Bangalore aka Bengaluru, one of the largest and the most talked about city in India is situated on the Deccan Plateau and holds the title of state capital of Karnataka. Known as the silicon valley of India due to its role as the leading IT exporter in the nation with headquarters of various leading technological organization such as ISRO, Infosys and Wipro situated in the city, it is the second fastest growing metropolis in India. With the record of being fourth among the top 15 cities in contributing to India’s GDP, Bangalore is one cosmopolitan city everyone longs to visit at least once.
Bangalore is also sometimes referred to as the Pub city of India because it is one of the premier locations for music festivals and concerts and also because of its underground music scene. Bangalore is a city of mixed culture and this can be seen in the variety in cuisine and varied restaurant type.
With many important movie being shot in Bangalore like Sholay (1975), coolie (1983), Betaab (1983), 3 idiots (2009) and Gori tere pyaar mein (2013), it seems like film makers have intelligently used this to make movie of different genre.
Locations: Covered in movies
A magnificent palace built by Rev. Garrett over a period of 82 years from 1862 to 1994, is believed to be a replica of Windsor castle in England. Once owned by the Maharaja of Mysore, ChamarajendraWadiyar X, in 1884, it is now owned by the Royal family of Mysore. The palace contains fluorescent blue ceramic tiled floor and gothic styled glass windows. It contains a durbar hall and also a ballroom for private parties. The interior of the palace is decorated with mid-19th century paintings.
An important part of the palace is the Palace Grounds. For the past few years, the ground has been hosting various public events including music concerts. The grounds have the honor of hosting artists like Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Cradle of Filth, The Prodigy and Lamb Of God.
Adding to all the fun, there is an amusement park, Fun World, situated in the Palace campus. It has a water park, snow room and joy rides.
Such fun and no bollywood would sound odd and couldn’t possibly be true. Prominent filmmakers like Manmohan Desai and Krishna Shah and famous actors such as Amitabh Bachan and Dharmendra have worked on the grounds of this palace. The films, Mard (1985); Shalimar (1978), have been shot with the Bangalore Palace in the backdrop.
The Big Banyan Tree
If we are talking about Bangalore and Bollywood together, then for sure we are talking about the famous 400 year old banyan tree. How could we possibly forget jai and veeru in Sholay(1975) singing ‘ye dosti’ on their scooter around the grand Banyan tree?
Popularly known as Doda Alada Mara literally translating to Big Banyan Tree, the tree covers about 3 acres of area. It is a great picnic spot due to the beauty of the aerial roots and the cool shade and greenery. The Big Banyan Tree is a natural wonder and therefore attracts many tourists.
The Big Banyan Tree also reminds us of the song ‘Accident ho gaya’ from the movie Coolie (1983).
A historical park located in the heart of the city, Cubbon Park occupies an area of 300 acres. It is known for its rich abundance of flora and fauna with statues of famous personages. It has a well laid path running through the park with natural rock outcrops and woods. The park also holds many historical buildings and monuments at the periphery or within. Some of them are The Museum, the artistic structure of Iyer Hall, The YMCA, Yuvanika, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Press Club, The Ottawa Chatter, The Venkatappa Art Gallery.
We remember this aesthetic park from the movie Coolie (1983) in the song Lambuji Tinguji.
Located in the central business district of Bangalore city, Freedom Park was formerly the Central Jail. A part of the park is allotted for organization of protests. It was opened for the public in November 2008. It has sculptures of freedom fighters, soldiers and Central Tower.
Part of the song Dil Duffer in the movie Gori Tere Pyaar Mein(2013) starring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan was shot here.
Hard Rock Cafe
Bangalore is known to have a youthful population and therefore it tends to make a perfect place for cafes and bars and Hard Rock Cafe is one perfect hangout spot for every person young at heart. With an amazing rock and roll atmosphere, Live music and kickass burgers you would want to visit this place if you want to spend your time living your life to the fullest.
Kareena and Imran did dance to the tunes of the song Dhat Teri ki in the movie Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) and so should you to the best music and the eat the best food in town.
Remember the Imperial College of Engineering ? Yes it was IIM Bangalore! Spread over 100 acre, IIM Bangalore was the college zeroed down by Rajkumar Hirani for the movie 3 idiots (2009) and it is a fact that Aamir Khan insisted on staying within the campus during the shoot.
Approximately 60Kms from the city of Bangalore, these ancient hills are a pleasant site to visit in the morning and the evening to witness the sunrise or the sunset. It is one of the best weekend getaways and a night on those hills could be real fun. The cold breeze compliments the scenic beauty of the hills.
This location is a pristine site for camera captures. The movie Coolie (1983) was shot in the serene environment of the Nandi Hills.
Ramanagaram is a town situated 50 Km southwest of Bangalore. Also the headquarters of Ramanagaram district, it is well known for world’s oldest graphite outcrops. You can recall those rocks from the movie Sholay (1975) Gabbar’s Adda and Samba’s rock top!
One of the important landmarks of the city, which serves as the centre for cultural and entertainment activities. It has also served as a site for protests since the time of British rule in India. The town hall is a structure which reminds of the grandeur of the city.
This magnificent building has been featured in the movie Gori Tere Pyaar mein (2013) in the song Dil Duffer.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Maintained by the National council of Science Museums, the museum is not like any usual science museum which only displays stationary models but has an interactive exhibit. Each floor of the museum is dedicated to a particular science discipline.
ISKCON temple Bangalore
One of the most beautiful and magnificent temples, you should surely visit this place for its atmosphere, the structural beauty and festivity. The temple also displays beautiful paintings and idols. You might want to experience the enchantment during a special pooja or festival in the temple.
Located in the western part of Bangalore, Sankey tank is a manmade lake covering an area of 37 acres. It is a nice evening getaway from the hustle of the city with a view worth experiencing.
Eat at Nagarjuna
Best place to experience the authentic south Indian meal in canteen-style in the city. You can get excited about eating on a banana leaf with an excellent menu to eat from starting with biryani to mutton and prawns.
If you are a wine lover and want a firsthand experience into the world of wine, you can visit the Grover Vineyards which is situated 52 Km from the city in the Nandi Hills. You can have the pleasure of tasting different type of wines and also witness the process from crushing to packaging.
Bangalore turf club
Here is something different you could try one fine morning. The horse-races at the Bangalore turf club gives you an opportunity to see horse racing and you could even bet if you feel lucky.
Bangalore has a well connected air network which connects the city to most of the important part of the country. The Bangalore international airport is located 40 km for the city.
Bangalore is a well connected via major highways. Buses run regularly to Bangalore and services are provided by the Bangalore bus stand to various south Indian cities. You always have the option to drive to the city by yourself as it is easily accessible.
Bangalore railway station is located in the center of the city and various trains run from different cities to Bangalore.
Since Bangalore is a well-populated city and people migrate here for different purposes, there are many options to stay. You could go for 5 star hotels like Le Meridien, Komfort Terraces Hotel, The Chevron Hotel, or you could locate budget hotels in and around MG road.
If you are comfortable staying in hostels, you should check out Youth Hostel Bangalore for cheap and facilitated stay.