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About Bangalore - Karnataka Tourism

Bangalore, the IT hub of India, is also a well known travel destination in the state of Karnataka. The city is popular among tourists for its salubrious climate, magnificent palaces, and historical temples. Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of state of Karnataka in South India. The city lies at 949m above sea level and enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year.

Some the popular monuments in the city visited by local and outstation tourists are Vidhan Soudha and Attara Kacheri. The city has lot to offer to travelers who want to relax in natural surroundings, with options to spend time in its beautiful botanical gardens like Lal Bagh and Cubbon park or around the Ulsoor lake. Another important attraction in close vicinity of Bangalore is Bannerghatta national park, with option to view wild animals in natural surroundings. The city is also home to popular historical attractions including the city palace and Tipu's palace. The main religious attractions in Bangalore are the ISKCON temple and the Bull temple that bring in large number of visitors every day.

The city is also known as the IT hub of India, being one of India‚Äôs fastest growing cities. The business district is home to a lot of major international IT companies, public sector companies, defense organizations, and reputed educational and research organizations. The city of Bangalore is also known by the names of 'Silicon valley of India' and 'the garden city of India'. 

Bangalore is also known for its vibrant nightlife with some of most happening pubs and discotheques in the city. For local population, there are numerous weekend getaways around the city. Some of the popular annual events in the city that brings tourists from all over India are the Aero show and the Lalbagh flower show. Tourists interested in shopping can visit the MG road, which is home to several malls and shops, along with wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops. 

Bangalore is also an important starting point to visit well known travel destinations in Karnataka like Mysore, Srirangapatna, Coorg and Ooty. The city is well connected by roads and rail to these nearby destinations. The nearby hill stations and wildlife parks are also popular among residential population of Bangalore, who find these places perfect for weekend getaways. 

Bangalore History - Karnataka Tourism

Bangalore, the current capital of Karnataka, was founded by Kempe Gowda, who built a mud fort in the city. In the year 1120 AD, Hoysala king Veera Ballalla, who ruled the Deccan plateau, constructed a town and named it Benda Kalooru which means town of boiled beans. The reason the town was named like that was because during a hunting trip, the king Veera Ballalla was helped by a local women who served him boiled beans. Later in the year 1537, a local chieftain, Kempe Gowda established this town in its current shape. Kempe Gowda's successor Kempe Gowda II, built temples, tanks and watch towers in the town.

The town of Bengaluru was later captured by the Maratha Chief Shahaji Bhonsle, father of Shivaji, then working of the Sultanate of Bijapur. The Mughals later conquered the Sultanate of Bijapur, and leased Bengaluru to the kingdom of Mysore's ruler Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar in 1689. In 1759, Hyder Ali the commander-in-chief of Wodeyars made himself the de-facto ruler of Mysore kingdom, including Bangalore, which was later ruled by Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tipu Sultan was defeated by the British in the fourth Anglo-Mysore War, after defeating East India Company in the three Anglo-Mysore war. Later the rule of Mysore and Bangalore passed to the Wodeyars, but only as figureheads.

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