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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

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.

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Cubbon Park

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

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Nandi Hills

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.

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Bannerghatta National Park

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.

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Bangalore Palace

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

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Vidhana Soudha

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

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Venkatappa Art Gallery

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.

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Wonderla

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

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Traveller Tales from Karnataka

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Agnimitra Banerjee

24 October 2015

Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly explor

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Anirudh Ghaty

12 September 2018

"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through wh...

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Devi Chattopadhyay

23 October 2015

This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very e...

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Abhiram

26 July 2018

It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations...

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Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy

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 or...

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priyanka priyanka

09 November 2018

This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought...

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Abhi Abhi

17 September 2018

I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n ene...

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Rajinder Butt

15 August 2014

Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.

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udit kumar

26 September 2014

It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.

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What You Should Know More About Karnataka

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Do not trust any stranger or anyone you barely know beyond necessary. Ensure that you keep a safe distance from all the strangers and never trust anyone with your valuables.

    • Don’t rely on your tourist guide more than you should.

    • It is appropriate, if you hire a tourist guide from a reliable agency or an organization.

    • Do not go out alone during the night hours. Karnataka, is a comparatively safer place but you cannot keep the guards down.

    • It is always better to travel in a group.

    • Karnataka has ATMs located after every little distance. So, you never have to carry cash more than required.

    • Keep your jewelry, cash and valuables in a room safe.

    • Don’t put your wallet in the back pocket especially when in the crowded places. Either place it in the front pocket or put it in your jacket.

    • Girls take note, it does not matter which part of India you are traveling, your safety is in your own very hands. So, make sure you dress appropriately. Strictly avoid skimpy or revealing clothes.

    • It can rain here anytime so carry extra layers of clothing.

    • Maintain decorum when you visit religious places.

    • Do not film or shoot videos without permission.

    • Wherever you see a sign of ‘No Photography’, do not take a picture.  

    • Always keep in your wallet a photocopy of your license, ID, passport, etc.

    • If you are traveling without a guide, acquire sufficient information about the destination you are traveling to.

    • Do not over indulge in street food. If you do eat street food, take a check on the quality and the manner of preparation (of dishes).

    • Drink only bottled mineral water. Check the seal properly before buying a bottle of water.

    • Do not eat cut fruits or vegetable from the roadside vendors.

    • If you suffer from any disease, carry the necessary medications with you.

    • Carry with you first aid kit. The kit must have medicines for fever, cold, diarrhea, nausea, etc.

    • Carry sunscreen and sunglasses with you.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    In Karnataka, the legal age for drinking is 18 years. Take note, you may have to show an ID proof before making a purchase of alcohol in this state. Ever since 1st of July 2007, Arrack has been totally banned in Karnataka.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Belur
    Situated about 165 km from Mangalore, 217 km from Bangalore and 154 km from Mysore, Belur is an extremely popular temple town that is situated in the Hassan District of the state of Karnataka. The town is known for its ostentatious Hoysala Temple that is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the three Hoysala temples are particularly famous for their intricate and minute sculptures and cravings with metal like polishing. This is one of the best heritage sites of Karnataka and is indeed a prominent tourist place.

    Bangalore
    Situated nearly 139 km from Mysore and 347 km from Chennai, Bangalore also known as Bengaluru is the 5th largest city in India. It is the third most populous cities in India and is often referred to as the Silicon Valley (given the vast IT firms and companies located here) and the Garden City of India (given the enormous parks and gardens found here). Bangalore is extremely popular for its nightlife and is an ideal place for anyone planning to visit Southern India. Some of the must visit attractions in Bangalore include Lalbagh Garden, Nandi Hills, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Vishveswaraiah Museum, Bannerghatta National Park, Cubbon Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, ISKCON Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Bull Temple and Bangalore Palace. 

    Bandipur National Park
    Located 70 kms from Ooty, Bandipur National Park is definitely one of the well preserved National Parks in India. Spanning over an area of 874 sq. km., the altitude of this park varies from 780 to 1455 meters. Along with Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park is also a part of the phenomenally prominent Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This once used to be the game and recreation reserve for the Maharajas from Mysore. Declared a National Park in the year 1974, the park houses 3000 Asian elephants, 70 tigers along with other animals such as dhole, leopards, sloth bears, gaur along with a number of birdlife. You can try activities like Elephant Safari – INR 50 per head, Mini Bus Safari – INR 75 per head and Jeep Safari – INR 300 per head, here.       

    Chikmagalur

    Located 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is located at an altitude of 3,400 feet on the foothills of the Mulliyangiri range. This is one of the top hills stations of Karnataka state and is famous for its tall mountains, lush green surroundings and serene environment. The place is particularly known for its coffee. What’s surprising is that coffee was cultivated for the first time here in India. Other prominent sightseeing spots of Chikmagalur are Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Amruthapura, Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls, Kemmanagundi and Mulliyangiri. 

    Coorg
    Located 362 km from Kochi, Coorg is a beautiful district in Karnataka. It lies at an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats and is known as the Scotland of India. This is another important hill station that you just cannot miss. Legends say that, Coorg is named after the River Cauvery. Thick tea and coffee plantations, undulating streets, misty hills, orange groves, breathtaking views and lush forests have made Coorg a prominent holiday destination. 

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Mouth Watering Food
    Are you a foodie at heart? If yes, visiting Karnataka would be an excellent choice to make. Dosa at Uudpi, Pandi curry from Coorg, fish curry from Mangalore and South Indian deserts such as ‘Dharwad pedha’ and ‘Mysore pak’ are indeed some dishes to look forward to.  

    Waterfalls
    Apart from the many waterfalls of Karnataka, the two waterfalls that you’ll particularly like here are the Jog Falls and the Shivanasamudra Falls. Jog Falls is one of the highest plunge waterfalls of India and Shivanasamudra is a natural beauty that is equally beautiful. 

    Monsoon
    Rare are the places in India that actually get beautiful in monsoon and Karnataka is definitely on the top. The surroundings get greener and the different silver streams cascade from the mountains bringing forth an unparalleled view that is savored by nature lovers across the country. 

    Coffee
    Coffee is the favorite beverage of many in the world. If you haven’t brewed the coffee from Chikmagalur, your tour to Karnataka is incomplete. You can find umpteen number of little coffee shops in every nook and corner of Karnataka. 

    Architecture
    Karnataka has several architectural marvels that will leave you spell bound. The Rock Cut Caves of Karnataka are definitely one of the most scenic structures here. Apart from this, the Bhutnatha Temple which is an amalgam of Jain and Dravidian style of architecture is simply spectacular. 

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website : 

    Karnataka Tourism 


    Forum : 

    TripAdvisor Karnataka Forum