parks and gardens in Bangalore

 Parks and gardens in Bangalore

      
            Bangalore often referred to as 'The Garden City' for its numerous parks and avenues of jacaranda, gulmohar and cassia is the sixth largest and one of the cleanest cities in India . World-class technological excellence has earned it the sobriquet, India's Silicon Valley and today it rivals Chennai as the most important metropolis in the south thanks to India's booming computer software industry most of which are based in Bangalore.       

              Bangalore is rightfully known as the “Garden City of India”. Owing to the pleasant climate and topography, greenery and the presence of many public parks and gardens. Though the city has grown in many ways, it still has retained its earlier beauty through its green landscapes. Some of them have been beautified over the years. The important ones are Cubbon park, Lalbagh, Coles Park etc

Along with the modernization and more entertaining needs of Bangaloreans, there are many Amusement and Water Parks.


1.Lalbagh Botanical Garden

 Lalbagh is currently under the aegis of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. The Directorate is housed amidst the splendid environs of the botanical garden. Today it has been an internationally renowned centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants.

Formal and informal styles dominate the garden in perfect harmony, which is a testimony to the beauty of nature. The garden extends lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city. 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 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

Lalbagh 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.


History of Lalbagh:

Lalbagh Botonical GardenLalbagh Gardens was known Rose and Cypress Garden till 1856. King Hyder Ali’s father was in the service of Dilawar Khan, Viceroy of Mughuls. Dilawar Khan had a passionfor setting up many gardens across Mysore. Among them the famous ones are Moghul gardens at Sira near Tumkur, Lalbagh at Srirangapatna, a garden at Malavalli , Lalbagh Gardens in Bangalore.

The Lalbagh was originally a 40 acre land. Nurtured by Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali’s son the garden had plants and saplings from Cape Town, Mauritius, Turkey Tenerife, Persia, Kabul and other places.

Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London’s Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House.

Lalbagh GlasshouseAfter Tipu’s regime the garden was under the care of Major Waugh of Madras European Regiment who later handed over to the East India Company. Till 1812, Benjamin Heyne was in charge of the Botanical Gardens. He collected more than 350 species from Western Ghats and more than 200 species were named by him.

In 1858 onward, Mr. New, followed by Cameron and Javaraya, Krumbiegal and Marigowda and their team whose vision and effort have Lalbagh as what we see today. Cameron extended the 40 acres to 120 acres. Larger numbers of vegetable were introduced. The Glass House, a small replica of the crystal palace of London was built under the guidance of Prince of Wales. Edward Lear, English Poet visited the garden in dog cart in 1874. The Lalbagh tower, one of the 4 towers constructed by the King Kempe Gowda II in 1597 AD , marks the city’s boundary on the South of Bendakalooru (Bangalore now).

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

Opening times:

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

Facilities:

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

Events:

Biannual flower shows are organized every year in January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively. Details can be had from the Directorate of Horticulture or the Mysore Horticultural Society Office.

The garden is an institution of botanical and environmental importance, a treasure house of our state and nation, an important lung space of Bangalore –it is the duty of every one of us to protect it from deterioration and to keep it clean. Videography is prohibited.

For further general information, please contact:-

The Deputy Director of Horticulture (Gardens),
Lalbagh, BANGALORE-560004.
Karnataka State, India.

Ph. No. 080-26578184


2.Cubbon Park

One of the biggest parks of Bangalore city. It is major landmark in Bangalore contributing to various Historical Monuments and Government Buildings, Cultural, Scientific Institutions other than just being a park.

History : Cubbon Park was laid out  and planned by Richard Sankey, the erstwhile Chief Engineer of Mysore in 1864 and established in the year 1870 by Sri John Meade, the then acting Commissioner of Mysore. At that time Meade’s Park was its name as a tribute to Sir John Meade and subsequently called the Cubbon Park. Later the park was official named as “Sri. Chamarajendra Park” in wake of the Silver Jubilee celebration of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore state.   Presently the Department of Horticulture controls the maintenance and administration of the park. The Deputy Director of the Horticulture department heads it.

Flora at the Cubbon Park : Cubbon Park occupies over 300 acres with flowering plants, towering trees, shaded groves and vast expanse of green. Though this park is in the heart of the city it contributes to the vast expanse of greenery, protecting environment for Bangaloreans, a great lung space for morning joggers. So also for naturalists who study plants in the serene natural environment. It also has motarable roads, and well laid out walking paths running through the park. Lush green landscapes contribute to the rich plant wealth. Many exotic botanical species and genera grow here. They are over 6000plants and trees in the premises attributing to 68 genera and 96 species. The onus of maintenance and development the park is on the Horticulture department which they have done it with pride and dedication. In addition, many ornamental and flowering trees both exotic and indigenous are found in the park.

Grevillea robusta (silver oak), having the distinction of being the first oaks introduced to Bangalore from Australia are still found in Cubbon Park adjacent to the tennis pavillion.


Historical Background:

             The Cubbon Park has a history of over 100 years. 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. As 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.

Plant Wealth:

 Lush greenery welcomes any visitor entering Cubbon Park through any of the approaches. Rich in plant wealth, many indigenous and exotic botanical species are found here. The park has about 68 genera and 96 species with a total of around 6000 plants / trees growing in its locale. Development works are taken up only on scientific and technical basis, with a view to maintain the park in its original splendour. Planting of species is done after identifying the barren patches.


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 : It was established in the year 1965 under the aegis of the CSIR, it has 6 galleries. It is located on Kasturba Road.This museum a tribute to Sir Vishweshwariah, the visionary who brought science and technology to the common man in Karnataka. The first one is the engine hall which displays changes in engines over a period of time. It also displays the replica of the Wright Brother’s first aircraft.

The next one is the Fun Science as the name suggests, it helps children learn science with fun. It provides live experiments like formation of a tornado, Bernoulli’s Principle, Water Motion, Floating Ball, Music in Air, Particle Accelerator, Liquid Storm, Rotary Wing etc.

Biotechnology gallery here they have Astronomy, Space , Planets, Telescope, Satellites etc the visitors here can get the knowledge about all these things.

Electronic gallery lists the changes in Information Technology from transistors to silicon chips. It also explains the basics of electronics, wireless technology, milestones in electronics, digital electronics, nano electronics and virtual reality.

The other galleries include Children Science where children are allowed to learn science on their own with live experiments. There is also a Dinosaur Park and Electra Technik. They also have a 3D theater housed inside.

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

How to reach Cubbon Park :
Cubbon Park is accessible from M.G. Road, Kasturba road, Hudson Circle, and Ambedkar Veedhi.

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.


3.Bannerghatta National Park

  The Bannerghatta National Park is situated 22 km away from the city. A variety of fauna in the picturesque surroundings of the park can be seen. It is a reserve of lions, Indian tigers and many other mammals. Crocodiles, picnic corner, pets corner and serpentarium with lion’s safari are among the many attractions in the park. The small zoo in the park displays many zoological items.

The country’s first butterfly park was set up in the Bannerghatta National Park on 25th of November 2006. The butterfly park is spread over 7.5 acres of land and constitutes a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. The conservatory is made of polycarbonate roof. The living environment has been so designed that it supports 20 species of butterflies.

An Overview of the Bannerghatta National Park:

Spread across a sprawling area of over 104.27 sq. km, the Bannerghatta National Park was established in the year 1971. The park has been famously hailed for housing a wide variety of birds and animals, and is especially known for its tiger and lion safari. Boasting of an exquisite variety of flora and fauna, the park is a treat for animal lovers and children.

Bannerghatta National Park:

The park encompasses ten reserve forests of the Anekal Range under the Bangalore Forest Division. Situated at a distance of 22 km from the city of Bangalore, the park houses a zoo, conservatories, and a museum.

There are several small temples that sit atop the hills inside the park that you can pay a visit to. The Suvarnamukhi stream runs across the park and it is believed that the stream originates from the Suvarnamukhi Hill. Just over 2 km from the hill, you can also find the Suvarnamukhi pond which is said to have several curative powers.

     One of the main attractions at the park is the safari. You will need to buy tickets for the safari before you enter the park. The 16-kilometer (10 miles) Grand Safari — of Lions, Tigers & Herbivores – costs Rs 100 on regular days and Rs 135 on weekends and public holidays. If you opt for the 11-kilometer tiger and lion safari, the fee is Rs 65 and Rs 90 on weekdays and holidays respectively.Once inside, join the queue on the left for the safari rides. Visitors are taken around a mini bus through a protected area where animals roam freely. The herbivores section comprises animals like the deer, bears, neelgai, monkeys etc. The park also has White Tigers, Bengal Tigers and Lions, which you can spot on a tiger or lion safari.Once you’ve completed the safari, get down at the Butterfly Park on your way back. This is a relatively new addition to the zoo and has around 20 species of butterflies and moths in tropical environmental setting.
         
      If you want lunch at a restaurant, this is where you should stop. Else, head for the main park where you will find caged animals and birds. Here, you will find a crocodile farm and serpentarium with some really stunning reptiles on display. You can also get a jumbo ride organized by the Forest Department beyond the parking slots. A ride cost Rs 35 on weekdays and Rs 45 on weekends and holidays.A part of the park is also used as a sanctuary for wild animals rescued from circuses. Apart from the animals and birds, BNP has something for trekking enthusiasts too. Uddigebande (3.5 km), a natural, 3-km rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu and Mirza Hill (1.5 km) are ideal for trekking.

     The scenic hills spread out to a huge rock. At the foot of it lies the Champaka Dharna Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There’s also a Narasimha temple, about 2 kilometer away from the Suvarnamukhi pond which originates in the Suvarnamukhi hills and flows through the reserve. The waters are believed to have curative powers.

The first week of October -- Wildlife Week – is abuzz with activities. The state forest department gets together with nature clubs and organizations and organizes a wide range of programs for nature enthusiasts

How to Get There:

The park is normally closed on every Tuesday. It is open through the rest of the week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Although the park has tropical climate throughout the year, the best times to visit is between September and January.

By Air: Bangalore airport is the most nearest point from the park.

By Rail: Bangalore railway station is the closest point from the park.

By Road: The park is located an hour’s drive away from the city of Bangalore. There are regular buses that connect the various areas of Bangalore to Bannerghatta National Park.


contact Address:

Bangalore, Karnataka 560083
080 2235 2828

4.Ulsoor Lake or Kensington Park

           Ulsoor Lake is situated on the northeastern fringe of the city center, near the busy M. G. Road. The lake was constructed by Kempe Gowda II, during the later half of the second century. Spread over an area of approximately 1.5 square kilometers, the Ulsoor lake of Bangalore is dotted with islands. One of the major attractions of the lake is boating. There is a boat club at the lake, where you can hire cruises with stopovers at some of the islands.

In the earlier times, Ulsoor Lake was known as "Halsur" or "Alasur". The lake also serves as the venue for the Ganesha Festival celebrated in August/September. There is a recreational complex situated near the lake, with a swimming pool, where you can go for a swim. There is also a gurdwara near the Ulsoor lake, considered to be the largest Sikh shrine in the Bangalore city of India. The other famous monuments near the lake include a temple dedicated to Subbaraya and the Kensington Park.

It is said that the area around the Ulsoor Lake was once covered with forest. One day, Kempe Gowda came from Yelahankar chasing game and was very tired. He slept under the same tree where Mandava Rishi is believed to have worshipped God Somesvara. In his dreams, he saw God Somesvara, who told him about a hidden treasure. Kempe Gowda dug up the treasure and from the money, got the famous Somesvara pagoda built in the Dravidian style of architecture.

        Located at Halasuru, near M. G. Road, this place is frequented by joggers, tourists and boating enthusiasts, throughout the year.

5.Coles Park:

        The Coles Park, in the Bangalore East is located in Fraser Town in Bangalore on Promenade Road. Named after the Resident of Mysore this park exists from 1914. Here residents of the area could spend many a pleasant evenings, with a Bandstand where the Band of Bangalore Rifle Volunteers played. Today the park belongs to the Municipal Corporation and has renovated for public use.

There is a jogger’s path and play corner for children to play. The Bandstand area has is beautified with benches around and a walker path. This park has been made disabled friendly. There is a ramp at the main gate to facilitate entry. There is a wheelchair track in the play space that allows easy movement for wheelchair users. A wheelchair sandpit and a Sensory Integration track are being constructed. The swing and the play equipment is designed suitable for easier access for handicapped kids.

Can you imagine that this ‘Park’ had three tennis courts, and one of these was used by the Y.W.C.A. Club in that area. Today there is Laughing Club activities in the Morning and Roller Skating Rink and classes are held in the evenings. Today, Kilikili (an NGO) conducts regular activities aimed at inclusion and integration with children of all abilities.
        
6.Jayamahal Park

      One of the oldest Parks in the City. The Swings, fountain and sculptures of animals and birds inside the park, not only add to the beauty of it, but also make it a favorite amongst the children.    

 jayamahal Park is one of the well-maintained parks in Bangalore. It is a heaven for joggers, children to play. The park occupies a vast area of 1436 sq metres. The large trees, landscaping, joggers track, and play areas for both children and adults are benefit to the locals. Though it is relatively a small park it boasts of beautiful landscaping with murals and figures in plaster of paris. The eco friendly park has a large collection of indigenous and imported species of flora and fauna. It is maintained without the use of any pesticides or insecticides. Thus the park offers fresh unpolluted breath of air for the nature lovers in the midst of the buzzing IT city. It provides a wonderful family outing. 

Jayamahal Palace:

       The Jayamahal Palace is a heritage property which was originally built in 1900s by a British inhabitant of Bangalore. The Jayamahal Palace Hotel is nestled in aesthetically pleasing surroundings that offers a pleasant stay and a total refreshing experience to the guests. The Palace has a neo-classical fa├žade in tiers rising to elegant crown moldings at each level and balconies with intricate trelliswork. Spread over 19 acres Bangalore’s best kept secret as it is known locally, is an ideal get away destination right in the middle of the city. Jayamahal Palace forms an integral part of H. G. H. hotels, a chain owned by the Maharaja of Gondal. H. G. H. Jayamahal Palace endeavours to repeat the glory of The Raj. Jayamahal offers contemporary luxuries in a traditional manner. The colonial architecture of the hotel and greenery has become a landmark location in town with state of the art facilities like swimming pool, gymnasium, convention centre, Wi-Fi zones, restaurants and a pub.

Serenity:

       “Serenity”, an ecofriendly lifestyle store in Jayamahal Extn , has a large range to choose from – apparel, accessories, organic food and plants. They have stocks by NGos like ANTS, Dastakar Ranthambore, Khameer, Sahaj, All India Artisans Crafts Association (AIACA). They also have lifestyle products like jewellery, candles (aromatic, from Anushthaan, footwear made of natural products. At Serenity you can find collections of upcoming designers like Amita Gupta, Asif Shaikh, Bharti Datta, Chandrasekhar, Ravikiran, Sonya Khan and Rajvi Parikh. The garden store adds to the shopping experience, with its burst of colour and plants. Ample parking is available. This store is the brainchild of Arati Monappa, who is a designer herself and who has participated in Lakme Fashion week.

Address :

Near BangaloreOne Centre,

Jayamahall

560046

7.Cariappa Memorial Park:

      This is situated in the heart of Bangalore city as a part of the Parade Grounds on M.G Road, Karnataka State. The 22 acre, park is dedicated in the memory of Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa, served in Indian Armed Forces. It was laid out in the year 1996 by the Indian Army and also maintained by them.

    This park was laid out in 1996 occupying a portion of the parade ground between M. G. Road and Cubbon park. This was made in memory of Field Marshall K.M. Kariappa. This park is maintained by the various divisions of Indian Army. This 22 acre park has a 7 feet high monolithic monument of Kariappa at its entrance. With a great variety of floral specimen this park has a very natural environment. The uniqueness about this park is it provides games and play area in military themes, enabling the children to improve their physical, mental abilities with fun and excitement. At the entrance is the 7 feet tall, monolith statue of F.M. Cariappa. The park is divided into six parts. There is a band stand where six military bands perform every fortnight.

Visitors can view the show with comfortable seating at the lush green grass around the bandstand. The other attractions are the manned waterfalls, tarzan swing, burma bridge, zig zag tunnels, spider webs, sand pits, ponds and balance bars. This can be challenging for a toddler but definitely a treat for an adventure loving kid.

The park boasts of 1.8kms long walker’s path paved with cobble stone. The eco friendly park has a large collection of indigenous and imported species of flora and fauna. It is maintained without the use of any pesticides or insecticides. Thus the park offers fresh unpolluted breath of air for the nature lovers in the midst of the buzzing IT city. It provides a wonderful family outing.

Visiting hours:

On Weekdays: 5.30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday: 1 pm to 7 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm
Entry Type: Free
Facilities: Cameras Allowed, Drinks, Mobile Phones Allowed, Washroom


Note:
No eatables, drinks and pets are allowed. No plastics and litter allowed.

Address:

Cubbon Road, Shivajinagar, Bangalore

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