Kempegowda Airport Information
Kempegowda International Airport - also known as Bengaluru International Airport - serves the Indian city of Bangalore. Situated in the country’s south, Bangalore is the capital of the state of Karnataka and one of India’s most densely populated cities. Kempegowda International Airport is considered the third busiest of India’s airports, with an annual passenger traffic of over 15 million. The air facility has been operational since 2008, and covers an area of 2,700 acres. Kempegowda International consists of 1 passenger terminal for scheduled flights, while a separate Hajj terminal serves pilgrims on the way to Mecca during Hajj season.
Flights to Kempegowda Airport
Bengaluru International Airport is the hub base for Indian airlines such as Jet Airways and is also served by a diverse array of international air carriers like Lufthansa. There are direct flights from Singapore via Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines, Scoot and IndiGo.
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Kempegowda International Airport is situated about 40 kilometres from Bangalore’s city centre. To get from the airport to the urban district, travellers can make use of an airport shuttle by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. These buses depart from the airport every half hour and take around 2 hours to arrive in Bangalore city at a fare of between SGD$3.70-5.44.
Otherwise, taxis can also readily be found outside the Arrivals Hall.
What to see and do
Don’t be surprised to find a little bit of Europe in Bangalore city, embodied in the sprawling and majestic Bangalore Palace. The magnificent structure was constructed in the 1800s by the then-Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar after he visited the United Kingdom and fell in love with Windsor Castle. He then journeyed home and proceeded to build his own replica of the medieval castle, complete with Tudor-style turrets, battlements, towers and spacious gardens. Today the Palace serves as one of Bangalore’s most popular tourist attractions as well as a backdrop set-piece for TV and films,and has also hosted many a rock concert.
Next must-see in Bangalore: the Vidana Soudha, a spectacular display of originality in architecture. Whilst the Bangalore Palace represents a Maharaja’s love of the foreign exotic, the Vidana Soudha is a Minister’s stand for local creativity. The Vidana Soudha was constructed sometime in the 1950s, supposedly as a response by then-chief Minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah to a Russian delegate’s careless remark about the lack of originality in Bangalorean architecture. He then put together influences from around the world to come with a unique style of his own, embodied in this particular architectural masterpiece.
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