kalakshetra, built to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore’s centenary, promotes cultural activity in the city. It has a superb theatre and houses the Cultural Akademi Offices. Next to it is the Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town Hall whose huge auditorium can easily accommodate over 1500 persons.
Annapattana is small town located at a distance of 60 km from Bangalore on Bangalore – Mangalore highway. The main attraction of Channapatna is wooden toys. Every person in this town is involved in some aspect of making colourful lacquer wooden toys.
Shivaganga is located at distance of 60 km from Bangalore city. Shivaganga is attractive hill with four faces, rising to a height of 4599 ft looks like a Nandi from the East, Ganesh from the West, a Linga from the South and Cobra with it hood spread from the North side.
Shivanasamudra is located at a distance of 120 km from Bangalore. The charming waterfalls, the Ganganchukki and the Bharachukki, cascade down 90 meters are the main attractions. These water falls are in full magnificence during July-August.
Mekedatu is located at a distance of 100 km from Bangalore on Kanakapura road. Mekedatu is one of the beautiful tourist spots were river Kaveri offers an unforgettable location. It tumbles down majestically through a deep ravine, on top of which is a chasm around 5meters wide, narrow enough for a goat to leak across.
The Ashoka Pillar was inaugurated on Aug 20, 1948 by C Rajagopalachari, then governor general of the country, on the completion of eight years of the reign of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, Maharajah of Mysore.This may not be a place you need to go out of the way to visit. If you are near by Jayanagar area, it is nice to drive around it. Luckily there is greenery near Ashoka Pillar because of Lalbagh being beside it.