Bangalore! The name brings up visions of serene lakes, age-old trees and beautiful gardens and cool showers on a hot summer’s afternoon! Located 3000 feet above sea level, this ‘Silicon Valley of India’ draws people to it, not just because of its beauty but also for the opportunities it offers.
Every city has its own unique features and special places of interest and Bangalore is not any different in this regard. When in Bangalore, do check out some of these special attractions when you have the time and treasure the memories. We bring you things Bangalore is famous for.
Shopping, food, culture!
1. Shopping at Brigade Road & Commercial Street
Shopping in Bangalore is a great experience, as it combines the size of a metro with the fun of the much smaller place it used to be a few decades ago. The roads are narrow, the buildings are shorter than, say, in Mumbai, but the rest is the same.
At Brigade Road, you can get some trendy items, while at Commercial Street you will find a lot of street vendors selling trinkets at reasonable prices. A great space for a couple of hours of shopping.
2, Heading to Chikpet for Silk Sarees
Most visitors to Bangalore put buying pure silk sarees on their list of things to do and the reasons are not far to seek. Bangalore is home to some of the best and most authentic silks. It is also dubbed the fashion capital of India or even the East by some.
MG Road and Chikpet are some of the areas in Bangalore where you will find an excellent collection of traditional silk sarees and contemporary clothes . The prices vary by quality and a discerning eye/escort may be necessary to avoid being defrauded.
3. Breakfast on St. Mark’s Road & Church Street
Just off the very popular MG Road is St. Mark’s Road, where there are several important place to get a good breakfast in Bangalore. Chief among them is Koshy’s, a legendary restaurant with the food to back up its reputation. You get excellent sandwiches and puffs for breakfast and the fluffiest omelettes in all of Bangalore. Almost next door is the Church Street Social, which is the place to be if you’re nursing a bad hangover.
4. Trendy Meals at Indiranagar
They say that there are more restaurants per square kilometre in Indiranagar than in any other part of India. This trendy locality has some amazing restaurants, serving both Indian and international cuisine — and, of course, plenty of alcohol. Most famous among them, arguably, is Toit, a microbrewery that sees massive crowds any day of the week (even in the day, sometimes).
5. South Indian Food at Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR)
If you believe in being a Roman when in Rome, you would head to an outlet of MTR to join the queues of Bangaloreans waiting patiently from 6 am for their turn at this Udupi eatery, which is set to complete a century in business soon.
The strictly vegetarian fare here has many fans, who reminisce of its aroma, the pure ghee and the strong filter coffee which accompany the typical South Indian breakfast fare of Idli/sambar, Dosa, Vada and Upma. The original outlet of MTR is right next to the Lal Bagh, but they have many branches, even outside India.
6. Indian Classical Dance at Nrityagram Dance Village
Visit this village in Hesaraghatta to see and experience dance as practised by those interested in the art form. Set up by Protima Gauri Bedi, this residential dance school trains students in Indian classical dances like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, and Manipuri.
7. Keeping Theatre Alive With Ranga Shankara
Those interested in acting and especially theatre must know of this stage, which promotes theatre in all languages. Whether interested in acting or only in catching a live performance, head to this theatre in J P Nagar after checking their website for upcoming performances.
Parks, Museums & Monuments!
8. The Impeccable Cubbon Park
Visit these amazing gardens spread over 100 acres with well-tended roses and other exotic and indigenous plant life. The park plays a major role as lung space to the city and upholds the Garden City’s reputation by keeping its denizens amazingly close to nature, as they go about their daily activities.
Visit here to enjoy the beautiful architecture of the heritage buildings housed here like the 100 year-old heritage building housing the State’s library with world’s largest collection of Braille books (and the students who throng here), the High Court of Karnataka, an aquarium, a Youth centre and an art gallery among others.
9. The 250-year-old garden of Lal Bagh
The parks in Bangalore take pride of place, led by Lal Bagh, which deserves such distinction for a city which boasts 40% of its landscape as gardens. Started in 1760 by the ruler, Hyder Ali, this sprawling garden has trees which are over 250 years old, with huge trunks which tell their own story.
The bugle rock of Kempe Gowda in the middle of the park dating back by 3000 million years is as big an attraction as the annual horticulture show held here.
10. HAL Aerospace Museum
Bangalore has many museums but this museum is the only one India which traces the growth of aviation over time, using photographs and static displays, as well as motorized cross sections of models of aero engines and their functions. Visit here for an opportunity to see the engines of aircraft like Garret( Dornier) Adour(Jaguar)and Orpheus ( Kiran). Get to see India’s foray into space technology with the PSLV model and PSLV Heat shield displays. This 4 acre campus also houses an Orchidarium and a children’s park.
11. The Kids’ Favourite, Butterfly Park
The Butterfly Park is a marvellous space for a tourist. The conservatory has been created to enable over 20 species of butterfly to flourish. A 10,000-square-feet enclosure, it climate inside is much more humid than Bangalore is all year round, and you can also find a lot of flora and fauna you won’t see elsewhere.
12. The Sprawling Bannerghatta National Park
Spread over 25,000 acres, this park is a forest designated as a biological reserve and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bangalore, where you can go on a 6 kilometres safari to look at tigers and lions in their natural habitat.
The park has a sanctuary for elephants, which roam freely without being chained. The park also has a zoo and a museum. The park is great for trekking and hiking and is also home to some ancient temples.
13. Bangalore Palace
Meant to resemble the Windsor Palace, Bangalore Palace was opened in 1878, having being constructed over four years. The Palace Grounds is today where many high-profile gigs are held. Iron Maiden, for example, played here, as did Metallica.
14. ISKCON Temples
Bangalore is home to one of the largest of the ISKCON temples in the world to Sri Radha Krishna at Rajaji Nagar. ISKCON is a society for the promotion of Krishna Consciousness across the world. The organisation runs the Akshaya Patra foundation, which feeds the poor and needy. ISKCON has also built another temple to Sudarshana and Narsimha on the Kanakapura road in Bangalore.
15. Chokkanathaswamy Temple
Located in Domlur, this temple to Lord Vishnu built in the 10th century by Chola kings is reputed to be the oldest of all the temples in Bangalore. Visit here for the beautiful architecture and sculptures adorning the temple. Don’t miss the pillars which have inscriptions depicting the Dashavataras, or the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
16. Jamia Masjid
This is the largest of the mosques in Bangalore, located in the city’s market area. It is a very big mosque made of Rajasthani style marble and is very big. Thousands visit here for prayers on a daily basis as do the tourists who visit the masjid to appreciate the exquisite interiors and to admire the prayer hall built on highly decorative granite pillars, on an elevated ground.
17. St. Mary’s Basilica
Located in Shivaji Nagar, this oldest church in Bangalore holds the status of a minor basilica and has many devotees and tourists visiting it. Built originally by Tamil refugees in the 17th century, the current version of the church was constructed between 1856-1882. The stained glass windows are very famous as are the gothic arches and ornamental motifs adorning this church.
Fun & Games
18. Adventure Sports At Play Arena & Red Riders Sports
Like any metro in India, Bangalore, too, has a bunch of fun game areas, where you can indulge in football, air hockey, laser tag, bowling and much else. At Play Arena on Sarjapur Road, for example, you can go paintballing, rock climbing and zorbing on the same day. Other interesting things you can do are ice skating, zip-lining and kayaking!
19. The Electric M Chinnaswamy Stadium
One of the best cricket grounds in the country, Chinnaswamy Stadium is a place which must be visited by all those who love cricket, which is almost every Indian as per estimates. This stadium which can 40000 people at a time, is green as it uses the electricity generated by solar panels for its needs.
20. Jakkur Aerodrome
Here’s your opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the green city, or enjoy the peace and silence of floating up in the air, like an eagle. Parasailing, is basically about being attached to a parachute which is tethered to a jeep, and flying through the clouds.
Adventure enthusiasts are enchanted by this sport and wait for the weekend to rush for this safest of all aero sports with friends or family, and use the tandem flying option to take up the younger members of the group too.
21. Snow City
Located on the Jayamahal Main Road, this Snow-themed park offers the opportunity to experience -5 degree temperatures and to play with snow, made from drinking water, right in the middle of the city. Enjoy its snow basketball games, toboggan rides, snow castle and snow dance floor.
22. A Scintillating Aviation Exhibition & Air Show
Opened in 1942 during the British rule, this Indian Air Force station is used to train pilots in the Indian Air Force. The attraction of this base lies in the biennial Air Show and Aviation Exhibition held here when both combat and civilian aircraft from around the world are brought here to put up scintillating displays in a spectacle which must not be missed.
23. Silicon Valley
Bangalore is famous being the Silicon Valley of India, Karnataka’s capital city is a well known IT hub and some of the world’s major It corporations operate out of the city. Apart from MNCs, Bangalore is also home to many startups and Indian tech companies.
24. Namma Bengaluru
The people of Bangalore are very proud of their culture and do not shy away from showing it. Proof of how proud they are as a people is the colloquial term ‘Namma Bengaluru’ which means Our Bangalore in Kannada. The people aren’t afraid to chant this term and it has been used in mainstream local pop culture. The Bangalore Metro too is called Namma Bengaluru.
25. Bangalore’s South Indian Food
The people of Bangalore love South Indian food. Whether it is at home or at a restaurant locals love savouring local favourites like Mysore Dosa, Idli, Mangalore Buns and Medu Vadas. In Bangalore, you get the best variety of South Indian food at street food shops as well as in restaurants.
South Indian food in Bangalore is a must try for anyone visiting the city.
It is impossible to cover the various attractions that Bangalore holds in and around the city that are worth visiting and enjoying. Got any questions about these places? Let us know in the comments.