: Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is India’s third-largest city. Bangalore is loved for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and the many lakes here. Bangalore is renowned for its eateries, street food corners, quirky cafes, coffee roasters and pubs dotting every corner of the city, serving cuisines from all over the world. Brunches, buffets, burgers, rooftop cafes, late-night eats – Bangalore has it all.
Famous Places in Bengaluru: Lal Bagh, Church Street, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore palace, Cubbon Park, ISKCON Temple Bangalore, Nandi Hills, Wonderla Amusement Park, Innovative Film City, Tipu Sultan Palace, National Gallery of Modern Art, Commercial Street, Art of Living International Centre, Lumbini Gardens, Vidhana Soudha, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Ulsoor Lake, Shiva Temple, UB City Mall, MG Road, St. Mary’s Basilica, Chunchi Falls, Fun World Amusement Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, Go-karting, Muthyala Maduvu, Bangalore Aquarium, Bull Temple, Sankey Tank, Devanahalli Fort, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Snow City, Big Banyan Tree, Indian Music Experience, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Siddara Betta, Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, Avalabetta, Manchanabele Dam, Skandagiri, Bananthimari Betta, Doddamakali, Devarayanadurga, Kanakapura.
Lalbagh: Lalbagh botanical garden is home to numerous birds and wildlife and has a lake. It is popular for flower shows conducted here during Republic Day and Independence Day week. There is also a bonsai garden, topiary garden, lotus garden and rose garden inside.
Church Street: About 750 m long, Church Street in Bangalore is one of the busiest and most beloved streets, named after St. Mark’s Cathedral. It is lined with gift shops, music shops, bookstores, restaurants and cafes, some of them being the oldest in the city, all selling a wide variety of products and tasty treats. There are days when artists set up shop out on the streets and sell their work that includes paintings, photo frames, posters and handmade items. There are arcades for children and adults to play at and tattoo parlours too.
Bangalore palace: The majestic Bangalore palace is a royal palace known for its architecture with beautiful carvings both inside and outside. It is owned by the Mysore Royal family. The sprawling grounds around the palace are ideal for a picnic.
Bannerghatta National Park: Located 22 km away, the Bannerghatta National Park is a sanctuary for a large variety of flora and fauna. The main attractions here are an aquarium, a zoo, a Children’s park, Crocodile Farm, Snake Park and a Prehistoric Animals’ Park. It is also popular for hiking and trekking.
Cubbon Park: Cubbon Park is the most famous attraction in Bangalore. In addition to being a natural sightseeing destination, Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park Museum, Bangalore Aquarium and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park are also situated here.
ISKCON Temple: ISKCON Bangalore is one of the largest Krishna Hindu temples in the world. The cultural complex accommodating dedicated deities of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahlada Narasimha.
Nandi Hills: Nandi Hills is a scenic hill station situated close to Bangalore, serving as one of the most popular destinations for trekking of Karnataka and escaping the busy city life of Bangalore.
Wonderla Amusement Park: Wonderla is said to be the best amusement park in the city (and also one of the best in the country), and attracts all those looking for a rush of adrenaline. While it is most famous for the high-thrill dry rides, it also features some relaxed, fun rides, hence providing something for every visitor.
Innovative Film City: Innovative Film City is an Indian movie theme park, popular for a day trip. It houses amusement park rides, museums, adventure sports among other things.
Tipu Sultan Palace: Tipu Sultan Palace was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. It is now converted into a museum and is famous for its Indo-Islamic architecture consisting of ornamental frescoes, magnificent arches, protruding balconies and brilliant motifs. It is located inside the Bangalore Fort.
National Gallery of Modern Art: National Gallery of Modern Art is a two-storeyed museum based in a colonial-style residential building. It showcases the cultural ethos of India from periods as early as the 18th century. There is also a huge auditorium, a charming cafeteria, and a reference library here.
Commercial Street: Commercial Street is the oldest and busiest shopping place in Bangalore. It is famous for clothes, jewellery, electronics, footwear and local food joints.
Art of Living International Centre: Located 21 kms southwest of Bangalore on Kanakpura Road atop Panchagiri Hills, Art of Living Centre is the headquarter of the spiritual, cultural organization Art of Living Foundation, established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Constructed in 1986, the ashram focuses at creating a stress-free society through its multitudinous programmes which include yoga, meditation, Ayurveda treatments etc. The magnanimous campus housing several mini gardens, tiny water lake and abundance of trees is popularly called the “Bangalore Ashram” and draws over 1.2 million people from across the world annually. The centre is considered a retreat from the stress and din of the city and provides the much needed therapy and solace from city blues.
Lumbini Gardens: Lumbini Gardens is a public park on the banks of Nagawara Lake in Bangalore. It is dedicated to Lord Budhha. The main attractions here are a kid’s park, boating club, fountain, walking path and food stalls.
Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka. Popularly known as the ‘Taj Mahal of South India’, it is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. It is illuminated on Sunday and public holidays.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a popular attraction in Bangalore. The Sky Theatre is its main attraction which imitates the way the sky looks to us. There is also a mirror dome show, a science park, and a special programme conducted here first Sunday evening of every month.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum: Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum houses machines and artefacts related to science and technology. There are also interesting shows and the “Science for Kids” centre here. It is a fun place to visit with kids.
Ulsoor Lake: One of the largest lakes in Bangalore, the Ulsoor Lake is sprawled over an area of 50 hectares. Ulsoor lake was built by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, who was Bangalore’s commissioner at that time. Sit back or walk in the periphery of the park or click a few shots of the endemic birds that call this destination their home. One of the most popular activities in Ulsoor Lake is boating.Ulsoor Lake is also an important venue for the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi, sometime during August and September every year.
Shiva Temple: The Shiva Temple of Bangalore is considered one of the most beautiful Shiva temples in India. It is landmarked by a huge white monolith of Lord Shiva in a an artificial pool of water and Himalayas all around.
UB City Mall: Located in the CBD (Central Business District) in Bangalore, this luxury mall is the one-stop destination for all your high-end brand needs. Assimilation of four towers as a whole, it is spread over a mind-boggling area of 13 acres. The place takes care of all your exclusive needs, whether it is shopping at some high-end store, ultra-fine dining, or even taking a Spa after a long day of work, this place has it all.
MG Road: MG Road is one of the most popular shopping and entertainment hubs in Bangalore. It runs from Trinity Circle to Anil Kumble Circle. Items such as traditional handicrafts, silk, sarees and cutlery and bone china are available here. MG Road is also popular for pubs and nightclubs.
St. Mary’s Basilica: St. Mary’s Basilica is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities it holds during the St. Mary’s Feast, in September each year.
Chunchi Falls: Chunchi Falls is a 50-ft high waterfall fed by the river Arkavati. It is a popular day trip from Bangalore, perfect for a family picnic. There is a watchtower on the way to falls offering a stunning view. Swimming is prohibited in the falls.
HAL Aerospace Museum: HAL Aerospace Museum is India’s first aerospace museum. It houses a display of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibits of Indian aviation history.
Go-karting: Go-karting is the most breathtaking activities available at many places in Bangalore, which can be enjoyed with family and friends.
Muthyala Maduvu: Muthyala Maduvu, popularly known as Pearl Valley, is a picnic spot and day trip from Bangalore. The main attraction here is a waterfall. It is also popular for trekking.
Bangalore Aquarium: Located in Cubbon Park, the Bangalore Aquarium is the most famous and largest aquarium in Bangalore and the second-largest in India. It offers on display a variety of ornamental and exotic cultivable fishes including Siamese Fighters, Catla, Freshwater Prawns, Goldfish, Red Tail Shark and many others.
Bull Temple: The Bull Temple, also known as Nandi Temple, is one of the oldest temples in the city of Bengaluru. The temple is popularly called as ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi’ by the locals and is the biggest temple dedicated to Nandi in the world. Nandi, the bull, is the mount or ‘vahana’ of Lord Shiva and the guardian deity of Lord Shiva’s abode, Kailashagiri; according to Hindu traditions. This temple is every Shiva devotee’s must-visit destination because Nandi holds great importance to Lord Shiva.
Sankey Tank: Sankey Tank is a manmade lake, spread across an area of 37.5 acres near Vyalikaval, Malleshwaram and Sadashivanagar. The Maurya Sankey Boat Club offers guests a wide variety of boat rides, for example, rowboats, pedal boats and motorboats.
Devanahalli Fort: Known for its historical significance and archaeological brilliance, Devanahalli Fort is located 35 kms north of the city of Bangalore. Lately in ruins, the fort once was the birthplace and residence of the great warrior Tipu Sultan.
Maha Bodhi Society Temple: Maha Bodhi Society Temple is a recent addition to the temples of Bengaluru, this one houses a library and a bookshop with a sprawling collection of texts on Buddhism and is constantly the hub of a number of spiritual retreats and lectures. The place conducts teachings on Dharma and meditation retreat on specific days of the month. You can go there and meditate for as long as you want. The temple is located right opposite Freedom Park.
Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple: Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God- Hanuman. It also houses a Shivalinga and beautiful shrines of Ram, Sita and Lakshman.
Venkatappa Art Gallery: Located in the premises of Karnataka Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery situated on Kasturba Road, Cubbon Park flaunts over 600 paintings. Named after the most famous artist of Bangalore city – K. Venkatappa, the gallery houses resplendent works of the namesake painter and other renowned artists as well.
Halasuru Someshwara Temple: Located in the suburbs of Halasuru (Ulsoor) in Bangalore, Halasuru Someshwara Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Built in around the 12th and the 13th centuries by the Hoysalas, the temple is now managed and maintained by the Endowment Department of the Karnataka government.
Snow City: Snow City is a unique, one of a kind amusement located in JC Nagar in Bangalore. Covered in artificial snow and generously sprinkled with snow animal sculptures, toys and igloos, the theme park is a popular destination for the city folks especially the kids. Besides, the park also has a plethora of swings and slide for the children and a gorgeous snow castle.
Big Banyan Tree: The Big Banyan Tree or locally called as the Dodda Alada Mara is a 400 year old banyan tree in the village of Kethohalli near Bangalore. Sprawling over a vast 3 acres of land, the tree is one of the largest of its kind.
Indian Music Experience: Spread across 50,000 square feet, the Indian Music Experience in Bengaluru is the first interactive music museum of the nation that is most innovatively disrupting the conventional notion of museums among visitors. The Museum exhibits everything about Indian music under a single roof, right from classical to folk, regional and Bollywood.
Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain: Created in 1995 by B. N. A. Technology Consulting Limited, Hong Kong, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain is probably the most technically advanced and one of the biggest artificially created fountains in India. Located on T. Chowdaiah Road, the enthralling fountain has been based on multimedia technology, MIDI interfaces and hardware architecture.
Siddara Betta: Siddara Betta is a popular tourist attraction in the Tumkur district of Karnataka immersed in rocky boulders, temples and caves with an elevation of 1700 feet. The hillock is popular amongst trekkers and spiritual seekers alike, with one of the main attractions of the hill being the Lord Shiva temple enclosed in a cave that sees a fair number of devotees throughout the year.
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta: Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is almost 16 kilometres from the town of Kanakapura is a great trekking destination for a day trek. It is one of the highest hills in the neighbouring area and also houses a temple devoted to Lord Rangaswamy that is constructed under a large white granite monolith.
Avalabetta: Avalabetta often called as “Nandi Hills without the crowd” is a perfect place to relish the same scenic beauty as the Nandi Hills but without the commotion. Standing on the top of the hill, you can witness the magical view of lush green trees and variegated rocky terrain which is spread out profusely.
Manchanabele Dam: Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. It is replete with cool and clear water and is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset.
Skandagiri: If you thought that trekking is an activity only to be done in the morning, you are certainly wrong. Skandagiri, a hilltown near Bangalore, gives you the opportunity to trek and explore the hills in the night while the moon is casting its light. Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga or Kalavara Betta is at an elevation of 1450 meters surrounded by the Nandi Hills. The hill has a ruined fort on the way which makes the night trek even more interesting by adding the element of horror. And the best part is that you can spend the night at the hilltop under the star. Not to forget the bonfire that is especially lit for the trekkers to sit around and enjoy the warmth.
Bananthimari Betta: Located at a distance of 3 kms from the town of Kanakapura near Bangalore, Bananthimari Betta is a twin hillock surrounded by lush green fields with patches of flowers and rocky surface in turns. The beautiful valley in between is laden with an emerald velvetine grass cover and through it flows the most quaint and beautiful stream ever.
Doddamakali: Situated at a distance of about 132 kms from the city of Bangalore on 6 kms from Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Doddamakali is a living example of pristine rustic charm and idyllic sylvan setting. The place makes for an ideal weekend getaway away from the hustle bustle and chaos of the city amidst natural surroundings and euphoric atmosphere.
Devarayanadurga: Devarayanadurga or DD Hills which translates to “the fort of God” is a tranquil hill station located near Tumkur district in the state of Karnataka. Situated at an elevation of 4000 ft., Devarayanadurga is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore to live among the trees and visit the beautifully crafted temples.
Kanakapura: In the state of Karnataka a beautiful city is nestled amongst trees and rivers which is great for a weekend getaway. Kanakapura is rich in heritage and culture. This place is a hidden gem bountiful in greenery and waterfalls. A few days in this wonderful and picturesque place will leave you rejuvenate.