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Bengaluru
Travel Guide

Bangalore Palace showing a castle, heritage elements and heritage architecture

India’s Garden City is famous for its public parks, colonial-era architecture, bustling bazaars and heritage museums.

Fast-paced Bengaluru, also still known as Bangalore, blends traditional life with a contemporary identity. In this bustling capital of Indian’s Karnataka state, you’ll find history museums and modern art galleries and centuries-old temples vying for space with new office blocks and traditional bazaars.

This is India’s third-biggest city, where locals speak English as well as their official language Kannada. It’s well-served by the country’s extensive bus and train network and the international airport is 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the city center.

Get around by using low-cost taxis, auto-rickshaws and the metro. The city boasts one of India’s most appealing climates, which makes exploring on foot an option. April is the hottest month; June to October is the monsoon season.

Bengaluru’s architecture showcases the city’s heritage. Marvel at the Tudor-style Bengaluru Palace, built in 1887. Visit the opulent ISKCON Temple and watch movies about the Hare Krishna movement. Admire the Dravidian-style Bull Temple, built in the 16th-century and often the setting for wedding processions. Spot the giant elephant statue at the Dodda Ganesha Temple.

See ancient coins and archaeological relics at the Government Museum. Some of the museum’s artifacts date back 5,000 years.

Find work by national artists, including Raja Ravi Varma, at the National Gallery of Modern Art. Learn about India’s aeronautical history at the Hal Aerospace Museum. Enjoy interactive exhibits at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.

The Garden City got its nickname from its many green spaces, most notably central Cubbon Park. Find one of India’s biggest collections of tropical plants at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Join a safari at Bannerghatta National Park and spot a deer, bear or bison.

Rise early and visit City Market to let the flower, spice and fruit stands awaken your senses. Experience the organized chaos of Gandhi Bazaar, with spices, jewelry, fabrics and electronics everywhere. Finish your day in the Shanthala Nagar area, where traditional teahouses and restaurants have the same appeal as Westernized bars and cafés.

Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
5 out of 5
1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is AU$59 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Located in Ulsoor, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ulsoor Lake and M.G. Road. Commercial Street and Cubbon Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...
4/5Very Good! (200 reviews)
A very nice hotel
"Great hotel with excellent amenities. However, I was surprised that even in Ulsoor, many people, including some auto-rickshaws and taxis didn't know where the hotel was located."

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2020

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Taj Bangalore
Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka
The price is AU$149 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Devanahalli Fort and within 20 miles (32 km) of Bangalore Palace and Indian Institute of ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (402 reviews)
"Had a great time!"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

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The Leela Palace Bangalore
The Leela Palace Bangalore
5 out of 5
23 Old Airport Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is AU$129 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from M.G. Road, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cubbon Park and UB City. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)
"Good stay"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2021

The Leela Palace Bangalore
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Narayana Studio Apartments
Narayana Studio Apartments
3 out of 5
KIADB Flats,2nd Main Road, Bommasandra Industrial Area, Anekal, Karnataka
The price is AU$18 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
Located in Electronics City, this apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of The Oxford College, Wind Flower and Columbia Asia Hospital. Lalbagh Botanical ...
Narayana Studio Apartments
Prestige Golfshire Club
Prestige Golfshire Club
5 out of 5
Kundana Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Situated near the airport, this luxury villa is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Devanahalli Fort and 11.8 mi (19 km) from Shri Shiva Temple. Aster CMI Hospital and Bangalore ...
Prestige Golfshire Club
Jade 735
Jade 735
5 out of 5
Jade Garden Phase II, Sadahalli Post Op, Devanahalli, Karnataka
The price is AU$1,044 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Situated in Devanahalli, this luxury villa is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from Devanahalli Fort and 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Kirloskar Business Park. Bangalore Baptist Hospital ...
Jade 735
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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