Bangalore Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

Indian Institute of Science statue photoA city filled with appealing attractions and sightseeing opportunities, tourists visiting Bangalore will find plenty to fill their days with.

Many of the top tourist attractions in Bangalore are particularly family orientated, such as the Aquarium, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and also the Jawahar Bal Bhavan amusement park.

For the grown-ups, Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace are amongst the main tourist attractions in Bangalore, together with the striking ISKCON Temple Complex. For regular entertainment, theatrical shows and concerts, both the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall and the Rabindra Kalakshetra will be sure to please. Bangalore's main tourist attractions are described below.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Address: Sri. T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore, 560001, India, IN
Tel: +91 080 220 3234
Established in the late 1980s and featuring a large sky theatre, which can house audiences of more than 200, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a good place to learn about astronomy and the solar system. The main attractions are the astronomy shows, which take place twice daily, at 15:00 and again at 16:30, when the ceiling of the sky theatre is filled with star constellations.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30
Admission: charge

Photo of the Tipu Sultan's Palace

Tipu Sultan's Palace

Address: Albert Victor Road, Bangalore, India, IN
Tipu Sultan's Palace is a modest building and just a short walk from the bustling City Market. Construction was completed in 1791, with the palace being built entirely from timber, including a number of elegant teak pillars. Attractions include a small photo gallery and the adjacent Venkataraman Temple.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge


Address: Cubbon Park, Kasturba Road, Bangalore, 560001, India, IN
Tel: +91 080 577 440
The Bangalore Aquarium is amongst the city's most popular tourist attractions and perfect for a family day out, being founded in 1983. Housed within an imposing diamond-shaped building and located at the very entrance to Cubbon Park, you can expect to see many colourful and indigenous fish, displayed in a series of aquariums, both large and small, recreating natural habitats.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, concessions

ISKCON Temple Complex

Address: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Bangalore, India, IN
The striking ISKCON Temple Complex was built by the affluent International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and is known for its shiny exterior and lavish decorations. Located around 8 km / 5 miles to the north-west of Bangalore city centre, the ISKCON Temple features both modern and traditional Indian architecture, housing a series of theatres and a stunning central shrine. The temple is used by followers of the Hare Krishna faith and welcomes non-members.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 20:30
Admission: free

Tipu Sultan's Fort

Address: Krishna Rajendra Road, Bangalore, India, IN
Originally constructed in 1537 by Kempegowda as a mud-brick defence structure, Tipu Sultan's Fort was rebuilt during the 18th century in stone. The fort itself features detailed carved arches and Islamic-style architecture, although some of the building has suffered damage during wars.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge

Jawahar Bal Bhavan

Address: Cubbon Park, Kasturba Road, Bangalore, 560001, India, IN
Tel: +91 080 564 189
The Jawahar Bal Bhavan is a particularly popular children's amusement park, complete with playground area and filled with attractions for all ages, including tree houses. Sited within Cubbon Park and featuring mini train rides, ponies, boat rides, an open-air theatre, eateries and many green areas, Jawahar Bal Bhavan covers around 12 acres / 5 hectares and also features a popular petting zoo, where children can get up close to friendly animals.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 09:30 to 20:00, Sunday - 09:30 to 18:00
Admission: charge, concessions

Chowdaiah Memorial Hall

Address: Gayathri Devi Park, Vyalikaval, Bangalore, India, IN
Tel: +91 080 2344 5810
A good place to experience Indian classical music at its best, the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall regularly hosts concerts and recitals. The auditorium is known for being shaped like a violin and also features film screenings, dances and other shows.
Open hours: daily, show times vary
Admission: charge

Rabindra Kalakshetra

Address: Jayachamarachendra Road, Bangalore, India, IN
Tel: +91 080 2224 1325
The Rabindra Kalakshetra is one of Bangalore's most notable entertainment venues, hosting an array of theatrical performances and concerts. Other attractions include occasional exhibitions of paintings and other cultural events.
Open hours: daily, show times vary
Admission: charge