Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru serves the bustling city of Bangalore located in the south of India. The capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Bangalore – also known as Bengaluru – is the third most populated city of India, after Mumbai and Delhi.
Operational from 2008, Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru is also the third busiest airport in India - it handles more than 15 million passengers annually, with plans for further airport expansions underway.There is currently only one passenger terminal, and one Hajj terminal that is reserved for Hajj pilgrims. Despite its lack of multiple terminals, though, the entire airport compound covers an impressive area of 4,700 acres (as of May 2015).
Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru is located about 40 kilometres from the heart of Bangalore. For those planning to drive into the city, car rental agencies are conveniently located within the airport terminal itself. Otherwise, tourists can also take the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s Airport Shuttle to get to the city; the air-conditioned Volvo buses head to Bangalore’s city centre from the airport every 30 minutes or so. Travellers heading to Mysore also have a direct ride – simply make a booking for the Flybus from Bangalore airport when booking your flight, and hop on the bus after you disembark from the plane.
For those in a hurry, taxis can be found at the taxi stand located right outside the Arrivals hall.
What to see and do
Bangalore is known for its beautiful buildings, many of which sport Victorian era influences (evidence of the city’s colonial heritage). If you’re in Bangalore don’t miss a visit to the city’s iconic Vidana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. A building chock-full of beauty and historical significance, it was constructed in the 1950s by then-chief Minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah allegedly as a response to a Russian delegate’s comments that Bangalore did not have an architectural style of its own, after observing the city’s many European-style buildings. The Vidana Soudha represents a complex mesh of different architectural influences from Hanumanthaiah’s travels to Russia, Europe and the United States, and can be descrbed as ‘Neo-Dravidian’ style.
Next must-see in Bangalore is the historic and magnificent Bangalore Palace, with its old English, Tudor-style architecture. Constructed in 1887 by Chamaraja Wadiyar – the then-Maharaja of Mysore – Bangalore Palace was modelled after England’s Windsor Castle after Wadiyar saw the medieval castle and fell in love with it. He then constructed his own at home, complete with fortified towers, sprawling gardens, battlements and turrets. Bangalore Palace soon became one of the Indian royal family’s favorite hangout spots, and today is an iconic tourist attraction on top of an oft-used backdrop of movies.
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