Bangalore Guide: Information for International Visitors

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Bangalore (also known as Bengaluru), the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, is a popular tourist destination in Southern India thanks to its pleasant weather, many attractions, and buzzing atmosphere. It is also known as ‘the Silicon Valley of India’ thanks to the several leading tech companies who chose Bangalore for their headquarters.

International tourists will find a diverse metropolis of 8 million people, rich in culture, economic growth, and charm. Readers of this guide will learn about things to do in Bangalore, when to travel, safety advice, and more.

Traveling to Bangalore from Abroad

The majority of foreign nationals visiting India will need a visa in order to enter the country. The good news is that the citizens of a great number of nations around the world will be able to apply for an electronic visa online (eVisa) in a few minutes to see Bangalore and the rest of India.

Being a major city, getting to Bangalore is quite easy. Kempegowda International Airport is located 40km (25 miles) from the city center and is the third-busiest airport in the country. Arriving passengers can get from the airport to the heart of Bangalore by taxi or bus.

Those traveling nationally can get to Bangalore by train or bus.

Bangalore Weather: When to Visit

Bangalore sits on the Deccan Plateau, 900 meters (3,000 ft) above sea level. It is known for having pleasant weather all year round.

As it is always the case when deciding the best time for visiting India, it is essential to consider the specific region’s microclimate. Southern India can reach extremely high temperatures during the summer months. That is why winter (October to February) is considered ideal for this region.

However, being at this altitude, Bangalore weather can be less harsh. Spring temperatures are still pleasant from March to May and suitable for tourist activities.

What Is Bangalore Famous for?

There is much to do, see, and explore in Bangalore. Visitors from abroad will soon realize that this is one of the best places in the country to get a real sense of what life in India is like for young generations.

The tech capital of the country, Bangalore attracts thousands of talented professionals every year, who move here bringing innovation and creativity.

Tourists will find themselves immersed in an exciting environment, a lively nightlife, while at the same time being able to visit places of cultural and historical significance as well as peaceful parks and green areas. Keep reading to find some of Bangalore’s attractions.

What is the entry fee for Bangalore Palace?

Bangalore offers holidaymakers the opportunity to visit some extraordinary royal buildings, like the Bangalore Palace and the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace.

The entry ticket for the Bangalore Palace is Rs 450 (about 6 USD) for foreign visitors. It allows tourists to enter the mansion and its gardens and see battlements, turreted barricades, fortified towers and arches. The Palace was built in 1887 for King Chamaraja Wodeyar of the Wodeyar Hindu dynasty, and one of its main courtyards is now used to host concerts.

Exploring the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace costs only Rs 100 (a little over a dollar). Highlights of the Summer Palace built in 1791 include the impressive wooden structure, the intricate Islamic carvings, and the museum on the ground floor.

Which is bigger, Lalbagh or Cubbon Park?

Bangalore boasts plenty of outdoor attractions and green spaces, the most famous one being Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

Spreading over 240 acres of land, Lalbagh sits right at the center of the city. Its name means ‘red garden’ and derives from the great number of roses grown in the park. The garden was ordered in 1760 by Sultan Hyder Ali.

A walk around the Garden will give visitors the chance to see:

  • The largest collection of India’s rare tropical plants
  • Several ancient trees
  • A decorated flower clock
  • A glasshouse inspired by the Crystal Palace in London

Cubbon Park is a more traditional (but not less impressive) green area in the city, measuring 300 acres. The park is carefully landscaped with:

  • Plantations
  • Rock outcrops
  • Bamboos
  • Statues
  • Buildings
  • Grassy areas
  • Flowerbeds

Tourists and locals alike enjoy strolls and runs around the park.

Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum for adults and kids

Just outside Cubbon Park is Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, a fun and interesting place to visit especially for those interested in science and/or traveling with children.

From the Dinosaur Corner and the Flyer Simulator to science demonstrations and sky observations, it is impossible to get bored at the VITM.

Is Bangalore Safe?

In general, India is considered a safe country for holidaymakers. Organized crime is practically non-existent in Bangalore, which is also considered one of the most liberal cities in the country.

This means, for example, that visitors can be more relaxed about their dress code (but should still show respect and modesty, especially in places of religious significance) and that attitude towards women is less traditional than in other towns.

The main safety risk while in Bangalore is represented by petty crime like pickpocketing. Common sense should be followed while touring the city.

Here is some safety advice for Bangalore:

  • Keep your belongings close at all times
  • Do not flash expensive items like jewelry and electronics
  • Be especially careful in crowded places like malls and street crossings