TROPICAL BENGALURU BALANCES ITS RELAXED TRADITIONS OF ART AND DESIGN WITH A MODERN, FORWARD-THINKING CULTURE.

A multifaceted metropolis often called the “Silicon Valley of India,” the southern state of Karnataka’s cosmopolitan capital has become, in recent years, a hub for avant-garde dining, cutting-edge theater and design, and, of course, technology.

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Kannada, Malyalam, Tamil, Telegu, English, Hindi
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)
BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK
BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK, BANNERGHATTA ROAD, BENGALURU
Tiger

Covering more than 100 square kilometers of natural South Indian wilderness, Bannerghatta National Park preserves and protects the subcontinent’s natural splendor just 22 kilometers from Bengaluru city. Embark on a guided safari to witness the likes of elephants and lions in their natural habitats, or visit the Bannerghatta Biological Park, a conservation center within the larger park that houses a zoo, animal rescue center, and safari park.

INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE (CHURCH ST.)
NO-19, BRIGADE GARDEN, CHURCH STREET, BEHIND MG ROAD
tea

South India’s famous, creamy filter coffee originated in Bengaluru, so travel back in time to try the original with a trip to the Indian Coffee House on Church Street. An iconic, worker-run coffee house from the 1950s, popular with intellectuals and revolutionaries during the independence movement, the café feels unchanged since that era, despite the fact that it actually moved here from its original location in 2009.

LALBAGH BOTANICAL GARDEN
LALBAGH RD
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Trellised arches covered with bougainvillea, fragrant rose gardens, and oak tree-lined paths lead to the heart of this 240-acre paradise, where the Victorian-style Glass House rises above lush green lawns like a Belle Époque palace. One of Asia’s most acclaimed gardens, Lalbagh includes hundreds of rare botanical specimens from all over the world.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, BENGALURU
49, PALACE ROAD, MANIKYAVELU MANSION
Paint

Opened in 2009 in the elegant former summer home of the Raja of Mysore, this outpost of the National Gallery of Modern Art is among the most impressive in the country, displaying a comprehensive permanent collection of works by artists from the late-colonial and early post-independence eras.

RANGA SHANKARA
36/2 8TH CROSS II PHASE J P NAGAR
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Discover both traditional and contemporary South Indian theater at the Ranga Shankara theater, a world-renowned performance space that literally shows a work of performance art every day. A community-based theater, Ranga Shankara has a series for children and focuses on getting local Kannadiga artists involved, in addition to its international programs.

TIPU SULTAN’S PALACE
ALBERT VICTOR ROAD, CHAMRAJPET, BENGALURU
Building Exterior

Constructed in 1791, this palace was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, one of India’s great warrior kings. Set within a 16th-century mud brick fort, the two-story structure was built almost entirely of teak wood. Viewing galleries – formed by colonnades of scalloped arches and fluted, dark umber pillars trimmed in pale gold – overlook the entrance, while faded and crumbling frescoes harken back to an opulent past.

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