The city center of Bangalore (Bangaluru) is where the city’s most important facilities and attractions are found. It’s a lively place to be based, and hotels in the city center see an equal share of tourists and business travelers.
Carriapa and Cubbon parks are both located here, contributing to Bangalore’s reputation as India’s ‘Garden City’. These aren’t outright tourist destinations, but they are popular places for locals to gather in the evenings and on weekends. Visiting either of these parks is a great way to get an idea of daily life in a hip Indian city.
Bangalore was India’s first city to get electricity, and that head-start has helped the city center develop into a sleek and cosmopolitan place. In modern times, the city has staked its reputation on information technology, a fact which pushes domestic and international business travelers to come in greater numbers.
As far as tourists are concerned, most of the major sites in the city center can be seen in a day. Tourists can book the all-day ‘Bangalore Rounds’ sightseeing trip through the metropolitan transport corporation, or they can book a half-day tour through the government tourist office. Both offer a welcome escape from the heat with air-conditioned minivans.
The city center also fosters a trendy café culture that’s unlike any other in India. Most of the accommodation in the city center is within walking distance of a few cafés and restaurants, where the moneyed business class courts foreign executives and potential investors. The KR produce market is also here, and it’s best visited in the early morning.