Going to a new city is tough, even if just for a holiday. You need to know about the special places in the city, the places that make it famous. The capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru has a lot to offer in terms of everything you might desire for a great vacation. Here are some ways to enjoy your stay to the maximum.
Bangalore may be a concrete jungle, full of urbanity but in spite of that, it offers a wide array of natural greenery. In Bangalore there are a lot of ways to be in the company of nature and to let your soul heal even if it is for a few hours or even a weekend getaway.
10 ways to have fully natural getaways are-
A botanical garden.
For those who love nature and its calm beauty.
“A beautiful place to go walking, meet up with your friends and family. The garden has an array of floral and ornamental plants and many more. But, cleanliness has to be maintained by the visitors.”
A park full of lush greenery to heal the soul.
For those who adore flowers and everything natural.
Cubbon park is one of the best places in Bangalore if you want to spend a few hours under the thick green foliage of trees. Spread over 300 acres of land, the park is named after its creator, Lord Cubbon. With more than 6,000 trees present inside the compound, it is no wonder that nature lovers all across the city flock to it.
A number of statues of eminent people dot the park such as those of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Sir Mark Cubbon and many others. Special nooks inside the park include a lotus pool, a bamboo grove and a dancing fountain among the rich greenery.
For those of you in the city looking for a quiet and serene place to jog or meditate, or even to spend some with yourself among the company of nature, Cubbon Park awaits you.
“It was pretty decent. Peaceful ambience and full of families. Right beside there’s a park especially for kids with fun rides. Initial area of park is not that great though but as move in you’ll like the place and will find spots good to take pics.”
A biological park.
To experience the presence of wild animals in their habitat.
A biological park with such scenic beauty consisting of trees and floral plants of various kind along a multitude of animal species within the same compound is hard to find in a city.
The entire day can be spent in such a place. Bannerghatta National Park showcases a large variety of animals such as tigers, lions, elephants, leopards, and even dangerous reptiles like cobras and pythons. It also has a teak forest along with trees like tamarind, eucalyptus and sandal.
The activities that the park offers along with a zoo and a museum are-
Bannerghatta Nation Park gives you a wholesome experience of seeing different parts of our ecosystem. Therefore, if you love Mother Earth and all its creatures, Bannerghatta National Park provides you with ample opportunities to observe them.
“Children’s are mostly like to visit this park. We see this animals like lion, tiger etc.. all the animals available will see there.”
A long drive to a scenic spot high situated above the city.
For those who seek a quiet getaway.
With only about 40 km away from the city, Nandi Hills is a paradise on earth for those who seek solace in nature. The set of hills attract tourists due to its raw natural beauty as well as the adventure it can provide.
If the day away from the city seems like the ultimate start to a weekend, Nandi hills is your ultimate destination. There are a lot of ways to spend your day here, you can trek the area with a group of friends, go cycling along the roads, camp at the base and enjoy a night under the stars.
The popular attractions of the place are the beautiful temples Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple. Amrita Sarovar, Tipu’s drop and Tipu’s tashk-e-jannat are the other places of historical importance.
Therefore, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a good adventure, Nandi Hills are always available.
“Close to city, Nandi hills are true retreat for nature lover. You can drive, ride, cycle, walk, hike at your convenience. Try to start early morning or evening to have enjoy of sunrise and sunset.”
A park full of wonders dedicated to our freedom struggles.
For those who love nature as well as history.
Inspired by London’s Hyde park, the jail turned park is a sign of defiance against the British Raj. In the area of about 21 acres the freedom park has space for various activities.
The park area includes an Amphitheatre as well as place for meetings and rallies. The parts of the former jail which we can see, are the watch towers, the high-profile prisoners’ cells and the barracks.
The park also includes-
Other worthwhile places inside the compound are the Water fountain, the Book museum and the Children’s park.
Freedom Park remains a must see for most people in the city of Bangalore for its connection to our history as well as the lush greenery.
“A Best Place to Hangout In the Centre of Bangalore. It has Many Shows And Stalls along With Some really Cool Shade with Lot of Trees and Greenery everywhere. This is a Major Place for Strikes too and Has Good Parking Facility.”
A very big tree that is an ecosystem in itself.
A friendly visit to a small wonder.
The 400-year-old banyan tree is a huge tourist spot nowadays, due to the fast disappearing forests of the world. Spread on a land of more than 3 acres, after all these years it looks like a collection of trees over a vast area.
If you have a short period of time on your hands, Dodda Alada Mara is the place to go. The area is fitted with seating areas along with small and large eateries surrounding it. It is the ideal place for a small hangout with your friends in the midst of nature.
“Good place to visit nice place to visit wonderful place to visit extraordinary place to visit decent place to visit.”
For those who love a good adventure.
Chunchi falls is your place if you want to go on a small adventure with your family, friends, significant other and have a memorable picnic unlike the sedate park ones.
Some distance away from the city of Bangalore, Chunchi falls remains a popular destination for those seeking an adventure amongst nature. It used to have swift flowing water, but the power station nearby has lessened it to some degree. Still, visiting Chunchi Falls is not without some degree of danger. One must always be vigilant, so as not to lose themselves amidst the mesmerizing beauty. The water still contains crocodiles.
For those who seek the thrill of an adventure, Chunchi Falls provide that in ample amount.
“Seeing a cascade would be the most lovely scene on this world, its regular excellence and alleviating impact is in every case astoundingly staggering for nearly everybody. The excellence and charm of these cascades is colossal to such an extent that nobody can oppose saying ‘amazing’!”
A beautiful hilly region near the city of Bangalore.
Best place for a trek.
Devanarayanadurga is a great spot for a good trek as it lies on top of a hilly region, full of natural beauty and wildlife. Away from the bustle of the city, Devanarayanadurga is a famous spot for a weekend trip. The fort which had been built in Dravidian style is said to be more than 2000 years old.
Your day around Devanarayanadurga can be spent among the various sights the place offer. The fort is the most popular of the it’s destinations. Trekking the hills for a glimpse of its sunrise and sunset is a popular sport for the city dwellers. Devanarayanadurga is one of the loveliest places around Bangalore if you want to capture nature at its best.
“Nice view surrounded by hills. Spiritual seekers, nature lovers, a short break in busy and polluted city life. Its a cool place. Close to Bangalore.”
A hilly region.
Best for a trek to the top.
Savandurga is one of the most popular location for a weekend getaway around Bangalore. At more than 1200 ft above sea level, the place gives ample opportunities for cave explorations and general adventure.
The place has 2 hills from where 2 trekking trails go on to the top- the Billigudda and the Karigudda. The fort on top was built in the 1500s and since then it has been a major tourist spot. While both the treks are difficult, the Karigudda one is the less explored. All in all, the region is best for thrill seekers.
“Superb place guys ,I recommend only youngsters should go ,u will really feel tired while climbing and to see perfect sun rise from top start trekking from 5.15 around.”
If it is tremendous fun and exciting games you’re looking for in the city of Bangalore, the places listed below are the best ones in the city. These places offer you a variety of amusements that your soul will delight in, whether you are a child or a child at heart. Bangalore is one of the best places in India for adventure seekers to find their salvation in.
The top 9 places to have fun in Bangalore are
amusement park like no other, the Wonderla amusement parks are set all across the country. The Bangalore branch too offers a wide range of rides that will give you the adventure of a lifetime.
Wonderla is just the kind of place you would love if your goal is to spend some time you’re your friends and family. The place is bound to convert your ordinary day into something very special, offering a lot of rides on both land and water, along with a kids’ section and a separate section for adrenaline junkies.
Some of the special rides are-
There are also many in house restaurants. If you seek a place to spend the entire day having tremendous fun and games, you must visit Wonderla.
“So far the best theme parks I have been to. Always had fun and memories to carry back to home from here. Well maintained, better service and has wider range of fun rides. The recently added roller coaster and wave pool are my favorites and a must try too. Food, locker and souvenir shops are bit pricey.”
A park dedicated to solely snow amusements.
From toddlers to newly-weds, everyone loves the place.
Specialty- The temperature is always kept at -5 C.
Trivia- The area covers 12, 500+ sq. ft. of snow.
Must see- The various games present such as PAC-Man and Pirate’s Hook.
Bangalore’s first snow city is the ideal place to get away from the city’s heat and feel as though you’re on a mini vacation in a hill-station. For a weekend destination, to experience snowfall in Bangalore, snow city is your place.
⏳ 2 hrs.
All the fun and games of a holiday is found in the city itself. Snow city has a multitude of games along with game parlor of mini games and a 9D Cinema experience.
Some of the activities are-
The place also offers hot beverages to bring out the true hill station feels. So if you’ve never had the chance to see snow in your life, pop into the Snow City and get that off your checklist.
“Loved the place. Must visit place in Bangalore. Enjoy snow everywhere inside and play. Tickets rates are around 500 each. Not sure if they vary on weekend. But you will surely enjoy once you are in!!”
A Gaming Arcadia offering variety of sports.
From pre-teen to adults, everyone has something to do here.
amazing party full of exciting games, Torq03 is the place to go.
⏳ 2 hrs.
TorQ03 is something far better than any ordinary gaming parlor. Here you can be your own boss and create a package with the games you love, not one pre-defined by the management. Be it any kind of function or outing with friends and family, Torq03 offers near about every kind of gaming in a single compound.
The list of activities in Torq03 are-
Other things inside the compound include a gaming arcade and an in-house restaurant. If you want a day filled with fun, games and excitement, Torq03 is your destination in the city.
“Even if you find the place crowded, do not worry. The way they manage everything is amazing. Food refilling could have been faster but the food itself didn’t disappoint in any way. Overall, an amazing outing for your gang.”
Escape room games for the detectives in the group.
From teenagers to adults, everyone loves the thrill.
any event or celebration, or even a regular day, if it’s thrill you’re seeking, Breakout is the place to be. Breakout’s escape rooms are specially curated, the experience of solving a case under the pressure of the ticking clock is almost like being on the silver screen.
Breakout Bangalore offers 7 escape rooms of different categories-
There other rooms are Classified, Bomb Defusal, Curse of the Pharaoh and Enchanted forest.
Along with the escape rooms, Breakout offers to arrange food upon request for their customers, thus providing a complete package of entertainment. So, if you and your friends are detective movie enthusiasts and want to try your skill-set, Breakout is your destination.
“It was an amazing experience. The clues were well thought out, the storyline was very detailed and the game master brought in an additional touch of mystery. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience as we raced against the clock to find our way out.”
A gaming arcade for everyone.
The Smaaash gaming zone is the place in Bangalore you can go to let loose and enjoy a few hours with the gang. They cater to all your needs with their amazing system so that your day becomes memorable.
⏳ 2 hrs
Smaaash provides a number of games to keep everyone, from kids to adults entertained. Their sets include virtual reality games as well as physical ones. A list of their activities are-
Smaaash remains one of the most sought-after gaming arcades in Bangalore due to its variety and accessibility.
“A good place to spend some quality time with your family or friends or colleagues. Nice lineup of games. Everyone from kids to elderly will enjoy this place for sure.”
A bowling and games arcade.
From teenagers to adults, everyone loves the place.
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H&M Leisure, the amoeba group offers much more than just bowling for a day of amazing entertainment and energetic fun. The Bangalore outlets offer that and much more.
⏳ 2 hrs.
With so many things to do inside the compound, Amoeba becomes a great spot for celebrations.
Some of the games present are-
Thus, if you want to spend a day of limitless fun and games with your friends, Amoeba is one of the best places to consider.
“Great place to have some fun with Bowling! Soft music and energetic gathering would fill your heart with Joy and Happiness. We Team have thoroughly enjoyed the sport. Cheers :”
A gaming arcade for kids, and adults who are still children at heart.
Play Factory in Electronic City offers a wide variety of games to make your children have the best day ever. With its present gaming options, the day can be spent with a perfect mixture of fun and activity.
⏳ 3+ hrs.
The play factory has many things to set and choose from that a day spent there would be less. Some of those activities are-
And many other options to choose from. The inclusion of arcade games, kids trampoline and an eatery makes it the perfect destination for kids.
“My kids loved it.. good place to take kids on the weekends. there is a trampoline park , indoor foot ball n cricket, snacks bar, restaurant which is quite costly,”
A special amusement park for the kids.
Sky zone is the place where your children, especially toddlers would love to go. Full of exerting yet fun exercises the place offers everything under one roof that would help your child have a great day.
⏳ 2 hrs.
Sky zone offers rentals of the whole place for parties especially birthday parties for little children. They provide a lot of activities such as-
Along with a food court, the place is ideal for families with little kids to go and have a blast.
“A fun place for everyone. Just enjoy jumping. The staff is helpful and motivating. They help kids to learn fast and constantly encourage everyone to do exceed their limits”
A plane stimulation parlor for those interested in aviation.
In Flight 4 Fantasy, the deep desires of ordinary men to fly a plane is realized. India’s first and only location where you can virtually fly an airplane that too of various kinds, it remains a popular destination for both the tourists and the locals. With utterly realistic stimulations, non-pilots have the experience of a lifetime flying their detailed and meticulously planned visuals.
With more than 20, 000 airports to choose from to land the plane of your dreams, Flight 4 Fantasy provides a unique feeling of being a caption in your own cockpit. The experienced instructors and quality materials enhance the good service provided. So if you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, this is your place.
“Awesome place to hangout. The prices are a bit high for a small duration. I took the Boeing 737 NG simulation .It was an awesome experience .You even get a small gift and a certificate from their side too.”
Koramangala, a hip and happening place in the heart of the city of Bangalore is famous for being busy and active. Littered with quirky unique shops and eateries, the 80 ft. main road along with joined side roads and lanes has may IT companies and colleges full of youngsters looking for a place to spend their off time. The awesome neighborhood provides many ways to pass the time.
7 best places of Koramangala are
Quirky café with a mouth-watering breakfast service.
One of the most famous eateries in the area, the hole in the wall café offers a large selection of food from sweet to savory dishes. The variety of cuisines found from American to fast food makes it the ideal place for an early morning brunch. With vegetarian friendly as well as pocket friendly options, The Hole in the Wall café makes the best sumptuous breakfast around town to have before taking on the city. Therefore, if you’re looking for a different sort of experience, The Hole in the Wall is yours for any meal.
➕ Outdoor/Indoor seating, pet friendly, breakfast.
“There are some places which tug you back to them and want you to visit them again and again- Hole in the wall cafe is just that place. Amazing place to chill with friends. Do visit!!! Good food, good ambiance, good mood!”
One of the best affordable bar & grill restaurant in town
An ever vibrant bar & grill restaurant catering to the pumped up mood of the city with lively music and an assortment of wacky beverages. The reasonable pricing makes the place a go-to for the younger lot. With an array of sumptuous delicacies ranging from Asian, North Indian, Continental and Italian; the House of Commons has definitely tried to cater to all taste buds. Courteous and able staff members have earned the place some of its loyal customers. Hence, if you’re up to having a good time, House of Commons is a good place for any time and occasion.
➕ Full Bar, Wi-Fi, Indoor seating.
“A brilliant place for a meet with friends. Food options are plenty and they are spectacular with an equally large drinks menu. Staff is very friendly with a good knowledge of the menu as well as the offers. Definitely a place to go again.”
⏳1 hr. 30 min
Compared to other cafes, the Dice N Dine offers a more laid-back version of your regular day out. Filled to the brim with games, the place is the ideal for a lazy dinner with friends or a weekend brunch. Along with the pocket friendly options in their array of cuisines, the delectable food only increases the general appeal of the ambience. European cuisine enthusiasts would definitely love Dice N Dine for its décor and food options. If you want to have fun with your loved ones while having a quality time, Dice N Dine is your diner.
➕ Indoor/Outdoor seating, board games, free Wi-Fi, free parking.
“The best place to hangout with friends… Kids will enjoy this place a lot.. There are different kinds of games, puzzles and other things to do… Loved the place…”
An escape room game parlor with a large variety of adventures.
Breakout Escape Games is one of the many escape room games in Bangalore but it provides a different experience, more polished and refined with thought provoking clues to solve. If you’re looking for a thrill to spice up your regular day, Breakout is your destination.
Breakout offers you 7 escape rooms to choose from-
The place provides you with the perfect opportunity to have any sort of celebrations. Breakout also caters food upon request.
Therefore, Breakout offers the best opportunity for a wholesome night of fun, games and a cinema-like adventure.
➕ Play area, Family, Friends and Colleagues.
“We just walked in without any expectations… And we’re totally bowled over by the whole experience. Great idea, amazing people and a first hand experience of actually being inside a game. It’s a must visit place for all age groups .”
A bar lounge for the music lovers.
For music enthusiasts and those who wish to have a great night out with the in crowd, Indigo XP is your destination for the night. Spread across 2 floors with a rooftop hangout, the place provides loud party music or live performances depending on the schedule. The 1st level has the music bar whereas the rooftop contains live sports streaming facilities. The presence of a DJ makes Indigo XP the happening place at night but the rooftop is open all day.
Therefore, if quality music and great food is your jam, Indigo XP is your destination.
➕ Indoor/Outdoor seating, rooftop.
“Indigo is a place which is famous for the ambiance. The food servers is great and must try this place for sure for a partyful experience, musical Dj and worthy crowd.”
A chic gastro-pub cum bar.
Boho is one of the gastro-pub cum restaurant chains in Bangalore that has been providing its customers with an ambience that is upbeat and vibrant. Apart from the high ceiling glass that renders an ethereal ‘outdoor’ experience, the split stories come to life with all the colorful, hand-picked art work. The assortment of eccentric beverages and exotic food is the key highlight of the place. You can as well shake a leg to the lively music or sing to their karaoke sessions. Reservations are recommendable or you might miss out on this one!
➕ Full Bar, Valet parking, live entertainment.
“This one is a must visit. The crowd here is always good. Ambience is perfect and the staff is very polite and friendly. A perfect place to party for the weekend with friends or family.”
A quirky café full of good literary aesthetics.
Atta Galatta is the ideal spot for arts and cultural lovers in Bangalore. Filled with amazing books to the brim, the scent of fresh baked goodies enhances its appeal to all. The huge array of regional books adds to the amazing décor, Atta Galatta has over 10, 000 books in major languages of India such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Hindi and English. There are events being held there all the time from children’s storytelling to poetry slam. Therefore, if you want to spend a day soaking up literary and cultural aesthetics with great food, Atta Galatta is your dream café and paradise in one.
➕ Indoor seating, Breakfast.
“Attended a well conducted poetry reading hosted at Atta Galatta last month. It’s a cozy place with a limited collection however they have a bit of vernacular literature. A nice place to sit back with coffee and a book.”
The capital city of Karnataka contains many awe inspiring sights within the city boundaries itself that teach us about the past as well as the present achievements. The historical monuments and museums provide us with fascinating tales of bygoneages and useful knowledge.
Here are 8 of Bangalore’s best heritage sites-
A historical monument with ties to royalty.
The palace built in 1887 by King Chamaraja Wadiyar is one of the most lavishly adorned sites around Bangalore. The monument symbolizes one of the oldest enduring dynasties of the southern part of our country. The structure is a mixture of English Tudor style with Scottish Gothic fashion. Almost entirely made of wood, the roman arches and the vast gardens makes the palace a place of wonder. The interior of the living chambers is more in style of Hindu traditionalism.
Along with the palace grounds, a few curious things to notice are the wildlife collection of the king along with a coat of arms gifted by the British.
“A great place to visit. You must not miss going around the palace and the museum. You can spend quality time (at least 2 to 3 hours) and get a taste of history and opulence. Best in winter months. The palace looks elegant and chic. The grounds can be maintained better. Entry and exits should be marked in a better way.”
The HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum spread over 4 acres and established in 2001, is India’s first aerospace museum. The entire grounds are divided into segments containing different exhibitions.
There are 2 halls in the compound-
Other parts of the compound are a Hall of Fame, outdoor display of aircrafts like MARUT, MIG-21, HT-2, KIRAN, AJEET and many others. Along with a museum, a fishpond, souvenir shop and cafeteria the place is the ultimate package for fun and education.
“Clean. Good variety of models. Informative. Small cafeteria with snacks. Small playground with play things like swing, slides and so on for kids to play. Small pond with beautiful fish. Opposite to this museum, there is a jet training ground where Jets and helicopters fly in the late afternoon.”
A beautiful palace, for those who love good architecture.
Located inside the Bangalore fort, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace was often regarded by kings as Rash-e-Jannat or “envy of heaven”. The palace is one of Bangalore’s most beautiful monuments and a superb example of Indo-Islamic architectural fusion. The opulence of the palace can be seen through the beautiful arches and intricate motifs. The balconies and frescoes are a wonder in themselves.
The rectangular 2 storied building has huge pillars supporting it, accentuated with brackets and adorned by carvings on the ceilings. The ‘Zenna’ or the quarters especially made for the women of the palace are on the first floor while the upstairs balconies once held the durbars. Therefore, if you love historical places and artifacts, this place is a must see in Bangalore.
“Really ancient building with amazing garden, really old staircase, and wooden carvings. Reasonable entry fee. Not much to explore, but the place is good. Near Bangalore Medical College and Victoria Hospital.”
A Hindu temple for the devotee.
One of the most famous temples in Bangalore, the Nandi temple is also known as the bull temple due to the huge statue of the bull in front of it. In Sanskrit, Nandi means ‘joy’. The temple is said have been built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, in the 1500s. In all the centuries the temple has remained the same except for the Vimana. The Vijayanagari style is still visible in the architecture of the temple.
There are many myths surrounding the temple, the prevalent one being the origin of the festival of ‘Kadalekai Parase’. It celebrates the rescue of farmers from a ravaging bull by god’s grace.
Thus, while visiting Bangalore, a trip to the fabled Nandi Temple is considered an essential by most people.
“One of the biggest and only bull temple. A must visit. The temple is calm and surrounding is peaceful. You would definitely enjoy sitting and spending some time. Has a Ganesha temple and park attached to it. Steps are easy to climb or you can take vehicle till top near the temple. Good parking space available.”
A special museum dedicated to technological advancement of our country.
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technical Center first established by Jawaharlal Nehru is one of the most upstanding museums of the city for the technology and invention lovers. Near Cubbon Park with 4000 sq. Mt. area, the place is home to different machines and engines from different ages.
The 7 permanent exhibits of the place are-
The special exhibits are the Dinosaur Enclave and the Science on a Sphere. There are many artefacts present there such as HF Aircraft, Field Telephone, McCarthy, Gramophone and many others.
“One of the most lovable place of Mine. Every Science students must visit. And Children’s between year 7 t0 16 are must and should visit. They can have attraction and have create some curiosity in nature what happens and why for what. So please do visit all.”
A catholic church beautifully adorned.
The church was built in the 1880s when a large number of Christians from Tamil Nadu began to settle in the area for better irrigation soil. The spacious Gothic-esque building was designed by a French architect and the long beautiful tower that forms the façade is a statement to that.
One of the best aspects of the church is the feast given for St Mary’s Day. The feast goes on for 10 days; on the final day the image of St Mary is paraded around the locality in a chariot. Every day the idol is draped in a saree in a typical Indian style to symbolize the union of the religion with the country’s culture. If you are a fan of stately Gothic monuments, St Mary’s is a must to visit.
“Heart of the city a massive structure and amazing to watch devotees offering their prayers to the Madonna. The vendors of flowers and candles. It’s striking wonder to witness the devotion of the people. A place to witness the diversity in unity of faith in multiple colors.”
An old battalion from the founding days of the city.
The origin of the fort may be traced back to Kempe Gowda, who had built it with mud. it was then renovated with stone by Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan’s father. Throughout the fort you can see the signs of battle between the British and the Indian rulers.
The fort consists of a wide moat around it with 26 watchtowers around the high walls. Tipu Sultan’s palace lies within the fort grounds, made of teak, wood, stone and mortar. The museum inside holds many antique items and artefacts that portray the heroic struggles of the rulers against the British Raj. The paintings gallery adds to the splendor of the palace which both historians and history lovers may visit.
Thus, whether you are a history buff or love old structures in general, Bangalore Fort remains a must-see in most tourists lists.
“Admits busy K R Market there lies a beautiful Bangalore Fort. Its well maintained and beautiful. Guys if you are living in Bangalore do visit this place
An arts gallery showcasing different talents.
The exhibitions in the National Gallery of Modern Art focuses mainly on the artworks of the 18th and 19th century India, with mixtures from the different schools of art such as the Bengal school of art. The gallery has various art objects from sculptures to graphic prints portraying pre and post-independence art by Indian artists.
More than 500 pieces of art have been selected from the NGMA Delhi to be showcased in the Bangalore exhibition. Some of the artists whose works will be the focus of the exhibition are Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath tagore, Jamini Roy and many others.
With a cafeteria, library, auditorium, and museum shop, NGMA Bangalore is a must visit spot for all art lovers.
“this place is an eye opener to the world of art, it’s a beautiful place of inspiration for people interested in art, design, creative beginners and geniuses. Or it could be your quite inspirational getaway. But a must visit, that quiet just helps you and a few bits just moves you. Enjoy.”
Be it a tourist out to shop for souvenirs or a resident looking for a new set of clothes, shopping is essential for everyone. You may be a shopaholic or simply looking for a way to send some time and money, these places in Bangalore are a must visit for some quality apparels and accessories and basically anything your heart desires.
10 of Bangalore’s best shopping areas are-
A mall providing all the modern facilities needed in the city.
⏳ 2 hrs.
As one of the most popular malls in Bangalore, the Orion Mall is part of the Brigade group of industries. The mall is one of the best in terms of architecture and customer reviews. Spread over 8.2 lakh sq. ft. it is a triumph of modernity.
If you were to spend a few hours perusing the various stores inside the complex, you will find every kind of items of premium quality being available. From apparels, footwear, electronics to books and stationary, most famous brands have an outlet present here. The food court too is a mixture of different kind of cuisines.
Therefore, if you want to spend your time shopping in a glamourous fashion, Orion Mall is one of the best options available.
“Very good place for spending some quality time in Bengaluru many popular brands outlets among excellent food court. Good lighting and well maintained.”
An all-encompassing shopping mall in the city.
⏳ 2 hrs.
As one of the most widely acclaimed malls in the city, Phoenix Marketcity houses a large variety of stores. From Biba, Being Human, Aurelia and Allen Solly like apparel stores to Apollo Pharmacy, most known brands can be found here. They have outlets of different stores from Archies to Bata, and most often they provide great money saving deals.
Entertainment, shopping and eateries, Phoenix Marketcity provides us everything we could go looking for in a metropolitan city, thus making it a part of everyone’s shopping experience.
“its good to spend some time in the weekend and one can enjoy fast food at food court with budge price”
A shopping arcade with everything under 1 roof.
The Forum mall of Koramangala is major attraction of the city where people of all age converge to spend a few hours shopping. Surrounded by major restaurants and pubs, the mall is still a prime focus as it offers a lot of brands under one roof for a detailed perusal of its wares. With big brand names such as Westside, Big Bazaar and many others, the Forum is the destination for most shoppers to buy their clothes along with having great food and beverages at the food court called the Transit. There are also electronics and accessories shops present inside. Other special attractions of the place are the multiplex with 11 screens and a multi-storied book store.
The Forum remains one of the best shopping malls in the city along with being a landmark in Koramangala. It is one of best places in the city to shop and have fun in general.
“Absolutely love the variety this mall offers a consumer. This place is in a prime location and parking your vehicle should not be a problem. There are big as well as so many small brands which you might not have heard or seen. Inside mall atmosphere is neat and clean.every one must visit!”
One of the oldest and busiest shopping streets of Bangalore.
Considered to be a haven for all shopaholic, commercial street has it all. From small trinkets to branded clothes and home décor items, everything can be found here. The place is a hub of shops and eateries and anything your soul can delight in. the street is always full of rushing crowds and crazy activity.
A few of the best centers for apparels are the Khadi Bhandar and the Dupatta House. Exquisite pieces of jewelry can be found in the jewelry lane. The main street is for branded clothing, but the adjoining lanes everything can be found from footwear to stitching or stationary items. With many shops of fame like Van Heusen, Max, Westside situated there, you can get almost anything you want. For food there are chain stores such as KFC, McDonalds, and Burger kind side by side everlasting places like Bhagat ram sweets and Anand sweets.
Therefore, if shopping is to be considered, Commercial Street and its adjoining lanes are the best for any kind of buyable wares.
“The street is filled with the big brands outlets and the place is often crowded and it’s a happening place and its located in heart of the Bangalore.”
A chain of malls found in every corner of the city.
If you want to spent a few hours shopping at leisure, the central malls are your ideal place. Dotting the entire area of Bangalore, they are not just numerous but very useful for a quick getaway to the happening center of the city. Throughout these malls we can find various branded shops for men’s and women’s apparel and accessories such as W, Allen Solly, Vero Moda, Pepe, Jack 7 Jones and many others.
From shopping to having dinner at the food court and catching a movie afterwards, the Central malls are the best place to spend your time.
“This place has got really good options unlike other malls in this area. They announce the offers going on live every 5-10 minutes and give great deals. One of the best experiences in this vicinity. Good job central, keep it going.”
An old traditional street market in the city.
⏳ 2 hrs.
KR Market or Krishna Rajendra market was once a battlefield which played a pivotal role in the 3rd Anglo-Mysore war. From a battlefield to a busy market, the KR Market has a special spot in the hearts of every Bangalore resident. The tourists too visit the market at least once early morning to look at the array of flowers to be bought. From roses to jasmines and bougainvillea, every kind of flowers can be seen there. The transition occurs when the flowers are replaced with fruits and vegetables at a low cost. Both inside the building and sprawling outside into the lanes, the market is a grand one. Metal accessories such as dumbbells can also be found in the outskirts.
“Best place. Rich and poor come alike. Lot of options. If you plan it well then shopping will be more enjoyable. Lot of things to shop around. Be it for home or otherwise. It will be crowded bcos it’s a market. If you not disturbed by crowd, dust, then get going..”
An emporium selling beautiful handicrafts.
The Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited together with Cauvery Handicrafts limited works on uplifting the state of the beautiful ethnic crafts found solely in Karnataka along with the condition of the artisans. They have about 13 craft complexes in Karnataka along with supporting over 50, 000 artisans in their endeavors.
Karnataka is famous for its many carvings and works such as woodwork in sandalwood and rosewood, channapatna lacquer wares and toys, Mysore traditional paintings, bidri wares, kinhal toys, stone carvings and traditional jewelry. These beautiful handcrafts are showcased and supplied all across India and other nations to highlight the wonders of Karnataka’s authentic handicrafts. All these handicrafts play a special role in Karnataka’s development.
“Best place in Bangalore to get traditional handicraft items from all over India. Best place to buy genuine sandalwood products like wood carvings, incense sticks, sandalwood powder etc.”
A road littered with branded shops to dazzle everyone.
MG Road being one of the busiest roads of Bangalore is full of the teeming crowds during the after-hours when everyone is looking for some down time. It is the perfect destination for any kind of activity in the city, full of shops of every kind. From shopping for clothes, footwear and accessories to grabbing a quick bite or fine dining, MG Road has everything. Connected to that road is the Brigade Road and Church Street, coming which the area becomes a shopper’s dream come true. With a few choice high-end clubs, the nightlife of the road is never ending.
MG road is famous for its branded shopping stops but other items such as cutlery, bone china sets and traditional handicrafts can also be found here. It is your ideal destination for every kind of buyable items.
“Place known for night life and shopping in Bengaluru. Well connected by metro and cabs. Evenings are crowded especially on weekends. On average on the costly side”
A famous street bazaar for the clothing lovers.
A lively and busy place throughout the day, Gandhi Bazaar still remains one of the most sought-after shopping arena till this day. With multiple outlets of fashionable brands seen side by side with old shops selling traditional Indian garments and items needed during Pooja rituals, the place is the ideal amalgamation of old-world charm with western refinement.
Gandhi Bazaar is most famous for its Pooja accessories and flowers but along with those there are many new restaurants and cafes that have opened in the recent years making it a hub of activity. So if you’re in Bangalore to stay or visit, seeing Gandhi Bazaar is a must.
“Gandhi Bazaar is one of the oldest shopping area in Bangalore south.Famous for flowers, fruits, pooja articles and all types of dresses and accessories.and also authentic south indian restaurants. All in one place.”
A famous wholesale & retail marketplace in Bangalore.
A one stop lane to everything you’ll ever need, Chickpet stands with its variant shops, some selling intricately designed sarees made of silk and tussar, or just basic materials of daily usage like cutlery, or antiques from some unraveled past. It is the affordability that has kept the age old place alive, even now. So, when you are in Bangalore, it is a spot you cannot miss.
“This is well known market area in Bangalore, from very old times. They have a large collection textiles , fruits and vegetables and lot of other items including electrical goods”
Unlike the previous decades, nocturnal life in the metropolitan cities have hiked to the point where people constantly keep looking for new thing to do, places to see, and pubs to visit in the city. It is no wonder that tourists and even those who live in Bangalore itself are fond of the night and the adventure it brings.
Here are 7 ways to enjoy Bangalore’s nightlife-
A brewery for those who love good food along with great beers.
⏳ 2 hrs.
With a capacity of 20,000 litres of craft beer in 16 varieties on tap, the Byg Brewski is Asia’s largest brewpub. The company has 2 outlets in the city, with a large base of customers clamoring for their amazing food and latest beverages. The gourmet dishes prepared for the 65,000 sq ft pub plays a big role in its popularity. The live kitchen provides hot food of multiple cuisines from Mutton Keema Sambousek to burgers, nachos and pizza. The live music, concerts and the presence of the DJ gives it the much-needed groove to make it one of the hottest places in town for a night out.
➕ Indoor/ outdoor seating, valet parking
“Fabulous ambience with excellent service at super speed. Excellent presentation of tasty starters. The cocktails too were made extremely well. Will definitely return. The only drawback to going more often- the distance plus traffic”
A pub for those who love to dance and party.
Located on the posh 100ft road, LOFT 38 provides the best of casual dining with a sophisticated vibe. The rustic woody interior adds to the uplifting mood of the place. With good food, amazing drinks and cheerful service, the place ranks high on the list of pubs good for a night crawl. The well-stocked bar has imported beer, classic cocktails such as Manhattan, Negroni and their signature cocktail of “Bubbly Bangalore”. With a massive space specially designed for dancing, LOFT 38 is a popular destination among people of all age to enjoy their night in a lively fashion.
➕ Indoor seating, free + valet parking, buffet
“Not short on cash? This place is for you… Amazing ambience… Energetic music.. If you love to get high and dance… Well dance floor is ready to welcome you…food is great too if you are into it”
If you’re looking for a thrilling night full of games and adventure, Breakout is the place for you. Unlike other escape rooms, Breakout stays open till late upon request to give their customers the opportunity to experience the games at their own available time.
Breakout has 7 rooms to choose from-
Breakout provides you the perfect opportunity to have an amazing night after an ordinary day inside the city. With options to have catered food after the game, it is the ideal package of fun and adventure.
➕ Play area, good for kids, family time.
“This place is a hub of fun entertainment and thrill. After playing the game named kidnapped I was in my own world of action thrill and suspense. Thanks to game master Nikita who dictated us the story behind the game so well that we have lived it. Her way of coordination and handling our doubts was so well ….MUST VISITED PLACE”
A beautiful heaven like hill for early morning trekking.
⏳ 1 day
For those looking for a quiet getaway from the city, Nandi Hills is your destination. 40 km away from the city, the trail length is about 1.5 km with such picturesque sites to leave you awed. The trek is a great option for amateurs to hone their trekking skills in a soothing environment. The best way to enjoy the hills is to camp for the night under the mountains and trek the hill early the following day to see the mesmerizing sunrise. The main monuments worthy of seeing are the 2 temples- Bhoga Nandeshwara and Yoga Nandeshwara. Other gorgeous sites are Tipu’s drop, Tipu’s Tashk–e–Jannat and Amrita Sarovar.
“Best time to visit this place is at around 6 am in winter. You can capture best view in your eyes as well as your cool digital gadgets. Don’t get late getting ready, start asap..”
For the nature lovers, a night trek away from the city.
At more than 12, 000 ft. above sea level, Savanadurga is one of the ideal spots for a night trek among the hills and trees. One of the 2 trails, trekking the Karigudda is more adventurous since it is less explored. The other trail, the Billigudda is comparatively safer and does not require much prior knowledge of trekking.
The fort is one of the main attractions seen while trekking. Built in the 1500s, it is a wonderful piece of architecture. The picturesque setting and relaxed ambience provides for a vigorous and memorable activity. The Manchinbele Dam on one side also offers an amazing view for the trekkers. If you’re taking a guided night trek, the instructors keep a watchful eye during the water activities so that no accidents occur.
For an invigorating night-time activity away from the city, Savanadurga is a great option.
“Best place for trekking,not too long or not too short distance….a must go place. Knowing is the place and route is important.”
A 24 hours open fine dining restaurant.
ITC Gardenia’s famous 24 hours open fine dining restaurant Cubbon Pavilion offers its customers lip smacking food and cheerful service throughout the day. The sky lit restaurant, named after the sprawling Cubbon park offer its diners a multi-cuisine a-la-carte menu for a 24/7 dining experience. For the nocturnal creatures, Cubbon Pavilion is your place for a midnight feast.
Its most expressive feature is the vertical garden infused with metal, wood marble and glass which creates an amazing ambience maintained throughout the day. The customers enjoy the freshness of the décor combined with great breakfast, lunch, or dinner with all 3 distinctive courses.
Therefore, for grand night of wine and dine in a chic manner, Cubbon Pavilion is your destination.
➕ Outdoor seating, valet parking, buffet.
“This place lives up to its reputation. Visited for lunch buffet. The staff was very welcoming and courteous. The food was delicious – a widespread platter. It is a paradise for those of you with a sweet tooth. A must visit.”
A special ice cream parlor with amazing varieties.
⏳ 1 hr.
Even with only vegetarian food being served, Richie Rich is quite famous with the locals making it an essential for people all over the city. Richie Rich is famous for its desserts and beverages but there are other items available for gorging on the most delicious food. Starting from a normal dairy based parlor, Richie Rich has now expanded to other small edibles and home baked cakes making it a unique place to spend some time with your friends and family. The ice creams still remain the showstoppers with addable items such as Ferrero Rocher, honey, mango and many other fruits and nuts.
➕ Vegetarian only, indoor seating.
“I have been going there from the last two decades, they are very famous for their range of bespoke ice creams, and of course for their Pav-Bhaji and Tawa-Pulao, you can park your car and savor the dishes while sitting in the car itself”