Spread over an area of 300 acres, Cubbon Park is the green belt region of the city and is an ideal place for nature lovers. Having been laid down by Lord Cubbon, the park is named so in his honor. It is home to more than 6,000 trees that support a vibrant ecosystem. First established in the year 1870 by Sri John Meade (acting Commissioner of Mysore), Cubbon Park in Bangalore has a long history. Major General Richard Sankey (Chief Engineer of the State) conceived this park in honour of Sri John Meade. Initially, the park was called "Meade's Park" and later came to be known as the Cubbon Park. Since the introduction of the park, it was made and improved in many ways. At present, the Cubbon Park is under the control of the Department of Horticulture.
Attractions of Cubbon Park never fail to fascinate its visitors. exotic floral beds lining its various avenues which are located close to important administrative buildings like Central Public Library, Government Museum, Sir Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, the Karnataka High Court, Venkatappa Art Gallery, etc. Numerous statues like that of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, Rajya Dhurandhara Sir K. Sheshadri Iyer and Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar adorn the park complex as well.
Other attractions include the lotus pond, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo groove nook and Dancing Fountain. The Band Stand also deserves a special mention as a hotbed of cultural shows, and music concerts till a few years ago. Jawahar Bal Bhawan in Cubbon Park offers Cubbon Park Toy Train rides through the park and is an especially enjoyable activity for children.
Another famous attraction here is the Cubbon Park aquarium, which is the second largest aquarium in India. Established in the year 1983, this aquarium has on display a variety of ornamental as well as exotic fish.
There is no dearth of things to do in Cubbon Park that keep people frequenting this lovely and refreshing place. Picnic, yoga, cycling, bird watching, buy organic products, photography, plays and performances, and Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) are among the myriad activities that people enjoy here.