Call it the Silicon Valley of India or the Garden City or may be a Cosmopolitan city, for Bangalore can be anything you call it! It is also a city of paradoxes, another reason why you must see this place. The diversity, and the foreign influence, colourful history and the rich heritage have all made Bangalore a melting pot of culture. Today’s Bangalore is an interesting destination that intrigues people of all ages. You have everything from history to adventure, nightlife to book cafes, nature’s beauty to luxury malls, you name it, and you get it in Bangalore. Here is our list that proves Bangalore is a place for everyone; I bet you will find your pick as well:
Situated on Mysore Road, Wonderla Amusement Park in Bangalore is a connotation for a well spent family vacation. This amusement park offers thrilling rides along with a stay in a comfy resort. There are about 59 water rides that can be enjoyed by people of every age group. Wonderla is indeed an exciting tourist attraction in Bangalore if you are planning a weekend trip.
Bangalore has two ISKCON Temples namely, ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple and Sri Sudarshana Narasimha Temple. The two temples have an important place in the travel and tourism in Bangalore as they attract not only devotees from India but from abroad as well. These temples, which have Lord Krishna as their presiding deity, are indeed excellent places to visit while one is in Bangalore. ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple is situated at Hare Krishna Hill in Rajaji Nagar and Sri Sudarshana Narasimha Temple is located at Vaikuntha Hill on Kanakapura Road. ISKCON Bangalore has also initiated a Krishna Lila Theme Park at Vaikuntha hill with the aim of displaying the cultural heritage of India with the help of modern technology.
An ideal place to attain spiritual knowledge and peace of mind, Art of Living is a destination with a difference in Bangalore. Focusing on meditation, satsang and seva, this ashram offers helps in experiencing spiritual bliss and inner satisfaction. Since, living amidst the hustle and bustle of the city can be challenging many a times, it is good to know that places like Art of Living are there to shelter one from the anxieties.
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Located in the northwest of Bangalore, Malleswaram is a suburban town that is known for its temples. The old world charm is what fascinates the visitors here. Also shopping and small eating joints have their share of fans at Malleswaram. The major attractions here are Halli Mane and Shirdi Sai Temple.
The Suryanarayan Temple displays one of the best samples of Chola architecture. Situated in Dolmur on old airport road, this sacred shrine is dedicated to Sun God. It is believed that the 3.25feet tall idol of Suryanarayan presiding here was brought from Badrinath. Although the temple can be visited any time of the year, yet the period when the annual fair of Suryanarayana Swamy is held on the Rathasaptami day in January is the best time to visit here. During the celebration 32 feet chariot is brought which the devotees pull.
Situated in Cubbon Park, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is a one of its kind place in Bangalore. It is Science Centre that holds interactive exhibits. The museum has different galleries like Engine Hall, Electro Technic Gallery, Fun Science Gallery, Space Gallery and Science for Children Gallery. This museum is indeed a treasure house for those having keen interest in science and technology. The museum also features a virtual game area and organizes a mini-planetarium show.
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Located in the south of Bangalore is the oldest area of the city called Basavangudi. The place is known for its Bull Temple and the celebration of Kadlekai Parishe and Belngaluru Ganesha Utsava. Apart from Bull Temple, there are several other Hindu shrines like Dodda Ganeshana Gudi, Ramakrishna Ashram/Math, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple and Kaaranji Anjaneya Swamy Temple that can be visited here. Basavangudi is ideal place to see the old world charm of Bangalore.
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden is an important landmark in Bangalore city. The garden is a vital part of the sightseeing tour in Bangalore. Situated in southern Bangalore, Lalbagh hosts India’s largest collection of tropical plants. There is even an annual flower show that is hosted here and is attended by large number of people from around the globe. Also, flower shows are organized on Independence Day and Republic Day here. The Karnataka government also organizes Janapada Janitre (Folk Fair), in which folk dance and music programmes can be enjoyed here. The geological monument in the garden is another feature that attracts lot of people.
If you are in Bangalore, you have to visit Phoenix Market City Mall. Covering an area of 1.4 million square ft, it is one of the largest malls in Bangalore. The mall has more than 270 stores that are a mix of International and National premium brands, PVR multiplex and a food court. So now you know where exactly you want to be when you want to shop, eat or watch a movie!
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Situated in Vivek Nagar, Bangalore, Infant Jesus Shrine gives the impression of being a place of miracle. The Church is situated amidst lush rose gardens and is known for its exquisite architecture. Many people, not only from India but abroad, come to this church considering it a place where prayers are answered. You can also visit this sacred place in Bangalore to seek blessings.
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A popular Hanuman temple in Bangalore, Ragiguda Anjaneya Temple is situated in Jayanagar. Located on a hilltop, the temple is believed to have been constructed in 1969; however, Ragiguda has a Hindu mythological legend behind its construction. The legend has it that Ragiguda is a hill made of Ragi (a food grain), on which the Thrimurthies, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva wanted to reside permanently. They thus modified themselves as stone pillars near this place. At Ragiguda the main attractions are Parna Kuteera, Trimurthy Sannidhi, Auditorium and Pushkarni. Each year Hanumanjayanthi is celebrated here with lot of zeal for about 12 days and we believe it is the best time to visit this temple.
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Located in Manikyavelu Mansion on Palace Road, Bangalore, National Gallery of Modern Art is definitely a place that one should visit at least once in a lifetime. The Gallery is a a repository of the cultural ethos of India and showcases Indian art dating back from the early 18th century till the contemporary times. Equipped with an auditorium, a public art reference library, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitation block, the Gallery is a major hub and cultural centre in Bengaluru.
Fancy watching a cricket match or two? M Chinnaswamy Stadium is indeed the best cricket ground to visit in Bangalore. This 40 years old stadium is currently the home ground of the Indian Premium League. Situated at the heart of the city, this stadium is one of the must visit places in Bangalore.
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A popular landmark in Bangalore city, Dodda Ganapthi Temple is situated near another famous shrine named Bull Temple. The eye catching idol of Lord Ganesha attracts a lot of people here. The idol is coated with 100kgs of butter as a form of paying reverence to him. It is also believed that the idol of Ganesha is growing in size from its right side.
At Infantry Road in Bangalore city, Kynkyny Art Gallery is a hotspot for budding artists. It is certainly a place for those who take interest in art work. This art gallery showcases different styles of contemporary fine art like painting, sculpture, figurative, abstract, mixed media, oil on canvas and etching. Even if you lack adequate knowledge about art, trust us, you are going to love this place anyway!
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At Gavipura, you have the opportunity to witness the best example of rock-cut architecture in Bangalore. Cut out from a monolithic rock, Gave Gangadhareshwara is a cave temple. What intrigues people here is its well planned architecture that allows the Sun to shine on it only at a certain time of the year. The mysterious stone discs in the forecourt are also a major attraction here.
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Situated on M.G Road, St Mark’s Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in Bangalore. Founded in 1808, this Cathedral is known for its exquisite colonial architecture. This 200 years old church has appreciative woodwork, ornated carvings that are coupled with excellently done ceilings and domes. The stained glass work also adds to the beauty of this church.
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Shivgange is located at a distance of about 54kms from Bangalore. It is a mountain peak, which is 1368m high and is in the shape of a Shivalinga. A small stream flows nearby it, which is locally called Ganga. There are a number of famous temples around Shivgange like Gangadhareshwara temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi Statue and Patalagange. Sharadambe temple and several theerthas such as Agasthya theertha, Kanva theertha, Kapila theertha, Pathala Gange can also be found on this hill. Apart from its religious importance, Shivgange has become the most popular place around Bangalore for trekking and climbing and Bangalore. It is a suitable place for the beginners.
Regarded as the heart of city, Cubbon Park is one of the must-visit places in Bangalore. Historical buildings and monuments like Attara Kacheri, Museum and Seshadri Iyer memorial hall are the chief attractions of the park, whereas the rich botanical garden makes it one of the most pleasant places to spend time in Bangalore. Cubbon Park has also won many accolades for maintaining this heritage so well.
A one of its kind place, Bannerghatta Biological Park is a wonderful place to visit near Bangalore for people of all ages. The biggest achievement of this place is that it helps in conserving wildlife at a close proximity to a metropolitan city Established in order to make people aware about wildlife and diversity, Bannerghatta Biological Park makes Bangalore a proud city and is also a wonderful option to spend a day trip. The park is situated at a short distance of 24kms from Bangalore and offers visitors the opportunity to witness wildlife from close quarters. Safaris, butterfly and rescue centre are the main attractions of this park.
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Another hub for art lovers in Bangalore, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat is a significant place in bringing the rich art of veterans and amateurs to the world. The place houses a collection of 13 galleries that display art work from different eras and genre. Mysore Paintings, Leather Puppets, Sculptures and Russian artists Roerichs, Kejriwal, Kukke, and Krishna Reddy are some of the popular works that you can see here. Also there is an art mart that sells art publications from many popular publishing houses.
These two masterpieces are amongst the best sights to see the architecture excellence in Bangalore. Situated near the famous Cubbon Park, these two exquisite building are located opposite to each other. While Attara Kacheri is the place where the High Court is housed, Vidhan Soudha is the seat of the state legislature. The Attara Kacheri is a two storied Gothic style building and is in perfect contrast to the architecture of Vidhan Soudha, which has been done in Mysore Neo-Dravidian style. The two building are equally interesting and makes for a perfect heritage walk tour in Bangalore.
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After a hectic day or a week in a bustling city like Bangalore, places like Pyramid Valley makes for a perfect escape. An international centre of meditation, Pyramid valley redefines the concept of meditation and its healing powers. The centre aims at offering the visitors the power of self realization and spiritual wisdom and to help them unlock their hidden potential. Apart from this, the architecture of the centre in the form of pyramid also catches a lot of attention.
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Despite all the hustle and bustle, one actually has the benefits of living in big cities. There is so much that one can explore spend time doing in the big city. If you are visiting Bangalore, UB City is actually one of those places where one can explore the best of city life. Reckoned to be India’s first luxury mall, UB City comprises of UB Tower, Kingfisher Plaza, Concorde, Canberra & Comet Blocks. Each of these blocks has its own distinct look. The lower three levels of the Concorde and Canberra Block constitute the Retail area, which is also known as The Collection. Here one can find premium international brands like Rolex, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, & Canali. UB City also has an 800 seater Amphitheatre, Day Spa from Angsana and restaurant that serve cuisines ranging from Italian to Chinese, Indian to Japanese.
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An outing at Savandurga with friends and family is ideal picnic spot at any weekend. Savandurga is situated 60kms away from Bangalore and is known as the perfect picnic spot. It is also reckoned to be the largest monolithic rock in Asia. At Savandurga many people perform pilgrimage at the two temples namely, Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple that are located at the foot of the hills. Adventurists like rock climbers, cave explorers and trekkers consider Savandurga as one of the best places for adventure holiday in Bangalore.
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A Perfect place for those looking for a peaceful vacationing, Makalidurga is situated about 60kms from Bangalore city. Due to its beautiful landscape this place has become one of the best tourist attractions near Bangalore. It is also a favourite haunt for trekkers as well. The Makalidurga Fort and several luxury resorts are other attractions here.
Innovative Film City is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore with your kids. Situated at about 40kms from Bangalore city, Innovative Film City offers unlimited entertainment on a weekend. With entertainment sources like Amphitheatre, Cartoon City with India’s biggest roller coaster, Aqua Kingdom, Haunted Mansion, and Fossil Museum, you and your kids are guaranteed the time of your life!
Located at Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore, JP is a biodiversity park. It is the third biggest park in Bangalore after Lalbagh and Cubbon Park. The park houses four lakes, a 25 acres lawn and over 250 varieties of trees and shrubs. Exotic aquatic species, a nursery, a nature centre, an exhibition plaza, and an amphitheatre are the highlight of this place. If you are residing in the neighbouring areas of this park, you eventually know its assets as a perfect place for morning walks/jogs, martial art classes, yoga and laughing therapies.
Reckoned to be one of the oldest churches in Bangalore, St. Mary’s Basilica relates itself to the history of Karnataka. Built by a French architect in Gothic architecture style, the church is known for its beautiful facade and the statue of Mother Mary holding Child Jesus and Statue of Our Lady at the shrine’s gate (this statue is said to be miraculously saved when the church was set on fire by some miscreants). The best time to visit St.Mary’s Basilica is on Septemver 8, when the Feast day of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary is held.
Running east from Trinity Circle to Anil Kumble Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Road or MG Road is probably the most popular road in Bangalore. It is also one of the busiest roads that are flanked by many towering office buildings, fancy restaurants, giant shopping stores and banks. Taking a stroll over this famed road is one of the best things to do in Bangalore. We are sure, if you were in the city, there is no way you could have avoided driving on this road and we believe you would have had a lasting memory or two of this place certainly!
Sankey Tank is a major attraction for nature lovers. It is an artificial tank that is situated in western Bangalore. Built in 1882, this water tank is today one of the best places to escape to for some peaceful time in the city of Bangalore. The tank includes a park and a swimming pool. Also, one has the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride here as well. There is infact a separate tank made for idol immersion during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
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Jamia Masjid is Bangalore’s largest mosque and is situated in the city market area. This 5-storey tall sacred shrine is known for its exquisite interiors that are done with white Rajasthani marble. The mosque can accommodate about 10,000 worshippers at a time.
Now this is a place for sky gazers that too even in the day time! The Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium is situated on Chowdiah Road and is amongst one of awesome places to visit with your kids to in Bangalore. One has the opportunity to watch ‘The Sky Theatre Show’ that unfolds the marvel and mysteries of the universe, planets and the solar system.
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Madhugiri is an excellent place for nature lovers and history enthusiast. Situated 104kms from Bangalore city, Madhugiri is well connected by road. It is a large monolithic rock on which is perched the Madhugiri Fort built during Vijaynagar reign. Today, Madhugiri has become one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore for seasonal trekkers and hikers. Other important places near Madhugiri include Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve or Maidana Halli Blackbuck Sanctuary (25kms from Madhugiri), Chennarayana Durga, Siddara Betta and Venkataramana and Malleshvara temples.
Situated on old Airport Road, HAL Aerospace Museum is a one of its kind destination in India. It is infact India’s first aerospace museum that was established in 2001. It is a good idea to explore some place as innovative as this museum on a weekend holiday in Bangalore. The museum showcases a range of aircrafts, helicopters, aircraft engine models, flight simulators and a mock Air Traffic Control Tower. Along with this one has a good chance to glance at the history of Indian aviation. The visitors are also offered a chance to witness the landing as well as take off of variety of aircrafts at HAL Bangalore Airport.