The Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum was an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, and was set up in 1960 as an independent entity supported by the National Council for Science Museums. The museum is named after Sir Visvesvaraya, the great engineer who has to his credit the KRS dam and Mysore University to name a few. The museum focuses mainly on science and has exhibits that trace the history of engines, biotechnological revolution, dinosaur exhibits, and science for children. It has shows like the fascinating Taramandal Show which is popular and has a separate entry fee. There is also a small store within the premises that sells scientific toys for children. The museum is a fun place to stop at with the family.
Ranga Shakara is a landmark that will be remembered for long in the theater history of Bengaluru. This dream of the late Kannada actor Shankar Nag, it was realized by Arundhati Nag(his wife), who spearheaded the movement for the theater to be accessible to both patrons and troupes alike. At Ranga Shankara they follow the thought of one play a day and therefore there is some action happening every day. They also have an annual theater festival that takes places every year around October. Besides this, they also provide venue space for many other cultural activities happening in the city.
Known as the 'Garden City' for the pretty gardens found here, Bengaluru is also home to the Lalbagh Gardens. These beautiful and sought-after gardens are a must-visit with their impressive manicured bushes, trees, colorful flowers, and tranquil paths. The 19th-century greenhouse and the Kempegowda Tower attract curious visitors each year. The grand Mughal Gardens inspired the layout and design of the Lalbagh Gardens, and Tipu Sultan contributed to the gardens' completion. Maintained by the Directorate of Horticulture, these gardens have many rare plant species. They also serve as an arresting backdrop to various events held here, like flower shows or educational sessions on environment and botany. Time spent here is time well spent, especially when accompanied by friends and family.
This sprawling property situated in Bengaluru is the global headquarters of the Art of Living foundation. It hosts regular meditation and spiritual retreats for millions of visitors every year. Such events aside, the facility also has an Ayurveda Hospital and a Panchakarma Center within its premises. The facade of Vishalakshi Mantap, which is the meditation hall, is truly impressive, made of multiple tiers arranged in the form of stairs, with a dome crowning the whole ensemble. The area also features verdant lawns, with the major focus being on offering a sense of tranquility to the visitors.
Perched majestically atop the Hare Krishna Hill, the ISKCON temple is one of the most prominent attractions of the city. The famous temple, which features ascending gopurams (monumental towers), is dedicated to Lord Krishna and imparts teachings written in the Bhagavad Gita. In the evenings, the entire enclave is illuminated by lamps. Besides this, there are also boarding facilities for devotees at a nominal rate. The in-house restaurant called Annakuta serves the prasad or the food offerings made to the Lord. Festivals are celebrated here on a grand scale, especially Janamashtami and Deepavali, during which people flock here in large numbers. ISKCON also holds many programs such as youth programs, weekend yoga retreats, and Gita quiz competitions. They also undertake food programs such as Akshay Patra, where food is made and sent to underprivileged schools in urban and rural Bengaluru.
Synonymous with creativity, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP) is a College of Fine Arts which is renowned for many good reasons. The artists taught and trained here, are not only talented but also very skillful with their fingers. The beautiful campus is nestled amidst lush greenery which perhaps gives birth to all of these wonderful creations. They offer a variety of courses in fine arts like Art History, Visual Arts, Painting, Graphics, Applied Arts, Sculpture and more. Apart from a well-equipped library, KCP also has all the learning aids like the latest audio and visual equipment. There are many unique exhibitions held in the KCP galleries, which are both temporary and permanent, and ranging from fine art to contemporary. Both local and national artists feature their artistic creations here. Popular and famous art events like 'Chitra Sante' are participated in by many at the national level too. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is located near the Lalit Ashok Hotel in Kumara Krupa Highgrounds.
Bengaluru's Madras Sappers Museum has been a city landmark since the year 1979 and was formally opened by Lieutenant General and Sappers' Colonel Commandant P.R. Puri. The museum traces the chronology of one of Indian Army's oldest cadres of Corps of Engineers. Various exhibits at the museum portray the regiment's past, accomplishments and other key events. Medals, cadre uniforms and other memorabilia are also on display here.
Located just near the gate of U B City, Sri Gayatri & Prasanna Ganapathy Temple is a holy spot for a quick darshan as the regular office goer passes it en route from Kasturba road. Actually located on the pavement, the temple's entrance is on the main road and the deity can be viewed from the street across. It has the statue of Prasanna Ganapathy (the avatar of Ganapathy) and Sri Gayatri who is considered to be another form of Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati (Lord Ganesha's mother).
Located at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, the multipurpose Shree Kanteerva Sports Complex is the most widely used one in Bengaluru. This Shree Kanteerva Sports Complex which mostly serves as a venue for football matches has many state-of-the-art facilities that make games here a delight for playing teams and visitors. There are indoor and outdoor basketball courts and a track for athletes. There is also provision for outdoor rock climbing with regular classes for the same in the mornings. Health conscious denizens of the city flock here for jogging and morning walks. The Karnataka State Athletics Association has its presence at the Kanteerva indoor and outdoor stadium. A number of national and international matches have been played here making the stadiums an integral part of Bengaluru's sporting history.
A massive stadium nestled in the center of the city, Sree Kanteerva Outdoor Stadium is a part of the huge Sree Kanteerva Sports Complex. The 25,810 capacity venue is the inevitable choice for any grand event or happening in Bengaluru. Reserved mostly for sports activities, the stadium is a regular host to Athletic events and Sports championships. International Football Championships are a regular occurring here. Administered by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, the stadium offers ample of facilities like eating outlets, changing rooms, VIP and VVIP lounges, and a dormitory. The stadium also extends accommodation facilities to important personnel and sportspersons, when required.
The Venkatappa Art Gallery is a government initiative to promote art amongst the city's people. The gallery is named after K. Venkatappa, the illustrious painter known for his magical landscapes of picturesque southern towns like Ooty, Kodaikanal and others. The entrance to this gallery is from the Government Museum, and the rather scenic walk down to the gallery is over a bridge with pretty pink lotuses in a pond. The paintings are on display on the first floor of the gallery and photography is not permitted here. The artists featured are mostly local, and the temporary exhibitions keep changing every 3 weeks. Most artworks exhibited include watercolor, charcoal and oil paintings.