The capital of the southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city, and now, one of the biggest IT centres of India. It’s a forward-thinking, young and trendy city with a mix of new shopping malls, bars and fast-food joints, which sit side-by-side with its colonial past. Bangalore boasts numerous parks and gardens and is sometimes referred to as the Garden City of India. It also holds a treasure trove of traditional Indian arts and crafts. It is a useful gateway to Northern Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.