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Lumbini Gardens

Name: Lumbini Gardens

Location: Nagwara Lake Ring Road, Hebbal Kempapura, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560045. It is located near hebbal flyover and is on the lake front of Nagarvala lake

Main attraction: Amusement & Themepark

Lumbini Gardens on the Nagawara lake front near Hebbal is an exclusive boating and leisure complex with a variety of entertainment activities introduced for the first time in Bangalore. The leisure park is set up at a cost of over Rs 10 crore.

Lumbini Gardens is situated on the Outer Ring Road. It is located on the banks of the Nagawara Lake.

Lumbini Gardens is a wave pool with an artificial beach. Visitors without any age restrictions are allowed inside the gardens. The pool provides the best and safest form of entertainment. It also has a children’s pool. The pool is situated in an area of 12,500 square feet.

A modern filtration plant is used to maintain the quality of water in the pool. A specialized lifeguard is also employed through a master agency. He is always on the standby for extra safety.

A modern filtration plant is used to maintain the quality of water in the pool. A specialized lifeguard is also employed through a master agency. He is always on the standby for extra safety.

Nagavara lake which was lying in a dapilated state pre 2006 has been given a complete make over with Lumbini garden setting up a leisure and entertain park over there sure that the evening environment will be awesome. The park was inagurated in mid 2006.

The lake front towards the road has been beautified and besides the lake front chairs/chair - tables has been setup with shades. The windy and cool breeze from lake is soothing. A number of food stalls have been setup like Coffee Day, ice cream parlour etc. Children has quite a few rides to choose from. A wave pool which you can enjoy at a cost of Rs 75/person. An unique feature there is a hollow bucket like fish which when gets full splashes water on people standing/sitting on a platform so strong that it leads them to slide to the water pool below.

Take the boat ride. They offer a few variety in this regard. One can choose from general boat(Rs 30), Coffee boat(Rs 40, provides chair and table.Snacks allowed), Jet ski(Rs 225), peddle boat, cycle boat. The jet ski was not available then and I was told it will be back soon. I noticed during our boat ride that a few varierty of fish eating birds are also there around the lake. Entry to the park costs Rs 30 for adults and entry is free for kids below 5 years. Ample parking space available.

Professional lifeguards enable an inexperienced boater to enjoy these rides and also to ensure ones complete safety on waters. One can endeavour different boats and water entertainment here from two seaters to 15 seaters. An array of boats, a floating coffee shop and many more form an attraction. In the next phase one can experience the pleasure of being virtually on a beach at the wave pool.

The park has been designed to cater to all ages, children can look forward to a rotating Carousal or enter in a land of fantasy with the Vortex, a new invention in entertainment.

There is also a water-skiing device for thrill seekers, alongside an exclusive speedboat. There are a variety of activities catering to children who can enjoy swings, spanish bullfights and the like. Food courts and restaurants are also a part of this affair. A Water treatment plant with a capacity to treat 5 lakh litres per day is being installed. A nursery with 20,000 plants of different species is being developed.

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Cubbon Park

Name : Cubbon Park

Location: Kasturba road

Main Attraction: Historic park

The Cubbon Park of Bangalore has a history of more than 100 years. It has been a part of Bangalore’s landscape since 1870. The Cubbon Park, officially known as Sri. Chamarajendra Park, is an historic park, located in the heart of city in the Central Administrative Area. The park provides sylvan surroundings to the State Legislature building- the Vidhana Soudha, the High Court Buildings – the Attara Kacheri and a number of other organizations located along the periphery and within the park which constitute the Central Administrative Area. It was established in the year 1870 by Sri John Meade, the then acting Commissioner of Mysore. The vast landscape of the park was conceived by Major General Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of the State. it covered an area of 100 acres and subsequent expansion has taken place and the area reported now is about 300 acres. It has a rich recorded history of abundant flora and fauna plantations coupled with numerous impressive and aesthetically located buildings and statues of famous personages, in its precinctsAs a mark of honour to Sri John Meade, the park was initially named as "Meade’s Park" and subsequently it was called the Cubbon Park. Since the inception of the park, it was developed and improved by adding new structures and features. In the year 1927, the park was officially renamed as "Sri. Chamarajendra Park" to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sri. Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State.

Cubbon Park is under the control of the Department of Horticulture. The Deputy Director of Horticulture (Cubbon Park) is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the park.

The colorful landscape of the Cubbon Park wonderfully brings together the rock cut statues and the huge canopy of trees. Cubbon Park is also considered to be a jogger's delight. Here you will get to see beautiful flowerbeds and shady trees. To help the visitors all the trees of Cubbon Park have their scientific names and ages labeled on them. Visitors can also take courses on pottery, aeromodelling and other things at Cubbon Park of Bangalore.

The architecture of Cubbon Park is also wonderful. British influence on the park becomes evident from the presence of the beautiful colonial style buildings. There are also the memorial hall dedicated to Aeshadri Ayer, Jwahar Bal Bhawan, the Children's Park and the Museum that you can explore on your visit to the place. The Museum here is known to be one of the oldest in India.

Cubbon Park, located 2 km from M.G. Road, expands across 334 acres of land.

Statues

The Queen Victoria statue installed (1906 near the Mahatma Gandhi Circle, the King Edward VII statue installed (1919) at the North-Western point of the Queen’s park; the Polyalthia avenue along the road from Queen’s statue to King Edward statue and the chestnut tree avenue from the Chamarajendra statue to Siddalingaiah circle lend a subtle grandeur to the park

The statue of Major General Sir Mark Cubbon near the terrace garden; Rajya Dhurandhara Sir K. Sheshadri Iyer statue installed (1913) in front of the Central Library and the statue of Sri. Chamarajendra Wodeyar (1927) installed in the central portion of the park near the tennis pavillion with a fairly fountain in the front, are magnificent structures found in the park. Owing to the different features and structures in the park, the Cubbon Park is a well-known tourist attraction.

 Band Stand at  Cubbon Park : In the good old times of the city, the band stand at the Cubbon Park used to bring about many cherished memories. This octagonal structure built in cast iron was graced by music concerts and artists renowned all over the country and abroad. Many musicians who have performed there rose to stardom. Over the years, the music notes faded away into time. Now an NGO Prakruti has been trying to revive this lost splendour.

Prasad M.S., convener of Prakruti, musicians have shown interest in performing at the bandstand. “The bandstand is booked for the next eight weeks wherein artistes, including Nandita, Pallavi, Supriya Acharya, C. Ashwath, Puttur Narasimha Nayak and Shankar Shanbhag, have agreed to give concerts.”  may be viewed by public and visitors too.

Major Landmarks at the Park’s vicinity
 Sir Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum : This museum a tribute to Sir Vishweshwariah, the visionary who brought science and technology to the common man in Karnataka. One can see an airplane and steam engine are displayed in its compound. There are five galleries dedicated to different scopes of science and technology. This Museum is accessible from the Kasturba Road.

Phone: 2286-4563
Entry Fee: Rs.15
Open hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Karnataka High Court : The Karnataka High Court locally known as Attara Kacheri is located opposite to the Vidhana Soudha. Attara Kacheri literally means "eighteen offices" or departments.

 The State Archeological Museum (also called Government Museum) : is close to the High Court with the same red colour and architectural style. The originaly built by Colonel Sankey in 1876, over the years several wings have been added. B. L. Rice of the Mysore Gazetteer is the mastermind behind the collection in this musuem.

It is one of the oldest museums in the country, it has an exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, old paintings, inscriptions and excavated items.  The Java fig avenue along the road leading to the Government Museum add to the grandeur of the Museum.
Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Location: On Kasturba Road, Bangalore - 560 001.
Phone: 2286 4563

 Venkatappa Art Gallery : This  gallery host more than 600 paintings, which are on display throughout the year. There are  two halls, one showcasing  stone sculptures from the Mathura and Khajarao schools of art. The other,dedicated to pottery and clay articles belonging to the Indus Valley civilisations. There are showpieces from 20th century landscapes and contemporary art. On the ground floor, the paintings of K. Venkatappa,( born in 1887 ) are on display.

His works picturing the landscapes of the Nilgiris and Kodaikanal, a painting on Monsoon and various other sketches are feast to the art-lovers. On the first floor, the works of M. F. Hussain, Vasudev, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Rekha Rao, Yusuf Arakkal and N. S. Bendre along with various other artists are on display.C. P. Rajaram's exquisite wood carvings are also seen here. The second floor is the "Hebbar Section", solely dedicated to K.K Hebbar.
Timings: daily except Mon 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: Rs 10
Kasturba Road, Bangalore - 560 001 Ph: 22864483

Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall : It is presently the City Central Library building with an artistic structure worth seeing. Beatiful rosary located infront of the Library attracts many visitors. This onlooks many beautiful lawns that are found in the Cubbon park.

The Ringwood circle, lotus pond and bamboo grove nook are worth seeing. The avenue of Araucarias along with Canna beds on either sides of the road from the Library to Hudson circle is a beautiful view. The avenue of Swietenias in the Northern side of the park.
Timings: daily except Mon 8 am - 7 pm
Kasturba Road, Bangalore - 560 001.

 Aquarium : The Govt. Aquarium is in is an octagonal shaped building. This is one of the largest Aquariums in India, showcasing a variety of indigenous and exotic, cultivable as well as ornamental pet fish.

The Hocks stick, the Pearl Coushmi, the India Tiger Borb, the Moon Tail, as well as edible fish are a feast to the visitors. The Aquarium provides food for thought, but if you want to taste the fish, there is a fish stall here.
Timings 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m (Closed on Thursdays)
Admission by Tickets.

 Jawahar Bal Bhawan : This is Amusement park at the Cubbon Park maintained by the Government.  No child in should missed out on the Puttani Express ride (Toy train ride especially children) when visiting Cubbon park. This Amusemetn park host many game themes and one can find life sizes animals on the park premises.

Here at Sri Jayachamedra Hall conducts many shows for children. The Jawahar Bal Bhawan conducts many short and long term recreational and educational programs for children between the age 5 to 16 years.
Landmark: Near Cricket Stadium, Jewels De Paragon
Phone: 080-22864189
Timings 10am to 5pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Other Facilities : The Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, YMCA, Yuvanika- the State Youth Centre, Century Club, Press Club, Tennis Pavillion and a number of other offices are located in the park, few of them offering amusement and sports facilities.
 

 Other Gardens : The gardens of Vidhana Soudha, Vikas Soudha and Raj Bhavan, are integral parts of the development, conservation and maintenance of Cubbon Park. The Vidhana Soudha garden is beautifully landscaped on symmetric lines, complimenting the magnificent architecture of  Vidhana Soudha. The Raj Bhavan garden is well laid out and adds a colourful and spectacular ambience to Raj Bhavan.

The Dancing Musical Fountain, commissioned recently, in the LRDE premises on the Raj Bhavan road; the only one of its kind in India with a visual facility. It uses a unique binary control concept to obtain three distinct levels for each of its form. It provides high versatility in programming as well as in playback to various India and Western musical themes.

Timings of the show : Two shows are organized everyday from 7.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. each lasting for half an hour. It is closed on every Monday and Second Tuesday of the month.

Timings :
Cubbon Park is a public park with many Government organizations, associations and clubs in its locale. The park is open all the time. It has been declared a silent zone between 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m.

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Attara Kacheri

Name : Attara Kacheri(Karnataka High Court)

Location: Opposite Vidhana Soudha

Main attraction: Gothic Style of architecture

The Attara Kacheri, is a beautiful 19th century stone structure in an intense red hue.which is known as  Karnataka High Court is the High Court of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. The high court functions out of a red brick building known as Attara Kacheri. It is in front of Vidhana Soudha, which is the seat of the legislature of Karnataka. Attara Kacheri radiant in its vibrant hues boasts of Karnataka’s history from the glorious days of Tipu Sultan’s reign and hence is one of Bangalore’s most popular tourist spots.

During Tipu Sultan's reign the offices of the eighteen departments of Revenue and General Secretariat grew beyond limit. It became difficult to contain in his palace. So he decided to construct a new building and named it Attara Kacheri (meaning eighteen offices or departments) in Hindustani. The history of the Karnataka High Court can be traced back to the year 1884 when the Chief Court of Mysore was created with three judges and was designated as the highest court of appeal, reference and revision in the State of Mysore, the earlier name of Karnataka.The court had District Courts, Sub-ordinate Judges' Courts and Munsiff Courts to assist it on civil cases and a Court of Sessions, District Magistrate and First, Second and Third Class Magistrates to assist it on criminal cases.In 1881, the office of the Chief Judge was created and the designated person had the utmost authority in the court. In 1930, it was renamed as the High Court of Mysore and the Chief Judge was given the new name of Chief Justice. Till the year 1973 it was known as the Mysore High Court. In 1973, it got its present name of Karnataka High Court.

This graceful, two storeyed Building with Corinthian columns, was completed in 1864 and housed the Public Offices from 1868 until 1956. These were later moved to the Vidhana Soudha, and this building became the high court. On the ceiling of its Central Hall is a Portrait of Sir Mark Cubbon, Commissioner of Mysore from 1834 to 1861. Behind the building is an equestrian statue of him by Baron Marochetti.

The Attara Kacheri building was completed in 1868 at a cost of Rs 4.5 lakh. The work on the building was executed by Rao Bahadur Arcot Narayanaswamy Mudaliar. It is an impressive two-storied building of stone and brick, red in colour and has been built in the Greco-Roman style.

Attara Kacheri (meaning Eighteen offices). It has been built in the neoclassical style. It was earlier named as Old Public Offices and got its name of Attara Kacheri when the eighteen departments in the general and revenue secretariat of the Mysore Government were shifted here from their crowded premises in Tipu Sultan's summer palace. There was a proposal to demolish this building in the year 1982. However, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in order to save this ancient building from getting demolished. This was the first PIL to be filed in the Karnataka High court and the case was heard in the very building that was supposed to be demolished. In August 1984, the judges M. N. Venkatachaliah and Vittal Rao pronounced a judgement that stayed the demolition.

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Chowdiah Memorial Hall

Name: Chowdiah Memorial Hall
Location: Malleswaram(Next to TTD Kalyana Mantap)
Main Attraction: Cultural Building in violin shape.

The Chowdiah Memorial Hall, named after the violin maestro Tirumakudalu Chowdiah, is one of the most prominent landmarks of Malleswaram. Designed in the shape of a violin, the venue is a hub of arts and culture, playing host to a wide array of events - ranging from classical music concerts, to theatre and drama, to prestigious quiz competitions.

Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is located on Sankey Road, in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was built in memory of the Violin maestro Chowdaiah K K Murthy a great lover of music and culture. This 1,100 seated auditorium is an architectural marvel built in the shape of a gigantic Violin.
Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, with modern acoustics including floodlights and spotlights, speakers and amplifiers, is a favorite venue for dance recitals, plays as well as occasional fashion show.

The CMH is built on a 275x220 ft. site at Gayathri Devi Park Extension below the Sankey Tank Bund Road. From the tank road, a bird's eye view of the violin shaped hall can be seen.

The work on the building was started in 1973 and completed on November 14, 1980. The total cost of the construction was Rs 36 lakhs. Grants in the form of loans were given by the State Government, Syndicate Bank, etc. Public donations and personal funds, have also gone into financing the construction of the memorial hall. Bangalore till then was served by only one such ultra modern auditorium - Ravindra Kalakshetra. Arts and artists in the State were further encouraged with the opening of the CMH.

The violin shape. Chowdiah and violin were synonymous. That is why it took a violin shape, the exact copy of a seven stringed violin, complete with strings, the keys, the bow, the whole works. It is unique for the reason that it is the first building in the shape of a musical instrument in the whole world. It is also the first ever memorial to a musician anywhere in India.

The CMH shape, the marble foyer lit with chandeliers, the false ceiling of the foyer inscribed with music notations and figures of the violin, the cymbal, the drum, the glass ceiling of the curved stem lit with concealed lights, the highlighting of the violin contour by halogen lamps, the strings coated with luminous paints and lighted by rays from black-wood lamps to give a special effect, the fountains, the garden surrounding the building, all add grandeur to the Hall. In front of the foyer and in the compound of the CMH, a beautiful and well-maintained garden adds glory to the building.

Two decades are over since it was opened and CMH is a high-profile functional cultural centre in Bangalore. Many prestigious educational institutions and other commercial organisations as well, hold their cultural and entertainment programmes here. It is well suited for even seminars and university convocation ceremonies. In fact, it has become a custom for Bangalore University to hold their convocations here.

CMH has a very big stage with fully equipped green rooms on either side. It is also suitable for dramas, dance, opera, ballet, music concerts, screening of newsreels, film festivals, children's films, etc.

Some more Special features of CMH: Automatic power change over system to DG set - 2 Nos. 125 KVA enabling continuous supply of power to lights, sound and air conditioning, non-stop supply of water and canteen. Special Officer at CMH, Sudaram told bangalorebest.com that the facilities were being added and frequently updated to keep the CMH contemporary and to continue to provide the audience with a memorable experience.

Complete address
Gayathri Devi Park Extension, 16th Cross
Malleswaram
Bangalore-560003
Landmark: Next to TTD Kalyana Mantap
Phone: 080-23445810

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