Cubbon Park, Bangalore was laid out in 1864 by Sir Richard Sankey, the chief engineer of Mysore. The park has been named after Sir Mark Cubbon who was Bangalore's longest serving commissioner. Cubbon Park extends over an area of 334 acres (135 hacters). In addition to its natural beauty, there are well maintained Rose Gardens, Children's Amusement Park, A Aquarium House and A Public Library. In the near vicinity are also Vishweshwariah Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery. Distance from majestic bus stand to Cubbon Park is 2 Km.
Cubbon Park is located at a distance of 5km from the railway station. It is 2 Km from M.G. Road.
The park has beautiful roads, blooming trees and placid plains spread all around. Cubbon Park is a lush, grassy expanse with flowerbeds adding to the subtle beauty of the park. The park also has several elegant Graeco-colonial style building showing British influence. There are a number of monuments within the park including a memorial hall located at the center of the park that is dedicated to Seshadri Iyer, a Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Children's Park and a Museum.
The park is liberally dotted with statues, such as that of the 19th Century ruler Chamarajendra Wodeyar (1868 - 94) over looking the pond near an Octagonal, cast-iron bandstand. There are also marble statues of Queen Victoria and Edward VII. In the middle of the park a red painted, Neo-Classical building known as the Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Houses a Public Library.
The museum was established in 1866 and is housing the specimens of Vijaynagar and Halebid, Mohenjadaeo architecture, ancient coins and stone inscriptions which are as old as 5000 years. This, one of the oldest museum in India, can be visited on all; days except Mondays from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM.
At the entrance you can see a diamond shaped aquarium, the second largest in the country, There is a good collection of exotic fishes in the aquarium. The park remains closed on Mondays.
Seshadri Iyer hall
Seshadri Iyer hall is situated in Cubban Park which is in the central administrative area of the city of Bangalore.It was built in memory of K.Sheshadri Iyer who was Mysore state's Dewan for 18 long years from 1883. It was built by Lord Curzon who was the British viceroy in honor of sincerity and efficiency, Sri Sheshadri Iyer showed in his service as Dewan.
The building carved out in red with a beautiful rose garden in the frontage is envied for its artistic and lustful natural beauty. The site is also a reader's paradise as the building has a library with a vast collection of 2.65 lakh books ranging from the year 830 - 1900. The library is closed on Mondays and is well known for its proficient collection also in Braille. On the remaining days, the library is open mostly from 08:30 am to 07:00 pm.
The legendary building occupies about 300 sq. km. The fact that enhances the beauty of the place is that the building is highlighted in red which stands amidst plush greenery. This stands among many facts which attract aesthetic voyagers to the place.
Jawahar Bal Bhawan
Jawahar Bal Bhawan is an amusement park at the Cubbon Park maintained by the Government. Bal Bhavan was Inaugrated in the year 1967 and spreads over 11.35 acres of land. Now it is restritricted only to families, the reason more than 3,000 thousand visitors visit this place.
Cubbon Park Childrens Joy Rides: This Amusement park host many game themes and one can find life sizes animals on the park premises. There is also a toy train offering children's rides.
Sri Jayachamedra Hall here conducts many shows for children. The Jawahar Bal Bhawan conducts many short and long term recreational and educational programs for children between the age 5 to 16 years. Park timings is 10:30 am to 6 pm (Closed on Thursdays).
Venkatappa Art Gallery
The Venkatappa Art Gallery has been an art showcase of Karnataka’s most famous artist, K Venkatappa. It is now 42 years old and houses art not only of K Venkatappa but also of other artists, old and new.
The gallery is situated next to the Bangalore Museum on Kasturba Road, is a treat to all art lovers. You not only get to see the works of one of Karnataka’s best, but you also get a look at the works of some other contemporary and modern artists. The gallery even hosts art shows and festivals. The Art Gallery is a must visit, with over 600 paintings and sculptures, a tour of this gallery is a must.
Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery,
Kasturaba Road, Bangalore – 560 001
Phone/Fax No: 080 22864483
Spread over three floors, the ground floor of the gallery displays the works of K Venkatappa. See the tools with which he created the masterpieces, on display, including his pair of glasses and even a walking stick! You can gape at his works, like a series of paintings on Ooty, works on Eklavya practicing his archery and so much more. There is also a display of the different veenas that Venkatappa played. There's even a section dedicated to his sketches. The first floor of the gallery is filled with the works of various artists including KN Ramachandran, K Mohandas, and GM Hedge. There's no theme, but there are some cool paintings here, ranging from portraits to abstracts.
Adjoining to this gallery is a small room that houses CP Rajaram’s wood carvings. The second floor of the gallery is entirely dedicated to the paintings of KK Hebbar. Starting from a self-portrait, the collection is almost like a story, documenting Hebbar’s life and the paintings date all the way back to the 1940s. So you can see loads of his books, his accolades, and some stunning work on everyday life. From his oil paintings on the natural elements of the earth to his sketches of everyday life in villages of India and abroad, you can discover KK Hebbar’s range of talent, after walking through the gallery.
The gallery is open on all days of the week except Mondays, from 10 am to 5 pm. The entry fee is INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children. But, they might be closed or open for a shorter period on public holidays.
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