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Best Places to Visit in Bangalore in 2018

  • Bangalore is a cohabitation of modern architectural marvels and ancient intricately designed landmarks and one can never run out of places to visit in Bangalore. Bangalore is famous as the silicon valley of India because it has been a hub of IT companies. 

    Earlier It was fondly called as the “garden city of India” for the greenery and vegetation that is found in abundance. The quirky cafes, the quaint temples, the vibrant shops, the vast expanse of trees and gardens, a dynamic and diversified blend of people, art galleries and culture and the rooted Carnatic music melodies and cultural dance forms; Bangalore indeed is a cosmopolitan city.

    Bangalore tourist places can be categorized in heritage buildings, modern architecture, wildlife parks and sanctuaries, waterfalls, rivers, theme parks etc. It boasts of an amazing nightlife with upbeat clubs and pubs coexisting along the peaceful temples in great harmony.  

    Kannada is the main language that is spoken by the locals of the city, however, a great chunk of the diversified population uses English as a common language to communicate.

    Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bannerghatta National Park, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Vidhaan Soudha, Bangalore Palace, Iskcon Temple, Big Bull Temple, National Gallery of Modern Art, Ulsoor Lake, and Butterfly Park are some of the sightseeing places in Bangalore.

    Bangalore is considered as the third largest city in India and gaining popularity as the most livable city in India. The only flaw is the traffic that never lets you be on time so always start a little early in Bangalore. 

    While you are in the city, you can explore the nearby attractions in Bangalore like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg etc and do a combined tour of these blissful locations. 

    Bangalore can serve the best base to roam around the state of Karnataka and spend some beautiful time your life.


  • 01 Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

    Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
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    Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 240 acres exhibiting more than 1,854 species of medicinal and scientific plants and trees. Among the places to visit in Bangalore, Lal Bagh Botanical garden certainly tops the list for its vast green stretch and the presence of exotic birds.  

    The park was commissioned and concluded by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, respectively, in the year 1760 and this vast expanse of greenery houses a 3000 million years rock which is fondly famous as “the Lal Bagh rock” which is a unique site that interests hordes of tourists. 

    There is also a glass house with a lake and an aquarium and this glass house hosts a vibrant annual flower show. The colorful and vivid presence of birds such as Parakeets, Myna, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Purple Moorhen and Common Egret etc hook a lot of birdwatchers and photographers.  

    Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

    Best Time to Visit:  you can visit the garden any time of the year but if you particularly interested in the flower show then visit in January and August.

    Price: entry is free for children and an adult needs to pay INR 10.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 5 KM.



  • 02 Cubbon Park

    Cubbon Park
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    This green belt region is spread over 300 acres land housing 6000 trees of different families contributing to the rich flora of the region.

    Within the campus of the park, there are some interesting points like Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park etc.

    It is like a second home to nature lovers and morning joggers. If you wish to cover the entire park but not foot then hop on a toy train and tour around in the most fun away.

    Cubbon Park is one of the Banglore tourist places where you can just sit idly beneath the green foliage and unwind watching the magical hours in the sky.  

    Location: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning.

    Price: Free entry.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours or half a day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM



  • 03 Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills
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    This is a set of breathtaking hillocks which is a complete nature retreat. From cycling and paragliding into the stunning mount to the Yoganandeeshwara Temple that sits atop the hill with a huge Nandi statue, these small mounds have a lot to offer, even the name of the hills was coined after the temple statue. 

    Nandi hills are set small hillocks which serves as a great trekking or weekend getaway from Bangalore. It bestows the visitors with the sight of some endemic flora and fauna and magnificent vistas of the surrounding. 

    Trek through the paved roads, rocky terrain, small streams and grasslands to reach the top of the hills but one must be careful of the steep descent and sharp turns while returning. Hordes of monkeys will accompany you throughout the trek hence do not keep eatables in your hands.

    Location: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.




  • 04 Bannerghatta National Park

    Bannerghatta National Park
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    Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km. 

    The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

    The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

    Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

    Location: Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season.

    Price: INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 23 KM.



  • 05 Bangalore Palace

    Bangalore Palace
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    Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

    Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

    There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

    On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

    Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

    Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM




  • 06 Vidhana Soudha

    Vidhana Soudha
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    Vidhana Soudha is situated in the center of the city, painted in white and spread over an area of 60 acres. Vidhan Soudha is the most renowned landmark in Bangalore which houses the state secretariat and state legislature under one roof. 

    This dome-like structure has two chambers where the first floor (central wing) can accommodate 268 members at a time and the southern wing can accommodate 88 members. 

    The building is a marvelous amalgamation of Dravidian, British and Indo-Islamic style architecture. One must not miss the lighting up of the building on Sunday evenings and the inscription that reads “Government work is God’s work.” 

    Please note that it is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore that needs prior permission or a pass nowadays. The grandeur of Vidhana. Soudha is visible after sunset when the entire building is well lit and it resembles a grand palace

    Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: September to February

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sunday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM




  • 07 Venkatappa Art Gallery

    Venkatappa Art Gallery
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    This enormous art gallery is segmented into two halls where it exhibits more than 600 paintings. 

    One of the two halls displays stone sculptures associated with Khajarao School of Art and Mathura whereas the other hall exhibits pottery and clay articles dating back to the Indus Valley civilization. 

    This art gallery houses the artwork and paintings of world famous and renowned artists such as K. Venkatappa, M. F. Hussain, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Yusuf Arakkal, Rekha Rao, N. S. Bendre, and Vasudev in galore on the first level of the building. 

    There are paintings christened as Prithvi, Vayu, Jala, Agni, Death, Sea Shore, Nagamandala, In Space,  and Last Glimpse by K.K Hebbar on the second level of the gallery. 

    Venkatappa Art gallery is the Mecca for art loves, magnanimous, loaded and authentic and is one of the aesthetically pleasing places to visit in Bangalore.

    Location: Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

    Price: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 (children)

    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all the days of the week except Monday.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM.



  • 08 Wonderla

    Wonderla
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    Take a day out and get charged at this craziest amusement park in Bangalore. Wonderla is one of the largest amusement parks in the entire country with more than 60 exhilarating rides such as Hurricane, Equinox, Insanity Twister, Recoil, Dropzone, Flash Tower, Mixer, Y-scream, Maverick etc. 

    These high-tech rides will swirl, twist and turn you in around 360 degrees and will pump adrenaline rush to a next level. The water rides like splurgy and frolic with speedy drops and to and fro motion. 

    Wonderla not only tops Bangalore tourist places list but it is loved by the local population as well. From rain disco to fun pools and wave pools, from roller coasters to boomerang rides; even an entire day at Wonderla is not enough to satiate the thrill junkies in you.

    Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

    Best Time to Visit: November to February.

    Price: Ranging from 850 to 2000

    Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and 11 AM to 7 PM on every Saturday and Sunday.

    Average time required to visit the place: An entire day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM




  • 09 Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

    Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
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    This summer residence of Tipu Sultan was built in the year 1791. The ceilings and walls of the palace have a floral touch with Islamic carvings and decorations. 

    The uniqueness of this two storey building is that it is entirely made of teak wood with wooden pillars supporting the foundation of the palace. It is said that Sultan used the eastern and western balconies to conduct the mass and state affairs. 

    The intricately carved wooden balcony and the majestic staircases are great examples of architectural marveling and the size of the palace is not magnanimous yet it gives a rustic touch to the state of Karnataka. It is one of the Bangalore tourist places which is included in almost all the itineraries.

    Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Near Bengaluru Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018

    Best Time to Visit: November to February.

    Price: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4 KM.




  • 10 Anthargange

    Anthargange
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    The Kolar district of Karnataka promises a jaw-dropping sight of the Shathashrunga range and Anthargange is another rocky hill range that basks at a height of 1712 meters from sea level. 

    The place is mostly an illusionistic stretch of stacked rocky boulders and the natural cave exploration is a one of kind experience among these piled up volcanic rocks. 

    The Anthargange Temple is another popular site that is well-celebrated among the devotees and religious trekkers. Literally, Anthargange stands for 'The Ganges from the deep' or  'Inner Stream' in Kannada, that is also because of the bestrew of seven villages in the vicinity which are favored with a natural supply of fresh groundwater. 

    There are no lodging options at Anthargange so one can either pitch a tent while night trekking or can stay at Bangalore and embark on a day trekking tour at Anthargange.

    Location: Kolar District, Bengaluru, India

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.




  • 11 Devanahalli Fort

    Devanahalli Fort
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    This 15th-century fort has witnessed multiple seizures and attacks in the bygone era by Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali and even the Britishers. Malla Baire Gowda constructed in the year 1501 making it one of the Bangalore tourist places which you can not afford to miss if you want to learn more about the Mythology, history, and culture of the state. 

    There is small village settlement within the fort premise with several old-style temples which gives insight into the history of the place. 

    This 20 acres long fort is made of stone and mud and the house where Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali lived still exists in the lap of this fortress.

    Location: Devanahalli Near Bangalore -Hyderabad Highway, District, Devanahalli, Karnataka 562110

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 35 KM.




  • 12 Kunti Betta

    Kunti Betta
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    As the name suggests, Kunti Betta is a hill in the ancient town of Pandavapura and is a famous destination among the trekkers. It is ideally a 3 hours trek to reach an elevation of 2882 meters. 

    The mythological significance of the place recites stories of Kunti and Pandavas who are said to have taken abode at these hillocks during their period of exile. It is suggested to indulge in a night trekking expedition as the place boasts of a decent population of fireflies which are on the verge of extinction today. 

    From trekking and rock climbing on the rocky terrain of the hills to swimming and kayaking in the refreshing water of Thonnur lake, Kunti Betta is one of the mind-refreshing getaways from Bangalore that is hard to miss by the adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.

    Location: Pandavapura, Karnataka, India.

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no entry charge, one will only spend on activities, commuting and food.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place:  a day or two.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 125 KM.




  • 13 Snow City

    Snow City
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    This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities. Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

    Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

    Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

    Price: INR 600 per head.

    Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.



  • 14 National Gallery of Modern Art

    National Gallery of Modern Art
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    This sprawling mansion of 3.5 acres and was recently opened to the public in the year 2009. The Manikyavelu Mansion is one of the three National Art Museum in India where the other two are located in Mumbai and Delhi. 

    The welcoming sight of years old trees, a mirror pool and a fountain in the vicinity provides ample of green and shaded space to devour in the quietude of this art gallery. 

    The marvelous photographs of earlier times, paintings, sculptures and graphic prints are some of the commendable articles which are kept on display. This is a notable culture center at Bengaluru that hosts seminars,  film screenings, workshops and exhibitions to cultivate an understanding of modern art and culture in the city.

    Location: #49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: anytime between the given hours.

    Price: INR 10 for Indian nationals and INR 150 for foreigner nationals.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Monday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM.




  • 15 Ramanagara

    Ramanagara
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    If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

    From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

    The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

    These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

    Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

    Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

    Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM



  • 16 HAL Aerospace Museum

    HAL Aerospace Museum
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    HAL is one of the most renowned aeronautical companies in entire Asia and the HAL Aerospace Museum. 

    This Aviation center was established in 2001 in Bangalore and since then it has been a hub to attain technical, scientific and historical knowledge about aviation and aerospace and other such related science streams in the country. 

    It has many branches across India and Asia and this 4 acres land imparts information on simulators, air traffic control, history of aeronautical science and sustainable development practices. 

    The museum houses various missiles and aircrafts models such jets, MIGs, helicopters and fighter planes. This is one of a kind museum that is initiating public awareness about aerospace in India.

    Location: Near HAL Police Station, HAL Old Airport Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

    Best Time to Visit: anytime between the given hours.

    Price: INR 50 for adults, free entry for kids.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 15 KM.




  • 17 Innovative Film City

    Innovative Film City
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    This opulent marvel is situated off Bangalore -Mysore highway at Bidadi and is loaded with activities such as net cricket, kids boating, Go-karting, bull ride etc. 

    There are around three refreshing water pools one of which is a wave pool. It is thronged with interesting activities and attractions such as  Dino Park, Mirror Maze, Haunted Mansion, Tribal Museum, Kabali Walkthrough, Fossil Museum coupled with Catapult, bow, and arrow etc. 

    Innovative Film city is one of the attractions in Bangalore which is recommended at least once in your visit to this Silicon village.

    Location: 24 & 26, Bidadi Industrial Estate, Bengaluru 562 109, India

    Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

    Price: INR 600 per person before 3:00 PM and INR 400 per person after 3:00 PM

    Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 4 to 5 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 40 KM




  • 18 Bangalore Fort

    Bangalore Fort
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    Initially, it was constructed as a mud fort in the year 1537 by Kempe Gowda and then was rebuilt by Hyder Ali into a fascinating stone structure standing that still does not fail to mesmerize the spectators. 

    The rampant and the remnants of the fort can be witnessed in the K. R market area. As a large portion of the fort vanishes today, the Tipu Sultan’s summer palace was a part of the fort which now looks as a separate entity. 

    Kempe Gowda also made a temple dedicated to his daughter in Koramangala for her act of self-sacrifice to benefit the construction of the fort. As the southern gate of the fort would fall every time it was built so someone suggested a human sacrifice, Gowda did not agree to this act but his daughter self-sacrificed herself. 

    Tipu Sultan’s summer palace is a major attraction of the fort which purely based on teak wood framework and decorations.

    Location: New Tharagupet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002

    Best Time to Visit: Post monsoon as the entire regions turn in hues and tints of Green.

    Price: INR 5 for Indian nationals and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM.




  • 19 Savandurga

    Savandurga
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    The largest monolith in Asia is just half an hour drive away from Bangalore. The monolith is considerably gradient at some points and that is why it is recommended that you must be careful on this trek and do not take children. 

    The trek is a combination of moderate and difficult levels and the view from the top is breath-taking especially of Manchinbele Dam and the overlooking valley. It is considered to be one of the largest rock formations in entire Asia and it has two main hill points Billigudda which are said to be the white hill and Karigudda which is a Black hill. 

    The meandering curves of Akravati river and the perennial lotus ponds are two major water attractions which are seen from atop the hill. Situated at a height of 4022 feet above sea level, Savandurga has ample of opportunities for conducting an easy trekking and rock climbing expeditions.

    Location: 60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi Road, Dabguli, India

    Best Time to Visit: November to May.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 60 KM.




  • 20 Brigade Road

    Brigade Road
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    At the intersection of MG road and Residency road lies Brigade road which is considered a shopping paradise for the city dwellers. 

    There is a long stretch of standalone shops, individual retailers, and outlet selling almost everything you need. 

    This commercial hubs houses myriads of global brand outlets as well and it has been a hub for celebrating New Year in the almost every year. The place has ample parking space and uncountable branded and non-branded outlets.

    Location: Brigade Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

    Price: Free. Cost depends on what you spend upon.

    Timings: The market runs throughout the day, closes at midnight.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 KM




  • 21 Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

    Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
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    Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was established in 1989 and is situated opposite to Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park on the Sir. T. Chowdiah Road in Bangalore. Shows such as Dawn of the Space Age, Mars-The Red Planet and Our Solar System etc run daily in Kannada and English language. 

    The outdoor science park lays out many interesting science models such as a giant Kaleidoscope, Whispering Dishes, Resonant Swings, D.N.A and Sun Dial etc along with various science exhibitions, lectures,  workshops, and science theatre shows to accentuate the interest of students in research and studies and encourage quality education. 

    If you are traveling to Bangalore with your kids then Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the five planetariums in India which imparts a quality celestial knowledge and highlights.

    Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Building, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: September to February.

    Price: INR 35 for adults and INR 20 for children below 16 years of age.

    Timings:  10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4.7 KM.




  • 22 Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

    Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
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    Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one of the interesting Bangalore tourist attractions which have a lucid way of making you understand various concepts of engineering. 

    Displaying various scientific experiments and models under one roof, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one resourceful building that sprawls over an area of 43,000 sq ft amid the lush greenery of Cubbon Park. 

    The place is utterly engaging for both children and adults who once enter the building get engrossed various age-old fossils, mechanical gadgets, and gears, information on space with space models, satellite, electrical, biotech and chemistry models etc. 

    The building is well maintained, clean and is organized into 5 floors each catering to a different section of science and technology. A day spent at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum will definitely help in increasing your knowledge graph in various sectors of science.

    Location: 5216 Kasthurba Road | Cubbon Park, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru 560001, India

    Best Time to Visit: Anytime between the running hours.

    Price: INR 40 per adult.

    Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4.5 KM.




  • 23 Big Bull Temple

    Big Bull Temple
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    Local call it ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi’ which is the oldest and biggest temple devoted to Nandi Bull and that is why it is fondly known as ‘Nandi Temple.’ The abode of Lord Shiva which is known as Kailashagiri was guarded by the famous Nandi bull who also served as a mount to Lord Shiva. 

    This Dravidian style temple was built by Kempe Gowda with a magnanimous granite sculpture of Bull that is carved out on a single rock welcomes people at the entrance. 

    The statue is 21 feet long and 15 feet high which was originally grey colored but the application of Coconut oil, benne and pure butter on the statue by the devotees has turned it black. 

    The temple also hosts a small temple of Lord Ganesh and where the artistic statue of Lord Ganesh is made of 110 kilos of pure butter which makes up for an intriguing sight to the visitors. 

    Big Bull Temple is one of the famous temples in Bangalore that witnesses hordes of devotees almost every day.

    Location: No.28, 3rd Cross, Bull Temple Road, NR Colony, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004.

    Best Time to Visit: During the evening aarti.In order to witness the auspicious celebration of Kadalekai Parsihe, visit on the last Monday and Tuesday of 'Kaarthik Maas.'

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: around an hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4.5 KM.




  • 24 Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

    Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
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    It is an amazing sight of Indian-rock-cut architecture which is also famous as Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is one of the ancient temples in Bangalore which was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. 

    In the forecourt of the temple lies mysterious stone discs that allow the sun rays on the shrine in a certain time of a year. The temple is basically carved on a rock where the major sections of the outside appearance include monolithic pillars and two fans on the patio where the pillars represent Trishul and Damaru. 

    The two granite pillars holding the gigantic disks of the Sun and the Moon and the other two showcasing several Nandi bulls are some of the outer features of the temple with few other monolithic structures. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where on the day of Makar Sankranti the arc over the horns of Nandi allows the sunbeams to pass through the cave and illuminate the Shiva lingam. This unique phenomenon and the technical excellence of this cave temple attracts devotees from all over the world to witness the surreal sight.

    Location: 3 km from the City Market | Gavipuram, Bengaluru 560018, India

    Best Time to Visit: During Maha Shivratri ad during sunrise.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: below 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM




  • 25 Bheemeshwari

    Bheemeshwari
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    Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

    It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

    Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

    Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season.

    Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.




  • 26 Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Bangalore

    Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Bangalore
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    This ancient temple is located at Bazaar Street nearby Ulsoor Police Station in Ulsoor and it belongs to the Chola dynasty.  

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Someshwara and is said to have gone multiple additions and modifications during the rule of Hiriya Kempe Gowda II and late Vijayanagar dynasty according to art historians. 

    The temple features many carvings and pillars and the formation of the temple is shrouded with interesting stories one of which recites that once Kempe Gowda travelled far away from his town while hunting and he took rest napping under a tree where he dreamt that Lord Someshwara asks him to make a temple using the buried treasure at that place. 

    Such stories make this temple an intriguing place to visit in Bangalore.

    Location: Ulsoor Road, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning or evening.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged

    Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM and 5.30 PM to 9 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: An hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 8.5 KM.



  • 27 Sankey Tank

    Sankey Tank is one of the refreshing hangout places in Bangalore which is a big man-made lake near to Sadashivanagar, Vyalikaval, and the area of Malleshwaram. 

    It was named after the maker of the lake who was Col. Richard Hieram Sankey in 1882 to provide a better water supply throughout Bangalore. Sankey Tank is an ideal place to celebrate some moments of serenity and solitude. 

    A wide variety of boat rides such as pedal boats, motor boats, rowboats etc is offered by the Mayura Sankey Boat Club that sets on the bank of the lake. 

    It is situated on the western side of Bangalore over an area of 37.5 acres. It is best-visited post monsoon to witness the lush vegetation in the backdrop while you boat around this gigantic lake.

    Location: 11th Cross Road, Kodandarampura, Gayathri Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560021, India

    Best Time to Visit: Evening.

    Price: INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children. One can also opt boating which is INR 10 per person.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week except Fridays.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.




  • 28 Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple

    Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
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    Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple is also a famous name among the other urban temples which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is spread across an area of 5 acres at Jayanagar 9th block. 

    The temple is situated on a hillock and is believed to be originated out of a Ragi mound. Every year, a grand celebration and a fair are conducted during Hanuman Jayanti when the temple brims with flowers and colors and is lit ablaze. 

    The temple has a huge idol of Lord Hanuman in the center accompanied with idols of Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshman on the right to the sanctum and a Shiva lingam on the left.  

    For old age and physically challenged people, the temple is facilitated with a lift service that charges 10 per person to take to the main temple.

    Location: 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560069

    Best Time to Visit: Evening aarti ritual.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged

    Timings: 8 AM to 12 PM, 5 PM to 8.30 PM on weekdays; 8 AM to 1 PM, 5 PM to 8.30 AM on weekends.

    Average time required to visit the temple: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 10 KM.




  • 29 Iskcon Temple Bangalore

    Iskcon Temple Bangalore
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    Iskcon temple is one chain of temples which are religiously famous and very prestigious chain of temples. It is situated in Rajajinagar in North Bangalore dedicated to Radha and Krishna catering to devotees from all over the world. 

    The Iskcon temple in Bangalore is one of the largest Iskcon temples in the world which was established in 1997.  The temple is situated on a hillock named Hare Krishna hill and has a very enticing view of the surrounding. The temple is a part of a charitable society that aims at spreading the consciousness of Radha Krishna among its devotees. It also organizes engaging events like religious concerts and gatherings to talk about the life and preachings of Lord Krishna. For a peaceful escape and meditation sessions, one must head to Iskcon in Bangalore.

    Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010

    Best Time to Visit: Anytime between the Darshan hours.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 4:15AM  to 5:00 AM, 7:15AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.  

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 KM.



  • 30 Freedom Park

    Freedom Park in Bangalore resembles Hyde Park and the Kensington park of London and covers an area of 21 acres previous Central Jail. The park has an amphitheater for speakers which also serves an ideal platform for conducting public meetings, protests as it can accommodate a large mass of people.  

    In the center of the park lies a tower that served the purpose of observing prisoners, massive barracks to separate high profile prisoners from common ones. 

    With ample of parking space and a quirky cafeteria, this park encompasses many other points of interests such as Water Fountain, Sculpture court, Jail Museum, Book Museum, People Courtyard and enough space for children to run around and play. 

    There are two entries to the park one is Seshadri Road and the other is Ramachandra Rao Road which enables convenience in reaching from different sides of the city.  Freedom Park is one of the offbeat locations to wander in the garden city.

    Location: Seshadri Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560009

    Best Time to Visit: early morning or evening.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 5 to 8:30 AM and 4 to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 33 KM.




  • 31 Lumbini Gardens

    Lumbini Gardens
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    Unwind in the quiet environs of this public park that accumulates flocks of visitors every day. It takes its name from Lumbini in Nepal and is situated on the banks of Nagawara lake. 

    People often walk in with families and friends to just spend time on the bank of the lake and watch the sunset. The park hosts a kid’s park and a boating club to add to your enthusiasm. 

    A 1.5 KM long walk through amid the foliage and a jewel-clear lake looks very celestial. The garden is dotted with many fountains and statues with beautiful flowers and plants which adds to the beauty of the place. 

    It is also one of the favorite evening hangout destinations in the city among the crowds for its nearby eateries and food stalls which serve unlimited mouthful varieties of street snacks and food items.

    Location: Ring Rd, Near Nagawara Lake, Hebbal, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560045

    Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

    Price: INR 50 for adults and free entry for kids.

    Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 30 KM.




  • 32 Kanakpura

    Sets amid the lush green terrain 55 kilometers off  Bangalore on the southern side of the city along the bank of Akravati river. It is the largest producer of granite and silk and is also gaining popularity as a major hotspot for tourists. 

    During the rainy season, the terrain is blanketed in green and is dotted with a galore of waterfalls. 

    There are few temples as well as historical sites and attracts wildlife enthusiasts and water sports lovers from Bangalore and nearby states because of its proximity to Akravati river. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Bangalore that is away from the city rush and is an hour drive away.

    Location: Ramanagara district, Karnataka.

    Best Time to Visit: August to February

    Price: There are state buses plying from the main bus stand to Kanakpura which will cost you around INR 50 to 100. One can also hire cabs or venture on your own vehicle.

    Average time required to visit the place: Half a day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 55 KM.




  • 33 Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park

    Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park
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    Unfurls over an area of 17 acres, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park is one of a kind which claims to be the first conceptualized musical fountain park in India. It is located on the famous Raj Bhavan road in the old LRDE Complex that runs two shows of a musical fountain in evening. 

    The 27 combination of fountains is arranged with the help of 1000 nozzles which offers a magnificent sight and sound treat. The water dancing on the rhythm synchronized sound is based on the latest multimedia technology. 

    The sound is basically instrumental Bollywood songs which are played for a total of 30 minutes to provide a visual treat to the visitors. The fascinating sight of the fountains dancing on music attracts hosts of tourist who are visiting Bangalore and is loved by children.

    Location: Opp to Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium, Raj Bhawan Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: Evening.

    Price: INR 30

    Timings: 7 PM to 7:30 PM and 8 PM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week except on Mondays. Every second Tuesday of the month is off.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 33 KM.




  • 34 Bugle Rock Park

    Bugle Rock Park
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    Stating to be 3000 years old, this magnanimous rock formation is situated right next to the Bull temple in Basavanagudi. It is sprawled over an area of 16 acres on the southern side of Bangalore and is also known as peninsular gneiss. 

    The park has temples, a gym, a jogging track, fountains and water tanks. These ancient rocks were used by the watchkeepers to light and bugle the other watchkeepers assuring the safety of the place at every sunset. 

    There is a watchtower on the abruptly originated rock that was used to signal the other three watchtowers in the city. It is a very interesting geological sight and a point of interest among geologists.

    Location: Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560019

    Best Time to Visit: During daytime.

    Price: No entry fees.

    Timings: 5 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: 7 KM.




  • 35 Butterfly Park

    Butterfly Park
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    This is dome-shaped greenhouse situated in the Bannerghatta National Park with fluttering colorful butterflies which are really hard to find today in our vicinity. 

    This is India’s first butterfly enclosure and an ideal place for the shutterbugs who are interested in nature photography.  While you enter the pathway a big butterfly shaped gate welcomes you in the green dome where over twenty species of Butterflies live under a poly-carbonate roof. 

    They are brought in the park when they grow wings after their cultivation period in a separate premise. Butterflies have become such rare species to find that one must visit this fascinating world of butterflies. 

    You can also watch educational videos or educate yourself by reading about Butterflies. One of the best places to visit in Bangalore for adoring nature’s wonders.

    Location: Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta, Bangaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: Spring season. Avoid going on Thursdays, Saturdays, and  Wednesdays as these are the busiest days at this Park.

    Price: INR 30  per head.

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesdays.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM.




  • 36 UB City Mall

    UB City Mall
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    UB city mall is the biggest commercial and luxury mall in the city that offers exemplary ambiance, throngs of chilled and excellent restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines, top coveted international brands, extravagant architecture and central location. 

    This mind-blowing high-end mall is spread across an area of 13 acres which is hard to be toured in one visit. From relaxing spa boutiques to opulent nightclubs and diners; it houses brands like Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Estee Lauder, Burberry etc. 

    There are beautiful art galleries and private party booths along with karaoke machines and an open-air lounge. UB city mall is one stop for fun, shopping and unwinding with myriads of things to do and engage in. 

    This mall is a joint venture by the UB group and the Prestige group and can be identified in four towers which are  UB Tower of 19 floors, Comet of 11 Floors, Canberra of 17 Floors and Concorde of 19 Floors.

    Location: 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Weekdays if you want to avoid rush and crowd.

    Price: Entry is free.

    Timings: 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: A whole day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda bus stand: 5.5 KM




  • 37 St. Mary's Basilica

    St. Mary's Basilica
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    It is the oldest church in Bangalore that holds a strong significance among the devotees. It can be recognized by a large statue of Mother Mary in the center with ornate glass windows and the towering frontage. T

    he exterior is built in the shape of a cross arranged in gothic style architecture by a French artist.  Apart from the magnificent appearance of the church, it is also famous for the ‘St. Mary's feast’ which is celebrated in the month of September every year for almost 10 days. 

    The 10th day which 8th of September is celebrated as the birthday of Mother Mary where the entire church brims with colors and joys followed by conducting social services that include feeding the needy and underprivileged.  

    The church is 160 feet tall housing a 6 feet tall statue of Mother Mary holding child Jesus Christ.

    Location: Msgr. F. Noronha Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051

    Best Time to Visit: September, during the St. Mary's feast.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place:

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5.5 KM




  • 38 VV Puram Food Street

    VV Puram Food Street
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    This stretch of a lane is a foodie’s paradise which is located close to the famous Lal Bagh at Sajjan Rao circle in Bangalore which is famous as Thindi Beedi, Chaat Road/Street, VV Puram. 

    From North Indian chaat items to South Indian healthy delicacies, this food streets caters from each corner of India and serve only vegetarian food items. 

    VV Puran Food street hosts around 15 eateries serving various types of items such as Ragi Roti, Akki Roti, Kodu Bele, Paniyaram or paddus, Idli, Vadas, Pav Bhaji, Dabeli, Uttapams and Dosas (topped with pure ghee), Curd Rice, Lemon Rice, Vermicelli Upma, Rose milk, Parathas, Lassis, fried rice and noodles, the  chaat, bread pakora, cutlets, pani puri etc.

    If you are a gastronaut and love sampling out the food street then this is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy the steamy, succulent and relishing taste of Indian street food.

    Location: OLD MARKET ROAD, SAJJAN RAO CIRCLE, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

    Best Time to Visit: Evening

    Price: Starts from INR 30 and upwards

    Timings: 12:30 PM to 1 AM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM.




  • 39 Kempegowda Museum

    Kempegowda Museum
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    The name of the museum is after the founder of Bangalore city Yelahanka Chieftain Kempegowda and is situated on the first floor of Mayo Hall. 

    The enticing glass floor with an 18th-century map that runs throughout is one of the enticing features of the museum and second being the fiberglass statue of Kempe Gowda in the center of the museum. 

    It is an interesting place to visit for the archeology and history buffs as it exhibits paintings and statue of the time when Kempe Gowda actually initiated the foundation or the blueprint of the town, the four towers which marked the boundary of the city with various old names for the places which are recognized differently today.

    Location: Field Marshal Cariappa Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Anytime during the day, avoid visiting on a weekend.

    Price: INR 50 for adults and INR 30 for students.

    Timings: Opens from 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Saturdays and Sundays.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 7 KM.



  • 40 Bangalore Aquarium

    Bangalore aquarium is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore which is located in Cubbon Park and is the largest aquarium in Bangalore with an assorted collection of exotic fishes such as Siamese, Goldfish, Fighters, Freshwater Prawns, Red Tail Shark, Catla, Moon Tail, Angelfish, Pearl Gourami, Hockey Stick Tetra etc. 

    This diamond shaped building is loaded with a number of aquatic flora and fauna, divided into three floors where the first floor has around 14 tanks in total and the second has 69. 

    People with love for aquatic life must visit this huge aquarium which can be easily spotted in Cubbon Park.

    Location: Kasturba Road, Shanthala Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Average time required to visit the place: around 2 to 34 hours.

    Price: Free entry for children below 12 years of age and INR 15 for adults.

    Timings: 10:30 AM  to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except the second Tuesday of every month and Mondays.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 6 KM.



  • 41 Gandhi Bhavan

    Gandhi Bhavan
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    Gandhi Bhavan is situated on the Kumara Krupa road which was initially started as Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (GSN) by the then president of India, Rajendra Prasad. The building displays a collection of  Mahatma Gandhi letters and black and white pictures of the Gandhi’s era. 

    The place was initiated to spread the philosophies and insights among the people of Bangalore. It is an incredibly serene venue where special programs are organized every year on 2nd October and is also used as a ground for meetings, seminars and sessions inspired by and focusing on the life of Gandhi. 

    The life of Gandhi is displayed with pictures from different walks of his life and the synonymous Mahatma Gandhi is idolized by many in the city for his contribution to the state of Karnataka and the country.

    Location: Kumara Park East, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: During the day.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Price: INR 30 to 50.

    Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sundays and Public holidays.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 10 KM




  • 42 Ulsoor Lake

    Ulsoor Lake
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    The centrally situated Ulsoor village is also known by another name called Halasuru which houses the magnanimous Ulsoor lake. 

    The magnificent lake is one of the biggest in the city which is closely located to MG road and is spread over an area of 50 hectares. 

    \he lake was built by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring and beautifies the surrounding vicinity with multiple small islands and the presence of exotic birds and floras. 

    The picnickers who visit the lake for a short trip love to indulge in the boating expedition as it stops at different small lake islands. This tranquil lake when soaked in the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bangalore, the place is lit and looks heavenly. It is one of the places to visit in Bangalore during Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Location: Ulsoor Lake, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka 56004

    Best Time to Visit: August and September to witness the grand celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi and post-monsoon, October to February.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 5 AM to 7:30 PM every day.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 KM.




  • 43 Male Mahadeshwara Hills

    Male Mahadeshwara Hills
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    This pilgrim town is situated on the southern edge of Bangalore at Hanur Taluk district of Chamarajanagara district. 

    The temple does not only draws lakhs of pilgrims from Karnataka and Tamil Naduand devotees each year but the incredible location of the Shiva Temple amid lush green forest belt attracts hordes of nature enthusiasts as well. 

    The temple is dedicated to the saint Mahadeshwara who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Apparently, the temple became famous because of Veerappan, whenever he would hold any hostage, the family would walk up to this shrine and pray. 

    Earlier, the road leading to this hill temple was unpaved and treacherous but now it is paved and well-maintained route.

    Location: Male Mahadeshwara Betta, Bandipur 571490, India

    Best Time to Visit: During Mahashivaratri when you can witness the the 'Kamsale Nritya' where devotees dance with cymbals.

    Price: Small entry fee is charged. Under INR100.

    Timings: 6.00 AM to 8.00 AM, 10.30 AM to 12 PM and 6.45 PM  to 8.30 PM on regular days. The timing may change on special days or festivals.

    Average time required to visit the temple: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 220 KM




  • 44 Dodda Alada Mara

    Dodda Alada Mara
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    The sprawling branches of a Banyan tree has captured a land of over 3 acres in Kethohalli village, making it one of the unique sightseeing places in Bangalore. This 400-year-old Banyan tree is stated to be the second largest tree in the country and the first largest in Karnataka. 

    A thousand aerial roots hanging out from this tree covers a circumference of over 250 meters. Dodda Alada Mara is a well-maintained and well-kept secret of Karnataka which is properly fenced and protected with cemented seats placed beside it for the visitors to enjoy the magic of nature. 

    The interesting fact about Dodda Alada Mara is that it stands erect on the thousand aerial root without having the main root as it died out of some natural diseases in the past.

    Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Best Time to Visit: Evenings are ideal to spend at Dodda Alada Mara to enjoy cool breezes and a blazing sunset.

    Price:

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.




  • 45 Hulimavu cave Temple

    This temple is shrouded with the stories of a saint who is believed to have conducted his tapas in the cave for years. Hulimavu cave Temple is located in the Bannerghatta National Park and is centuries old. 

    The central area of the temple is decorated with idols of Ganesh, a Goddess and a Shiva Lingam, a mantap that was used by the saint who meditated here is now used by the devotees, there are ancient murals and carvings on the cave wall depicting a lifespan that is centuries old, are some of the main features of this cave temple. 

    Every year, The cave is illuminated by the passing of sunrays and falling directly on the Shiva Lingam on Makar Sankranti and on this auspicious occasion, people wait in ques to witness the marvellous site. 

    It is famous among devotees as they believe that worshipping this idol of Agni in this temple can cure any type of eye disease.

    Location: Hulimavu, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076

    Best Time to Visit: During the aarti ceremony at the time of closing the temple.

    Price: No entry charge.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 15 KM.




  • 46 Thottikallu

    The main attraction at Thottikallu is the Thottikallu falls which are situated off Kanakapura main road near a village known as Byalemaradadoddi. 

    The road that leads to the fall from Byalemaradadoddi is a muddy stretch and is a treacherous terrain. Inspired by the enchanting beauty of the falls, it is also known as Swarna Mukhi which takes a plunge from 50 ft tall convex shaped rock. 

    The water is jewel white and the volume swells during the rainy season which makes it a sight to behold. The splashing beauty is very refreshing for the sore eyes who live in the city and is a perfect spot for a day hiking expedition. 

    Thottikallu falls is also close to Bannerghatta national park which is just 7 KM a distance. There is a quaint temple at the entrance of the falls named Muneswar Temple which is a landmark and a resting spot for the trekkers and the bikers. Bikes are the best vehicle to take to this pretty waterfalls as the road leading to it is narrow and muddy.

    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: During monsoon season.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: There are no particular time hours but it is suggested to during the light, it becomes risky and dangerous at night or in the dark. Between 6 AM to 6 PM is the perfect time to be there.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 32 KM.




  • 47 Hesaraghatta Lake

    Hesaraghatta Lake
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    This man-made freshwater lake sits across the Arkavathy River in the northwest of Bangalore city. Sprawled over an area of over 1000 acres, Hesaraghatta lake is one of the major suppliers of fresh water to the city. 

    The vast expanse of the lake is  thronged with flocks of birds, some of the commonly found bird species are Flowerpecker, Brahminy Kite, Mayna, Paddy Field pipit, Pond Heron, Kingfisher, Magpie Robin, Bushlarks, Cormorants, Black Drongo, Brahminy Kite Juvenile, Black Kites, Egret, Black Crow, Pale Billed etc. 

    The 35 KM long stretch of cycling trail is loved by the cyclists in the city who often take an interval at Nrityagram and then move further to reach Hesaraghatta lake. 

    People planning to tour the lake can avail paddling and motor boats from the coast. Along with boating, birders can also watch a plethora of birds and can capture them in their camera lenses.

    Location: Bangalore District, Karnataka

    Best Time to Visit: Post monsoon.

    Price: Entry is free.

    Timings: open 24 hours.  Sunset and sunrise are the best hours to be around the lake.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 30 KM.




  • 48 Hebbal Lake

    Hebbal Lake
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    Hebbal lake is an ideal place for the photography fanatics and bird watchers as there are over 70 waterbird species and other rare ones. Hebbal lake is located along the Bellary road in the northern part of Bangalore and is an oasis to many migratory and exotic birds. 

    This 150 acres long lake was created by the founder of Bangalore Kempe Gowda along with two other lakes in the city in 1537. Later, two artificial islands were created during the restoration and maintenance of the lake and the two islands attract flocks of bird species which is the most attractive feature of the place as the islands have now become a ground for breeding and nesting.

     There is a garden adjacent to the park where people often celebrate some leisurely hours. Hebbal lake is glorified post monsoon but dries up during the summer season hence spring is the best time to take a tour around this lake.

    Location: National Highway 7, Bellary Road, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560024, India

    Best Time to Visit: Spring and post-monsoon time when some of the rarest birds can be spotted.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Things to do: Boating, early morning jogging or evening walk, bird watching, and photography.

    Timings: from sunrise to sunset hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 13 KM.



  • 49 Turahalli Forest

    Turahalli Forest
    Image Credit : Turahalli Forest

    This dry deciduous forest is loaded with wild shrubs and climbers with many Eucalyptus trees, making it an ideal getaway for one-day picnic plans from Bangalore. Activities such as biking, cycling, trekking can be enjoyed best on the undulated terrains of Turahalli forest. 

    It is one of the nearest places to visit in Bangalore that is considered a quick hideaway from the city rush. This forest is just an hour drive away from Bangalore and situated at Hosahalli, Vajarahalli road off Bangalore- Kanakpura road. 

    The place is quiet, scenic and surrounded by nature with a wide range of bird species which can particularly excite a bird watcher. The best way to enjoy Turahalli forest is to drive your own vehicle up to the entrance and park it there. 

    Head out for a walk into the forest and indulge in the rejuvenating environs of the forest.

    Location: Thurahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560062, India

    Best Time to Visit: During the day after the offset of the monsoon season, it is green and beautiful.

    Price: entry is free.

    Timings: Opens 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 4 hours, if you wish to you can spend a day in the quietude of the forest.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 20 KM.