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Places to visit in Bangalore

When you travel to Bangalore, you will love to visit popular tourist places in Bangalore and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other things to do in Bangalore, you can surely explore some of the best Bangalore tourist places to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Bangalore, points of interest can include exploring Bangalore sightseeing and visiting bangalore points of interest

Shivasamudram Falls

There is a plethora of weekend getaways in Bangalore, but Shivasamudram Falls is one of a kind. Just a 2 - 3-hour drive from Bangalore, it is a majestic spot that attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. The sound of the cascading waters brings a sense calm to the mind and a lot of people visit there to relax while witnessing the beauty of nature. Located amidst lush greenery, the waterfalls have a captivating effect all who gaze upon them. 

Shivasamudram falls is actually a hydropower project but due to its scenic views and beautiful surroundings it has become a popular tourist attraction. 

There is a very old temple, called the Ranganatha Temple, located near the falls. It attracts a lot of spiritual travellers who come to meditate and admire its skillful architecture.

Best time to visit the Shivasundaram Falls

The best months to visit here are from September to January. During this time, the weather is breezy and pleasant and hence, it attracts the maximum crowds as compared to other months of the year. Conversely, Monsoons are the best season to visit the Shivasamudram falls as at this time, the waterfalls are at their best state, which a higher volume of water and greater movement too. Summers are not a very good option as the waterfalls start to dry up a little at that time. However, one can still enjoy a bit of sightseeing. 

The weather at this place is actually quite pleasant all throughout the year, which is why it never stops seeing tourists, no matter what month it may be.

How to reach the falls

One can get use public transport options like buses, autos or taxis and reach the falls easily. Given below are a few ways to reach the city by different modes of transport:

By Road: Most people visit the falls via Bangalore city as it just a three hours’ drive, covering a distance of 126 kms. it is a short, enjoyable road trip and one can choose between two routes. One of the ways to reach there is via NH-209 through Kanakapura and Malavalli, and the other is via Bangalore Mysore Highway through Maddur. Both drives offer a scenic route and picking one over the other boils down to convenience. 

By Air: Though Mysore is just 72 kms away from the Shivasamudram falls with the Mysore Airport being the nearest to this place, this airport has limited flight routes. Hence tourists prefer the Kempegowda International Airportthat which is in Bangalore as it has excellent connectivity with whole of the country. 

Timings and entry

Shivasundaram falls are open to visit all days of the week. One can enjoy the beautiful views of the waterfall from 8 am to 5 pm, however it is advisable to visit there during the mornings. This is because you can witness the alluring waterfall while the sun is up in the sky, making the overall view even better.

There is no entry fee for the waterfall, so one can observe the beauty of nature without having to spend a single penny. 

If you want to visit this lovely destination, have a look at our travel packages that take you to Bangalore and Mysore! 

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Lal Bagh

Lal Bagh is a renowned magnificent botanical garden that lies in southern Bengaluru. Spanning across 240 acres, this mesmerizing paradise with a vivid splash of colors is home to more than 1854 varieties of plants and trees. Declared a botanical garden in 1856 during the British Empire, the iconic venue is a major tourist attraction of Bengaluru and has a rich history attached to it. 

Originally Lal Bagh was constructed as a private one by Hyder Ali, a famous ruler of Mysore in the year 1760. Initially, the garden had a Mughal touch to it, but as time swept by, the garden was then developed by Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan. Moreover, the British and Indian specialists of horticulture also added their touch of eloquence. In the present scenario, Lal Bagh is under the patronage of the Directorate of Horticulture, a government of Bengaluru. Scores of tourists visit Lal Bagh and are allured by the majestic appeal as it nestles largest tropical plants and is home to a lake too.

How to reach Lal Bagh

By Air

The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport. From the airport, Lal Bagh is about 37 kms.

By Bus

The nearest bus station is the majestic bus stand. Botanical Garden Bus Stand is a local bus stop with limited bus frequency.

By Road

If you are traveling by road from Bengaluru to Lalbagh, the approximate distance is 5 kms. But if you enjoy traveling and savoring the journey, then from Chennai you can reach Lalbagh Botanical Garden, covering the distance of 344 kms, which takes about 6 hours. From Coimbatore to the garden, the distance is 362 kms and takes about 6 hours. 

By Train 

The nearest station to the garden is Mysuru railway station. Also, Malleswaram railway station is there but the only drawback is limited connectivity. 

Lal Bagh Botanical Gardnen Timings

The timings are pretty convenient and people can visit the place between 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. 

Tickets for Lal Bagh

Entry fee: INR 20 for visitor’s above 12 years of age.

Things to do at Lalbagh 

Nature’s abundance lies here in perfect harmony as numerous species of birds too reside here. Avid photographers, who are keen to showcase their photography skills can capture birds such as Myna, Parakeets, Crows, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Common Egret, Kingfisher, Spotted Owlets, Spotted kite, Spotted Pelican, Ducks, Indian Cormorant and Purple Moor Hen. Tourists can also find rare species of plants from Persia, Afghanistan and France. Crafted artistically, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden has the best watering system for irrigation and has beautiful lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains. Also don’t miss out on the Lal Bagh Rock, which is one of the most ancient rock formations on earth. 

Treasure of plants at its finest

Tourists can relish the Lal Bagh botanical garden that houses exotic flora. Also, the enchanting garden is home to 673 genera and 1854 species of plants. Lal Bagh has exotic species of plants from various parts of the world that include Agathis sp., Amherstia nobilis, Araucaria sp., Averrhoa bilimbi, Bambusa sp., Bixa orellana, Brownea grandiceps, Castanospermum australe, Cola acuminata, Corypha umbraculifera, Couroupita guianensis, Cupressus sp., Eriobotrya japonica, Magnolia sp. and Swietenia mahagoni. 

Relish the fragrance of flowers at Lalbagh Botanical Garden

If you’re someone, who completely adores flowers and deeply love the smell of flowers, then head to Lal Bagh, where flower shows are hosted, every year on Independence Day and Republic Day. Tourists and flower enthusiasts can learn about how it is important to cultivate and conserve plants and flowers. In Lal Bagh, Bangalore the entry fee is Rs. 20 for adults and for children below 12 years is free. 

Cultural Show in Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

Get in touch with your roots and witness the diverse culture of India. The government of Karnataka organizes Janapada Jaatre, a cultural event that showcases folk fair, folk dance, folk music and folk plays performed by troupes, hailing from different parts of Karnataka. Tourists and travelers, who want to explore and understand vibrant India, should definitely witness this cultural show at Lal Bagh Garden. 

Explore the beautiful Lal Bagh Nursery 

Nature lovers are bound to fall in love with the Nursery in Lal Bagh since here you can buy plants and trees. Cool your eyes off with a wide range of flowers, from cacti, greens, vegetable seeds, and orchid plants. The starting price of these plants is from 25 rupees.

Highlights of Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

• Lalbagh botanical garden is a breathtaking beauty and an enchanting vista with myriad collection of flowers.

• The iconic Glass House is a major tourist attraction. 

• Lal Bagh Lake is another added attraction that can’t be missed as it offers tourists serenity and tranquility. 

• If you are a bibliophile, don’t miss out on Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Horticulture Library as it features a humungous collection of books on horticulture and allied subjects. 

• Fitness enthusiasts can soak in the fresh and pure air at the garden and make the most of their active lifestyle. 

• There are four gates in the garden, and you can enter from the west-end gate. However, to enter Lalbagh garden the southern gate is the main gate. The eastern gate is close to Jayanagar and the northern gate is the one that leads to the glasshouse, and also has exit from the garden.

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Lalbagh Garden is a must visit for horticulture enthusiasts and tourists, who love spending time in nature and take pleasure in the little things that make a big difference. 

Interesting facts about Lalbagh

• The garden is built based on the designs used in Mughal gardens.

• The flower show was started 102 years back by the members of Mysore Horticulture Society.

• The Krumbiegel Lecture Hall at Lal Bagh was built in the memory of architect and botanist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel who is largely responsible for the transformation of Lal Bagh into the beauty it is today.

• In 1856, Lal Bagh was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden. It is recognised internationally for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and conservation of plants.

• The glass door was developed in 1890 and is modelled like the Crystal Palace of London.

• The Peninsular Gneiss rock which is the oldest existing rock in the world has a small monument constructed on it which has won the recognition of National Geological Monument. 

Location of Lalbagh Botanical Garden 

Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004



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Bannerghatta National Park

Located approximately 22km away from the metropolitan city of Bengaluru, the Bannerghatta National Park is a sprawling 104.27 sq.km home to the myriad variety of rare and endangered flora and fauna. Bannerghatta National Park is committed to eco-recreation, eco-tourism, and conservation of wildlife. A prime attraction, Bannerghatta National Park opened in 1970 and boasts of an aquarium, zoo, museum, children’s park, butterfly park, snake park, and safaris. Embark on an exciting journey of spotting the wildlife in its natural habitat via the various safaris offered by the park.

Bannerghatta National Park Timings  

09:30 am – 05:00 pm, daily except on Tuesdays.

• Zoo timings - 09:30 am to 05:00 pm

• Grand Safari (Tiger, Lion, Bear & Herbivore safari) timings -10:00 am to 04:30 pm

• Butterfly Park timings - 09:30 am to 05:00 pm 

• Boating time - 09:30 am to 05:00 pm

Highlights of Bannerghatta National Park

• View a wide array of diverse wildlife, reptiles, birds, and plantations. The park encompasses of 1941 animals belonging to 94 species

• Take pictures with your favorite animals.

• Venture into the wilderness and feel the thrill and adrenaline rush as you spot the various animals while cruising on your safari.

• Walk amidst the dense verdant flora that constitutes of three types of vegetations namely dry deciduous scrub forest, southern tropical moist mixed forest, and southern tropical dry deciduous forests.

• 48 species of butterflies can be witnessed in various seasons at Bannerghatta Biological Park. Thirty species of butterflies belonging to five families i.e. Papilionidae, Lycaenidae, Nymphalidae, Pieridae, and Hespiridae. These species breed in different seasons under captive conditions and are then released into the conservatory dome.

• Experience the thrilling activities in Bannerghatta National Park such as boating, fishing, and camping. 

Bannerghatta National Park Location

Bannerghatta Rd, Bannerughatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083



Bannerghatta National Park Fees 

Bannerghatta National Park Fees


Zoo (for locals & foreigners)


Rs. 80


Rs. 40

Sr. Citizen

Rs. 50

Physically Challenged



Butterfly Park (for locals & foreigners)


Rs. 30


Rs. 20


AC Bus Safari (Zoo+Safari+Butterfly Park+Camera) (Locals & Foreigners)


Rs. 500


Rs. 300

Jeep Safari


6 to 8 seater

Rs. 3000 - Rs. 5000


Non AC Bus Safari (Zoo + Safari) (Local)


Rs. 260


Rs. 130

Sr. Citizen

Rs. 150

Physically Challenged Adult

Rs. 200

Physically Challenged Child

Rs. 100


Non AC Bus Safari (Zoo + Safari) (Foreigner)


Rs. 400


Rs. 300


Camera Usage

Still Camera

Rs. 25

Video Camera

Rs. 200


Boating for 30 minutes

For per head / trip

Rs. 50

For full boat (2 seater) hire/trip

Rs. 200

For full boat (4 seater) hire/trip

Rs. 300

Bannerghatta National Park Safaris 

Lion Safari 

Spread across 5 hectares of the verdant Ragihalli Reserve Forest is the animal house that presently is home to 19 lions (10 male and 9 females). Feel the rush of spotting the majestic species in their natural habitat amidst the lush forest as you cruise through in the safari. The route to the safari passes through the picturesque hillock Mattubunde offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the magnificent landscape featuring a broken chain of hillocks and valleys with lush green forests.

Tiger Safari 

The Appaiah Tiger Safari takes you through the enclosure that houses 26 (15 male and 11 females) normal tigers and 7 (3 male and 4 females) white tigers. 

 Herbivore Safari

Sprawling over 68 hectares of the Bannerghatta Reserve Forest is the Herbivore Safari that was developed in the 1970's but opened to public in 2002. The marvelous safari features a multitude variety of spectacular species such as gaur, cheetal, pangolin, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, barking deer, porcupine, black buck and many more. The enclosure comprises of diverse fodder species such as symbopogan, sacharam, and heteropogan and 4 water bodies namely Gowdanakere, Chennamanakere, Deepankere and Seegadikunte which are the constant source of water to the animals.

Bear Safari 

Spanning 18 hectares, embark on a safari to witness sloth bears in their natural environment that is surrounded by a diverse variety of fruit bearing trees. The park comprises of 77 (31 males and46 females) bears.

Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bannerghatta National Park is a treasure trove of beautiful exotic species that reside within the 25,000 acres of the park. Stroll across the park to see the diverse wildlife such as foxes, wild pigs, elephants, leopards, gaurs, sambars, sloth bears, chitals, common langurs, spotted and barking deers, slender loris, bonnet macaques, and many others. The park also houses fascinating creepy cold-blooded reptiles such as huge monitor lizards, tortoises, crocodiles, pythons, cobras, Russell vipers, kraits, etc.

Bird Sanctuary

A haven for avid bird enthusiasts, it is a delight to see cormorants, common grey hornbill, mottled wood owl, white ibis, paradise flycatcher, tickell’s blue flycatcher, grey heron, partridges, little green heron, quails, white bellied insisted, spotted owlet, flycatchers, cuckoos, Eurasian eagle owl, brown fish owl, collared scop’s owl and many more.

Butterfly Park

View the spectacular and fascinating colourful species at the park that acts as an integrated center to support education, conservation and research activities with exclusive focus on butterflies as flagship ambassadors of conservation. A butterfly trail of 1 km established over a five acre land leads to a an innovatively designed three dome structure comprising of butterfly garden, a conservatory enclosed under polycarbonate roof comprising of humid tropical climate, an artificial waterfall and appropriate flora and research and captive breeding laboratory. The conservatory leads into a museum that proffers information through dioramas and exhibits of carefully preserved butterflies. This further leads into a multimedia center dome which projects a documentary movie based on butterflies.

Other Activities at Bannerghatta National Park 

Visitors can indulge in a wide array of activities at the park such as undertaking an exciting trek adventure at Uddigebande (3.5 kms.), a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu (3 kms.) and Mirza Hill (1.5 kms.), fishing, coracle boat rides, bird watching, river rafting and outdoor rafting.


This park is open throughout the year and the best time to spot the wildlife is in the months of November to June. The temperature in Bannerghatta ranges from 15°C to 35°C during the year, with an average rainfall of about 700mm annually. 

Recommended For 

A fun outing for families for an unforgettable experience of engaging in observing the nature and wildlife and indulging in the attractive activities. 

Interesting Facts About Bannerghatta National Park  

  • A natural and ecological phenomenon that takes place at the Bannerghatta National Park is the annual migration of elephants from the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats. It has elevated the prominence of the park becoming a hot destination for research related activities, apart from helping it stay in the public consciousness.
  • The park performs as a relocation area for tigers and lions that are rescued from circuses in India.
  • In 1992 while on safari with her family a 5-year-old girl was killed by a tiger. The tiger was then relocated to the zoo.
  • The elephant fence was funded by PETA India
  • Originating from the Suvarnamukhi hills, the beauty of the park is enhanced by the Suvarnamukhi stream that runs through the park. These hills spread out to a huge rock at the foot of which is the famous Champaka Dhama Swamy temple, built in the Dravidian style of architecture, belonging to the Hoysala age. The temple enshrines an image of Vishnu with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. At a distance of 2 km away is the Suvarnamukhi water pond whose water is believed to have curative powers.

How to get to Bannerghatta National Park 

By Air 

The nearest Airport is the Kempegowda Internatioanal airport in Bengaluru and it is approximately 59km away from the park. From here, you can hire a taxi or take a bus.

By Train 

The Bengaluru railway station is 29km and is well connected to major destinations. From here, you can take the bus to the park.

By Bus 

There are several buses plying from Bengaluru as the Bannerghatta National Park.

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