JP Nagar: Interesting places to explore

JP Nagar is a locality of South Bangalore. It is surrounded by Jayanagar, Banashankari, Bannerghatta Road and BTM Layout. Ragigudda Temple is a famous Landmark in JP Nagar. Here’s a list of places you can explore around JP Nagar.

The Jayaprakash Narayan Nagar
(JP Nagar) was created during the period of Ramakrishna Hegde as chief minister of Karnataka. JP Nagar stands adjoining to Jayanagar and is another well planned and developed residential colony in Bangalore. The place is spread along the sides of Aurobindo Marg with Ring Road running along its boundary. Puttenahalli Kere is the lake situated adjacent to Phase IV of J.P. Nagar. At the outskirts of this place, Jamia Masjid is a famous Muslim shrine. If you want to spend your weekend leisurely, JP Nagar Club provides the best of the options.

In the beginning, this locality was basically a residential area. The area was dotted with bungalows and independent houses. The Information Technology boom in Bangalore in late 1990s and early 2000 converted it into a semi commercial area. It also led to rise of Apartment residential system. J P Nagar is home to many prominent singers, actors and artists. Famous residents of this locality include Kannada actor and politician Ambareesh, playwright and actor Girish Karnad, former Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and actress Tara.

Ranga Shankara
Ranga Shankara is a world-class theatre facility in Bangalore. The most affordable theatre space in India today, Ranga Shankara is dedicated to showcasing theatrical performances from India and abroad, to producing and commissioning new and innovative theatre forms and productions, and facilitating outreach programmes to build audiences for theatre and to impart theatre skills.

 Born from a dream envisioned by actor – director Shankar Nag the theatre is a celebration of artistic excellence. Going by the philosophy of A Play a Day- which means they always have a play on- they present more than 300 performances a year in several Indian and international languages. These performances include special shows for children, matinees, youth festivals, and an annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival which comes together to give Bangalore the best of local and international contemporary theatre.

Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
One of the large temples in the city is the Anjaneya temple at Ragigudda, in South Bangalore. This temple has grown from a small idol on a hilltop, about 30 years ago, to a very large tourist attraction. A very important feature of this temple is that it is open to everyone, regardless of caste, colour or creed. On entering, there are many shrines; to Ganapathi, Durga and the Navagrahas at a lower level, and to Hanuman with a Maragatha Lingam and idols of Rama,Seeta and Lakshmana on the sides, and flanked outside by idols of Karthikeya and Pancha Mukha Anjaneya.  

The temple runs many activities; there is a Kalyana Mantapa which can be hired for weddings; the authorities run a school for children of the area, there is a Yagyna Kundam to conduct ritual sacrifices, and there is a hall where cultural functions such as Yakshagana or music concerts are held. Yoga classes and Sanskrit classes are often conducted in the campus, too. A veritable bastion of cultural and religious pursuits!

Bangalore Central

Bangalore, Central is a showcase, seamless mall and the first of its kind in India. The thought behind this pioneering concept was to give customers an unobstructed and a pure shopping experience and to ensure the best brands in the Indian market are made available to the discerning Indian customer. Central offers everything for the urban aspirational shopper to shop, eat and celebrate. Located in the heart of the city, Central believes its customers should not have to travel long distances to reach us; instead we must be present where customers frequently visit.

Central houses over 300 brands across categories, such as apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men, children and infants, apart from a whole range of Music, Books, Coffee Shops, Food Courts, Super Markets (Food Bazaar), Fine Dining Restaurants, Pubs and Discotheques and other miscellaneous services. In addition, Central houses Central Square, a dedicated space for product launches, impromptu events, daring displays, exciting shows, and art exhibitions. Central is an integral part of the city and in the long run a City should become part of CENTRAL!

Bannerghatta National Park

22km away from the Bangalore city, Banerghatta national Park, covering an area of 104.27sq km, was established in 1971. This bewitching park is home to fascinating variety of wildlife including spotted deers and sambars, magnificent elephants and mighty bisons along with the king of the jungle, lion. Banerghatta comprises of a national park, aquarium, zoo, children's park, Crocodile Park, Snakes Park, prehistoric animals park and a museum.

'Safari' will take you to get a close view of the majestic beasts. You can also find 100 different species of birds. The hills surrounding the area give a paranomic view of park. It is a treasure house for large variety of Fauna and Flora. Deciduous Teak trees are found in abundance. The wildlife in their natural habitat creates interests in tourists. Wild animals like Elephant, gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild pig, sloth bear, sambar, chital, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, porcupine and the hare are found here.

Woodrose Club

The common thread running through everyone's life today is stress and pressure. Leisure time—whether for relaxing with the family or for business entertaining—is a precious commodity. The Woodrose will give you a chance to enhance your life with minimum effort and maximum enjoyment. Located in the serene and beautifully landscaped Brigade Millennium campus at J.P. Nagar, The Woodrose is well situated: pleasantly removed from core-city chaos, but central enough to be part of your everyday life.
The Woodrose Club combines the graciousness of a classic club with contemporary design and décor. Based on an award-winning design, with a resort-like ambience, the club is set within a large, green residential enclave in South Bangalore. The Woodrose Club offers a host of superlative sports, health and business facilities; formal and informal restaurants; guest rooms; landscaped gardens and much more. 
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K Krishnakumar Oct 20th, 2010 04:33 PM

Hi, Data about JP nagar is incomplete if you dont mention about the two powerful Balaji Shrines (of different names) in 8th Main, a few famous Sani Mahatma temples,  Colleges 

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