Once the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was hunting in this area,
a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great
impression on the lord and he gave the place a title of
gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes) and in 1537, with the
assistance of the local king, he constructed three
districts protected by a walled fort on the site.
During the next three centuries, Bangalore existed very
much in the shadow of its neighboring city Mysore, and
control of the town changed hands many times. The year
1831 marked a major turning point for the city. Claiming
misrule by the king Krishna Raja Wodeyar III, the British
took control of the Mysore Kingdom and, possibly
influenced by the city's mild climate, moved the
administrative capital to Bangalore. New telecommunication
systems were laid, rail connections built, fine government
buildings constructed and the city's famous parks and
gardens established. After independence, Bangalore
maintained its position as the Karnataka state capital,
and continues to flourish.
For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as
the most green, liberal and forward-thinking city. In
recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to
the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and
it currently ranks as India's most developed city and one
of the world's fastest growing urban areas.
The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicization
of the native name "Bengaluru" - an adaptation of the
earlier name in Kannada: Benda Kaale Uru (The Town of
Boiled Beans). Apparently this rather humble name was
bequeathed to the city by king Vira Ballala. Once while
lost in the area, he was offered boiled beans by an old
woman, and it was out of gratitude that he named the area
after this simple offering.
Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the
summer months, Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate
February to May (warmest months)
June to August (Windy, Heavy rain - South-West Monsoon)
September to October (Windy, Rain - Retreating monsoon)
November to December (Light Rain - North-East monsoon)
January to February (coldest months. Often showers of
North-East monsoon in January as well)
Culture and Language
Bangalore, the fastest growing city of India, comprises of
a dynamic blend of people, belonging to various religions,
castes and communities. People from various places across
the country and also from abroad come to work in
Bangalore. This has led to Bangalore becoming more like
the melting pot of various cultures.
List of the major languages spoken in Bengaluru are as
The most common language in Bangalore is Kannada. It is
the official language of the state of Karnataka.
A significant number of people in Bangalore speak English.
Infact, almost all the younger generation of the city
The official language of Andhra Pradesh, Telugu is widely
spoken in Bangalore aswell.
Tamil is spoken by a sizeable population in the city.
The national language of India, Hindi is spoken in
The electricity situation in Bangalore is quite good,
within the minimum power outages taking place. The voltage
centers around 240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per