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Sophisticated Bengaluru is the most dynamic city in the south of India, as well as a gateway for exploring Karnataka, northern Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Ever since independence, the city has had its eyes firmly on the future and its present-day Silicon Valley of India nickname reflects its role as a high-tech destination with a cosmopolitan dining, drinking and nightlife scene.
Central Bengaluru is home to some of the city’s best-known attractions and experiences. Enjoy a wander through Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, which has an 1890-built glasshouse modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. Or head to Cubbon Park, where the wide boulevards are lined with majestic government buildings, such as the imposing Vidhana Soudha state legislature, the Karnataka High Court, as well as the Venkatappa Art Gallery, and the second largest aquarium in India.
Elsewhere in Bengaluru, you can explore the Tudor-style Bangalore Palace, with its fortified towers and turrets, or admire the Indo-Islamic architecture of Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, which was built entirely of teak. Take time to see the enormous Hare Krishna ISKCON Temple complex, and the Hindi Dodda Ganeshana Gudi, or Bull Temple, housed in Bugle Rock Park.
Head to trendy neighbourhoods like Koramangala and Indiranagar for streets lined with comedy joints, live-music venues, designer boutiques and cocktail bars. Many of these outer districts are worthwhile destinations in their own right, and you can easily get to them from downtown Bengaluru by public bus or metro.
Alternatively, skip the hubbub of the city altogether for the relative peace of Bannerghatta National Park. Here you’ll find more than 100 bird species and wild animals – see if you can spot the sloth bears and the Royal Bengal tiger – as well as a zoo, an elephant sanctuary, a butterfly garden and a safari park.
Bengaluru has one of the most pleasant climates in India, so combined with top-notch hotels, shopping and entertainment, this colourful city is an ideal spot for a South Indian urban break.
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Cubbon Park, and Mallya Hospital. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.
This east Bangalore hotel is across from the KGA Golf Course and less than 2 km (1 mile) from Hindustan Airport.
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of M.G. Road and Thomson Reuters Offices. Vidhana Soudha is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Devanahalli Fort and 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Devanahalli Fort. Ghati Subramanya Temple and Lumbini Gardens are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in the heart of Bengaluru, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from UB City and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidhana Soudha and Tipu's Summer Palace. Bangalore Palace is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Gallery of Modern Art and Vidhana Soudha. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and St. Mary's Basilica are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Bengaluru, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from The Oxford College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Laser Republic and St. John's Auditorium. The Forum is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.