Lal Bagh is a famous botanical garden located in the south of Bangalore. The words 'Lal Bagh' means the 'Red Garden' in English. The construction of the garden was initiated by the emperor Hyder Ali and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. Lal Bagh has a vast collection of tropical plants on a 240 acre area with over 1,000 species of flora. It has a well established irrigation system and is designed beautifully with lotus pools, lawns and flowerbeds. Flower shows are conducted every year to educate people about the flora and plant conservation. Lal Bagh remains open daily from 6 am to 7 pm. Lal Bagh is well connected by State Transport buses and also tourist buses from major bus terminals in the state.
Lal Bagh is now supported by the Directorate of Horticulture and was granted the status of Government Botanical garden in 1856. A glass palace is set up in the garden inspired by the crystal palace in London is the venue for the annual flower show. Lal Bagh Rock is one of the oldest rock formations on earth dating back to 3,000 years. A giant electronic flower clock is built in the middle of garden as a tribute to the park by HMT. Taking a stroll through the sprawling greenery is like peering into the soul of nature and there will be moments when you say,"I love not man but nature more!"