12 Best Places to Visit in Bangalore

What's a fun way other than visiting museums in Bangalore? It is to know the history of a place by visiting places of historical importance and Bangalore has a lot! Bangalore is a beautiful city to enjoy in South India and some nearby one day trips are really enjoyable there. The city has a lot of greenery. Bengaluru is known as the garden city of India. There are so many beautiful gardens and parks and lakes.

Bangalore is at an altitude of 920 meters above sea level, which is also reason for its nice climate. It is located at the southern edge of Deccan plateau. With Sea on either side at a distance of 350 Km, combined with altitude, it cannot really get too hot here. 35 to 36 degrees is enough to create a low pressure area and pull moisture from either side (Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal) depending on the wind flow.

Another unique thing about Bangalore is it’s proximity to amazing destinations. Be it beaches, mountains, forests, waterfalls, rivers, historical or religious places, Bangalore is close to everything except snow may be. The city as a whole is beautiful and peaceful to say the least. It has many historical places of interest and many small hill stations and beaches which can be great weekend getaways for bachelors and families alike.

Actually Bangalore is famous as it is the IT sector hub and for the various jobs, and its nightlife. There are so many options of fun things to do on the weekend. You can go to the theatre. See a play or a musical performance at Chowdiah, Alliance Fran├žaise, or Jagriti. You can go to the IPL or other cricket matches at Chinnaswamy Stadium. You can go to listen to live music at a bar, Jazz or a rock band.

You can go to Karaoke at various places around the city. You can go shopping! Anywhere from UB city in the fancy shops like Burberry and Louis Vutton, to Commercial Street where you can buy sandals and jewellery.

Places to Visit in Bangalore

We have selected some of the best places to visit in Bangalore.

1. Bangalore Palace

Designed by Kempe Gowda I and built by Reverend J. Garrett, the Bangalore Palace is a must-see historical place of the city. The Tudor-style palace has 35 rooms and now belongs to the royal family of Mysore. There is a guided audio tour, which is perhaps the best option to know the history of the place. It is a great place for photographers and is one of those places to explore for kids in Bangalore.

Location: Vasanth Nagar

Attractions: The royal coat of arms, the Jockey chair

Days Open: Everyday

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00

Registration fee: 230 INR per person for Indian nationals, 460 INR per person for foreigners

Amenities: Parking

Things to consider: The entrance fee is relatively high compared to other historic places in the city. So go there only if you think the kids will appreciate.

2. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

One of the many royal residences and must-see places in Bangalore, the Summer Palace and Fort Tipu Sultan represent the beautiful fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture. The architectural marvel is small, but is an excellent structure for photography enthusiasts. Children may not find the story interesting, but you can tell them by weaving an interesting story about Tipu.

Location: Chamrajpet, Bangalore

Attractions: Portraits and paintings of people of the time, a replica Tipu tiger

Days Open: Every day

Hours: 8h 30 to 17h 30

Registration fee: 15 INR per person for Indians, 200 INR per person for foreign nationals

Amenities: Parking

Things to consider: If you are not a photography travel enthusiast, do not spend more than 30 minutes here; otherwise the children will get bored.

3. Vidhana Soudha

Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka, located in the heart of the city. The massive structure is supposed to be built in the Dravidian styles or Mysore style and was completed in 1956. The building is spread over an area of ​​11 hectares and is built with granite and porphyry rocks. An interesting fact about the building is that it was designed and built to give the city a clean architectural style.

Location: Sampangi Rama Nagara, Bangalore

Attractions: Architecture, the building is illuminated on holidays and Sundays

Days Open: Everyday

Hours: 9h to 17h

Things to consider: Participation is allowed only with special permission.

4. Bangalore Fort

Built by Kempe Gowda I, Bangalore Fort was a mud fort in 1537. Haider Ali, father of Tipu Sultan and ruler of the state of Mysore, rebuilt it in stone in 1761. The fort has a church, a cemetery and also a school, although the school has now been relocated. Unfortunately, most of the structure was dismantled and ruined by the British who besieged it in 1791. What remain are the Delhi Gate and some bastions.

Location: New Tharagupet, Bangalore

Attractions: Delhi Gate, a 500-year-old Ganapati Shrine

Days Open: Monday to Saturday

Hours: 10h to 18h

Registration fees: 5 INR for Indian nationals, 100 INR per person for foreign nationals

Amenities: Parking

Things to consider: Like Tipu Sultan's summer palace, Bangalore Fort has little interest for children.

5. Lalbagh Botanical Garden

The places to visit in Bangalore include Lalbagh, a botanical garden and you can see many beautiful flowers there and you can even enjoy the flower shows in spring season.

6. Sankey tank

Sankey tank is one of the most beautiful tourist destination. This lake is developed with gardens, gym area and walking path.

7. Ulsoor Lake

Ulsoor lake is on of the biggest lake in Bengaluru. This 126 acre lake has some beautiful islands and offers boating facility too.

8. Madiwala Lake

It is situated in the BTM Layout. It is a home to huge number of migratory birds like spot-billed Pelican.

9. Nagavara Lake

Nagavara Lake is a popular attraction in Bengaluru, situated in outer ring road. Enjoy lot of water sports in Lumbini garden with other activities and can have some food in floating restaurant.

10. Long Drive to Hebbal Lake

Hebbal lake is situated in junction of outer ring road and Bellary Road. This huge lake covers an area of around 150 acres. The main attraction of the Hebbal Lake is wide variety of birds, beautiful landscape and play area.

Once you cross Hebbal, there is a pretty good elevated highway, almost like a free way ideal for night drives. People usually get to the Airport which has plenty options like Cafe Noir, Maiyas, Hatti Kaapi and Puro Gusto. A small trade off is, you have to spend little money on parking your vehicle.

11. Hesaraghatta Lake

Hesaraghatta Lake is a man made fresh water reservoir across the Arkavathy river. It is the best place for short picnic with family and friends.

With an area of 160-acre, Jakkur lake is the home for large number of migratory birds from other countries. Apart from this there are some more lakes like, Lalbhag lake, Yalahanka lake, Kengeri lake etc.

12. Sunrise at Nandi Temple

Around 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a go-to spot when you are in need of some solitude and a refreshing start for your day. Nandi Hills is a picnic spot which is a few kilometres from Bangalore and if you go early morning then you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise there. Typically you can start early morning 4 AM and reach there around 5:30 which is when Police will open check-post to drive to top. It’s a mesmerizing experience of Sun rising on top of a cloud bed.
Kalyan Panja