Known as the City of Gardens, Bangalore is one of the most prettiest cities of India. This fifth largest metropolitan city is also known as the silicon valley of India. Known for its heritage and cultural sites, one has a lot to do and see here. From having a good time indulging in sightseeing of this city to spending a gratifying evening in one of the famous pubs, Bangalore has a lot to offer to its visitors. Historical places like the Bangalore Palace, HAL Aerospace Museum, Tipu Sultan's Palace and the Government Museum will definitely interest the history buffs. Nature is also one reason for people to visit this city because of places like Ulsoor Lake, Cubbon Park, Lumbini Gardens and Lal Bagh. The ISKCON Temple and the Bull Temple are places that are thoroughly enjoyed by the religious people. With all this and much more, Bangalore has a special place in the list of tourist places in India.
Places To SeeSeshadari Iyer Memorial
Constructed in red sand stone, this distinctive building in Cubbon Park houses a public library and the Bangalore High Court. The surrounding grounds encompass a children's recreation area with a toy train, fairground and theater. Bangalore Palace
Constructed by the Maharajahs of Mysore, the palace is a must visit for its architectural splendour, intricate carvings, paintings and impressive grounds. The palace had witnessed years of neglect and was largely ignored as a tourist attraction. However, the renovations carried out by the authorities have relegated the palace to its original splendor. Tip
: The entrance fee is Rs 225 for Indians and Rs 450 for foreigners. You need to pay additional charges to take photographs. The fee includes an excellent audio guide that explains the architecture and history in details. Tipu Sultan's Palace
The palace dates from about 1790. It served as the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The palace is a two-storey structure crafted mostly out of wood. The main attractions include the finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches. There are beautiful floral motifs embellishing the walls of the palace.
Timings: The palace is open to visitors from 9:30am to 5:30pm on all days of the week. Tickets are for Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreigners. The Bull Temple
Located in Basavanagudi, the Bull Temple is a perfect example of the Dravidian style architecture. The main highlight of the temple is the mammoth bull statue carved from a single boulder. According to a popular legend, the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that destroyed local crops. An annual festival is also held every year. The Maha Bodhi Society Temple
This is a relatively a new addition to Bangalore’s landscape. The main shrine replicates the historic stupa at Bodh Gaya. The surrounding of the temple grounds provide the much needed relief from the chaos of the city. Tip
: If you are interested to learn more about Buddhism, you will find a range of books on the subject available in the temple complex. Holy Trinity Church
The church, which is located at Trinity circle at the east end of the MG Road, is a major landmark of Bangalore. Built in 1851, the church is a perfect example of the English Renaissance style of architecture. It can accommodate 700 people and is regarded as the largest military church in southern India.
Things To DoCycling trips
Cycling is a popular activity in Bangalore. Several bicycle tours are organized in and around the city. There are several shops that rent out bicycles for weekend plans. There are several trails in the adjoining Sayhadri Range where you can inhale the fresh air. Climbing/Bouldering
Bangalore has several boulder gardens and granite hills in its vicinity giving adventure lovers the perfect opportunity for outdoor activities. A day schedule can incorporate multiple bouldering, multi-pitch and single pitch sport, and some trad climbing possibilities.
Tips: Check out bouldering activities in Bangalore on social media websites to join similar-minded people to plan your climbing trip. Kayaking
Bangalore has an active community of white water kayakers that arrange kayaking activities during the monsoon months. During the non-monsoon months, you can opt for flat water paddling. Tip
: Check for the availability of sport gear with the tour operator or bring your own kayak and gear. Cricket
India is a cricket-crazy nation, a fact that is well reflected in the frenzy that can be witnessed when the IPL matches take place. Located near Cubbon Park, Chinnaswamy stadium is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team is reputed for having a large and loyal fan following. The IPL season falls between March and May every year. Matches are played in the evenings and last around 3 hours. Tip
: If you plan to witness an IPL match, make sure to book your ticket well in advance. The tickets usually get sold one week before the match. The IPL schedule is announced well in advance and you can flip the newspapers or Internet for more information. Adventure activities
You can go hiking and hill climbing in the nearby Nandi hills, Rangaswamy betta, and Bhimeshwari – Muttati route. These adventure activities allow you to soak up the scenic surroundings, meet locals and gain a first- hand experience of the region. Tip
: It is advisable to go in groups for these activities. In case, you wish to go alone, let someone or your hotel staff know your schedule. Camping
There are several camping destinations in and around Bangalore that allow you to pitch up your tent, experience outdoor living and indulge in a range of outdoor activities such as water sports, trekking, biking and rock climbing etc. Tip
: If you don’t wish to carry your own camping gear, you can check out adventure companies in Bangalore that provide complete camping package including food, activities and gears.