Among many amazing things in this city, these heritage places in Bengaluru are worthy of your time for their profound history and folklore!
Do you know the IT hub of the city, Bengaluru, has much more to offer? Herein we are going to talk about those hidden gems of the city that one must explore while being here! Apart from many popular places to visit, these heritage places in Bengaluru are a must-visit for their history and the old-forgotten stories. Let’s check out some of them!
1. Bangalore Fort
Visiting ruins of important heritage sites always interests us the most! This fort was built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda I – the founder of Banglore. Initially, it was a mud fort that had nine large gates. The fort was, however, taken over by Hyder Ali during his reign in 1761 when he reinforced it with stones. Most of the parts here are remains of the old structure but we suggest you check this out and must know how the place is also associated with the great ruler Tipu Sultan!
2. Bangalore Palace
This palace is enough to give you the vibes of grandeur palaces in Bengaluru! Spread over 45000 sq feet in a ground area of 454 acres, this palace is a sight to behold. The architecture of the palace, built in 1878, follows Tudor Revival style, Victorian, Neo-Classical, and Edwardian styles. As you enter this palace, we are sure, you will be mesmerized by its beauty and the surrounding!
Where: Vasanth Nagar
3. Tipu Sultan’s Fort
As the fort once served as the Sultan’s summer retreat, it is now also popular as Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace! The construction of this palace was started by Hyder Ali but it could only be completed during the reign of his son, Tipu Sultan in 1791. At that time, it was part of the Bangalore fort. But after observing the popularity of this place, it was separated to boost tourism.
4. Mayo Hall
Built in honour of the 4th viceroy of India – Lord Mayo, this hall was constructed in 1883. You will be amazed to see this two-storey structure that offers a view of the Bangalore Race Course and the Brigade Grounds on one side and Ulsoor Lake and Parade Grounds on the other side. The building houses one of the most beautiful Italian chandeliers, ornate furniture, windows, exquisite consoles, and wooden floors!
Where: Cariappa Colony, Ashok Nagar
5. Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall
Located in the middle of Cubbon Park, this Memorial Hall is dedicated to Sir K. Seshadri Iyer, who was the Dewan of Mysore between 1883 and 1901. The European architectural styled building now houses lakhs of books, as it includes Seshadri Memorial Library here. The most amazing part is that the library also has a Braille section! So, book lovers, let’s go!
Where: Rama Nagara
6. St. Mark’s Cathedral
Can you believe that this church is almost 200 years old? Well, it is! Founded by the Bishop of Calcutta in 1808, it was built after St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Till now, it well exhibits the Baroque style of architecture! The elaborate carvings and woodwork are what makes this church even more beautiful! And, to add to its beauty are those Gulmohar trees!
Where: Shivaji Nagar
7. Government Museum
Although every city has museums, this one in Bengaluru is something different! It was built in 1865 and is one of the oldest museums in India. Talking about the building, it has a Neo-Classical architectural style that comprises two exhibition floors. These floors have no less than eighteen galleries in total displaying one of the most valuable artefacts! Expect to see some from Vijayanagara and Mohenjodaro too!
Where: Sampangi Rama Nagar
8. Devanahalli Fort
One of the favourite places of historians in Bengaluru must be the Devanahalli fort which is believed to be the birthplace of Tipu Sultan! You must know the fort was built in 1501 by Mallabairegowda. However, it was captured by Dalawai in 1747. Then, it was again taken over by Marathas until Hyder Ali took control over it. Ultimately, the fort became the property of Tipu Sultan. So, how about reliving this great past?
Where: Devanahally, Karnataka