- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Bengaluru Guide (PDF)
Also known as the Garden City, there is plenty to see and do between the lush gardens and leafy avenues found all over Bengaluru. The state of Karnataka capital is also a springboard for exploring the surrounding villages and countryside.
Recommended attractions in Bengaluru
One of the city's top attractions is this royal palace. Expats can learn about the history and architecture of the building or enjoy a popular concert held on the palace grounds.
The Bull Temple, perched on Bugle Hill, famously houses a 16th-century black granite statue of a bull known as Nandi. According to one legend, the area's agriculture was being destroyed and when one local farmer hit and killed what they thought was the culprit behind the destruction, it turned out to be a bull. The bull transformed into stone and this became a shrine. The people organised a groundnut festival around this – an event that still takes place today.
This central park provides a place of relaxation for early morning walkers and residents who want to escape the city bustle. Not only does it provide an attractive respite for the civil servants who work in the surrounding administrative buildings, but it's also the platform for many of the city’s cultural institutions.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
This splendid botanical garden has expanded from a Mughal-style private garden to showcase close to 2,000 species of flora. The gardens also boast a beautiful glasshouse which plays host to Bengaluru’s famous biannual flower shows.
In the heart of Bengaluru, within Cubbon Park, the great Vidhana Soudha shouldn't be missed. It is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka state. To highlight its significance and design, Sundays and public holidays see the building well-illuminated.
This is a historic neighbourhood, renowned for its numerous colourful temples, narrow lanes and massive lake, which is perfect for boating. The fish market is sure to be a highlight for fans of seafood while shoppers can enjoy browsing the boutiques that sell unique saris.
One of India's leading amusement parks, Wonderla provides a fun-filled day out for the whole family. There's something for everyone here, with an assortment of water-, thrill- and children's rides on offer.