What do you think is the reason that one travels to Bengaluru? Or let me ask you a simpler question; what are things that the people of Bengaluru do on their vacations. It’s true that the city is referred to as the Silicon Valley of India but what’s more important are the best things to do here.
Wait a minute, apart from exploring the pubs, restaurants, and malls, there are a number of other things as well. So, sit tight and have a look at these amazing things that can be done in Bengaluru with your family, friends, and partner.
Get ready to explore 12 best things to do in Bangalore
1. Bangalore Palace – Explore ornate, centuries-old palaces
One of the best things to do in the capital city of Karnataka explores the Bangalore Palace. It gives you a chance to witness ancient relics, artifacts, and other items. It houses a huge collection of other important items as well. It is a highlight of this place and you will definitely have a great time visiting here.
Needless to say, if you have ambiguity as to your trait then this palace can be highly fascinating for you too. Here are some important things that would help you with knowing more about the palace.
|Name of the Palace
|Timing of Palace
|10 am to 5:30 pm
|For Indians: 230 INR
For Foreigners: 460 INR
For Still Camera: 685 INR
For Video Camera: 1485 INR
|Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
|Total Time required to explore
2. Winery trip – Sample wines on a vineyard tour
Are you a wine lover? Your trip to Bengaluru will be a golden opportunity to taste the lip-smacking wine. There are multiple vineyards where you can head to take a tour. And some of these yards also offer samples which means you can take a few sips of some aged wines available.
If you were to locate the roots of this trend, it would go back to Portuguese rule in India. After which Britishers let this continue. And it still remains intact. Nevertheless, taking a trip to these vineyards is refreshing and as discussed above, if you are someone who loves tasting different liquors, you can taste them here. So, here are some things you should know about the best vineyards in Bengaluru.
|Name of the Vineyard
|Location of the Vineyard
|Price to savor wine here
|Timings of the Vineyard
|Big Banyan Vineyard
|Chunchanakuppe Village, Tavarekere
|500 INR Onwards
|9:30 am to 5 pm
|Chekkere Post, Bangalore – Malur Road
|10:30 am to 5:30 pm
|A Division of ABS Vintners Pvt. Ltd. 27, Victoria Road
|No Fee for the tour
|9 am to 9 pm
|Thimanayakanahalli, Yelahanka Hobli
|Without Lunch- 700 INR per person
With lunch- 1500 INR per person
Grape Stomping- 300 INR per person
|11:30 am to 4 pm
3. Garden picnic – Have a picnic in a picturesque garden
Having a picnic in a garden; what are your thoughts on this? Isn’t that enjoyable? You will have so much to do and if you are with your kids, let them free. There are gardens where you will see people enjoying their time and some of them are places where people just go for a walk.
All the gardens are well-maintained and have a lot of caretakers. It won’t be wrong to say that these gardens have enough to keep you engaged for quite some time. So put them on your list of “things to do in Bengaluru.”
|Name of the Garden
|Location of the Garden
|A fee of the Garden
|Timings of the Garden
|Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore
|6 am to 6 pm
|Cariappa Memorial Park
|Cubbon Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore
|On Weekdays- 5:30 am to 8 pm
On Saturdays- 1 pm to 7 pm
On Sundays- 9 am to 7 pm
|Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
|25 INR per person (adults)
|6 am to 7 pm
|50 INR per person (adults)
|11 am to 7 pm
4. Open-air markets – Browse crafts & food at flea markets
Open-air markets in Bengaluru are as common as in any other state of the country. It won’t be wrong to say that these markets receive a lot of influx of people throughout the day. From buying fruits to food to visiting the flea market; people enjoy shopping at cheaper prices here. Unlike many other places, these markets start early in the morning and stay till late. They put up their stalls every day.
- K.R Market is one of the most famous open-air markets in the city. Locals, as well as travelers, visit here for shopping. There are multiple wholesale spots in the entire market and there is a huge flower market too.
- Russel Market is another place where you can head for some shopping and this is located in the Shivaji Nagar area. You get the best-priced food item here and the market remains open throughout the week.
- Jaivik Mal is another name for a very important and bustling market. It is located near the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. The best part about this place is that it entirely consists of organic products. It is run by the federation of organic farmers selling staple food here. Sometimes, food fairs are also hosted here.
5. Temple architecture – See intricately designed Hindu temples
Bangalore is also a very pious place and has a lot of intriguingly designed temples throughout. The importance and relevance of these temples are inexplicable. The structure, design, and everything else about the temples are also interesting.
Although there are a lot of temples across the city, we have still tried to pick a few important ones (not that we are calling others even a bit less important) for you to visit. Offer your prayers to the Lord and seek the blessings.
|Name of the temple
|Location of the temple
|Timing of the temple
|Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru
|7:15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8:20 pm
|The Chokkanathaswamy Temple
|5th Cross Road, Opposite Sony World, Village Domlur, Bengaluru
|Wednesday- 6 am to 11:30 am and 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday- 6 am to 12:30 pm and 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
The rest of the days- 6 am to 11 am and 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm
|Shivoham Shiva Temple
|97, HAL Old Airport Road, Kemp fort mall Parking, Ramagiri, Murgesh Pallya, Bengaluru
|Hulimavu cave temple
|Pai Layout, Hulimavu, Bengaluru
|6 am to 12:30 pm and 5 pm to 7:30 pm
|Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
|Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple Main Road, Old Taluk Cutchery Rd, Thigalarpet, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru
|6:30 am to 9pm
6. Spring flowers – Spot pink & yellow tabebuia blooms
If you are planning on visiting Bangalore during the spring season, you will be astonished to see the beauty of this place. Even though there is industrialization and concrete forest all around, you will still get a chance to see nature’s beauty.
There are many gardens, parks, and other small places where spring flowers (and others too) are grown and nurtured. It will be a bummer if you miss clicking the pictures of these amusing beauties.
7. Architecture tour – Visit the city’s heritage buildings
If you are a historical buff, then Bengaluru will serve you right. This is one of those cities in India where you will get multiple places to visit when it comes to heritage buildings. From buildings that were once palaces of kings to some amazingly architectural monuments; you have a huge list.
These monuments have their history dating back a long time. It will be wrong to say that they will not be worth your time. Irrespective of your interest in Indian history, do visit the places mentioned below. Take an architectural tour of Bengaluru.
- Bangalore Palace
- Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
- Bangalore Fort
- Devanahalli Fort
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
8. Textile clothes shopping – Bargain for fabric at Chickpet market
Want to get the best textile wear for your parents or yourself? Even your partner would love a dress from Bengaluru. You can go textile clothes shopping and do not forget to bargain for fabric prices. You can either buy fabric or go for the clothes available.
9. Enjoy some Rooftop dining with a brilliant view
If you are visiting Bangalore, don’t worry, there are some of the best hotels that you should be looking at while visiting here. Dining at these places will not only give you access to their savory cuisines but also a beautiful view of the entire city. Make sure to at least visit a few of them. Here is a list of some of the most amazing setups that you can be at.
|Names of the Rooftop restaurants
|Address of these Restaurants
|UB City, 16th Floor, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru
|High Ultra Lounge
|World Trade Center, 31st Floor, Brigade Gateway Campus, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru
|16th Main Road, Above Havmor Ice Cream, Koramangala 4th Block, Bengaluru
|The Tao Terraces
|5th Floor, 1 MG Mall, MG Road, Bengaluru
|39, 3rd Floor, Monarch Plaza, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Richmond Town, Bengaluru
10. Attend a stand-up comedy performance
There is one thing that you will enjoy surely and that’s in trend too. Yes, we are talking about the stand-up comedy performance. You can have a look at it and this will make sure you have at least a couple of nights filled with laughter and enjoyment. Attending comedy performances can be done at different places and you will just have to buy the tickets after checking the details.
11. Browse Indiranagar’s indie boutiques
Indiranagar Indie Boutiques are one of the best places where you can get a lot of amazing lifestyle products. This is a perfect place for new designers because one gets so much exposure and the same goes for their designs. Apart from this, the Indie market is known to have multiple cafes and boutiques that have non-designer products. So if you are looking for things to do in Bengaluru with friends, this can be one of the best things to do.
12. See a dramatic sunset from Nandi Hills
How about visiting Nandi hills for an amazing view? It can be one of the highlights of your entire trip, isn’t it? Trekking to the summit and having a look at the surrounding is going to make you go crazy for the beauty you see. Nandi Hills is one of the finest attractions of Bengaluru and visiting here is going to surely be there on your cards. So make sure to indulge in the adventure activities offered at the hills and don’t forget the sunrise or the sunset; whichever is possible for you.
All these things to do in Bengaluru are amazing and different from what you usually do. They are those things that can be enjoyed with family or any other travel partners. So, keeping in mind your budget and time frame in hand, it will be your decision to check which of these things will be on your list. Needless to say, all of these are highly engaging and people love doing them if and when possible.
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