Bangalore was named Bendakalooru, the Town of Boiled Beans, by its King Veera Ballala, who was hungry and received a meal of boiled beans from a kindly woman here. Bangalore has since then been known as the Garden City of India and is now known for its IT and call centre industries. Situated at 920m it enjoys a pleasant climate and does boast many parks and gardens including the 240 acre Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Other places of interest are the neo-Dravidian secretariat - the Vidhan Soudha - which is floodlit on Sundays, the Fort, Tipu Sultan's modest summer Palace, the Bull Temple with its huge monolithic statue of Nandi, and Bangalore Palace - a surprising replica of Windsor Castle.
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