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The legal age for drinking in Bangalore is 18 years. You may sometimes require to show an ID proof before making a purchase of alcohol. Arrack has been banned in Bangalore since July 1st 2007.
The massive lung space
If you are in Bangalore, it is impossible to miss out on the huge lung spaces like Cubbon Park. The Park is spread across an area of 100 acres and has a number of green plants and trees. Another such place is Bannerghatta National Park that is a 25,000-acre park and one of the most frequented tourist attraction in Bangalore. Whichever, end of Bangalore you live in, you’ll always feel closer to nature.
If you have been to Bangalore and haven’t yet tried the world’s best Dosa at MTR/CTR/Vidhyarthi Bhavan, your trip is incomplete. Do experience it to believe it!
Bangalore’s special filter kaapi
Heard the phrase, ‘A lot happens over a cup of coffee?’ This city makes it sound true! Bangalore is undoubtedly the Birthplace of the Coffee Days. You’ll find at least one CCD in every nook and corner of the Bangalore street. However, it is still the wafting aroma of the filter coffee here that can drive you crazy.
Word Hard and Party Harder
You have not known Bangalore completely, if you are yet to experience its night life. Stats say that Bangalore has the largest number of pubs in Asia. There was a time when these pubs used to shut down by 11 PM but now these are open till 1 in the night.
Legendary hole in the wall eating joints
The mouth watering idlis, delectable kesari bath and the heavenly upma at places like Veena Stores, Brahmin’s Café and Janatha Hotel are something to savor on.
Every 2 years, there is an Aero show organized in Bangalore. It is a visual treat that has an array of civilian and combat aircrafts from across the globe showcase their prowess in the sky. Organized at the Yelahanka Air Force Base, it is a must watch. Do watch out for the one in 2017.
Dance is a way of life here
Plan a visit to the Nrityagram Dance Village to experience the Karnataka’s love for traditional music and classical dance. This residential school also offers training in different forms of Indian classical dance like Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kathakali and Bharatnatyam.
Though Bangalore temperature is fairly pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit this city is between August and February.
This is when the monsoons are almost over and there is warm sunlight during the day and chill winds at night so visiting gardens and other sites around the city is convenient even during mid-day.
The general climate of Bangalore is usually below 35°C even in the summer months of March to May but it gets unpleasant outdoors due to the fierce sunlight. October to February is ideal for outdoor activities like family picnics, trekking, long drives and others.
All you would need is a windcheater or a light woolen jacket if you are planning to drive around at night. June to September is monsoon time when the city faces mild to heavy rainfall and a sunny afternoon can suddenly turn into a downpour that can become a damper if you are out shopping.
While Bangalore has several attractions some of the must see places of historical interest are:
The city that began with a small mud fort built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda is today a sprawling city spread across 709 square kms with an overall population of 8.426 million that offers multitude of entertainment options within its boundaries.
As winters are perfect for travelling around to nearby locations:
Cubbon Park, regarded as the “lung” area of Bangalore’s business district was created in 1870 and is today spread across 300 acres. The park is made up of natural rock, massive bamboos and several varieties of small and large plants along with wide walkways used for walking and light exercises by residents in the area.
It also houses a library, aquarium and toy train along with several statues of famous personalities and benches to relax. The park is open between 10.30 AM to 6 PM on all days except Thursdays and the entrance is free.
They have a show of colorful fairy fountains every evening and short courses for pottery making and painting are also offered.
Vidhana Soudha or Karnataka Government’s parliament building is India’s largest legislature-cum-office building which is an interesting place that every tourist to the city must visit. Spread across 60 acres, the building has four entrances signifying four directions and houses twenty two departments on four floors.
The impressive building was built in Dravidian architecture style in 1956 and has a beautiful 60 feet dome in its center and six domes of which, four are in the front section and two on the sides which are supported by 8 pillars. Entry to the structure is not allowed unless one is visiting for official work.
Bangalore palace, the erstwhile summer capital of Mysore’s Maharajas was built by Rev. J Garett in 1862 to resemble Windsor Castle. The palace spread across 453 acres, is popular for its beautiful Tudor style architecture and beautiful objects of art belonging to the royal family that is displayed to the public.
Instead of a live guide, the 40 tour has an audio guide that tells the history behind each section of this marvelous heritage. The palace’s interiors are decorated with stained glass windows, skylights, neo classical furniture, family photographs, royal garments used for ceremonies and hunting trophies
Tipu Sultan’s summer palace also referred to as Dariya Daulat is located on a small island on the Cauvery river at Srirangapatna and is located close to Mysore.
Built in 1791, the palace is now a museum displaying personal belongings of Tipu’s family like clothes, crown and family silver. The palace is open to public between 8.30am to 5.30 pm on all days of the week and has a small charge of Rs.15 per adult.
The small two storied palace was built with stone, wood and mortar in Indo-Islamic style with colorful floral motifs.
Wonderla is Bangalore’s most popular amusement parks located around 28 kilometers away from city center at Bidadi. There are buses and cabs to the amusement park and back till late hours in the evening.
The park has 55 land and water based rides along with a musical fountain and laser shows along with special games and attractions for small children. The park is open between 11 am to 7 pm on all days and rates are Rs.700 for an adult and Rs. 540 for a child.
During festivals, weekends and peak holiday season the rates go up to Rs. 940 per adult and Rs.710 for a child.
While Bangalore is home to over 1000 new and old temples the most famous of them is the ISKCON Radha Krishna temple, Bull Temple with 15 feet tall Nandi and Dodda Ganesha temples located beside each other in Basavanagudi.
Some of the city’s ancient temples are Chokkanathaswamy temple in Domlur built in 10th century, Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple carved out of single rock in 9th century and the Halasuru Someshwara temple dating back to Chola period has retained its ornate charm.
Other famous temples are Venkataramana temple, Banashankari temple, Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple and Kailash Vaikunta Mahakshetra Temple.
This theme park is located 37 km from Bangalore and has state buses and cabs plying to the area.
The park visiting hours are between 10 am to 7 pm on all days of the week and entry fees before 3 PM is Rs. 500 per adult and Rs. 399 after 3 PM. Built in 2007 the park has several attractions like a water park, Dino park, haunted mansion, mirror maze and a tribal museum for children and adults.
The best places couples can visit are:
There are several amazing places around Bangalore that you can take the family for a fun filled day of swimming and casual lazing around. For the best experiences visit:
Bangalore being such a vibrant city for sightseeing and adventure activities also has a lot of options for kids to enjoy:
Some of the best resorts dotting the city’s outskirts are:
While some of them have their own spa and swimming facilities for families, they also have courts for outdoor and indoor games and rain dance wherein people are showered with water as they sway to loud music.
Most resorts near Bangalore have swimming pools but none of them are private as generally they are used by all guests that are present in the resort.
Some resorts that have multiple swimming pools for children and adults are:
All resorts near Bangalore have volleyball and basketball courts for guests along with swimming pools and video game parlors to keep families and children across varied ages busy across the day.
Corporate day outings should comprise of team building sports and activities that brings office colleagues in an informal atmosphere.
Some of the best resorts with space and opportunities for organizing large team activities are:
Bangalore Resorts that offer privacy and solitude for couples are:
For a relaxing spa and massage experience try:
Living in Bangalore and being apart of the daily rush and chaos calls for quality time away with nature and unwinding yourself.
There are a lot of of options for weekend getaways in Bangalore, you can:
Bike trips allows you to see offbeat locations that are usually avoided by tour operators so here are some places you can explore on a bike. Thottikallu Falls off Kanakapura road is just 35 km away Savandurga and Manchinabele Dam close to Arkavathi River is best explored on bikes.
Other locations for day trips by bike are Mekedatu, Lepakshi if you like historical inscriptions and Nandi Hills. A couple of Tipu Sultan’s strategic forts like Manjarabad Fort (226 km away) and Gandikota Fort (300 km away) located deep in the hills can be explored by bikers.
Here is a handpicked Collection of Best Road Trips Around Bangalore
Located deep in the heart of Kodagu Hills, Coorg is a beautiful hill station and the coffee capital of India. It is located around 270 km by road from Bangalore.
The best time to visit this hill station is between October and May as the weather is pleasant at 20° C and ideal for exploring every part of the town by just walking around or driving on motorbikes.
To explore the actual essence of Coorg, tourists prefer to stay in homestays instead of commercial lodges or resorts.
Besides its pleasant weather a lot of different adventure activities that can be enjoyed in Coorg. That are:
There are several places to visit in Coorg that can be enjoyed by tourists, That are:
Surrounded by hills and valleys Bangalore’s outskirts is perfect for adventure sports like rappelling and rope climbing along with day and night trekking.
The best locations for rappelling which is generally conducted by adventure clubs with trained guides helping new entrants to the sport are:
Paintball adventure can be explored in resorts and adventure camps located in the outskirts of Bangalore like:
The most popular trekking locations in Bangalore with well laid out tracks are
Though some of these treks are also used for night trekking it is best done on full moon nights and with a guide as there have been instances of people getting lost.
Due to rocky landscape there are many ancient caves around Karnataka like:
The closest ones to Bangalore for which exploratory tours are conducted is:
There are few cave temples that can be explored too like:
Popular camping locations within 100 kms of Bangalore are:
Popular camping sites within 200 kms of Bangalore are:
Ideal for trekking and camping
Every coffee lover that visits Bangalore should make a point of visiting the beautiful hill station of Chikmagalur for its lush greenery, Bangalore to Chikmagalur is a 277 kms drive. There are several activities that can be done in Chikamagalur, Such as:
With two of the nation’s largest national parks close to the city there is no dearth of wildlife safaris that one can explore in Bangalore.
Bannerghatta National Park located 25 km south of Bangalore city is closed on Tuesdays and though it is open between 9 am to 5pm on all other days the ticket counter opens at around 10 am.
Divided into three sections namely the Zoo, Grand Safari and Butterfly park, the overall cost of visitation to first two locations is Rs. Rs.260 for adults and Rs.130 for children along with Rs.25 for camera.
Foreigners are charged Rs.400 for adults and Rs.300 for children. Entry ticket to visit Butterfly Park is Rs.30 which also has a few stray monkeys playing around.
Here are the some famous river rafting experiences in Bangalore:-
The best time to visit Dandeli is between January to Feb if you are a bird watching enthusiast and between the months of April to September during the pre-monsoon and monsoon months when the river Kali is at ideal levels for kayaking, rafting and coracle rides.
There are two locations for river rafting in Coorg namely Barapole River and Cauvery river at Dubare. White water rafting is done during mid-July and September end while Still water rafting is done across the year barring the monsoon season.
Yes the gentle Cauvery river has paddle boat rafting through the rapids that is considered a major adventure sport for visitors. Depending on the size the group and their level of enthusiasm, the river rafting exercise can be for 2 or 4 hours to let them explore different grades of water speeds. Even novices can try out rafting in Bheemeshwari as all boats have a trained oarsman cum diver that travels with every group.
Anyone can visit Nandi Hills by hiring a car or by local tourist buses that include this location on Mysore sightseeing trips. Nandi Hills is famous for its strategic location that gives sweeping views of Mysore city and its surrounding villages.
The hill has religious significance due to Chamundeshwari temple, Bhoganandishwara temple and ancient Nandi Bull statue that is more than 20 feet tall. Bikers and cyclists’ groups visit the hilltop for view of sunrise and sunset which is breathtaking especially during monsoons and winter.
Kanakapura is a tourism hotspot. This town has activities and sightseeing from history to adventure. Located 55 km from Bangalore, it is surrounded by lush green forests and beauty.
Below are some of the famous hill staitons around Bangalore
Premium fine dine restaurants:
Top casual dining restaurants:
The city has its share of pubs and nightclubs and the most popular among them are:
Before Café Coffee Day and Kalmane Coffee set up its outlets in the city there have several cafes in Bangalore that remain favorite haunts of locals till date like:
Besides the regular dosa, idli, vada, pani-puri and chaat options, every popular shopping in Bangalore has its own street food outlets that offer snack options from across the nation and China too! Some of the popular restaurant chains for serving street food are:
Popular local eat-out zones in bangalore are :
Popular locations that one can head out to for a long drive outside the city are:
Here are some famous home stay near Bangalore:
Bangalore has been famous for its pubs largely because several of them brew their own craft beer so here are the most popular pubs in Bangalore:
Traveller Tales from Bangalore
27 November 2017
"Lovely resort overlooking the lake\nWe (two girls) went from Bangalore to Doddaballapur (Bus no. 285M) and from doddaballapur to ujjani from ujjani it took us 10 \nmins to reach the resort the tour organizers came to pick us up.\nWe went for a short trek to experience the amazing sunset, we returned to the resort to play volleyball, badminton and archery. We spent evening around the lake we enjoyed barbecue and campfire.. The food was delicious. We stayed in a tree house. Next morning we sat on top of a tree to watch the sunrise which was a breathtaking scenery after breakfast we went for trekking which was a fabulous experience as it was our first time we went for an easier trek\nTour organizers were so friendly, we felt as if we were with our family… Staff was very friendly and helpful\nWe've been raving about it to all of our friends and family. Thank you for a stay that was memorable and one of the most enjoyable weekend we ever had. Staying here was very unique and fun.\n\nAll in all, we highly recommend everyone to visit this incredible place. \n\n"
26 September 2014
It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.
10 April 2014
Wao it was absolutely brilliant to see those majestic Tiger and charismatic Leopard, this was the first time i saw these animals for the first time. The panoramic views catches our attention , its one of the best holiday destination.
23 November 2017
"It was a wonderful experience.The food was also very tasty.Try to meet cute little rott from sula vineyards.."
22 October 2014
Trek was nice but so much of tiring :) whoever is planning for this trek i would like to suggest them to do few stretching exercises at-least for 3-4 days before this trek. Relaxing on peak of Skandagiri under sky roof along with Stars and camp fire was superb :) Thrillophilia is all safe and reliable and organized :) Even I went alone in a group , got good accompany . You will find decent crowd. Sujay our trek leader was nicely coordinating with everyone. Some Tips :- 1. Do stretching exercise before 2-3 days of actual trek 2. Wear Trekking Shoes only 3. Do not wear Jeans as there are so many Rocky patches to climb up. 4. Carry Winter Jacket and cap as early morning you will find its tough time to survive from cold :) 5. Torch by default for Night Trek 6. Try to keep your bag light weighted as much as possible. Overall experience was nice.
07 September 2014
Awesome trek...refreshing...and all the most traveling with Swami's team is just amazing.. also Thrillophilia had great staff support while booking. Good weather at the top and at completion of trek view is great..will surely book my next experience with Thrillophilia for further treks and trips around Bangalore.. Thanks Thrillophilia and Swami's team for such an amazing trek..
10 October 2016
We had some great moments and of course gained some knowledge out of this wine tour. Thanks to the folks who have organized it well. The guide was very accommodating and noble at what she does. First of all, you will get a chance to learn making of wine from the scratch by way of the guide’s explanation about the process . Since it is off season the grape field was dry but still walking through the factory and spotting the live production is a great feel. The best moment of the tour is that when you enter inside the “Tasting Room “. The Gentleman here in this room gonna surprise you with the methods of drinking wine. I never realized that having wine is an art until I meet this Gentleman :-) You have got a chance to taste about 6 types of wines here. If you really wish to feel little high, right behind this room, you have a fabulous restaurant with some decent dishes along with your choice of wines . Oh ! yah, expense is on you because the restaurant is not part of the package ! The last but not least, you have also got a chance to bring out the wine stompers inside you . Overall, it was a great experience and I think it’s worth visiting this place at least once in your Bangalore life !!! --Jiji
12 January 2016
An amazing day spend with friends. We were a group of 10 and we enjoyed like anything. From camping, playing guitar and singing songs during night, climbing rocks, ziplining and I can continue with the list. Really really amazing. If you want a quick break from your busy and hectic life and do not want to spend much money, this is the best option to go for.
04 January 2016
This is an awesome treking place.Its located 22kms away from madikeri.In case you are like treking you have to go to kotebetta.Also there is an awesome waterfall on the top.There is also a clean streram and shiva temple on the top
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