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'Bengaluru' are found in a 9th century temple in an area that is now known as 'Old Bangalore'. Legend has it that the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was once hunting in this area, a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on Gowda 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.

Vidhan Soudha or the State Secretariat : It was built in 1954 and is the main attraction of this city. It is a marvel of modern architecture and is a fine amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and modern styles. Cubbon Park, the 120-hectare park located near the Vidhan Soudha, has a number of neo-classical styled government buildings.

Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace : The 18th-century Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace are other important historical tourist attractions in Bangalore.

Museums :The Government Museum of Bangalore (one of India's oldest museums) and the Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum are important museums within the city.

Botanical Gardens : The Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, which holds a number of flower shows, especially during the Republic Day (26th January), is located on the southern fringes of the city.

Ulsoor Lake : The Ulsoor Lake on the northeastern edge of the city is an important picnic spot.