Best Tourist Attractions in and around Cubbon Park Bengaluru
1. Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, Bengaluru: Better known as the City Central Library building, this hall's primary attraction is the architectural style of the building. There is a lotus pond nearby and it is a delightful experience to walk along the road which leads from the library to the Hudson Circle.
Timings: 8 am - 7 pm daily, except Mondays.
2. Jawahar Bal Bhawan, Bengaluru : If you have kids in tow, absolutely the first place you need to head to near Cubbon Park is the Jawahar Bal Bhawan. This large public park has got larger-than-life animal structures and play equipment for children. You will enjoy the ride with your kids in the toy train, known as Puttani Express, as it merrily chugs its way around the tracks.
Timings: 10a.m. to 5p.m. daily, except Thursdays.
Note: The officials often hold interesting recreational and educational programs for children between the age 5 to 16 years at Sri Jayachamedra Hall, Bengaluru near the cricket stadium. (Ph.: 080-22864189).
3. Sir Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, Bengaluru: An unusual museum which requires most part of the day to really enjoy all the fun interactive displays.
Entry Fee: Rs.15
Timing: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4. Karnataka High Court, Bengaluru: Right opposite the stately Vidhana Soudha is the Karnataka High Court, better know by locals as Attara Kacheri (meaning eighteen offices). Pause for some photographic moments, clicking away at the splendid stone structure with its unusual red exteriors. The building is an architectural marvel, styled along Gothic lines with Corinthian pillars. Visit the Central Hall in the Attara Kacheri and look up at the ceiling: you will see a splendid portrait of former Commissioner of Mysore Sir Mark Cubbon, after whom Cubbon Park is named.
5. The State Archeological Museum Bengaluru: Better known as the Government Museum, Bangalore, this museum is considered to be one of the oldest museums in India. Ancient coins and sculpted works, paintings and antiques, etc of a bygone era, which were primarily the collections of B. L. Rice of the Mysore Gazetteer, are housed in this museum. (Phone: 2286 4563)
Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
6. Venkatappa Art Gallery Bangalore: K. Venkatappa, after whom this Gallery is named, was a prolific painter. His sketches and landscape paintings take pride of place on the ground floor of the Gallery. Venkatappa Art Gallery Bangalore is the place to be if you wish to feast your eyes on the visual splendors of art works by India's best artists including M. F. Hussain paintings, works of Yusuf Arakkal, and others. Artist K.K Hebbar has an entire floor showcasing his stunning works (second floor). Don't forget to browse through the hall exclusively devoted to tools and articles of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation – it will bring your school history lessons alive! (Ph: 22864483)
Timings: 10 am - 5 pm daily, except Mondays.
Admission Ticket: Rs 10/-
It is said that forewarned is forearmed! So check out the handy tips below before visiting Cubbon Park Bengaluru.
Tips for Visitors to Cubbon Park, Bengaluru
1. Even though it is relatively cool within Cubbon Park due to the vast tree cover, nevertheless it is advisable to wear a broad-brimmed hat, and sunglasses if necessary, to keep off the heat.
2. Avoid wearing stylish footwear – go for comfort!
3. You may find that in the late evening hours after around 7p.m., there are plenty of crowds, some of the people being a downright nuisance.
4. Ideally, a good time to explore Cubbon Park Bengaluru is before 8a.m., when vehicles are strictly prohibited to use the roadways which run through the Park. At this time, too, there are no large family crowds.
5. You may take some snacks and drinking water, but please do not litter the premises of Cubbon Park.
6. If you genuinely wish to get better acquainted with the flora and fauna of Cubbon Park, Bengaluru, surf the Net and find out if there are any naturalists/nature guides based in Bangalore to take you around Cubbon Park.
Click on the link below to know about some wonderful tourist spots near Cubbon Park Bengaluru.
Best Places to Shop near Cubbon Park Bengaluru
1. Cauvery emporium Bangalore: This state government owned shop sells traditional Karnataka handicrafts. Whether you want some life-like elephant sculptures or miniature figurines, rosewood or sandalwood artifacts, quaint wooden boxes, fragrant soaps, unique jewellery, or even scarves and shawls, you can get all these under one roof. Instead of buying noisy gadgets for kids, buy some lovely wooden toys at Cauvery Emporium Bengaluru.
Address of Cauvery emporium Bengaluru: 49, KSHDC Complex, Shivaji Nagar, M.G.Road, Bangalore- 560001.
Landmark: near Brindavan Hotel Bengaluru.
Phone Number of Cauvery emporium Bengaluru: 080 25580317
Hot Tip: This is the genuine Govt. shop and not to be confused with exactly similarly-named shops to be found all over the city [there is apparently one near the Cottage Industries Emporium at 144, M.G.Road which gives fake goods at high prices as reported here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/india/896678-getting-fleeced-bangalore-caution-about-cauvery-emporium-subsidiary.html].
2. Chickpete Bengaluru: This is considered to be the most happening shopping place in Bangalore, located a mere 15-20 mins. from Bengaluru City railway station in central Bangalore and within about 10mins. driving distance from Cubbon Park (Pincode of Chickpete is 560053).
Primarily known for its saree emporiums, Chickpet is also choc-a-bloc with jewellery shops and fabrics/textiles stores. One of the oldest shops in Chickpet is Kaiser-i-Hind shop, Bangalore, which at one time supplied apparels to the Mysore Maharajahs. You can also shop around Chickpete for bags and bangles, baby's clothing and athletic wear. Anytime you are hungry during your shopping prowls, not to worry! There are numerous restaurants too in Chickpete Bengaluru.
Note: Chickpete area is extremely crowded both with shops and people and it is best to leave your vehicle elsewhere and explore Chickpete on foot.