Monuments in Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha
  1. Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace was Built in the latter half of the 19th century, Bangalore Palace offers a glimpse into the riches of the past monarchs. The architecture of the building reminds one of the castles built in Northern France and England in medieval times. In addition, the large park in front regularly hosts concerts by international Heavy Metal bands.

  • Location: Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 230
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Cubbon Park Metro Station (3.2 km), Forum City Apartment Bus Stand (800 meters)

2. Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace

Tippu Sultan ruled the Kingdom of Mysore for almost two decades during the late 18th century, and this sprawling palace served as his summer residence. The palace houses several articles belonging to Tippu Sultan as well as paintings of monarchs.

  • Location: Tippu Sultan Palace Rd, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 15
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Krishna Rajendra Market Metro Station (450 metres)

3. Vidhana Soudha

Vidhana Soudha is a granite marvel which leaves observers spellbound by its sheer grandeur. Though there are several impressive buildings and monuments in the city, Vidhana Soudha stands out with its Neo-Dravidian style of architecture, broad staircase in front and the giant pillars these are followed by. You do not want to skip this one out on your Bangalore city tour. Due to it being a government building, entry to its premises is restricted.

  • Location: Ambedkar Bheedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
  • Entry Fees: Entry restricted
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Metro Station (Vidhana Soudha) (350 metres)

4. ISKCON Temple

Bangalore’s ISKCON Temple holds the honour of being the largest in the world. Its foundation was laid in 1997 in remembrance of the birth anniversary of ISKCON founder, Shri Prabhupada. The shrine stands out for its neo-classical architectural style, the ethereal idols of Radha and Lord Krishna and the ornate arch at the entrance, among other things.

  • Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010
  • Entry Fee: N/A
  • Timings: 4:15 am to 5 am, 7:15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Mahalakshmi Metro Station (650 m)
  • Shiva Temple Bangalore

5. Shiva Temple

Shiva Temple at Kemp Fort is considered as one of the most beautiful Shiva temples around the country. The beautiful statues of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganapathi are a major attraction for all the devotees visiting the temple. The temple is known for its well-maintenance and regular festivities being organised for the devotees for them to indulge in the worship of Lord Shiva, who is considered as one of the major gods in Southern India.

Marked by a 65ft tall figurine of Lord Shiva carved in white marble, and placed in an artificial pool of water symbolising Lord Shiva’s natural habitat, this place is a beautiful pilgrimage centre for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Ganapathi is also worshipped in the premise of the temple and regular aarti and chanting of mantras are done by the priests.

  • Location: 97, HAL Old Airport Road, Kemp fort mall Parking, Ramagiri, Murgesh Pallya, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560017
  • Time Required:1-2 hours
  • Entry Fee:INR 150 Per Person
  • Timings:Open 24 hours

6. Maha Bodhi Society Temple

Maha Bodhi Society Temple is a recent addition to the temples of Bengaluru, this one houses a library and a bookshop with a sprawling collection of texts on Buddhism and is constantly the hub of a number of spiritual retreats and lectures. The place conducts teachings on Dharma and meditation retreat on specific days of the month. You can go there and meditate for as long as you want. The temple is located right opposite Freedom Park

Location:  14, Kavi Kalidasa Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560009

7. St. Mary’s Basilica Bangalore

St. Mary’s Basilica Built in 1882 is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities it holds during the St. Mary’s Feast, in September each year, an event which attracts a large number of devotees from in and around Bangalore. It is a marvellous sight to behold with its towering façade, glass windows and the loving statues of Mother Mary. It is a generous throwback to the colonial era of Indian history and restores the traditional faith of Christianity till date with elaborate feasts, masses done in different languages and the annual celebration of Mother Mary’s nativity day.

St. Mary’s Basilica is a spacious gothic-style Church built in the form of a cross, designed by a French architect. It is 172 feet long and 50 feet broad. The imposing and magnificent tower forming the facade of the Church is 160 feet in height. A beautiful statue of Mother Mary holding Child Jesus in her arms, 6 feet in height, is set up in an attractive shrine just outside the Church building.

Location: Msgr. F. Noronha Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051