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Top Temples in Bangalore

Top Temples in Bangalore

A booming hub for tech, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is one of India’s most cosmopolitan cities. In addition to its modern businesslike side, the city has a long tradition of spirituality evident in its large collection of temples, many of which are centuries old. See below for our top picks of temples in Bengaluru. 

Bull Temple

Located in Basavanagudi and dating back to the 16th century, Bull Temple (aka Dodda Basavana Gudi) was constructed under orders of the Vijayanagara Empire, which at the time ruled much of South India. The temple itself is relatively modest in size, though its 15-foot-tall (4.5-meter-tall) statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull, is one of the largest in existence. 

Dodda Ganesha Temple

Just a stone’s throw from Bull Temple, Dodda Ganesha Temple features a huge idol of the elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The monument measures 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall and 16 feet (4.8 meters) wide. 

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

Also known as the cave temple, this unique temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was carved out of a single solid rock in the 9th century, making it one of the oldest places of worship in town. As well as a statue of Nandi and an icon representing Lord Shiva, it also features a sculpture of Agni, the two-headed, seven-handed, three-legged fire god. 

ISKCON Temple

Established in 1997, the striking hilltop Hare Krishna ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple combines traditional and modern architectural styles. It’s not just a center for worship; it’s also a hub of community activity with many food vendors and frequent events, including talks and live music performances. 

Kote Venkataramana Temple

Dedicated to the deity Venkateshwara, this 17th-century temple was constructed by Mysore leaders and stands next to the Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. A typical example of Dravidian temple architecture, it features towers adorned with carvings and sculptures. 

Shivoham Shiva Temple

This temple with a huge 65-foot-high (20-meter-high) statue of the god Shiva sitting and meditating in lotus position is a new construction and a popular tourist site on Old Airport Road in Karnataka. Visitors enjoy taking part in the many organized spiritual activities like dropping coins in 108 bowls while chanting Shiva’s name, floating a paper lamp in the water representing the Ganges River, and praying to the elephant god Lord Ganesha while tying a holy thread.

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Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

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Experience the grandeur of regal Bangalore as you visit its magnificent palaces and forts on this 5-hour tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you walk the ramparts of Bangalore Fort and learn its fascinating history. Next, tour the 18th-century Tipu Sultan's Palace, once the sultan’s lavish summer residence, then marvel over the Tudor-style architecture of Bangalore Palace. This private tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$96.00
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru

Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru

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Visit temples in and around Bengaluru (Bangalore) on a full-day private tour led by your own private guide. See different types of South Indian temple architecture including Nandi Temple, Dodda Ganesha Temple and the rock-cut Gavi Gangadareshwara, and stop at the sprawling modern complexes that make up the ISKCON temple and Art of Living International Centre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.08
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Private Tour: Bangalore City Tour Including Bangalore Palace and Vidhana Soudha

Private Tour: Bangalore City Tour Including Bangalore Palace and Vidhana Soudha

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Get an up close look at the beauty of Bangalore City on this full-day private tour that includes stops at Bangalore Palace and Vidhana Soudha. Visit Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, where lush gardens and colorful plants provide the perfect urban oasis. Then make your way to Vidhana Soudha—a stately government building located on the edge of Cubbon Park, before stopping to admire the splendor of Bangalor Palace and Tipu Sultan’s Palace. Your expert guide will provide insight into the historic Bangalore Fort and you’ll enjoy private air-conditioned transport (with an option to upgrade to include lunch) to all of the sites.
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  • 8 hours
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