Bangalore, locally known as Bengaluru, is located in southern India and is one of the country’s largest cities. The city was once called the ‘Garden City’ because of its numerous parks, lakes, and mild year-round weather. Bangalore has since become a center for technology and is now nicknamed the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India. Visitors come here to see the city’s extravagant palaces, historical museums, art galleries, botanical gardens, and the Planetarium. Bangalore also has lots of shopping opportunities, an amusement park with water slides, and many delicious buffets, local cafes, and international restaurants.
Wonderla is an amusement park with over 60 adventure rides. It has land rides, water rides, high thrill rides, and kids rides. There’s also a wave pool and areas to lounge under the sun. One of the most exciting waterslides at Wonderla is the Korneto. And one of the most popular thrill rides is called Recoil, which reaches speeds of 50 miles per hour. Other fun and thrilling rides include Insanity, Maverick, Boomerang, Twisters, and Harakiri. There are several restaurants at the park that serve traditional South Indian breakfast specials, biryanis, kebabs, pizzas, sandwiches, Chinese food, and North Indian delicacies.
28th k.m., Mysore Road, Bangalore, 562109, Phone: +91-80-37-23-03-33
2.Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) was built in honor of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The museum is a major landmark in Bangalore and attracts visitors from all over the globe. Some of VITM’s grandest features include the Dinosaur Corner, Science on a Sphere, and a true-to-life replica of the Wright Brothers Flyer Kitty Hawk coupled with a Flyer Simulator. There are seven permanent galleries called Engine Hall, Fun Science, Children Science, Biotechnological Revolution, Electrotechnic, Space Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, and BEL Hall of Electronics. VITM also offers educational activities to supplement school science classes.
P. B. No. 5216, Kasturba Road, Bangalore, 560001, Phone: +91-80-22-86-62-00
3.Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath or KCP is a landmark and leading visual arts center. M. Arya Murthy and Prof. M.S Nanjunda Rao founded the center in 1960. It’s made up of museums and galleries that showcase a collection of Pan Indian culture along with traditional, modern, contemporary and folk art. The arts center offers research programs for local and foreign university students studying fine arts. The available technology and resources serve to enhance the student’s education. Visitors of the KCP can observe, study, and appreciate the numerous paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings that comprise the space.
No.1, Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Rd, Bengaluru, 560001, Phone: +91-80-22-26-18-16
Lalbagh is a botanical garden located in south Bangalore. It totals 240 acres in size and is aesthetically designed with manicured flowerbeds, lawns, a rose garden, bonsai garden, and lotus pools. It’s home to more than a thousand species of plants, many of which are rare species that originate from Persia, France, and Afghanistan. Some of its trees are more than a century old and labeled for easy identification. Lalbagh Rock, also situated on the garden’s grounds, is one of the oldest rock formations on the planet. It dates back millions of years ago and is the reason for many visitors.
Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004, Phone: +91-80-26-57-01-81
5.Bannerghatta National Park
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Bannerghatta National Park is a biological park located in the forests of the Champakadhama hills. It was created for its citizens and tourists, and in particular for its children to learn about the importance of endangered animal and plant conservation. The park started out as a small zoo in 1972. By 2002, it grew into the biological park that it is today. Visitors will find a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals at the zoo. There’s also the opportunity to take safari rides through the park to observe animals such as bears, tigers, and lions. Another popular observation area for many guests is the butterfly sanctuary.
Bannerghatta Rd., Bangaluru, 560083, Phone: +91-80-29-77-64-66
ISKCON Bangalore is a temple that was envisioned and brought the life by Madhu Pandit Dasa. This cultural complex was inaugurated in 1997 by India’s ninth president, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and remains one of the largest ISKCON temples throughout the world. Besides a charitable organization, ISKCON also disseminates Krishna Consciousness. The teachings originated from Srila Prabhupada, whose inspiration came from the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, two sacred and holy books in the Hindu religion. The temple features six shrines, a few shops, and also hosts major festivals associated with the Vedic culture. Each day during lunchtime, food (prasadam) is distributed to visitors.
Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, 560010, Phone: +91-80-23-47-19-56
Phoenix Marketcity is known as Bangalore’s ‘larger than life’ shopping destination. It opened in 2011 and is over 1.4 million square feet. It’s the biggest shopping mall in Bangalore and features over 270 stores that sell regional, national, and international premium brands. Besides shops, Phoenix Marketcity has a number of eateries and restaurants. It also has a movie theater where guests can watch movies in 4DX. Also, the mall has an entertainment area called Amoeba with bowling, video games, air hockey, a party area, and kiddie rides. Finally, Phoenix Marketcity hosts many events and concerts with popular Bollywood singers.
Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura Bangalore, 560048, Phone +91-80-67-26-61-11
Construction of the Bangalore Palace began in 1874 and was completed in 1878. Since this time, several additions and renovations have been made. The architecture of the Palace is a blend of Tudor and Scottish Gothic style. The two-level granite structure has fortified towers, and turreted parapets, both standard characteristics of Tudor buildings. There are also Roman arches at the entrance and vine-covered walls. Inside, the living spaces are decorated with traditional Hindu decor and the ceilings are adorned with luxurious chandeliers. Lastly, the Bangalore Palace has lush gardens, a large courtyard, and art pieces from India’s most famous painters.
Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, 560052, Phone: +91-80-23-36-08-18
9.Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace was a fort that protected the natives from the British Army. The earliest history of the fort traces back to 1537. It was then renovated in 1761 by Hyder Ali, known as the father of Tipu Sultan. The fort was attacked in 1791 by the army of British East India Company. Today, the two-story Palace has many wooden pillars that emerge from its stone base. The pillars are intricately carved and painted to portray the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Inside the Palace is a museum that houses artifacts, portraits, and collections from the king and other royal members.
Tippu Sultan Palace Rd, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, 560018
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10.Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
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Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is sponsored and run by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). The Planetarium was designed as a place for science enthusiasts and novices alike, to learn about science in a fun and exciting way. Visitors learn about the formation of stars, the evolution of planets, how human life originated, how gravity works, how eclipses occur, and more. A highlight of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is the Sky-Theatre. It has a hemispherical dome ceiling where historical, anecdotal, and scientific facts, among other things, are projected. It has a black backdrop to help project the night sky with enough seats for 210 people.
Sri T, Sankey Rd, High Grounds, Bengaluru, 560001, Phone: +91-80-22-37-97-25
11.National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) was inaugurated in 2009. This art gallery showcases modern Indian art and paintings from renowned artists like Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher-Gil, and several other contemporary, modern and post-modern artists. The center hosts talks, seminars, and film screenings throughout the year to educate its guests about arts and culture. It also offers workshops and guided walks to showcase national and international exhibitions. The gallery features approximately 500 exhibits and all are displayed by individual categories, such as the time period, the art school, and the artists themselves.
Palace Rd, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, 560052, Phone: +91-80-22-34-23-38
When translated into English, Janapada Loka means ‘Folk world’. Located on a 15-acre campus, Janapada Loka is a museum that proudly displays village folk arts. This prominent cultural center was created by Shri H.L. Nage Gowda in 1979. He was also responsible for designing the architectural plans of this museum. The institution aims to promote and preserve the native folk culture of Karnataka. It does this by bringing awareness to the many dimensions of native art forms, activities, festivals, and storytelling. One of the wings inside the museum called, Loka Mahal features over 5,000 folk artifacts, including musical instruments, and agricultural and farming tools.
Ramanagar District, Doddamannugudde Forest, 562159, Phone: +91-80-29-78-20-00
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Nrityagram is a modern Indian classical dance school that follows the ancient Guru-shishya tradition. It was established in 1990 by dancer, Protima Gauri. The dance school trains women in classical Indian dance forms, some of which are Odissi, Kathak, Kathakali and Manipuri. Training lasts for seven years and is practiced six days a week, for eight hours a day. Visitors are welcome to stop by the school and watch the dancers practice. Since the school’s inception, the dancers have performed all throughout India, and in many international countries. They have a strong reputation for giving luminous and captivating performances.
Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560088, Phone: +91-80-28-46-63-13
Located inside the Gateway Hotel, Karavalli is an upscale, yet classic Indian restaurant. It has received the Certificate of Excellence award by Trip Advisor five years in a row. Karavalli has also been featured in one of the best food guides in the world, the Miele Food Guide. As one of the top-rated restaurants in the city of Bangalore, Karavalli serves local southwestern Indian cuisine and has vegetarian and vegan options. Its meal recipes blend the style of home-cooked food with novel additions. They also have an innovative selection of desserts to choose from and provide guests a warm and refined dining experience.
The Gateway Hotel, Residency Rd, Bengaluru, 560025, Phone: +91-80-66-60-45-45
15.Edo Restaurant and Bar
Edo Restaurant and Bar is an award-winning Japanese restaurant inside the ITC Gardenia Hotel in Bangalore. EDO showcases the Izakaya, or ‘gathering place,’ style of dining. Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of Tokyo, Japan and include sushi, tempura, sashimi and other plates like robatayaki and bento box meals. Edo also has an alcohol menu that includes Japanese sake that comes directly from the restaurant’s sake cellar. This menu also includes a selection of fine wines and various whiskeys to choose from. To end the meal, patrons have the option to select one of the many delectable desserts on the menu.
No.1 Residency Road, Bengaluru, 560025, Phone: +91-80-22-11-98-98
16.Imli Cafe and Restaurant
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Imli Cafe and Restaurant is owned and run by husband and wife team, Archana and Somil Mittal. The cornerstone of their restaurant is delicious homemade North Indian food, served in an inviting and friendly setting. They believe that food is not only meant to fill the belly, but it’s also meant to nourish the heart and soul. That’s why all meals at Imli Cafe are made with fresh local ingredients and from family recipes passed down for generations. Imli started as a casual hang out serving snacks and chai and has morphed into a full-fledged restaurant with a complete menu, chat counter, and delivery services.
204, 5th Main, Indiranagar I Stage, Bengaluru, 560038, Phone: +91-95-38-44-22-57
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Barbeque Nation is a restaurant that utilizes an indoor barbecue concept with 'do-it-yourself' grilling at each table. There are about a dozen locations in Bangalore city and they’re all open for lunch and dinner. Besides choosing from grilled meats, Barbeque Nation also offers a lunch buffet and a full menu. The menu includes a section with appetizers, vegetarian items, curries, biryanis, seafood selections, salads, desserts, and various beverages. With prior booking and arrangements, the restaurant can cater to big parties celebrating special events like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. It also caters to specific diets by offering gluten-free and halal dishes.
West Gate Mall Golden Heights, Dr Rajkumar Rd, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, 560010, Phone: +91-80-67-18-35-39
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The Persian Terrace restaurant is located inside the Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel and is the city’s only fine dining Persian venue. Chefs make dishes like grilled lamb and prawn kebabs, pilafs, fresh-baked pitas, various kinds of naan bread, accompanied by savory chutneys, hummus, dips, and purees. During the evening hours, the outdoor terrace transforms into a Middle-Eastern wonderland. The terrace features lanterns, tea tree lights, and chandeliers, creating the ideal setting for a romantic or enchanting night out. Persian Terrace has many types of seating arrangements, including traditional tables and chairs, patio couches, large cushion chairs, and pub-style seating at the full bar.
26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram-Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, 560055, Phone: +91-80-42-52-02-92
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Time Traveller is the highest-rated vegetarian restaurant in Bangalore. It’s widely known for its pure vegetarian spreads of North Indian, Continental, and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant’s menu also features dishes inspired by European, Mexican, and Moroccan culture. Time Traveller has an a la carte menu as well as a buffet. The majority of guests dine here for the buffet because of its numerous and high-quality choices. The lunch and dinner buffet has a dozen salad options, several soup selections, up to 18 main courses, different types of bread, fruits, and sweets like cake, gulab jamun, barfi, and ice cream.
144-C/1, Kirloskar Rd, Bommasandra Industrial Area, Bengaluru, 560099, Phone: +91-80-40-40-04-00
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19 Best Things to Do in Bangalore
- Wonderla, Photo: Wonderla
- Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Photo: schankz/stock.adobe.com
- Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Photo: undrey/stock.adobe.com
- Lalbagh, Photo: inspiration61/stock.adobe.com
- Bannerghatta National Park, Photo: Dhruv Kumar/stock.adobe.com
- ISKCON, Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com
- Phoenix Marketcity, Photo: LuckyPhoto/stock.adobe.com
- Bangalore Palace, Photo: SNEHIT/stock.adobe.com
- Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Photo: shailendra/stock.adobe.com
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Photo: Uladzik Kryhin/stock.adobe.com
- National Gallery of Modern Art, Photo: flytoskyft11/stock.adobe.com
- Janapada Loka, Photo: MahanteshC/stock.adobe.com
- Nrityagram, Photo: Roop Dey/stock.adobe.com
- Karavalli, Photo: Karavalli
- Edo Restaurant and Bar, Photo: makieni/stock.adobe.com
- Imli Cafe and Restaurant, Photo: Imli Cafe and Restaurant
- Barbeque Nation, Photo: iodrakon/stock.adobe.com
- Persian Terrace, Photo: Persian Terrace
- Time Traveller, Photo: Time Traveller
- Cover Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com