Bangalore boasts of misty mornings, chilly breeze and sleeping in with heads tucked into cozy comforters. But the one place in Bangalore that guarantees an early start is the Cubbon Park. Located in the heart of the city, it is a breath of fresh air to an overtly congested and populated city.
The nightlife in the pub capital might be very happening but it’s also the Garden City with Cubbon Park taking center stage err… space. The charming cousin of Lal Bagh has always retained its title as the green heart of Bangalore and rightly so.
A little bit of history
Initially in the 1870s developed on a 100-acre plot around Attara Kacheri the park subsequently expanded to the current 300 acres. It was as a resting place for traders and businessmen who traveled to the Cantonment area from the old Bangalore area.
The Premises and Attractions
The park has been landscaped resourcefully- integrating natural rock outcrops with thickets of trees, massive bamboos, with grassy expanse and flowerbeds and the monuments within its area. It has a rich abundance of flora and fauna plantations with about 6000 plants which can be classified into almost 68 varieties and 96 species.There are numerous impressive buildings like the Attara Kacheri (High Court) and the Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall (The Central Library) and statues of famous dignitaries including K Sheshadri Iyer, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and of Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar situated within the grounds.The Venkatappa Art Gallery, The Aquarium, the Band Stand, the Tennis Club and the kids favorite Jawahar Bal Bhavan are part of the impressive attractions.
Activities & Events
The park is very family friendly and so is great for picnicking. It’s a forever favorite among fitness and nature enthusiasts. The well-laid- out walking paths running through the park are frequented by early morning walkers and the naturalists who observe plants in the serene green surroundings. There are yoga events happening, along with laughing club members laughing it out on the side. Literary events like book club meets, poetry jams and theatre workshops are often cited doing their own thing at Cubbon park. New upcoming events like Vegan Potluck Meets, Photo walks, Art fests and Storytelling sessions also find venue here.
Good to Know
Kasturba Road, Near Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Contact : 080 2286 4125
Access: From M.G. Road, Kasturba road, Hudson Circle and Ambedkar Veedhi (Road).
Timings: The Park is open to the public 6am-6pm but the roads around the park are closed for motor traffic from 5:00 to 8:00 am to assure safety of morning walkers.The Bal Bhavan is closed on Thursdays and the Aquarium on Mondays & second Tuesdays.
*Feature Image Credits: Flickr- Yair Aronshtam
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