The garden city of India shines through the Dravidian culture as the prominent technology leader. Bangalore is known for its pleasant weather, piquant food, classical architecture and gregarious silicon valley folks. There are endless possibilities for the word fun in Bangalore. Here’s our list for top 20 places to visit in Bangalore and indulge in the diverse palette of this Indian gem.
Let your inner kid go bonkers at the insanely amusing adventure park, Wonderla. More than 60 rides can tingle your pleasure cells and kick-start your adrenaline locomotive. With amazing selections of water and land rides, you never run out of new options. Relive your annual picnic memories in the evergreen rain disco or march down to wave pool and relish the sweet wait of the next water splash. Our top picks are Recoil, Korneto, Harakiri, Insanity, Boomerang and Y-scream. After conquering these beastly rides, satiate your hunger with scrumptious food at local vendors. Enjoy Wonderla Private Day Tour with us.
Entry Fee: Weekdays, Adult/Child- 890/720 Rs, Weekends, Adult/Child- 1120/905 Rs.
2. Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
A memoir to the brilliant Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya, this stunning piece of craft catered its first round of audience on 14th July 1962. Overlooking the gorgeous Cubbon Park, various technical and industrial exhibitions are organised for visitors. Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electronic Space, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL hall of Electronics and Children Science are 7 permanent resident galleries of the Museum.
It leads the union of creative institutions in India with its ‘ Science on a Sphere’ , the only such visualization system in Asia. You can enjoy a colossal blend of super fun activities of Science, technologies and immersive showcases. The Dinosaur corner, facsimile of Wright Brother’s flyer “ Kitty Hawk” , an indulging flyer stimulator and exemplary exhibitions curated for invention lovers of all age.
Location: P.B. No. 5216, Kasturba Road, Bangalore, 560001, 080 22866200
Timings: 10am- 6pm
3. Karnataka Chitrakala Padishath
Amalgamation of folk arts, sculptures and paintings are brilliantly displayed in the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. This “ Art for All” institute assists budding artists by becoming the voice of their work. 5 of the 18 galleries are rented out for new exhibitions frequently. You can find the famous Mysore paintings and Leather puppets of Karnataka glorifying the halls. If you’re a fan of immersive art, the open-air theatre will satiate your cravings. The bodacious craftsmanship of India’s talented creators is worth the visit.
Location: Kumara Krupa Road, Sheshadripuram, 080 22261816
Website: Karnataka Chitrakala Padishath
Amalgamation of folk arts, sculptures
4. Lalbagh Garden
This Mughal style, royal garden was assembled by Hyder Ali, ruler of Old Mysore in 1760. It was further tweaked by his son, Tipu Sultan and British dignitaries during British Raj. Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a feast for horticulture enthusiasts. Botanical study, scientific nurturing and natural management of plants turn it into a modern piece of art. Heterogeneity of exotic plants, well organised in the serene surroundings of lush green colour never fails to amaze you. Look out for the artistic ‘ Glass House’ on your visit to the garden. Lalbagh lake, Deer Paddock, Aquarium Building, Pigeon House and the Bandstand are the tip of the artistic iceberg that awaits you. Plan a hassle free Lalbagh day tour with us!
Location: Mavalli, 080 26578184
Timings: 6am- 7pm
Website: Lalbagh Garden
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5. Bannerghatta National Park
The Bannerghatta National Park is a massive adventure territory. Founded in 1970, it abodes a pet corner, zoo, butterfly enclosure, snake house, an animal rescue centre and an aquarium. A 6km guided safari expedition of the wildlife is widely popular. To keep things real and nature-friendly, authorities have incorporated 6 rural villages for cattle farming. You can trek to one of the ancient temples and explore the religious side of Karnataka. One section of the park is a biological reserve working towards the conservation of endangered species like white tigers and lions. The elephant sanctuary in the park promotes the chain-free lifestyle and is first one to embrace a fenced surrounding where elephants roam freely. Visit Bannerghatta private day tour for more on itinerary.
Location: Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta, 080 29776466
Timings: 9am- 4pm
Website: Bannerghatta National Park
6. ISKCON Temple
Iskcon Temple is a name many Hinduism followers are familiar with. Extraordinary architecture blooms with the presence of Lord Krishna. It is amongst the largest Iskcon Temples in the world. It sits on top of Hare Krishna Hill, a seven acre knoll. Srila Prabhupada founded Iskcon( International Society for Krishna Consciousness) with the aim of promoting the teachings of Lord Krishna explained in the sacred Hindu text of Bhagavad-Gita. Six shrines enrich the sanctity of the temple; Main shrine of Radha-Krishna, Krishna Balrama, Nitai Gauranga, Srinivasa Govinda, Prahlada Narsimha and Srila Prabhupada. Visit the temple during festivals of Rama Navami and Sri Radhashtami to experience the euphoria of this paradise or offer Sevas/ donations to support the noble causes of Akshay Patra foundation.
Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar
Website: ISKCON Temple
7. Cubbon Park
The Cubbon Park or the Chamarajendra Park dates back to 100 years. The commissioner of Mysore in 1870, Sir John Meade authorised the horticulture extravaganza, designed as a public park. It is named after the longest-serving commissioner, Sir Mark Cubbon. More than 90 species of exotic and indigenous plants, stunning tree avenues and Statues of Royal dignitaries are displayed for visitors. Many architectural specimens like the Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, Art Gallery, Government Museum, High Court Buildings, Jawahar Bal Bhawan and an Aquarium are found in the park. Walk along the well-crafted path of the green paradise and end your day to the beats of Dancing Musical Fountain.
Location: Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar, 080 22864189
Website: Cubbon Park
8. Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri
Indian Judiciary System is recognised with stunning architectural masterpieces. Karnataka is another example of exemplary design. The soothing red colour compliments the green ambience of Karnataka High Court or Attara Kacheri. The Greco-Roman style structure was built in 1868 and achieved the title Attara Kacheri( eighteen offices) after eighteen offices of Mysore Government were shifted here from Tipu Sultan’s summer palace.
Facing Attara Kacheri is the prodigious Vidhana Soudha. The Neo-Dravidian style sets it apart from every building in Bangalore. White colour adds the British touch to the memorable monument. The seat of the state legislature was completed in 1956. The inscription “ Government Work is God’s Work” right above the entrance, glorifies the role of Indian government in the lives of civilians. These buildings might not be the first choice for your vacation, but their historical significance and striking appearance undoubtedly outshines the modern entertainment industry.
Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar
Timings: 9am- 5pm
9. Commercial Street
The thrill of window shopping at mind-boggling bargain prices is equivalent to sky-diving for a shopaholic. Sarojini Nagar’s south-Indian competitor is the bustling area of Commercial Street. Tug of bargain war between shopper and salesmen is amusingly interesting. Latest trends and evergreen accessories lure you in for wild spin among crowded streets and amazing collections. From oxidised silver jewellery, cute earring, sunglasses and Kohlapuri Chappals to those denim crop jackets and halter necks, there is nothing better than the guilt-free splurging on the roaring Commercial street. Just remember to follow the bargain ritual and continue the hunt for your favourite dress.
Location: Commercial Street, Tasker Town, Shivaji Nagar
Timings: 11am- 8pm
10. Bangalore Palace
The royal grandeur of the Bangalore Palace strikes a remarkable chord with the architecture lovers in the country. Built in 1887 by king Chamaraja Wadiyar, it is surrounded by lush greens which compliment the Scottish gothic and Welsh style. Intricate details and art collections are displayed inside the halls of the Palace. ‘ A coat of Arms’ gifted by the Britishers to the royal family is a popular attraction. You can walk around the palace, enjoy the photography exhibitions and ancient royal collections or relax at the restaurant with delicious brunch and a glass of wine.
Location: Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560052
Timings: 10am- 5:30pm
Entry Fee: INR 230/ 460, Indian/ Foreigner
Website: Bangalore Palace
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11. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan’s summer palace is the perfect specimen of indo-Islamic architecture. Ruler of the kingdom of Mysore and son of Sultan Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace was completed in 1791. It was later occupied by Britishers after Tipu Sultan’s death in Anglo-Mysore war.
Today, it demonstrates the glorious reign of the famous ruler. A small museum gives an insight into the accomplishments of Tipu Sultan. From a court room during princely rule to secretariat of British administration, its epic journey is as celebrated as the stunning architecture. The state horticulture department is credited for the radiant garden in front of the palace. His unforgettable saga breathes in every corner of this magnificent palace.
Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet,
Timings: 8:30am- 5:30pm
Entry Fee: INR 5/100, Indian/Foreigner
12. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Astronomy is the part of science that fascinates almost everyone. We have experienced occasional glimpses of shooting stars, comets and lunar eclipses. Whether we know the reason behind it or not, it’s always fun to watch. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is the exotic science buffet of Bangalore. With its establishment in 1989, it became a prominent landmark for science wizards and non-wizards alike.
They organise engaging educational activities, workshops, exhibitions and seminar for science buffs across the country. There is a science park with more than 40 exhibits to help you connect with your inner Einstein. A sky theatre show, good old star-gazing, fascinating astronomical activities and bundles of super fun science gadgets are the perfect distraction from a monotonous lifestyle. Don’t forget to catch their special screening of popular science movies.
Website: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Location: Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, 080 22379725
Timings: 10:30am- 5:30pm
Entry Fee: INR 50/30, Adults/Children
13. Venkatappa Art Gallery
K. Venkatappa was a prominent art historian that captured the essence of native art and significantly contributed to the explosive art period that followed post independence. Venkatappa Art Gallery saw daylight for the first time on 24th November, 1975, almost 8 years after his death. His belongings which included some of his great work and musical instruments composed a museum that would eventually go on to support young talented artists looking for an inspiration or a platform for their work. Its contemporary approach delivers brilliantly in the architecture and the exhibits. Several artists that gained international recognition have pledged their admiration for this gallery/ museum by donating their collections. It stands next to Bangalore museum and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, forming a museum trinity.
Location: Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar
Timings: 10am- 5pm
14. Devanahalli Fort
32km north of Bangalore city is the historical landmark, Devanahalli Fort. The chain of possession explains its historical rarity in the state of Karnataka. Originally built by Mallabairegowda in 1501, it remained in his family for almost 2 centuries and was later besieged by the Dalwai of Mysore in 1749. By the end of 18th century, Hyder Ali, the Sultan of Mysore proclaimed it for himself and it later became the birth place of Tipu Sultan. During the final Anglo-Mysore war, Tipu Sultan lost the fort to Lord Cornwallis in 1791.
Its massive complex houses a small town where you can find stunning ancient temples and sculptures. The Venugopalaswamy is the oldest temple breathing in the arena. Its architecture strongly reflects the Dravidian culture. The Nanjundeshwara, Siddalingeshwara and Chandramouleshwara temples, located nearby are definitely worth the visit. The strong walls that protect the fort narrates the glorious history of numerous wars and inexplicable destiny of its rulers.
Location: Devanahalli, near Bangalore- Hyderabad highway
15. Nandi Hills
Overshadowed by the neighbouring mega-city of Bangalore is the ancient hill fortress of Nandi hills is in Chikkaballapur district. Situated at an elevation of 4,849 ft and 60 km from Bangalore, its royal history established it as a significant monument. Fancy flora and fauna attract birdwatchers and wildlife photographers while evergreen forest lulls backpackers into an alluring jaunt.
State horticulture department maintains gardens and a restaurant, which is an added benefit. You can visit Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the infamous drop point from where convicted prisoners were thrown. Magnificent temples like Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy, Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and several other ancient temples enrich the ambience of transcendental hills. Nehru Nilaya; Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s humble abode and Gandhi house; where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for while are also popular among visitors. Don’t forget to savour in the serene surroundings of Amruth Sarovar and paraglide your way down to Nandi base. Plan your trip at Nandi Hills Tour.
Location: Nandi Hills, Chikkaballapur, Karnataka, 562103
Timings: 6am- 6pm
Entry fee: INR 10
16. National Gallery of Modern Art
Former residence turned National Art Gallery is one of the premier art galleries in the capital city of Bangalore. As we progressed into a modern society, our knack for art and crafts joined along. National Gallery of Modern Art is famous for its take on contemporary and modern art. Apart from gorgeous tress, fountains and a park, it offers an auditorium, a public art gallery, a cafeteria and a museum shop. They even organise discussions from renowned panels across the country and host film screenings for art lovers. Head over to NGMA for a breath-taking collection of post independence modern art and if possible attend their workshops and guided walks for an even better experience.
Location: Manekyavelu Mansion 49, Palace Road, Bangalore, 560052, 080 22342338
Timings: 11am- 6:30pm
Nrityagram institute has changed the equations of traditional teachings of Indian classical dances. This modern Gurukul was set-up by the renowned Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 1990. Her intensions behind this great institute was to establish a community, a village that isolates the dancers from the materialistic world and transforms them into a breathing dance enigma. They train dancers in Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathakali.
The hour-long drive from Bangalore to Nrityagram is studded with scenic views and pleasant weather. Once you’re there, you can relish the natural beauty of this dance village or catch their rehearsal sessions. A short detour to the nearby Hesaraghatta Lake will be the perfect end to your Nrityagram journey.
Location: Hesaraghatta, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560088
Timings: 10am- 2pm, except Sunday and Monday
Entry Fee: INR 100 for rehearsals
18. Sankey Tank
This man-made lake is one of the most beloved spot for Bangalore folks. Located in the heart of the city, it was built in 1882 by Col. Richard Hieram Sankey. Initially built with the aim to satiate the water demand of the city, it now offers boat rides, a park, a swimming pool and an ideal pathway for evergreen evening walks. This recreational park is the ultimate antidote for those hectic and stressful days.
Location: Sankey Tank, 11th Cross, Kodandarampura, Gayathri Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560080
Timings: 6am- 8pm
19. Ulsoor Lake
One of the biggest lakes in Bangalore is Ulsoor or Halasuru Lake. Its name is credited to the locality it is found in. The lake dates back to Kempegowda’s time but was extensively renovated by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, the then Commissioner of Bangalore. Several small islands enrich its natural beauty and turns it into an extraordinary picnic spot for friends and families. A recreational complex in its vicinity offers swimming pool and there are many small eateries for you to binge on. Bird watching is also prominent in the lush green surroundings of the lake. You can explore this magnificent lake by a boat or enjoy a picnic feast by the lake with your friends and family.
Location: Near MG Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560008
Timings: 6am- 8pm, except Wednesdays
20. Innovative Film City
A thrilling concoction of adventure sports, museum, water parks, movie screenings, reality tv tours and scrumptious food is served on a gigantic platter of Innovative film city. The Innovative Film Academy offers a unique behind the scene experience for cinema lovers, while the Big Boss Tour takes you on the sets of the famous Big Boss Kannada Season 4.
For art lovers, there is a Fossil Museum, a Wax Museum, a Tribal Museum and an Oddities Museum. Cartoon City is a major hit among kids. The Aqua Kingdom, Dino Park, Haunted Mansion, Petting Zoo and Mirror Maze are some of the top attractions. They even offer Bungee Jumping, Go Karting, Dirt Bike rides and a Bull ride for adrenaline enthusiasts. So next time you’re in Bangalore and crave something ‘ fun for everyone’, Innovative Film City is the place for you!
Location: 24 & 26, Kiadb Estates, Bidadi, Bangalore, Karnataka, 562109, 096 32280000
Timings: 10am- 7pm
Entry Fee: INR 600/400, Before 3pm/ After 3pm
Website: Innovative Film City
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