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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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Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Name: Lal Bagh

Location: Main attraction: Based on the design of the Mughal Gardens

The Garden City, Bangalore offers wonderful sightseeing options to tourists and the Lal Bagh Gardens is one such spot that should not be missed during your Bangalore travel.
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is a well known botanical garden in Bangalore, India The garden was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali. It has a famous glass house which hosts yearly flower show. It also has an aquarium and a lake, and one of the tourist attractions in Bangalore.

Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultan, completed it. Lalbagh is a 240 acre (971,000 sq.m. - almost 1 km².) garden and is located on the southern part of Bangalore. It holds a number of flower shows, especially on the Republic Day (26th January). The garden has over 1,000 species of flora. The Glass House, modeled on London's Crystal Palace (now re-modelled with a different layout), is the center of attraction. Hyder Ali laid out these famous botanical gardens and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The Lalbagh Gardens were commissioned by the 18th century and over the years it acquired India's first lawn-clock and the subcontinent's largest collection of rare plants. The garden also has trees that are over 100 years old. 
The Glass House at Lal BaghThe garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda. Hyder Ali decided to create this garden on the lines of the Mughal Gardens that were gaining popularity during his time. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With an intricate watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed, with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains. Most of the centuries old trees are labeled for easy identification. The Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3000 million years, is another attraction that brings the crowds.

Basis for modeling of Lal Bagh Gardens
The Lal Bagh Gardens are based on the design of the Mughal Gardens that once stood at Sira, at a distance of 120 km from Bangalore on the main NH4 at Tumkur District in Karnataka. This is amply supported by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) and other historical records. At that time, Sira was the head-quarters / capital of the strategically important southernmost Mughal "suba" (province) of the Deccan before the British Raj.

The artistic landscape is a good delight for the eyes and that makes this Botanical Garden in Bangalore a wonderful place for admiring nature,s beauty. The decorations of Lalbagh Botanical Garden also include lush green lawns, lotus pools and fountains.

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in India.

  • Some important things to see in Lalbagh are,
  • The Glass House
  • Kempegowda Tower
  • Bandstand
  • Lecture Hall
  • Lalbagh House
  • Pigeon House
  • Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar
  • The Directorate Building
  • Lalbagh West Gate Guard Room
  • The Museum
  • Deer Paddock
  • Aquarium building
  • Aviary
  • Lalbagh lake
  • Location And Access
    The garden is accessible through four gates. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate towards the Double Road. There is ample parking space on entering through this gate. Vehicular movement inside the garden is restricted. Access to the Directorate of Horticulture and related offices is through the main gate. HOPCOMS, MHS and BNCS offices are easily accessible through the Double Road gate.

Biannual flower shows are organized every year in January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively. Training in Horticulture, Post Harvest Technology and Mushroom cultivation, Classes in Ikebana and Bonsai are also conducted.

Facilities

All major buildings and important locations in the garden are accessible through well laid out roads and pathways.

Plant wealth

The botanical garden is enriched with numerous native and exotic flora of wide ranging diversity, use and interest. This has been achieved by way of introduction; acclimatization and multiplication of plants obtained from various parts of the world since its inception in 1760. Today, nearly 673 genera and 1,854 species of plants are found in Lalbagh. The collection of the plants has made it a veritable treasure house of plants.

Some of the exotic species introduced from different parts of the world include Agathis sp., Amherstia nobilis, Araucaria sp., Averrhoa bilimbi, Bambusa sp., Bixa orellana, Brownea grandiceps, Castanospermum australe, Cola acuminata, Corypha umbraculifera, Couroupita guianensis, Cupressus sp., Eriobotrya japonica, Magnolia sp., Swietenia mahagoni etc. Indigeneous species such as Artocarpus heterophyllus, Bombax ceiba, Butea monosperma, Cassia fistula , Dillenia indica, Ficus sp., Lagerstromia speciosa, Michelia champaca, Mesua ferrea etc., can be seen. In addition, a number of ornamental and economic plant species both of exotic and indigenous origin can be found in Lalbagh.

Training

Scheduled courses on Horticulture, Post Harvest Technology and Mushroom cultivation are offered to the public by the Department of Horticulture at Lalbagh. Besides these a 10 month Horticulture training programme is organized every year for the rural youth. The Mysore Horticultural Society too organizes courses on Ikebana and Bonsai. All programmes are publicized well in advance in newspapers/respective offices.

Education

Lalbagh is an important centre of dissemination of knowledge of plants having ornamental, environmental and economic value. Regular training courses on fruit and vegetable processing, mushroom cultivation and ornamental gardening and horticulture are offered to the public by the Department of Horticulture. The Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Horticulture Library is a reference library with a good collection of books on horticulture and allied subjects.
 
In July, 2003 it was decided that the Department of Horticulture and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens.

The structure was completely renovated and inaugurated by SM Krishna on Jan 15, 2004. Renovation details:

Cost Rs 5 crore
Renovation time 3 months
Glass: 60,000 tonnes, 3505 unbreakable panes
1,000 sq mtrs of galvanised steel
The 2.75 sq mts Glass House sandblasted using 75 microns of Zinc Chromide to prevent rusting.
325 gutters constructed along the eduges to drain out water.
Silicon gel 1,577 litres
Foundation stone laid by Diwan of Mysore Sir Mirza Ismail restored
75 lunx of illumination work done and special lighting that saves 40% energy put up inside
New benches made of cast iron with wooden frames constructed
Lalbagh Flower Show
Here begins the Annual flower show at Glass House, Lalbagh entertaining Bangaloreans and its neighbours with a range of local and international floricultural presentations. In 2008 to facilitate our flower loving, net savvy Bangaloreans, horticulture department has introduced online ticketing system which may be bought at www.lalbagh.org

For Independence day in 2008 the theme was Hampi, once the glory of Vijayanagar Empire. This year visitors will get to experience the Heritage of Hampi at the Garden City through the blossoms. The world famous stone chariot resurrected in flowers will showcase the history of Hampi and landscapes are made showing the Tungabhadra river.Our musical instruments in the form of Veena, tabla and violin etc are arranged in more than 500 species of flowers. Flowers are the most important part of puja/worship depicts the traditional “Kalasha” and an Ugra Narasimha Statue. Our horticulturists from the Lalbagh HOPCOMS have made a Rainbow using the vibrant colours. Hundreds of orchids, zinnia, nastardium, crysantamums, daisies, marigold, cacti, fuchsia, jasmine, geranium single roses, dahlias, etc species of flowers are to be viewed. Not to mention the floating vegetable gardens are recreated at the Lalbagh Lake, resembling the Dal Lake, Kashmir.

Lalbagh has 4 gates.  East gate towards Double Road is open for visitors with vehicles.  Northern gate is facing towards Subbaiah circle, the West gate is facing Basavanagudi, and South gate is towards Jayanagar.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is located in the heart of the city, about 4 km from the State Legislature – the Vidhana Soudha. Most parts of the garden is surrounded by different blocks of the beautiful residential layout – Jayanagar. The city buses plying to Jayanagar and localities beyond Jayanagar stop at one or other approach gates of Lalbagh. The garden is accessible through four gates. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate towards the Double Road. There is ample parking space on entering through this gate. Vehicular movement inside the garden is restricted. Access to the Directorate of Horticulture and related offices is through the main gate. HOPCOMS, MHS and BNCS offices are easily accessible through the Double Road gate.

Timings:
Lalbagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year.

Entry fee
Adults:  Rs.30 on weekdays, Rs.40 on holidays
Children (6-12years):    Rs.10
Parking: Rs.150 on weekdays, Rs.200 on holidays
Video Camera: Rs.50
Still Camera: Rs. 20


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Ravindra Kalakshetra

Name: Ravindra Kalakshetra

Location: JC Road, Bangalore-560002 Near Puttanna Chetty Town Hall

Main attraction: Old impressive auditorium.

The renovated Ravindra Kalakshetra, which was inaugurated, has a truly welcoming atmosphere. Seating arrangements, audio and light system and other basic facilities have been addressed by the Kannada and Culture Department. Emphasis has been given to audio and lighting. A sophisticated audio system, imported from France, has been installed. Special front speakers have been installed for VIP members in the front row. It also includes monitor speakers for the performers on the stage. The entire theatre is equipped with adequate lighting system. A total of 120 lights have been installed. The entire lighting system is computerised. The department has taken all the necessary measures to install proper communication system between backstage and control system using Production Intercom Communication System. Department Secretary I M Vittalmurthy told the reporters that renovation costed Rs 2.8 crore.

Built to commemorate the birth centenary of the great poem and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore is a seat of art, culture and entertainment in Bangalore. While all the states in India has a Kalakshetra commemorating Tagore (except Tamil Nadu) the Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore perhaps has the best equipped theatre and is therefore one of the most popular centres for cultural activities in the garden city of Bangalore.
The Kalakshetra has a highly modern and technically developed auditorium with comfortable seats, great lighting systems, an improved acoustics and many other facilities to serve the audience better. In the entrance stands a statue of the great poet in a glass showcase that greets the audience visiting the kalakshetra. It is a well known theatre for dance and drama and can accommodate about 1500 people at a time.

Recently the kalakshetra remained closed for as long as 6 months for the purpose of renovation that cost the Government a total of Rs 60 lakhs. But after the renovation, the theatre not only became qualitatively even better but also looks gorgeous with satin curtains and sidelights.

Construction and Inaugauration:

While the Government of Karnataka collected the major fund necessary for the construction of Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore, famous personalities like Shivaji Ganeshan, a popular Tamil cine actor and others also came forward to contribute for the construction of the Kalakshetra. On March, 9, 1963, Dr Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Education of Karnataka inaugurated place and sine then the theatre is used for various cultural activities and seminars.

The 27 year old impressive auditorium has a new lighting system, renovated seats with sidelights and more space between rows. Acoustics in the auditorium have been renovated. Satin curtains have added colour to the stage. There are six panels at the entrance to display posters and banners. A monument of Ravindranath Tagore in a glass showcase welcomes the audience at the entrance.
Durga C Avarthi, Joint Director (General) at the Directorate of Kannada and Culture (Kannada Bhavan) told bangalorebest.com that a total amount of Rs 60 lakh has been spent for the renovation. She said that leakages in the roof have been repaired and the whole auditorium has been whitewashed.

The auditorium is rented out for two sessions-9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm. For Kannada plays the rent is Rs 850 per session; Kannada competitions and conferences Rs 1,000; music, dance, sugam sangeeta and cultural activities of other languages Rs 1,500; annual functions, conferences, orchestras and western music Rs 4,000.

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