Lalbagh Flower Show
Every year on Independence Day and Republic day, flower shows are organized at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The event is jointly organized by Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society., this flower show has been one of the most awaited events in the Garden City. The 2014 Independence Day edition of Lalbagh flower show is the 200th flower show! A remarkable milestone. A herbal garden with 200 medicinal plant species will be inaugurated. Fascinating Fabrication of Flowers.
Floral replicas of the Mysore palace and the Mysore Dasara procession
- The Mysore palace has been recreated with 300,000 roses – red, yellow and white.
- The palace will be 45-ft long, 12-ft wide and 27-ft high.
- The Mysore dasara floral procession will include elephants carrying the golden howdah and the statue of goddess Chamundi.
- Four horses and six soldiers armed with weapons will also be carved out of flowers
- You can also see a floral replica of KR Circle in Mysore, housing Krishnaraja Wadiyar’s idol inside the mantap.
National Parks in and around Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park: Bannerghatta National Park is situated to the south of Bangalore. Established in the year 1978, this national park is one of the richest zoological reserves found in India. The park is spread across an area of 25,000 acres of land that is covered in abounding greenery. The Bannerghatta National Park has a zoo, a butterfly park and a biological park within its boundary. The flora of the park comprises of dry deciduous forests, thorny scrub, bamboo groves and a wide variety of plantations and trees.
The fauna of Bannerghatta comprises of mammals like Indian Leopard, Indian Elephant, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Spotted deer, Golden Jackal, Wild Boar, Fox, Sambar, Barking deer, Bonnet Macaque, Indian Crested Porcupine, Hare, etc. The park is famous for its reserves of lions, tigers, panthers, crocodiles, and the snake farm. One of the major attractions of the Bannerghatta National Park is the lion and tiger safari.
Distance from Bangalore – Around 22 km to the south of Bangalore.Best time to visit – September to January.
Bird Sanctuaries in and around Bangalore
Bangalore, the preferred destination for software companies and professionals in India, has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty and resources too. The presence of a number of national parks and bird sanctuaries surrounding the city is testimony to the presence of a rich variety of wildlife and especially birds in its vicinity.
The weather of Bangalore is ideal for several birds to make this city their permanent home. A lot of migratory birds also flock to the city every year for nesting and breeding purposes, presenting a breath taking view to the bird watchers. Whether you are an avid bird watcher or are simply mesmerized by the grace and beauty of these winged creatures, the bird sanctuaries surrounding Bangalore will provide you opportunities for many hours of happy bird viewing.
Here is a list of some of the popular bird sanctuaries in and around gudavithe city.
Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary
Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Kokrebellur is located in the Mandya district of Karnataka. It lies off the busy Bangalore-Mysore highway. The place is famous as one of the few nesting grounds for Painted Storks. Several species like Pond Herons, Spot-billed Pelicans, Black Ibis and Little Cormorant can be viewed in this sanctuary. The Shimsa river and several other lakes near the sanctuary act as the primary source of food and water for the birds of Kokkare Bellur. The villagers of Mandya share a special bond with the birds and consider the Spot-billed Pelicans a part of their heritage. Distance from Bangalore – Around 89 km. Best time to visit – February and March.
The Art of Living Ashram, Udayapura, Bangalore
Technique of Sudarshankriya based on ancient Vedas The Art of Living Ashram is situated on Kanakapura road, 36 km from the city of Bengaluru. Founded by the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the ashram teaches the Sudarshankriya. This technique trains the mind to let go of stress and help humans to lead a joyous life forging an identity that strive beyond religion, race and nationality.
The ashram is spread over 65 acres. It was started in 1986, and is set amidst peaceful and verdant grounds. The highlights of the grounds are a lake and a central meditation centre, the Vishalakshi Mantap.
This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park, is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. It took four years of work by 5,000 labourers and 1,500 craftsmen to finish this magnificent structure in 1956. It is a fusion of four architectural styles – Dravidian, Rajasthani, Chola and Kannadiga. It is magnificent structure granite with 12 massive pillars, archways and a wide flight of steps leading up to its entrance
The Indian national symbol four lions stand atop the biggest dome. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing. The building is open for visitors only after 3 PM.