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.
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.
The Government Museum is an initiative of the Karnataka State Government to preserve the archaeological excavations retrieved from the southern regions of India. The display here consists of interesting pottery pieces, curios, metal coins, musical instruments, and also stone idols of Gods and Goddesses. The premises are well-maintained and the gardens pruned to an impossible perfection. The red building with its majestic columns form a vital aspect to its structure and is an architectural feat from the late 19th Century. On giving prior notice, entry for school students is free. The Government Museum is situated on the Kasturba Road near Cubbon Park. Call ahead before visiting, as the museum is closed on government holidays, Mondays and second Saturdays.
The first museum in India dedicated to aircraft and aviation, the Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at HAL takes visitors on a delightful journey through the country's aviation history. Headquartered in Bengaluru, HAL, which stands for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been a pioneering government agency which has changed the aviation landscape of India. The museum, located close to the Hindustan Airport, has a sterling collection of photographs and memorabilia which chart HAL's progress from its inception in 1940 to become the pillar for the country's aerospace programs. Experiencing flight in a high-tech simulator is one of the most exciting experiences that visitors can have here. Also of special note is the display of an actual aircraft within the premises. The museum guarantees unique experiences and should not be missed when in the city.
The sprawling Bannerghatta National Park is located on the outskirts of Bengaluru, amid the Anekal mountain range. Founded in 1971, this vast park also comprises a biological reserve. The park is home to a wealth of intriguing educational experiences including visits to the on-site butterfly enclosure, aquarium, snake house, elephant sanctuary and animal rescue center. The activity that attracts the most visitors, however, is the guided tiger and lion safaris that offer a rare opportunity to get an up close look at the big cats. Trekking enthusiasts can also embark upon hiking adventures within the national park. Bannerghatta National Park spans over 26,355 hectares (65,127 acres) and sustains an impressive population of native wildlife such as spotted deer, Indian gazelle, barking deer, slender loris, bonnet macaques and Royal Bengal tigers.
Built by the Wodeyars, Bangalore Palace, with its Tudor towers, well-pruned palace gardens and a magnificent turreted facade, makes for a spectacular sight. Its opulent interiors hearken back to its heyday soon after its construction in the 19th Century. From curios and collectibles to rare artifacts and vintage photos of the royal family, there is grandeur displayed in every nook and corner. The king's and queen's courtyard is charming, as are their private chambers, ornamented with plush tapestries and chandeliers, overlooking well-maintained gardens. Flanked by groves of emerald trees, this palace was once a retreat for the Maharaja, away from his residence in Mysore, and today stands as a canvas of elegance and regalia. Complete with a treasury of exotic paintings, winding staircases and richly-decorated halls, the Bangalore Palace beautifully combines history and architectural finesse.
The diamond-shaped building of the Government Aquarium should be visited by those who are aroused by exotic aquatic life. These pretty and colorful shoal of fish are fun to look at when they keep darting across each other in their little wooden tanks. The aquarium has a small but interesting collection like the Black Ghost, Serpent Tetra, Gold Fish, Angel Fish, Flower Horn and the Blue Gourami. Ornamental and pet fishes too can be bought at the shop near the building. The aquarium is situated in Cubbon Park which is a very popular hangout join in Bengaluru, and it remains closed every Monday and on second Tuesdays of the month.
Mahatma Gandhi Park, popularly known as the M. G. Park is a pretty oasis in the midst of the city's humdrum. Be greeted by none other than the lifelike statue of the 'Father of our nation,' known worldwide as Mahatma Gandhi.This park is well maintained, flawlessly pruned and clean to the hilt. The seats overlook the green lawns, and this sight allows for a tranquil atmosphere while sinking in the quiet environs. This is a nice option to take a breather after exploring the length and breadth of the busy M. G. Road in Bengaluru city.