Bangalore, which is now name changed to Bengaluru is the fastest-growing megacity in India. It is a real diverse land with different religions, ethnicities, and cultures existing in harmony. This adds to the quality of Bangalore to be known as one of the biggest cosmopolitans in the country. While on a trip to Bengaluru, you will get to spend time in the growing urban landscapes as well as historical relics that form a major part of Indian history and beautiful naturescapes with enough green and cool. Besides these spots, there are a number of shopping areas for you to explore some Indian style in clothing, jewelry, etc.
While planning a trip to Bangalore, it is good to list out the best places to visit in the city. Here are our top 12 places to visit in Bangalore:
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
When Bangalore came to be known as the ‘Garden city of India’, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden had a major role to play with it. This flower paradise has been a huge part of the city’s history itself, with its commissioning in 1760 by Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan.
The garden is a large stretch, over 200 acres and houses more than 1000 plant species, including some very rare varieties from different parts of the world. There are also various bird types found among the several years old trees. The Bonsai and topiary gardens are other highlights of Lal Bagh.
Annually, the garden organizes 2 flower shows, namely on Independence day and Republic Day. They have also arranged for a nursery from where the public can buy ornamental plants. A visit to Bangalore would be incomplete without a visit to Lal Bagh.
Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru
Time of visit: Every weekday- 9 am to 6 pm
ISKCON is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and they have built two different temples in the city of Bangalore. Sri Radha Krishna Temple and Sri Sudarshana Narasimha Temple are two major attractions in the city. These have more than a devotional touch and gives people a cultural and architectural outlook about the country as a whole. They attract tourists from many parts of the world and create a vibe of harmony in the area.
Location: Sri Radha Krishna Temple- Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajajinagar
Sri Sudarshana Narasimha Temple- Vaikuntha Hill, Kanakapura Road
Sri Radha Krishna Temple-
4:15 am to 5:00 am
Monday to Friday
7:15 am to 1:00 pm
4:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
7:15 am to 8:15 pm
Sri Sudarshana Narasimha Temple-
Morning – 7:15 am – 1:00 pm
Evening – 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Looking to experience a glorious sunrise view from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is the place to be at. A beautiful retreat within the calm and serene nature. This can be an all rolled into one location for you to choose.
From adventure sports like uphill cycling, trekking and paragliding to the stunning Nandi Statue in front of the Yoganandeeshwara Temple and the exotic beauty of nature that surrounds, Nandi Hills offer something for everyone.
The area would have a large population of monkeys, hence it is advised to avoid keeping eatables away from their access to avoid trouble. The climate in Nandi is said to be very pleasant, relating to its location way over 1400 above sea level.
Location: 10km from Chikkaballapura, Bangalore.
Timing: The best time to visit Nandi Hills would be somewhere between the months of October and March. The place is open to visitors from 6 AM to 10 PM, but the trekking ends at 6 PM.
Ever wanted to explore the famous Tudor architecture? Bangalore has the perfect specimen for you. The Bangalore Palace, built-in 1878, in the Tudor and Scottish Goth Architectural pattern. This gives the structure a real castle-like vibe, like the ones you get to see in Disney movies.
The palace is now being used for upscale events and marriages. Its ground has been used for hosting famous musicians like Elton John, Backstreet Boys, Don Moen, etc. While visiting the palace, you should make sure that a photography token and you do not capture the areas where photography is prohibited.
It is important to make sure you keep your hands from touching any of the artifacts and do not wander off into the areas which are out of reach for the public.
Location: Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
Timing: All days of the week, 10 AM to 5 PM. It is recommended to visit the palace during the festival of Dussehra when the palace and grounds will be lit up.
If you want a place to relax and breathe in some fresh air in the city of Bangalore, Cubbon Park has its gate open for you. With its green and thick foliage of trees, Cubbon is the perfect space to exercise, do a morning jog, have a calm conversation and so on. It can be called the lungs of Bangalore and is a real Botanical treasury.
The park also has a provision for musicians or other artists to perform. The Aquarium is another major attraction at Cubbon park. This is the perfect choice for a calm and relaxed outing in Bangalore.
Location: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka
Timing: All weekdays other than Mondays. Remains open from 6 AM to 6 PM.
This amusement park is the perfect place for family and friends to hang out and spend a day with fun and enjoyment. There are over 60 water and land rides in Wonderla. The rides are a mix of adventure and excitement. The Insanity Twister, Recoil, etc are rides that literally give a whole new meaning to adventure. Wonderla is rated as India’s number one.
Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bangalore
Timing: Monday to Friday: 11 AM to 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM to 7 PM
Snow city is one of the best places to give your kids the most enjoyable holiday. It is the right space to escape the scorching heat of Bangalore. There are a number of crazy indoor rides offering a day of excitement. This is an area over 12,000 square feet filled with snow. The texture and feel of snow give you the exact feeling of living in a snow-covered mountainside. In addition to the snow games, Snow city also has provisions for 9D cinema.
Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, J C Nagar, Bangalore
Timing: A day at Snow city is divided into different sessions; morning session starting at 10:15 AM and last one of the evening sessions at 07:15 PM.
Tipu's Summer Palace
Tipu’s summer palace was completed in 1791 and in the intricate and marvelous Indo Islamic architectural pattern. This was the Sultan’s summer residence and it lies within the borders of the Bangalore fort. The construction was done in teak and filled with several floral adornments around the palace, creating a real marvel.
There are a number of historic relics being preserved in this palace. Tipu Sultan was known for his heroic winnings on the battlefield, but his contributions to the architectural history of our nation are no less magnificent. The summer palace at Bangalore is a great example of this.
Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru
Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, all days of the week
In large cities, people always look for a place to quietly reflect upon their thoughts, a place to be in sync with the calm and serenity of nature. Sankey Tank is one such spot located in the busy metro of Bengaluru. A man-made lake that was built to put an end to the water crisis for people living in the Garden city has now become a place of peaceful relaxation. The boat club that remains active, makes arrangements for people to experience boating in the lake.
Location: Malleswaram West, Bangalore
Timing: 6 AM to 8 PM on all weekdays except on Fridays. The evening is the right time to take a stroll around the lake.
Bannerghatta National Park
Karnataka is a state flourishing in its flora and fauna population. There are huge varieties of plants, trees, animals, birds, etc thriving in the different natural habitats spread around the state. Bannerghatta national park offers a great opportunity for you to experience the various species, much closer than in a normal zoo.
Getting to experience the wonders of nature in their natural habitats. There are a few villages situated within this National Park, which has been functioning since 1974. There are a number of different arrangements within the park which gives the visitors, the right opportunity to explore the special butterflies, snake park, aquarium, etc.
The national park is also a hiking and trekking point for the adventure seekers. Bannerghatta national park extends over 100 sq.km and houses very unique species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic lion, etc. There is also the provision to avail a guided bus tour around the park. The children’s park is a place for the kids to hangout causing no trouble to the elders.
Location: Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru
1.Zoo- 09:30 AM to 5:00 PM
2.Grand Safari (Tiger, Lion, Bear & Herbivore Safari)- 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
3.Butterfly Park- 09:30 AM to 5:00 PM
4.Boating - 09:30 AM to 5:00 PM
This schedule remains the same on all weekdays, except Tuesday, which is a holiday for the
Innovative Film City
A place where your kids can enjoy their hearts fill. The innovative film city is filled with games and rides that are sure to entertain the young and old alike. Net cricket, Go-Karting, boating, etc are some of the games in addition to the water pools which include one real interesting wave pool.
Other attractions include Tribal Museum, Fossil Museum, Mirror Maze, etc. The film city also houses India’s biggest roller coaster and a very entertaining Haunted Mansion. Once in Electronic city, this is a must-visit place with your kids to spend a joyful day together.
Location: 24 & 26, Kiadb Estates, Birmangla cross, Bidadi, Bengaluru
Timing: 10 AM to 7 PM, all days of the week.
Located about 40kms from Bangalore, Machanabele is a small Kannadiga village. The dam which is built over the Arkavathy river is a sought-out destination for people looking for a weekend getaway in the calm of a village. There is a reservoir which helps in improving the agriculture prospects of this area.
This reservoir has also been the reason for the formation of a huge lake. There were many activities for visitors in the lake, but they have all been discontinued due to the danger due to fault lines and deep slush. But the area is the perfect spot to spend a peaceful, relaxing weekend.
The backwaters of Machanebele dam is now an accessible area with a number of adventure resorts. Thus you have the option of staying at the village itself and spend some quality time with friends or family. In addition to all these, the village is rich in its natural wealth of flora and fauna.
There is a large variety of plants and trees growing lusciously, giving a fresh aura to the place. The flower species found in Machanabele is exceptional as well. Being a meagerly populated village, this area is an ideal location for migratory birds as well as regional species. Hence, the right spot for bird watching!
Searching for a quick getaway from the city, here is your pick. Lying just off the Kanakapura Main road, Thottikkallu falls can be an interesting place to visit. The road that leads to Thottikkalu starts from a village known as Byalemaradadoddi. It is a rough road that is muddy and risky. If you are taking your bike, the journey would be much more interesting. The waterfalls, also known as “Swarna Mukhi” will be very much satisfying to watch during the monsoon seasons. This can be a real treat for the eye and give a perfect view for you to capture.
Location: Kanakapura Rd, Bengaluru
Timing: The place is open at all times, but it would be best to visit during the morning hours and well before nightfall. Monsoon is the ideal time for enjoying the true beauty of the falls.
Phoenix Market City
The mall culture is now being a very normal feature in all major cities. People are much accustomed to the comfort of shopping from an air-conditioned, neat mall rather than walking along with the traditional markets with dirty streets, in the scorching heat.
Phoenix market city is one of the biggest malls in Bangalore. They have over 250 retailers, spread out in the 4 floors. Phoenix Market city houses many of the major global and national brands. They have a large food court serving fine cuisine to the people.
The PVR multiplex is another attraction of Phoenix Market city. You can spend a day shopping, eating and watching the latest hits, without having to leave the mall.
Location: Whitefield Main Rd, Devasandra Industrial Estate, Mahadevapura, Bengaluru
Monday – Friday: 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Bengaluru is also a place for all shopping enthusiasts. With its street markets and high profile shopping malls, the Electronic city of India gives a lot of options to this crowd. The street markets are perfect to be fully engrossed in the experience of shopping like a pro.
There are hundreds of different shops crammed into small spaces, offering a wide range of options for shoppers. From clothes to jewelry to all things fashion and from electronics to electrical and all things household and much more is available for sale at the commercial street. It is one of the best shopping places in Bangalore. In addition to the shopping stops, the commercial street also has a lot of different food joints.
This can make your experience of shopping for more fun and relieving. It would always be preferred to take public transport to reach the market as parking is a real issue in these areas. You can also choose to reach there in the early hours so that you find a comfortable parking spot. It is also important to make sure you do not get lost in the narrow street pockets at night. The shops at street markets will not be provisioned with digital banking systems, hence carry enough liquid money before starting your shopping spree.
Location: Tasker Town, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru
Timing: Most of the shops usually open around 10:00 AM and close around 8:00 PM. This may vary depending on each business.
These are our top 15 places to visit in Bangalore. There are even more to the magic of this city; do your research and explore as you like!
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