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Bangalore is the beautiful city in the state of Karnataka which is situated in South India. Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka State and is the major center of India’s Information Technology Industry. Bangalore is now officially known as Bengaluru.
The Name Bangalore (History)
Bangalore got its name from the term “Bendha Kaalu” which means boiled beans in Kannada language. During the 11th century, the Hoysala King Veera Ballala II lost his way in the forest while hunting. Tired and hungry, the king, who was starving, came across the poor old woman who served him boiled beans. The king named the place “Bendha-kaal-uru” which in Kannada means, “town of boiled beans,” which eventually evolved into “Bengaluru.” The name “Bangalore” is the anglicized version of the Kannada name “Bengaluru.”
Garden City of India
Bangalore was once called the Garden City of Indian and the Pensioners Paradise. Today, Bangalore may not be considered as the Pensioners Paradise as the city has highest number of working population when compared to other cities in Karnataka State.
Bangalore was called the Garden City because of its greeneries and famous gardens like Lal Bag Garden and Cubbon Park. One can encounter numerous parks and gardens in Bangalore scattered in every nooks and corner of the city.
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
The 40 acres Lal Bagh Garden was started as a private garden by Hyder Ali, the ruler of old Mysore in 1760. The garden was further developed by Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan. Lal Bagh was given the status of Government Botanical Garden in 1856, and since then, it has been an internationally renowned center for scientific study of plants. Today the garden is the lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city.
The Cubbon Park is officially known as Sri Chamarajendra Park. The park is the ‘lung area’ of Bangalore. The park was originally created in 1870 when Major General Richard Sankey was the then British Chief Engineer of Mysore State. The 300 acre park is situated at the heart of Bangalore city. The Cubbon Park is now under the control of Department of Horticulture. The park is rich in plant wealth; many indigenous and exotic botanical species are found here.
Bannerghatta National Park
The Bannerghatta National Park is around 22 kms from Bangalore city. It is the major tourist attraction in Bangalore. The Bannerghatta National Park houses a Zoological Reserve when one can find White Tigers, Lions and other mammals. Other attractions are the Zoological Exhibits, the Butterfly Park, Biological Reserve Etc. One can witness animals like Elephants, Leopards, Tigers, Lions and many other animals.
Museums in Bangalore
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is a Science Center. The 40,000 sq feet museum which is situated in Cubbon Park was built in 1962. Late Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Museum. The museum is located at Kasturba Road in the sylvan surroundings of Cubbon Park surrounded by stately buildings like Vidhana Soudha and High Court.
The Government Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country. This museum boasts of exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, paintings and excavated items.
Karnataka Folk Museum
The Karnataka Folk Museum was setup to promote diverse folk life of Karnataka. The museum has a rich collection of Karnataka Folk Music and Video Tapes of Folk Dances.
More about Bangalore
Bangalore has several institutions of learning and research. Indian Institute of Science, Raman Research Institute, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, National Aerospace Laboratories and the Bangalore University are well known institutions in Bangalore. Bangalore has largest software and hardware companies.
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