Category Archives: Sightseeing & Tourism

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South India’s first underground Metro rail flagged-of in Bengaluru

It took 10 years, but the wait finally paid off as the Metro Rail’s underground stretch between MG Road and Magadi station was opened for commercial operations by Union Minister of parliamentary affairs, Venkaiah Naidu in the city on Friday. There were whistles, smiles and many curious faces as passengers boarded the Metro Rail for […]

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6-lane Road to Take You to Mysuru in Just 90 Minutes

Encouraged by the backing it has received from Union Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari the state government plans to star work on the six-laning of the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway (NH 275) in May this year (2016). “Mr Gadkari is supporting this project and wants us to start the work as early as April. But we want to […]

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Bengaluru’s annual Avarekai Mela is a super hit

Bengaluru’s inextricable relationship with avarekai — broad beans — is evident from the fact that the etymology of the city’s name is ‘Town of the Boiled Beans’. If you need proof that its residents love it, head over to the Avarekai Mela at the Food Street in VV Puram, near Sajjan Rao Circle in South […]

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Explore Bengaluru on Walking tours…

More and more people are exploring the city on foot, discovering new facets to the city and learning more. The best way to explore and learn about a new city is by travelling on foot and Bengaluru is no exception to the rule. The heritage of a place is best discovered on foot and what […]

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Bengaluru founder Kempegowda’s memorial found in Magadi village

The Kempegowda Adyana Samithi (Kempegowda research committee) from Bangalore University has discovered a memorial of Hiriya Kempegowda (senior Kempegowda), founder of Bengaluru, near Kempapura village in Magadi, around 55km from the city . The four-member committee headed by Prof MG Nagaraj and N Shaik Masthan carried out research for a month after villagers and history experts […]

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Military Revamp in 1860s Led to the Creation of Bengaluru Racecourse

A look at the bustling and packed Racecourse Road to day hardly traces its roots back to the British military reorganisation during the Indian freedom movement. While an array of high-profile private, commercial and cultural institutions dotting the road convey their own silent testimonies of the past, all of them stitched together make for a […]

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Top 5 Trekking Destinations Around Bangalore

Karnataka is fast emerging as a prime trekking destination. The topology of this range encompasses lush tropical forests, hills and dales, caves and cascades and this pristine coastline offers a contrasting diversity to one’s trekking itinerary. The Western Ghats of Karnataka is a very famous trekking hot spot. Trekking is one of the best ways […]

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A royal touch to Independence Day flower show

Members of the erstwhile royal family of Mysuru, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar and Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, couldn’t have asked for better synchrony during the inauguration of the 202 Lalbagh Flower Show, as the Mysore Palace Band accompanied them right through their tour of the exhibition. Ms. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar said Lalbagh’s activities, its flower shows […]

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Plan to Put Karnataka on ‘World’s Best Tourist Spots’

The state tourism policy for 2015-20, which aims at ensuring that Karnataka is among the foremost tourist destinations in the country, was unveiled by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday. The policy aims to put the state among the top two tourist destinations in India and among the top 50 in the world. Under the new […]

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Tracing Chola Footsteps in ‘Namma’ Bengaluru

Madivala is a familiar name for many Chennaiites, who rush to Bengaluru on any given weekend. Though it sounds like a typical Kannada name, it actually owes its origin to  Tamil. Madivala is derived from the Tamil words Madai  and Valagam, and was where priests and temple workers resided. Besides the stray set of familiar […]

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Bengaluru name & its secrets etched on 9th century stone

The 1,125-year-old veeragallu that leans against a compound wall in the Naganatheshwara (Shiva) temple in Begur, is testament to the fact that this city existed since the 9th Century and was called Bengaluru. This, along with 14 other veeragallu (hero stone), which are timeless pieces of history, were to be moved to the city museum […]

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MAYO HALL

The Mayo Hall is situated next to the Public Utility Building on M.G. Road and its backyard touches Field Marshall Cariappa Road.Lately, the Bruhat Bangalore  Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) has built an island fountain park in front of it, which is a pleasant sight for passers by. Till recently, the Mayo Hall was also the venue for BMP Council […]

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Journey from Bangalore to Mysore

We were speeding down the Bangalore Mysore Road towards Mysore, the land of magnificent palaces and beautiful gardens. The sun had just risen, the sky was still red. The first blossoms of the Gulmohar trees lining both sides of the road soaked themselves in the early rays of the sun. The smooth road wriggling between […]

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Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy Temple

On the busy Sampige Road, Malleswaram besides the Prasanna Sai Mandir is the historically famous Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy temple. The temple was also known as ‘kadu malleswara’ referring to the jungle like territory in which it was built. The land for the temple and the surrounding area came to be known as Malleswaram. Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy temple […]

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How did Bangalore get its name?

Bangalore City is fondly called by many names, viz., Garden City, Pensioners’ Paradise and Silicon city. However, the name Bangalore itself has an interesting story behind it. Tradition associates the name’s origin to the Hoysala King Vira Ballala. Vira Ballala, during one of his hunting expeditions near Yelahanka region, lost his way. After wandering for a […]

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Banashankari Temple

The uniqueness of Sri Banashankari Amma Temple is that the deity,The deity of Banashankari Amma adorned with holy flowers and ornaments. Banashankari Amma is worshipped in Rahukala, an inauspicious time according to Hindu belief. The area, Banashankari is named after the goddess. Situated on the busy Kanakapura Road near the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) […]

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Bengaluru has over 800 heritage structures

Bengaluru, which has witnessed rapid development in the last two decades resulting in loss of several heritage structures, has managed to retain over 800 such buildings, the first government-sponsored enumeration has found. The list of heritage structures, prepared over the last 10 months by Hubballi-based ADEI Consultants, which was assigned the tasked by the Department […]

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Discovering Bengaluru, through food

The Oota Walks combines heritage, culture and food on the many curated trails it offers.. When Simi Mathew says she loves food, there is an extra emphasis on the word “love”. You can see it in capital letters, underlined several times. But then you would expect nothing less from the co-founder of The Oota Walks, […]

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Renovated Sir K.P Puttanna Chetty Town Hall reopens

The city’s iconic landmark – Sir Puttanna Chetty Town Hall – was reopened on Wednesday after having been shut for repairs and renovations for more than six months. The building with a capacity to seat 750 was built by philanthropist Sir Puttanna Chetty. Following the first phase of renovation, which cost around Rs. 7 crore, the […]

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Bangalore cartoonist draws ‘good old days’

Indian cartoonist Paul Fernandes has drawn a series of watercolour cartoons depicting life in namma Bengaluru in the 1960s and 1970s. The series includes Bangalore’s landmarks as well as the artist’s ancestral home. “Ten years ago, our old house was torn down to build a set of apartments for me and my nine siblings. It […]

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