Discover what to see and do in Bangalore in a day or two. The capital of Karnataka and Silicon Valley of India.
What are the places visit in Bangalore (or Bengaluru) was the question I asked the concierge at the hotel when visiting Karnataka’s capital. A city that is not linked to mass tourism and broad temples, although it does have exciting things to do in a day or two (or more).
What are the places to visit in Bangalore, the capital of the beautiful state of Karnataka
What surprised me at first glance when I arrived in Bangalore, it is a city with many green areas.
From the window of my room at the Shangri-La Hotel, I could see the city’s vastness with more than 9 million inhabitants. It looks like a medium-sized city, although when you see it from above, it is clear from there how huge Bangalore is; It is always in the rankings of the largest and densest cities in India.
Visiting Bangalore Palace from 1878
This palace is about 500 meters from the Shangri-La. I didn’t know what to expect for the truth. Seeing it from the outside unwittingly transferred me to Windsor Castle in England, one of the most impressive and beautiful castles in the world. Although it looks very similar on the outside, it does not have to see inside. This is one of the greatest places to visit in Bangalore for history lovers.
Its interior is not very big, although it has exciting things: beautiful patios, curious lounges, and many inhabitants’ photos. As well as sticking out walls and a mix of Scottish and Tudor Gothic architecture.
As a curiosity, in 1931, King Alfonso XIII was staying in this palace when he was exiled from Spain. You will realize when you get to the patio that reminded me of Seville and some Granada areas.
The entrance fee (400 rupees) includes an audio guide in Spanish, English, and other languages. You must leave a personal document when asking about these devices. If you want to take photos or videos, you have to pay a special rate for these actions.
Market city: the flower and street market of Bangalore
It is a bit far from the hotel where I was. It depends on the traffic, and it’s not that much either, but by tuk-tuk, it costs about 150 rupees one way. You can also get there by bus, but I don’t know how to do it. Also, in Uber, it is super cheap. Flower Market is one of the top 10 places to visit in Bangalore..
This market is an overflowing mix of flower stalls, fruits and vegetables, spices, animals, and other foods. The atmosphere is very local, and you hardly see tourists in the area that seems more Muslim than Hindu because there are several mosques around it.
Commercial Street – Bangalore’s most commercial street and great for shopping
If you feel like shopping and feeling the local atmosphere, this is a must-see in Bangalore. It is made up of several streets that cross it with traditional and modern shops to buy tailored saris, Indian fabrics and dresses, souvenirs or souvenirs, among other things.
The breathed atmosphere is a mixture of everything: sounds, horn, voices, colors, smells, in short—one of the essential things to do in Bangalore.
Vidhana Soudha: the largest legislative palace in India
Vidhana Soudha, the most extensive legislative palace in India and is in Bangalore, Karnataka.
An impressive place is known as the ‘Taj Mahal of South India’ that mixes architecture, monuments, and history. This is the palace and seat of the Karnataka state legislature. It is a built-in style, sometimes described as Mysore Neo-Dravidian, and incorporates the Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. Construction was completed in 1956 and is one of the largest in the sub-continent.
To enter its interior, it is necessary to obtain a special permit well in advance.
Lal Bagh: Bangalore Botanical Garden
When I was there, I learned that Bangalore is also known as the City of Gardens. I have seen a lot of green, and one of those representatives is the Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, the second-largest urban garden in India. It is a large area created in the 18th century by the Sultan of Mysore.
It has a London-inspired glass palace, several pavilions, and a lake. According to information, this garden is home to the largest number of tropical plants in India. Botanical Garden should be on your list of places to visit in Bangalore for nature lovers.
In one of its four entrances, you can see a gigantic rock formation about 3,000 million years old and at the top of which is a small Hindu temple. The views from there are worth seeing the city.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The truth is that this museum from 1965 is impressive on its four floors. Some find it boring. In my case, I lacked time since I enjoyed visiting it because I learned various curiosities and inventions that I had no idea existed. According to our guide, it is one of the most relevant museums in Bangalore, the city considered the Silicon Valley of India because many technology companies were born there. As a result of this, there are good salaries, and there are millionaire people.
The Cubbon Park
Cubbon Park is an excellent ‘green lung’ in the heart of Bangalore. It was initially created in 1870 by Major General Richard Sankey, then Chief Engineer of the British State in Mysore. In its extension are distributed several places of interest such as a library, museums, a tennis academy, an aquarium, a toy train, and many statues and pavilions.
Other places to see in Bangalore
In addition, due to lack of time, distances and heavy traffic, it has not been possible to know all the things to do in Bangalore, although they recommended me to see them:
The Summer Palace of Sultan Tipu
The Summer Palace of Sultan Tipu is an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was Mysore’s ruler’s summer residence. Its construction took place within the Bangalore Fort walls and was completed during the reign of Sultan Tipu in 1791.
The Bull temple
The Bull Temple, also known as the Nandi Temple, is one of Bangalore’s oldest temples. It is popularly called locally as ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi ‘ and is the largest temple dedicated to Nandi in the world. Nandi (the bull), according to Hindu traditions, is the must-see destination of all Lord Shiva devotees because it has great importance for this religious community.
It is considered one of the most beautiful temples in the country and a pilgrimage center for devotees and faithful. It features a 20-meter tall figure of Lord Shiva carved in white marble and placed in an artificial water pool that symbolizes Lord Shiva’s natural habitat.
How to get around in Bangalore
There are various means of transportation to get around Bangalore.
Transportation to and from the airport
To go from the airport to the center or hotel, you can opt for a private transfer that you can see and book online.
Tuk-tuk or rickshaw
One of the fastest ways to get around the city. Its price is low, although you have to be careful because apparently there is no set rate. Also, you have to know how to negotiate the price and tell them not to take you as intermediate stops to business because they have that habit.
From time to time, we have moved with Uber. The price was even lower than the tuk-tuks, so I recommend using it. Of course, if there is a lot of traffic, it is more difficult to move forward than three-wheeled motorcycles.
I have not moved to the metro during my visit in August 2019, but many local people use it. You have more information in this link
What are some must visit places in Bangalore?
Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Freedom Park are some places to visit in bangalore. All of these places are really great option for couples as well.
How to spend your evening in Bangalore?
There are some really amazing places to visit in bangalore to spend your evening. Nandi Hills, Skandagiri, Ramanagara, Savandurga, Anthargange, Empire Hotel, VV Puram food street, Coconut Grove, Hard Rock Cafe, Opus, High Ultra Lounge, Kanakapura, Kunti Betta, Uttari sunrise & many other tourist places.
Is Bangalore a safe city?
Overall, Bangalore is a safe tourist destination. There are some really amazing places to visit in bangalore. However, some streets are overcrowded with vehicles and locals. Tourists should be very cautious when they cross streets and places where traffic lights and pedestrian crossings are scarce. There might be some locals who are not comfortable with hindi, majority of the population speaks kannada or english.
How can I spend my weekend in Bangalore?
If you are planning a weekend getaway from bangalore, you can consider these places near bangalore. Bheemeshwari (95 km Away), Lepakshi (120 km Away), Shivanasamudra Falls (140 km Away), Mysore (160 km Away), Kabini (170 km Away), Yercaud (190 km Away), Chikmagalur (240 km Away) and Ooty (252 km Away)